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Evan Shapiro Tapped As President To Resuscitate National Lampoon Comedy Brand

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Evan Shapiro Tapped As President To Resuscitate National Lampoon Comedy Brand
Exclusive: Kevin Frakes and Raj B. Singh have tapped Evan Shapiro to become president of National Lampoon. Frakes and Singh, who bought the brand two years ago, have also acquired Shapiro’s eshapTV and will fold the comedy projects he has been developing into the National Lampoon brand.

PalmStar media spent $12 million in 2017 to acquire all the assets of the brand, including the National Lampoon trademark and a library of print, audio and movie content generated over 50 years. One part of Shapiro’s emergence here is a partnership with alt-comedy podcast network Forever Dog, that will carry reboots of the National Lampoon Radio Hour that launched the likes of Bill Murray and Gilda Radner. They are also republishing online pages from the original National Lampoon magazine, and will reboot as a stage and TV show Lemmings, which launched Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest, John Belushi and others.

Shapiro will oversee all development,
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'The Bleeding Edge' Doc Wins George Polk Award for Medical Reporting

'The Bleeding Edge' Doc Wins George Polk Award for Medical Reporting
The documentary The Bleeding Edge, currently streaming on Netflix, earned Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy the award for medical reporting when the 70th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism were announced at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 19. The annual awards recognize special achievements in journalism, with an emphasis on investigative and enterprise reporting.

The only feature documentary this year to be cited for a George Polk Award, the film exposes the failure of risk-prone medical devices brought to the market without clinical trials and implanted in patients by physicians who can lack appropriate training ...
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'Hunting Ground' Directors to Make Film Based on Memoir of Cystic Fibrosis Victim (Exclusive)

'Hunting Ground' Directors to Make Film Based on Memoir of Cystic Fibrosis Victim (Exclusive)
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated directors behind The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground, are shifting gears for an upcoming documentary, going from investigative work to a life portrait about a woman who died at the age of 25 after losing her battle with cystic fibrosis.

The Untitled Mallory Project will chronicle the life of Mallory Smith, who died in November 2017, two months after receiving a double-lung transplant. Smith, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and worked as a senior producer at environmental podcast Green Grid Radio, was the daughter of veteran Hollywood publicist Diane Shader Smith,...
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TV News Roundup: ‘American Gods’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Date

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In Today’s TV News Roundup, Starz released a new premiere date for the upcoming second season of “American Gods” and VH1 released an exclusive clip from Friday’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular.”

Dates

Season two of the Neil Gaiman-adapted series “American Gods” is set to premiere March 10 at 8 p.m. on Starz. This season, Ricky Whittle will reprise his role as the central character Shadow Moon alongside Ian McShane’s Norse god character Mr. Wednesday as the duo gets ready for full on war between the old gods and the new. Starz will also be hosting a season one marathon Dec. 29 at 12 p.m. Pt. See the season two key art below.

TBS’ upcoming comedy “Miracle Workers” is premiering Feb. 12 at 10:30 p.m on TBS. Starring Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe, the seven-episode limited series follows the work of Craig (Radcliffe), a low-level angel who
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Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick Sign First Look TV Deal With Entertainment One

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Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick Sign First Look TV Deal With Entertainment One
The Hunting Ground” filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick have entered a two-year first-look deal with Entertainment One, the studio announced on Wednesday.

The deal will cover scripted and unscripted television content from Ziering and Dick’s Chain Camera production company. eOne will serve as the studio on all of the projects covered under the deal and control worldwide rights.

“Amy and Kirby are without a doubt two of the most important and well-respected filmmakers working in documentary film today. Together they have made films that have single-handedly defined and transformed our culture and have an unmatched record of crafting thrilling and original investigative features that are, in their own right, cinematic tours de force,” said Peter Micelli, eOne’s chief strategy officer for film and television. “We are thrilled that they will bring their bold talents to eOne and we look forward to providing them a platform where they
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Amy Ziering & Kirby Dick Ink First-Look Deal With Entertainment One

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Amy Ziering & Kirby Dick Ink First-Look Deal With Entertainment One
Two-time Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated investigative documentary filmmaking duo Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick have signed a two-year first-look deal with Entertainment One via their Chain Camera production company for scripted and unscripted television programming. Under the pact, eOne will serve as the studio on all of the projects coming out of the partnership and will control worldwide rights.

“Amy and Kirby are without a doubt two of the most important and well-respected filmmakers working in documentary film today. Together they have made films that have single-handedly defined and transformed our culture and have an unmatched record of crafting thrilling and original investigative features that are, in their own right, cinematic tours de force,” stated Peter Micelli, eOne’s Chief Strategy Officer, Film & Television. “We are thrilled that they will bring their bold talents to eOne and we look forward to providing them a platform where they can bring their authentic
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'Hunting Ground,' 'Bleeding Edge' Filmmakers Sign First-Look TV Deal With eOne

'Hunting Ground,' 'Bleeding Edge' Filmmakers Sign First-Look TV Deal With eOne
The Hunting Ground filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick have signed a first-look TV deal with Entertainment One.

Under the two-year pact, Ziering and Dick, via their company Chain Camera, will develop scripted and unscripted projects for the indie studio; eOne will control worldwide distribution rights to their productions.

"Amy and Kirby are without a doubt two of the most important and well-respected filmmakers working in documentary film today," Peter Micelli, chief strategy officer, film & television at eOne, said Wednesday in a statement. "Together they have made films that have singlehandedly defined and transformed our culture and ...
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Norman Lear, Kirby Dick, ‘Seal Team’ Actors Talk Tackling the Military on TV

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Norman Lear, Kirby Dick, ‘Seal Team’ Actors Talk Tackling the Military on TV
A decade ago, director Kirby Dick heard a story about sexual assault in the military that he almost didn’t believe because he found it “so shocking…that the Us military was not protecting their service men and women.” But he began researching and found out just how much was being covered up. It led him to create the 2012 documentary “Invisible War,” but it also led, he believes, to the bigger cultural #MeToo movement being experienced today.

“A lot of changes in society start in the military, and I think in some ways the #MeToo movement, which has blossomed, owes a debt to survivors of military sexual assault,” Dick said at the Television Academy’s Television and the Military Experience panel in Los Angeles, Calif. on Tuesday.

When he made the film, there were not many people speaking out against sexual assault at all, let alone in the military, he pointed out.
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'Bleeding Edge' Doc Makers Take on Medical-Device Industry: "You're a Guinea Pig and Just Don't Know It"

'Bleeding Edge' Doc Makers Take on Medical-Device Industry:
Writer-director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering, who have joined forces on such influential documentaries as 2012's The Invisible War and 2015's The Hunting Ground, which exposed rape culture in the U.S. military and on college campuses, respectively, have turned to a new target, the $400 billion medical device industry. In The Bleeding Edge, airing on Netflix, they investigate how lax regulation and profit-driven corporations put patients at risk, documenting both the gruesome complications that some have suffered and the activists working to change the system.

Why this film now?

Amy Ziering Typically, we try to look for things that no one ...
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Ai Weiwei Honored at Pen America 2018 LitFest Gala

Last week, Pen America hosted their 2018 LitFest Gala in Los Angeles, a celebration of free expression and the literary arts that honored some of the brightest names in film, television, and literature.

Ai Weiwei Honored at Pen America 2018 LitFest Gala

Globally lauded artist Ai Weiwei received the Artistic Expression Award, Academy Award Winning writer-director Barry Jenkins received the Award for Screenplay Excellence, award-winning Sharp Objects writers Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn received the Award for Teleplay Excellence, and Pen America Trustee Marvin Putnam received the Distinguished Leadership Award. The event, hosted by My Favorite Murder creators and authors of the forthcoming book Stay Sexy & Don’T Get Murdered, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, raised funds that will support initiatives including advocacy for writers, journalists, and artists threatened or imprisoned worldwide, as well as landmark research that addresses critical free speech issues, and the advancement of literary excellence and cross-cultural exchanges through hallmark initiatives,
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Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (‘The Bleeding Edge’): ‘No one is told the risks’ of new medical devices [Exclusive Video Interview]

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (‘The Bleeding Edge’): ‘No one is told the risks’ of new medical devices [Exclusive Video Interview]
“We tend to like to make films in areas where no one else is,” explains “The Bleeding Edge” producer Amy Ziering, “and we also like to break news. We like to look at things that no one knows about yet, and bring that story to the public.” This drive led her and director Kirby Dick to examine the unforeseen consequences of the quickly-growing medical device industry, where the rush to innovation can often cause irreparable harm to patients. Watch our exclusive video interview with Ziering and Dick above.

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Dick reveals that in their research they discovered “tens of thousands of medical devices” on the market, and “thousands of them have huge problems.” And because of the limited coverage of these devices and their human costs “these patients who have been harmed thought that they were the only one,
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MPAA Turns 50: Here Are 12 of the Biggest Ratings Controversies, From ‘Basic Instinct’ to ‘Blue Valentine’

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Ask folks in Hollywood what they think of the Motion Picture Association of America’s Classification & Ratings Administration (Cara), and you’ll get an earful. Filmmakers have become so sophisticated about the vagaries of the ratings board (one F-word per PG-13 movie) that they often manipulate the process by adding footage they’re willing to lose later in order to get what they want into their final cut.

And over the decades, ace marketers have followed the game plan perfected by Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein when he publicized battles with the ratings board just to get exposure for movies like “Scandal,” “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover,” “Clerks,” “Kids,” and “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

But while filmmakers get exorcised over the board’s many myopic decisions over sex and violence and issues like the studios getting away with more than the indies, MPAA president Jack Valenti had valid and urgent
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Cinema Eye Honors 2018 Unveils Non-Fiction Unforgettables and Shorts List, Including ‘Free Solo’ and ‘Rbg’

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At their inaugural Fall Lunch in held in Los Angeles on Thursday, Cinema Eye Honors unveiled their first round of awards, including their annual list of significant nonfiction film subjects and a list of the year’s ten top Nonfiction Short Films. They also released nominees in four categories: Broadcast Film; a new award for Broadcast Series; the Heterodox Award, which recognizes fiction films that blur the line between fiction and documentary; and the annual Audience Choice Prize, voted on by documentary lovers around the world.

Netflix, Focus Features, and Hulu hosted the event at Casita Hollywood with many of the year’s top filmmakers on hand, including Kirby Dick, Morgan Neville, Matt Tyrnauer, Jimmy Chin, Rj Cutler, Lauren Greenfield, Alan Hicks, Laura Nix, and Brett Morgen. The full list of nonfiction film and craft nominees, including the five nominees for Outstanding Nonfiction Short Film, will be revealed on Thursday,
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Dawn Olmstead Named President Of Ucp & Wilshire Studios, Andra Shapiro Upped To Evp NBCU Cable Entertainment

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Dawn Olmstead has been promoted to President, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. She will oversees creative development and operations for both studios, reporting to Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

Additionally, Andra Shapiro has been elevated to Evp & General Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs, NBCU Cable Entertainment. The appointments were just announced by Hammer in a company memo. (you can read it in full under the post.)

Olmstead most recently served as Co-President, Ucp and Wilshire Studios alongside George Cheeks who a couple of weeks ago was named Co-Chairman of NBC Entertainment alongside Paul Telegdy.

The promotion is a recognition of Olmstead’s role in growing Ucp over the past four and a half years into a leading supplier to the NBCU cable networks as well a streaming platforms. She becomes the only solo female head of a traditional media TV studio who oversees both scripted and unscripted content.
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Bayer Steps Up Attack on Netflix’s ‘The Bleeding Edge,’ Calling Producers Ignorant of Medical Science and Ethics

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Bayer is continuing the war of words against “The Bleeding Edge,” Netflix’s documentary about harms inflicted by the massive medical-device industry.

The Netflix film includes an examination of Bayer’s Essure birth-control device and its devastating effects on the lives of some women who received the implant. Last week, Bayer criticized “The Bleeding Edge” as presenting an “inaccurate and misleading picture of Essure” that ignored scientific evidence finding that “Essure’s benefits outweigh its risks.”

Bayer is pulling Essure from the U.S. market as of the end of 2018. It has cited, in part, publicity surrounding “The Bleeding Edge” for the decision. The company is facing extensive litigation related to Essure.

The team behind “The Bleeding Edge” defended the accuracy of their work this week. The filmmakers, led by producer Amy Ziering and director Kirby Dick, said in part that “Bayer has a long history of maligning critics of
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Netflix ‘The Bleeding Edge’ Filmmakers Respond to Bayer Attack on Film

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The team behind “The Bleeding Edge,” the Netflix exposé on questionable practices in the medical-device industry, have issued a response to criticisms about the film’s alleged inaccuracies leveled by Bayer, the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical giant.

“We are not surprised that Bayer has attacked our film, which reveals the serious complications caused by its flawed implantable birth control device Essure,” the filmmakers said in a statement. “Bayer has a long history of maligning critics of Essure rather than addressing the harms it has caused to tens of thousands of women.”

The Bleeding Edge,” which debuted on Netflix worldwide on July 27, comes from from documentary filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (whose previous credits include “The Invisible War” and “The Hunting Ground”). The statement on Bayer was from Dick, Ziering, producer Amy Herdy, and the rest of the filmmaking team.

Bayer last week accused the film of presenting “an inaccurate and misleading” portrayal of Essure,
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‘The Bleeding Edge’ and Five Other Netflix Docs That Have Made Real-World Impacts

‘The Bleeding Edge’ and Five Other Netflix Docs That Have Made Real-World Impacts
Documentary filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are known for exposing societal epidemics and changing the conversation around them. Whether its the cover-up of rape by the U.S. Army in “The Invisible War,” or the same issue ravaging college campuses in “The Hunting Ground,” their films confront all the ways our institutions let us down time and time again, often with tragic consequences.

In their latest documentary “The Bleeding Edge,” now available on Netflix, Dick and Ziering focus on the profit-driven, multi-billion dollar medical device industry and how it’s destroying the lives — and bodies — of countless trusting patients in America. It’s a painful, pull-no-punches look at the traumatic physical effects products like cobalt joint replacements, vaginal meshes, and a female sterilization device called Essure have had on thousands of men and women all in the name of profit disguised as “innovation.”

The Bleeding Edge” is a difficult watch,
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PopPolitics: Did Netflix’s ‘The Bleeding Edge’ Force a Medical Device Off the Market? (Listen)

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Washington — “The Bleeding Edge,” the new documentary from Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, examines the medical device industry and the government approval process that has allowed an array of innovates to hit the market without a thorough safety examination.

One of them is Essure, a Bayer birth control device that is the subject of thousands of lawsuits from women who claim it caused them injury.

With Netflix set to debut the documentary this weekend, Bayer announced last week that it was phasing out the device in the U.S., but denied that it was due to concerns over safety.

“We don’t think it’s coincidental that they did it just a week before the release of the film on Netflix,” Dick tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM’s political channel Potus. “I think they knew that the public would be outraged at the fact that they still had this product on the market.
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Film Review: ‘The Bleeding Edge’

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Film Review: ‘The Bleeding Edge’
If you watch enough passionate muckraking social-justice documentaries, or simply listen to the news every day, you may feel like you’ve lost the capacity to be shocked. But “The Bleeding Edge,” Kirby Dick’s disturbingly powerful and important documentary about the medical-device industry, contains a line near the end that truly shocked me, because it defines, with a word, what’s happened to America.

The movie is about an industry that now generates revenues of $300 billion a year by producing and marketing the highly sophisticated utensils and apparatuses that get implanted into people’s bodies. It’s also about the scandalous and clandestine inhumanity of those companies. There are, of course, many devices that save lives and vastly uplift people’s daily welfare: pacemakers, hip replacements, cornea transplants.

The film doesn’t deny any of this; it never paints its indictment with a broad brush. But it focuses on
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Netflix’s ‘The Bleeding Edge’ Documentary Called ‘Inaccurate and Misleading’ by Pharma Giant Bayer

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Bayer lashed out at Netflix documentary “The Bleeding Edge,” with the pharmaceutical giant saying it presents an inaccurate picture of its Essure birth-control implant device.

The film from Oscar-nominated documentary filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering takes a look at the $400 billion medical-device industry, “examining lax regulations, corporate cover-ups, and profit-driven incentives that put patients at risk daily,” according to a Netflix description.

Bayer, in a statement issued Friday, said the film “presents an inaccurate and misleading picture of Essure by relying almost entirely on anecdotes, cherry-picking information to fit a predetermined conclusion, ignoring the full body of scientific evidence that supports the [Fda’s] determination that Essure’s benefits outweigh its risks and disregarding the appropriate warnings that accompany the device.”

Netflix reps did not respond to a request for comment.

Bayer currently faces more than 16,000 lawsuits in the U.S. related to Essure by women who claim the
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