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Thursday, August 28, 2014



   The Brittany Murphy Story, which shares the real-life story of the ambitious and talented actress – who rose to fame quickly, but succumbed much too young to the dark side of Hollywood – will make its worldwide premiere Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
   Produced by MarVista Entertainment, The Brittany Murphy Story follows the actress (Amanda Fuller, Cheap Thrills, Grey's Anatomy, Last Man Standing) and her mother, Sharon (Sherilyn Fenn, Magic City, Boxing Helena, Of Mice and Men, Twin Peaks), as they gamble everything in a move to Hollywood, determined to make young Brittany a star.
  Quickly landing a breakout role in the '90s hit Clueless, the 17-year-old continued her rapid climb to fame, working with some of Hollywood's biggest stars in such high-profile hits as Girl, Interrupted (with Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder), Don't Say a Word (with Michael Douglas) and 8 Mile (with Eminem and Kim Basinger), among others.

     With a personal life equally as glamorous, Brittany dated leading men like Ashton Kutcher (Adam Hagenbuch, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), before settling down to marry British screenwriter Simon Monjack (Eric Petersen, Kirstie, the upcoming Naughty and Nice). But relentless rumors, media glare and merciless pursuit by paparazzi – coupled with insecurities about her appearance and an underlying desperation for approval – wreaked havoc and took an enormous toll on Brittany's fragile psyche.
   Through it all, Sharon remained her grounding force, but found too late that a mother's enduring love wasn't enough to save her from the dark side of life in Hollywood—and the world was shocked by Brittany's abrupt and mysterious death at just 32 years of age ... followed five months later by that of her widowed husband. Also starring Amy Davidson (The Capture of the Green River Killer, 8 Simple Rules), this biopic was directed by Joe Menendez from a screenplay by Peter Hunziker and Cynthia Riddle. The Brittany Murphy Story was produced by Carrie LaGrand with MarVista's CEO Fernando Szew, Sharon Bordas and Michael Moran serving as executive producers.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


As Pierce Brosnan announced last night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Relativity Studios will soon be entering pre-production on a sequel to THE NOVEMBER MAN in advance of its nationwide debut on August 27th, 2014. Brosnan will reprise his role as the lead character in the films based on Bill Granger's bestselling November Man book series. Beau St. Clair and Brosnan will produce through their Irish Dreamtime banner.

Code named 'The November Man'; Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent. THE NOVEMBER MAN series is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage.
Robbie Brenner, President of Production at Relativity said: "THE NOVEMBER MAN is a gritty series that re-invents the spy genre with its master Pierce Brosnan by combining the best elements of James Bond and Jason Bourne while echoing the cool, sleek action movies of the 70s. We are excited to launch THE NOVEMBER MAN later this month and to continue to explore Peter Devereaux's dangerous world with Pierce over the years to come."
Brosnan said: "THE NOVEMBER MAN is an iconic, tough character and I am excited to partner with Relativity to continue to bring him to life."The only thing wrong with this movie, is Olga Kurylenko is in it.


Denny's and Atari®, one of the world's most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, are upping the competition around the new remixed arcade games "Hashteroids" and "Centipup." Fans across the country are invited to fight for gaming supremacy and enter in the "Arcade Battle Royale" for the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the ultimate gameplay contest.
Now through Sept. 11, fans may enter the contest using Denny's "Atari Remix" mobile game app, available for iPhone and Android devices. The two highest scorers of each game, challenged with flying hash browns and syrup bottle shooters, will win a three-day, two-night trip to Las Vegas to play in a head-to-head arcade battle on Sept. 23, as well as a $1,000 gift card. The grand prize winner of each diner battle will also take home an exclusive Atari game cabinet, customized with Denny's remixed mobile games so they can continue their quest to save the world, one Hashteroid at a time. 
"This summer was all about extending the fun beyond our menu with a modern spin on gameplay that both new and existing Atari fans could enjoy," said John Dillon, @DillonJohnW, vice president of marketing for Denny's. "Even though the season is coming to an end, we want to continue the celebration by challenging true gamers to compete in the ultimate arcade contest and crown the 'Arcade Battle Royale' champion!"
Those not in a gaming mood may still enjoy a taste of remixed classics with Denny's limited time "Greatest Hits Remixed" menu, featuring a selection of the diner's iconic dishes, including the new Red White and Blue Slam, Baja Moons Over My Hammy and Tuscan Super Bird, all with a delicious new twist.
For more information about Denny's Atari partnership or limited time "Greatest Hits Remixed" menu, please visit


According to a new Horowitz study,Black subscribers have long been some of pay TV's best customers.  Among the highest spenders on home TV, Internet, and phone services, Black households are the most likely to subscribe to digital add-ons like DVR, HD, and premium channels.  But recently-released data from Horowitz's 2014 FOCUS African America study indicate that Blacks, along with other multicultural audiences, are more likely than their White counterparts to consider cutting the cable cord.  
According to the study, Black audiences are some of the most passionate viewers of television content, with 40% of Black respondents saying they are "really into TV" compared to 33% of total urban respondents.  Consistent with previous years, Blacks also spend the most time watching TV content, with 39% reporting watching six or more hours per day.
"To date, cord-cutting has not had as big an impact on the pay TV business as many feared," notes Adriana Waterston, Horowitz's SVP, Marketing and Business Development, "but technology is a bigger disruptor among multicultural audiences, who tend to be early—and enthusiastic—adopters."
Blacks continue to be at the leading edge of new viewing technologies, with 36% of Black viewers saying new technologies are enabling them to watch more TV than ever before.  Furthermore, Black viewers report spending 23% of their TV viewing time streaming content.  In contrast, White viewers report spending 18% of their TV time streaming. View chart.
Black multichannel subscribers are twice as likely as Whites to report being likely to cancel their TV service in the next six months (20% vs. 10%).  Findings suggest that a greater reliance on new video technologies, rather than a lack of interest in TV, may be a contributing factor.  While Blacks who are likely to cord-cut report being "really into TV" at the same rate as total Blacks, these potential cord-cutters spend a higher percentage of their viewing time on alternative platforms (28%). View chart.
"The variety of consumer choices today is a game-changer," asserts Waterston.  "As online on-demand viewing becomes increasingly normalized and expected, MVPDs will need to focus on proving the value proposition of pay TV to retain their most valuable, tech-forward customers."
FOCUS African America is conducted among urban heads of household who are TV viewers. The 2014 edition is now available. 

Monday, August 18, 2014



The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced the nominees for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards, along with its partnership with the Trinity Broadcasting Network in airing the prestigious music awards show.
The Dove Awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. (Central Time). Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world's largest Christian broadcaster and America's most watched faith-and-family channel, will be the exclusive broadcast host for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards, reaching over 100 million homes in the U.S., in addition to global and multi-platform distribution.
"Congratulations to all the nominees of the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards," said Jackie Patillo, Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association. "The Doves celebrate the impact of all genres of Gospel music, recognizing talent, ministry, and outstanding performances. It is an honor and a privilege to once again have Lipscomb University as our host for Gospel music's biggest event of the year."
Ms. Patillo added that she was excited to announce TBN as the new broadcast home of the Dove Awards. "Not only do our organizations align in mission, but TBN will get the awards and our music out to a greater audience than ever before," she said. "With their global and multi-platform-enabled technology, virtually everyone anywhere will be able to watch this year's show.
TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch said that the network has worked closely with the GMA on past Dove Awards programs and is thrilled to partner again this year.
"Once again the GMA Dove Awards will bring together the best and brightest singers, songwriters, musicians, and professionals in Gospel and Christian music," said Mr. Crouch. "And TBN, the leader in Christian television and America's most-watched faith channel, is honored to serve as the exclusive broadcast host for this night of unforgettable and life-changing music."
CLICK HERE to find out more about this year's Dove Awards program and to view the nominees announced so far.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Expanding its slate of original programming (From sleazy, Game of Thrones knockoff Salem & the critically acclaim Mad Men-like Manhattan), WGN America today announced its next straight-to-series order for the scripted drama "Titans," and the start of pre-production and a writers' room, with an eye toward a series order, for the scripted series "Underground."  Both series will be produced by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Tribune Studios for an expected 2015 premiere.  

"These projects, each exploring a world we find to be unique and fascinating, continue our aggressive expansion into original scripted programming," said Matt Cherniss, president and general manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios.

 "Everyone at WGN America is pleased to enter this next phase of our growth with Sony Pictures Television as an important partner on these projects, along with such talented creators and producers."

"WGN America has made a commitment to quality programming and we are happy that working together is a significant part of their growth strategy," said Zack Van Amburg, president of programming and production for SPT.  "High-quality original series have consistently helped establish channel brands with the audience, and WGN appreciates and takes that value proposition seriously," added Jamie Erlicht, president of programming and production for SPT.

For a slave living in the pre-Civil War South, the only road to freedom was a dangerous journey where failure often meant death. 

"Underground" follows the slaves who set foot on the fabled Underground Railroad, the secret network of men and women who risked their lives aiding them, and the mercenaries tasked with hunting them down at any cost.  "Underground" is created and written by Misha Green ("Sons of Anarchy," "Heroes") and Joe Pokaski ("Heroes," "CSI") who also serve as Executive Producers with Academy Award®-winning writer Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind," "I Am Legend") from Weed Road Pictures, along with Tory Tunnell ("King Arthur," "Holy Rollers") and Joby Harold ("King Arthur," "Edge of Tomorrow") from Safehouse Pictures. No stars or roles have been named,including the famed Harriet Tubman position.

A struggle for power and control set in the rugged and mysterious hills of Appalachia, "Titans" tells the story of the Farrell clan, a family of outsiders who've been in these parts since before anyone can remember.  Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they'll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary.  "Titans" is created and written by award-winning playwright Peter Mattei who also serves as Executive Producer with Emmy Award®-winning Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me," "Analyze This") from Fedora Entertainment.
Emmy Award®-winning actor Paul Giamatti ("John Adams," "Sideways") and Dan Carey ("All Is Bright") from Touchy Feely Films and Fedora Entertainment's Michael Wimer ("2012," "Rake").  WGN America has ordered 13 episodes of the one-hour drama.


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