Fall brings 3 new dramas, 6 hours of Dick Wolf to NBC

Capitalizing on a year with huge audience drivers, including two Olympics and the Super Bowl, NBC heads into the 2021-22 season with a winning year-round programming strategy that highlights dominant dramas in the fall, doubles down on comedies in midseason and pairs powerhouse unscripted shows with big tentpole event programming.    “Our program strategy for NBC is singularly focused on driving growth by capturing audiences with can’t-miss event television and keeping them on the … Continue reading “Fall brings 3 new dramas, 6 hours of Dick Wolf to NBC”

NBC’s Superstore finally closes its doors

Warning: This contains spoilers for the series finale of Superstore. The exterior Cloud 9 facade that many have driven past on Burbank’s Barham road is no longer there. After 6 seasons of being a regular feature on the Universal Studios Hollywood’s Studio Tour ride (prior to covid) at the backlot sound stages, the NBCUniversal TV … Continue reading “NBC’s Superstore finally closes its doors”

NBC announces 2020-21 season, commits to diversity

Heading into the 2020-21 season, NBC unveiled a fall lineup capitalizing on strong incumbency and momentum following a number of multi-year pickups for stalwart shows, including New Amsterdam, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D. Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.  Featuring gripping dramas that include Manifest, fan-favorite comedies Superstore and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and unrivaled alternative programming, including the return of coaches Kelly Clarkson, John … Continue reading “NBC announces 2020-21 season, commits to diversity”

Tonight: Feeding America Comedy Fest on NBC

Kenan Thompson, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish and Byron Allen will serve as co-hosts for the two-hour comedy special Feeding America Comedy Festival on Sunday, May 10 from 7-9 p.m. ET/PT and 6-8p.m. CST on NBC. In addition, the telecast – from Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and Funny Or Die – has added Michael Che, Will … Continue reading “Tonight: Feeding America Comedy Fest on NBC”

After ‘Trolls’ AMC theaters bans Universal films

AMC Theaters (who also own UK Chain Odeon Cinemas) have vowed to no longer screen Universal Pictures films in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. That comes after NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell spoke about the success of Trolls World Tour on VOD platforms amassing $100 million. “The results for Trolls World Tour have exceeded our expectations and … Continue reading “After ‘Trolls’ AMC theaters bans Universal films”

Universal to begin streaming current films Friday

With the global production shutdowns of such major films as The Batman, The Matrix 4, Mission Impossible combined with the closure of movie theaters due to the spread of the COVID-19 , Universal Pictures has decided to make its current theatrical releases available on Home Video earlier than planned. The studio has announced that The Invisible … Continue reading “Universal to begin streaming current films Friday”

UPDATED: All NBCUni shows suspend production

Yesterday as Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and studios such as Disney, Paramount and others have delayed the openings of major tentpole films such as Mulan and The New Mutants and a Quiet Place II, the virus has now hit the TV industry as Reel 360 has confirmed that all 35 NBC Universal shows including Dick Wolf’s … Continue reading “UPDATED: All NBCUni shows suspend production”

David&Goliath launch new Universal Parks campaign

I don’t know if I’m lucky or not that I live 10 minutes from Universal, Hollywood. You’re welcome stalkers. That said, I sure do love going to the theme park when my daughters are here during the summer and Christmas. Plus, who am I kidding? I’m a big kid. I love the rides and the … Continue reading “David&Goliath launch new Universal Parks campaign”

Swanberg’s “Easy” one of 3 new TV series filming here

If 2016 was considered a great year for the Chicago media and entertainment business, 2017 is starting to shape up as even greater. It could even be the year when the Chicago market eases into $1 billion revenue from film status.

Thanks to Dick Wolf / NBC Universal and to Fox TV, six primetime TV series currently film here at Cinespace Studios, with three new TV series expected to start production in early February.

Halloween “Killed” at this weekend’s Box Office

Michael Myers in his twelfth installment of the Halloween franchise, made a killing at the box office this weekend, even though he was also streaming on Peacock (NBC Universal). Halloween Kills brought in an estimated $50.3 million at the North American box office this weekend. That number exceeded industry expectations, which had projected the film … Continue reading “Halloween “Killed” at this weekend’s Box Office”

From Costume Designer to Director, Courtney Hoffman

While the budding filmmaking career of Courtney Hoffman has only just begun, she’s anything but green. This costumer designer turned filmmaker has a lush 10-year career as a successful costume designer, working with the likes of Tarantino and Gia Coppola and on films like The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Palo Alto, and Baby Driver – just to … Continue reading “From Costume Designer to Director, Courtney Hoffman”

Courtney Hoffman joins RadicalMedia

This has been a big week for commercial director Courtney Hoffman. Earlier we reported on her first-ever global campaign for WhatsApp and now word comes she has joined RadicalMedia for US representation.   After leaving a prestigious career in Costume Design (Baby Driver, The Hateful Eight, Captain Fantastic, and several Superbowl commercials), Courtney Hoffman wrote and directed … Continue reading “Courtney Hoffman joins RadicalMedia”

REEL WOMEN: New Blank’s Erin Serletic

When it comes to business development, Erin Serletic is in a class by herself. Her focus is knocking on doors, finding the opportunities, pitching capabilities and getting the RFP. She has a successful track record of helping companies reach their next level. Erin is equally effective at landing new business while growing and maintaining existing … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: New Blank’s Erin Serletic”

‘Debris’ is not your “average truth is out there” series

If you’re not watching NBC Universal’s new TV show Debris, you’re missing out! This is not your average “the truth is out there” UFO show! It’s sci-fi, almost a crime drama, and a mystery with each episode slowly unveiling what is happening as we the viewers learn through the clues the characters unearth. What is … Continue reading “‘Debris’ is not your “average truth is out there” series”

Peacock gives exclusive streaming rights to WWE

Peacock and WWE announced a multi-year agreement that gives Peacock exclusive streaming rights to WWE Network in the U.S. “NBC Universal has a long-standing relationship with WWE that began nearly 30 years ago with Monday Night Raw on USA. WWE has always tapped into the cultural zeitgeist with spectacular live events and larger-than-life characters, and … Continue reading “Peacock gives exclusive streaming rights to WWE”

MOCEAN welcomes Elaine Cantwell as first ECD, design

On the heels of several successful projects for brands such as FX, Netflix, WebMD, and the Tokyo Olympics for NBC Sports, three-time ‘Entertainment Agency of the Year’ award-winner MOCEAN today announced the hiring of Elaine Cantwell as its first executive creative director, design.   Having lent her talents to world-class brands including AT&T, Hallmark Channel, Sony … Continue reading “MOCEAN welcomes Elaine Cantwell as first ECD, design”

Dublin-based Keywords buys Hollywood’s gnet

Keywords Studios has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire multi- award-winning gnet, a Hollywood-based creative marketing agency serving the video games and entertainment industries. A powerhouse in the video game industry, Keywords Studios is continuing to expand its global technical services platform with the acquisition, upping the marketing studios under the … Continue reading “Dublin-based Keywords buys Hollywood’s gnet”

Honda just isn’t feeling Savage anymore

Think of Honda going from Savage to well, tough. As in Fred Savage, the brand voice since 2014, and tough guy John Cena. The former WWE superstar turned actor, who will appear next year in Universal’s F9 and James Gunn’s Suicide Squad is the new voice for the Honda brand. As the brand moves away … Continue reading “Honda just isn’t feeling Savage anymore”

Watch the Just Sing video from ‘Trolls World Tour’

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in Trolls World Tour, an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Trolls tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted … Continue reading “Watch the Just Sing video from ‘Trolls World Tour’”

Writers Guild announces TV, News and Radio noms

Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2019. The shows up for best drama series are The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Mindhunter, Succession and Watchmen. Vying for best comedy series honors are Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, PEN15, … Continue reading “Writers Guild announces TV, News and Radio noms”