Saturday, November 18, 2017

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  • Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017
ABC's "World News" breaks a 21-year streak
In this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, ABC News anchor David Muir speaks before retired boxing champion Muhammad Ali received the Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

ABC's "World News Tonight" with David Muir has dethroned NBC and finished the television season as the year's most-watched evening newscast for the first time in 21 years, since the late Peter Jennings was anchor.

While network evening newscasts have diminished in influence over the years and morning shows make more money, they still collectively reach 23 million viewers each weeknight and are considered the flagship broadcasts of news divisions. Bragging rights are eagerly sought.

"One has to recognize the breaking of one of the great streaks in television," said James Goldston, ABC News president. Muir and his team "worked immensely hard to do that, and they've done it in an extraordinary period of news."

For the year, "World News Tonight" averaged 8.25 million viewers, while NBC's "Nightly News" had 8.17 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 6.56 million, according to the Nielsen company. For statistical purposes, television marks its year by the start of a new season of broadcast programs in September.

Like much in television, the programs aren't a growth industry. ABC moved in front by essentially staying even from the previous two years while its rivals lost viewers.

NBC touted its victory among the 25-to-54-year-old demographic, the statistic primarily used as a basis for advertising sales in news. NBC News ran a full-page newspaper advertisement boasting that it was No. 1 for the second season in a row with "Nightly News," the "Today" show, "Dateline NBC" and "Meet the Press." The small print noted they were wins among specific demographic categories, not among all viewers.

For the evening newscasts, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said he wouldn't trade places with his ABC counterparts.

"If you are going to go by the quality of the broadcast, ours is superior," he said. "If you're going to go by business measurements, we're winning in the only category that matters."

Goldston said he wasn't going to dismiss the large number of viewers not included in that category. "We want to be America's favorite news show," he said.

"In a world consumed by social media and fake news, people are thirsting to get a straightforward account of what happened that day," he said. "I think 'World News Tonight' does that better than anybody."

What's most important is building on the victory, he said. ABC's "Good Morning America" ended a long victory streak by "Today" earlier in this decade, and hasn't relinquished that lead since.

There's some question about whether NBC's Lester Holt, who has traveled to Puerto Rico to anchor "Nightly News" from the hurricane-ravaged territory this week, may be hurt by association with one of NBC News' biggest success. MSNBC and its left-leaning prime-time lineup has been a huge hit in the Age of Trump. Do some of the president's supporters who don't like MSNBC take it out on people at NBC News?

"It's absolutely possible," said Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the conservative watchdog Media Research Center. Oppenheim said the audience is sophisticated enough to know the difference between the products, just like The New York Times has separate opinion pages and news pages.

CBS, whose evening newscast is in transition with Anthony Mason as interim anchor, instead looked to the morning to tout accomplishments. "CBS This Morning," while still in third place, is more competitive with ABC and NBC at that time of day than the network ever has been.

Its rivals, meanwhile, bleed viewers. "Good Morning America" averages 4.4 million viewers, but is down from 5.5 million four years ago. "Today" has dropped from 4.9 million to 4.2 million in the same time frame. Meanwhile, CBS has gained audience in that time from, going from 3 million viewers in 2013-14 to just under 3.6 million now.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017
Need more room? Twitter testing 280-character limit
This Wednesday, April 26, 2017, photo shows the Twitter icon on a mobile phone, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Need more room to type those deep thoughts? Twitter is testing a 280-character limit for tweets, doubling the current length restriction that's been in place since the company's founding 11 years ago.

The test is being made available to a small subset of users and applies to languages other than Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. That's because in those languages, Twitter notes, you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in others.

The original 140-character limit was created so tweets would fit in a single text message back when people used Twitter that way. But most people now use Twitter through its mobile app, where there isn't the same technical constraint.

Twitter has already eased the restrictions, and doesn't count photos, videos, polls and other things toward the character limit. And users have found creative ways to get around the restrictions, including taking screenshots of blocks of text and highlighting relevant phrases.

San Francisco-based Twitter said in a blog post Tuesday that 9 percent of all tweets in English come up against the 140-character limit, compared with just 0.4 percent of tweets in Japanese.

"Also, in all markets, when people don't have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people Tweeting — which is awesome!" the blog post reads.

Twitter acknowledged the "emotional attachment" some users might have toward the 140 characters. But it said the new limit, while double the size, is "still brief."

  • Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017
Schilling, Hatcher, Turner, Chen Open Cabin Doors
Pictured (l-r) are Isaac Chen, Carr Schilling, Graham Turner and Chan Hatcher.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Managing partner Carr Schilling has teamed with editors Chan Hatcher, Graham Turner and Isaac Chen to launch Cabin Editing Company, a Santa Monica-based creative editing and VFX boutique.

“We are a company of film editors with a passion for storytelling who are committed to mentoring talent and establishing lasting relationships with directors and agencies,” said Schilling, who formerly worked alongside Hatcher, Turner, and Chen at NO6.

Cabin, which also features creative director/Flame artist Verdi Sevenhuysen and editor Lucas Spaulding, will offer key services including creative editorial, VFX, finishing, graphics, and color. The boutique’s work spans broadcast, branded content, web, film and more. 

With career credits including work for Netflix, Apple, Levi’s, the multiple Cannes Lions-winning Donate Life PSA “World’s Biggest Asshole” and the Emmy-winning Squarespace ad starring John Malkovich, the talent at Cabin is already up and running with projects in Santa Monica, New York, San Francisco, and Austin. The boutique’s busy slate features a variety of collaborations with agencies such as 215McCann, BBDO, CP+B, Deutsch, GSD&M, Mekanism, and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Cabin Editing Company is represented by Millie Munro and Bryan Shrednick of Bueno.

  • Monday, Sep. 25, 2017
Agreement reached to end strike by video-game voice actors
In this photo taken Nov. 3, 2016, video game voice actors picket outside Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Anthony McCartney)

Video-game voice actors have agreed to end a nearly yearlong strike against several major gaming publishers.

The actors union SAG-AFTRA and a representative for the publishers said Monday they reached a tentative agreement on Saturday to end the strike.

It calls for actors who work multiple sessions on games to receive additional payments and contains a requirement that companies disclose to actors what game they will be working on.

The actors began a strike against several video game companies, including Activision Productions Inc., Electronic Arts Productions Inc., Take 2 Productions Inc. and WB Games.

The work stoppage focused on payments to the actors, as well as complaints that actors were not being told which projects they were being considered for until after they were hired.

The companies are responsible for several major gaming properties, including the Call of Duty franchise, games based on Batman and other DC Comics properties, and games in the Star Wars and Need for Speed franchises.

  • Monday, Sep. 25, 2017
James Corden returns to host Hollywood Film Awards
In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, host James Corden speaks at the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

James Corden will return as host of the Hollywood Film Awards later this year.

Dick Clark Productions, which produces the awards, made the announcement in a press release Monday.

This is the third straight year that the "Late Late Show" host has helmed the ceremony, scheduled to take place Sunday, Nov. 5, in Beverly Hills, California.

This is the 21st year for the HFAs, which bills itself as "the official launch of the awards season." Honorees for this year's awards are set to be announced at a later date.

  • Friday, Sep. 22, 2017
YouTube acquires Morgan Spurlock’s "Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!"
Morgan Spurlock

YouTube has acquired the rights to Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, directed by Academy Award® nominee Morgan Spurlock and co-written with Jeremy Chilnick, from Warrior Poets, Snoot Entertainment and Public Domain. The sequel to the Oscar® nominated documentary made its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival as an official selection of the Festival’s Documentary Premiere section. Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! will release theatrically in 2018, followed by the exclusive global premiere on YouTube Red.
Thirteen years after Super Size Me garnered an Academy Award® nomination for Best Feature Documentary, muckraking filmmaker Spurlock reignites his battle with the food industry--this time from behind the register--as he opens his own fast food restaurant.
“I’m ecstatic to be partnering with YouTube Red for the release of Super Size Me 2!” said Morgan Spurlock. “There’s no one better to help get this film in front of more people worldwide than these guys. They are going to blow this clucker up!”  
“Supersize Me 2” marks the second time Spurlock has partnered with YouTube, following the successful release of his documentary Vlogumentary on YouTube Red in 2016.
“Morgan Spurlock has tackled so many thought-provoking topics over the years, and we’re thrilled to partner with him once again on this revealing documentary,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, YouTube. “Morgan is skilled at sparking a global conversation on today’s most relevant issues, and Super Size Me 2 is yet another powerful film that will captivate viewers.” 

  • Friday, Sep. 22, 2017
Showtime making series of Clinton-Patterson thriller
In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Showtime has won a bidding war to develop former President Bill Clinton and powerhouse author James Patterson's upcoming thriller, "The President is Missing," into a television series.

The network announced the deal Friday, months away from the book's publication next June.

In the collaboration with Patterson, Clinton provides an insider's perspective of having been in the White House. It's the first time that Clinton has helped write fiction.

Showtime's affiliation with CBS, and the corporation's boss Leslie Moonves, helped seal the deal. Moonves knows Clinton, and Patterson helps with the production of the CBS series "Zoo" and "Instinct."

  • Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017
Fireflies West gears up for 10th anniversary, will ride to raise funds for City of Hope
Fireflies West cyclists

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fireflies West connects an international community of entertainment and advertising executives who cycle 630 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness for City of Hope Hospital. Based in Duarte, Calif., City of Hope is a leading research, treatment center dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer and other life threatening illnesses guided by a compassionate patient-centered philosophy. Over the last decade, nearly 250 participating Fireflies West riders, along with a supporting volunteer network, and over 30 industry sponsors, have raised close to $2 million to date for City of Hope. This years goal: $500,000.  

Beginning on October 4 in Mill Valley, 60 Fireflies West riders (the biggest group to date) will cross the Golden Gate Bridge, then traverse the rugged, winding roads down the coastline between San Francisco and Los Angeles for seven days. The riders will average 100 miles per day, forging a bond through the deep belief and motivation in their motto: “For those who suffer, we ride.” The riders will be welcomed home on October 10 with an arrivals celebration at agency 72andSunny.

Every dollar goes directly to City of Hope without any administration costs throughout, ensuring that every tax-deductible donation goes directly to fighting cancer. Moreover, the annual riders fund their own way and expenses out of their own pocket, a reflection of their incredibly generous spirits.

“I’ve always felt cycling was a means to create ideas. By propelling yourself forward you free the mind to solve problems. The Fireflies West is collection of wonderful cyclists who are actually living out this hypothesis,” said Rich Silverstein, co-founder of Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

“Every year this ride proves to me that there is an undeniable good in this world. That people want to help other people. For 10 years I have been blessed to witness this benevolence,” affirmed Bryan Farhy, founder of Fireflies West.
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  • Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017
Linda Hamilton set to return to "Terminator" franchise
In this Sept. 9, 2004 file photo, actress Linda Hamilton laughs during an interview with the Associated Press in Washington. (AP Photo/Stephen J. Boitano, File)

Linda Hamilton is returning to the "Terminator" franchise for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."

"Terminator" creator James Cameron announced Hamilton's casting at a private event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, the Hollywood Reporter reported. Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the planned sequel, confirmed the news Wednesday.

Cameron is producing the sequel, which "Deadpool" filmmaker Tim Miller is directing. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also set to return.

Cameron, who was once married to Hamilton, recently compared Wonder Woman unfavorably to Hamilton's "Terminator" character, Sarah Connor. Cameron called Gal Gadot's superhero an "objectified icon," but said Connor was defined by "pure grit."

  • Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017
"Stranger Things" writer Justin Doble reaches deal with Amazon Studios
Justin Doble

Stranger Things writer and producer Justin Doble has closed an overall deal with Amazon Studios. Doble will develop genre television projects exclusively for Prime Video.
“We have long admired Justin’s ability to create stories and characters that stoke fans’ passion,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of event series, Amazon Studios. “He has contributed to some of the best genre out there, and we are excited to collaborate with him as we build a slate of high-profile shows.”
In addition to his writing on both seasons of the multi-Emmy Award-winning Stranger Things, Doble has also written for Jason Katims’s The Path, and Millar and Gough’s Into the Badlands. He began his career as a writer on Fringe after taking part in the Warner Bros. Television Writer’s Program. He is a recipient of two WGA nominations for his work on Stranger Things.
Doble is represented by Allan Haldeman and Ben Jacobson at UTA and A.B. Fischer at the Shuman Company.