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Donald Bellisario

Donald Belisario on pitching <i>Quantum Leap</i> to Brandon Tartikoff<p>01:13<p>Donald Belisario on recreating his father's bar for the final episode of <i>Quantum Leap</i><p>…

How Can Traditional TV Networks Compete With Streaming Services’ Mega-Deals?

If Shonda Rhimes’ deal with Netflix was the initial shot heard round the industry, Ryan Murphy’s was the nuclear bomb. The one-two punch of losing …

“My Handiest Trick is to Watch as Many Previous Episodes as You Can — With the Sound Off”: Mary Lou Belli on Directing NCIS: New Orleans

Mary Lou with DP Gordon Lonsdale and “A” Camera Operator Greg Morris on location in the French Quarter. Photo by Skip Bolen.<p>I’ve written elsewhere …

Write, Direct, Repeat: Working with Line Producers [Interview]

Writer/Director Kim Garland tackle the thorny issue of budgets, schedules and what it means in practical terms. Learn the importance of Line …

Screenwriting

The Boldest Risks Filmmakers Took in 2017

The stories of five audacious directors who pushed the limits of cinema this year.<p>Risks are the lifeblood of cinema. Without venturesome directors …

Los Angeles

4 Writers on the Scripts That Helped Them Quit Their Day Jobs

Cinderella stories still happen in Hollywood, as these young scribes reveal.<p><i>This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter</i> …

Scenes from the green room: Playwrights on why they thrive in TV

<i>EXT. LOS ANGELES TIMES — EARLY AFTERNOON</i><p><i>Establishing.</i><p><i>INT. SECOND FLOOR GREEN ROOM — DAY</i><p><i>Bowls of nuts and fruit sit beside a coffee carafe and water bottles in front of a long mirror. Fluorescent lights bleach out the room. Empty ergonomic office chairs are the only furniture. Playwright MARY LAWS</i> …

Past Is Prologue in Awards Contenders Based on Historical Moments

This year’s awards contenders are hoping to take home prizes in 2018, but many are firmly affixed in the past. Stories this year are being told about …

Amazon Funds Three Funny Or Die Short Films for Prime Video

Amazon is financing production of three Funny Or Die comedy shorts, to be available exclusively worldwide on Prime Video.<p>The trio of FOD projects …

What Even Is an ‘Oscar Movie’ Anymore?

Eight months ago writer-director Barry Jenkins and his “Moonlight” team saw their historic moment botched in front of a crowd of thousands and a …

A Look at Some of the Top Oscar Best Picture Contenders in 2017

It’s the most unpredictable Oscar race in memory, with no clear frontrunner established and dozens of films vying for the top prize. We look at some …

At Long Last, Nielsen Will Publicly Share Ratings for Netflix Shows

Ever since House of Cards premiered in 2013 on Netflix, the TV industry has been frustrated by the streaming service’s refusal to share ratings data …

Inside the Spec Script Market with Agent David Boxerbaum

SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast<p>We all have heard about screenwriter selling a spec script for seven figures (<i>see Max …

Why Hollywood as We Know It Is Already Over

With theater attendance at a two-decade low and profits dwindling, the kind of disruption that hit music, publishing, and other industries is already reshaping the entertainment business. From A.I. Aaron Sorkin to C.G.I. actors to algorithmic editing, Nick Bilton investigates what lies ahead.<p>I. The …

Apple: Kim Rozenfeld, Max Aronson, Ali Woodruff & Rita Cooper Lee Join TV Unit

Former Sony TV head of current programming <b>Kim Rozenfeld</b> has officially landed at Apple, rejoining his former Sony TV bosses Zack Van Amburg and Jamie …

Emmy Awards reflect TV's new world order

Streaming video solidified its place as the vanguard for television creativity as Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" was honored with five statuettes including outstanding drama series at the 69th Emmy Awards.<p>The win in the drama category marks the first time a streaming series has earned the most …

Hulu to Spend $2.5 Billion on Content in 2017

Hulu is spending a bundle on programming this year: Its content budget for 2017 is around $2.5 billion, CEO Mike Hopkins said Thursday.<p>Hopkins, …

For the first time ever, a video game has qualified for an Academy Award

VIS Vienna Shorts, an annual short-film festival held in Austria, recently announced its award winners, and tucked away among the details is an odd, …

Animated Movies

Upfronts 2017: ABC Talks Up ‘Defining Moments’

Upfronts 2017: Complete Coverage<p>ABC said it has a vast array of “defining moments”—memorable instances with a lasting impact on viewers—at its …

6 Things We Learned From ESPN’s Upfront

The name ESPN conjures up images of “Monday Night Football,” “SportsCenter” and reams of stats about your favorite contests. But during an “upfront” …

10 Things We Learned From Fox’s Upfront

Fox’s programming presentation went into overtime on sports Monday afternoon. The first half of the upfront at the Beacon Theater was devoted to the …

10 Things We Learned From NBCUniversal’s Upfront

NBCUniversal kicked off this week’s marathon of upfront presentations and parties Monday morning with a two-hour, company-wide affair at Radio City …

10 Things We Learned From ABC’s Upfront

With an “American Idol” revival, a “Roseanne” reunion and the Backstreet Boys performing, ABC’s upfront presentation at Lincoln Center had a certain …

Unscripted ‘success after success’ prompts A&E strategy shift

With very few hours dedicated to scripted content to begin with, A&E Network in the U.S. has marked its exit from the scripted genre and is instead …

A+E Networks

Opinion: YouTube channels are dying left and right, and Google isn’t doing enough about it

YouTube is an amazing platform. It lets anyone put their message out there for the world to see and hear; all they need is a camera, a computer (or even just a phone), and something to say. Better yet, it lets them make a buck off of it along the way. That’s a double-edged sword, however. YouTube …

Internet

Caesars Entertainment Offers Sneak Peek of Its New Las Vegas Production Complex

The 48,000-square-foot facility is slated to open in June.<p>Caesars Palace, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last summer, is no stranger to the …

The numbers behind Netflix Original movies and TV shows

In last week’s article, I looked at the claim that mid-budget dramas are not being made anymore. Although the conclusion was that this is a myth, …

10 Trends in the International TV Business

PARIS — <i>Variety</i> held its first-ever TV Summit Europe in Paris on Thursday at its Series Mania TV festival. At it, key top executives from Europe and …

Conecta Fiction Analyzes Latino Scripted Format Business

PARIS — Conecta Fiction, the new Latino TV drama co-production forum, hosted a panel at Series Mania which analyzed adaptations of scripted formats …