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Bravo Appoints Animal Planet VP Holland In Charge Of Program Planning

WH.jpgIf there is a difference between wild animals and real housewives, Whitney Holland is in position to find out exactly what it is.

The former VP of Program Planning for Animal Planet today was appointed to the same position at Bravo, home of the “Real Housewives” reality show brand. In her new position, Holland will oversee Bravo’s short-term and long-term program planning rollouts. She will report to Bravo’s Senior Vice President, Program Strategy Jerry Leo, who will work with Holland to create and execute the network’s programming schedule.

Holland worked at Animal Planet before Bravo, and she served as director of scheduling for TLC prior to that. She also previously worked as vice president of Nielsen Entertainment, which she joined from Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television.

A full release about Holland’s new move, after the jump

(Photo by David Lang)

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LAT In 90 Seconds

36971696-20110742.jpgThe Know-Nothing Excuse: The Paramount head testifies that he didn’t know Anthony Pellicano was doing anything illegal. And this man runs a major studio?

36948058.jpgIn Related News: Actress Linda Doucett told a federal jury Wednesday that she received a terrifying telephone call threatening her son shortly after she spoke with the FBI about its Pellicano wiretapping investigation.

36943109-19163610.jpgThe Audacity Of A Differing Opinion: Michael Meyers opines that Barack Obama’s “Lincoln Moment” missed the mark.

‘An Ordinary Spy’ Goes Hollywood

me3_tmp.jpgFormer CIA agent-turned novelist, Joseph Weisberg recently had his exciting, unusual spy novel optioned by Paul Haggis and Michael Nozik with Hwy61 Films, based at Paramount.

The LAT calls An Ordinary Spy “a modern spy novel that doesn’t tell the reader who the characters are, where the story takes place or even the kind of food they eat.”

“All of these details are heavily redacted, marked by extensive blacked-out sections of type in the book, which switches back and forth in time. … The author didn’t delete all these facts as a writer’s trick. As a former CIA officer, Weisberg would have been required to submit his novel to the agency, and he solved this literary dilemma by creatively censoring his own material.”

FBLA talks with Weisberg, a John le Carre fan, about the CIA and Hollywood and everything in between. Here is the part of the interview that we’re allowed to show you:

1. When did you work for the CIA? 1990-1994.

2. Why would you have had to submit a novel to the CIA for approval? Or is this work more fact than fiction? When you join the CIA, you’re required to sign a secrecy agreement. Among other things, this agreement obligates you to submit anything you write about intelligence matters to the CIA for review. The CIA then determines if what you’ve written contains any classified information, and if it does, you have to take it out.

Fiction and non-fiction both have to be submitted. Non-fiction is held to a tougher standard, meaning they’ll let you write some things in a novel that you cannot write in a memoir or an editorial. But a fair number of things can’t be written about in any form.

What constitutes classified material is in itself a complicated question, and I think the best answer is, nobody really knows. Classified does not mean secret. In fact, most of what the CIA had me take out of my book was information that is widely known. It’s classified not because it’s secret, but because they don’t want the information confirmed by an ex-Agency employee.

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Sundown on Sunset: Overlooked

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Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds have a “spiritual marriage” only –she must have taken a gander at his child support payments.

Paramount spent a lot of money to make Cloverfield look like junk.

Starbucks adopts skinny platform, but not Rollerskate Skinny.

Kim Masters is at Sundance, where everything is frosty. Anne Thompson explains why:

Twenty films were bought for $53 million. So far, 14 have been released and grossed $34 million.

Katie Couric is the living embodiment of the “wrong words at the wrong time”.

And time moves slowly in the Bay Area, where a Salon blogger just now saw an FBLA post from October (we’ve heard of slow dial-up, but really). Her response:

I just wanted to say that while I certainly don’t mind your disagreeing with my point of view, it would be more effective if you weren’t an asshole about it.

Define effective.

(photo by Tomspixels)

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 27, 2007

michael bay.jpegTransformers 2 Picks a Date
Paramount and DreamWorks are moving ahead with plans for a Transformers 2 project, stamping down June 26, 2009 as the release date, reports Variety. The story says the date is just a target but isn’t “ironclad” as they still need to lock in Michael Bay and work out the ongoing tension between the two studios.

Reiner Backs Clinton
Variety‘s Ted Johnson writes in today’s paper that director Rob Reiner has given Hillary Clinton’s campaign a boost by endorsing her in the upcoming election. Johnson writes that Reiner’s decision is a “key endorsement” for Hil because he’s “one of the entertainment industry’s most politically-active figures.”

THR reports that Disney is canceling its Disney Mobile MVNO service, the second such Disney-branded project to bite the dust in less than a year following ESPN Mobile. Read the full Disney shuttering story here.

- CHRIS GARDNER

THR Adds Two to Film Department

thr.jpegThe Hollywood Reporter has added two reporters to its film staff on the heels of Tatiana Siegel’s exit from THR in favor of a film job at Variety.

And they’re both familiar faces to fellow staffers inside THR‘s Wilshire Boulevard offices. Studio sources tell FBLA that Carly Mayberry and Leslie Simmons have been making calls around town announcing their new gigs.

Mayberry joins THR‘s film department after working on the ‘Convergence’ pages for the paper while Simmons moves to the film desk after covering entertainment law for the now-defunct spinoff, THR Esq.

Both Mayberry and Simmons had bylines in last week’s paper.

FBLA is also hearing a bit about their beats: Mayberry is said to be covering Paramount and DreamWorks while Simmons has been assigned Sony and 20th Century Fox.

- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: August 24, 2007

ang lee.jpegAng Lee is back with a new film and like his last boundary-pushing pic, “Brokeback Mountain,” the Oscar-winning helmer pushes the envelope again but this time it’s with the MPAA. His newest film, “Lust, Caution,” just received an NC-17 rating, Variety reports. It’s an erotic espionage thriller which is set to premiere in Toronto next month. Get some of the dirty details on why “Lust, Caution” kissed its way to dreaded NC-17 territory here.

It was kind of a big deal when Starbucks opened its doors and clientele to Hollywood marketing gurus who hoped that in-store campaigns for studio pics would lead to a frenzy of caffeine-induced ticket sales. However, Variety reports that a potential boon in receipts has so far tasted more like a stale cup of decaf.

Members of the Directors Guild of America won’t be getting any free DVD screeners this year heading into awards season, Variety reports. Guild guy Dave McNary gave the news to DGA members in today’s paper and wrote that the news comes following last year’s semi-controversial awards season when Paramount/DreamWorks caught some flack for getting the green light to send out “Dreamgirls” screeners to DGA members.

Fox‘s blonde and busty “Anchorwoman” will have to find a new medium for her talents. THR reports that the network has pulled the plug on the pseudo-reality show less than 24 hours after airing the first episode, which barely managed to cross the 2 million mark in viewers. Maybe she can see if there is an opening on “Girls Next Door.”

THR‘s Borys Kit reports that Paramount is rounding up the troops for a live-action take on the “G.I. Joe” brand with Stephen Sommers signing on to direct. Pic is based on the popular Hasbro military action figures.
- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: August 21, 2007

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Variety’s Daniel Frankel and Ben Fritz tag team on a story about the drama surrounding Paramount and DreamWorks Animation’s DVD decisions. Paper announced on Tuesday that the studios have exclusively picked HD DVD for all future releases. The story details the move, saying that it’s the third by Paramount in an “ongoing format war,” not to mention DWA’s Jeffrey Katzenberg’s back-and-forth quotes on the format. Katzenberg normally isn’t one to second-guess major decisions, so read all of Variety’s archive reporting here.

Jennifer Garner is headed to the Great White Way, reports Variety. The “Alias” actress has signed on to star opposite soon-to-be big-nosed Kevin Kline in a revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac.” The role will be Garner’s first foray to the Broadway stage. Well, kind of. She served as an uderstudy in the 1995 revival of “A Month in the Country.” But film auds have no need to fret: she’ll be back on the big-screen soon in Uni’s “The Kingdom” and Fox Searchlight’s “Juno.”

Bidding wars are few and far between these days in Hollywood. However, a hot one has recently gone down with Universal cashing its way to the top of the crop to acquire “Lone Survivor.” The story centers on the life of Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal who led a team into Afghanistan in search of a major Taliban leader. THR dishes the details on the new deal, which include Peter Berg on board to direct.

Speaking of new projects, THR has also the scoop on another redo, this time about the sci-fi thriller “Logan’s Run.” The long-in-development Warner Bros. project will be directed by commercial helmer Josesph Kosinski and THR’s Borys Kit gives all the back-story in today’s report.

Variety also has a couple song and dance stories to fill the paper today. On the heels of news that “Hairspray” has become only the third recent musical to cross $100 million at the domestic box office, Michael Fleming reports that Rob Marshall and Harvey Weinstein are prepping a “Chicago” follow-up with “Nine.” Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Javier Bardem are on board. Get the rest of the musically-charged deets here.

- CHRIS GARDNER

Spielberg Gets Cranky

05spielberg.190.jpgAccording to the NYT, Steven Spielberg is pissed at his Paramount overlords for treating him the way they treat every other director: As food to devour completely.