‘Saturday Night Live’ Production Designer Eugene Lee On His 40 Years With The Sketch Series

Approached by a Canadian television producer for a variety sketch series back in the early 1970s, production designer Eugene Lee couldn’t have realized then that he’d stumbled on the job of a lifetime. That series, Saturday Night Live, has left an indelible, singular mark on popular culture, while keeping the designer employed for the past 41 years. With over 470 episodes of SNL under his belt, and only a handful of his original collaborators still on board at 30 Rock…

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Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Errol Morris Highlight Documentary Line-Up For NY Film Festival

BREAKING: Documentaries starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, New York prima ballerina Wendy Whelan and works from Errol Morris and Steven James highlight the 54th New York Film Festival line-up which runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 16. The Film Society of Lincoln Center has compiled complete roster for the Spotlight on Documentary section which includes James’ Abacus: Small Enough to Jail about the only bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis as well as…

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Amazon Prime Video Takes Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ in Germany, Austria, U.K., Japan

EDINBURGH — Neil Gaiman’s fantasy drama “American Gods,” which will air on Starz in the U.S., will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in Germany, Austria, U.K. and Japan next year. The show is based on Gaiman’s novel, which has been translated into more than 30 languages. It stars Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) as… Read more »

Comedy Central Orders James Davis TV Series Inspired By His Snapchat Show

Comedy Central has given a series order to a primetime TV show starring, created and executive produced by comedian James Davis, host of Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis, Comedy Central’s most watched Snapchat original series, and a regular guest on the network’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick.
The untitled project (fka as Hood Adjacent), inspired by Swag-A-Saurus, shot a pilot written by Davis and Doug Karo and directed by Troy Miller and Stoney Sharp. Davis — born and…

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Variety Latino Names Betsie Batista as National Sales Director

  Former ESPN exec Betsie Batista has joined Variety Latino as National Sales Director. Batista most recently led new business development for ESPN’s Multimedia Sales and Sponsorships. Based in PMC’s New York offices, Batista will lead all of Variety Latino’s sales initiatives. Prior to ESPN, she did a stint at People en Espanol and was also… Read more »

Comedy Central Greenlights Series Starring Comedian James Davis

James Davis is hopping from Comedy Central’s portfolio of Snapchat programming to its cable network. Davis, who has hosted “Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis.” will star in a new weekly series set to debut on the Viacom-owned network in January 2017. The untitled program is executive produced by Davis and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and… Read more »

Joe Swanberg’s Forager Films Wades Into Distribution With ‘Little Sister’

EXCLUSIVE: Forager Films, the Chicago-based production company toplined by filmmaker Joe Swanberg, is set to release writer-director Zach Clark’s Little Sister theatrically in New York as well as on iTunes and Digital VOD on October 14. It’s the first distribution play for the company, which has produced such films as Kris Swanberg’s Unexpected and Alex Ross Perry’s upcoming Golden Exits.
Ally Sheedy, Addison Timlin, Keith Poulson, Kristin Slaysman, Barbara Cramption and…

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CMT Orders Soapy Hourlong Pilot ‘His Wives & Daughters’

CMT continues its expansion into original scripted programming with a pilot order for His Wives & Daughters.
Created and produced by Dina Chapman and Steve Sessions, the soapy, comedic hourlong series centers on the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks. After his estranged family is brought together unexpectedly, tempers flare and old rivalries resurface setting the stage for startling…

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‘Nashville’ Gets Season 5 Premiere Date On CMT, Anchors Net’s Scripted Lineup

Nashville fans can mark their calendars — the upcoming fifth season of the country music drama will have a two-hour premiere on Jan. 5, 2017 on its new network, CMT.
The cable net will use the high-profile new addition to launch its 2017 original scripted lineup. Nashville will be followed by the debut of new limited drama series Million Dollar Quartet in March and the second season of comedy Still the King, which will unspool in the spring.
CMT, which entered the…

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‘Better Late Than Never’ Ratings Debut Solid, ‘View’ Special Doesn’t Get Many Viewers

After two-weeks of the Rio Olympics, it turns out American isn’t yet ready to come home yet from summer vacation – at least not if the trip is with William Shatner, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and Henry Winkler and the destination is Asia.
The 10 PM debut of NBC’s 4-week Better Late Than Never (1.6/6) was a solid start for the reality travel show based on a South Korean series. So solid in fact, that BLTN has emerged in the final days of the season as the top non-game…

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