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Television Academy Lauds Casting Director Marion Dougherty with Governors Award

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The late casting director Marion Dougherty will be awarded the Television Academy’s 2014 Governors Award. Dougherty will be feted for her more than 50-year legacy as a casting director in film and television, starting with NBC’s “Kraft Television Theatre.” She is credited with coining the term “casting director” and for giving early breaks to such… Read more »

Michael Pavlic Replacing Tommy Gargotta as Sony’s President, Worldwide Advertising

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Wasting no time, Sony has announced that Michael Pavlic will replace Tommy Gargotta as president, worldwide creative advertising. On Tuesday, Gargotta stepped down from his post at the Culver City-based studio. Pavlic was quickly promoted from executive VP of creative advertising and will report to Dwight Caines, president of domestic theatrical marketing for Columbia TriStar… Read more »

‘Doctor Who’ Premiere: BBC America Announces Special Events Before Peter Capaldi’s Debut

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Leading up to Peter Capaldi’s first season debut as the infamous time traveler on “Doctor Who,” BBC America will premiere a series of specials, and will team up with Fathom Events for theatrical screenings of the season premiere. “Doctor Who: The Companion” will air at 9 p.m. on August 16, followed by ‘The Real History… Read more »

Hearst Hires Principato-Young’s Corey Moss to Head Digital Studio Production

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Corey Moss, previously head of digital at Principato-Young Entertainment, has joined Hearst as SVP of production and development for Hearst Digital Studios. Moss, to remain based in Los Angeles, will be tasked with expanding Hearst Digital Studios’ scripted and non-scripted digital video business and branded content. He reports to Hearst Digital Studios chief Neeraj Khemlani, who… Read more »

Emmy Writer and Director: The Nominees Who Knew Too Much

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Documents, images and consultants’ testimony can lend unexpected dimension to a narrative in development. This year’s Emmy writing and directing nominees remind us that research changes a story because it changes the storyteller — it lobs a curve at preconceptions or perspective. Some writers bring the best research of all: personal experience. For Nic Pizzolatto,… Read more »

Why Serials Knocked Procedurals Out of the Emmy Race

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It seems obvious to say, yet it’s still a striking thought: A procedural drama, historically a staple of television, is unlikely to ever win another best series Emmy — and, indeed, will probably struggle even to get nominated. That’s reflected in this year’s nominees — all of them serialized — highlighting an appetite for such… Read more »

The M&A Wars Seem Tame Without Sumner Redstone’s Raids

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MEMO TO SUMNER REDSTONE: Where are you when we need you, Sumner? You used to thrive in this sort of chaotic media environment, with takeover rumors rampant and harried bankers shuttling between meetings. But you’ve let Rupert Murdoch, your longtime rival, not only grasp centerstage but also rewrite his dynastic history, which only a year… Read more »