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Announcement: PRESENTING THE 2016 HIT LIST – THE BEST SPEC SCRIPTS OF YEAR

Copy of 200x140 HL Social Media AdsFeaturing 92 scripts, 101 writers, more than 70 production companies & studios, 46 different agencies & management companies, and more than 200 individual reps, this year’s list is one of the most diverse and exciting we’ve ever released.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (12.08.16)

OCP-excerptThis weekend’s box office poses two interesting situations: which film will take the number one spot between Moana and Office Christmas Party and the intakes of the films outside of the top five, including Nocturnal Animals, Miss Sloane, and Manchester by the Sea.

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CBS Unveils Participants for 2016-17 Directors & Writers Mentoring Initiative

cbs-excerptThe participants for the 2016-17 Directors and Writers Program Initiative at CBS have been announced. The programs provides an opportunity for talented television directors to be introduced to the CBS family.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (12.05.16)

doctor-strange-excerptIt was a quiet weekend at the box office but with their new intakes, Disney’s Moana has become the sixth-largest film for the company’s animation studio, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the tenth-largest film of the year, and Marvel’s Doctor Strange is now the ninth-largest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All are poised to climb even more as the year comes to an end.

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Jimmy Kimmel Tapped to Host 2017 Academy Awards

kimmelThe Jimmy Kimmel Live! host has been tapped to host 2017 Academy Awards. While he’s hosted several other live shows, including the 2016 Emmy Awards, this will be his first time hosting the Oscars, the film industry’s biggest night of the year.

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“Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” & “This Is Us” Included in This Year’s WGA TV Nominatons

wga-tv-excerptThe Writers Guild of America (WGA) has unveiled their nominees for their yearly TV awards. Shows hoping to nab top honors include many newcomers such as HBO’s Westworld and Netflix’s nostalgic breakout hit Stranger Things. Better Call Saul and Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt also nabbed in multiple nods.

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“Moonlight” Named Best Picture of 2016 by Los Angeles Film Critics Association

20151023_Moonlight_D08_C2_K2_0537.tifIn just one weekend, the race for Best Picture picked up steam and became a certifiable three-way race as Barry Jenkins’ moving three-act drama Moonlight took home the top prize from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. This win follows both Manchester by the Sea and La La Land winning Best Film from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle, respectively.

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Complete List of British Independent Film Awards Winners

brit indie awards excerptAndrea Arnold’s American Honey has come out on top of the British Independent Film Awards with four wins at Sunday night’s event. The film won prizes in directing for Arnold, star Sasha Lane for acting, craft for Robbie Ryan, and top British Independent Film.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (12.02.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. After departing Sony recently, Andrew Gumpert has been named the new COO of Paramount, replacing Frederick Huntsberry. Meanwhile, there have been numerous departures from BuzzFeed and promotions at NBC.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (12.01.16)

moana-excerptThe only movie opening in wide-release this weekend is the barely heard of horror film Incarnate. The awards contender Jackie is opening in 5 theaters, and two other small films are also opening in limited release. All of this to say the weekend will be a repeat of movies you’ve seen here before, with Disney’s Moana leading the pack and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them not far behind.

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The Tracking Board’s State of the Race: A Look at this Year’s Top Oscar Contenders

Academy-Awards-StatuesAwards season is in full swing and there is a long road until the 89th Annual Academy Awards, which are slated to air on February 26, 2017 on ABC. The nominations for the coveted statuette won’t be announced until January 24, 2017, but favorites have already emerged from the pack — and the competition is stiff.

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New York Film Critics Circle Gives Top Honors to “La La Land”

la-la-land-excerptFollowing Manchester by the Sea’s top win from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle has gone in a different direction, naming La La Land the Best Film of 2016. Plus, a three-way race between La La Land, Manchester, and Moonlight is starting to emerge.

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Critics’ Choice Awards 2016: The Complete List of Nominees

LLL d 41-42_6689.NEFThe nominees for the 22nd annual Critics Choice Awards were unveiled and Damien Chazelle’s throwback Hollywood musical spectacular La La Land came out on top with 12 nods including Best Picture as well as Best Actor and Actress for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. On the heels of La La Land were the Amy Adams sci-fi drama Arrival and Barry Jenkins’ enriching coming-of-age pic Moonlight with 10 nominations each.

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National Board of Review Names “Manchester by the Sea” Best Film of 2016

MBTS_3869.CR2The Casey Affleck drama Manchester by the Sea just got a few more notches on its belt as awards seasons ramps up. The National Board of Review named it the Best Film of the Year and Affleck earned the title of Best Actor. Barry Jenkins was named Best Director for Moonlight while Naomie Harris won Best Actress. The two are early frontrunners in this year’s Oscar race.

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Lewis Black Lands WGA Awards Hosting Duties

lewis black excerptInside Out‘s Lewis Black is set to host the 2017 Writers Guild Awards. The ceremony will take place at New York’s Edison Ballroom on February 19. This year marks the first time that the show’s producing and writing team will be led by women with Bonnie Datt and Shannon Walker producing and Ann Cohen booked as head writer.

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Ridley Scott to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Directors Guild of America

Ridley Scott ExcerptFamed director Ridley Scott has been named next year’s recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of America. He will be the thirty-fifth visionary to receive this top honor, chosen by both present and past presidents of the guild.

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Gotham Independent Film Awards 2016: Complete List of Winners

moonlight-excerptThe 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards were given out this week and Barry Jenkins’ opus of identity and love, Moonlight won big nabbing honors for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, and previously announced Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance. Meanwhile Casey Affleck, despite the recently resurfacing of his sexual harassment allegations, won for his starring role in Manchester by the Sea.

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The Complete List of 2016 Annie Award Nominations

zootopia-excerptThe nominations for the 44th Annie Awards were announced and Zootopia led the pack for the animation industry’s top honors. The Mouse House also received nominations for Finding Dory and the recently released Moana while Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings nabbed 10 nods.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (11.23.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. Kevin Walsh has been named President of Scott Free and companies Gimlet Media and Content Media have made various hires and promotions.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (11.22.16)

moana-excerptThe upcoming five-day holiday weekend is set to be a crowded — and successful — one, with Disney’s Moana and Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them leading the pack with totals well over $50 million. Overall, this Thanksgiving box office is shaping up to be higher than both last year and the year before, which bodes well for the talk around a lackluster boxoffice.

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The Complete List of 2017 Independent Spirit Award Nominations

spirit-awards-excerptThe nominations for the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards were announced today at the W Hotel in Hollywood by Jenny Slate and Edgar Ramirez. Leading the pack in nominations are American Honey and Moonlight, which garnered six nominations each. The drama Manchester by the Sea received five noms while the biopic Jackie got four.

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NBCUniversal Announces Writers on the Verge Winners

nbc universal excerptThe 2016-2017 Writers on the Verge at NBCUniversal has finalized their selection of scribes. The annual program seeks television writers of diverse backgrounds and assists them with the final polish and pitch presentation skills.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (11.21.16)

fantastic-beasts-3Overall, this past weekend’s movie underperformed than we predicted, although every film more or less fell into their expected position. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the new Harry Potter spinoff film, outperformed its competition with ease, while the R-rated teen flick The Edge of Seventeen failed to make an impression.

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Legendary Acquires Rights to Frank Herbert’s Classic Sci-Fi Novel “Dune”

Dune ExcerptLook for a return to the desert planet Arrakis as Legendary has acquired the rights to the classic science-fiction novel Dune by author Frank Herbert. The deal calls for both film and television rights, with a variety of possible projects capable of being developed for a worldwide audience.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (11.18.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. Paramount made several new hires in their marketing department and Sharon Hoffman moves from CBS News to Entertainment Tonight.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (11.17.16)

fantastic-beasts-excerptFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the start to a new franchise in the Harry Potter universe will help Warner Bros. topple Disney and Marvel at the box office, but several other films will be having their own intense battles to defeat each other this weekend.

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The Complete List of 2017 People’s Choice Awards Nominations

peoples choice awards excerptAs we head into a season of indie films and critical darlings fighting for a few awards season nominations, the 2017 People’s Choice Awards has released their list of nominees, celebrating the big hits that gained pop culture notoriety over the past year.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (11.14.16)

Doctor Strange ExcerptDoctor Strange and Trolls continued to dominate the box office this past weekend, helping to bring the totals up by 56 percent over the same weekend last year. Plus, Arrival did far better than expected and this upcoming weekend is going to be a crowded and varied one at the theater.

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The Complete List of TV Nominations for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

critics-choice-excerptThe nominees for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced today, and with no surprise, HBO took the top spot raking in 22 nominations while ABC and Netflix tied for second with 14 nods. With critically acclaimed shows like The Americans, the new Donald Glover comedy Atlanta, and the uber-successful The People Vs. OJ Simpson FX ranked fourth.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (11.11.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. Mike Marshall replaces Andrew Gumpert as President of Business Affairs at Sony and Fox Networks Group makes several executive hires.

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