Evening News Update for Monday, 6/16/14.

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Chris Fedak Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV, Joins New Drama “Forever” As Executive Producer
Chris Fedak
is returning to Warner Bros. TV with a two-year overall deal. Under the pact, he will join WBTV’s new ABC fall drama Forever, created and executive produced by former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller. Fedak will serve as an executive producer on Forever as well as develop new projects.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/06/chris-fedak-inks-overall-deal-with-warner-bros-tv-joins-new-drama-forever-as-executive-producer/

‘The Following’ Gets New Showrunner for Season 3
"Alcatraz" executive producer Jennifer Johnson will take over for Kevin Williamson.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jennifer-johnson-new-showrunner-season-712307

‘Heroes’ Alum Jack Coleman Set For NBC’s ‘Heroes Reborn’ Miniseries
Jack Coleman
has become the first Heroes co-star to sign on for Heroes Reborn, NBC’s upcoming 13-episode miniseries that reboots the popular 2006 superhero drama series.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/06/jack-coleman-set-for-heroes-reborn-miniseries-nbc/

Rookie Blue Casts Being Erica’s Erin Karpluk in Mysterious Role
Erin Karpluk
, who played the latter series’ titular character, will recur on Season 5 of the ABC/Global series.
http://tvline.com/2014/06/16/rookie-blue-season-5-cast-erin-karpluk-being-erica/

FEATURE NEWS:

Emilia Clarke to Star in Indie Psychological Thriller ‘Voice From the Stone’
Eric D. Howell
will make his feature directorial debut with the film, which is based on the Italian novel "La Voce Della Pietra" by Silvio Raffo. Set in 1950s Tuscany, Voice From the Stone centers on a nurse (Clarke) who is helping a boy through the trauma of his mother’s sudden death. As she works with the troubled child, she becomes ensnared by a malevolent force inside the family’s castle.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/emilia-clarke-star-indie-psychological-712149

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Christopher Titus to Host ‘Pawn Stars’ Spinoff Gameshow
History
has tapped actor and comedian Christopher Titus as the host of “Pawnography,” the gameshow spinoff of its hit reality show, “Pawn Stars.” Titus will host the show while the stars of “Pawn Stars,” Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell compete against others in three rounds of trivia with actual objects from Harrison’s prized collections at stake.
http://www.thewrap.com/titus/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Victorious, a Stealthy Startup for YouTube Stars, Raises a Big Round
Web video producers and Web video stars have been talking for a while about building businesses outside of YouTube, but not many of them have done it. Now, a company that wants to make that task easier is raising a big pile of cash. Industry sources say that Victorious, a stealthy LA-based startup, is raising a $13 million round. The general pitch, according to people who have heard it, is that Victorious is supposed to help YouTube stars create their own sites and apps, with the hope that they can generate more revenue for their stuff than they can on Google’s site, and/or keep a bigger slice of revenue.
http://recode.net/2014/06/16/victorious-a-stealthy-startup-for-youtube-stars-raises-a-big-round/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

John Wells Expands Production Company With New Hire
Zach Studin
has joined John Wells Productions as senior vice president of features. He will be responsible for bringing in new material, packaging new and existing projects and managing productions. He will report to Claire Rudnick Polstein, president of the motion picture division at John Wells Production.
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/john-wells-expands-production-company-with-new-hire-1201221450/

Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley: Lloyd Braun Has Some Things He’d Like to Say
Lloyd Braun is an interesting character to study. Formerly the chairman of ABC, then an executive at Yahoo, he’s now been doing his own thing for years, diving into the wild world of multi-channel networks, which are entities that produce content and affiliate with YouTube or other channels but exist independently, bypassing traditional networks altogether.
http://recode.net/2014/06/15/hollywood-vs-silicon-valley-lloyd-braun-has-some-things-hed-like-to-say/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(tech) The Verge: Three things you need to know about the phone Amazon is launching this week
The Amazon phone is coming. Finally. At least that’s what the company is very likely to announce at a big press event this Wednesday. Amazon has long been rumored to be working on a smartphone follow up to its line of Kindle Fire tablets, and all signs are pointing that it will officially announce the device this week. Here’s what we expect to see on Wednesday and why.
http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/16/5815084/amazon-kindle-fire-smartphone-event-preview

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