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Pushing Pilot Season

 
nbc_logoAfter a lackluster 2012/13 television season that was sparse on new hits, the broadcast networks have increased the number of pilots ordered in hopes of striking gold.  According to a report filed by Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com, ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox and NBC have a combined order of 98 pilots, including straight-to-series orders, making for a 14-percent increase over last season.
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Getting Your Movie Greenlit

p3 update _350It’s time to get your movie greenlit. You have a polished screenplay and you’ve just sat down with the gatekeepers: studio execs. The opening of their big gate can lead to big audiences and bigger rewards. You want them to go forward with the movie — your movie — and all eyes are on you. You’re tense and fear the one wrong remark that will sabotage the meeting. This is crunch time.

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NBC Makes Gains for a Younger Future

nbc_peacock_smIn the past, NBC’s peacock network ruled the roost. But in the new age of cable programming and DVRs, the network’s struggle has been the focus of Robert Greenblatt’s two years as chairman of NBC Entertainment. During the last NBC executive session at the Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, Calif., Greenblatt gave an honest report on the state of the network. “What a difference a year makes,” he stated, noting that 2011’s fall season was bad.
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Los Angeles Top Film Spots

griffith parkGriffith Park was the most popular film location again in 2012

Griffith Park, Point Dume, the 6th Street Bridge near downtown L.A. and a former community hospital in Boyle Heights reputed to be haunted ranked among the most popular film locations in 2012, according to a new survey.

Eight of the top 10 sites for shoots of movies, TV shows, commercials and music videos on city and county streets are publicly owned, the annual survey conducted for the Los Angeles Times by FilmL.A. Inc. found.

"We continue to see a considerable amount of filming that happens on government-owned properties or facilities, from beaches and parks, to public schools and libraries," said Phil Sokoloski, spokesman for FilmL.A., which handles film permits. "The list underscores the importance of having a good working relationship between the film industry and local government authorities."
Griffith Park was again the busiest site for location filming last year. The most popular canyon area, known as the Bird Sanctuary, generated 409 production days — 63 more than in 2011 — including shoots for the TV crime dramas "Southland" and "Sons of Anarchy." (One production day is defined as a crew's permission to film at a single location in a 24-hour period.)

Spanning more than 4,210 acres between the hills of Los Feliz and Burbank, the city-owned park has been a perennial favorite for location scouts because of its cedar grove, mountain roads and iconic observatory, famously portrayed in the James Dean classic "Rebel Without a Cause."

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New Indie Production Company Launches in Vancouver

Vancouver-based actress Nicole G. Leier (“Edgemont”) and cinematographer Brendan Uegama, csc (“Exit Humanity”) have formed Black Tree Pictures.  Black Tree Pictures produced the short, “Henry’s Glasses”, which won several awards including the National Film Board’s Best Short Film Award at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. The film also won Best Picture and Best Director honors at the Vancouver Short Film Festival last October and Best Picture at Oregon’s Disorient Asian Film Festival.   The company is currently in development stages for the feature film production of “Henry’s Glasses.”

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