Sam Thielman


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Scandal’s Guillermo Diaz Is Obsessed With Horror Movies, and Lena Dunham

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Specs Age 40 Claim to fame Stars as Huck on ABC's Scandal (season finale airs May 7) Base Los Angeles

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Comedian Rob Corddry Says Working at The Daily Show Sucked the Fun Out of News

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Specs Age 44 Claim to fame Creator and star of the Emmy-winning Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital (Fridays at midnight); star of the upcoming HBO show Ballers (premieres June 21 [...]

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How James Patterson Went From Adman to Bestselling Mystery Novelist

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"Nobody tells you when you pay six figures for a lion for a couple days that, to perform, they have to eat a lot of meat. The problem is they [...]

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NBCU’s Lifestyle Group Debuts Synchronized Joking With Complementary Comedy Shows

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Just when you thought reality TV was totally out of ideas—like completely, entirely, woefully out of ideas—Oxygen and Esquire come along with a novel pitch: two shows with the same [...]

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So Who Is Trevor Noah, the Guy Replacing Jon Stewart on The Daily Show?

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Trevor Noah is not a household name, or at least he wasn't yesterday. The comedian has been a Daily Show contributor for all of three months, and now he's taking [...]

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Google Fiber May Have Created a Game-Changer: Real Measurement of TV Ad Views

TV / Video

Want to know exactly how many people saw your ad on TV? Want dynamic insertion? The answer has long been "tough luck." But now it's possible ... in Kansas City.

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Web TV Players Are Finally Creating the Moment of Truth for Cable Providers

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Just over two months ago, Dish unveiled Sling TV at the Consumer Electronics Show. It was a big deal: the service offers premium cable channels like AMC, Adult Swim and [...]

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Yes, Syfy Is Really Going to Call It ‘Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No’

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Sharknado 3, for serious, is going to be subtitled Oh Hell No, as though the entire film was a guest on the Jerry Springer Show that just found out its [...]

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CBS Gets Into the Big Data Game

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CBS may have launched a new streaming service (and announced a new one for daughter network Showtime on the heels of the Apple press conference where HBO Now was unveiled), [...]

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Researchers Find Optimum Times to Run March Madness Ads

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Selection Sunday just hit, but who's going to get paid? Turner and CBS, certainly.

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YouTube Is Changing Your Least Favorite Feature: Annotations

Digital

YouTube is finally retooling a troublesome feature, making it more useful for content producers and hopefully a bit less frustrating for users.

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4 Warnings for Those Trying to Make the Next Jinx or Serial

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This weekend, HBO won one of those queasy victories available only to true-crime documentarians and war-crime prosecutors at The Hague.

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Ad of the Day: Robert Downey Jr. Surprises a 7-Year-Old With a Bionic ‘Iron Man’ Arm

Brand Marketing

There are good ways to use your megafame, and bad ways to use your megafame. Robert Downey Jr. has happened upon one of the best ways to use his—by drawing [...]

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Cable Viewers Aren’t Watching the Shows You Think They Are

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Analysts at MoffettNathanson are bearish on cable TV in a variety of categories (though they contend Disney, Fox and Viacom are still strong). Overall, as the upfront market kicks into [...]

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Broadcasters Are Going Movie-Crazy During Pilot Season

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Pilot season this year boasts five nonclassic movies being refurbished as contenders for primetime placement on broadcast this season (not counting script deals for Big, Marley & Me, The Money [...]