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Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul Named Head Of Communications For ABC, 20th TV’s Chris Alexander Adds ABC Studios Publicity Oversight

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Freeform VP Communications Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul has been named Svp of Communications for ABC Entertainment. She will oversee corporate communications, press campaigns and awards outreach for the broadcast network.

Bulochnikov-Paul replaces Jori Arancio who stepped down earlier this week as Svp Communications for ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios. As expected, the role is being restructured in light of the Disney-Fox merger. ABC Studios/ABC Signature is now part of Disney TV Studios, along with 20th Century Fox TV and Fox 21 TV Studios. Chris Alexander, 20th TV’s Evp, Corporate Communications and Publicity, has been named Evp, Corporate Communications and Publicity for Disney Television Studios, adding oversight of ABC Studios publicity.

ABC Studios’ VP Communications Janet Daily will continue to oversee publicity for the label, reporting to Alexander.

Bulochnikov-Paul has been a rising star at Disney-ABC. As VP Communications at ABC cable sibling Freeform, which she joined in 2017 on the
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Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul Promoted to Run ABC Entertainment Communications, Replacing Jori Arancio

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Freeform’s Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul has been promoted to head of communications at ABC Entertainment, following the exit of Jori Arancio earlier this week, the company announced Friday.

Bulochnikov-Paul will report to Shannon Ryan, president of marketing for ABC Entertainment and Disney Television Studios. In her new role, Bulochnikov-Paul will be responsible for all strategic corporate communications efforts, consumer press campaigns and awards outreach for the network, according to the company.

As part of this restructuring, Chris Alexander, executive vice president of corporate communications and publicity for Disney Television Studios, will add ABC Studios to his duties. ABC Studios vice president of publicity Janet Daily will now report to Alexander.

Also Read: ABC Communications Boss Jori Arancio Exits Company

“Working with Tom Ascheim, Naomi was critical in helping put Freeform on the map,” Ryan said. “She is an incredible leader, a gifted strategist and truly one of the brightest and most
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Jerry Seinfeld Tickets On Sale Now [Dates & Ticket Info]

Jerry Seinfeld is gearing up for his 2019 tour. The tour announcement came just weeks after the 11th season of Seinfeld’s show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, was released on Netflix. Get Jerry Seinfeld Tickets Here! Seinfeld stared exploring stand-up in the late 1970s. Shortly after, the aspiring comedian started making appearances on the hit shows […]

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Jerry Seinfeld Emerges Victorious in ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Lawsuit

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Jerry Seinfeld Emerges Victorious in ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Lawsuit
Jerry Seinfeld has emerged the winner of a legal battle with a former collaborator who claims that he came up with the original idea for “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan ruled on Monday to dismiss Christian Charles’ suit on grounds that it exceeded the three-year statute of limitations for civil copyright suits.

“Because Charles was on notice that his ownership claim had been repudiated since at least 2012, his infringement claim is time-barred. His joint authorship claim is also time-barred for the same reasons,” Nathan wrote in the filing obtained by TheWrap.

According to Charles’ complaint, the idea for “Comedians in Cars” originally came about during a collaboration he had with Seinfeld in the early 2000s. Charles says that he pitched Seinfeld an idea for a show about two friends “talking and driving,” years ago, but that Seinfeld declined it at the time. Then,
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Jerry Seinfeld Drives Away With Victory In ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Lawsuit

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Jerry Seinfeld Drives Away With Victory In ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Lawsuit
Jerry Seinfeld must be feeling pretty buzzed this morning over a now-dead lawsuit about who came up with the idea for his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee series, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

“Defendants argue that Plaintiffs copyright claims are time-barred,” U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan said Monday in an opinion and order in director Christian Charles’ copyright infringement action against the motoring funnyman. “The Court agrees,” the federal judge added, ending the dispute for good (read the order here).

Copyright civil cases have a three-year window within the statute for a suit to be brought forth with any chance of success once the official clock of notification or an issue of disagreement begins ticking.

Although he communicated with Seinfeld in 2017 around the time the series inked a deal with Netflix and moved to the streamer from Crackle, Charles did not first take the Comedians
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Jerry Seinfeld Beats ‘Comedians in Cars’ Copyright Suit

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Jerry Seinfeld Beats ‘Comedians in Cars’ Copyright Suit
Jerry Seinfeld has won a copyright battle against a former collaborator who claimed he had conceived the idea for “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan ruled Monday that Christian Charles’ copyright suit was barred by the statute of limitations.

Charles was the director of “Comedian,” the 2002 documentary starring Seinfeld. During that shoot, Charles filmed Seinfeld and a friend on a cross-country trip. He alleged in his suit that he later pitched Seinfeld an idea for a show in which he and a friend drive around.

The idea sat around until 2011, when Seinfeld began developing “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Charles worked on the project, but the two had a dispute over whether he would be paid to direct episodes on a work-for-hire basis, as Seinfeld wanted, or whether he would be given ownership and a piece of the backend, as Charles wanted. The relationship fell
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‘Seinfeld’ Will Hit Netflix in 2021, Marking a Major Win for Streamer’s Comedy Slate

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‘Seinfeld’ Will Hit Netflix in 2021, Marking a Major Win for Streamer’s Comedy Slate
Seinfeld” is coming to Netflix in 2021, marking a major win in the streaming service’s ongoing war for rights to popular comedy projects.

The Los Angeles Times reported that all 180 episodes of the Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld-created sitcom will become available on Netflix when the five-year global streaming rights deal takes effect in 2021. “Seinfeld” might be known as the show about nothing, but Netflix’s investment in the series was anything but: Although specific financials were not disclosed, anonymous sources told the Los Angeles Times that Netflix spent “far more” than the $500 million than NBCUniversal paid for streaming rights to “The Office” and the $425 million that WarnerMedia spent for “Friends.” The deal was struck with Sony Pictures Television, which controls the sitcom’s distribution.

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‘Seinfeld’: Netflix Lands Streaming Rights To Comedy Series In 2021

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‘Seinfeld’: Netflix Lands Streaming Rights To Comedy Series In 2021
After losing The Office and Friends, Netflix has stepped up to secure the SVOD rights to another classic NBC comedy series. The streamer, which had emerged as the main contender for the Seinfeld library, has struck a deal with distributor Sony Pictures Television to become the global exclusive streaming home for the entire Seinfeld collection beginning in 2021, when the series’ pact with Hulu expires, for five years.

This is the first time Seinfeld will be available on Netflix and the first time that all 180 episodes will be on one service globally and in 4K.

“Seinfeld is a one-of-a-kind, iconic, culture-defining show. Now, 30 years after its premiere, Seinfeld remains center stage. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Netflix to bring this beloved series to current fans and new audiences around the globe,” said Mike Hopkins, Chairman, Sony Pictures Television:

As Deadline reported last month, Sony Pictures Television this summer had taken out Seinfeld,
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Eddie Murphy Confirms He'll Return to Standup Comedy in 2020

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Eddie Murphy Confirms He'll Return to Standup Comedy in 2020
Eddie Murphy has confirmed he's getting back into standup comedy. In July, it was heavily rumored that the comedian was going to sign an astronomical $70 million deal with Netflix for a special. Said standup special would be Murphy's first since 1987's highly influential Raw, which was released in theaters. It's not clear if Murphy is really going to do a Netflix special, but there are more than a few hints that it will be happening and that it will be happening fairly soon.

Eddie Murphy confirmed the standup news on the Netflix podcast Present Company. Around the 25-minute mark of the interview, the comedian talks about hosting Saturday Night Live at the end of the year and then says, "...next year in 2020 I'm going to go on the road and do some stand-up." He did not offer up any further details about his plan, but since this interview was with the Netflix podcast,
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HBO Max Is Preparing to Spend Big Bucks For The Streaming Rights to The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men, and Possibly Seinfeld

The streaming battle is heating up as it’s beginning to feel like every network is getting their own streaming service. With NBC coming out with their service, everything is being a little shaken up as they are going to be pulling The Office back to its home network, which has been a major draw to Netflix in years past. Now HBO Max is looking to see which pieces of the pie they can get their hands on. And they’ve got the money to throw at their choices. HBO Max has already shelled out $425 Million for Friends, which will be a total cash cow. Now they are looking to add a few more.

The two Chuck Lorre mega-hits, The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, are currently up for grabs and HBO Max has their eye on them. Rumors are saying the two series could go for $1.5 billion.
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Netflix Looking To Snap Up Seinfeld For Streaming In 2021

What’s the deal with streaming TV? I mean, we’re not dipping our toes in it. There’s no fish swimming around. Why streaming? See, I think they should have called streaming, ‘sucking’ TV. That’s what we do, right? We pick the show, we hit play, we start sucking down episode after episode and boom, it’s 6am Monday morning and now you’ve got to find out what happens to Elizabeth II in The Crown. *slap bass intro*

All of which is a long-winded way to say that it’s sounding like classic sitcom Seinfeld may be coming to Netflix in 2021. The report arrives via Deadline, who claim that with Friends and The Big Bang Theory (in international markets) due to leave the platform in the near future, the network will be hungry to snap up something to replace it.

It’s in their best interests to
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Off-Net Spree: HBO Max Zeroes In On Mega Deal For ‘The Big Bang Theory’ & ‘Two And A Half Men’ As ‘Seinfeld’ Hits Marketplace

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With several big media companies gearing up for the launch of new streaming platforms, long-running broadcast comedy series are taking center stage as cornerstones of their offerings. NBCUniversal paid $500+ million for The Office, and HBO Max shelled out $425 million for Friends — both pulled away from Netflix. Additionally, Disney+ is taking over streaming rights to The Simpsons library which Disney-owned FX Networks had paid $100 million for in a multi-platform deal several years ago.

The massive recent Office and Friends deals could soon be dwarfed by the first streaming pacts for two big Chuck Lorre hits, The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. WarnerMedia had been looking to secure Warner Bros. TV’s latest comedy blockbuster, The Big Bang Theory, in a deal, which industry observers had expected to cross the $1 billion mark. I now hear that HBO Max is in conversations for both Big Bang and 2.5 Men,
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Short-Form Emmys: Do Behind-the-Scenes Docs Need Their Own Category?

Short-Form Emmys: Do Behind-the-Scenes Docs Need Their Own Category?
The nonfiction categories at this year’s Emmys are filled with familiar names. In the doc series category, mainstays “30 for 30” and “American Masters” make another annual return. Films like “Free Solo,” “Minding the Gap,” “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” and “Rbg” will be making an awards season encore after being recognized at the Oscars in February. Both of the rival streaming Fyre Festival docs picked up nominations for good measure.

But the programs in the Short-Form Nonfiction category are recognizable for another reason entirely. Aside from a few repeat contenders, every show in the 2019 slate of nominees is a behind-the-scenes offshoot of another Emmy favorite. This year’s five nominated series are “Creating Saturday Night Live,” “Pose: Identity, Family, Community (Inside Look),” the boldly-titled “Fosse/Verdon (Inside Look)” and a pair of shows from one of the reality crown jewels: “RuPaul’s Drag Race’s: Out of the Closet
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10 Hidden Details Everyone Missed In Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

For over 30 years, Jerry Seinfeld has been entertaining the masses with his brand of stand-up comedy. His observations on the mundane and trivial everyday aspects of life mixed with a fairly safe approach and delivery has made him quite possibly the most successful comedian of all time. He got his start on TV on the series Benson before eventually getting his now landmark NBC eponymous show, which ran from 1989-1999 and now in perpetuity for probably ever.

He returned to the stand-up circuit shortly after the show ended and he has been grinding it out ever since. In 2012, he began a short web-based talk show - Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Despite the long title, that’s exactly what the show is about. Jerry drives around in some strange or silly or exotic car of his choosing, he picks up one of his funny pals and they go on a coffee run.
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Jerry Seinfeld Reflects on His 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Interview Style and Favorite Guests

Jerry Seinfeld Reflects on His 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Interview Style and Favorite Guests
In July 2012, Jerry Seinfeld premiered Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Sony's digital platform Crackle, scooping up his funny friends in vintage cars and going for a drive and a coffee date at a local spot. After nine seasons, the show was picked up in 2017 by Netflix for season 10, which earned the series its fourth Emmy nomination — and its first in the informational series or special category. The season's guests included Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Lewis (filmed a few months before the icon's 2017 death). Days before the 11th season's July ...
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Eddie Murphy Plotting Standup Return With Netflix Specials – Report

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Eddie Murphy Plotting Standup Return With Netflix Specials – Report
Eddie Murphy hasn’t performed standup in decades, even though in the ‘80s he was considered one of the finest practitioners of the form: his classic 1987 standup film “Eddie Murphy Raw” grossed $50.5 million on an $8 million budget, making it the most financially successful standup film of all time.

Now, TMZ is reporting Murphy is in talks with Netflix to produce an undetermined number of new standup specials for a $70 million price tag. The move makes sense given that Chris Rock received a $40 million payout and Dave Chappelle $60 million for their own Netflix specials. Rock had two specials and Chappelle had three, putting the individual fee for stars of their caliber at around $20 million per installment – suggesting Murphy would probably create three specials, or maybe just two given the rarity and exclusivity of the enterprise.

Murphy’s been saying for ages he wants to return to standup – he said as much
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Eddie Murphy Returning to Stand-Up in Landmark $70M Netflix Deal?

Eddie Murphy Returning to Stand-Up in Landmark $70M Netflix Deal?
Eddie Murphy is one of the true pioneers of stand-up comedy, but it's something he hasn't done for a very long time. That could all change very soon though, as it's come to light that the 58-year-old legend is eyeing a return to the stage in a series of specials for Netflix. If this does indeed come to pass, it's not going to come cheap, as the streaming service is about to shell out an unprecedented amount of money to get Murphy telling jokes on stage again.

According to several reports, Eddie Murphy is negotiating with Netflix for an unnamed number of stand-up comedy specials that would see him earn a whopping $70 million. Netflix has handed out some huge paydays to comedians in the past, giving Dave Chappelle $20 million each for his specials, and handing out $40 million to Chris Rock for a two-show deal. Amy Schumer also negotiated an $11 million payday for her special.
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Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy Talk Stand-Up, Stardom and Reuniting for ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

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Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy Talk Stand-Up, Stardom and Reuniting for ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’
In July 1976, Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy were rising comics, launching their stand-up careers at the Comic Strip in New York City. In fact, the two started at the famed comedy club the same week.

“[Seinfeld] was always the funniest. He had his show down, he was polished, he had it all down before everybody,” Murphy recalled on Wednesday night at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. “You had it together as a person too. You were the first comic to have a nice car. I remember he had got a Saab…and we were all on the side, like ‘He bought this with jokes.’”

The pair, who united for an event to celebrate Murphy’s appearance on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” have come a long way since gushing over a Saab. Murphy is Seinfeld’s guest for the Season 11 premiere of his car and coffee talk show.
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Jerry Seinfeld Talks Getting to the "Nut Inside" Eddie Murphy With 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Interview

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Jerry Seinfeld starts off the new season of Netflix's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with a bang, recruiting Eddie Murphy for a drive through Los Angeles in a modern Porsche

For Seinfeld, who is now on the 11th season of the show after originating it at Crackle, Murphy was a longtime dream guest and "a nut you want to crack," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "You want to get inside the shell and get to the nut inside, literally in my case. And I feel like we brought a certain feeling or perspective on Eddie that people ...
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Eddie Murphy Plans Return to Stand-Up in New 'Comedians in Cars' Clip (Exclusive)

Eddie Murphy Plans Return to Stand-Up in New 'Comedians in Cars' Clip (Exclusive)
It's been years since Eddie Murphy performed a stand-up set, but, as he tells host Jerry Seinfeld in an exclusive clip from Netflix's upcoming 11th season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he may stage a comeback soon. 

"You know that you not doing stand-up drives people crazy. You know that, right?" Seinfeld tells Murphy.

Murphy says Seinfeld isn't the first one to express interest, revealing that late comedian Don Rickles would pester him repeatedly about coming back to perform.

"I'm going to do it again. Everything just has to be right," Murphy ...
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