Former ABC CEO Tom Murphy remembered

Thomas S. Murphy, who served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Cities/ABC for 30 years and oversaw its merger with The Walt Disney Company, died Wednesday, May 25, at his home in Rye, New York. He was 96. One of the most respected and admired businessmen of his era, Murphy was also named … Continue reading “Former ABC CEO Tom Murphy remembered”

UPFRONTS: ABC unveils 2022-2023 Fall Sked

Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment, today unveiled the ABC primetime schedule for the 2022-2023 fall season, featuring a strong, returning slate of established, fan-favorite shows and two new powerhouses scripted series, both anchored by bold and compelling female leads. Additionally, ABC adds a sprinkle of star power to long-running game show staples, … Continue reading “UPFRONTS: ABC unveils 2022-2023 Fall Sked”

6 million tune into Chadwick Boseman tribute on ABC

ABC was Sunday’s highest-rated and most-watched broadcast network thanks to a commercial-free airing of Black Panther and an ABC News tribute to star Chadwick Boseman, who tragically passed away on Friday night  after a 4-year battle with colon cancer. “We are all heartbroken by the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman—an extraordinary talent, and one of … Continue reading “6 million tune into Chadwick Boseman tribute on ABC”

The New Blank kicks off ABC’s NFL Draft 2020

The Reel 360 team misses sports. Can we say it again? We miss SPORTS. So, thank god for the NFL Draft because it gives us the hope of sports returning. To support the ABC NFL Draft 2020, Seattle-based The New Blank created a branding package that frames the show’s focus on players’ personal stories and what makes … Continue reading “The New Blank kicks off ABC’s NFL Draft 2020”

‘The Middle’ spinoff ordered to pilot at ABC

The popular series portraying a “neither high nor low” class family is getting a Chicago-based spinoff featuring Sue Heck ABC has officially ordered the long-discussed “The Middle” spinoff to pilot. Led by Eden Sher, the untitled comedy will follow the twentysomething adventures of eternal optimist Sue Heck as she leaves the small town of Orson … Continue reading “‘The Middle’ spinoff ordered to pilot at ABC”

Norman Lear turns 100

Norman Lear, who created the iconic bigot Archie Bunker, the 1970s television sitcom All in the Family, and its spin-off Archie Bunker’s Place has reached the incredible milestone of celebrating his 100th birthday. He becomes one of the very few centenarians currently alive. Lear penned an eloquently written essay to The New York Times, reflecting … Continue reading “Norman Lear turns 100”

ESPN gets real with Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football isn’t just a test of your sports knowledge, it’s a test of your relationships; creating deeper community connections…even if a little smack talk is involved. At least that’s the premise beyond ESPN’s brand-new “Only in Fantasy” campaign which launches today and highlights the inherent humor of the game – from the unlikely rivalries … Continue reading “ESPN gets real with Fantasy Football”

LA film production returns to pre-pandemic levels

Good news for the LA production community. FilmLA issued an update regarding regional filming activity. After posting three consecutive record-breaking quarters, local filming in the second quarter (“Q2”) of 2022 was down by -5.8 percent over the same period last year. From April through June, FilmLA recorded a total of 9,220 Shoot Days (SD) compared … Continue reading “LA film production returns to pre-pandemic levels”

Cut+Run welcomes Brian Stanley as EP

Cut+Run is excited to welcome Brian Stanley as Executive Producer of the company’s San Francisco office. Brian has been a longstanding member of the San Francisco advertising community.  He has worked for top agencies in the Bay Area producing projects for Venables Bell & Partners, Heat, Pereira O’Dell, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and Muhtayzik Hoffer and … Continue reading “Cut+Run welcomes Brian Stanley as EP”

19th & Park adds to production team

Creative marketing and production company 19th & Park is thrilled to announce the addition of two new faces to their team: Executive Producer William Oaks IV and Head of Production Morgan Saunders. Oaks brings well over a decade of hit television production experience, most recently on CNN’s The Wonder List. Saunders’ production credits span the … Continue reading “19th & Park adds to production team”

Succession, Ted Lasso, Euphoria lead 74th Emmy noms

This morning, the 74th Emmy nominations were announced during a live virtual ceremony was hosted by JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma. Succession holds this year’s top spot with 25 Emmy nominations followed by Ted Lasso and The White Lotus (20), Hacks … Continue reading “Succession, Ted Lasso, Euphoria lead 74th Emmy noms”

Godfather and Brian’s Song star James Caan dies

Academy Award and Primetime Emmy Award-nominated actor and star of The Godfather, Misery, Elf, Thief, and Brian’s Song, James Caan has passed away at age 82. News of his passing was shared on his official Twitter account: James Edmund Caan, known as “Jimmy” to his friends, was born March 26, 1940 in the Bronx, New … Continue reading “Godfather and Brian’s Song star James Caan dies”

Michael J. Fox, Diane Warren to get honorary Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that its Board of Governors voted to present Honorary Oscars to Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren and Peter Weir, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Michael J. Fox.  The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 13th Governors Awards on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. “The Academy’s … Continue reading “Michael J. Fox, Diane Warren to get honorary Oscars”

Disney names Dana Walden head of DGE Content

The Walt Disney Company has named Dana Walden as Chairman, Disney General Entertainment Content, it was announced today by Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. In this role, Walden will lead the company’s general entertainment content engine that creates original entertainment and news programming for Disney’s streaming platforms and its cable and … Continue reading “Disney names Dana Walden head of DGE Content”

Director Marta Cunningham joins m ss ng p eces 

Bicoastal production studio m ss ng p eces welcomes multi-talented director Marta Cunningham to its roster. Cunningham is a prolific television director having worked on hit shows that include Insecure (HBO), Fear the Walking Dead (AMC), Star Trek Discovery (Paramount+), You (Netflix), Transparent (Amazon Prime), Room 104 (HBO), How to Get Away with Murder (ABC), Dear White People (Netflix) and Dispatches from Elsewhere (AMC), and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for … Continue reading “Director Marta Cunningham joins m ss ng p eces “

ViacomCBS, Microsoft, Al Jazeera among Telly winners

The Telly Awards announced this year’s winners, including a variety of top-tier brands and organizations as well as smaller media companies such as ViacomCBS, Warner Bros. Worldwide TV Marketing, Sony Music Entertainment, Microsoft, ESPN, PBS Digital Studios, Mytonomy, Freethink, Nice Shoes, CTRL5, Feed the Children, Square, Crunchyroll and Fast Company. This year’s edition received over 11,000 entries and saw … Continue reading “ViacomCBS, Microsoft, Al Jazeera among Telly winners”

Yaaar! Pirate’s Booty goes unscripted in new work

Pirate’s Booty is a cheesy snack puff kids go wild for. The lightly coated powder that doesn’t wreck furniture is a plus for parents, too.   According to Hershey CEO Michele Buck, YoY sales grew by more than 26%. (Hershey Co. bought the puffs brand from B&G Foods in 2018 for $420M, continuing to diversify its roster amid consumers … Continue reading “Yaaar! Pirate’s Booty goes unscripted in new work”

UPFRONTS: Fire Country, Real Love Boat highlight CBS Fall sked

CBS this week announced its 2022-2023 primetime programming lineup of CBS Originals, featuring four new dramas, one alternative series, special event programming and 18 returning series. For 2021-2022, the Network finished #1 for the 14th straight season, winning 19 of the past 20 seasons. The four new series for fall are the dramas East New York, … Continue reading “UPFRONTS: Fire Country, Real Love Boat highlight CBS Fall sked”

Talk about Girl Power! Watch the trailer for Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Disney+ has released a new trailer and key art for Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. And it’s everything you want it to be… except for a little dodgy CGI. Executive producer Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer of Marvel, welcomed star Tatiana Maslany to The Walt Disney Company’s 2022 Upfront presentation … Continue reading “Talk about Girl Power! Watch the trailer for Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”

Anthony Anderson graduates Howard at 51

51-year-old, 11-time Emmy Award-nominated writer and star of ABC’s black-ish, Anthony Anderson had a lot to celebrate this weekend. He shared on his official Instagram page that he graduated from Howard University with a BFA degree from the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts!  He explained that it was “30 years in the making” … Continue reading “Anthony Anderson graduates Howard at 51”