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Peter Roth Promoted to Become First-Ever Chairman of Warner Bros Television Group

  • The Wrap
Longtime television executive Peter Roth has signed a contract extension, upping him to the newly-created role of chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group.

Roth has overseen television production operations for Warner Bros. for 21 years, and has been serving as president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Television Group since May of 2013. He will continue to maintain creative responsibility for Warner Bros.’ scripted, unscripted and alternative series for U.S. broadcast networks, cable and streaming services.

His promotion was announced Monday by Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of Warner Bros., to whom Roth will continue to report. Roth will also continue to work closely with Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.

Also Read: How 'Arrow' Built The CW's Own Superhero Cinematic Universe

“Across the industry, Peter has the well-deserved reputation as a legend, and I have long been an admirer of his creative insight,
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Film News Roundup: Netflix Developing Anime Feature ‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’

  • Variety
In today’s film news roundup, Netflix announces a spinoff feature based on “The Witcher,” Liam Neeson’s “Honest Thief” finds a home and Sheryl Main will receive the Henri Bollinger Award.

Project Launched

Netflix is expanding its fantasy series “The Witcher” with an anime feature film “The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.”

The streamer made the announcement Wednesday, a day after Netflix disclosed its best-ever results for its first-season original TV series with 76 million member households choosing to watch, according to the company’s new metric. The series stars Henry Cavill as the opponent of supernatural beasts in the vast world of The Continent.

The anime film is from “The Witcher” series producers Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Beau DeMayo, along with the Korean animation studio Studio Mir animation studio. Netflix provided a bare-bones description of the project, saying, “The world of ‘The Witcher’ expands in this anime film that
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Icg Publicists To Honor Sheryl Main With Henri Bollinger Award

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Icg Publicists To Honor Sheryl Main With Henri Bollinger Award
The International Cinematographers Guild Publicists said today that Sheryl Main will receive its Henri Bollinger Award for special merit at the 57th annual Icg Publicists Awards Luncheon next month.

Named after the award-winning entertainment industry publicist, the Henri Bollinger Award recognizes a person who epitomizes the definition of special merit in the field of entertainment.

“I can think of nobody more deserving of receiving the Henri Bollinger Award than Sheryl Main,” Icg National Executive Director Rebecca Rhine said.

Main began her career in film production in New York City working on projects with Oscar-winning directors John Avildsen (Rocky) and John Huston (Prizzi’s Honor) before relocating to Los Angeles. There she worked on the Bruce Willis-Cybill Shepherd series Moonlighting, before moving to Warner Bros. Pictures as Senior Publicist/Project Executive in the International Film Publicity department.

She became a unit publicist in 2000 and teamed with action star Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Former ‘Letterman’ Head Writer Merrill Markoe to Receive Writers Guild Honor

  • Variety
Former ‘Letterman’ Head Writer Merrill Markoe to Receive Writers Guild Honor
Merrill Markoe, longtime head writer at “Late Night With David Letterman,” will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

She will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 1 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Merrill Markoe’s pioneering work created what was then a new language of comedy in television, and her writing has influenced every comedy variety series in the last three decades. We are truly honored to give her this award,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman.

Markoe has been a member of the WGA West since 1977. She’s best known as the co-creator and original head writer of 1980’s “The David Letterman Show,” for which she shared a Daytime Emmy Award. Markoe went on to earn six Emmy nominations and share three Emmy Awards for her work on “Late Night With David Letterman,” creating many of the show,
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Longtime Letterman Head Writer Merrill Markoe To Receive WGA West’s Highest TV Writing Honor – The Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award

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Longtime Letterman Head Writer Merrill Markoe To Receive WGA West’s Highest TV Writing Honor – The Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award
Merrill Markoe, the multple-Emmy-winning former head writer of Late Night with David Letterman, will receive the WGA West’s 2020 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

Named after one of television’s the most influential writers, the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award is the guild’s highest honor for television writing. It is presented to a guild member who has “advanced the literature of television and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the television writer.”

Markoe will receive the award at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on February 1 in Los Angeles.

“Merrill Markoe’s pioneering work created what was then a new language of comedy in television, and her writing has influenced every comedy variety series in the last three decades. We are truly honored to give her this award,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman.

Markoe’s career as a TV writer began in 1977 on the revival of Laugh-In,
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Cybill Shepherd Dedicates Trevor Project Award to Late Sister and Lgbtq Youth

Cybill Shepherd Dedicates Trevor Project Award to Late Sister and Lgbtq Youth
Upon receiving the Champions Award from the Trevor Project on Sunday night, The L Word and Moonlighting actress Cybill Shepherd wished one person in particular could witness the non-profit organization's continued efforts to support Lgbtq youth.

"My sister Gladys Terry Shepherd, she was a lesbian and she loved women her whole life," she told the audience. "But she could not feel safe coming out at the time."

The actress drew attention to the violence that has affected the Lgbtq community for decades and noted that the current youth have resources that could save their lives. Shepherd urged ...
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5 Sitcoms From The 80s That Are Way Underrated (& 5 That Are Overrated)

The 1980s saw audiences that were clad in neon, MTV-obsessed, and styled their hair to new heights (literally). This decade was a time of great television, from Miami Vice to Moonlighting. Full of eclectic colors and an array of new characters for us to love, there were plenty of hilarious sitcoms that are beloved to this day.

Related: Classic Sitcom Catchphrases: 5 That Are Hilarious (& 5 That Are Overrated)

Sitcoms are known for their family-oriented foundations and cheesy storylines, and some shows made these components work better than others. Here are 5 Sitcoms From The 80s That Are Way Underrated (& 5 That Are Overrated).
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Superman and Lois: What to Expect From the New Arrowverse Series

Mike Cecchini Oct 29, 2019

We're finally getting an Arrowverse Superman TV series, and we have high hopes for Superman and Lois.

For the first time in over 25 years, we’re going to get an actual Superman TV series. In the years since Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman went off the air, we’ve had Smallville, Supergirl (who needs no introduction), and Krypton (a sci-fi time travel space opera about Superman’s grandfather). But a weekly show set in Metropolis with Superman, Lois Lane, and all of the traditional Man of Steel trappings seemed like it was off the menu, despite Supergirl's introduction of Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as note-perfect versions of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

That’s all going to change with Superman and Lois, a new Arrowverse series from Todd Helbing, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns that will focus on the pair’s adventures as heroes,
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Michael Chiklis and Bruce Willis in 10 Minutes Gone on Blu-ray, Digital, DVD, and Digital on October 29th

A nonstop action-thriller starring Golden Globe® and Primetime Emmy® Winner Michael Chiklis and Golden Globe® and Primetime Emmy® Winner Bruce Willis, 10 Minutes Gone arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital on October 29 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand.

A thrilling game of cat and mouse between Bruce Willis as a sinister mob boss and Michael Chiklis as a heist man who’s botched a big score, the 10 Minutes Gone Blu-ray and DVD includes a making-of featurette and cast/crew interviews, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Action legends Bruce Willis (Die Hard franchise) and Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) light up this edge-of-your-seat thriller. Crime boss Rex (Willis) hires Frank (Chiklis) and his crew to steal a priceless jewel stash—but the job goes wrong when someone tips off the cops. After Frank suffers a blow to the head, he wakes
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Bruce Willis' 10 Best Movies (According To Rotten Tomatoes)

Although he technically got his start as a TV actor in the dramedy series Moonlighting, it was the role of ass-kicking everyman John McClane that made Bruce Willis an internationally recognized superstar. He has since gone on to battle his past self, almost get himself killed by a crime lord over a gold watch, and save the Earth from being destroyed by an asteroid hurtling towards it. In recent years, it’s been a shame to see Willis phone in so many performances, because it means that a lot of fans are forgetting the actor’s glory days. To remind us, here are Bruce Willis’ 10 Best Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes.

Related: Bruce Willis' 10 Most Badass Movie Characters, Ranked
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Marvel's She Hulk TV Series on Disney+ Gets Showrunner

Mike Cecchini Nov 10, 2019

Jennifer Walters, the biggest, greenest lawyer in the Marvel Universe is getting a Disney+ TV series as She Hulk!

You'll just have to trust us on this one. Goofy name. Fun as hell character. You'll see for yourself when Marvel Studios eventually gets around to unveiling the She Hulk TV series on Disney+. The series was announced by Kevin Feige alongside other new Marvel Disney+ shows like Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight (we also have a list of all upcoming Marvel shows here). The series was first announced at D23 back in August, but now The Hollywood Reporter has word that Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty) will lead the writing team for the new series. If that's an indication of the kind of humor we can expect on this show, it's a perfect choice. 

She Hulk was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema in 1980 in the pages of (what else?
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Casting Society Of America Sets 2020 Artios Awards Date, Unveils Video Project

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The Casting Society of America has set its 35th annual Artios Awards for January 30, 2020, with ceremonies to be held simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York and London. The awards honor the contribution of casting directors to film, TV and theater.

The Los Angeles ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton, with the other venues not yet locked down. Nominations in the TV and theater categories will be announced September 24, with feature film nominees to be revealed January 2 (see the full timeline below).

Timed to this year’s awards season, the society today also kicked off its inaugural archival project that features video interviews with some of the industry’s leading casting directors released each week leading up to the awards show. First up is Juliet Taylor.

Other subjects include Reuben Cannon, Mike Fenton, Jane Jenkins & Janet Hirshenson, Wallis Nicita and newly elected Motion Picture Academy president David Rubin.

“Our new archival project is the perfect way to ramp up to the 35th Artios Awards, as it allows us to further share the remarkable stories and acknowledge the lasting contributions casting directors have made to film, television and theater,” Csa VP Rich Mento said.

Here’s the full 2020 timeline:

August 28

Open 1st ballot – Television and Theatre

September 20

Close 1st ballot – Television and Theatre

September 24

Television and Theatre Nominees Announced

Open final ballot – Television and Theatre

October 7

Close final ballot – Television and Theatre

November 5

Open submissions – Features

December 6

Close submissions – Features

December 9

Open 1st ballot – Features

January 1, 2020

Close 1st ballot – Features

January 2, 2020

Feature Nominees Announced

Open final ballot – Features

January 15, 2020

Close final ballot – Features

January 30, 2020

35th Artios Awards
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Former ‘Simpsons’ Composer Alf Clausen Says He Was Fired Because of His Age and Disability in New Lawsuit

  • The Wrap
Alf Clausen, longtime composer for “The Simpsons” who was let go in 2017, says he was wrongfully terminated because of his age and disability in a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles.

Clausen, who served as composer on “The Simpsons” beginning with the show’s second season in 1990, was let go in August of 2017, saying on Twitter at the time that he’d been told the show was going in a different direction, musically. But, Clausen says in his lawsuit, “this reason was pretextual and false. Instead, Plaintiff’s unlawful termination was due to perceived disability and age.”

Clausen, who was replaced as composer by Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers Music outfit, said in the suit that he “believes and thereon alleges that he was thereafter replaced by someone substantially younger in age, who was not only paid less but was not disabled.”

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‘Veronica Mars’ Creator Doubles Down on Twist Ending and How it Opens Future Stories

‘Veronica Mars’ Creator Doubles Down on Twist Ending and How it Opens Future Stories
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the “Veronica Mars” revival, including the finale.]

All things must change, and that includes “Veronica Mars,” according to series creator Rob Thomas. By now, the devoted fans known as Marshmallows have seen the revival of the teen detective series that first aired on Upn and The CW, but many were not pleased with the major twist ending.

In the finale, after unmasking and apprehending the bomber who had terrorized Spring Break in Neptune, Veronica (Kristen Bell) and her longtime on-again, off-again boyfriend Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) tied the knot, despite some initial misgivings on her part about the institution of marriage. Before they are about to depart on their honeymoon, Logan is killed in one last bomb planted in their car.

In previous interviews, Thomas had reiterated how that killing off Logan and the fan-favorite relationship was akin to the survival dilemma seen in war or films like “127 Hours.” It felt like cutting off a limb
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Gary LeMel, Film Music Supervision Giant and Pop-Jazz Singer, Dies at 80

  • Variety
Gary LeMel, a longtime president of music at Warner Bros. Pictures whom the Los Angeles Times once called “the father of the compilation soundtrack album,” died July 6 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80.

Film agent Richard Kraft called him “a true giant in the film music industry.” Songwriters Hall of Fame member Steve Dorff described LeMel as “an amazing music man (and) a true friend who made an indelible contribution to my career.” Tom Sturges, a former top exec at Universal Music and other publishing companies, called him “one of the great music execs in the film business, ever. He treated me with the greatest respect at every meeting, took every call and listened to every song and artist I pitched him. Truly one of a kind.”

LeMel’s wife of almost 47 years, Maddy LeMel, a visual artist, told Variety she was staggered by the amount of testimonials coming in.
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Billy Drago, ‘Untouchables’ Star, Dies at 73

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Billy Drago, ‘Untouchables’ Star, Dies at 73
Billy Drago, who often played harming but chilling gangster roles and appeared in Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” and Clint Eastwood’s “Pale Rider,” died Monday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. He was 73.

The character actor played Al Capone’s henchman Frank Nitti in 1987’s “The Untouchables.”

On TV series “Charmed,” he put his reptilian stare to good use as the demon Barbas in several episodes over five seasons.

Born William Eugene Burrows in Hugoton, Kan., his actor-director father was said to be of Native American origin. His mother’s family was of Romany extraction; he took their name Drago as his stage name. Starting out as a stuntman, he moved to New York and beginning his acting career.

Drago started acting in the late 1970s, appearing in films including “Cutter’s Way,” “No Other Love” and “Windwalker.” On television, he had guest roles in “Hill Street Blues,
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Nothin’ but a number: Kit Harington (‘Game of Thrones’) would be youngest Drama Actor Emmy winner in 32 years

Nothin’ but a number: Kit Harington (‘Game of Thrones’) would be youngest Drama Actor Emmy winner in 32 years
Kit Harington has been to hell and back on “Game of Thrones” after eight seasons, but the actor is still only a fresh-faced 32-year-old. A previous Emmy nominee for Best Drama Supporting Actor for his role as Jon Snow (2016), he’s now a contender in the lead race. And if he manages to claim that throne he would be the youngest actor to do so in, well, about as many years as he’s been alive. Visit our predictions center here to let us know what you think about this Emmy race.

The last time someone that young prevailed was 1987, which was less than a year after Harington was born in December 1986. Best Drama Actor that year went to “Moonlighting” star Bruce Willis, who himself was 32 when he claimed that prize on his second nomination. Willis would win another Emmy 13 years after that: Best Comedy Guest Actor for “Friends” (2000).

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15 Couples That Hurt Iconic 90s Sitcoms (And 15 That Saved Them)

One of the reasons we love to watch TV, is to watch the chemistry between the characters. The interaction between fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, and friends drive just about every show we watch. But it’s the interplay between couples in both dramas and sitcoms that usually has the winning formula for any great show. The foundation that male and female leads build can propel a series to the stratosphere for a few good years.

No matter the status of the couple, if their chemistry isn’t liked by fans, you can more or less forget about the show. Mulder + Scully = ratings; Dogget + Scully = not so much, and The X-Files didn’t last too long after that. Sometimes couples make fans long for a lasting, loving relationship even with all of the good and bad (Roseanne), some fans enjoy all kinds of fun witty banter or schmaltzy romance stuff.

Sometimes
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From ‘CSI’ to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Armando Nuñez’s Record of Exporting Americana

  • Variety
Over his long career in international sales, Armando Nuñez Jr. has handled just about every kind of TV program, from game-changing primetime dramas, to daytime soaps, to trashy talk shows.

Some were big hits right out of the box, some were sleepers, and one show was so bad that a top foreign buyer left the screening room after 10 minutes to yell at the studio executives responsible for the pilot. Here Nuñez recalls some of his most memorable experiences in exporting television — and slices of American culture — around the world.

Moonlighting

Original network: ABC

Airdates: 1985-1989

Nuñez was not long out of Fordham University when he got a job working for ABC Video Enterprises, the network’s distribution arm. He was part of the team that sold the network’s smash romantic dramedy “Moonlighting,” which starred Cybill Shepherd and made a star of Bruce Willis. “It was a unique show,” Nuñez says.
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Stanley Donen, Director of Classics ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Charade,’ Dies at 94

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Stanley Donen, Director of Classics ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Charade,’ Dies at 94
Stanley Donen, the former Broadway chorus boy who made a name for himself in Hollywood directing classic musical films like “On the Town” and “Singin’ in the Rain,” has died at age 94.

One of Donen’s sons confirmed the news on Saturday to Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips. A rep for Donen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Donen helped reinvent the big-screen musical, with a series of hits that included 1954’s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” 1957’s “The Pajama Game,” 1958’s “Damn Yankees!” and 1957’s “Funny Face,” with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

Not only did he integrate song, dance and story in a way that enlivened MGM musicals of the era, but he was also a technical innovator in an era before CGI, as in the memorable scene in 1950’s “Royal Wedding” when Fred Astaire seemed to dance on the walls and ceiling while
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