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‘Broad City’ Stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson Play Colonial Women Reacting to Hillary Clinton’s Nomination

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During his post-DNC live show on Thursday, Stephen Colbert brought “Broad City” stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer on to help celebrate Hillary Clinton’s historic Democratic nomination acceptance speech. But, with such a feat being a major milestone for women’s rights, he first traveled back to July 4, 1776 to share the news with Josephine Hindley and… Read more »

John Pleasants, Samsung’s Top Media Exec, Is Leaving (EXCLUSIVE)

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Samsung’s retreat from its media ambitions continued Friday with a high-profile departure: The company’s highest-ranking U.S. media executive John Pleasants is leaving, Variety has learned. He will be replaced by longtime Samsung executive Yoon C. Lee, according to sources familiar with the matter. A Samsung spokesperson declined to comment via email, and instead sent the following… Read more »

FOX News Cuts Away During Father of Slain Muslim Veteran’s Speech at Democratic Convention

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One of the most enduring images from Democratic National Convention was of Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala, Pakistan-born immigrants who told the packed Pennsylvania Convention Center on Thursday night how their son Humayun sacrificed his life to save his comrade in arms. The Muslim American soldier died after stepping forward and preventing a car rigged with explosives from killing others. Millions… Read more »

10 Biggest Winners and Losers From the Democratic National Convention

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PHILADELPHIA — Journalists who trekked to both conventions knew that the atmosphere of each party gathering would be different — what they didn’t expect was how much different they would be. So much of the story at the Republican Convention was who wasn’t there; for the Democrats, the reverse was true, as the concern was… Read more »

Ohio’s Recently Bolstered $40 Million Incentive Provides Significant Lures for Producers

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From the urban landscapes of Cleveland (recently seen by millions on TV, thanks to the Republican National Convention) to picture-perfect rural Midwestern wholesomeness, Ohio offers diverse all-American locations. What’s more, the state recently bumped up the annual cap for its incentive program to $40 million, and offers a 30% refundable/transferable tax credit The minimum spend… Read more »

Broadband Giants File for Rehearing on FCC’s ‘Unlawful’ Net Neutrality Rules

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As expected, trade associations representing U.S. Internet service providers launched legal challenges Friday seeking to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the FCC’s net neutrality rules. The groups — the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn., CTIA, USTelecom and the American Cable Assn. — filed petitions for an en banc rehearing with the U.S…. Read more »

Film, TV Shoots on the Rise in South Africa

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Production in South Africa is on the upswing, prompted not only by the country’s sagging currency, the rand — the exchange rate makes local services cheaper for filmmakers coming in from abroad — but by a host of new production resources. Studio Joburg: This sprawling film and TV studio complex, complete with a helicopter landing… Read more »

‘Passion’ Performer Michael W. Smith Has Faith In The Future

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Michael W. Smith is no stranger to faith-based entertainment. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has scored on both the mainstream and contemporary Christian charts and has released a bevy of successful instrumental and worship albums, such as “Freedom” (2000), “Glory” (2011), and “Decades of Worship” (2012). While Smith, keynote speaker at Variety’s Purpose: The Family Entertainment and… Read more »

Hollywood Looks for Higher Ground in Film and TV

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Faith, religion, existential and eschatological issues are popping up everywhere in Hollywood from Fox’s new panel talk show, “The Preachers” to films such as “Heaven Is for Real” and “Miracles From Heaven.” “It’s a fascinating conversation you almost never see on television,” says Tara Montgomery, creative executive and vice president: programming, production & development at… Read more »

Democratic National Convention Night 4 Early Ratings Soft Compared to 2012, on Par With 2016 RNC

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We won’t see the full picture of the ratings for the final night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention until later this afternoon, but the early broadcast ratings weren’t as historical as might be expected on a night when the first woman in America’s history was officially anointed her party’s candidate for president. NBC, ABC,… Read more »