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NBCU Cable Shakes Up Programming Operations with New Roles For Dave Howe, Bill McGoldrick

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Bonnie Hammer is blowing up the cable TV management playbook with a sweeping realignment of executive responsibilities across the largest channels that she oversees at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. The biggest break with tradition is the move of Bill McGoldrick, formerly Syfy’s exec VP of original content, to the post of exec VP of scripted content… Read more »

Berlin: Variety Critics Pick Their Festival Wish Lists

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The Berlin Film Festival’s competition, Forum, Panorama and Generation sections program a cornucopia of films from all over the world — so it was a tough task for Variety’s chief international critic Peter Debruge and critic Guy Lodge to narrow down their Berlinale wish lists to a handful of features. PETER DEBRUGE GENIUS Competition In literature as… Read more »

Vice Media Under Pressure: New Backers Bring New Challenges

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“Are you getting high?” asks a marijuana entrepreneur’s mother in his new TV series “Weediquette,” fearing he will be caught smoking on screen. It’s a sly joke, considering how much pot consumption is crammed into seemingly every minute of the show produced by Vice Media, which will program the series as part of a newly… Read more »

Berlin: Market Forces Reshape Indie Biz — Again

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The 2016 European Film Market isn’t without star power. Richard Gere toplines the Protagonist Pictures-sold psychological drama “The Dinner,” from Oren Moverman; Adam Driver (Rylo Ken to “Star Wars” fans) stars in Jim Jarmusch comedy “Paterson” from K5 Intl.; James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander grace Wim Wender’s “Submergence,” from Embankment. But as indie film execs… Read more »

‘Star Trek’: Bryan Fuller Named Showrunner of New CBS Series

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“Hannibal” creator Bryan Fuller has found his next mission: showrunner and co-creator of CBS’ new “Star Trek” series. A longtime fan of science fiction, Fuller began his career writing for “Star Trek: Voyager” (1997-2001) and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1997). “My very first experience of ‘Star Trek’ is my oldest brother turning off all the lights… Read more »

Music Box Films Acquires Anne Fontaine’s Sundance Player ‘The Innocents’

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BERLIN– Chicago-based distributor Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Anne Fontaine’s “The Innocents” (formerly “Agnus Dei”) which world premiered at Sundance. Set in Poland, in December 1945,” The Innocent” stars Lou de Laâge (“Breathe”) as Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor based in Warsaw who crosses paths with a nun seeking… Read more »

Berlin: Cassian Elwes Teams With Armory Films to Form Zeal Media

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Veteran financier Cassian Elwes and production-finance company Armory Films and its partners Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros have created Zeal Media Co. as an independent film finance and production company. The announcement came on Tuesday, two days before the opening of the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market. The newly formed operation’s first film… Read more »

Ratings: ABC’s ‘Bachelor’ Hits High; CBS Shows Get Post-Super Bowl Boosts

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The CBS Monday dramas — as well as “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — saw expected lifts one night after the network’s coverage of Super Bowl 50, but it was Fox’s “The X-Files” and ABC’s rising “The Bachelor” that topped the night among young adults. According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “The Bachelor” (2.4… Read more »

Madison Avenue Stuffed Super Bowl 50 With More Ads Than Past Games

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TV viewers who tuned to Super Bowl 50 this weekend likely gorged themselves on chicken wings, beer and sandwiches. Their eyes, meanwhile, were led to feast on something else: ads. Super Bowl 50 had the most commercials and promos of any regular broadcast of the annual gridiron classic, highlighting the dependence of both advertisers and TV… Read more »