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Oprah’s Harpo Names Terry Wood as Executive VP to Oversee Apple Content

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Oprah’s Harpo Names Terry Wood as Executive VP to Oversee Apple Content
Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions has named former Netflix exec Terry Wood as its executive vice president, a newly created role. She will spearhead production of original content for the partnership between Winfrey and Apple, said the company.

“Terry has broad experience across the media industry and an extensive knowledge of what connects to viewers in a meaningful way,” said Winfrey in a statement. “I look forward to working with her as we create content for Apple that can impact people around the world.”

Winfrey and Apple inked a multi-year content deal last year to create original programming. Those projects will be released as part of Apple’s original content lineup.

Wood, who will report to Winfrey, was most recently part of the creative team at Netflix that oversaw the launch of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea,” and David Letterman’s Emmy-nominated “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,
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Terry Wood Joins Harpo Prods. To Oversee Content For Oprah Winfrey’s Apple Deal

  • Deadline
Veteran TV executive Terry Wood is reuniting with Oprah Winfrey, joining Winfrey’s Harpo Productions as Evp. In the newly created position, she will oversee production of original content for Winfrey’s multi-year deal with Apple.

“Terry has broad experience across the media industry and an extensive knowledge of what connects to viewers in a meaningful way,” said Winfrey, to whom Wood will report. “I look forward to working with her as we create content for Apple that can impact people around the world.”

Wood was a development executive at Winfrey’s Harpo Studios in Chicago in the 1990s. She went on to spend 13 years at CBS Television Syndication/King World, becoming president of creative and development. There, she shepherded two successful Harpo shows, Dr. Phil, the biggest daytime launch since The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Rachael Ray, as well as The Doctors, among other.

After a stint at Mark Burnett’s One Tree Media,
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Oprah Winfrey Enlists Terry Wood to Lead Production for Apple Partnership

  • The Wrap
Harpo Productions has tapped Terry Wood as executive vice president and will oversee the company’s content partnership with Apple.

A veteran of Netflix, CBS Television Syndication and Harpo Studios, Wood will oversee production of original content for the partnership, reporting directly to Harpo boss Oprah Winfrey in the newly-created position.

“Terry has broad experience across the media industry and an extensive knowledge of what connects to viewers in a meaningful way,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I look forward to working with her as we create content for Apple that can impact people around the world.”

Also Read: Oprah Winfrey Signs Multi-Year Content Partnership Deal With Apple

“This incredible opportunity to once again work with Oprah is truly a full circle moment,” Wood added. “I am invigorated by this new partnership between Oprah and Apple and will bring my full range of experience to create inspiring and entertaining content.
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‘Mrs. Maisel’ Remains the Comedy Series to Beat, According to the PGAs

We’re hardly two weeks into 2019, and Amazon Studios’ “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is already the clear frontrunner in the Emmys race. For the second year in a row, the Producers Guild Awards named the Amazon series as the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy. This comes just two weeks after star Rachel Brosnahan scored her second Golden Globes trophy for her performance as Midge Maisel.

The show, held the January 19 at the Beverly Hilton, edged out a handful of up-and-coming comedy series hopefuls, including HBO’s “Barry,” Netflix’s “Glow,” and NBC’s “The Good Place,” all of which could have used the momentum of a PGA win.

Also clear from the “Mrs. Maisel” triumph: While the PGA offers clues as to what the Emmys will look like eight months from now, its eligibility rules make for an eccentric mix. Of the comedies, only “Mrs.
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What’s Next For Sony’s Crackle? It Could Be A Partnership Or A Sale

  • Deadline
The venerable Sony Crackle streaming service is looking for a potential joint-venture partner or buyer for its U.S. operations, even as its Latin American service shuts down in April.

Crackle said it would shutter its Latin American subscription video service this week after concluding the business wasn’t economically viable. That news followed a decision last June to pull the plug on the free, ad-supported service in Canada.

“The decision to close Crackle Latin America is unrelated to the U.S. Crackle business, which is operated independently as an ad-supported Avod service,” Keith Le Goy, Sony Pictures Television’s president of worldwide distribution, wrote in a letter to staff that was obtained by Deadline. “We continue to explore potential strategic partnerships for Crackle in the U.S. and will share more information when possible.”

Sony placed an early bet on online video streaming, acquiring the startup Grouper in 2006 — just
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Bob Einstein’s Filthy ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Joke Made Jerry Seinfeld Genuinely Laugh

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Bob Einstein’s Filthy ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Joke Made Jerry Seinfeld Genuinely Laugh
One of Bob Einstein’s finest moments among many was arguably the filthiest jokes ever told on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which sparked a genuine laugh out of Jerry Seinfeld when he first heard it on camera.

Einstein died Wednesday at age 76, and while many other comedians will remember him for his work as Super Dave Osborne or for his classic scene in his brother Albert Brooks’ comedy “Modern Romance,” Seinfeld will always remember Einstein for the scene he shared with him, which happened to be the first time the two ever met.

Seinfeld explained when he invited Einstein onto his talk show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” in 2012 that though he was a big fan of all of Einstein’s work dating back to an appearance on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” they’d not met until they filmed “Curb” together during the HBO show’s seventh season in 2009.

Also
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Veteran Comedian Bob Einstein of Curb Your Enthusiasm Dies at 76

Tony Sokol Jan 2, 2019

Bob Einstein, Curb Your Enthusiam's Marty Funkhouser and Albert Brooks' older brother, was part of TV comedy history.

Comedy veteran Bob Einstein, who wrote for the controversial The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour but is best known for his turn as Marty Funkhouser on Curb Your Enthusiasm, died at age 76 following a recent cancer diagnosis, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Einstein’s death was confirmed his younger brother, Albert Brooks. “R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever,” posted on Twitter.

"Very sad," Curb Your Enthusiasm writer David Mandel tweeted. "Got to work with him on #Curb. Had heard he was sick. Will never forget him telling @jerryseinfeld the dirty joke about the newlyweds." Costar, actor and comedian Richard Lewis also eulogized on social media.

Since making his debut in season 4, Einstein
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Bob Einstein Dies: ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Actor Who Created Super Dave Osborne Character Was 76

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Bob Einstein Dies: ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Actor Who Created Super Dave Osborne Character Was 76
Bob Einstein, a two-time Emmy winner who has recurred on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm since its launch and created the wacky Super Dave Osborne character, died today in Indian Wells, CA. He was 76 and recently had been diagnosed with cancer.

Best known to today’s viewers for playing the serious, often surly but always hilarious Marty Funkhouser on Curb, Einstein was a foil for its creator-star Larry David. He appeared in nearly two dozen episodes of the series dating from 2004 to the most recent season.

Einstein’s younger brother, actor-director Albert Brooks, tweeted today, “R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.”

A comedian’s comedian, Einstein first made his name as a writer. His career dates to the 1960s, when he won his first Emmy as part of the writing team for The
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Most Memorable Late-Night TV Moments of 2018

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Most Memorable Late-Night TV Moments of 2018
At times it may have felt like late-night talk shows were completely dominated by political talk this year, from biting commentary by way of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” However, quite a few shows did what they could to keep it light — and perhaps go viral for their takes on pop culture instead. Think: the three-way call between Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, as well as Paul McCartney’s appearance on “Carpool Karaoke.” With such varied bits, late-night provided a lot of distractions for the craziness of daily life.

Here, Variety breaks down the most memorable moments in late-night for 2018:

“Conan”

TBS announced in May that O’Brien’s hour-long late-night show would be reduced to 30 minutes in January and signal the departure of O’Brien’s long-time band, Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band. In the last
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2: Pregnancy, Women Comics, and Censorship

Delia Harrington Dec 10, 2018

In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2, Midge deals with a kind of censorship familiar to generations of female performers.

The following contains spoilers for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2.

“…You see the thing I know the most about pregnancy is --”

With that one word, pregnancy, Midge Maisel is hustled off stage in the season two finale of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “All Alone.”

It’s easy to see why she’s be confused – we’ve previously seen Miriam perform in various states of undress (albeit facing indecency charges afterwards), and throughout this season she has said an array of four-letter onstage with no negative outcomes. As Susie points out to the host who interrupted her, the comic before her had been talking about getting “dick fungus,” something that surely must be more, “foul,” than what he deems as, “female stuff…private.”

With this bit of censorship
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Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld Host Good+ Foundation's Halloween Bash

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld Host Good+ Foundation's Halloween Bash
Jerry Seinfeld talked comedians, cars, coffee and costumes at his wife's Good+ Foundation's 3rd Annual Halloween Bash Presented by Delta Air Lines and Otter Pops over the weekend.

The tenth season of his show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee was released July 6 on Netflix, but fans will have to wait a while to see the full lineup of comedians for the next season of his mobile talk show, which in the past has featured Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. “I can’t say names, though. I’m not allowed to say names,” he ...
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Jerry Seinfeld: Why Louis C.K. Isn’t Making His Comeback in the Right Way

Jerry Seinfeld: Why Louis C.K. Isn’t Making His Comeback in the Right Way
Jerry Seinfeld weighed in on Louis C.K.’s stand-up comeback during an interview with The New York Times. Since the end of August, C.K. has popped up at various New York City comedy clubs to perform sets, which mark his first high-profile public appearances since admitting to sexual misconduct last fall. C.K.’s return has sparked a national debate over whether accused men should be welcomed back into their professions.

When asked if it was “too soon” for C.K. to be performing again, Seinfeld responded, “No. It’s the way he did it that I think people didn’t like. Some people didn’t like that he’s doing it at all. We know the routine: The person does something wrong. The person’s humiliated. They’re exiled. They suffer, we want them to suffer. We love the tumble, we love the crash and bang of the fall.
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Steve Mosko Named CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment

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Former Sony Pictures TV Chairman Steve Mosko has been named the chief executive officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (Vreg), the company announced Thursday.

Vreg is continuing its development and production of content with a bigger focus on television and streaming to complement the development and co-financing of movies. Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Bruce Berman will remain in his position and will now report to Mosko. Greg Basser, Vreg’s current CEO, is stepping down to pursue other opportunities in the media and entertainment space. He will continue as a consultant to Vreg.

“Steve’s track record of success combined with his tenure in the industry and breadth of understanding of the current and future television landscape makes him the ideal executive to execute on our strategy and lead the company on a day-to-day basis,” stated Vine CEO and Vreg Chairman Jim Moore. “While Vreg is committed
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Jerry Seinfeld Downsizes from Exotic Cars to Scooters

  • TMZ
Jerry Seinfeld Downsizes from Exotic Cars to Scooters
We all know Jerry Seinfeld takes his love for cars quite seriously -- and, apparently, he feels the same way about luxury scooters too. Can ya tell? The comic was in NYC Tuesday getting ready to take a ride on a spiffy looking Lambretta -- the Italian-scooter that rivals Vespa, kinda like Ford vs. Gm. Jerry must've been on one hell of a mission, 'cause he looked super serious -- the scarf and helmet look is working for him.
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Netflix Released Record-High 676 Hours of Original Programming in Q3

  • Variety
Netflix flooded its U.S. streaming service with an all-time high tonnage of original TV shows and movies in the third quarter of 2018 – a positive signal that the No. 1 subscription-video service will hit its customer-acquisition targets, according to a new report from Wall Street firm Cowen & Co.

The company bowed nearly 676 hours of originals for the quarter ended Sept. 30, which is equivalent to about 28 full days. That’s more than double the amount of Netflix originals launched in Q3 2017 (289 hours) and up 50% from 452 hours in Q2 2018, Cowen & Co. estimated. The relative quality of that glut of new content is debatable, but Netflix’s track record shows that greater amounts of exclusive programming leads to higher sub growth and lower churn.

In the most recent quarter, the company released new seasons of “Orange Is the New Black,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist” and “Bojack Horseman,” along with controversial drama “Insatiable” and Cary Fukunaga-directed psychological thriller “Maniac,
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‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ Trailer: Government Agents Explain the ‘Daily Show’ Alum’s New Netflix Talk Show

‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ Trailer: Government Agents Explain the ‘Daily Show’ Alum’s New Netflix Talk Show
“Patriot Act” is a very good title for Hasan Minhaj’s upcoming weekly Netflix talk show. Just in case anyone is confused by what that show actually is, the “Daily Show” alum has brought along some help to explain the new format.

Minhaj doesn’t have any dialogue, but the teaser shows a trio of Nsa-adjacent surveillance officials tracking Minhaj’s whereabouts and communications. It’s a sly way of playing off the show’s title and coming up with an excuse for a direct overview of what this upcoming show is. “It explores the modern geopolitical and cultural landscape through a comedic lens,” one of them says.

When “Patriot Act” was announced, Minhaj was set to join a growing list of comedians who were able to respond to the day’s and week’s news in their respective shows. Now, it will debut as the service’s only active weekly talk show,
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Samantha Bee Unveils New Open for ‘Full Frontal’ and Other Changes

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Samantha Bee Unveils New Open for ‘Full Frontal’ and Other Changes
Samantha Bee has been tilting at giants for almost three years. Now she’s become one herself.

Starting tonight, in a new opening sequence for her satirical program “Full Frontal” on TBS, Bee will be depicted as a curious titan striding across America, shaking hands with the Statue of Liberty, opening the dome of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to peer inside and lifting up part of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. In the past, the show’s opening sequence has depicted a tiny Bee entering an arena ready to take on gargantuan figures.The change, one of a handful to crop up on the program, is aimed at letting viewers know that Bee is no longer an upstart in the field of late-night comedy, but rather a full-fledged voice on the scene.

“As the show grows its audience and the voice of the show grows,
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Netflix Cancels Joel McHale, Michelle Wolf Talk Shows

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Netflix has decided to cancel a pair of talk shows on Friday: “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” and “The Break With Michelle Wolf.”

Both shows had finished their respective runs, with “The Break” wrapping up its 13 episode order on July 31. The streamer will not order any more episodes.

The two talk shows were on the air for less than a year. “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” debuted in February, while “The Break With Michelle Wolf” premiered over Memorial Day weekend.

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Wolf’s debut for “The Break” came right after her hosting gig during April’s White House Correspondents Dinner that got some major pushback because of its caustic tone. “The Joel McHale Show” and “The Break” were ordered for 10 and 13 episodes, respectively. The two shows followed Netflix’s Chelsea Handler-hosted talk show,
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Michelle Wolf, Joel McHale Talk Shows Canceled by Netflix

  • Variety
Netflix has canceled two of its talk shows, “The Break With Michele Wolf” and “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale.”

The move comes just months into both shows’ runs — with McHale’s haveing premiered in February and Wolf’s in May. It also comes as Wolf has seen her star rise, thanks in part to an appearance hosting this year’s White House Correspondents dinner, where her speaking engagement drew rave reviews from viewers but prompted the Whca to apologize for some of its content.

Netflix declines to release viewership information for its original shows, so it it unknown what size audiences Wolf and McHale drew. It remains to be seen whether the cancellations represent a retreat from the variety-talk format that the streaming service has been making an aggressive push into. A new season of David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” is in the works,
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Samantha Bee Plans Tweaks to ‘Full Frontal’

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Samantha Bee Plans Tweaks to ‘Full Frontal’
Samantha Bee has a few changes in store for “Full Frontal.”

During Wednesday night’s broadcast of the TBS satire program, Bee and a motley crew of characters will bid farewell- during a sketch – to the show’s set. The move could be the first of several refinements viewers will see when the program returns on September 12 after a late-summer hiatus. At TBS, the transformation is being billed as “Full Frontal 2.0,” and is being made to accommodate coverage of the 2018 midterm elections. TBS declined to elaborate.

The redesign would come about two and a half years and 88 episodes into the show’s tenure, and suggests Bee and her producers are ready to shake things up as the nation shifts its focus to an event that could serve as a game-changer for national politics. Indeed, “Full Frontal” producers are also readying the launch of a mobile app called “This Is Not A Game: The Game,
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