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David Lyle, Veteran Executive and Reality TV Champion, Dies at 67

David Lyle, Veteran Executive and Reality TV Champion, Dies at 67
David Lyle, a TV veteran who championed unscripted TV and headed National Geographic Channels and Fox Reality Channel, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.

After working in TV in Australia and in London, Lyle came to Los Angeles in 2001 as head of FremantleMedia North America where he helped launch “American Idol” on Fox. He most recently served as president of Pact US, an advocacy org for unscripted TV producers.

Earlier this year, Lyle helped steer the merger of Pact US with the rival Nonfiction Producers Association, creating Npact. The organization reps most of the largest unscripted TV production companies.

“David Lyle was one of the few television executives who thrived on both a creative and business level,” said Howard T. Owens, co-CEO of Propagate Content, who worked with Lyle at Nat Geo. “He was one of the kindest, most fun, and
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Check out: Shilpa Shetty turns contestant for Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati

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Check out: Shilpa Shetty turns contestant for Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati
Being one of the longest running reality shows on national television, Amitabh Bachchan marked his return as a host on Kaun Banega Crorepati just a few days ago. The show, which is an Indian version of the American show ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’, will also see a series of celebrities from Bollywood, whoRead More

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Locarno Film Review: ‘The Poetess’

Locarno Film Review: ‘The Poetess’
For a Western audience, there are several arresting elements to Stefanie Brockhaus and Andreas Wolff’s engaging, accessible documentary “The Poetess”: The first is that although we come to know its subject, Saudi writer Hissa Hilal, very well, and though she’s in almost every shot, we never see her face. The second is that the reason for her fame is a TV show called “Million’s Poet” which airs across the Arab world to regular audiences in excess of 70 million people, and yet it’s likely that those from outside that region will not have heard of it.

In format and layout, “Million’s Poet” is similar to any number of Western-style reality contests, from the flashy neon color scheme, bombastic music and dramatic spotlights, to the telegenic, glassy-eyed hosts, the panel of poker-faced judges and the noisy, participative studio audience. It’s “American Idol” by way of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and
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'Mad Men' at 10: Why This Landmark TV Show Is Still a Golden-Age Standout

'Mad Men' at 10: Why This Landmark TV Show Is Still a Golden-Age Standout
"What you call love was invented by guys like me to sell nylons." With these tender words, Don Draper talked himself into the heart of his new client Rachel Mencken, and into TV history. The first episode of Mad Men aired 10 years ago today, on July 19th, 2007, introducing the world to a rogue's gallery of glamorously twisted con artists. Jon Hamm as Don, the Korean War deserter who steals a dead officer's dogtags and invents himself a new life as a Madison Avenue advertising genius. John Slattery as Roger Sterling,
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Seth Rogen Gets ‘Inception’-ed, Carrie Coon Loves the Public Theater — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

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Seth Rogen Gets ‘Inception’-ed, Carrie Coon Loves the Public Theater — The Week in Showrunner Tweets
One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Last Week’S Tweets: Who ‘Mr. Robot’ Is Really Attacking, And R.I.P. ‘The Get Down

This week: Bryan Fuller watches “Twin Peaks,” and showrunners love “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

We Would Watch The Crap Out of This

Think big, Hollywood, and listen to Shonda Rhimes’ casting suggestion here.

Obvious: only actor who could play Comey and do him justice?

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes," says Denzel Washington. Bam. Academy Award.

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 10, 2017

Bryan Fuller Is Catching Up on TV

One of these lists wouldn
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Seth Rogen Gets ‘Inception’-ed, Carrie Coon Loves the Public Theater — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

Seth Rogen Gets ‘Inception’-ed, Carrie Coon Loves the Public Theater — The Week in Showrunner Tweets
One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Last Week’S Tweets: Who ‘Mr. Robot’ Is Really Attacking, And R.I.P. ‘The Get Down

This week: Bryan Fuller watches “Twin Peaks,” and showrunners love “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

We Would Watch The Crap Out of This

Think big, Hollywood, and listen to Shonda Rhimes’ casting suggestion here.

Obvious: only actor who could play Comey and do him justice?

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes," says Denzel Washington. Bam. Academy Award.

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 10, 2017

Bryan Fuller Is Catching Up on TV

One of these lists wouldn
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The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked

The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked
Amidst the chorus of people saying that TV is better than it’s ever been, you’ll always find one person lamenting the decline of the theme song. While it’s true that the days of minutes-long intros with original songs and catchy melodies might be in the past, there’s no denying that shows are still finding memorable (and in a few cases, iconic) ways to open each episode.

Read More: The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

With that in mind, we set out to pick the best TV themes of the young century. Some of these are snippets from existing songs, others are new instrumentals that have quickly taken on meaning well beyond the shows they’re attached to. As DVRs and streaming services make it easier than ever to skip TV credits, there are plenty of songs and shows trying to keep the art of the opening alive.
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The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked

  • Indiewire
The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked
Amidst the chorus of people saying that TV is better than it’s ever been, you’ll always find one person lamenting the decline of the theme song. While it’s true that the days of minutes-long intros with original songs and catchy melodies might be in the past, there’s no denying that shows are still finding memorable (and in a few cases, iconic) ways to open each episode.

Read More: The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

With that in mind, we set out to pick the best TV themes of the young century. Some of these are snippets from existing songs, others are new instrumentals that have quickly taken on meaning well beyond the shows they’re attached to. As DVRs and streaming services make it easier than ever to skip TV credits, there are plenty of songs and shows trying to keep the art of the opening alive.
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Miptv: Reality TV Struggles to Find a New 'Voice'

Reality TV has been waiting for a new hit show to conquer the world. And waiting. And waiting.

The Voice, which launched in 2011, was the last blockbuster to follow the likes of Idol, Got Talent, Dancing With The Stars and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and become a global ratings phenomenon. Every year since, the people who make, and buy, reality TV gather in Cannes for the Miptv market, hoping to find the next big thing in so-called non-scripted TV.

NBCUniversal's World of Dance, a dancing competition show featuring Jennifer Lopez, and Lionsgate's Candy Crush — a game show...
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Multiple Class-Action Lawsuits Loom Over Pay-to-Play Audition Scandal

As criminal court proceedings continue against dozens of individuals charged with violating California’s Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act, civil class action filings are being explored to recoup money lost by actors in what many consider a predatory labor practice.

Among those weighing such a move is Roman Silberfeld, a veteran partner at the big Century City-based law office Robins Kaplan. The heavy-hitting trial attorney responsible for one of Hollywood’s largest jury verdicts — he won $319 million from Disney in a 2010 case over Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? profits — says his firm has been looking into the issue for...
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Mission Control Media Names Brent Burnette VP of Development

Mission Control Media has hired producer and development executive Brent Burnette as the new vice president of development, Variety has learned.

In his new role at Mission Control Media, the production company behind unscripted series like “Hollywood Game Night” and “Face Off,” Burnette will be tasked with creating and developing original formats in addition to forging new creative and talent partnerships, with a focus on comedy and digital. He will report to McM’s senior vice president of development Nicholas Oakley-Tilley as well as co-presidents Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith.

“Brent brings a rich background as both a veteran developer and a skilled executor that complements our existing team incredibly well,” Smith said. “We are thrilled to have him join us at Mission Control and look forward to creating great content together.”

“I am so excited for the opportunity to work with the Mission Control team and am looking forward to helping them expand their
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Sneak Peek: Kaitlyn Bristowe And Shawn Booth Play ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ For Animal Charity

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Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth will try their best at trivia as part of a special week-long edition of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”. Airing on Global beginning Monday, Feb. 6, “Bachelor Fan Favourites” will take over the popular game show for a chance to win big for their favourite charities. Naturally, animal lovers […]
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Scoop: This young actor all set to replace Amitabh Bachchan as the host of Kbc?

Scoop: This young actor all set to replace Amitabh Bachchan as the host of Kbc?
It all started off in the year 2000 when the TV industry saw a (r)evolution of sorts in the form of the Indian adaptation of the widely watched game show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’. The Indian version of the game show was titled as ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, which later gained popularity as ‘Kbc’.Read More

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Natpe Briefs: Sinclair Launches Action Net, Mark Burnett Alums Set Banner

Sinclair Broadcast Group and MGM have teamed again to launch a digital multicast network, this time devoted to action-adventure programming.

The ad-supported channel dubbed Charge is slated to launch by the end of the quarter. It will draw on MGM’s vast library of movies and TV shows, including the James Bond and “Rocky” film franchises.

Charge comes a little more than a year after MGM and Sinclair teamed on the sci-fi themed Comet channel, which is now distributed outside of Sinclair markets in 83% of the country. Charge will be available for streaming via web and mobile platforms as well.

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C. Scot Cru and Patrice Choghi, formerly with Mark Burnett’s One Three Media, have teamed with producer Robert Bauer to launch a consulting firm dubbed Stamper Lumber Media Group, based in Beverly Hills.

The firm’s aim is to serve as a matchmaker between producers and domestic and international TV and digital distribution outlets. It
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Florence Henderson, 'The Brady Bunch' Actress, Dead at 82

Florence Henderson, 'The Brady Bunch' Actress, Dead at 82
Florence Henderson, the actress who portrayed matriarch Carol Brady on the Seventies sitcom The Brady Bunch, died Thursday in Los Angeles from heart failure. She was 82.

"We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear mother Florence Henderson from heart failure," the Henderson family said in a statement. "On this day of thanks, our beloved mother was surrounded by her devoted children and dearest friends. We thank all of her fans for their many years of love and ask that we be allowed to grieve in private."

Henderson's agent Kayla Pressman added,
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Florence Henderson, ‘Brady Bunch’ Mom and TV Icon, Dies at 82

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Florence Henderson, ‘Brady Bunch’ Mom and TV Icon, Dies at 82
Florence Henderson, the actress who defined the television mom of the modern era with her starring role in “The Brady Bunch,” died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 82.

Henderson’s manager, Kayla Pressman, confirmed the actress died on Thanksgiving night surrounded by family and friends. She’d been hospitalized the day before.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear mother Florence Henderson from heart failure,” said Henderson’s family in a statement. “On this day of thanks, our beloved mother was surrounded by her devoted children and dearest friends. We thank all of her fans for their many years of love and ask that we be allowed to grieve in private.”

Henderson seen was on camera as recently as Monday when she attended the taping of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Her one-time TV daughter, Maureen McCormick of “Brady Bunch” fame, was a contestant on the show this season
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People’s ‘Sexiest Doctor Alive’ Competes on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Does He Win Big?

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People’s ‘Sexiest Doctor Alive’ Competes on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Does He Win Big?
He’s earned millions of Instagram followers — but can he earn millions of dollars?

Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, a.k.a. Dr. Mike, a.k.a. People’s Sexiest Doctor Alive of 2015, is competing on Friday’s episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

This week, the series has honored “Hometown Heroes” — including the three American men who stopped the terrorist attack on a train to Paris last year — and Dr. Mike is being singled out for his charity work and ‘healthspiration.’ Making him even more lovable: He plans to donate his winnings to the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer.
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Jimmy Kimmel on His First Hollywood Job and How He Got Into TV

Jimmy Kimmel on His First Hollywood Job and How He Got Into TV
Jimmy Kimmel got his start while in high school, with a cheeky radio show on Kunv in Las Vegas. After that, he worked as a radio-show sidekick in various cities before landing his debut solo show in Palm Springs, Calif. He was first mentioned in Variety on May 8, 1997, when he was the sports reporter on the “Kevin & Bean” show on L.A.’s Kroq. His big (and surprising) TV break came when he was hired as co-host of “Win Ben Stein’s Money” — a gig that resulted in a Daytime Emmy.

Since then, he has received multiple Emmy nominations for his late-night ABC show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” now in its 13th season. He hosted the Emmys in 2012, the last time the awards show was on ABC, and will host the 68th annual awards on Sept. 18.

What was your first showbiz job?

I was in high school and a kid I knew at Miller’s Outpost said, “You
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Mediapro, Oficina Burman Strike High-End Drama Development Alliance (Exclusive)

Mediapro, Oficina Burman Strike High-End Drama Development Alliance (Exclusive)
Madrid — Aligning two of the most ambitious TV drama producers in the Spanish-speaking world, Spain’s Mediapro Group and Argentina’s Oficina Burman have struck a strategic co-development deal for high-end fiction TV series and formats aimed squarely at international markets.

Under the deal, Mediapro, a producer with Sky, HBO and Canal Plus of Jude Law starrer “The Young Pope,” and Oficina Burman, which is set to produce Netflix’s first original series in Argentina, will join forces to co-develop a minimum of three TV series in a first year of collaboration, said Javier Mendez, Mediapro head of contents.

Mediapro will cover co-development costs with the right to produce series that come out of the co-development deal, he added. Mendez is scheduled to travel to Buenos Aires, where Oficina Burman is based, on Wednesday to advance on the first potential co-development slate.

The deal coincides with the inauguration of Mediapro’s new offices in Argentina.
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The Voice: 8 Easy Fixes to Stop the NBC Juggernaut's Ratings Slide

The Voice: 8 Easy Fixes to Stop the NBC Juggernaut's Ratings Slide
Don’t start writing an obit for NBC’s The Voice anytime soon. With an average of 13.3 million viewers and a 3.4 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo, its audience is still as big as Kanye’s ego.

Still, numbers for this week’s Season 10 finale — 10.4 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating for Alisan Porter’s win – were down 18 and 28 percent from Jordan Smith’s coronation a season prior. And if those declines don’t make exec producer Mark Burnett a teensy bit nervous, he need only look at the way prior reality behemoths American Idol and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
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