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NBCUniversal Sets In-Person Upfront In May, Preceded By Three Lead-Up Events In NY And LA, As Industry Rebounds From Omicron – Deadline

NBCUniversal has confirmed it will host its annual upfront presentation to advertisers on May 16, an in-person event to be preceded by several other spring presentations to media buyers. The Radio City Music Hall event has served as the opening act of an established media business ritual waylaid by Covid: the broadcast upfronts. The series …

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British Broadcasting Heavyweight Dawn Airey Appointed C4 Interim Chair – Deadline

Former Channel 5 Director of Programmes Dawn Airey has been appointed Interim Chair of Channel 4 and will likely steer the network through the upcoming privatization decision. Airey joined the Channel 4 Board as Non-Executive Director late last year and her appointment today has been approved by UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries. She will replace …

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BBC Studios Natural History Unit Poaches Dev Boss From Netflix Indie – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Studios Natural History Unit has poached Netflix-backed indie Freeborne Media’s Laura Harris to run its development team alongside newly-promoted Jess Colman. The pair replace Gavin Boyland as dual Heads of Development at the powerhouse BBC Studios division. Deadline revealed in November that Boyland is remaining with the unit to series-produce an unannounced landmark …

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Disney Slamming ‘American Dream & Other Fairy Tales’ Docu – Sundance Review – Deadline

Bob Iger is barely out the door at the Walt Disney Company and already a film from a scion of the founding family has  come along to give the well compensated ex-CEO a kick in the ass. However, the Abigail Disney co-directed The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales documentary doesn’t have much to add …

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‘The Equalizer’ Star Queen Latifah Speaks Out About Chris Noth – Deadline

Queen Latifah breaks her silence about former her Equalizer co-star, Chris Noth. Back in December, two women came forward with detailed allegations of sexual assault – a decade apart – against the Sex and the City actor in a story in The Hollywood Reporter. The two woman accused Noth of Rape in LA in 2004 and New …

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‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ‘Stoning Of Soraya M.’ Actor – Deadline

Vachik Mangassarian, a character actor with dozens of credits including Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Curb Your Enthusiasm and feature The Stoning of Soraya M., has died. He was 78. His reps at McCaffrey Talent Management told Deadline that he died Saturday of Covid complications. Born in Iran of Armenian descent in 1943, Mangassarian came to the …

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Fox Nabs ‘White House Doctor’ Drama From Alyssa Milano With Penalty – Deadline

Fox has given a script commitment with penalty to White House Doctor, a one-hour drama based on Dr. Connie Mariano’s memoir, from Alyssa Milano and her Peace by Peace Productions, A+E Studios, where Milano is under a deal, Range Media Partners and Fox Entertainment. There are no plans for Milano to star. Primetime-Panic Your Complete …

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Slate Editorial Staff Ratifies New WGA East Collective Agreement – Deadline

The editorial staff at digital news site Slate has unanimously ratified its second collective bargaining agreement with the WGA East. The new three-year contract, covering 56 staffers, will see salary minimums rise to $58,000 by 2024, up from the current minimum of $51,000. Slate won union recognition in January 2018, and ratified its first collective …

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Thriller ‘Phoenix’, Rom-Com ‘Things Like This,’ Short ‘Darwin Fick’ Set Casts – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: WWE star Natalie Eva Marie is set to star alongside Randy Couture, Neal McDonough, former WWE tag team champion Oleg Prudius, Bai Lin and former UFC Lightweight champion Rashad Evans in Phoenix Rises, an action-thriller from Tadross Media Group, Bulldog Brothers Entertainment and director Daniel Zirilli that has entered production in Miami. Tadross Media …

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