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What’s in development?

A new subscription based service It’s On The Grid is up and running.  As stated on their web site it’s a web-enabled database that provides up-to-date information on the feature film development business to entertainment industry professionals as well as aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters. The company was founded by a group of MP Lit managers who needed a tool to collectively track development information and cover the various studios, other buyers and production companies throughout Hollywood.

IOTG’s mission is to democratize open writing assignment, open directing assignment, spec script and other film development information for the benefit of the entire entertainment community. In addition to the tools and information available within the site itself, the company also maintains a free section of the site where …

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YouTube vs. iTunes

YouTube will imminently launch a movie-on-demand service charging users to stream mainstream Hollywood movies off the world’s largest video sharing site.  Read the exclusive at The Wrap.…

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Entertainment to go…

hbo logoIf you’ve longing to watch an HBO original series like True Blood or Real Time with Bill Maher or just catch a flick anytime anywhere -  you’ll soon be able to with HBO GO. It’s already available on your computer or laptop but withe the new iPhone and iPad app you’ll be completely mobile.

And There’s A New Video Streaming Service:
It would be a sad day if we didn’t have entertainment choices.  And the opportunities to stream video to your various devices are increasing by the hour., a Walmart company offers a streaming video service they say rivals Netflix.  There’s no subscription fee and they offer films the same day they’re released on DVD.  You have your choice of quality …

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2009 Peabody Awards. And the winners are…

modern-family-poster“Modern Family” (ABC), Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Levitan Lloyd Productions

“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: An Evening with Archbishop Desmond Tutu” (CBS), Worldwide Pants, Inc.

“Noodle Road: Connecting Asia’s Kitchens” (KBS1 TV), Korean Broadcasting System

“A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains” (ABC), ABC News, Sesame Workshop

“BBC World News America: Unique Broadcast, Unique Perspective” (BBC America), BBC World News America, BBC America

“The Cost of Dying” (CBS), CBS News 60 Minutes

“Independent Lens: Between the Folds” (PBS), Green Fuse Films, ITVS

“Glee” (FOX), Twentieth Century Fox Television

“The OxyContin Express” (Current TV), Vanguard on Current TV, National Public Radio (

Diane Rehm, Personal Award, talk show now available to National Public Radio listeners …

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NYC to provide film, TV production training

nyc.govNEW YORK (AP) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration is launching a program to train women, minorities and struggling New Yorkers for jobs in film and television production.

Participants will learn skills like rigging and dolly operation. The city says they will also receive placement services for mid-level jobs.

Classes begin in the spring and will have about 24 participants at first.

The teachers are members of the International Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees.

The city will hold a recruitment event this spring at the New York City College of Technology.…

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Hawaiian Beach Party Premiere

LOSTThere were more than just the sound of  waves lapping on Waikiki beach last night.  More than 10,000 people attended the premiere of the first episode of the final season of LOST. I’m surprised the producers held such a public screening.  With the lightening speed of social media I would bet money the details of the first episode are on Twitter today.  However, I believe no true LOST fan would dare search out any spoilers.  Why? Well, speaking as a LOST fan – I want to be thrilled by every second as it unfolds during its  appointed time slot on ABC, Tuesday’s at 10PM EST.

And for those LOST fans that haven’t yet discovered the “after LOST roundup”, do yourself a favor and check out …

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SAG Winners

sag-awards-logoWinners for the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)
DANIEL BRÜHL / Fredrick Zoller
AUGUST DIEHL / Major Hellstrom
JULIE DREYFUS / Francesca Mondino
SYLVESTER GROTH / Joseph Goebbels
JACKY IDO / Marcel
DIANE KRUGER / Bridget Von Hammersmark
DENIS MENOCHET / Perrier LaPedite
MIKE MYERS / General Ed French
BRAD PITT / Lt. Aldo Raine
ELI ROTH / Sgt. Donny Donowitz
TIL SCHWEIGER / Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz
ROD TAYLOR / Winston Churchill

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture

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Daniel Battsek named President of Nat Geo Films

Daniel BattsekFormer Miramax Films chief Daniel Battsek, as expected, landed a new gig: president of National Geographic Films. Battsek, who was ousted as head of Disney’s specialty label Miramax in October, will begin his new job on March 15, reporting to president David Beal.

He’ll remain based in New York — at least for the time being — and be charged with overseeing the development, production, acquisition and distribution of the boutique company’s movies.

Read full article by Claudia Eller in the LA Times here.…

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The Future of News

NEWSEUMLOGO“The Future of News,” a new 10-part television series produced by the Newseum in Washington, D.C., debuts this month on American Public Television

In the first episode of “The Future of News,” journalist Ann Curry of NBC News and new media pioneer Charles Sennott of online international news agency GlobalPost discuss how new forms of social media and the Internet have changed the way international news is covered, produced and reported.

In conjunction with the series premiere, the Newseum has launched a “Future of News” blog at, where visitors are encouraged to participate in critical discussions and spirited debates on the state of today’s news and the significance of tomorrow’s technology.…

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