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ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1986 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
Concerned by a 20% audience decline in less than two months, the producers of "Dynasty" said Monday that they plan a series of dramatic changes aimed at luring viewers back to the ABC soap opera. "It will become more emotional, more realistic--without losing the glamour," Esther Shapiro, co-creator and co-executive producer of the series, told a news conference.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has hired Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for an encore performance as Oscar producers, retaining them for the 2014 broadcast after this year's show garnered solid ratings. The move is unusual because the job of hiring the show's producers traditionally belongs to the incoming president, who won't be chosen until the end of July. But current President Hawk Koch, whose one-year term will end this summer, made the decision with the support of the 43-member Board of Governors.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Network television will soon be live with the sound of music. NBC announced Friday that it will partner with "Smash" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for a live TV broadcast of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "The Sound of Music. " "There used to be a tradition of broadcasting musicals live back in the 1950s, and we're thrilled to do it once again," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a release. Producers said they have no plans to remake the 1965 Oscar-winning film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
In the latest effort combat production flight, the Los Angeles City Council is weighing a plan to waive fees producers pay to shoot television pilots in the city. The City Council's Jobs and Business Development Committee on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to waive the various fees pilot producers pay when they shoot substantially in the city. The motion comes in the wake of growing evidence that L.A. is losing its share of new television production, much as it did with feature film work.  In the most recent pilot year, 51% of all television pilots were filmed in the L.A. area, down from more than 80% in prior years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The producers of History's enormous ratings hit "The Bible" may want to add a disclaimer to future episodes of the religious miniseries: Any resemblance between Satan and President Obama is purely coincidental. Given its subject matter, it was all but inevitable that "The Bible" would become a magnet for controversy, and so it has, though not for the reasons you might expect -- like, say, its emphasis on violence or its decidedly European-looking cast . No, the reason that executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett found themselves on the defensive on Monday is that a  number of viewers, including conservative pundit Glenn Beck, have noticed a resemblance between Obama and Mohamen Mehdi Ouzaani, the actor who plays the Devil in the miniseries.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
The heated competition to produce the film version of E.L. James' “Fifty Shades of Grey” has yielded a winner, with producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti winning the prize gig. The pair, who will produce alongside James at Universal pictures/Focus Features, now will set about hiring a director and stars for the adaptation of the S&M literary sensation.  Here are a few things to know about De Luca and Brunetti. - The pair have a prestige pedigree, teaming on “The Social Network” in 2010, for which they were nominated for best picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
Poland's supreme court upheld the conviction on bribery charges of Lew Rywin, the Polish co-producer of the Oscar-winning film "Schindler's List." Rywin, 59, was convicted last year of being an accessory to influence peddling. He was found guilty by a Warsaw court of trying to solicit a $17.5-million bribe from a leading newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, in 2002. He has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $30,000 in fines.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2011
In January, The Times invited three of this year's Grammy-nominated music producers to participate in a conversation on the state of pop music, the changing role of their job and the ways in which sound and melody crossed borders in 2010. Though the artists are less known than the singers who turned their songs into hits, their résumés speak for themselves. London-born Alex Grant, who works under the pseudonym Alex Da Kid, is nominated for two of his 2010 tracks: Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie" and B.o.B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
One of the nation's most prominent pornography producers is suing Los Angeles County in federal court to overturn a new law requiring actors to wear condoms during filming. The suit by Vivid Entertainment, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, says the 1st Amendment's protection of free expression was violated after 57% of L.A. County voters approved the condom-porn measure during the Nov. 6 election. "The exercise of 1st Amendment freedoms cannot be limited by referendum," the suit said.
NEWS
September 11, 1986 | United Press International
French escargot producers complained Wednesday about an invasion of their market by cheap imitations and formed a group to alert discriminating snail-eaters. "French gastronomy is being usurped," said snail kingpin Roland Romanzini.
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