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What's Behind Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Senior Staff Turnover

What's Behind Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Senior Staff Turnover
On the air, it's business as usual for Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. But behind the scenes, the NBC late-night leader is adapting to the exits of two longtime power players in as many weeks. First, producer-writer Gavin Purcell, a force on Fallon's digital team, jumped to Vox Media. Then, on Oct. 24, showrunner Josh Lieb, who had been with Fallon since his move to 11:35 p.m. in February 2014, left for a Universal Television deal. Filling Lieb's shoes are three Tonight producers: Gerard Bradford and Mike Dicenzo, who will handle creative efforts, and supervising producer

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‘Tonight Show’ Shuffles Top Duties as Producer Josh Lieb Takes Universal TV Deal

‘Tonight Show’ Shuffles Top Duties as Producer Josh Lieb Takes Universal TV Deal
It’s a new morning, of sorts, behind the scenes of NBC’s vaunted “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Josh Lieb, who has been the late-night show’s lead producer since its launch in February of 2014, will leave the program to take up writing and producing duties as part of a broader overall deal with Universal Television. His departure from the program follows a recent announcement that producer Gavin Purcell, who was instrumental in some of “Tonight’s” digital outreach, would move to digital-media outlet Vox overseeing video initiatives.

At “Tonight,” three producers will get expanded roles. Katie Hockmeyer will assume oversight of production and Gerard Bradford and Mike Dicenzo will assume oversight of the show’s creative direction.

Josh has been a tremendous asset and has played a key role in helping us successfully launch ‘The Tonight Show.’ We will miss him and wish him all the best with this great new opportunity,” said
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‘Tonight Show’ Producer Josh Lieb Exits Program, Signs Overall Deal With Universal Television

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‘Tonight Show’ Producer Josh Lieb Exits Program, Signs Overall Deal With Universal Television
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” producer and show runner Josh Lieb has signed an overall deal with NBC Universal Television that will include expanded roles for other “Tonight Show” staffers. “This is obviously bittersweet — there’s no show in the world more fun than ‘The Tonight Show.’ I’ve been able to run the circus every night. But I’d like to write more, and try different things, and — frankly– spend a little more time with my kids. Jimmy’s a joy to work with, and the troika taking over for me is more than qualified. You won’t even notice I’m gone,
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‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Showrunner Josh Lieb Departs For Uni TV Overall Deal, Trio Promoted To Run Show

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon producer-showrunner Josh Lieb is departing the NBC late-night program, segueing to writing with an overall deal at Universal Television. There will not be a direct replacement for Lieb. Instead, the roles of three key staffers who had been with Fallon since the 2009 launch of his first NBC late-night show, are being expanded. Katie Hockmeyer will assume oversight of production, while writers Gerard Bradford and Mike Dicenzo, who have…
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'Making A Murderer' directors head to Copenhagen TV Festival

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'Making A Murderer' directors head to Copenhagen TV Festival
Copenhagen event to host more than 1000 industry and a number of high-profile speakers.

The Copenhagen TV Festival, which runs Aug 18-19 and welcomes more than 1300 industry attendees, has confirmed a number of high-profile speakers for this year’s edition.

Speakers will include:

Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, directors, Making A Murderer (Us)Warren Littlefield, executive producer, Fargo (Us)Josh Lieb, producer and showrunner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Us)Kahane Cooperman, producer and showrunner of The New Yorker Presents (Us)Jay Carson, political consultant and supervising producer of House Of Cards (Us)Ben Frow, program director, Channel 5 (UK)Clare Thompson, K7 Media (UK)Kathleen Grace, chief creative officer, New Form Digital (Us)Robert Thirkell, consultant (UK)

Vr experiences are also on offer, as are previews of the second season of Dr’s hit drama series Follow The Money and TV2’s The Day Will Come.

Ahead of the festival, the invitation-only
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‘The Tonight Show’ Producers Past and Present Gather for Festival in Johnny Carson’s Hometown

‘The Tonight Show’ Producers Past and Present Gather for Festival in Johnny Carson’s Hometown
Three eras of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” will be celebrated in June at the Great American Comedy Festival in Johnny Carson’s hometown of Norfolk, Neb.

A panel will be held at the Johnny Carson Theatre on June 18 featuring producers from three different stages of the late-night show’s seven decades. Josh Lieb, the current producer and showrunner for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”; Dave Berg, a co-producer of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”; and Jeff Sotzing, president of Carson Entertainment and a producer of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” will all discuss their time with the show.

“ ‘The Tonight Show’ has been and continues to be such a huge part of the entertainment landscape,” said Kent Warneke, founder and past chairman of the Great American Comedy Festival. “To bring producers from three different eras of the show together on one stage promises to be a memorable event.
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Writers Guild Of America awards nominees revealed

The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.

The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.

Screenplay Nominations

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the
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Nominations For The 68th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.

Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths
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Nominations for the 2016 PGA Awards announced

The Producer’s Guild of America has announced that The Big Short, Bridge Of Spies, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton will contest the 2015 Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 2016 PGA Awards.

Traditionally, the majority of PGA Award nominees will also find themselves nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, given that they share many of the same voters. Which probably means bad luck for the likes of Carol and Room.

Here’s a full list of the nominations for film and TV…

Theatrical Motion Picture nominees:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

The Big Short

Producers: Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Bridge of Spies

Producers: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger

Brooklyn

Producers: Finola Dwyer & Amanda Posey

Ex Machina

This film is
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Straight Outta Compton, The Big Short, Spotlight Among Producers Guild Awards Nominees

The Big Short

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture, long-form television, digital series, sports programs and additional television nominations for the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards.

The categories include: The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures; The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures; The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television; Outstanding Sports Program; and Outstanding Digital Series. The feature documentary film category and other television category nominations were previously announced by the PGA in late 2015.

All 2016 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. This year, the Producers Guild will present special honors to Jim Gianopulos (Milestone Award), Shonda Rhimes (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), David Heyman (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), The Hunting Ground (Stanley Kramer
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Producers Guild Awards Nominees! See Full List!

The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominations for its 27th annual Producers Guild Awards! 10 films are vying for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. And sorry "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Carol," you did not make the cut :sad

The PGA Awards winners will be announced on January 23. Here's the complete list of nominees of the 27th annual Producers Guild Awards:

Theatrical Motion Picture nominees

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

The Big Short

Producers: Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Bridge of Spies

Producers: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger

Brooklyn

Producers: Finola Dwyer & Amanda Posey

Ex Machina

This film is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility

Mad Max: Fury Road

Producers: Doug Mitchell & George Miller

The Martian

Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam

The Revenant

Producers: Arnon Milchan,
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Producers Guild Unveils TV Nominees

The Producers Guild of America has nominated “Better Call Saul,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Veep” for its top TV awards.

The winner will be announced on Jan. 23 at the Century Plaza at the PGA’s 27th annual awards show, based on voting from the 6,000 members of the PGA.

None of the three most recent winners — the final season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and FX’s “Fargo” — were nominated Tuesday.

ABC’s “Modern Family,” which won the PGA award four times in a row before losing to “Orange Is the New Black” this year, was the only network show nominated in the comedy and drama categories.

Modern Family” and “Veep” were the only repeat nominees in the comedy category. “Game of Thrones,” and “House of Cards” were the repeaters in the drama category.

The PGA will announce
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Jimmy Fallon Will Host 'The Tonight Show' Through 2021

Jimmy Fallon Will Host 'The Tonight Show' Through 2021
Late-night host and comedian Jimmy Fallon has renewed his deal with NBC Entertainment, extending it six years and signing on through September 2021. Since Jimmy Fallon took over as host in February 2014, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has dominated the late-night landscape versus all timeslot competition, winning in total viewers, the 18-49 demo and all other key ratings categories. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is America's #1 late-night talk show, averaging a 1.11 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers overall for the 2014-15 season. Tonight dominates the time period over its ABC and CBS competition with a +79% margin of victory in adults 18-49. Here's what Steve Burke, Chief Executive Office, NBCUniversal, had to say about extending the talk show host's deal.

"Jimmy has been an important member of the NBCUniversal family for 17 years. He is extraordinarily talented, hard-working and brings a level of creativity and energy every single day
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Producers Guild Redeems "The Lego Movie," "Life Itself"

Two films forgotten by the Academy, the animated adventure "The Lego Movie" and the Roger Ebert Documentary "Life Itself," triumphed at the recently concluded 2015 Producers Guild Awards.

"The Lego Movie" took home the Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures for producer Dan Lin while "Life Itself" won the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures for producers Garrett Basch, Steve James, and Zak Piper.

Meanwhile, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole took the Oscar glitter away from Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" when "Birdman" was awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

The Oscars just got interesting! Will "Boyhood" triumph over "Birdman" at the Academy Awards?

In TV land, NBC was the big winner of the evening with two of their shows taking home trophies for Competition Television ("The Voice") and Live Entertainment & Talk Television ("The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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Birdman, The Lego Movie and Breaking Bad among the winners at the 2015 PGA Awards

The road to the Oscars continued last night in Los Angeles as the Producers Guild of America presented the 2015 PGA Awards, with Birdman scooping the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

Despite being snubbed by the Oscars, The Lego Movie was victorious in the Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures category, while the television winners including Breaking Bad (Episodic Television, Drama), Orange Is the New Black (Episodic Television, Comedy) and Fargo (Long-Form Television).

Check out a full list of the winners (highlighted in red) here…

Motion Pictures:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

American Sniper (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Bradley Cooper, p.g.a., Clint Eastwood, p.g.a., Andrew Lazar, p.g.a., Robert Lorenz, p.g.a., Peter Morgan, p.g.a.

Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood (IFC Films)

Producers: Richard Linklater,
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Birdman, Life Itself, The Lego Movie Among 2015 Producers Guild Awards Winners

On Saturday evening the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture, television, and new media productions at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

In what’s become a most interesting awards season, Birdman took home the big award of the night. The Oscars look to be a two horse race between Boyhood and Birdman from all appearances.

The other PGA nominees were American Sniper, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, The Theory Of Everything and Whiplash.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony is Sunday, while the Directors Guild will announce it’s winners on Saturday, February 7.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical
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‘Birdman’ Wins Top Producers Guild Award

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Oscar-snubbed “Life Itself” and “The Lego Movie” win documentary and animation awards

Birdman” was named the best-produced feature of 2014 at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night, giving the daring Alejandro Iñárritu film new life in the Oscar race for Best Picture.

“Boyhood” was considered the most likely PGA winner and the Oscar leader, but the critical favorite now finds itself in the same spot “The Social Network” was in four years ago. That film swept the critics’ awards and the Golden Globes, but then lost the PGA to “The King’s Speech,” which rode a string of guild wins to victory at the Oscars.
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'Birdman' wins PGA Award, next stop Oscar?

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'Birdman' wins PGA Award, next stop Oscar?
Ever since "The Hurt Locker" triumphed over "Avatar" at the 2010 Producers Guild Awards, it has been rather obvious to me that this precursor announcement is the skeleton key to understanding how the Oscar vote will likely play out. Why? Because — as we've noted a number of times — the PGA is the only group that shares the preferential ballot system the Academy employs. So what won this year? "Birdman" won, that's what. And for those who were chalking this up as a boring, telegraphed Oscar season… So, what does this mean for the rest of the season? It means, clearly, "Birdman" could well be poised to take the Best Picture Oscar next month. I, for one, thought "The Imitation Game" would be the one to unseat "Boyhood" this evening and assert itself as the industry favorite. I even thought "American Sniper" had an outside shot. I wasn't looking at "Birdman," though,
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‘Birdman’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Movie

Birdman” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for best movie — elevating its status as an awards-season front-runner since the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up film star, topped “American Sniper,’ “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Boyhood” had been the consensus favorite to win the PGA trophy — based on voting by more than 6,700 PGA members — with “American Sniper,” “Birdman” and “Imitation Game” pegged as the most likely to score an upset.

See More: Analysis: ‘Birdman’ Adds Plot Twist at PGA Awards

The award went to director Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole.

“They want me to talk so that I make you laugh with my bad English,” Inarritu said. “On behalf of all of us,
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‘Birdman’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Movie

Birdman” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for best movie — elevating its status as an awards-season front-runner since the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up film star, topped “American Sniper,’ “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Boyhood” had been the consensus favorite to win the PGA trophy — based on voting by more than 6,700 PGA members — with “American Sniper,” “Birdman” and “Imitation Game” pegged as the most likely to score an upset.

The award went to director Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole.

“They want me to talk so that I make you laugh with my bad English,” Inarritu said. “On behalf of all of us, our only ambition was to make a risky
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