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IMDb TV Moves Content Team to Amazon Studios Under New Co-Heads

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IMDb TV Moves Content Team to Amazon Studios Under New Co-Heads
Amazon-owned free streaming service IMDb TV is moving its content team to Amazon Studios, and will develop original programming under new IMDb TV co-heads of content Ryan Pirozzi and Lauren Anderson.

The pair will lead all of the service’s programming, including creative development, production, licensing and strategy. Amazon Studios co-heads of television Albert Cheng and Vernon Sanders will work closely with Pirozzi and Anderson to develop an original and licensed slate “that builds upon IMDb TV’s inaugural year” and complements the studio’s originals according to a memo from Amazon Studios chief Jen Salke.

Pirozzi has been with Amazon for nine years, most recently as head of worldwide television and movie licensing for Prime Video. Anderson was most recently head of strategic content for Amazon Studios, and prior to that worked as senior vice president of primetime programming for NBC Entertainment and chief content office of NBCUniversal
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IMDb TV Content Team Moves To Amazon Studios With Ryan Pirozzi & Lauren Anderson As Co-Heads

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IMDb TV Content Team Moves To Amazon Studios With Ryan Pirozzi & Lauren Anderson As Co-Heads
Exclusive: The content team of IMDb TV, Amazon’s free, ad-supported streaming service, is moving under the Amazon Studios umbrella.

Amazon Studios’ Ryan Pirozzi and Lauren Anderson have been named IMDb TV co-heads of content. The two will oversee all programming for IMDb TV, including development, production, licensing and strategy, working closely with Amazon Studios co-heads of television Vernon Sanders and Albert Cheng. The IMDb TV business, product and development teams remain in Seattle reporting to VP of IMDb TV, Mark Eamer.

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke and Eamer announced the restructuring in an internal memo. (you can read it at the bottom of the story).

The move comes a year after IMDb TV’s January 2019 launch (as Freedive). It also comes as the platform, which started as a destination for TV and film library titles, is starting to venture into original programming with acquisitions like Corner Gas.

Bringing IMDb
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ABC Picks Up ‘Adopted’ Comedy to Pilot, Jimmy Kimmel to Co-Write

  • The Wrap
ABC Picks Up ‘Adopted’ Comedy to Pilot, Jimmy Kimmel to Co-Write
ABC has given a pilot order to a comedy written by Jimmy Kimmel, Shawn Vance and Daril Fannin.

Called “Adopted,” the trio also executive produce the single-camera project.

Here is the official logline from ABC: “When a Green Beret returns home to Texas from military service, he and his family struggle with the challenges of adopting his new brother, a 12-year-old Russian boy. Inspired by a true story.”

Adopted” is produced by ABC Studios in association with Kimmel’s Kimmelot production banner.

The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host has also written for Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers,” “The Andy Milonakis Show,” “The Man Show,” “Windy City Heat,” both the Oscars and the Emmys on more than one occasion, and once for the Grammys in 2002.

Kimmel has been hosting his late-night talk show since 2003. He has also done some acting since then, including voicing the dad in “Boss Baby,” Batman in “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies,
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‘The President Is Missing’: Paul Adelstein, Medina Senghore & Gina Gallego Join Showtime Drama Pilot

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‘The President Is Missing’: Paul Adelstein, Medina Senghore & Gina Gallego Join Showtime Drama Pilot
Exclusive: Paul Adelstein (Scandal), Medina Senghore (Happy!) and Gina Gallego (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) are set as series regulars opposite David Oyelowo in The President Is Missing, Showtime’s drama series adaptation of the novel by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson from Christopher McQuarrie and Anthony Peckham.

In The President Is Missing pilot, a powerless and politically aimless vice president (Oyelowo) unexpectedly becomes president halfway into his administration’s first term, despite his every wish to the contrary. He walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House. Attacked by friends and enemies alike, with scandal and conspiracy swirling around him, he is confronted with a terrible choice: keep his head down, toe the party line and survive, or act on his stubborn, late-developing conscience and take a stand.

Adelstein will play Terry Pratt, Martin’s chief of staff. He is smart, loyal and in a permanent state of crisis.
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With ’68 Whiskey,’ Middle East War Is Good For A Few Laughs

As Best Picture Oscar nominee Jojo Rabbit and perennial Emmy winner M*A*S*H have proven, sometimes the best way to look back at dark wars is through the lighter lens of comedy. The new series 68 Whiskey finds laughter in the grim desert sands of the Afghanistan War; the show’s executive producer and creator, Roberto Benabib, [...]

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IMDb TV Grabs Exclusive Free Streaming Rights To Disney TV Titles Like ‘Lost’

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IMDb TV Grabs Exclusive Free Streaming Rights To Disney TV Titles Like ‘Lost’
IMDb TV, the free, ad-supported streaming service owned by Amazon, has acquired rights to more than 20 scripted TV titles controlled by Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer & International division.

The roster of shows whose free streaming rights are going to IMDb includes Desperate Housewives, My So-Called Life, White Collar and The Glades, among many others. In the coming months, Lost, Malcolm in the Middle and Ally McBeal will start streaming on IMDb, with Lost and Malcolm having the Amazon platform as their exclusive free streaming home.

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Lost finale on ABC, all 121 episodes of Lost will start streaming on May 1. All 112 episodes of Ally McBeal will be available on April 1 and all 151 episodes of Malcolm in the Middle will hit the platform on June 1.

The other titles heading to IMDb TV in the deal are Army Wives, Boston Legal, Graceland, L.A. Law, Legends, Lie to Me,
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Peter Roth Named Chairman Of Warner Bros. Television Group As Part Of Contract Extension

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Peter Roth, who has overseen the television production operations of Warner Bros for the past 21 years, has signed a new multi-year contract extension to remain at the helm of the independent TV studio. In conjunction with his new deal, Roth has been elevated to the newly created position of Chairman of the Warner Bros Television Group. The re-upping comes months ahead of the end of Roth’s current contract this coming summer. He will continue to report to Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, Warner Bros.

Roth, who has served as President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros Television Group, since May 2013, will continue to oversee Warner Bros’ television production activities, including domestic production of scripted, unscripted and alternative series for U.S. broadcast networks, cable and streaming services. Roth’s elevation to chairman comes four months after his top lieutenants, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul, were upped to presidents Of Warner Bros Television.
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Peter Roth Promoted to Become First-Ever Chairman of Warner Bros Television Group

  • The Wrap
Longtime television executive Peter Roth has signed a contract extension, upping him to the newly-created role of chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group.

Roth has overseen television production operations for Warner Bros. for 21 years, and has been serving as president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Television Group since May of 2013. He will continue to maintain creative responsibility for Warner Bros.’ scripted, unscripted and alternative series for U.S. broadcast networks, cable and streaming services.

His promotion was announced Monday by Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of Warner Bros., to whom Roth will continue to report. Roth will also continue to work closely with Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.

Also Read: How 'Arrow' Built The CW's Own Superhero Cinematic Universe

“Across the industry, Peter has the well-deserved reputation as a legend, and I have long been an admirer of his creative insight,
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Watch Jimmy Eat World’s Joyous Tiny Desk Concert

It’s been 20 years since Jimmy Eat World’s breakthrough Clarity, but the band is quietly releasing music that stands up to its endearing early emo-rock work.

An example: “Love Never,” a song that was released as a seven-inch in 2018, which the band — frontman Jim Adkins, touring multi-instrumentalist Robin Vining, and percussionist Zach Lind — opened with during its recent appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.

With manic energy, big harmonies, and a message about the consequences of love, the song could have been on 2001’s Bleed American. But the
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ReFrame Announces 2019 TV Stamp Recipients, IMDbPro Partnership Renewal (Exclusive)

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ReFrame Announces 2019 TV Stamp Recipients, IMDbPro Partnership Renewal (Exclusive)
Fleabag,” “Pose” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are among the recipients of the 2018-19 ReFrame Stamp for Television, Variety has learned exclusively.

Additionally, ReFrame and IMDbPro have extended their partnership through 2022.

The ReFrame Stamp for Television’s inaugural class of recipients was the 2017-18 television season. Then, the organization awarded 62 series the stamp. Now, only 21 series are receiving the new season’s stamp.

While that seems like a steep decline, ReFrame and IMDbPro have actually altered the decision-making process for which series receive the stamp. The first year, producers, studios and networks were allowed to submit for the stamp via an open call. Now, ReFrame and IMDbPro have created “a baseline and closed data set on which to more accurately compare yearly results.” In doing this, the organizations have found that only 22 series for the 2017-18 television season qualify for the stamp under the new metric. While all 62 series that originally earned
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Johnny Galecki to produce National Lampoon’s Vacation series The Griswolds for HBO Max

Johnny Galecki to produce National Lampoon’s Vacation series The Griswolds for HBO Max
The Griswolds are heading to HBO Max, with Deadline reporting that the WarnerMedia-owned streaming service has ordered a single-camera half hour comedy series based upon National Lampoon’s Vacation series. Written by Tim Hobert (The Middle) and produced by The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki, the series will explore daily life in the Chicago suburbs […]

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Ben Feldman: With ‘Superstore,’ It’s Issues Second, Funny First

It’s not a coincidence that the store in Superstore is located in America’s heartland. Like some other shows, most notably Roseanne (now The Conners) and The Middle, the writers and producers of the show have set out to make a show that will resonate with a wide range of Americans. Do they touch on some [...]

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Vacation TV Spin-Off The Griswolds Is Coming to HBO Max

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Clark Griswold and family are heading to the small screen, as WarnerMedia has put into development a comedy series for HBO Max called The Griswolds. Johnny Galecki, who played Rusty Griswold in Christmas Vacation, is executive producing The Griswolds with The Middle scribe Tim Hobert writing the series. As it sounds, the half-hour single camera sitcom is based on National Lampoon's Vacation movies, following the day to day lives of the Griswolds when they come home to the Chicago suburbs after their shenanigan-filled vacations.

There have been five official Vacation movies developed by National Lampoon at this point, with each installment featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in the roles of Clark and Ellen Griswold. Randy Quaid and Miriam Flynn both show up often in the movie series as well as their friends and neighbors, Eddie and Catherine Johnson. There is also Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure, which
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Vacation Spinoff Series The Griswolds Set for HBO Max

Joseph Baxter Dec 12, 2019

HBO Max bringing back the Vacation film franchise’s Griswold family in a spinoff series produced by Johnny Galecki.

The Griswolds are taking the holiday road to HBO Max!

The Vacation film franchise – after five theatrically-released films and a TV movie – is set to make its serial television debut for the premium cable channel’s 2020-launching platform, HBO Max, with a single-camera comedy spinoff titled The Griswolds. Interestingly, one of the driving forces behind this small screen venture is a former member of its eponymous family, Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki, who’s executive-producing.

Galecki will join the project’s primary driving force, Tim Hobert, who’s writing the script and executive-producing, with Galecki onboard via his Alcide Bava shingle, which will also be represented in executive-producer capacity by head Holly Brown as well as producer Cory Wood. The Griswolds will manifest as part of Galecki
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National Lampoon's Vacation TV Show The Griswolds in Development at HBO Max, From Ep Johnny Galecki

Pack your bags and cue up “Holiday Road,” because The Griswolds are returning to a TV near you.

A television series based on the National Lampoon’s Vacation films is in the works at HBO Max, Variety reports. The potential single-camera comedy would follow members of the titular clan after they return home from their vacation, and focus on their lives in the suburbs of modern-day Chicago.

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‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ Series in Development at HBO Max, Johnny Galecki to Produce

  • Variety
‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ Series in Development at HBO Max, Johnny Galecki to Produce
HBO Max is developing a series based on the Grisworld family from the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” films, Variety has learned.

Titled “The Griswolds,” the series will see the titular family home from vacation and explore their daily lives in the suburbs of modern-day Chicago. Tim Hobert is attached to write and executive produce the half-hour single-camera series. Johnny Galecki and Holly Brown will also executive produce under their Alcide Bava production banner. Cory Wood of Alcide Bava will produce. Warner Bros. Television will serve as the studio behind the project.

The project represents a homecoming of sorts for Galecki, who starred as Russ Griswold in the third film in the franchise, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The other films are “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” “Vegas Vacation,” and “Vacation.” The last of those was released in 2015 and starred Ed Helms as an adult Russ as he takes
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‘The Griswolds’ Comedy Based On National Lampoon’s ‘Vacation’ Films In Works At HBO Max With Johnny Galecki Producing

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‘The Griswolds’ Comedy Based On National Lampoon’s ‘Vacation’ Films In Works At HBO Max With Johnny Galecki Producing
The Griswold family is heading to HBO Max. WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service has put in development The Griswolds, a half-hour single camera comedy based on National Lampoon’s Vacation films, from writer Tim Hobert (The Middle), Johnny Galecki and his Alcide Bava Productions and Warner Bros. TV, where Galecki and Alcide Bava are under a deal.

Written by Hobert, The Griswolds, based on Warner Bros’ Vacation films, brings the iconic family home from vacation and explores their daily lives in the suburbs of modern-day Chicago.

National Lampoon’s Vacation film series is among the assets available to WarnerMedia-owned HBO Max for mining of projects. The five-film series (1983-2015) is based on John Hughes’ short story Vacation ’58 that was originally published by National Lampoon magazine. It revolves around the misadventures of the Griswold family, whose attempts to enjoy vacations and holidays are plagued with non-stop disasters and strangely embarrassing predicaments.
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'Vacation' TV Spinoff 'The Griswolds' in the Works at HBO Max

'Vacation' TV Spinoff 'The Griswolds' in the Works at HBO Max
The Griswolds are back!

Johnny Galecki is bringing a new take on National Lampoon's beloved Vacation franchise to HBO Max. The Big Bang Theory grad will exec produce The Griswolds, a single-camera comedy about what happens when the disaster-prone family returns home from vacation. The project brings Galecki back into the Vacation world after he had a role in 1989's Christmas Vacation.

The Griswolds, which currently has a script development deal, will follow the family and explore their daily lives in the suburbs of modern-day Chicago.

Tim Hobert (Spin City, Scrubs, Community, The Middle) will pen the script and exec produce the comedy alongside Galecki ...
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‘Re-Friended’ Comedy Starring Franchesca Ramsey & Shamikah Martinez In Works At Fox From Vijal Patel And K&l Prods.

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‘Re-Friended’ Comedy Starring Franchesca Ramsey & Shamikah Martinez In Works At Fox From Vijal Patel And K&l Prods.
Exclusive: Fox has put in development Re-Friended, a half-hour multi-camera comedy from comedian Franchesca Ramsey (Decoded) and actress-writer-producer Shamikah Martinez, who are set to star, writer Vijal Patel, Kay Cannon and Laverne McKinnon’s K&l Productions and Sony Pictures Television, where K&l is under a first-look deal. The project is a co-production between Sony TV and Fox Entertainment.

Written by Ramsey, Martinez and Patel, Re-Friended is based on an original idea from Ramsey and Martinez. It revolves around two childhood friends who stayed connected through the years via social media. When they become roommates as adults, they realize how much they don’t know each other at all, and have to “re-friend” over again and learn how to live with and love the un-curated versions of themselves.

Ramsey, Martinez and Patel executive produce with Cannon and McKinnon for K&l Productions.

Ramsey is the host
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‘The Voice’ Top 8 power rankings: Jake Hoot, Katie Kadan and Ricky Duran will reach the finale, but who will join them?

‘The Voice’ Top 8 power rankings: Jake Hoot, Katie Kadan and Ricky Duran will reach the finale, but who will join them?
Coaches Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson each lost another artist as Tuesday’s results episode of “The Voice” revealed the eight semi-finalists. Gwen’s Joana Martinez and Kelly’s Shane Q were defeated by Team John Legend‘s Marybeth Byrd after all three sang for the instant save. Heading into the Top 8, Team Legend remains intact with three artists in contention while Blake Shelton and Kelly each have two. Gwen has just one hopeful remaining.

After the eight semi-finalists perform again Monday, December 9, the public will vote. The three artists with the most support will advance to the finale. The two artists with the least amount of votes will be instantly eliminated and the three remaining will sing for the final instant save of the season. The winner of that instant save will advance to the Top 4 and have a shot at the Season 17 title.

Below we rank the top eight from best to worst,
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