Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NEWS: Why TV Is Dead, Erika Slezak, Anne Kirkbride, Chandra Wilson, Stephen Root, Meg Ryan

Forbes: Why Television Is Dead
Online video dollars had been coming from online budgets until about a year ago. Initially, marketers were saying, 'I'm not willing to move my dollars out of television. This is not a proven medium for me. Therefore, I’m [only] willing to move my online dollars – some of which I know exactly what I'm getting when I spend it, just like I do on television. Some of it I don’t necessarily know what I’m getting for it, or it’s experimental, or I’m doing it for objectives that might be secondary or tertiary – I’ll play around with those dollars.'.”

The jump we’re about to experience, from 2013 to 2014 media dollars represents mainstream media buyers pointing a firehose of new money at the emerging web video creation market. In 2013, 20 brands. Competitrack’s Online Video Ad Tracking service reported, spent more than $10 million. Estimates from eMarketer indicate that US digital video ad spending will nearly double in only four years, climbing from $4.14 billion this year to $8.04 billion in 2016.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Erika Slezak" 'I was hired to act. Not to make demands, to bitch, or write.'
"I would ask questions, but there were only two times when I said 'I can't do this.' When I signed on to the show, I was hired to act. Not to make demands, to bitch, or write. As an actress, my job is always the same: make the audience believe. If I do that, I have done my job."

William Roache 'perfect gentleman', CORONATION STREET star says at trial
Anne Kirkbride, who plays Deirdre Barlow, was one of a number of cast members giving evidence at the actor's trial at Preston Crown Court. Roache denies two rapes and four indecent assaults against five women aged 16 or under between 1965 and 1971.

Asked what she thought of Roache, Kirkbride said if she was to describe him in one word, it would be "lovely".

Chandra Wilson would love to visit GENERAL HOSPITAL again
"[Executive producer] Frank Valentini did hint around that he might invite me to return. I said, "Oooh, don't you play with me, now!" Because I would do it again in a heartbeat."

SCANDAL to Finally Introduce Fitz's Kids
is currently casting the guest-starring roles of 15-year-old Jerry, who is described as “quiet, smart and intense,” and his younger sister Karen, who comes across as “polished, self-assured and older than her years.”

EASTENDERS producers plan to give the soap's set a 'Shoreditch-style upgrade'
The set of EASTENDERS is going to look more like Shoreditch, its executive producer has revealed. The soap opera is set in the fictional Albert Square, originally modeled on Fassett Square in Hackney. Dominic Treadwell-Collins said “it’s been frozen in aspic for too long” and did not reflect modern east London.

He told the Radio Times that Sharon (Letitia Dean) was going to buy a bar, so "as a result you’ll see the edges of Shoreditch creeping into EASTENDERS. It’s got to reflect the modern world."

Stephen Root Joins AMC's Revolutionary War Drama TURN
Root will play Nathaniel Sackett. Sackett is a member of the Committee to Detect and Defeat Conspiracies — the 18th century proto-CIA — who helps establish the first American spy ring.

Robert Evans Working On A Pay Cable Series About '70s Hollywood
The vision of the series is much darker than the contemporary inside Hollywood depicted in ENTOURAGE. Set in the ’70s with a creative tone similar to Casino, it involves the last days before studios were taken over by conglomerates, when they were run by wily entrepreneurs, and where there was a mob influence, drugs, sex, excess, casting couches, and some of the best movies made in the 20th century. The protagonist is an outsider who against the odds rises to become a king in Hollywood in a tale of power, legacy, and the American dream.

BREAKING BAD's Jonathan Banks Joins Prequel Series BETTER CALL SAUL For AMC
The deal with Banks means that Saul will have his trusted private investigator/fixer Michael "Mike" Ehrmantraut by his side.

Ex-WWE Star Matt Hardy Arrested and Bloody After Alleged Brawl with Wife
ardy was arrested at a motel in Virginia earlier this month after allegedly getting into a fight with his wrestler wife.

Meg Ryan To Direct Ithaca With Tom Hanks Executive Producing
The former AS THE WORLD TURNS actress will be making her directorial debut.

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