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Playwright Eric Dufault Nabs PONY Fellowship and the N.Y. Apartment That Comes With It

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The Lark Play Development Center and Playwrights of New York have named scribe Eric Dufault as the 2014-15 recipient of the PONY Fellowship, the hefty annual grant program that has a track record of identifying rising talent early, including Katori Hall (“The Mountaintop”) and Samuel D. Hunter (“The Whale”). Dufault attracted attention earlier this year for… Read more »

Machinima eSports Commentator Ryan Wyatt Rejoins Major League Gaming

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After spending the past three years at Machinima, videogame commentator Ryan Wyatt, otherwise known as “Fwiz,” has rejoined Major League Gaming. Wyatt will serve as VP of programming for MLG.TV, using the company’s in-house production studio and working with eSports leagues and pro-gamers to develop new shows. As part of the deal, his personal live… Read more »

Netflix in Talks with Wireless Giant Vodafone on European Streaming Deal

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Vodafone is in early talks with Netflix about a partnership to offer the Internet-video service to mobile subscribers, Bloomberg reported, citing anonymous sources. A deal with Vodafone would further Netflix’s plans to make a substantial expansion into Europe this year. That includes the streamer’s expected launches in France this fall and in Germany, reportedly set for September. If the deal is typical of… Read more »

Fox News Re-Signs Chris Wallace To ‘Multi-Year’ Deal

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Fox News said it had signed “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace to a new “multi-year” deal that would keep the veteran anchor on the network for “years to come,” in the words of the outlet’s top executive, Roger Ailes. Since joining the 21st Century Fox-owned network in 2003, Wallace has  moderated “Fox News Sunday,” a  one-hour public affairs program… Read more »

The Smart Thing About Dumb Mobile Video News

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I’m not sure whether to be depressed or impressed by new NBCUniversal video initiatives #30SecondstoKnow and “15 Seconds to Truth.” Perhaps the former hashtag has shown up in your Twitter feed since its introduction in February. Xerox Corp. sure hopes it has; the company is the sole sponsor of the yearlong torrent of 30-second clips… Read more »

Summer Films Must Win Back Apathetic Young Ticketbuyers

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This is the moment of truth for two sectors of the movie business that are at opposite ends of the spectrum — opposite in terms of commerce and culture. For the Hollywood studios, it’s launch time (and prayer time) for summer blockbusters, the wakeup calls for Spider-Man, the X-Men, Captain America, Godzilla and all their… Read more »

‘A Haunted House 2′ Conjures Up Improvisation

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Marlon Wayans loves comedy. And in his new movie, “A Haunted House 2,” his physical comedy knows no bounds. Prior to the Wednesday premiere screening of the pic, Wayans told the packed Regal L.A. Live theater that the movie would be “87 minutes of raucous laughter.” Wayans typically spoofs several horror films in the “Haunted House” franchise, but… Read more »

Kobe Bryant Documentary in the Works at Showtime

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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is the subject of a new documentary called “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” which will air this fall on Showtime. The project, directed by Gotham Chopra, is filming in Los Angeles and will offer an in-depth look into the life, inspirations and challenges facing one of the most successful and complex… Read more »