Kevin Curran Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Simpsons’ & Letterman Writer-Producer Was 59

Kevin Curran, a veteran TV comedy writer-producer who won six Emmys as part of the staffs of The Simpsons and Late Night with David Letterman, died today at his Los Angeles home after a lengthy illness. He was 59. Simpsons showrunner Al Jean, who met Curran while they were at Harvard in the late 1970s, confirmed the news of Twitter:

.@TheSimpsons V v sad at the passing of Kevin Curran brilliantly funny and true friend
— Al Jean (@AlJean) October…


Election All the Talk at Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Luncheon

“Hello all you nasty women,” Tribeca Productions co-founder Jane Rosenthal exclaimed at the Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program luncheon, which took place at Locanda Verde in New York City on Tuesday. The nearly all-female crowd, which included Katie Holmes, Mamie Gummer, Emily Mortimer, Sienna Miller and Zosia Mamet, roared their approval to the Hillary Clinton reference. And with election night… Read more »

‘By Sidney Lumet’ Director on the ‘Moral Message’ Behind Film Icon’s Work

Sidney Lumet was one of the greatest chroniclers of New York City. Films like “Serpico” and “Dog Day Afternoon” serve as gripping time capsules to the five borough’s mean old, pre-gentrified, “Ford to the City: Drop Dead” days, when crime was on the rise and the population on the decline. But while Lumet has been… Read more »

Facebook’s Next Big Bet Is Making Your Phone’s Camera Smarter

Facebook has gotten us all to share text posts and photos, and is seeing a lot of use of video. Now, it wants to turn is all into live streamers, and use advanced technology to aid our use of our phone cameras: That’s the gist of an outlook that Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox… Read more »

Tokyo Market: Bigger, More Diverse, More Useful

Now in its 13th year, the TIFFCOM market is part of the Japan Content Showcase that includes the Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) and Tokyo International Anime Festival (TIAF) and operates alongside the Tokyo Film Festival. But TIFFCOM, with its 356 exhibitors offering movie and TV content from Japan, Asia and elsewhere, is still the biggest reason… Read more »

Shawn Levy to Direct ‘Uncharted’ Video Game Adaptation for Sony

Shawn Levy is on board to direct an adaptation of the popular video game “Uncharted” for Sony, sources confirmed. Variety first reported this summer that Joe Carnahan had been brought on to write the latest draft of the script, but is unable to direct as well due to his time commitment to Sony’s “Bad Boys 3.”… Read more »

Amazon’s Original Content Strategy for Japan Achieves Liftoff

First formally unveiled last May, Amazon’s ambitious original content plans for Japan are part of a winning strategy, says James Farrell, Amazon’s head of content for the Asia Pacific region. “Original content is a huge part of the Prime Video service,” says Farrell. “What drives us is a passion and desire to bring compelling, stand-out… Read more »

Chris McCarthy On “Challenge” Of Taking On MTV While Also Running VH1 & Logo

Following yesterday’s major restructuring at the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group, in which VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy also took on president duties at MTV, triggering the exit of MTV president Sean Atkins, McCarthy addressed the change in a memo to the company employees. In it, McCarthy assures staffers that, as he takes on the new “challenge” of turning MTV around, he remains “as passionate and committed as ever” to VH1 and Logo. He admitted that he “may…