Jon Stewart hires female producing team for Apple TV

Jon Stewart preps his return to the anchor chair with an all-female producing team, newswoman Brinda Adhikari as his showrunner and former Stewart collaborator Latinx Chelsea Devantez as his head writer. The former Daily Show host has tapped a longtime newswoman, rather than a comedy vet, to serve as his executive producer and showrunner. Brinda Adhikari … Continue reading “Jon Stewart hires female producing team for Apple TV”

Wondros welcomes Ondrea Barbe to diverse roster

Led by Senior Executive Producer Danielle Peretz, Wondros Collective has welcomed beauty & lifestyle Director/Photographer Ondrea Barbe. Ondrea joins the diverse Wondros Collective directorial roster, which includes filmmakers & storytellers Jesse Dylan, The Cronenweths, Lee Farber, Stephan Malik, Tamika Miller, Riess|Hill and Lacey Uhlemeyer. “Ondrea is a prolific beauty and lifestyle Director and Photographer who captures … Continue reading “Wondros welcomes Ondrea Barbe to diverse roster”

‘Better Call Saul’ dominates WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America announced their nominations for the 2021 WGA Awards in the categories of TV, New Media, News, Radio/Audio and Promotional Writing during 2020. Winners will be honored March 21 in a virtual ceremony. AMC’s Better Call Saul dominated with five nominations. Other nominees include Amazon Studios’ The Boys, Disney+’s The Mandalorian, … Continue reading “‘Better Call Saul’ dominates WGA Awards”

Golden Globes announce nominees for 78th show

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced the nominees for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Six-time Golden Globe winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson announced the nominees. For the first time in the history of the Golden Globes, the nominations were announced virtually, following the current safety measures … Continue reading “Golden Globes announce nominees for 78th show”

Elephant appoints Paula Maki as VP, Creative

Creative agency Elephant announced today the appointment of Paula Maki as Vice President, Creative. Reporting to ECD Chris May, Maki will be responsible for creative strategy, writing and campaign development for Elephant’s West Coast-based clients and new business prospects.  “We are overjoyed to have Paula join our team on the West Coast,” said May. “Paula’s … Continue reading “Elephant appoints Paula Maki as VP, Creative”

‘Palm Springs,’ ‘Soul’ lead Critics Choice Super Awards

Sunday, the Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the  winners of the inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards during a special presentation broadcast on  The CW. Produced remotely following COVID safety protocols, the ceremony was hosted by  writer/director/podcaster Kevin Smith and actress/writer Dani Fernandez, and honored the most  popular, fan-obsessed genres across both television and movies, including Superhero/Comic Book,  Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, … Continue reading “‘Palm Springs,’ ‘Soul’ lead Critics Choice Super Awards”

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, actress Francesca De Luca

Francesca De Luca says when she stands in front of camera, every fiber of her being comes to life. She’s driven by the challenge of bringing to life a character from page. For her, the creative process is a journey unlike any other and one she relishes. The world needs actors and storyteller now more than ever. For Francesca “Frankie,” the craft of acting is … Continue reading “Frankie Goes to Hollywood, actress Francesca De Luca”

‘Mean Girls’ won’t return to Broadway in 2021

Tina Fey’s adapted play of the 2004 infamous film Mean Girls, will not be returning to Broadway this year. The musical’s producers, led by Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live, announced on Thursday that they would not seek to reopen in New York once the pandemic eases. However, the producers do plan to restart the … Continue reading “‘Mean Girls’ won’t return to Broadway in 2021”

Disney announces plans for 2021 and beyond

On Thursday December 10, 2020, The Walt Disney Company hosted their webcast for Their Investor Day. Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, and Bob Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, led the virtual event, which included presentations from leaders of the company’s content and distribution teams, along with financial updates … Continue reading “Disney announces plans for 2021 and beyond”

What’s not to love about ginger Ashton Swinford?

“Filmmakers are like roaches – we’ll always find a way to survive.” There is something about Gingers. We either love ’em or hate ’em for those fiery locks. Sometimes, we even make fun of ’em or just run in the other direction. Is it because they stand out in a crowd? Or does it ignite … Continue reading “What’s not to love about ginger Ashton Swinford?”

Sarah Chase joins Wild Bill Agency as COO and EP

Veteran business and media executive, Sarah Chase, has been named COO and Executive Producer at Wild Bill—a creative content production company and commercial agency—jointly run by co-founders Samantha Hart and James Lipetzky. Chase spent the last four years of her career working under the close mentorship of renowned actor, Alan Alda. Alda says, “Sarah has … Continue reading “Sarah Chase joins Wild Bill Agency as COO and EP”

HFPA announces Golden Globe Awards timetable

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced the awards timetable for the 78th Annual Golden Globe® Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The February 28, 2021 ceremony will air live coast to coast 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET on NBC from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The HFPA also announced an additional … Continue reading “HFPA announces Golden Globe Awards timetable”

Golden Globes pushed from January to February 2021

Gear up for laughs, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be the 78th annual Golden Globe awards on Sunday, February 28th, 2021. Celebrating the accomplishments of the film and television community, the event will air live 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET coast to coast on NBC from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. After … Continue reading “Golden Globes pushed from January to February 2021”

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”

Highlights from ‘Saturday Night Live at Home’

Well, it kinda worked out okay. Saturday night, SNL premiered its remote “At Home” episode – featuring many of the regular cast members as well as surprise host Tom Hanks, from his kitchen and musical guest Chris Martin. The episode was a ratings winner for NBC as 6.7 million viewers tuned in, making it the … Continue reading “Highlights from ‘Saturday Night Live at Home’”

Deutsch promotes Doris Chung to ECD

Deutsch, LA has a new creative sheriff in the office. The agency has announced the promotion of Doris Chung to the role of Executive Creative Director in the LA office. Chung was tapped by Deutsch in 2017 to spearhead the shop’s creative work for brands under the beverage conglomerate Keurig Dr Pepper, including Mott’s and … Continue reading “Deutsch promotes Doris Chung to ECD”

7,000 WGA members fire their agents

Well, the Association of Talent Agencies got a rude awakening. But one can’t say they were blindsided. The Writers Guild did give them ample warning. In an amazing show of solidarity, the WGA announced yesterday it had delivered its first group of over 7,000 termination letters from its members to agencies. What that breaks down … Continue reading “7,000 WGA members fire their agents”

Odds-makers place their bets on Oscar noms

For the betting population out there who expect to be on a lull between Super Bowl and March Madness, has something for you. The odds on the Academy Awards! According to their odds-makers, half of the six major categories are expected to be very competitive with Alfonso Cuaron (1/7) nearly a sure thing for … Continue reading “Odds-makers place their bets on Oscar noms”

mcgarrybowen New York names Matt Ian CCO

Twice Emmy-nominated Ian joins mb’s New York flagship office from Droga5 Let’s just say, mcgarrybowen ain’t playing around. Akin to the Lakers signing LeBron James, the agency with offices in Chicago, New York and San Francisco announced that advertising’s LeBron, Matt Ian, has been named Chief Creative Officer of the flagship New York office. He … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen New York names Matt Ian CCO”