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NBC Sets Summer Premiere Dates for Pair of New Comedies, Eight Other Shows

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NBC has added to its busy summer slate, pairing new comedies “Mr. Robinson” and “The Carmichael Show” for an hour block on Wednesday and scheduling eight more new and returning series that will premiere between Memorial Day and early August. New alternative entries “The Island” and “I Can Do That” are the first newcomers to… Read more »

Is Bill O’Reilly More Gun-Shy About Hostile Guests?

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On March 17, something happened on “The O’Reilly Factor” that has become more unusual: Bill O’Reilly hosted former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, who spent several minutes vehemently disagreeing with him. Once, that wouldn’t have been cause for mention. The Fox News Channel host has always mixed it up with guests, usually, like Frank, from the… Read more »

Cannes: New Movies From Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

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There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24). In keeping with his longtime habit of… Read more »

Berlin Winner ‘Pearl Button’ Bought for U.S. by Kino Lorber

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Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman’s “The Pearl Button,” which won the Silver Bear award for best script at the Berlin Film Festival last month. “The Pearl Button,” a documentary exploring Chile’s coastline and past, is a follow-up to Guzman’s “Nostalgia for the Light.” Kino Lorber plans a theatrical… Read more »

William Petersen Joins Cast of WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’

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“CSI” alum William Petersen has joined the cast of WGN America’s “Manhattan,” which is about to begin production on its second season. Petersen will play a new military officer in Los Alamos who is deeply religious and believes he’s been called by God to spread American values around the globe. The period drama, from Lionsgate… Read more »

Nickelodeon Reveals Cast for ‘School of Rock’ Series

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Nickelodeon is ready to rock. The kids’ cabler and Paramount Television announced the full cast for the upcoming “School of Rock” series, based on the 2003 Jack Black movie. The TV adaptation is currently in production at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles and is set to premiere this fall. Ricardo Hurtado, Lance Lim, Aidan Miner, Jade… Read more »

Verve Launches Global Development Division

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Verve has announced the creation of the agency’s latest division, Verve Ventures, a global business development initiative within the company that will be run by international sales veteran Amy Beecroft. Beecroft joins Verve with a wealth of experience, having worked at many of the top companies in the international market during her career, including First… Read more »

Peter Sarsgaard’s ‘Experimenter’ Bought by Magnolia for U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)

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Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Michael Almereyda’s drama “Experimenter,” starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder. Magnolia is planning a theatrical release later this year. The film portrays Stanley Milgram’s experiment, in which subjects were made to believe they were administering electric shocks to others in order to test why people will cede… Read more »

NATPE to Seek New Chief Next Year After Rod Perth Steps Down

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NATPE has set a one-year contract extension with president-CEO Rod Perth, who will step down next year after helping find his successor. Perth, a TV biz vet, has been at the helm of the nonprofit org since 2012. He’s credited with bringing new activity to the org’s annual conference, which has suffered declining attendance amid… Read more »