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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (05.28.15)

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Since the 4-day Memorial Day weekend was down this year, box office could pick up this weekend thanks to San Andreas opening. Aloha’s opening as well, but it might as well say goodbye now.

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{TB EXCLUSIVE} Rising UK Director James Nunn Signs With Kanak Management

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Kanak Management has signed up-and-coming UK director James Nunn, known for directing the 2012 action/thriller Tower Block and the 2013 actioner Green Street 3: Never Back Down.

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{TB EXCLUSIVE} Zero Gravity Management Signs Launch Pad Alum Trevor Mayes

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Congratulations to Trevor Mayes on signing with Eric Williams at Zero Gravity Management!

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (05.26.15)

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Tomorrowland was almost upset by Pitch Perfect 2‘s stellar second weekend this holiday. Bad buzz and a confusing concept (that didn’t get any clearer after seeing it) have surely hurt it, but somehow negative reviews aren’t effecting Poltergeist.

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THE EXEC SHUFFLE – THE BLOTTER RECAP (5.22.15)

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“Lucifer” Showrunner Joe Henderson Signs Deal With Warner Bros. TV

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Henderson recently worked with Warner Horizon and Bad Robot on the upcoming Hulu series “11/22/63″ starring James Franco, and served as a co-executive producer on the series “Graceland”, “White Collar” and “Almost Human”.

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Basketball Athlete Boris Diaw Co-Launches “One Million Dollar Film” Company

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The new venture will produce films dealing with civil rights themes, with five percent of the proceeds being donated to charities. Diaw, being a life-long fan of the film medium, has mentioned that he is looking to direct and star in future projects produced by the company.

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“New Girl” Star Zooey Deschanel Ditches CAA For UTA

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Countless clients in the comedy landscape have left the agency titan for UTA in the last several months, including Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell and Sarah Silverman.

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Gramercy Pictures Revived By Focus For Genre Films

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The label will produce action, horror and sci-fi films. The films currently announced under the label are “Insidious: Chapter 3″, “Self/Less”, “Sinister 2″, “London Has Fallen”, “The Forest” and “Rachet & Clank”.

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (05.21.15)

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Tomorrowland has a shot at winning this Memorial Day weekend, but it certainly won’t be dominating like Pitch Perfect 2 did with 40% of the box office.

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“Scrubs” Creator Bill Lawrence Inks Deal With Warner Bros. TV

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Lawrence has created the hit series “Scrubs”, “Spin City” and “Cougar Town”. He is ranked as a top showrunner on the WBTV roster, along with Chuck Lorre and Greg Berlanti.

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Lindsey Springer Named President of Carlton Cuse Productions

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Springer has overseen the development on the hit series “The Americans”, “Extant”, “Under The Dome”, “Falling Skies”, “Smash” and The “United States Of Tara”. She is also behind the upcoming ABC series “The Whispers”.

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“Simpsons” Writer Donick Cary Inks Deal With CBS Studios

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Starting off as a writer for “Late Show With David Letterman” in 1993, Cary has written for a number of television series, including “The Simpsons”, “Just Shoot Me”, “Lil’ Bush”, “Bored To Death” and “New Girl”.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (05.18.15)

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It’s no surprise that Pitch Perfect 2 killed it, but how much much it killed it? That is a little shocking. With $69.2 million, Elizabeth Banks’ directorial debut is an unequivocal success, landing the number one spot this weekend.

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THE EXEC SHUFFLE – THE BLOTTER RECAP (5.15.15)

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (05.14.15)

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Pitch Perfect 2 vs. Mad Max: Fury Road reads like a stereotypical box office battle of the sexes, but Mad Max is putting up more of a fight than expected. We analyze, track, and predict this week’s Box Office numbers.

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“Child 44″ Director Daniel Espinosa Signs With WME

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He was previously repped by UTA. The director’s most current film is the thriller “Child 44″, starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman. Espinosa was planning on leaving UTA after the film wrapped.

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Talent Agent Meredith Wechter Joins WME

WME_LogojpgHer contract with ICM was due to terminate on June 30th, but Wechter opted to pre-emptively leave the agency. A number of her high profile clients have stuck with the agent, and are now repped by WME.

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“True Grit” Star Hailee Steinfeld Signs With CAA

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The actress was previously at ICM, repped by Meredith Wechter. With the departure of Wechter, Steinfeld was recently in play, along with her other clients, including Josh Gad, Bryce Dallas Howard and “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot.

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Sony Names Robert Lawson Chief Communications Officer

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Charles Sipkins previously held the position, but stepped down shortly before the height of the major studio hack that occurred at Sony late last year, which revealed personal information to public, including company emails.

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Miramax Names David Thwaites VP Of Film

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The position was newly created by the studio. He will report to Zanne Devine, Executive Vice President of Film & TV. Thwaites has served as the executive producer on the Natalie Portman thriller “Black Swan”.

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“Empire” Showrunner Ilene Chaiken Signs Deal With 20th TV

FoxThis deal will allow Chaiken to develop new content for the studio, while continuing to helm the massive hit series “Empire”. The ratings of the series throughout the first season managed to increase every week, which is highly unusual for a television series.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (05.07.15)

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Week two in the box office, and the Avengers go right on avenging. It should come as no surprise to anyone who lives near a screen of any kind that Age of Ultron will take the weekend again. And not just by a little; possibly by a factor of 5.

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“Big Bang Theory” Creator Chuck Lorre Signs With UTA

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Lorre is known for being one of the most successful and influential comedy series creators/producers of the last decade. The former Roseanne writer is known for his multiple Emmy award-winning hit series The Big Bang TheoryTwo And A Half Men Mom, and Mike & Molly.

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AND THE NOMINEES ARE…The Critics Choice TV Awards

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The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has announced the 2015 nominations for the annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. HBO leads the pack with a whopping 27 nominations.

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Warner Bros. Signs Blind Script Deal With “Mr. Malcom’s List” Author Suzanne Allain

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Warner will now give Allaine a deal that includes two screenplays. Her first screenplay was a romantic comedy, but that may not be the genre of her two offerings that she will submit to Warner.

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Sarah Silverman Next Star To Exit CAA For UTA

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Sarah Silverman has left CAA to sign with UTA. She is the next star to follow in the mass exodus of comedy agents and stars that has occurred over the last two months. Will Ferrell and Chris Pratt were among the high profile clients to leave CAA.

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“Drunk Wedding” Director Nick Weiss Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios

ABCThe two year deal will see the up and coming filmmaker creating new content for the company, while allowing him to step in to write and direct for already existing properties. Weiss has written and directed the upcoming indie comedy Drunk Wedding.

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ICM Names Janet Carol Norton and Sean Freidlin Head Of TV Production

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The new department will focus on representing the agency’s television directors, producers, line producers and composers.

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THE EXEC SHUFFLE – THE BLOTTER RECAP (5.1.15)

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