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Tag Archives: Film and TV Business

78th Academy Awards Nominations

Brokeback Mountain rode into the sunset — er, make that sunrise per the early morning announcement — with eight Academy Award nominations, including best film, best director Ang Lee, best actor Heath Ledger, best supporting actor Jake Gyllenhaal, and best supporting acress Michelle Williams. “I thought it was a small …

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The Ghosts of Dunkleman and Guarini Return on American Idol Rewind

With American Idol season 5 now underway, there is a question that has danced upon the zeitgeist for 3 1/2 years: why did season 1 of American Idol propel host Ryan Seacrest along the path to household-name stardomious ubiquity, and his co-host that first season, Brian Dunkleman, to the blackest …

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Koppel Hops to Discovery Channel

Ted Koppel, his hair, and much of his staff from ABC’s Nightline, signed a three-year deal yesterday with the Discovery Channel — the home of sharks and choppers — to produce and host at least six long-form specials per year “examining major global topics and events.” A 42-year veteran of …

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Jon Stewart to Host Oscar Telecast

We learned a few weeks ago that Chris Rock would not be returning to host this year’s Oscar telecast and today the other shoe dropped: show producer Gil Cates announced comedian, author and Daily Show major-domo Jon Stewart will host the 78th Academy Awards telecast, his first such stint. “My …

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FCC Member Says Keep Pressure on Cable Companies

In a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on his reappointment, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, a Democrat and indecency hawk, said on Tuesday he wants to keep the pressure on cable companies to offer family-friendly programming even after the two largest, Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Inc., announced on Monday their intention …

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