CBS has plucked Mitch Graham from his publicity director position to make him vice president of alternative programming, reporting to exec veep of alternative Chris Castallo.
Graham will oversee CBS’ current reality slate, including “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “Big Brother” and “Undercover Boss,” while participating in future unscripted development.
“As a publicist who has long and deep roots in all of our franchises, there wasn’t a more valuable candidate than Mitch,” said Castallo. “As our go-to guy for many years, his established relationships with our producers will be invaluable going forward.”
Recently, Graham led the publicity campaign for CBS summer series “Under the Dome.” He joined CBS in 1999.
Italy’s Lux Vide, the production company behind “Medici” and financial thriller “Devils,” is in talks for a U.S. adaptation of their local medical drama “Doc” after its recent bow to record ratings on pubcaster Rai. The show is also set to be showcased by The Wit’s Virginia Mouselier during MipTV Online Plus. Praised by Italian [...]
Adult Swim has picked up the animated comedy series “YOLO: Crystal Fantasy” from creator Michael Cusack, Variety has learned exclusively. The series, which will premiere later this year, follows Australian party girls Sarah and Rachel as they are looking for fun times, new experiences, positive vibes, and hopeful horoscopes in the bizarre town of Wollongong. Sarah’s [...]
Disney has joined the list of companies implementing sizable pay cuts for senior executives amid the upheaval caused by the coronavirus crisis. Bob Iger, who shifted from chairman-CEO to executive chairman last month, has opted to forgo his salary for the year. Bob Chapek, who succeeded Iger as CEO, has taken a 50% pay cut. [...]
Fox’s “iHeart Living Room Concert for America,” which saw Elton John lead a whole chorus of famous singers in calling for social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, tied “American Idol” for first place in the Sunday night TV ratings race. The concert, which featured the Backstreet Boys, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey, scored a 1.3 [...]
In order to promote health and safety guidelines in the wake of the novel coronavirus, Freeform is launching a multi-platform social distancing campaign called #StayTheFFHome, Variety has learned exclusively. The goal of #StayTheFFHome is to encourage the Freeform audience to take state officials’ “safer at home” and “shelter in place” advisories seriously. To further entice [...]
“Locke & Key” is officially coming back for a second season. Netflix has renewed the supernatural horror drama, which debuted in Feb. after more than a decade in development at both Hulu and Netflix. Co-showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill opened up about the show’s lengthy ride to the small screen during a Variety interview earlier this [...]
Nickelodeon, Disney and Sesame Workshop, three of the nation’s best known makers of kids’ entertainment, are going to start tackling more dramatic stuff. The ViacomCBS kids’ network will tonight at 7 p.m. eastern present “#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall,” an hour-long special that aims to help kids gain more understanding about changes wrought in their [...]