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Riley Keough Cast in Starz’s ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ From Steven Soderbergh

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Riley Keough has been cast in Starz’s original anthology series “The Girlfriend Experience,” the cabler announced Thursday. Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, will star as Christine Reade, a University of Chicago law student and an intern at a prestigious law firm who is intrigued when a friend introduces her to the world of transactional relationships… Read more »

‘Empire’s’ Growth Spurt Fueled by Young Women, Urban Markets

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In music biz terms, Fox’s “Empire” is zooming up the charts with a bullet. On Wednesday the family soap centered on a hip-hop musical mogul continued its unprecedented growth streak by gaining audience for a seventh straight week, hitting 13.9 million. No series in the history of Nielsen’s People Meters (going back to 1991) had… Read more »

Sony Pictures Fires Digital Chief Bob Osher (EXCLUSIVE)

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Sony Pictures Digital president Bob Osher, who oversaw Sony Animation and Imageworks for the past seven years, has been fired, according to knowledgeable sources. Thursday’s firing comes amid an ongoing shakeup at the studio. On Tuesday, Tom Rothman was named chairman of its motion picture group in a surprise move that followed the Feb. 5 ouster… Read more »

Viola Davis-Jennifer Lopez Drama ‘Lila and Eve’ Bought by Samuel Goldwyn

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Charles Stone III’s “Lila and Eve,” starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez. The film premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival. Davis and Lopez both first appeared onscreen together in 1998’s “Out of Sight.” Goldwyn plans a 2015 release. Davis portrays Lila, a grief-stricken mother… Read more »

Fox News Channel Developing Weekend Program for Greg Gutfeld

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Fox News Channel will develop a one-hour weekend program for Greg Gutfeld, who will leave his duties at wee-hours show “Red Eye” to tackle the new assignment. A pilot in development will highlight Gutfeld’s “whimsical nature and political satire,” the 21st Century Fox-owned network said in statement Thursday. The show will also “focus on his strong… Read more »

‘Supergirl': David Harewood & Chyler Leigh Join CBS Pilot Cast

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David Harewood and Chyler Leigh have been added as series regulars to CBS’ “Supergirl” pilot, based on DC Comics, Variety has learned. Harewood (“Homeland”) will play supervillain Hank Henshaw, a former CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operation, which tracks extraterrestrial threats on the planet Earth. In the DC Comics world, Henshaw is known… Read more »

Advertising Futurist Joe Marchese Gets Broader Role at Fox Networks Group

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Joe Marchese, an executive experienced in many of the new forms of advertising developing around TV programs, is getting a wider role at Fox Networks Group, which acquired Marchese’s company, true[x], in December. Marchese was named president of advanced advertising products at Fox Networks Group, placed in charge of so-called nonlinear advertising across the 21st… Read more »

Viacom Taps Series From Brazilian Shingles at RioContentMarket (EXCLUSIVE)

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Viacom has commissioned two new Brazilian series and two additional seasons of existing series from local production shingles for its local versions of pay TV channels Comedy Central and MTV, and it is negotiating the rights of Brazilian feature films for Paramount Channel, said Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of Viacom Latin America at the RioContentMarket. The… Read more »