Lorne Michaels Breaks Silence on Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah’s ‘SNL’ Exits

Lorne Michaels is breaking his silence on the eve of “Saturday Night Live’s” 42nd-season premiere on longtime cast members Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah’s departures. The “SNL” creator and executive producer told USA Today that the NBC variety show’s roster changes keep the series fresh. “I think they were great, and they did wonderful work when they were… Read more »

Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Secures Chinese Investors

Paramount Pictures has announced a joint venture with Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group on their upcoming Tom Cruise pic “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” In addition to its investment, the Huahua/SFG venture will act as the lead China marketing partner for the film along with Paramount China, with the goal of building off of… Read more »

Tribeca Title ‘Dreamland’ Acquired By Gunpowder & Sky

EXCLUSIVE: Gunpowder & Sky has announced acquisition of world rights to the Tribeca film Dreamland in the first deal since the company’s purchase of FilmBuff earlier this month.
The film marks the directorial debut of Robert Schwartzman, front man for the rock band Rooney who also wrote the score and the original song “Sad But True” for the film. Gunpowder & Sky is subsequently planning an aggressive Oscar campaign in support of the song. In addition, the soundtrack…

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Gordon Ramsay Live Variety Show ‘The F Word’ Ordered by Fox

Fox has ordered “The F Word,” a live cooking-variety series starring Gordon Ramsay, based on his U.K. show of the same name. “The F Word” will feature foodie families competing in a cooking competition in which they must impress not just Ramsay, but celebrity guests. The show will also feature Ramsay talking with VIPs, doing… Read more »

Fox Orders Gordon Ramsay Live Food Variety Show ‘The F Word’

Fox has ordered a new series from its biggest reality star, Gordon Ramsay. The network has picked up live food variety show The F Word from the popular chef, TV personality for premiere in 2017. This marks the first series for Studio Ramsay, the independent production company Ramsay launched earlier this year, and hails from the company’s joint venture with All3Media.
Like other Ramsay shows on Fox, The F Word us based on his hit UK series of the same name, The F Word is…

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Viacom, CBS Form Special Committees to Evaluate Merger Proposal

Viacom and CBS Corp. took the first step toward considering a recombination on Friday by forming special committees to evaluate the request made Thursday by their mutual parent company, Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements. Viacom confirmed the composition of the committee in a release on Friday. CBS is understood to be in the process of setting… Read more »

Musical.ly’s Live.ly Is Now Bigger Than Twitter’s Periscope (Study)

Three months after its launch, Live.ly, the live-streaming video app from Musical.ly, has captured nearly 4.6 million monthly active users on Apple’s iOS platform alone — making the teen-girl-skewing service bigger than Twitter’s Periscope, which has about 4.3 million, according to data from SurveyMonkey Intelligence. And that’s not even counting Android: Musical.ly launched the Android version of Live.ly… Read more »