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MTV Sets Jacqueline Parkes As CMO, Names Eli Lehrer To Oversee MTV2

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Viacom’s MTV named Jacqueline Parkes, the former chief marketing officer for Major League Baseball,  as executive vice president of marketing and creative, and Eli Lehrer, formerly senior vice president and head of non-fiction programming at Lifetime, to oversee MTV2 as executive vice president, the network’s latest moves in its quest to turn around its TV ratings… Read more »

Imagine Entertainment Hires COO Steve Shikiya As Growth Continues (EXCLUSIVE)

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Continuing its expansion plans following a major new investment earlier this year, Imagine Entertainment has hired Steve Shikiya as its chief operating officer. Shikiya most recently served as deputy chief operating officer for Endemol Shine North America, where he oversaw operational strategy across the company as well as the business operations within the scripted studio. His… Read more »

‘Doctor Strange’ Director on Whitewashing, Asian Stereotyping: ‘I Am Listening and Learning’

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“Doctor Strange” writer-director Scott Derrickson is the latest industry figure to weigh in on Hollywood’s pervading “whitewashing” issue. “Raw anger/hurt from Asian-Americans over Hollywood whitewashing, stereotyping & erasure of Asians in cinema. I am listening and learning,” the director, who’s also known for horror films like “Sinister” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” expressed in… Read more »

Discovery’s David Zaslav Talks Skinny Bundles, Layoffs and International Growth

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Traditional cable programmers are coming to a strategic crossroads when it comes to navigating the emerging world of OTT channel distribution, Discovery Communications president-CEO David Zaslav said Thursday during his keynote address at Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit in New York. Zaslav was asked about the burst of activity among digital entrants into the traditional… Read more »

Ryan Murphy Lands Another FX Anthology, ‘Feud,’ Starring Jessica Lange & Susan Sarandon

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Third time’s another charm. Ryan Murphy is staying in business with FX — and not just with “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” — but with an entirely new anthology series, titled “Feud,” Variety has learned. Marking his third anthology with the cabler, Murphy has landed a straight-to-series eight-episode order for the “Feud” themed project… Read more »

Jonah Hill Upgrades in New York City

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BUYER: Jonah Hill LOCATION: New York City, NY PRICE: $9,164,250 SIZE: 3,280 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Though the deal went down on the down low quite some time ago — last October, to be exact — it’s only now been sussed out by the intrepid property gossip gal at the… Read more »

‘Dear White People’ Series Ordered at Netflix

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Netflix has given a series order to “Dear White People,” an adaptation of writer and director Justin Simien’s 2014 feature film of the same name. Simien will write all 10 half-hour episodes and direct the premiere. The series will begin production later this year and debut worldwide on Netflix in 2017. “Dear White People” tells… Read more »

TV Shows Are Finally Ready to Have a Serious Talk About Religion

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Rape, murder, incest, violent crime, drug peddling, human trafficking — the stuff of television drama is much more about vice than about virtue and its expression as religious faith. But two new series are tackling head-on the subject that has long been considered taboo for TV. Hulu’s “The Path” revolves around practitioners of the fictitious… Read more »

Nickelodeon Animation: ‘Rugrats,’ ‘Doug’ and ‘Ren & Stimpy’ Carved Studio’s Niche

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“Milestone” is a word that gets kicked around a lot, but it actually applies to the launch of Nickelodeon Animation Studio 25 years ago. When “Rugrats,” “Doug” and “The Ren & Stimpy Show” made successful debuts in 1991, Nick hit a trifecta that still impresses. Even the creators of those shows couldn’t have predicted that…. Read more »

Nickelodeon Animation Studio: Pop-Culture Powerhouse Got an Unlikely Start

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While it’s hard to imagine a large entertainment entity beginning this way now, back in 1990 it was a Nickelodeon contractor who got Nickelodeon Animation Studio off the ground. Vanessa Coffey was hired as a creative consultant to develop NickToons, which became the trio of animated series, “Doug,” “Rugrats” and “The Ren & Stimpy Show.”… Read more »