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Chris Hardwick On Board New NBC Game Show

October 29, 2015

UNIVERSAL CITY: Comedian Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead) has signed on as host and executive producer of the new NBC game show The Wall, which comes from Lebron James' SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media. The Wall gives two-person teams the opportunity to win a life-changing amount of cash if they answer …

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Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Backs Online Sports Comedy Hub

October 29, 2015

NEW YORK: The Kicker is a brand-new sports comedy online destination created by Bryan Tucker, co-head writer of Saturday Night Live (SNL), with backing from SNL creator Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video. The Kicker is part of the Above Average network, an online destination for original comedic videos and digital arm …

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Miss Universe Pageant Finds New Home on FOX

October 29, 2015

NEW YORK: FOX has picked up the U.S. broadcasting rights for the 64th annual Miss Universe Pageant, which will air live on December 20. The deal was struck between IMG and The Miss Universe Organization with FOX. The three-hour event will air live from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino …

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New FOX Comedy Grandfathered Gets Full Season

October 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES: FOX has ordered a full season of Grandfathered, a freshman family comedy series starring John Stamos (Full House). Grandfathered centers on an aging bachelor who discovers that he is both a father and grandfather. Season to date, the show has delivered year-over-year gains, increasing the network's average in …

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Fox Television Group COO Joe Earley to Step Down

October 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES: Joe Earley, a longtime veteran of FOX and currently the COO of Fox Television Group, is planning to exit his post at the end of the year. Earley has been in the COO role since August 2014. Prior to this, he served as COO of Fox Broadcasting Company, …

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ABC Family, ABC Studios & ABC Signature Partner with McG

October 30, 2015

BURBANK: ABC Family, ABC Studios and ABC Signature have signed a two-year overall development deal with Wonderland Sound & Vision, a production company founded by director-producer McG. Under the agreement, McG will direct and develop scripted drama and comedy series and produce digital content for a variety of platforms. He currently …

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TBS Gives Search Party the Green Light

November 3, 2015

ATLANTA: TBS has ordered the dark comedy series Search Party, from creators Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers and Michael Showalter. Search Party follows four self-absorbed twentysomethings who reunite when a former college acquaintance mysteriously disappears. The series stars Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner. The show …

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Jon Stewart Inks Exclusive HBO Production Pact

November 4, 2015

LOS ANGELES: Jon Stewart, who recently exited hosting duties on The Daily Show, has concluded an exclusive four-year production pact with HBO. The partnership includes short-form digital content, which will be showcased on HBO NOW, HBO GO and other platforms. It also covers a first-look option for other film and TV …

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Revenues Dip at CBS Corp. in Q3

November 4, 2015

NEW YORK: CBS Corporation posted revenues of $3.26 billion in the third quarter, down from the $3.37 billion reported in Q3 2014, with the decrease partly attributed to the timing on TV licensing sales. Operating income of $753 million for Q3 was up 1 percent from the same prior-year period, …

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Starz Invests in Streaming Service Fandor

November 5, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO: The subscription streaming service Fandor has completed a $7 million round of funding, with Starz as lead strategic investor. Fandor is home to a library of some 7,000 foreign and independent films. The service operates in the U.S. and Canada. It also offers a 50-percent revenue share to …