MSNBC made it official today, announcing that Joy Reid will host a new weekend program on Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM-Noon ET, starting May 7. Yes, that’s the timeslot formerly held by MHP, hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry, who left in a hail of tweets and emails after refusing to return to the slot to host election-cycle coverage, saying she was “not hungry for empty airtime.”
Reid’s untitled show will “tackle the most important news and political topics of the week and…
Distribution company The Orchard has just promoted Paul Davidson to Exec VP Film and TV, reporting to CEO Brad Navin. Davidson has been at the company for two years overseeing acquisition, distribution, marketing and strategy.
During his tenure, Davidson has overseen the acquisition and release of hundreds of films, including Academy Award-nominated Best Documentary feature Cartel Land, Sundance fave The Overnight, Dior & I and What We Do in the Shadows.
Depending on how you look at it, home entertainment spending was either stable — or seriously declined — in Q1 based on data out today from the Digital Entertainment Group.
The industry organization says that consumers spent $4.55 billion in the period, down just 1.8% from early 2015. In addition to being “in line with the same period 2015,” DEG lauds the number for “outpacing the box office value on video release by nearly 10 percentage points.”
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We are heading into the pilot screening stage of pilot season, an annual binge-viewing ritual that started long before binge viewing existed. Over the next week or so, the broadcast networks will hold marathon screenings of their pilots for some extra feedback before the final pickup and scheduling decisions are made.
The actor who played George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live and on Broadway will not be playing Ronald Reagan on the big screen – in fact he never was formally signed on to do so. “The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered," said a spokesman for the Emmy nominee.