Beat Bugs Is All the Buzz at the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
May 2, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – Beat Bugs, the preschool-targeted,
Netflix Original Series revolving around the lives and adventures of
five charming and funny child-like bugs who live in an overgrown
backyard, was all the buzz at the 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts
Emmy® Awards. The animated program took home the gold for
“Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Series” on Friday at
the Pasadena Civic Auditorium celebration.
Beat Bugs is a family animated series inspired by the music of The
Beatles, and re-recorded by today’s hottest contemporary artists like
P!nk, Eddie Vedder, Rod Stewart, Tori Kelly and more.
“With ‘Beat Bugs’ we started with the greatest songwriting of all
time, and with a team of extraordinary writers, we tried to do it
justice. Thank you to the Academy.”— Josh Wakely, writer, director
and producer of “Beat Bugs”
Kids in United States, United Kingdom and Australia to Band Together for Beatles-Inspired Music Fun at My Gym Locations
Beat Bugs and My Gym have struck a chord to activate a musically-inspired promotion at 178 My Gym locations in United States, United Kingdom and Australia this summer. In the months of June and July, children who attend classes at My Gym will enjoy Beat Bugs music, games and other fun activities, including coloring sheets and puppet shows.
Created by Josh Wakely, Beat Bugs, is an Emmy Award-winning animated kids series featuring music inspired by The Beatles. Currently a hit on Netflix, the story revolves around the lives and adventures of five best friends; charming and funny childlike bugs who explore and learn in their suburban backyard home. Each episode ties in a Beatles song in an innocent and child-friendly fashion, sung by one of the characters or guest stars that include mega-musicians P!nk, Sia, Aloe Blacc, Rod Stewart, Jennifer Hudson and more. Beat Bugs introduces a new generation to the music of the most influential band in rock history, The Beatles.
My Gym’s facilities provide a local place where children learn and grow through unique and exciting activities. My Gym Kids worldwide develop healthy minds and strong bodies under the guidance of trained and loving instructors in a safe, clean and noncompetitive environment. Find a location near you at www.mygym.com.
BURBANK, Calif. (May 23, 2017) — Production has begun on DC Super Hero Girls, an all-new animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation and based on characters from DC Entertainment. Featuring fresh character designs and storytelling from Emmy® Award–winning producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), DC Super Hero Girls will be coming to Cartoon Network in 2018.
The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. . But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated.
Sure, gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a fist to punch with, and their bros in the Justice League amp up the fun whether they’re at a concert or taking down a crime ring. But what happens when Diana and her favorite study buddy and fencing partner, Tatsu, can’t agree on how to dole out justice as Wonder Woman and Katana? Or when Barbara finds out her Gotham-Con bestie is teen-fiend Harley Quinn? Along with all their friends, foes and frenemies, this squad of super teens navigates the unique growing pains that come when you’re a teenager trying to fight the battles of the world and the battles of growing up at the same time.
The new series is a global initiative with Cartoon Network and builds on the successful DC Super Hero Girls direct-to-video movies as well as digital webisodes launched in 2015 and viewed by millions of fans on the DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel, as well as the DC Super Hero Girls mobile app.
Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!, Justice League Action) serves as executive producer.
KINO LORBER ACQUIRES TOM OF FINLAND, A BIOPIC ABOUT THE ACCLAIMED FINNISH EROTIC ARTIST AND GAY ICON, AHEAD OF ITS NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE AT THE 2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
New York, NY – April 14, 2017 – Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to TOM OF FINLAND, Dome Karukoski’s biopic about the life and work of Finnish artist and gay icon Touko Laaksonen, best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland.
A trailblazing figure in post-World War II erotic art, Touko Laaksonen drew thousands of fantasy-filled, homoerotic images of intensely masculine (and muscular) men, often liberated from the moral codes of their times. Quickly spreading throughout the world, these images went on to play a significant role in the transnational gay liberation movement that continues to make strides to this day, also becoming iconic symbols for generations of LGBT people worldwide.
Dome Karukoski’s TOM OF FINLAND is set to have its North American premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film festival, after a world premiere at the Goteborg Film Festival in February. It’s also in high demand among LGBTQ U.S. festivals. The film’s world premiere was followed by a release in its home territory, where TOM OF FINLAND has taken close to $1m at the local box office.
The deal was negotiated between head of worldwide sales Vanessa Saal for Protagonist Pictures and Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber.
‘Touko Laaksonen dared to draw and give life to his most daring and transgressive fantasies, and by doing so, inspired an entire generation of LGBT people to also live and desire freely,” said Richard Lorber. “Dome Karukoski’s film captures the man, as well as his milieu, in an incredibly cinematic and powerful way, so we’re very proud to be bringing TOM OF FINLAND to North American audiences this year.”
Vanessa Saal of Protagonist added; “We are so pleased the film has found such a good home for North America. Kino Lorber handpicks and nurtures each of its titles. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and we know they will spread TOM OF FINLAND love across America.”
Director Dome Karukoski is an acclaimed Finnish filmmaker with six features to his credit including The Grump (2014), Heart Of A Lion (2013) and Lapland Odyssey (2010).
The film was produced by Finnish production outfit Helsinki Film, with a screenplay by Aleksi Bardy. The cast includes Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen, Seumas Sargent, Jakob Oftebro and Niklas Hogner.
Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto and Annika Sucksdorff of Helsinki Film produced the film. Gunnar Carlsson of Anagram Väst in Sweden, Miriam Nørgaard of Fridthjof Film in Denmark, and Ingvar Thordarson and Sophie Mahlo of Neutrinos Productions Germany were co-producers, in collaboration with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor of Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) UK.
ABOUT KINO LORBER:
With a library of 1,600 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, with six Academy Award nominated films in the last eight years, including this year’s nominated documentary FIRE AT SEA, directed by Gianfranco Rosi.
In addition, the company brings over 250 titles each year to the home entertainment market through physical and digital media releases under its five house brands. It also now distributes a growing number of third party labels in all ancillary media and is a direct digital distributor to all major digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Filmstruck, Tribeca Shortlist, Amazon, Vimeo, VHX, Fandor, Mubi and Others.
Next from Kino Lorber are the theatrical releases for Bruno Dumont’s SLACK BAY, starring Juliette Binoche and set for an April 21 NY opening at Quad Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Vanessa Gould’s OBIT, opening April 26 at Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza Cinema.
ABOUT PROTAGONIST PICTURES:
Protagonist Pictures is an international finance, production and sales company which has a proven track record in outstanding films and commercial successes. Based in the UK, the company handles films from around the world, always maintaining a strong focus on filmmakers with exceptional vision and storytelling skills.
Protagonist’s current slate includes Francis Lee’s Sundance award-winner GOD’S OWN COUNTRY; Charlie McDowell’s Netflix title THE DISCOVERY which stars Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara; Berlin competition title THE DINNER, Oren Moverman’s adaptation of the Herman Koch novel, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Steve Coogan.
In distribution in 2017 are Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE, Eleanor Coppola’s PARIS CAN WAIT and Adam Smith’s feature debut TRESPASS AGAINST US. Titles in post-production include Clio Barnard’s DARK RIVER and Amma Asante’s WHERE HANDS TOUCH.
The problem isn’t cliffhangers as cliffhangers. It’s that this particular cliffhanger worked against the scene, rather than for it.
Look at the previous major cliffhangers:Rick being told something in secret adds mystery. If I hadn’t gotten into the show after playing the Telltale game, it would have been a really intriguing one.
After the farm falls, Rick has a different view of leadership, we see the prison that may become their new home, and Andrea met some lady with a cape and a freakin’ katana. I couldn’t wait to start season 3!
After the prison falls, they have survived their first major enemy, but their home is lost again and the group has scattered. I really looked forward to seeing how they met back up and how the group would change on this new arc
The group is reunited in the Termites’ prison. It’s their darkest moment, but seeing familiar faces, Rick is thinking “it’s US, of course we’ll make it out of this”. Awesome, pumped for the escape.
Alexandria may be falling, Rick’s group is using good-old zombie guts to escape. Then, the boy gets scared and says “Mommy?” I couldn’t wait to see the panic as the walker herd turned on them while they were surrounded and had nowhere to go. …the payoff was a total cop-out (what, did the walkers just not hear him?), but the cliffhanger itself did its job.
Negan attacking…someone. What I’m excited about in the next arc is seeing Rick dealing with his biggest defeat. They essentially just got conquered. This is the main attraction of the next arc, but the cliffhanger detracts from it in two ways: first, it lessens the impact of Rick’s despair because we don’t see who he lost; second, it puts the main focus of the premier on “who died?” rather than “how will they deal with their new warlord?”
If they were worried about the gore, there would have been better ways. They could have shown the first hit, then cut to the reaction of each of the others as we only hear the impact of the bat.
If they were worried about ratings……..they need new marketers.
Honorary Street Designation Comes Just Days After Pasadena Officials
Declare February 25 as “The Big Bang Theory Day”
Twitter Pitch: First a day, now a street! @PasadenaGov creates honorary “Big Bang Theory Alley” street in honor of @BigBang_CBS 200episodes! #TBBT200
Burbank, CA — February 25, 2016 — As if having your own honorary day wasn’t enough, the City of Pasadena is helping The Big Bang Theory further celebrate its 200th episode milestone by providing the hit comedy series with an honorary street designation! The honorary street sign, which reads “Big Bang Theory Alley,” will be installed in the coming weeks near Pasadena City Hall, and follows the recent proclamation declaring today as “The Big Bang Theory Day” within the city limits.
The actual street sign was revealed to the cast for the first time during an appearance on Conan last night. To view the segment, click here:https://teamcoco.com/node/93357
“The City of Pasadena is proud of its comedic and scientific association withThe Big Bang Theory,” Pasadena Councilmember Andy Wilson said. “Pasadena was already known throughout the world for having the foremost astronomers, chemists and scientific thinkers who do very serious work here, but thanks to The Big Bang Theory, being smart in Pasadena is now fun too. ”
The Big Bang Theory airs its 200thepisode on Thursday, February 25 (8/7c on CBS). In the episode “The Celebration Experimentation,” the gang finally celebrates Sheldon’s birthday with a few special guests, including Christine Baranski, Sara Gilbert, Wil Wheaton and Batman’s Adam West.
Currently in its ninth season, The Big Bang Theory is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, the hit comedy series airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS, as well as five nights a week on TBS and in syndication.
Today i had the opportunity of covering this event as the merchandise line of Universal Studios upcoming film “The Secret Life Of Pets” and it was an blast. Here are the photos i have taken. Check them out.
Adam Richman Returns to Sample Food Favorites Across the Globe
NEW YORK (December 14, 2015) – Travel Channel announced today that “Man Finds Food” has been greenlit for a second season. Hosted by comfort food connoisseur Adam Richman (“Man v. Food,” “Man v. Food Nation,” “Fandemonium”), “Man Finds Food” will air on Travel Channel in the United States and across Scripps Networks’ international portfolio of channels in more than 100 countries and territories in summer 2016.
Season Two of the half-hour series, comprised of 14 episodes, follows Richman as he leaves North America and travels the globe in search of the best local dishes from across Europe, Africa, Asia and South America’s off-the-beaten-path restaurants. In each location, he will sample both traditional food favorites and unearth unique off-the-menu delicacies, experiencing the distinct culture and hospitality of each region.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back on the road with my amazing crew for Season Two of ‘Man Finds Food,’” said Richman. “To be able to share the truly hidden and delicious gems that are out there with people all over the world is really a special opportunity. And to be able to do it with Travel Channel, where my first TV food journeys began, just makes it all the more special.”
“Man Finds Food” is produced by Sharp Entertainment for Travel Channel, and filming commences in South Africa next week. For Sharp Entertainment, the executive producers are Matt Sharp, Dan Adler, Adam Richman and Bonnie Biggs, and the co-executive producer is Catherine Pappas. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Brian Leonard.
“With great gobs of irony; with cartoons; literate skits; some superb film and tape editing; with acting both broad and subtle; with comedy and interview, the program strives to tell us what we are about these days. It succeeds admirably.”
— The New York Times
“[a] one-of-a-kind TV magazine”
— The A.V. Club
BEFORE THE GROOVE TUBE AND KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE…
BEFORE “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” AND “THE DAILY SHOW”…
THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE
The Legendary, Irreverent and Topical Sketch Comedy Series — Never Before Available on DVD and the Early Proving Grounds of Chevy Chase, Albert Brooks, Martin Mull, Charles Grodin, Henry Winkler, Andy Rooney
and Many Others — Makes its Home Entertainment Debut in 4-Disc Set Featuring Nearly 13 Hours of Singular Entertainment Exclusively
from S’More Entertainment
AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
Los Angeles, CA (August 11, 2015) – Before “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show”, before the spoof-tastic films The Groove Tube and Kentucky Fried Movie came THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE, an irreverent, satirical weekly variety show that aired on PBS for two seasons from 1971-1972. Unlike anything ever seen on public television, the eclectic, often controversial series – an early proving ground for many top comedic talents including Chevy Chase, Albert Brooks and Charles Grodin — combined humorous skits, drama, musical performances and political commentary in an “experimental” format and was considered Channel Thirteen’s first prime-time hit, setting new records for attracting younger adult viewers to public broadcasting. And, this September, S’more Entertainment will fire up THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE for its eagerly-anticipated home entertainment debut in a 4-disc collector’s set for $39.98srp.
Produced by public broadcaster WNET IN New York, THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE was dubbed “the intellectual Laugh-In” and immediately struck a countercultural chord in the ’70s, poking fun at politics, commercialized mass culture, advertising, and television with eclectic vignettes and uproarious sketches. With no host, no narration and no set format, the imaginative, thought-provoking series gave free, creative reign to an astounding cast of actors, comedians and contributors who’d go on to far greater fame, including Chevy Chase (making his TV debut), Albert Brooks, Charles Grodin, Penny Marshall, Henry Winkler, Marshall Efron, Andy Rooney, writer Studs Terkel, David Steinberg, Carly Simon, Tiny Tim and many others. And though it drew the ire of conservative critics who had it cancelled after two seasons, THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE is a heralded cultural time capsule ready to be unveiled after a 40+ year absence to discover a new generation of fans.
According to Alvin Perlmutter, Executive Producer of the original series with Jack Willis, “The Dream machine was born at a time in public television when producers were encouraged to explore new ways to use the medium – to be spontaneous — to stun, to shock, to amuse, to annoy, to anger – to give viewers a different way of seeing. It was a time when producers were constrained by neither sponsor concerns nor government pressures. We were exploring alternatives to commercial television”
THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE set includes nearly every hilarious, unforgettable and trenchant moment from the show’s two season run – nearly 13 hours of peerless and thoughtful comedy and opinion, including Marshall Efron’s memorable “Lemon Pie from Scratch” sketch, Albert Brooks’ famous “School for Comedians”, Andy Rooney’s pre-“60 Minutes” opinion segments including his very first “In Defense of Politicians”, Chevy Chase’s “Singing Faces” mime, “Great American Weather Days”, a Dream Machine style weather forecast with a glance back at some of the greatest days in U.S Weather history, a “Great American Hero” profile of daredevil Evel Knievel, Elaine Stritch performing the Broadway classic “Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch” from her role as Joanne in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” and much, much more.