Fellowes will executive produce the series alongside Gareth Neame, with whom he partnered on both the original "Downton" series and the upcoming big screen version. TV veteran Michael Engler, who directed multiple episodes of “Downton,” will direct and serve as an EP.” />
"We’re all huge fans of Julian and I know I speak for Bob Greenblatt — who was involved in the development of this series while at Universal Television — when I say we’re thrilled to bring his undeniable genius to our viewers.” “Given the opulent scope and scale of this richly textured character drama, HBO is the perfect home for ‘The Gilded Age,’” said Casey Bloys, president of programming at the cabler.
After years of gestation, the 1885-set series was picked up by NBC last year and was aiming for a Spring 2019 debut. The cabler has handed out a 10-episode production commitment, but is yet to reveal when "The Gilded Age" will finally premiere.
We can’t wait to partner with them to bring Julian’s majestic drama to audiences all over the globe," said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment in a statement. “As with all of our studio projects, our goal is to find them the home that is the best fit for the series. We love the ambition and scope of ‘The Gilded Age,’ and after a highly competitive bidding process, ultimately came to the conclusion that HBO is the perfect network for this epic story.
In a twist which Julian Fellowes himself might have written, "The Gilded Age," which hails from the "Downton Abbey" creator, has moved from NBC to HBO.
Several years passed with little movement towards production, but in Jan., 2018, NBC put out a 10-episode series order. The drama was in development for more than six years at NBC, after Bob Greenblatt, who was chairman of NBC Entertainment at the time, first announced that its development at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in 2012. Set in New York in the 1880s, “The Gilded Age” tells the story of a new-money family trying to join the ranks of the Astors and Vanderbilts.
I know I will enjoy making it." "I feel very privileged to be making 'The Gilded Age' with HBO and Universal Television," said Fellowes on the change. I hope people will enjoy the series. "It has been a dream of mine for some time, as I am fascinated by this brutal and intensely glamorous period of America's history. It will be about ambition, of course, and envy and hatred and, perhaps most of all, about love.
Also upcoming from Fellowes is the "Downton Abbey" movie, which released a teaser trailer in late 2018 and is set hit theaters in September.

Taper subscribers will also receive tickets to one of two powerhouse shows recently announced at the Ahmanson — John Leguizamo in “Latin History for Morons” or Mike Birbiglia in “The New One.”
"One filled with artists that grab our imaginations and bring us with them into different times and places, into their process and obsessions and, in doing so, they let us in on experiences we might never have and offer new ways to see the everyday world around us.”” /> "This promises to be an exciting year at the Taper and Douglas," Ritchie said.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs his Tony Award-winning production of August Wilson’s "Jitney" at the Taper, followed by Tony nominee Heidi Schreck's "What the Constitution Means to Me." "It’s a boundary-breaking piece of theater that will have you seriously considering the Constitution in a radically new light," Ritchie said. The season closes with Rajiv Joseph's "King James," an exploration of NBA star LeBron James' impact on Cleveland. Annie Baker's "Antipodes," a comedy set in a writers' room, follows.
Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie said, “The 2019-2020 seasons at the Taper and Douglas are stacked with great American stories and storytellers. It is a collection of artists, some that we have worked with over the years but many are new voices that are joining us for the first time.” Center Theatre Group's 2019-20 season features two world premieres and plays from Pulitzer, Academy Award, Peabody and Tony winners.
Besides Irwin's play about Samuel Beckett the Douglas Theatre's season includes Dael Orlandersmith's play "Until the Flood" about Ferguson, Miss., following the shooting of Michael Brown and Aasif Mandvi of "The Daily Show" fame will bring his one-man show about an Indian immigrant in search of the American dream "Sakina's Restaurant."
11 with a collection of short plays titled "A Play Is a Poem," while the Kirk Douglas' season opens with "On Beckett," conceived and performed by Bill Irwin, on Sept. 13. Screenwriter and director Ethan Coen kicks off the Mark Taper Forum season Sept.

The Argentinean-born British director was also known for a long string of 1970s-era TV movies, including "The Night Stalker," "Panic in Echo Park," "Smash Up on Interstate 5," "Conspiracy of Terror" and "The House that Would Not Die." His TV credits also include "The Saint," "The Avengers," "Hawaii Five-O," "Mission: Impossible," "Miami Vice" and the pilot episode of "Charlie's Angels."
Before his film career, he served in World War II in the 53rd Division Reconnaissance Corps. Moxey retired to Gig Harbor, Wash., in 1991, where he volunteered in local theater productions and directed a series of promotional skits for KBTC public broadcasting in Tacoma, Wash. The skits won him a regional Emmy.
He was 94. John Llewellyn Moxey, a prolific TV director who helmed episodes of "Charlie's Angels," "Mannix," "Magnum, P.I." and "Murder, She Wrote," died of complications from cancer on April 29 in University Place, Wash.
Even though the cast was mostly British actors, they spoke with American accents throughout the film. as "Horror Hotel" in 1961. He began as an editor, then moved on to direct episodes of the British series "London Playhouse," "The Adventures of Tugboat Annie" and "Coronation Street." He made his feature film directorial debut with "The City of the Dead" in 1960 in the United Kingdom, later released in the U.S.
His second feature, a 1960 war film called "A Foxhole in Cairo," featured Michael Caine as a German soldier in one of his first on-screen roles. "Lord of the Rings" star Christopher Lee was the leading man in 1966's "Psycho-Circus," called "Circus of Fear" in the U.K.
(Pictured: John Llewellyn Moxey, left, on the set of "Wedding Day.")” />
He is survived by his wife Jane and sons Robin John Moxey and Timothy Llewellyn Moxey.

Pitt is also producing with Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas, and Gray.
Gray began shooting the movie in 2017 and said the film would resemble Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.” Gray’s directing credits include "The Lost City of Z," “Little Odessa,” “We Own the Night,” “Two Lovers” and “The Immigrant.” The news was first reported by IndieWire.” />
James Gray directed “Ad Astra” from a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross. Regency Enterprises and Fox produced in association with Bona Film Investment Company, which will distribute in China.
Disney distribution head Cathleen Taff told exhibitors last month at the CinemaCon convention that the studio would be moving around distribution dates on some of its titles. The studio had no comment Thursday.
Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Jamie Kennedy, and Donald Sutherland are also starring in “Ad Astra.” Pitt is playing a man who journeys across the solar system in search of his missing father, a dangerous renegade scientist. Jones is portraying the father.
Brad Pitt’s science-fiction adventure movie “Ad Astra” has quietly vanished from the release schedule, three weeks prior to its previously announced May 24 opening date.
Pitt is expected to be at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," in which he co-stars with Leonardo DiCaprio. The screening will likely be on May 21, the 20th anniversary of "Pulp Fiction."
11, 2019, then decided in late 2018 to move it back four months to the Memorial Day weekend on May 24. Disney closed the deal for the 20th Century Fox film assets in March and has not done any promotion for the movie since then — no trailer or stills have been released. Fox had originally dated "Ad Astra" for Jan. "Ad Astra" was not included in early tracking numbers released Thursday for the Memorial Day period, expected to be dominated by Disney's live-action "Aladdin."

with a mission to bring "the best of esports to the city of Atlanta." AEV currently houses "Overwatch" League team Atlanta Reign. Envy Gaming is the owner and operator of esports franchise Team Envy and "Overwatch" League team Dallas Fuel. Atlanta Esports Ventures is a joint venture between Cox Enterprises and Province, Inc. Sterling.VC is an early stage technology, media, and sports fund backed by Sterling Equities, and leads ownership for the New York Excelsior, part of the "Overwatch" League and first professional esports team to represent New York.
There currently isn't a timeline for when additional teams will be announced just yet.” />
“The upcoming launch of our new 'Call of Duty' esports league reaffirms our leadership role in the development of professional esports," said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. Our owners value our professional, global city-based model, the success we have had with broadcast partners, sponsors and licensees, and the passion with which our players have responded to our events.” We have already sold Call of Duty teams in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris and Toronto to existing Overwatch League team owners, and we will announce additional owners and markets later this year.
Atlanta Esports Ventures, Envy Gaming, Inc., Sterling.VC, c0ntact Gaming, LLC., and OverActive Media will be responsible for said teams, respectively. Leading into Activision Blizzard's first quarter earnings call, the initial round of teams was announced, with teams based in Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, New York, NY, Paris, France, and Toronto, Canada.
OverActive Media is a global esports company that owns the "Overwatch" League's Toronto Defiant, while c0ntact Gaming is the parent company of the "Overwatch" League's Paris Eternal team.
The first five teams for Activision's upcoming "Call of Duty" Esports League was revealed Thursday.

Activision will be instead investing more in live services, Battle.net, eSports, and advertising efforts. CEO Bobby Kotick said that the cuts would come from support staff while the company consolidates its commercial operations and reorganizes its marketing initiatives. At the time, the company called the move a de-prioritizing of initiatives that didn’t meet expectations.
King's user count was up for the second quarter in a row, thanks to the success of "Candy Crush Friends Saga," according to the company. In reporting its earnings Thursday, Activision Blizzard pointed out that the company had 345 million monthly active users across the quarter, a bulk of which — 272 million — came from King.
Three months after announcing mass layoffs at the company, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said Thursday that the company outperformed its outlook, making progress against that plan, and declared a cash dividend for common shareholders.
The company also noted that "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" sold more than two million copies in less than 10 days and that the second season of the Overwatch League started in February to sell-out crowds at the Blizzard Arena. Viewership hours for the second season to date are over 30% higher than in the first season, according to the company.” />
Activision announced on Thursday that it has sold the first five Call of Duty teams in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris and Toronto to owners who “recognize the scale of the opportunity from their partnerships with us on the ‘Overwatch League.’”
The plan outlined in February included laying off about 775 people — 8% of its 9,600-person staff — as it refocused its efforts on its Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Overwatch, Warcraft, Hearthstone and Diablo franchises.
Currently, the company remains focused on delivering in the near-term.
In Thursday’s earnings report, Kotick noted that the company is continuing to “enhance our leadership position in esports.” He pointed to strong growth in Overwatch League viewership and “enthusiastic demand for our professional, city-based Call of Duty league franchises.”
Net revenue for the quarter was $1.83 billion, down from $1.97 billion for the same period last year, the company reported in its first-quarter earnings report. The Board of Directors also declared a cash dividend of $0.37 per common share, payable on May 9, 2019 to shareholders on March 28, 2019, up 9% from 2018.
While Activision Blizzard is moving forward with its plan to invest in increased development on their internally-owned franchise, as well as investing in platform expansion on PC and mobile and new geographies, that is all meant to “bear fruit in the future.”
The company added it would be increasing development resources by 20 percent in 2019 on those franchises it is now focusing on. “The company will fund this greater investment by de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectations and reducing certain non-development and administrative-related costs across the business,” the publisher said in its earnings release.”

Revenue at the company's entertainment operations came to $3.18 billion for the first quarter, up 15% from $2.75 billion for the first quarter of 2018. Without it, underlying CBS Network advertising revenues increased 1% over the year-earlier period. The Super Bowl's effects were important.
Adjusted for one-time gains and costs, earnings per share came to $1.37, the company said. Revenue in the period came to $4.167 billion. CBS said it had a first-quarter profit of $1.58 billion, or $4.21 per share. Analysts had expected revenue of $4.3 billion.
The New York owner of the CBS television network and the Showtime premium-cable channel said results during the period benefited from an 18% hike in ad revenue derived largely from its broadcast in February of Super Bowl LIII as well as a 13% increase in revenue from distribution and affiliate fees, which were led by growth in subscriptions to the company's streaming services.
Revenue from cable networks came to  $552 million, down 3% from $571 million from the year-earlier period. The company's cable business benefited from  licensing deal for the Showtime series "Dexter" in the year-earlier period.
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CBS Corp. said first-quarter operations grew thanks to Super Bowl advertising and an uptick in streaming-video subscriptions, and the company trumped Wall Street's profit estimates even as it missed predictions for revenue.
CBS reported a gain of $549  million on the sale of CBS Television City and charges relating to a restructuring plan initiated during the quarter. Operating income in the period rose to $1.23 billion, compared with $772 million in the year-earlier period.

Both will report to Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for WarnerMedia. Makkos will serve as executive vice president of original comedy and animation, while O'Connell will be WarnerMedia's executive vice president of original non-fiction and kids programming.
There’ s a million questions to answer about where we’re already selling content now, should we continue to do that, how exclusive should we be? "The goal here is to put all of these assets that this company has — from the movie studio to HBO and Turner and the vast library — and build a platform that is robust and a great value to the consumer. We all need to roll up our sleeves as one company to pull that together." There are a million questions that have to be answered.
Former NBC boss Bob Greenblatt has been tasked with launching WarnerMedia's streaming service. In an interview with Variety in March, Greenblatt said there are still many unanswered questions about the service, but it will draw heavily on the shows in the Turner and HBO archives.
She joins the streamer from Fox Broadcasting, where she was executive vice president of comedy programming and development. During her time there, she shephered shows like "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," 'Bob’s Burgers," "New Girl," "The Last Man on Earth," and "The Mindy Project." In her new role, Makkos will be tasked with developing shows ranging from anthology rom-com series to millennial satire to new takes on legacy animated properties under the vast WarnerMedia umbrella.
She previously held positions at NBCU, Core Media Group, Shed Media U.S., the Disney Channel and the Family Channel. O'Connell was most recently head of worldwide alternative programming for Lionsgate. She will now develop programming such as docuseries to children’s-focused projects that leverage WarnerMedia’s portfolio of brands.
(Pictured: Jennifer O'Connell, left; Suzanna Makkos, right)” />
Both Jennifer O’Connell and Suzanna Makkos are joining the executive ranks at the WarnerMedia streaming service, Variety has learned.

In first-quarter 2019 earnings released today, Live Nation Entertainment’s revenue was up 17% to $1.7 billion, with an operating loss of $24 million and what the company says it is highest first-quarter adjusted operating income yet, at $115 million. Concerts and sponsorship segments drove this growth, according to the announcement, with both delivering record first quarter revenue and operating results.
The company also says it has booked enough concerts, sold enough tickets, and secured enough sponsorship commitments to expect that the company will deliver double-digit operating income and AOI growth for the full year.
The company’s sponsorship & advertising division, in what is typically its lowest activity quarter, saw revenue rise 1%, operating income up 3%, and AOI up 2%.
The company’s Ticketmaster division delivered its fourth highest transacted fee-bearing gross transaction value quarter. It says that it expects Ticketmaster to deliver fee-bearing GTV, operating income, and AOI growth for the year.” /> The announcement says, “While Ticketmaster was impacted in the quarter by a pull forward of onsales into the fourth quarter of 2018, by mid-March sales trends had turned around,” noting that through mid-April it has sold 4 million more concert tickets for shows this year than at the same time last year.
According to the announcement, nearly 15 million fans attended Live Nation concerts during the first quarter, up 22% year-on-year, led by our arena and theater shows which were each up over a million fans. Through mid-April, the company has sold over 49 million tickets for concerts this year, up 5% year-on-year. As a result, revenue was up 27% and operating loss improved by 7%.

The talent offices at 42West just got a slew of new clients from the Great White Way.
I’m proud of his career accomplishments and happy for him as he embarks on his next chapter.”” /> PMK-BNC chairman and CEO Cindi Berger said Gagliardo "was with us for 12 years.
Stage and filmed content rep Michael Gagliardo has joined the talent agency, making the jump from his longtime home at PMK-BNC, Variety has learned exclusively.
Gagliardo brings with him more than a dozen clients including Tony award-winning star of "Dear Evan Hansen" Ben Platt, Tony-winning actress Anika Noni Rose ("The Princess and the Frog," "Dreamgirls"), Tony-nominated actress from "The Cher Show" Stephanie J. Block, and Christopher Jackson ("Hamilton," "Moana").
"We are thrilled to welcome Michael and Sasha to 42West. Their stellar reputations in working with theater, tv and film clients is a perfect compliment to our growing talent department,” 42West Co-CEOs Leslee Dart, Amanda Lundberg and Allan Mayer said in a statement.
Gagliardo brings with him assistant Sasha Klimchuk, and additional clients like "Orange is the New Black" star Dascha Polanco.