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Encore on Hollywood news beat

Encore has greenlit production on “CineNews,” a weekly industry-focused entertainment newsmag skedded to bow May 4.

Half-hour skein, which will initially air Sunday mornings at 11 a.m., will feature news on pitch purchases, script development deals and casting notices. It will also feature the requisite on-set and behind-the-scenes interviews and a regular roundup of critics’ reviews.

Skein announcement comes after AMC announced its industry entertainment news program, “Sunday Morning Shoot-Out,” which begins production in October (Daily Variety, March 13). Daily Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart and producer Peter Guber will host the AMC skein. “CineNews” will forego an anchor.

Starz Encore Entertainment prexy Robert Leighton says “CineNews”–which he describes as ” ‘Entertainment Tonight’ meets CNBC” — will address the needs of the net’s increasingly movie savvy subs.

“I noticed that not just the L.A. Times and the New York Times but small newspapers around the country are publishing box office news every Monday,” Leighton said. “Ten years ago, that type of thing was only printed in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. Somehow, the industry has become of interest to people everywhere.”

He added that the series will also cover distribution and marketing trends as well as insider studio news.

“Whereas the cameras on other entertainment shows look at fashion and celebrity, ours will be focused on the people behind the scenes, the ones who make the decisions about what movies get made.”

Production on the show began in March. Skein, produced by Burbank-based Popular Arts, will have an encore run Mondays at 5:30 p.m.

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