Jun 26, 2017
12:04 pm

New President of Directors Guild Comes From the Ranks of TV (Deadline)

The newly elected president of the Directors Guild of America is Emmy-winning “West Wing” director Thomas Schlamme, Deadline.com reports.

Schlamme was the guild’s third vice president, and co-chaired the organization’s last two film and TV contract negotiating committees, the report notes.

“Earlier this year, the guild presented him with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for extraordinary service to the DGA and its membership,” Deadline reports. “A member of the guild for nearly 40 years, he served as a member of the Western Directors Council since 2003, as a member of the Creative Rights Committee since 2001, and was a founding member of the DGA Political Action Committee’s Leadership Council.”

Jun 26, 2017
11:45 am

Rumors Surface About a Weird Reason That Daniel Day-Lewis Quit Acting (NY Post)

When three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis announced last week that he is retiring from acting, his publicist issued a concise statement and offered no details other than to say it was a private decision, as we reported previously. But now The New York Post’s Page Six cites friends of the actor and other sources who suggest the move was part of a longtime plan by the actor to become a dressmaker.

The report notes that Day-Lewis “took a five-year break in the ’90s to work as a cobbler in a fancy Italian shoe factory.”

The Post adds: “A source told Page Six that Day-Lewis did such intense research and learned so much about couture fashion for his final film playing ‘an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society’ that he will stick with the profession off-screen and become a dressmaker.”

Day-Lewis’ final film, set in the fashion world of 1950s London, remains untitled, although it has been referred to by the working title “Phantom Thread.” Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film has a Dec. 25 release date.

Jun 26, 2017
11:17 am

Neflix Unveils Details on Its New Spike Lee TV Series (TVWeek, Netflix)

Netflix has taken the wraps off its new series from Spike Lee, based on his groundbreaking 1986 film “She’s Gotta Have It.”

The series version of “She’s Gotta Have It” will roll out its 10-episode first season on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23.

The series stars DeWanda Wise as Nola Darling.

The Netflix announcement describes Darling as “a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her Friends, her Job and her Three Lovers: Greer Childs played by Cleo Anthony (‘Divergent’), Jamie Overstreet played by Lyriq Bent (‘The Book of Negroes’), and Mars Blackmon played by ‘Hamilton’ alum Anthony Ramos.”

The cast also includes Chyna Layne (“Precious”) and Ilfenesh Hadeara (“Baywatch”), Margot Bingham (“Barbershop: The Next Cut”), Sydney Morton (“Love, New York”) and Joie Lee (“Do The Right Thing”).

The series is created and produced by Lee, who directs all 10 episodes.

Tonya Lewis Lee is executive producer, with Barry Michael Cooper and Lynn Nottage as producers.

Jun 26, 2017
9:38 am

Freshman Comedy on Netflix Not Renewed (TVWeek, Vanity Fair, Netflix)

Netflix canceled a comedy series after rolling out just one season of the show. The streaming service pulled the plug on “Girlboss,” which debuted its 13-episode freshman season on April 21.

Created by Kay Cannon and based on Sophia Amoruso’s 2014 autobiography “#GIRLBOSS,” the series didn’t exactly wow the critics. Vanity Fair ran a story today posing the question of whether “Girlboss” was Netflix’s “first truly terrible show.”

“Unlike other original [Netflix] series that have gotten the ax, it seems the streaming giant’s Nasty Gal comedy is gone for only one reason: it was just that bad,” Vanity Fair said.

The first season has a grim 32% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

The show stars Britt Robertson, Ellie Reed, Johnny Simmons and Alphonso McAuley, and boasts a lineup of executive producers that includes Charlize Theron along with Cannon and Amoruso.

Netflix has also recently canceled the dramas “The Get Down” and “Sense8.”

Jun 26, 2017
9:17 am

Report Forecasts Huge Loss of Subs as Traditional Pay-TV Universe Continues to Shrink (B&C)

The latest forecast projects continuing shrinkage for the traditional pay-TV universe. A new report by Kagan, a unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence, projects a loss of 10.8 million households among traditional multichannel subscribers by 2021, bringing the total to 82.3 million, B&C reports.

“At the same time, the number of households choosing to get their video programming from virtual services — such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and other, newer competitors — will reach nearly 11 million households,” the story reports.

B&C adds: “By 2021, the number of households relying only on over-the-top delivery of self-aggregated online content will hit 18 million, equal to 14% of occupied households, according to Kagan.”


Jun 26, 2017
8:44 am

Body of Salvador Dali to Be Exhumed (BBC)

The body of surrealist painter Salvador Dali has been ordered exhumed in connection with a paternity suit in Spain, the BBC reports.

Dali died of heart failure in 1989 at age 84 and is buried in a crypt at the Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain, the town of his birth.

A judge ordered the exhumation of Dali’s body to get samples for a suit filed by Maria Pilar Abel Martinez, a Spanish tarot card reader who says her mother, a maid, had a clandestine affair with the painter in 1955.

Martinez. who was born in 1956, says she believes she is the daughter of the painter.

“In ordering the exhumation, the judge said there were no biological remains or personal objects of the artist to be used in the paternity test,” the BBC notes.

“Her legal action is against the Spanish state, to which Dali left his estate. The court said the decision could be appealed,” the report adds. “If she is confirmed to be the artist’s daughter, she could use his surname and be entitled to part of his estate.”

Jun 26, 2017
8:11 am

Digital Talent Search Under Way (TVWeek)

A talent competition offering a broadcast network talent deal to the winner is under way as of today, with the announcement by ABC of the fifth annual ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition, running June 26-July 9.

The winner will receive a one-year, $25,000 talent deal with ABC.

“The competition aims to discover and champion actors who may not have had the opportunity to be seen yet by a team of professional casting executives,” the announcement notes.

The competition is open to actors 18 and older.

“The 2017 winner will be announced Thursday, August 10, when their videos, along with the other top finalists, will be featured on the ABC Discovers website,” the announcement adds.

Please click here for details in today’s announcement.

Jun 26, 2017
7:41 am

Why Your Credit Rating May Look Better Soon (NY Times)

“About 12 million people will get a lift in their credit scores next month as the national credit reporting agencies wipe from their records two major sources of negative information about borrowers: tax liens and civil judgments,” The New York Times reports.

“The change stems from a lengthy crusade by consumer advocates and government officials to force the credit bureaus to improve the accuracy of their reports, which are often speckled with errors and outdated information,” the report adds. “Those mistakes can limit borrowers’ access to credit cards, auto loans and mortgages, or saddle them with higher borrowing costs.”

The Times adds: “Starting July 1, the three major credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — will enforce stricter rules on the public records they collect, requiring each citation to include the subject’s name, address and either their Social Security number or date of birth. Nearly all civil judgments and at least half of the nation’s tax lien records do not meet the new standards, and will be eliminated from consumer credit reports.”

Jun 23, 2017
4:07 pm

ABC Cancels Series (AP, TVWeek)

ABC pulled the plug on a comedy series after a short run. An executive producer of “Downward Dog” says the freshman sitcom has been canceled, the AP reports.

The report cites executive producer Jimmy Miller, who says the series will air its last two episodes Tuesday. The show has aired only six episodes so far.

“Miller said Friday that ABC wanted to keep ‘Downward Dog’ on its schedule but that the finances couldn’t be worked out,” the AP reports.

The news comes on the heels of ABC’s exiling of another freshman show, the drama “Still Star-Crossed,” to Saturdays in a sign that the Shondaland series also won’t be back for a second season, as we reported previously.

The most recent episode of “Downward Dog,” which aired Tuesday, delivered 3.08 million total viewers, based on Nielsen Live+Same Day data.

Jun 23, 2017
4:01 pm

Store Closings Have Tripled This Year — and More Have Just Been Announced (CNN)

Stores have been closing at an alarming rate this year, with the number of closings so far this year triple what it was during the same period a year ago, CNN reports, citing an analysis by the retail think tank Fung Global Retail & Technology.

In the latest round of closings, Sears Holdings announced today that it plans to shutter another 20 stores that have been losing money — 18 Sears locations and two Kmarts.

“There have been 5,300 store closing announcements through June 20, making it the second worst year on record at the six-month mark,” CNN reports. “The worst year ever for store closings was 2008 during the Great Recession, when Credit Suisse counted 6,163 closings. But 2017 is poised to easily surpass that.”

The report notes that online shopping sites such as Amazon have taken a toll. “But brick-and-mortar stores are also suffering from overbuilding,” CNN adds. “Retail bankruptcies have also soared. There are 345 retailers that have filed for bankruptcy so far this year, according to BankruptcyData.com, up 32% from the same time last year.”

“While many of the bankruptcies have been by small mom-and-pop retailers with one or two locations, plenty of major national retailers have also filed for bankruptcy,” the report adds. “RadioShack, Gymboree, Rue21 and Payless Shoes have all filed this year, and other retailers already in bankruptcy, such as The Limited, have closed all their stores.”


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