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NBC Sports and Making Space Partner on Development Program for Disabled Talent

NBC Sports and Making Space have teamed on a new program aimed at increasing the presence of disabled talent within NBC Sports’ coverage and portfolio. Making Space, a technology and media company focused on supporting disabled, low income and traditionally underrepresented communities, will provide NBC Sports with a pre-trained talent pipeline for its properties and […]

Bad Bunny Faces Off Against Himself in WWE-Style Promo for ‘Saturday Night Live’

Bad Bunny has a few choice insults for himself in the first promo for his upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live. The singer and actor is set to make his hosting debut for the Oct. 21 episode and will also serve as musical guest. Bad Bunny was previously the musical guest for a season 46 […]

‘The Late Show’ Cancels Week of Shows as Stephen Colbert Recovers From COVID-19

The Late Show is coming out of CBS’ rotation at least until next week as host Stephen Colbert recovers from a COVID-19 diagnosis. The comedian and late night host on Wednesday shared the news that he would be out and unable to tape for the remainder of the week, via X, the platform formerly known […]

Wattpad Webtoon, Christopher Yost Adapting Sci-Fi Webnovel ‘Hawk’

Wattpad Webtoon Studios is tackling an adaptation of Hawk, its popular sci-fi webnovel by Mike Booth, tapping Christopher Yost to pen the project. The project is being developed as an animated series, which Yost, a Marvel Comics scribe who segued to screenwriting with Thor: Ragnarok and The Mandalorian, will write. Executive producing will be Aron […]

Golden Globes Donates $75,000 to Committee to Protect Journalists Amid Israel-Hamas War

The Golden Globes Awards has donated $75,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization that defends the right of journalists to safely report in war zones, without harm or fear of reprisal. “As we have done previously during the Afghanistan and Ukraine conflicts, we remain steadfast in our commitment to support the courageous […]

MIPCOM: Global TV Industry Braces for Downturn, Disruption and “Blood in the Water”

Major construction work along Cannes’ famed Croisette has turned this most glamorous of French seaside towns into a chaotic building site. Television executives, in town for the MIPCOM Cannes international TV confab, which runs through Thursday, Oct. 19, have been forced to run a gauntlet of concrete slabs and roped-off danger zones. It’s an apt […]

Suzanne Somers’ Husband Alan Hamel Recalls Final Days With His Wife of 46 Years: “It Was Very Peaceful”

Suzanne Somers’ longtime husband Alan Hamel recalled his final days with his wife of 46 years during a virtual appearance on the Today show. The Canadian producer told Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie that he was going in and out of grief, following Somers’ death on Sunday in Palm Springs after a 23-year battle with […]

Tim Allen Faces Rival Santa Played by Eric Stonestreet in ‘Santa Clauses’ Season 2 Trailer

The mood isn’t entirely cheery as Tim Allen faces some serious competition in the trailer for the second season of Disney+’s The Santa Clauses. This holiday-themed series returns to the platform with its two-episode season premiere set for Nov. 8, following the first season that launched last year. Eric Stonestreet joins the cast as Magnus […]

‘Saturday Night Live’: All the Season 49 Hosts and Musical Guests

After a shortened 2022-23 season, Saturday Night Live returned a bit later than usual to kick off its 2023-24 run. The writers strike affected both the end of last season and the start of season 49; the end of the labor action on Sept. 25 meant a mid-October start for SNL — with former castmember Pete […]

MIPCOM Deal Memo Day 2: BBC Nabs ‘Marie Antoinette’ Season 2, Newen Takes Full Control of Felicita Films

Day two of the MIPCOM international television market brought a slew of new deals and a major corporate acquisition. French group Newen Studios, owned by commercial channel TF1, announced it had secured a majority stake in Marie Guillaumond’s French production company Felicita Films. The boutique group has some 10 projects in development for local French […]

Reality TV Features More Onscreen Female Representation Than Scripted, Study Finds

It should perhaps come as no surprise that reality television more accurately represents real-world gender distribution than its scripted series counterparts. The latest Boxed In report from San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that during the 2022-23 season, women accounted for 50 percent of characters or participants […]

Clintons Producing Doc on Clooney Foundation Probe Into Russian War Crimes in Ukraine (Exclusive)

HiddenLight Productions, the production outfit co-founded by Hillary Clinton, Sam Branson and Chelsea Clinton, is backing a new documentary on efforts by George and Amal Clooney’s Clooney Foundation for Justice to investigate Russian war crimes in Ukraine. The feature doc, The Swallows Will Return (working title), will follow the investigative work of Anya Neistat, a […]

MIPCOM: Banijay Launches Program to Support Women Creatives in the Non-Scripted TV Business

Leading independent production company Banijay has launched a global accelerator program designed to support women creators in the non-scripted television business. Sharon Levy, CEO of Endemol Shine North America, announced the new program together with Banijay Chief Content Officer James Townley, at the international television conference MIPCOM Cannes on Tuesday. The program, Banijay Launch, will […]

NFL Drives Broadcast, Amazon Viewing Bumps in September

The opening of the NFL and college football seasons gave broadcasters a significant gain in TV viewing in September. Amazon’s Prime Video got a boost too. Broadcast networks drew 23 percent of all TV use in the United States in September, according to Nielsen’s monthly Gauge report. That’s up from 20.4 percent in August and […]

MIPCOM Diversify TV Awards Winners Unveiled

Television market MIPCOM in Cannes on Tuesday unveiled the winners for the Diversify TV Awards, which honor international programming promoting diversity and inclusion. The nominees were picked from 165 submissions from more than 27 countries. To be eligible, programs were required to provide a fair and balanced representation of race and ethnicity, the LGBTQIA+ and […]

Shohei Ohtani Documentary ‘Beyond the Dream’ Set for Release on ESPN+ in U.S., Disney+ Internationally

Fans and admirers of Shohei Ohtani, the once-in-10-generations baseball phenom, will soon be given an unprecedentedly intimate look at this life and career in Shohei Ohtani: Beyond the Dream, the first official documentary about the Los Angeles Angels ace pitcher and homerun slugger. The film has been set for release on ESPN+ in the U.S. […]