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Apr 23, 2018
2:21 pm
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Imagine CEO Exits Company (THR)

The CEO of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment production company has exited the firm and plans to start his own media company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Charlie Corwin departs after joining the company as CEO a little more than a year ago.

“Corwin, who previously served as co-chairman and co-CEO of Endemol Shine North America, was brought aboard Imagine in January 2017 in the newly created position of CEO, reporting to Imagine partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard,” THR notes. “The exec had worked at Endemol Shine since 2007 and exited in fall 2016.”

Imagine co-Chair Michael Rosenberg said Corwin made the decision to step down in December. In a statement, Rosenberg said: “We think Charlie is smart and talented, and we want to be in business with him going forward and so we’ve made an investment in the company he is putting together.”

TVBIZWIRE
Apr 23, 2018
2:09 pm
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Bizarre Selfie Video by Anthony Hopkins Goes Viral (TVWeek, Twitter)

A 32-second video clip posted by Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins went viral, with more than 6 million views on it since he posted it on his Twitter account Sunday.

The clip appears to be a selfie showing Hopkins dancing. Along with the clip, the actor posted the message, “This is what happens when you’re all work and no play…”

You can watch the clip by clicking here to go to Hopkins’ Twitter page.

Anthony Hopkins, as he appears
in his new clip

TVBIZWIRE
Apr 23, 2018
12:49 pm
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ABC News Names New ’20/20′ Anchor (TVWeek)

ABC has named a new anchor for its venerable “20/20” newsmagazine series. Co-anchoring along with David Muir will be Amy Robach.

ABC News President James Goldston made the announcement in a memo to the news division. Here’s his note, in full:

Team,

I’m delighted to announce that Amy Robach will join David Muir as co-anchor of 20/20 starting at the end of May.  In addition to her new duties she’ll continue to report frequently for Good Morning America and across ABC News when major news breaks.

Amy, as we know so well, is a brilliant journalist and a skilled interviewer.  She has covered the biggest news events around the world, from the deadly terrorist attacks in Belgium and Manchester and the Pulse nightclub shooting to the poaching epidemic in Tanzania and the Olympic games in PyeongChang, Rio and Sochi.

Amy’s already well-known to our 20/20 audience for her reporting on some of the program’s most compelling work.  She’s proved uniquely capable of connecting with a diverse and fascinating group of people to tell their stories, including Tonya Harding, Gretchen Carlson, Hulk Hogan, former UVA dean Nicole Eramo, and Monica Lewinsky for her first network interview in over a decade.

Her tenacity as a reporter has been matched by her passion to help others after her breast cancer diagnosis.  Three years ago she wrote about her unexpected battle with cancer after an on-air mammogram on GMA.  Her book, “Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held on to Hope and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour,” became a New York Times bestseller.  By sharing her diagnosis and its aftermath publicly and candidly, she offers hope to millions across this country.

Amy joins David, Deborah Roberts and the 20/20 team at an exciting time.  The newsmagazine continues to innovate 40 years after its launch, but great journalism and distinctive storytelling are always at the heart of what we do, and Amy will help make an outstanding team even better.

Please join me in congratulating Amy on her new role.

James

Amy Robach (ABC)

TVBIZWIRE
Apr 23, 2018
12:31 pm
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‘American Idol’ About to Make History With TV Event (TVWeek)

“For the first time in the history of American television, a reality-competition series will allow viewers to watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as ‘American Idol’ is simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span, starting Sunday, April 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT),” ABC announced.

The announcement notes that viewers will be able to vote by text, via AmericanIdol.com/vote and on the “American Idol” app. The results will be revealed at the end of each show in real time, across all time zones.

Please click here for additional details in the ABC announcement.

TVBIZWIRE
Apr 23, 2018
12:31 pm
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TBS Renews Two Shows (TVWeek, TBS)

TBS has just given renewals two of its series, announcing that it will bring back the comedies “The Last O.G.” and “Search Party.”

“The Last O.G.,” starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish, will return for a second season, with “Search Party” to return for season three.

Additionally, “Search Party” creators Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers signed an overall deal with TBS to develop programming for TV and digital.

Please click here to read details in today’s announcement and see the new promo clip for “Search Party.”

TVBIZWIRE
Apr 23, 2018
10:29 am
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Big Summer Concert Kickoff to Be Televised for the First Time (TVWeek)

A big summer concert that is considered the unofficial kickoff event for the summer concert season will be televised for the first time. Freeform announced plans to televise “iHeartRadio Wango Tango” on Sunday, June 3.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the concert will feature performances by Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, NF, Miguel, Janelle Monáe and Marshmello, with a special guest performance by Logic. Additional artists are still to be announced.

The concert takes place at the all-new Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, on Saturday, June 2. The annual event has been going since 1998.

“Fans will have the opportunity to catch all the action, including performances and behind-the-scenes fun, the following evening on Freeform at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT,” the network announced.

Said Karey Burke, executive vice president of Programming and Development at Freeform: “Our commitment to bringing unique and compelling programming to young adult audiences is at the core of our brand. To be able to partner with iHeartRadio and bring this iconic annual summer concert to television for the first time in its 20-year history is remarkable.”

“iHeartRadio Wango Tango” is produced John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz for iHeartMedia and Michael Dempsey for Dempsey Productions.

TVBIZWIRE
Apr 23, 2018
10:19 am
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ABC’s Renewal of This Show Makes It the Longest-Running Prime-Time Drama in the History of the Network (TVWeek)

A recently announced renewal by ABC means that the longest-running prime-time drama of all time on the network will be “Grey’s Anatomy.”

The medical drama, which is the network’s No. 1 drama in the key demo of adults 18-49, was picked up for a 15th season. ABC noted that only seven drama series in the history of television have had more seasons.

Click here for details in the ABC announcement.

TVBIZWIRE
Apr 23, 2018
9:37 am
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Noah Emmerich — Stan on ‘The Americans’ — Lands in Another Spy Series (TVWeek)

Actor Noah Emmerich, who has had a high profile on TV lately as FBI agent Stan Beeman on FX’s “The Americans,” just joined the cast of “The Spy,” which is in the works at Netflix.

The six-episode limited series explores Eli Cohen’s (Sacha Baron Cohen) role as a spy for Israel in Syria in the early 1960s.

Emmerich will play Dan Peleg, described by Netflix as “a charming, rumpled and brilliant Mossad trainer. He is wise, wary and stubborn, and has a tendency to blur the boundaries between the personal and professional. He has conflicted feelings about Eli, and is tormented by a mistake he made in the past.”

Gideon Raff is writer and director on “The Spy,” with Légende Films and Alain Goldman producing.

Emmerich has had roles on “The Walking Dead” and “Billions,” among many other TV shows, and has appeared in many feature films including “The Truman Show,” “Beautiful Girls,” “Frequency” and “Super 8.”

TVBIZWIRE
Apr 23, 2018
8:51 am
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Netflix Explores the Bond Between a Boy and His Robot (TVWeek)

A video released today by Netflix examines the relationship the streaming service says is at the heart of its “Lost in Space” reboot — the relationship between young Will Robinson and his mysterious robot.

In the clip, Maxwell Jenkins, who plays Will, and Toby Stephens, who plays his dad, talk about the robot’s role in Will’s life along with their own complicated relationship. Showrunner Zack Estrin is among the others who also comment.

The show’s first season is now streaming on Netflix. Please click here to see the clip and read more about the series.

TVBIZWIRE
Apr 20, 2018
4:59 pm
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Potential Roadblock Looms for Media Consolidation (Bloomberg)

“Television broadcast stocks are lower today on concern that a potential FCC loss in an ownership-limit case could tie up future deals or stop them in their tracks,” Bloomberg reported Friday. “D.C. Circuit appeals court judges grilled the FCC today about an ownership rule change that’s needed for Sinclair to acquire Tribune Media. The national holdings limit rests at 39%, but that rule — the UHF discount — lets some companies count only part of their audience, skirting the threshold.”

Bloomberg Intelligence litigation analyst Matthew Schettenhelm is quoted in the story saying: “I’ve been to a lot of FCC arguments and this one was among the worst I’ve seen for the agency. It’s not a sure thing but I would be very surprised if the FCC prevails.”

Schettenhelm predicted that judges would rule against the UHF discount, which Bloomberg notes would “not only complicate the proposed Sinclair-Tribune deal, but also squeeze future M&A by leaving less room for broadcasters to buy more stations.”

Added Schettenhelm: “Without the discount there is a lot less room for acquisitions to occur because you have a bunch of companies that are pretty close to that 39% level. As long as that cap remains in place, the companies don’t have a lot of room to grow.”

The court is expected to decide before the end of September whether the agency properly enforced the UHF discount.

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