TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Craig Zadan’

NYC Duo Sing Their Way to Victory with ‘Oscar State of Mind’

Just how good is the “Empire State of Mind“-derived winning entry in GoldDerby’s recent Oscar nominations video treatment contest? Good enough for site founder Tom O’Neil to pass along to TV show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, for possible ABC-TV/AMPAS promotional use.

“Their “Oscar State of Mind” performance is so brilliant, slick and breezy that they should be performing it at the Dolby Theatre on March 2,” O’Neil suggests to FishbowlNY. At the very least, the Academy should consider enlisting video stars Samantha Massell and Ted Stevenson for some sort of participation in either the broadcast or online multi-cam experience. The latter is becoming an increasingly essential second-screen experience.

“When I ran the video by Zadan and Meron, they said that they had their Oscar promos all wrapped up,” adds O’Neil. “Too bad.”

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Freelancing 101

Freelancing 101Learn how to manage a top-notch freelancing career! Starting December 1, you'll hear from our expert speakers on the best practices for launching a freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. Register now!

Who Should Ellen Dance With at Next Year’s Oscars?

There are so many show-open possibilities that come to mind for Ellen DeGeneres March 2 under the tutelage of telecast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. And since Billy Crystal recently reminded just how tense the room is when the host first walks out, FishbowlNY would like to float out the following three options.

1) OPTION ONE – Dance With Everybody: Ellen could get the whole crowd into it, in the same way that Tilda Swinton did this spring at EbertFest in honor of the late Roger Ebert. Ellen dancing up and down the aisles would loosen the Dolby Theatre up, fast.

2) OPTION TWO – Dance With Jack: Nicholson would probably never go for it. But is there a more iconic audience member from the era when Academy Awards broadcasts were watchable? We don’t think so. A brief on-stage jig with the sunglassed one would get things off to a gold-standard start.

Read more

Ricky Gervais Says He’s Open to Hosting the Oscars

A few days ago, Mark Burnett told Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil that he thought Ricky Gervais would be a perfect Golden Globes crossover candidate for 2014 Oscar show hosting duties. He even went so far as to make his Webcam case directly to Gervais.

That kind of thing is too good an opportunity for most journalists to pass up and, sure enough, this morning O’Neil has an exclusive update. Gervais says he would be completely open to dishing from the Dolby Theatre stage. With one proviso:

“On the one hand I would be incredibly flattered and whatever you think of those sort of things, it would be a thrill and an honor to be asked,” Gervais said. “On the other hand I doubt the job offer would come without some strings attached. The worst string being, handing in my credentials as a comedian in favor of a family entertainer. We have to be able to poke fun at society without favoring any part of it because we are beholden to someone…”

Read more

Seth MacFarlane Crashes Professor Mann’s Contemporary Film Class

What a great idea. Instead of models escorting winners off the Oscar stage next February, it will be college students. Even better, per a press release from the Academy this morning, 2013 show host Seth MacFarlane announced the official launch of the related online contest by crashing UCLA professor Denise Mann’s (pictured) “Overview of Contemporary Film Industry” course:

MacFarlane announced “The Oscar Experience College Search” presented by The Academy and mtvU. College students who are interested in pursuing careers in film – writing, directing, producing, acting and more – are encouraged to vie for an opportunity to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters. In addition to appearing on the Oscar show, winners will be flown to Los Angeles and provided hotel accommodations.

So, to all campus cinema buffs, here’s the deal. Think about the question, “How will you contribute to the future of movies?”, put together a video answer and then head over to the Academy’s Facebook page.

Read more

Seth MacFarlane to Host Oscars

There was never any doubt in our minds that Nikki Finke would have the scoop about the next Oscar host, even though the gap between her EXCLUSIVE post and this morning’s official Academy announcement is the shortest yet. The selection of Seth MacFarlane also means that there will be a Saturday Night Live imprint of sorts on the February 2013 telecast.

While outgoing Academy president Tom Sherak’s attempt to have Lorne Michaels produce and Jimmy Fallon host was unsuccessful, Finke thinks today’s choice connects logically to NBC’s storied weekend franchise:

It now looks like MacFarlane’s hosting stint on Saturday Night Live’s premiere for this fall season was a tryout for telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. He did well, especially during his stand-up where he sang and did voices and looked great and was thoroughly entertaining.

Read more

Goldderby.com Generates Another Sparkling Awards Season Scoop

Here’s a vivid reminder of just how well Tom O’Neil and his group of goldderby.com editors know the Emmy Awards beat.

Thanks to a recent Skype discussion between O’Neil, Chris Beachum, Matt Noble and Daniel Montgomery about the Best Supporting Comedy Actor chances of New Girl’s Max Greenfield (pictured), the performer’s Hollywood agents realized the wrong episode had been submitted on the co-star’s behalf. Instead of “Control,” which Greenfield’s reps had selected, the DVD reproduction house somehow pressed copies of the episode “Bad in Bed.” Tipped by Gold Derby, the TV  Academy worked with the actor’s team to remedy the mistake and get new discs out to voters with special instructions in time for the September 17 deadline.

“It’s definitely one of Gold Derby’s top ten scoops,” O’Neil tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “But nothing will likely surpass our story about Katherine Heigl lashing out at her writers after having withdrawn from Emmy consideration for Grey’s Anatomy. She was ticked off at her writers, and then there was that whole backlash against her after the story broke.”

Read more

FishbowlLA’s Oscar Host Suggestion: Nathan Lane

We’ve floated this idea past a couple of media colleagues with unimpeachable Academy Awards expertise. One is a full-time kudos season chronicler; the other, a published Hollywood history author and film PR whiz. Since both gave our suggestion the big Broadway thumbs up, FishbowlLA is now officially proposing it to the Academy.

To Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, co-producers of next February’s Oscar telecast, we say: If you have not already contacted Nathan Lane’s reps to see if he would be interested in doing the Dolby Theatre honors, then please do so – pronto.

We have no idea if Lane would say yes. But here’s  a guy who can handle any necessary musical telecast components as smoothly as Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris. More importantly, per his regular sit-downs with David Letterman, Lane is also flat-out, ad lib hilarious.

Read more

For THR Awards Blogger, It’s Telluride – Take Two

A year ago at this time, Scott Feinberg (pictured) had just signed a contract with The Hollywood Reporter to join the publication as lead awards blogger and tumbled into his first-ever trip to Telluride. This weekend, he’s back in the picturesque Colorado mountains, ready to handicap 2012 Oscar hopefuls alongside a small group of LA journo regulars that includes Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Gregory Ellwood (Hit Fix), Steve Pond (TheWrap) and Pete Hammond (Deadline).

“It’s funny, the one place where we all end up is the Santa Barbara Film Festival,” Feinberg told FishbowlLA via telephone yesterday shortly after arriving in the rain. “It’s weird. Some of us can’t make it to Telluride, some of us can’t make it to Toronto. But the one that it just seems, year after year, all the usual LA Oscar beat writers end up at is Santa Barbara.”

Everything is walking distance in Telluride. It’s also a place where, with a very few exceptions, outlets pay the same hefty price for journalist passes as attendees. And because locals are used to living next to the likes of Ralph Lauren, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise, the already secluded event has a welcome, casual feel for A-list attendees. Starting with today’s traditional kick-off picnic.

“At the end of last year’s awards season, George Clooney told me Telluride had been one of the highlights of the circuit, which he was on for a whole six months,” Feinberg recalled. “He felt that he could walk around here with no bodyguards, no entourage… Of course, one or two people might still ask him for photos. But it’s nothing like LA or Toronto.”

Read more

Artios Awards Honor Casting — What’s That Again?

jimmysmits.jpgThe Artios Awards are given out each year by the Casting Society of America to what else, casting directors in America. The erudite casting directors chose the name because, according to CSA President Pam Dixon, it comes from Ancient Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted,” the CSA program revealed.
csaawards.jpg
A small smattering of celebs showed up at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel (where Barack was coronated in abstentia a week earlier), including Jimmy Smits, Sean Hayes, Curtis Hanson and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as host Neil Patick Harris (remember “Doogie Howser”?).

That said, the awards went to the regular nominees. What better for an award than choosing the films that have already won the big awards, whether Oscars or Golden Globes or whatever,Hollywood Reporter reported.

“No Country for Old Men” and “Juno,” two of the most honored films of 2007, made one more appearance on the awards circuit Monday night as they took home top Artios prizes.

Ellen Chenoweth and Jo Edna Boldin were honored for “No Country” (location casting). In the studio feature-comedy category, the winners were Mindy Marin, Coreen Mayres (location) and Heike Brandstatter (location) for “Juno.”

The winning TV drama series was FX’s “Damages,” with the prize going to Julie Tucker. ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” earned the honors in the TV comedy series category for Meg Liberman, Cami Patton and Jennifer Lare.

Other winners:

TV pilot, drama: Beth Bowling, Kim Miscia, “Mad Men”; TV pilot, comedy, Liberman, Patton, “Pushing Daisies”; TV movie: David Rubin, Richard Hicks and Lori S. Wyman (location), Kathleen Chopin (location), “Recount”; and miniseries, Chopin, “John Adams.”

Children’s series: Carol Goldwasser, Howard Meltzer, “Hannah Montana”; TV animation: Gillian O’Neill, “Rick & Steve, The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World”; and daytime: Judy Blye Wilson, “All My Children.”

The CSA gave a few awards to Broadway and Off-Broadway casting, but since we’re in L.A. the Hollywood-centric audience didn’t really care.

But we’ll put them in anyway.

Broadway drama: Bernard Telsey, Will Cantler, “The Homecoming”; Broadway comedy: Jim Carnahan, “Boeing-Boeing”; Broadway musical: Telsey, Bethany Knox, “In the Heights”; off-Broadway: James Calleri, “The Seagull”; L.A. theater: Erika Sellin, “The History Boys”; and regional theater: Cantler, Telsey, “33 Variations.”

Advocate Celebrates 40 Years

ellen.jpegAfter covering milestones in the gay, lesbian and transgendered community for years, it’s time for The Advocate to turn the page on a milestone of its own.

The weekly mag has turned 40 and will celebrate its anniversary tonight in West Hollywood with a bash at Republic on La Cienega.

Some famous faces will help the mag toast their big night including a host committee that includes Ellen DeGeneres, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sgt. Eric Alva, Bill Maher, T.R. Knight, John Stamos, Jane Lyncy, Julian McMahon, Heather Matarazzo, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Congrats to the editors and all the gays who have helped keep The Advocate informed. For a survey of exactly how far they’ve come, the 40th anniversary edition is on newsstands now.

- CHRIS GARDNER