Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rembering Steve Jobs. "Red" to become TV show. Realitivity back in business. Snow White's new dark side may dominate box office.

From the LA Times Company Town Blog (click here for the latest industry news).
John Malkovich, left, Bruce Willis and Mary Louise Parker in a scene from "Red."

'Red,' 'Step Up' in development as TV shows at Lions Gate

Lions Gate is developing the films "Red" and "Step Up," two of the most successful titles that came with its purchase of Summit Entertainment, into television shows.

Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer revealed the news on a conference call with analysts Thursday morning. The titles are the first examples of Lions Gate partnering its television production division with properties from Summit, which did not have its own TV unit. To continue reading click More...

Relativity Media has receieved a much-needed $350-million debt financing led by Ron Burkle.

Relativity back in business with debt backed by Ron Burkle

Independent studio Relativity Media has received a much-needed infusion of cash thanks to its new billionaire patron, Ron Burkle.

The supermarket magnate, who acquired a large minority share in the movie company behind"Immortals"and"Mirror Mirror"in January, anchored a new $350-million debt-financing round that Relativity has finalized.

The money will allow Relativity and its chief executive, Ryan Kavanaugh, to get back into producing movies and start building out the company's 2013 slate. To continue reading click on More.

Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart star in "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Movie Projector: 'Snow White' to be fairest of them all at box office

Updated 1:04 p.m. There probably will be a happily-ever-after ending for "Snow White and the Huntsman" at the box office this weekend.

The adaptation of the classic fairy-tale -- the second take on "Snow White" to hit theaters this year -- is expected to open with a solid sum of $40 million to $45 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The studio behind the film, Universal Pictures, is projecting a softer opening of between $30 million and $35 million. To continue reading about the projected weekend boxoffice click on More.

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull, center, and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison in conversation at the D: All Things Digital Conference led by Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg.

Oracle's Larry Ellison, Disney/Pixar's Ed Catmull recall Steve Jobs

Two longtime friends of Apple Inc.'s charismatic chief executive, Steve Jobs, recalled the late technology leader's passionate pursuit of the "insanely great" at the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference.

Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison said Wednesday he met Jobs 25 years ago, when he was awakened by a peacock that had strayed from the Apple co-founder's Woodside, Calif., home onto his property. The two men instantly bonded over a mutual disliking of the bird, which had been given to Jobs as a birthday present by a girlfriend. To continue reading click on More..

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A "Brave" New Annimated World. Call of Duty Suit Settled. Tough on Piracy. Dish files first blow to protect ad skipping technology. 'Battleship' avoids scrutiny. Disney blames FOX for high cost of sports programming passed to consumers. Cable news ratings slip. New Disney Movie Head.

Jason West and Vincent Zampella at their new game development studio, Respawn.

Jason West and Vincent Zampella at their new game development studio, Respawn. (Mel Melcon / May 30, 2012)

 Activision settles Call of Duty lawsuits

A day before a bitterly contested set of lawsuits was set to begin trial, Activision Blizzard Inc. on Thursday settled the case with the original creators of its blockbuster Call of Duty game franchise.
The last-minute agreement ends two years of acrimonious litigation that ensued after the Santa Monica game publisher fired Jason West and Vincent Zampella, developers of the multibillion-dollar shooter franchise. West and Zampella sued Activision after they were let go in March 2010, claiming wrongful termination. Activision countersued, accusing the developers of being disloyal. To continue reading click on More.

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After the coffee. Before jumping on the Kings bandwagon. 

The Skinny: I'm debating whether it is time for an iPhone but the keypad scares me. I'm open to advice. Thursday's headlines include a look at why Universal's summer bomb "Battleship" has avoided the tar-and-feathering that Disney's "John Carter" received. Also, CBS has sold more than half of the ads available for next season's Super Bowl broadcast, and cable news ratings tumbled in May.

Daily Dose: One way for companies to get around commercial skipping is to create their own shows. AT&T is doing that with a Web show that is a spinoff of the Fox drama "Touch," which is about a boy with emotional issues who is able to see connections between people around the world that others can't. Created by Tim Kring, the man behind NBC's "Heroes," it will feature "Touch"-like plots but also be a showcase for AT&T products.

Alan Horn
Alan Horn (pictured in 2006) has been named chairman of Walt Disney Studios. (Los Angeles Times / May 31, 2012)

The Walt Disney Co. has named Hollywood veteran Alan Horn chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. He'll take the reins of the Burbank entertainment giant's struggling movie operation after the rocky tenure of ousted chief Rich Ross.

Horn assumes the helm on June 11, with responsibilities to oversee production, distribution and marketing of live-action and animated films from Disney and its units Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel. Horn is a seasoned and well-regarded executive, who as president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment oversaw such successful recent film franchises as Harry Potter and Batman.

“Alan not only has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in the business, he has a true appreciation of movie making as both an art and a business,”Walt Disney Co.Chief Executive Robert A. Iger said in a statement. “He’s earned the respect of the industry for driving tremendous, sustained creative and financial success, and is also known and admired for his impeccable taste and integrity.”

Horn will be under enormous pressure to bring stability back to Disney Studios, which was roiled by management upheaval and box-office troubles under Ross. Under his tenure, the studio took a $200-million write-down on the costly sci-fi adventure film"John Carter."

“I’m incredibly excited about joining The Walt Disney Company, one of the most iconic and beloved entertainment companies in the world,” Horn said in a statement. To continue with this story click on More..

William Morris Endeaver Entertainment's Ari Emanuel tackles online piracy at All Things Digital conference.
William Morris Endeavor co-chief executive Ari Emanuel called on technology companies to do a better job combating online piracy. (Asa Mathat / All Things Digital / May 30, 2012)

Put that copyrighted material down! Hollywood super agent Ari Emanuel of WME went to the tech-filled, Wall Street Journal-backed conference All Things D with a simple message: Tell Silicon Valley to stop condoning piracy. Deadline Hollywood quotes Emanuel telling attendees, “We need Northern California to figure out how to keep our intellectual property from being stolen."

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment co-chief executive Ari Emanuel used the platform of the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital Conference to call on Silicon Valley and Hollywood to work together to curb Internet piracy -- in his own provocative style.

"I'm going to get a lot of people [angry]," Emanuel said at the onset of his remarks, noting that Southern California's entertainment industry "probably screwed this up" and contributed to an impasse by pressing Congress to adopt the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act. The measure flatlined earlier this year amid fierce opposition from some of the largest Web companies and civil liberties groups.

Northern California's technology companies, meanwhile, have failed to do their part to curb rampant online piracy of movies and TV shows, which threatens the economic underpinnings of the entertainment industry, Emanuel said.

"We should be able to figure this out together," said Emanuel. "I actually don't think Northern California wants to do it."

Emanuel called on search giant Google Inc.and video distributors such as AT&T and Verizon to block access to pirated content in the same way they do for other objectionable material, such as child pornography.

The conversation about online piracy ultimately will take place, Emanuel predicted, when these Internet players realize that they need the high-quality content created by his clients, which include "The Social Network"writer Aaron Sorkin, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" creator Larry David and "Family Guy" animator Seth MacFarlane.

"Eventually, I think people are going to pay for not two cats on a couch, they’re going to pay lot more money for  Aaron Sorkin,  they’re going to pay a lot more money for Seth MacFarlane.  Eventually, this conversation has got to happen."

William Morris Endeavor, meanwhile, has been investing in digital startups that play at the intersection of technology and entertainment.

The agency acquired a minority stake in online and mobile marketing firm Red Interactive Agency in Santa Monica, funded a social publishing group called "The Audience" and backed a Los Angeles-based visual effects company called OToy Inc.

Indeed, convergence has been a major new focus for the agency since the venerable William Morris Agency merged with Emanuel's Endeavor.  And it attracted investment from Silver Lake, a private equity firm with stakes in Groupon, Skype and Zynga.

"We spent a lot of time in Silicon Valley, kind of figuring out how we could start coming together with what we do and what Silicon Valley does," Emanuel said.

Indeed, Emanuel talked about potentially capitalizing on the latest fund-raising craze, crowd sourcing, to raise money for a new film, inspired by the critically acclaimed television series about football in Texas, "Friday Night Lights."  He said the project could draw contributions from the show's million-plus Facebook fans, or spark interest by posting story-boards on the photo sharing social network site Pinterest.

"I could go the traditional route, put the cast together and have a conversation with the studio, or I could go back to the studio and say I have X-amount of money," Emanuel said. "I would like to figure out if we could do that, change paradigms."

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A scene from the movie "Brave." (Disney / Pixar / May 30, 2012)

Pixar and Disney animation president Ed Catmull discusses "Brave"

The lush, verdant look of the Scottish highlands that serve as the backdrop for Pixar Animation Studio's forthcoming release, "Brave," was powered by new technology.

But it also came with a heftier price tag than Pixar's 2010 box office smash, "Toy Story 3," Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, said Wednesday at the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital conference.

"'Toy Story 3' was actually the lowest cost among several Pixar films, but 'Brave' is higher,'" Catmull said without divulging the picture's production budget. "The primary reason is we adopted a new technology. There was a tax for adopting a new technology."

Pixar, which revolutionized computer animation, continues to push technological boundaries so it can continue to stretch creatively and achieve greater diversity in the look of its films. The new software, known as Presto, marks the first such overhaul since the animation studio's first theatrical release, "Toy Story" in 1995.

"If you look at 'Brave," it has a lush, rich look to it, a very different look," Catmull said. "Much of the technology is to allow for new kinds of imagery to come into the screen and stimulate the creative process."

Catmull identified achieving visual diversity on screen -- and managing costs -- as the two major challenges facing animation companies.

"Our expectations internally are high, but the business is going through changes," Catmull said, referring to difficult film industry economics. "Animation fortunately has succeeded best (amid) these changes because of the nature of its broad viewing. But the reality is, there’s this continuing pressure there."

Catmull talked about transformation of a different sort at Walt Disney Animation, which had struggled for a decade before he and Pixar creative guru John Lasseter assumed oversight of the studio after it acquired Pixar in 2006.

The turnaround, which Disney achieved with the 2010 animated film "Tangled," came when the studio took ownership of their creative process, Catmull said.
"We don’t say Pixar does one kind of film and Disney does another, but they do have different cultures," Catmull said. "So we set it up so that if one [studio] gets in trouble, then the other studio can’t help them.

"In the end, when Disney made 'Tangled,' they made it. Nobody bailed them out. It was their film."

Menu for Dish's AutoHop feature
The menu for Dish Network's AutoHop commercial-skipping feature. (Associated Press / May 30, 2012)

Dish Networks landed the first punch in its fight against broadcasters ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC over whether its new ad-skipping feature called AutoHop is legal.

Wednesday, a federal court judge in New York granted Dish Network's request for a temporary restraining order preventing Fox and other networks from trying to advance their claims against the satellite television provider in lawsuits that were separately filed last week in Los Angeles.

Dish, which had filed its own suit hours earlier in New York, asked that the networks be prevented from separately pursuing their litigation in California until U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain decides whether all of the court cases should be consolidated.

Swain scheduled a hearing for July 2 to consider that request.

Dish also asked the judge to slap Fox, the first network to file suit, with a temporary restraining order because the News Corp.-owned network had petitioned the courts for "extraordinary relief" so the case would be heard in California.

"This dispute belongs in New York," Dish said in its filing. Click here to read More...

"Battleship" has avoided the scrutiny that "John Carter" received.
"Battleship" has avoided the scrutiny that "John Carter" received. (Universal Pictures)

Free pass? It's been one of the early summer's big disappointments, yet Universal's "Battleship" has avoided the scrutiny and second-guessing that followed the release of Disney's big flop, "John Carter." One likely reason was that there were already a lot of doubts about the management at Disney's studio prior to the release of "John Carter." In other words, there was blood in the water. The Los Angeles Times looks at why one bomb got pounded by the press while the other got mostly kid glove treatment.

It's not us, it's them. Walt Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger is getting tired of people griping at how expensive its sports cable channel ESPN is for cable and satellite operators. Speaking to analysts, Iger said the real offenders are regional sports networks (such as Fox Sports West in Los Angeles or MSG in New York). “If you look at the cost of those channels versus the ratings they deliver, it’s not even close [to ESPN]," Iger said, according to the New York Post.

Better buy now. The Super Bowl is more than six months away but CBS, which carries the big game next season, has already sold more than half of the available commercial inventory. That comes despite the decision of auto manufacturer General Motors to abandon the Super Bowl because of cost. Spots during the game cost well over $3 million. More on the early ad sales from Advertising Age.

Tuning out. With a presidential election just months away, you might think ratings would be up at the cable news channels. Instead the numbers are down, across the board. CNN had its usual struggles, but Fox News and MSNBC were also off in May, compared with May of last year. Maybe some folks are getting tired of all the yelling. Details on the numbers from the New York Times.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Lions Gate took a loss in part because of marketing costs for "The Hunger Games." As reported above, satellite broadcaster Dish Network landed the first blow in its fight with the broadcast networks over its new commercial skipping feature called the AutoHop.

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Fresh from the Nashville Local of SAG-AFTRA's Cece Dubois

Fresh off the press ... thanks to Max, John and Perry ... we got us a *song* here, Y'all. Whaddya think?? :-D
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

History makes history. USS Iowa invades L.A. Will Nets Youth Drive Kill Network TV? Avengers creeps up on Titanic and Avatar. What inspires Apple's CEO? Warner Brothers Exec Jim Paratore RIP at 58.

By Joe Flynt and the LA Times Company Town Blog. Click here for the latest news.

After the coffee. Before making sure that AARP mailer was sent to the wrong address.

The Skinny: Wednesday's headlines include a look at Hollywood's newest neighbor -- the battleship USS Iowa. Also, CNN's latest efforts to get something cooking and the surprising popularity of History Channel's "The Hatfields & the McCoys" miniseries.

Daily Dose: The success of History Channel's "The Hatfields & the McCoys" miniseries (see below) should make the broadcast networks rethink their resistance to the genre. The broadcast networks got out of the miniseries business because of cost and a diminishing rerun value, but the success of "The Hatfields & the McCoys" shows that these programs -- if well made -- can still get numbers any network would love to have as well as serving as a great promotional platform.

Too Old for CBS? Ignore at your peril. NBC canceled "Harry's Law" and CBS said it was discontinuing its Jesse Stone TV movie franchise. Both drew respectable audiences for their respective networks but most of those viewers were over the age of 50. But is television becoming too obsessed with reaching younger viewers, especially when so many of them are now sponging off their parents anyway or struggling to pay back college loans and thus lacking lots of walking around money to splurge on new cars and gadgets? Variety looks at whether the networks are being short-sighted in their obsession to drink from the fountain of youth.

Bill Paxton in "The Hatfields and the McCoys."
Bill Paxton in "The Hatfields and the McCoys." (History Channel / May 30, 2012)

Big ratings. The first episode of History Channel's miniseries "The Hatfields & the McCoys" starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton drew 13.9 million viewers, a huge number for a non-sports program on a commercial cable network. In fact that number is better than most shows that air on NBC. The most-watched non-sports event on cable remains Disney Channel's movie "High School Musical 2," which averaged more than 17 million viewers. More on the performance of "Hatfields & McCoys" from Bloomberg.

Comeback? Arsenio Hall, who had a solid run as a late-night TV host in the 1990s, is near a deal for a comeback. Broadcasting & Cable reports CBS and Tribune are partnering on a production and distribution deal for Hall for a new show that would air on local TV stations.

Welcome to Hollywood. The battleship Iowa, which did service in World War II and once carried Franklin Roosevelt to a summit with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, is now parked at the Port of Los Angeles and open for business. Already location managers are calling to see about using the ship for shoots. More on the Iowa and whether it will need an agent from the Los Angeles Times.

What's cooking? In its latest effort to jump start ratings, cable news channel CNN has hired famous chief Anthony Bourdain to host a Sunday night show about cooking and travel. Bourdain is no stranger to television, having starred in shows for the Food Network and Travel Channel (as well as being the inspiration for the short-lived and underappreciated Fox sitcom "Kitchen Confidential," based on his book of that name and starring a then-unknown Bradley Cooper). The hiring of Bourdain by a news network will no doubt again have people wondering whether CNN is just throwing pasta at the wall hoping something sticks. More on the move from the Associated Press.

Unstoppable. Although it got knocked out of the top spot by "Men in Black 3," "The Avengers" is still raking in the bucks and making a dent in the history books. Right now, the film is the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time, behind "The Dark Knight," "Titanic" and "Avatar." While director Jim Cameron's "Avatar" and "Titanic" may be safe, "The Dark Knight" is looking over its shoulder. More on "The Avengers" performance from USA Today.

Apple CEO Tim Cook at AllThingsDigital Conference

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook responds to questions posed by Wall Street Journal personal technology columnist Walt Mossberg. (Asa Mathat | All Things Digital / May 30, 2012)

Steve Jobs had another iconic business leader in mind as he contemplated turning over the reins of Apple Inc. to his successor, Tim Cook.

When Apple's ailing chief executive and co-founder called Cook to his home to discuss the leadership transition that took place in August 2011, Jobs talked about the executive paralysis at theWalt Disney Co.after the death of the studio's revered founder.

"He said that people would go to meetings and conference rooms, and they would all sit around and talk about what would Walt have done? What decision would Walt make?" Cook recalled Tuesday in an interview during the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital Conference. "He looked at me with those intense eyes that only he had, and he told me to never do that, to never ask what he would do. Just do what’s right."

Pressed to describe how Apple thinks differently under his leadership, Cook talked about the decision to pay shareholders dividends for the first time in the company's history -- and the start of corporate philanthropy program, in which the company matches employee donations.

"The Kennedys used to say this, and I believe it strongly in my heart, 'To whom much is given much is expected,'' recalled Cook, who said he counts Bobby Kennedy as one of his heroes.

Cook said he also has pressed for greater transparency about Apple's factory operations -- disclosing the names of its suppliers and posting regular reports on the hours worked at manufacturing plants in China. Apple has been workng aggressively to reduce overtime, he said. The actions came in the wake of a New York Times investigation of the harsh working conditions inside these plants.

Asked whether Cook foresaw a time when Apple -- which once boasted its products were made in America -- would return manufacturing operations to the U.S., he responded, "I want there to be."
Wall Street Journal personal technology columnist Walt Mossberg and AllThingsD's Kara Swisher tried, without success, to get Cook to leak product news. Instead, he vowed that one of the hallmarks of Apple under his stewardship is to be even more secretive than under his notoriously tight-lipped predecessor, Jobs.

However, changes in how people consume entertainment in the home is clearly on Cook's mind.
AppleTV, a set-top box that allows consumers to watch movies and TV shows delivered via the Internet to their TV screen, has been less of a success than Apple's other recent product innovations, such as the iPad or iPhone.

But Cook said the television experience -- and changes in home entertainment -- are "an area of intense interest" for Apple.

"For many of us, the TV that we do watch is almost exclusively online," Cook said. "So, we’re going to keep pulling this string and see where it takes us. "
Cook stopped short, however, of confirming speculation that Apple is developing its own television set. "I'm not going to tell you," he said.

Apple enjoys good relationships with Hollywood, Cook said, relationships that were enhanced by Jobs' stake in Pixar Animation Studios, which was sold to Disney in 2006.

"We have great respect for the content owners. We don’t want their stuff to be ripped off," Cook said. "This is the way we felt about music. We love music, and we wanted to provide a simple and elegant way for people to buy, because we felt the vast majority of people were honest."

Cook said he had met recently with several executives in the content industry -- but offered no details of the nature of those discussions.

"There were great conversations, because they were talking about what more we could do together," Cook said.

Jim Paratore
Jim Paratore spent much of his career at Warner Bros. Television. (Warner Bros. / May 29, 2012)

RIP. Jim Paratore, a well-regarded televison producer and executive, died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while cycling in France.

Paratore, 58, spent much of his career atWarner Bros.Television and was still associated with the Burbank studio, where his production outlet paraMedia had an exclusive deal.

“TheWarner Bros.Television family has lost an incredibly talented and creative friend and colleague in Jim,” said Bruce Rosenblum, president,Warner Bros.Television Group.  “He has left an indelible mark not only on our company’s success but on each of us who worked with him during the past 26 years. Jim had a passion for life, both inside and outside the entertainment industry, and he will truly be missed.”

Paratore was president of Telepictures, a production arm of Warner Bros. Television, from 1992 through 2006. During that time he was heavily involved with the creation and launching of"The Ellen DeGeneres Show,""The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and "The Bachelor." He continued as an executive producer of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" after leaving Telepictures.

Prior to joining Telepictures, Paratore worked in local television as a programming director at several Florida stations.

Paratore is survived by his wife, Jill Wickert, and his daughter, Martinique.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: The Los Angeles Kings are in the Stanley Cup Final, but fans will have to make do without their favorite home team announcer, as well as having to figure out which channel NBC will be airing games on. Veteran television executive Jim Paratore, who was instrumental in the creation of talk shows for Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell, died at the age of 58.

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New Media Workshop

  1. Sign-up now for June’s SAG-AFTRA New Media’s Contract Workshop, a series of monthly workshops to educate active and budding producers on utilizing the SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement for their projects.

    A SAG-AFTRA New Media Business Representative will explain the signatory documents and walk attendees through signing a project live on screen using the online signatory process in the Production Center on

    This workshop is open to ALL those interested in producing entertainment content in new media.

    When: Monday, June 11, 2012 7-9pm

    Where: James Cagney Board Room, 1st Floor SAG-AFTRA National Headquarters 5757 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036

    To RSVP, please email us at

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Actors’ Equity Election Results Announced

Actors’ Equity Association has announced the results of its elections for eight offices and 17 National Council seats.

Union members elected Nick Wyman for President, Paige Price as First Vice President, Rebecca Kim Jordan as Second Vice President, Ira Mont as Third Vice President, and Sandra Karas as Secretary-Treasurer. Each of these candidates ran uncontested for their respective offices and will serve three-year terms.

More information at the Actors’ Equity site. Backstage.

After the last shot of the film....

When a television show has a small, loyal cult following but suffers from comparatively low ratings, networks can find themselves fielding a barrage of attention from these loyal viewers when they move to cancel the show. There are times when the concerted efforts of these groups have actually led to the show being saved, even after the fact. So if your favorite program has been canceled, here are a few things you can do.
  1. Set the Web A-Twitter – Don’t underestimate the power of the hashtag. Twitter can be a very powerful weapon when it comes to networking with other dedicated viewers and raising awareness for the canceled show’s plight.
  2. Join (Or Start) a Grassroots “Save Our Show” Campaign – There’s definitely truth to the old adage about power in numbers. Try to find a grassroots campaign dedicated to reviving the show; if there’s not one, start it yourself.
  3. Build a Dedicated Social Networking Page – Starting a Twitter account dedicated to saving the show and then linking it to a Facebook fan page is another great way to get the word out; Facebook can be your friend in this situation. Find others who run Facebook fan pages for your show and then network with them so that you can strengthen your group.
  4. Visit Show-Specific Fan Forums – There are message boards and discussion forums dedicated to almost any subject one can imagine. Sign up for a few that are dedicated to your show, and post religiously. Use message board etiquette though, and avoid the temptation to attempt a takeover. If there’s already a movement to save the show in the works, joining the existing group is likely to be more effective that starting your own.
  5. Write Letters – While emails and online petitions have plenty of pull, there’s something to be said for a tangible, written letter. A physical mountain of fan mail is much easier to quantify than an intangible email inbox.
  6. Come Up With a Cohesive Plan – When a group works together, their efforts are almost always more effective. A coordinated, cohesive plan to flood network execs in a specific manner is one of the best ways to get the attention of the higher-ups.
  7. Start a Petition for a Film – Though the outright revival of a canceled show is relatively rare, the motion picture follow-up is a bit more common. When networks opt not to pick up a show for another season after a cliffhanger ending, the film version usually comes along to tie up loose ends and give the show a bit of closure. Campaigning for a film can be a more effective use of your energy than pushing for a prime-time revival.
  8. Create a Website – A well-designed website can serve as a community hub, especially for newcomers to the cause. Creating an easy-to-find and easy-to-navigate page with show information and links to related sites and message boards across the web might be a good idea.
  9. Look For Tie-Ins – When CBS made the cancellation call for fan-favorite Jericho in 2007, the fan base took the character Jake Green’s catchphrase “Nuts!” very seriously: network executives found themselves in a 20 ton deluge of peanuts. The tie-in to the show was a success, and fans were rewarded with a mid-season replacement of seven more episodes.
  10. Subscribe to Netflix – The DVD-by-mail and streaming entertainment giant Netflix made major waves in late 2011, when they announced that they would be reviving the much-beloved, but long-canceled series, Arrested Development. If the experiment proves successful, this may be only the beginning of Netflix-rescued cult hits.
Of course, another alternative would be to turn off the TV and pick up a good book, spend some time with your soul mate or partake in another worthwhile but neglected activity, but what’s the fun in that when you could be crusading for such a worthy cause!


Auditions for Super Summer Theatre 'Leader of the Pack" start July 7th.


 at Super Summer Theatre in Las Vegas

Neon Jungle Productions would like to announce auditions for LEADER OF THE PACK to be presented at Super Summer Theater in September.

LEADER OF THE PACK is a jukebox musical celebrating the life and career of songwriter Ellie Greenwich.  The show contains such hit songs as Be My Little Baby, Leader of the Pack, and River Deep, Mountain High.

Auditions will be held:
July 7th from 10 a.m. - 4pm
July 8th from 10 a.m. - 4pm

Insurgo Theatre at 900 E Karen Ave on the 3rd Floor of the Plaza Hotel.

Please prepare 32 bars of similiar styled music or sing something from the show.  An accompanist will be provided.  Tracks will not be allowed, so please have sheet music. Please come prepared to dance.

Cast Breakdown:

Darlene Love - Narrator - African American Woman 20s to 40s
Ellie Greenwich - Caucasian Female - 20s to 40s
These two parts will span several decades.

Also seeking 5 men and 5 women flexiable age to play various roles.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Courtney Sheets, at Jay Joseph, at   or Audrie-Kairen at

Hollywood Bound Scholarships for Kids

Kids Camp Scholarships

Hollywood Bound Acting Academy is offering two fully paid scholarships to our kids summer camp. One is for a child between the ages of 7-14, whose parent or parents are currently serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. The other scholarship is for any child between the ages of 7-14 whose parent or parents gave their life for our country during OIF, OEF or in Afghanistan.

Families wanting to apply, must submit the following information.

1. An essay of at least 100 words on why you (the Child) wants to be an actor.
2. The name and telephone number of a parent or guardian.
3. A valid email address.

All emails must be received no later than midnight on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
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Winners must be able to provide documentation proving that the child meets the above listed criteria. This scholarship is open to all Clark County, Nevada residents who meet the above list criteria. The child must have transportation to and from the school. Child must be able to attend the full camp session. All children attending camp must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian who is at least 18 years of age.

Camp information can be obtained by visiting our website at or calling Frank @ 702.583.4779

Acting Class Invite

Director Ryan R. Williams here. Great looking group! Wanted to invite any of you who are interested in auditing my acting class to stop by at take a class (free of course). It is Tuesday and Wed nights at 7pm. Just leave me a comment here and I will get back to you with more info or feel free to give me a call...213-804-5285!
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NAPTE PitchCon

SAG-AFTRA is excited to sponsor NATPE PitchCon, 
June 7 – 8, 2012 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

PitchCon is a premiere Hollywood destination for independent content producers. This high-caliber 2-day event is a catalyst for launching you to the next level of your career. PitchCon offers industry panels, master classes, hands-on advice and access to a network of influential media execs. PitchCon features the well-respected Pitch Pit where you can pitch your show ideas in guaranteed 1-on-1 meetings with 50+ top level agents, broadcast, cable, digital and studio development executives.

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Establish Contacts & Cement Relationships
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SAG-AFTRA members and signatory producers can receive discounted registration by visiting the PITCHCON websiteand using the discount code PCSAG.

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Someone I was very lucky to know...still in our hearts.

God Rest Thee, Lucky Hayes

Please let everyone know that the service here was lovely. It began at 2 p.m. with an  announcement  I made that the our National Board  was meeting in LA and had suspended its agenda specifically at this hour to honor Lucky. I made a point of saying that unity was a driving force in Lucky’s leadership.  And as friends and family joined together in Scottsdale, representatives in SAG from all over the country were doing the same thing, and together – here and in LA – we were now standing in unity to remember this very special lady.

Thank you for sending along your kind words.

Don Livesay
Arizona Executive Director

First published 4- 17 -10 ...Lucky we still miss you. You blessed us all!

See Also: A Shining Star and Obituary.

The national Screen Actors Guild office has an obituary on their home site.

Below is the flier printed and distributed at the National Board Meeting this weekend:

Lucky Hayes

Heaven got Lucky last week.

Today we join Lucky's family in a memorial service which is taking place at this very
moment in Scottsdale, Arizona. The service has begun there, and so shall ours here.
The passing of our friend brings to three the number of union family members the
Regional Division has lost this past year, with Jim Hutchison's death, one year ago
yesterday and Jim Huston's death on January 28th of this year.

Now Lucky's star has joined theirs.

Lucky was born in Houston, Texas and went from there to Florida, Kansas, California, Arizona, Alabama and Tokyo. Along the way she was a nurse, model, writer and editor.

According to our Lucky, she "flunked" her first film acting class, which then freed her up
to become a professional actor in film, television, radio and voice-overs.

She coauthored the book "That's No Way To Act!" and was a beloved teacher and mentor of the
craft. In our union world, Lucky was a member of the Screen Actors Guild for 36 years,
and was President of the AZ Branch. She was also an active board member of AFTRA -
Phoenix Local for 32 years. That's quite a legacy.

One of Lucky's fondest memories was when she got to hug an eight-foot grizzly bear in
Arizona when she guest starred on the premiere of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.
Of it, she said "Typecasting? Nah." She also described herself as a very careless woman
when, as she put it, she "lost the same actor child in two separate TV series: The Life and
Times of Grizzly Adams and Oregon Trail."

First published 4- 17 -10 ...Lucky we still miss you. You blessed us all!