Comedy Central’s Brad Wood Joins Facebook As Social Media Platform Bolsters International Content Team

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Exclusive: Facebook has hired Comedy Central UK executive Brad Wood as it continues to make an aggressive move into the entertainment world.

Wood, who is Director of Acquisitions, Talent and Development at Viacom’s London base, will move to the social media platform’s international deal team. He will report to Bjoern Finkenberger, International Deal Team Lead, who joined just over a year ago, with the team overseen by Scott Hershkowitz, Deal Team Director, Media Partnerships, based in New York.

Wood will be responsible for content deals in Europe, Middle East and Africa and will cover a range of programming agreements. The deal team has historically been based out of the U.S. but given the increasing international reach of its Watch and Video teams, it is also expanding globally.

Deadline understands that he will leave the broadcaster later this month and start at Facebook in early March.

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James Van Der Beek's Friends with Better Lives for Comedy Central UK

Comedy Central UK has acquired the rights to new Us sitcom Friends with Better Lives.

James Van Der Beek leads the cast of the CBS comedy, which also stars Brooklyn Decker and Entourage actor Kevin Connolly.

Friends with Better Lives follows six friends, all at different stages of their lives - married, divorced, engaged and single - and all thinking that that their pals have it better.

Comedy Central UK director of acquisitions Brad Wood said: "Friends with Better Lives looks set to be one of the funniest new series to come out of the Us this spring.

"It's a great fit with our audience and a fantastic addition to the exciting line-up we have planned over the coming months."

Friends with Better Lives will premiere in the Us on CBS (Monday, March 31 at 9/8c) with a UK air-date yet to be confirmed.

The Middle season 5 moves from Sky1 to
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Alt-rock darlings Veruca Salt to reunite, resume fight against the Seether

Alt-rock band Veruca Salt has reunited. The '90s darlings tweeted that they will be recording new songs in the near future with Brad Wood, who produced the band’s 1994 hit record, American Thighs. Wood’s fingerprints were all over a number of other seminal '90s LPs, like Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville and Whip-Smart, Ben Lee’s Grandpa Would, Sunny Day Real Estate’s Diary, and Seam’s The Problem With Me. According to another tweet from Veruca Salt’s page, Nina Gordon and Louise Post have been “writing/rehearsing like mad,” and both bassist Steve Lack and ...
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Comedy Central UK acquires new Us sitcoms 'The Millers', 'We Are Men'

Comedy Central UK is to air new Us sitcoms The Millers and We Are Men.

The channel has struck a multi-season deal with CBS Studios International for the exclusive broadcast rights to both shows.

The Millers stars Will Arnett (Arrested Development) as a newly-divorced man who is looking forward to single life, until his parent's own marital problems derail his plans.

Jerry O'Connell (Scream 2), Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Kal Penn (House) star in We Are Men as three single men who help their friend (Chris Smith) get over being jilted at the altar.

Watch the trailer for The Millers below:

"The Millers was the stand-out comedy at this year's La Screenings," said Brad Wood, Head of Acquisitions at Comedy Central UK.

"It's a great fit with our current crop of Us and UK sitcoms. And it has the best Dirty Dancing scene we've seen since the original movie!"

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Sydney presenters dominate radio awards’ Best On Air category

Sydney breakfast presenters have dominated in the best on-air team Metro category for the forthcoming Australian Commercial Radio Awards.

The awards will be held in Sydney on October 13.

The finalists for the Best On Air Team Metro, announced today, include Wsfm’s Jonesy & Amanda, Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa, 2Day’s The Kyle & Jackie O Show and Triple M’s The Grill Team Sydney with Gus Worland, Mark Geyer and Matty Johns.

The Kyle and Jackie O Show won the award last year.

Johns was also nominated among the best newcomers, along with Yumi Stynes of Mix Network and former Killing Hiedi singer, Ella Hooper for Melbourne’s Fox FM.

Among those nominated for Best Show Producer – entertainment/music are Kyle & Jackie O’s Gemma O’Neil, Kerri Jones for the Fifi & Jules Show, Fitzy and Wippa’s Tom Ivey and Jaimi Robinson of Holmsey & Flan of the Gold Coast’s Hot Tomato.
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Dead Child

Louisville, Kentucky boasts a notable indie-rock legacy, but the city has a deep history in hardcore and metal, too, with several unironically true-blue metal acts (Kinghorse, Coliseum) having cut their teeth there. Dead Child—which finds guitarists David Pajo (Slint, Papa M) and Michael McMahan (The For Carnation, Slint's touring lineup), bassist Todd Cook (Shipping News), and drummer Tony Bailey (Lords) backing surname-free vocalist Dahm—is Louisville's latest metal export, and in spite of recording for an indie-friendly label with producer Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Say Anything), the band approaches metal without the expected indie-dude detachment or dilettantism. Unfortunately, Dead Child also approaches metal without the songs that made its influences—early Metallica and Judas Priest—legendary. Attack signifies classic thrash and power-metal well enough: The galloping riffs, dueling leads, and upper-register vocals are all where they need to be. But Dead Child can't deliver a memorable melody to save its life,
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