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CNN Names Lyle Gamm Senior Vice President, Original Series

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Lyle Gamm, a documentary veteran who recently held forth at Participant Media, has joined CNN as senior vice president, current, at the news unit’s Original Series operation. He reports to Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development at CNN Worldwide.

Gamm replaces Lizzie Fox, who was recently made senior vice president of non-fiction programming at HBO Max, the soon-to-launch streaming outlet operated by parent company WarnerMedia.

Gamm has broad experience in documentaries, documentary series, investigative journalism and competition programming. He served as vice president of original programming for Participant’s Pivot TV, where he was the executive producer of “Secret Lives of Americans,” “Truth and Power,” “Angry Planet,” “Welcome To Fairfax” and “Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.”

Gamm is also an experienced freelance television producer. He worked closely with director and producer R.J. Cutler over the course of two decades. His credits with Cutler
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CNN Taps Lyle Gamm For Original Series Post

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Lyle Gamm is joining CNN Original Series as senior vice president.

Gamm will have day-to-day responsibility for overseeing the original series slate and managing the development, current and production staff in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

He succeeds Lizzie Fox, who was recently named Svp Nonfiction Programming for HBO Max.

“Lyle is a highly regarded creative executive with deep experience as a network programmer, showrunner and development consultant,” Amy Entelis, CNN Worldwide Evp Talent and Content Development, wrote in a memo to staff. “He is very knowledgeable about acquiring and developing shows as well as overseeing current series.”

Gamm previously was VP Programming for Pivot TV/Participant Media, where he oversaw unscripted shows. He was executive producer of projects such as Secret Lives of Americans, Truth and Power, Angry Planet and Welcome to Fairfax.

He also worked closely with director-producer R.J. Cutler on projects including The September Issue and Fish, and the series The Residents,
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Showtime’s Imelda Marcos Doc ‘The Kingmaker’ Set To Premiere At Venice Film Festival

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Showtime Documentary Films is taking The Kingmaker, about the Marcos family’s political reign in the Philippines, to the Venice Film Festival.

The doc from Emmy-winning director Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles) will make its world premiere at the festival this month.

The Kingmaker explores and exposes the Marcos family’s long history of corruption, extravagance and brutality, including Calauit Island, a safari park that favors the well-being of its exotic animals to the detriment of the people living there.

The film is written and directed by Greenfield. It includes one-on-one interviews with Imelda Marcos, the country’s former first lady and powerful leader in her own right, who divided a nation. Now 90, she continues to influence the revival of authoritarianism in the Philippines.

“The story of Imelda Marcos, past and present, has achieved an exceptional level of relevance in The Kingmaker,” said Vinnie Malhotra, Evp Nonfiction Programming at Showtime Networks.
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Alicia Keys, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to Executive Produce Musical Drama Series for Showtime

Showtime has made a series commitment to an untitled musical drama seriesexecutive produced by multiple Grammy winner Alicia Keys and the Oscar, Tony and Grammywinning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen,The Greatest Showman.Pasek and Paul will contribute musicto the series.Kyle Jarrow TheSpongeBob Musicalwill write and executive produce. Tony winner and Oscar nominated producer Marc Platt Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, The Band's Visit,La La Land,Emmy winner R.J. Cutler Nashville,American High, andEmmy winner Adam Siegel Grease Livewill executive produce.The announcement was made today by Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
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Alicia Keys, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul to Exec Produce Showtime Musical Drama

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Alicia Keys, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul to Exec Produce Showtime Musical Drama
There’s music in the air for Showtime. The premium cable network has made a series commitment to a yet-to-be-titled musical drama series executive produced by Alicia Keys, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The series, which will be produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, “traverses generations to tell an emotionally complex family story that interweaves modern-day and 1959 Detroit, centering on a mystery uncovered by a young musician who moves back to her childhood home,” according to the network.

Pasek and Paul, the songwriting team behind “La La Land,” “The Greatest Showman” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” will contribute music to the series. “The SpongeBob Musical’s” Kyle Jarrow will write and executive produce. Marc Platt, whose deep well of credits includes “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “The Band’s Visit” and “La La Land,” will executive produce alongside “Nashville” exec producer R.J. Cutler and “Grease: Live!” producer Adam Siegel.

“We
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Alicia Keys, ‘La La Land’ Trio & Kyle Jarrow Team On Musical Drama Series For Showtime

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Alicia Keys, ‘La La Land’ Trio & Kyle Jarrow Team On Musical Drama Series For Showtime
Showtime has given a series commitment to an untitled musical drama executive produced by multiple Grammy winner Alicia Keys and the Oscar, Tony and Grammy winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Pasek and Paul also will contribute music to the series, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios. Kyle Jarrow (SpongeBob SquarePants musical) will write the series and executive produce with Oscar-nominated producer Marc Platt, Emmy winner R.J. Cutler, and Emmy winner Adam Siegel (Grease: Live!)

The as-yet untitled series traverses generations to tell an emotionally complex family story that interweaves modern-day and 1959 Detroit, centering on a mystery uncovered by a young musician who moves back to her childhood home.

“We have always been intrigued by the prospect of doing a Showtime musical series,
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Alicia Keys, ‘La La Land’ Team to Executive Produce Untitled Musical Drama Series for Showtime

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Alicia Keys, ‘La La Land’ Team to Executive Produce Untitled Musical Drama Series for Showtime
Alicia Keys will executive produce an untitled musical drama series for Showtime, along with the Oscar and Tony-winning team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen”), the network announced on Wednesday.

Showtime gave a series commitment to the project as well.

According to the network, the series “traverses generations to tell an emotionally complex family story that interweaves modern-day and 1959 Detroit, centering on a mystery uncovered by a young musician who moves back to her childhood home.”

Pasek and Paul will contribute music to the series as well. Other executive producers include Kyle Jarrow (“The SpongeBob Musical”) who will also write, Marc Platt, R.J. Cutler, and Adam Siegel (“Grease: Live!”). Fox 21 Television Studios will produce.

Also Read: 'David Crosby: Remember My Name' Film Review: An Affectionate, Moving Look at the Rocker

“We have always been intrigued by the prospect of doing a Showtime musical series,
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Alicia Keys, 'La La Land' Trio Team for Showtime Musical Drama

Alicia Keys, 'La La Land' Trio Team for Showtime Musical Drama
Showtime is looking for its La La Land.

The premium cable network has handed out a sizable series commitment to an untitled musical drama from executive producers Alicia Keys and the Oscar-, Tony- and Grammy-winning La La Land team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Pasek and Paul will contribute music to the series. Kyle Jarrow (The SpongeBob Musical) will write and exec produce the project. Marc Platt will reteam with Pasek and Paul and exec produce alongside R.J. Cutler (Nashville) and Emmy winner Adam Siegel (Grease: Live). The effort hails from Fox 21 TV Studios and marks an extension ...
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‘Breakthrough’ Trailer: Medical Pioneer Defeats Odds In Quest For A Cure For Cancer In SXSW Docu

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Exclusive: In a time when cynicism and skeptics run rampant, Breakthrough looks to offer a moment of comfort and hope via the story of Jim Allison. Making its world premiere at SXSW on March 9, the documentary tells the tale of a stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer.

Directed by Bill Haney, the doc follows Allison from his days in Texas to Stockholm where, in December of 2018, he accepted the Nobel Prize in Medicine. The harmonica-playing immunologist discovered the immune system’s role in defeating cancer. Having lost his mother to lymphoma and his brother to prostate cancer, he, a survivor of cancer as well, was determined to fight and find a cure. But as seen in the trailer above, he was worked on his own against the skepticism of the medical establishment and the resistance of Big Pharma to make his groundbreaking discovery in medicine
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CAA’s Scott Lonker Exits Agency to Run Jimmy Kimmel’s Kimmelot Banner

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CAA TV packaging agent Scott Lonker has been tapped by Jimmy Kimmel to run his recently launched media production company Kimmelot, the company announced on Monday.

Launched last fall and described as Kimmel’s “creative lab,” Kimmelot creates content in the unscripted, scripted, digital, app/mobile-based realms, with initial projects focused on comedy. Lonker will step down from his role at CAA to serve as president of the Los Angeles-based media company, which operates under Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment.

“I could not be more excited. Scott is smart, creative, experienced and well-liked and, while the fact that he decided to leave a great job at CAA to run Kimmelot does make me question his instincts, I’m sure it will all work out fine,” Kimmel said in a statement.

Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Forms New Content Company Kimmelot With Brent Montgomery

Said Lonker, “I have had the dream job
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Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports Launches ‘Why Sports Matter’ Podcast

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Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports Launches ‘Why Sports Matter’ Podcast
Religion of Sports, the media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra, announced the launch of a new podcast series on Tuesday.

“Why Sports Matter” will be available on the Cadence13 podcast network on Oct. 30. The series will explore the larger themes of tribalism, authenticity, leadership and more through compelling stories that illustrate how sports provide meaning, purpose and significance in people’s lives.

“As long as I’ve been playing sports, I’ve had to fight to overcome obstacles and adversity,” Brady said in a statement Tuesday. “Sports are more to me than wins and losses — its emotions encompass much of my life. Being able to share stories of others like me, with similar struggles and triumphs is compelling and authentic. I couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come for Religion of Sports.”

Also Read: Why Gotham Chopra, Tom Brady and Michael Strahan
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The Exorcist 45th Anniversary, The War Room 25th Anniversary And A Christmas Story Part Of The Academy’s 2018 Fall Screenings

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its fall programming lineup for both Los Angeles and New York. A full event schedule and ticket information can be found here: www.oscars.org/fall-at-the-academy.

Schedule is as follows; participants listed will be in attendance (schedules permitting):

September

Edgar G. Ulmer’s “Detour” (1945) – September 17, 7:30 p.m.

Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood

With special guest Arianne Ulmer Cipes. Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation in collaboration with Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, the Museum of Modern Art and the Cinémathèque Française. Restoration funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

Women in Indie Animation – September 21, 7 p.m.

Academy at Metrograph, New York City

With filmmakers Signe Baumane, Emily Hubley, Candy Kugel and Debra Solomon. Moderated by Oscar®-winning producer Peggy Stern.

Food, Inc.” (2009) – September 24, 7:30 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

With Oscar-nominated director Robert Kenner,
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New Trump Podcast Imagines Being a Fly-on-the-Wall in the West Wing (Exclusive)

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New Trump Podcast Imagines Being a Fly-on-the-Wall in the West Wing (Exclusive)
Like many Americans, R.J. Cutler has been glued to the news ever since Donald Trump defied the pundits and captured the presidency. On a nightly basis, the documentary filmmaker behind “The War Room” will channel surf to catch up on the latest Twitter missives, staff feuds, cabinet secretary scandals, and intimations of Russian collusion all emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“People are so caught up in the stories of what’s going on in the White House,” Cutler told Variety. “After the election happened, I started waking up at 3 a.m. to listen to ‘Morning Joe’ and not falling asleep until after Brian Williams finished his broadcast. I’ve always been drawn to politics, but this story is taking place at such a hyped up level.”

If only, Cutler thought, he could listen in to the drama unfolding in the Trump orbit. That germ of an idea is leading to “The Oval Office Tapes,
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Showtime Orders Newsmagzine Pilot with Amanda de Cadenet

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Showtime has ordered a new pilot for a half-hour newsmagazine created and hosted by Amanda de Cadenet that will examine social, sexual, cultural and political issues through the feminist lens of the host, a popular British interviewer and commentator.

“It’s a historically significant time to be a woman – and an incredibly divisive time in our culture,” said de Cadenet, in a prepared statement. “People are really struggling to navigate the new and ever evolving social paradigms that are currently taking shape. I’m excited and ready to explore the nuanced conversations and heated debates that all genders are having, both online and in private to make sense of how the hell we got here, and most importantly; how do we move forward in the most effective way?”

Inuka Bacote and Danielle Oexmann will serve as co-showrunners of the program, “Now What With Amanda de Cadenet.”

The host first rose
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Showtime Orders News-Magazine Pilot From Amanda de Cadenet, Matador Content & Cutler Productions

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Showtime has given a pilot order to Now What With Amanda de Cadenet (working title) a half-hour weekly news-magazine format from former The Word host Amanda de Cadenet (The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet), Matador Content (Lip Sync Battle) and R.J. Cutler and Jane Cha Cutler’s Cutler Productions.

Created and hosted by de Cadenet, the show takes a thematic approach exploring America’s current social, sexual, cultural and political issues, seen through de Cadenet’s sharp, feminist lens. Emmy- nominated Inuka Bacote (Eastsiders), and Danielle Oexmann (Vice Does America) will serve as co-showrunners. Co-produced by Matador Content and Cutler Productions for Showtime, the show will be executive produced by de Cadenet, Tamyka Smith, Jane Cha Cutler, R.J. Cutler, Todd Lubin, Jason Weinberg and Jay Peterson. Cindi Leive, former longtime Editor in Chief of Glamour, will serve as Consulting Producer.

“It’s a historically significant time to be a
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Showtime Orders Pilot for Channel’s First-Ever News Magazine Show

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Showtime has ordered a pilot for “Now What With Amanda de Cadenet,” the network’s first-ever news magazine show. The half-hour weekly series will explore America’s current social, sexual, cultural and political issues from de Cadenet’s feminist point of view.

“It’s a historically significant time to be a woman — and an incredibly divisive time in our culture,” de Cadenet said in a press release Tuesday.

“People are really struggling to navigate the new and ever evolving social paradigms that are currently taking shape,” she added. “I’m excited and ready to explore the nuanced conversations and heated debates that all genders are having, both online and in private to make sense of how the hell we got here, and most importantly; how do we move forward in the most effective way?”

Also Read: Sacha Baron Cohen's Secret Showtime Series Finally Has Some Details - and a Teaser (Video)

Tamyka Smith,
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Sitcom Writer/Producer Dave Goetsch Lists Spanish in L.A.’s Nichols Canyon (Exclusive)

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Sitcom Writer/Producer Dave Goetsch Lists Spanish in L.A.’s Nichols Canyon (Exclusive)
Veteran sitcom writer and producer Dave Goetsch listed his extensively updated and professionally decorated 1920s Spanish villa in the conveniently central lower Nichols Canyon area of Los Angeles, Calif., at $2.199 million. Goetsch, a four-time Emmy nominee for his work on the mega-hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” who in the late 1990s and early 2000s rose from a staff writer to a producer on “3rd Rock from the Sun,” has owned the property since 2001 when he bought it for $1.02 million. At 2,751-square-feet, the by-Hollywood-standards modestly proportioned residence sits on an unconventionally shaped .16-acre, street-to-street lot with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

The house was worked over for Goetsch and wife Jennifer Wang by Just Joh, an L.A. based design firm that has also done up interior and/or exterior spaces for film director R.J. Cutler, eccentric billionaire Richard Branson, actor Matthew Perry and, as it turns out, “The Big Bang Theory
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Bill Clinton Impeachment-Focused Drama The Breach Scrapped at History

Bill Clinton Impeachment-Focused Drama The Breach Scrapped at History
One day, two axed Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky projects.

History has opted not to move forward with its six-episode drama series The Breach, about the impeachment of the former Potus, our sister site Deadline reports. The news comes just hours after it was revealed that executive producer Ryan Murphy has scrapped plans for an American Crime Story season revolving around the affair between President Clinton and White House intern Lewinsky.

The Breach — which was greenlit last September — was billed as a political thriller that would to take viewers inside Republican and Democratic war rooms, “revealing the infighting among the president’s advisors,
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Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama ‘The Breach’ Scrapped by History

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Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama ‘The Breach’ Scrapped by History
History has scrapped plans for a six-episode scripted series about the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton” from executive producer R.J. Cutler was ordered straight-to-series in September. No reason was given for the decision to cancel the series.

The story, based on Peter Baker’s best-selling non-fiction book “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton,” was planned as a deep dive into the scandal featuring major Republican and Democratic players in the White House and Congress.

Also Read: Hollywood Struggles With Bill Clinton's Past as 2018 Midterm Elections Loom

The series would have tackled infighting among the president’s advisers, the secret back-channel negotiations between the White House and Congress, Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, and the manner in which Clinton, his family, and his political opponents all dealt with the fallout.

Produced by FremantleMedia North America in association with A+E Studios, “The Breach” was to have been co-written by David K. Israel and Cutler, producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “The War Room” about Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Cutler was also set to direct the series.

Read original story Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama ‘The Breach’ Scrapped by History At TheWrap
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History Scraps Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama Series ‘The Breach’

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History Scraps Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama Series ‘The Breach’
History has abandoned its planned scripted drama series from R.J. Cutler based on the Bill Clinton impeachment. The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton was greenlighted by History in September as a six-part scripted drama series based on Peter Baker’s bestseller The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton. Over the past few months, the producers made several offers to A-list actors for the leads, but no one had been cast.

A rep for History confirmed that the network is no longer going forward with the project in what was described as a creative decision.

The Breach was supposed to be the first installment in The Commanders anthology series that dramatizes “pivotal moments in U.S. history that defined the legacy of the men who served as Presidents of the United States — from the first one, George Washington, to No. 42, Bill Clinton.” The other limited series in the franchise,
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