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Geoffrey Zakarian Launches Corner Table Entertainment

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Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian has spent so much time on TV during the past decade that he’s decided to launch his own production venture, Corner Table Entertainment. Zakarian, a regular on Food Network, has partnered with Key Group Worldwide in the company that will focus on scripted and unscripted projects for TV, digital and mobile… Read more »

‘Lethal Weapon’ Gets Second Season Order at Fox

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Fox has given an early renewal to buddy cop series “Lethal Weapon,” Variety has learned. The TV adaptation of the Mel Gibson-Danny Glover film, starring Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans, has proved a more than solid performer for Fox, averaging a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and an average audience of 6.63 million; Fox says that… Read more »

‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ in Ratings Rebound Thanks to Political Climate

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August was not the hottest month for Stephen Colbert. Ratings for CBS’ “The Late Show” — which had been on a steady slide since shortly after Colbert’s debut as host in 2015 — hit a new low, with the monthly total-viewer average slipping below 2 million for the first time. If its trajectory continued, Colbert’s… Read more »

With Funding From Universal, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Looks for Reinvention

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Steven Spielberg cleared the way for the latest iteration of DreamWorks Studios a year ago, shifting distribution from Disney to Universal and announcing new investment from Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment of India, and Entertainment One of Canada. That financing influx, along with Spielberg’s unusual move to chip in $50 million of his own money… Read more »

Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Tech, Wearables for Live Concerts: Techstars Music Incubator Unveils First Class

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is the latest buzz word of the tech industry, with smart algorithms powering your personal assistants and recommending which TV shows to binge on next. And now, AI is getting ready to make music: Brisbane, Australia-based digital music startup Popgun wants to use machine learning to figure out which music is trending… Read more »

Facebook Wants MLB Live-Streaming Rights, Which Twitter Already Has for 2017 Season

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Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for Facebook to make the world a better place apparently includes live-streaming America’s pastime to the masses. Facebook is in discussions with Major League Baseball to secure rights to stream one game per week free on the social platform, as first reported by Reuters. It wouldn’t be a groundbreaking deal, if it comes to… Read more »

Louis C.K. Inks Deal With Netflix for Two Stand-Up Specials

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Louis C.K.’s next two comedy specials will debut exclusively on Netflix, Variety has learned. The first of the specials, titled “2017” and filmed in Washington, D.C., will premiere April 4 globally on Netflix. C.K. is no stranger to the streaming world; he released his 2011 special “Live from the Beacon Theater” exclusively on his own… Read more »

Jamie Chung to Play Blink in Fox’s Marvel Pilot From Bryan Singer

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Another X-Men character has been cast in Fox’s Marvel pilot from Matt Nix and Bryan Singer. Jamie Chung will star as Blink, the popular character from the comics with the power of teleportation, Variety has learned. The untitled action-adventure series is a hot project at Fox with A-listers behind the scenes. Nix penned the pilot and will serve… Read more »