MTG Studios, Red Arrow Intl. Partner on Political Drama Series ‘Embassy Down’

MTG Studios is joining forces with Red Arrow International to co-finance and produce “Embassy Down,” an eight-part timely political thriller drama written by Anders Frithiof August (“The Model”). The series is being produced by René Ezra and Tomas Radoor at Nordisk Film, the company behind “A War,””A Hijacking” and “Key House Mirror.” It will premiere… Read more »

MTG Studios is joining forces with Red Arrow International to co-finance and produce “Embassy Down,” an eight-part timely political thriller drama written by Anders Frithiof August (“The Model”). The series is being produced by René Ezra and Tomas Radoor at Nordisk Film, the company behind “A War,””A Hijacking” and “Key House Mirror.” It will premiere... Read more »

Tony Martell, Music Executive and Founder of the T.J. Martell Foundation, Dies at 90

Senior music executive Tony Martell, who created the T.J. Martell Foundation to benefit leukemia, cancer, and AIDs research, died Sunday. He was 90. The music industry vet died at his home in Madison, New Jersey. Martell worked in the music business from the 1960s through the ’90s, holding roles including A&R director, record label vice president,… Read more »

Senior music executive Tony Martell, who created the T.J. Martell Foundation to benefit leukemia, cancer, and AIDs research, died Sunday. He was 90. The music industry vet died at his home in Madison, New Jersey. Martell worked in the music business from the 1960s through the ’90s, holding roles including A&R director, record label vice president,... Read more »

Ron Glass, Emmy-Nominated Actor Known for ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Firefly,’ Dies at 71

Ron Glass, a prolific TV actor known for playing Ron Harris in the sitcom “Barney Miller” and Shepherd Derrial Book in “Firefly,” has died. He was 71. The actor’s rep confirmed the death to Variety, but had no further details regarding the cause or location. Glass was born in Evansville, Ind. and went on to study… Read more »

Ron Glass, a prolific TV actor known for playing Ron Harris in the sitcom “Barney Miller” and Shepherd Derrial Book in “Firefly,” has died. He was 71. The actor’s rep confirmed the death to Variety, but had no further details regarding the cause or location. Glass was born in Evansville, Ind. and went on to study... Read more »

Fidel Castro Dies at 90

Cuba’s former president, revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, died Friday, according to Cuban state media via the Associated Press. The cigar-smoking dictator’s influence lasted over the terms of 11 U.S. presidents. Fidel Castro turned over his duties to his brother Raul when he fell ill after a stomach infection in 2006. Raul Castro took over permanently… Read more »

Cuba’s former president, revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, died Friday, according to Cuban state media via the Associated Press. The cigar-smoking dictator’s influence lasted over the terms of 11 U.S. presidents. Fidel Castro turned over his duties to his brother Raul when he fell ill after a stomach infection in 2006. Raul Castro took over permanently... Read more »

Florence Henderson, ‘Brady Bunch’ Mom and TV Icon, Dies at 82

Florence Henderson, the actress who defined the television mom of the modern era with her starring role in “The Brady Bunch,” has died. She was 82. Henderson’s death was reported late Thursday by the Associated Press. The AP cited a statement from Henderson’s manager saying Henderson died surrounded by family and friends, but other details… Read more »

Florence Henderson, the actress who defined the television mom of the modern era with her starring role in “The Brady Bunch,” has died. She was 82. Henderson’s death was reported late Thursday by the Associated Press. The AP cited a statement from Henderson’s manager saying Henderson died surrounded by family and friends, but other details... Read more »

Oscar-Winning Production Designer Paul Sylbert Dies at 88

Paul Sylbert, who shared an Oscar for production design for Warren Beatty’s “Heaven Can Wait” and worked on notable films including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” died Nov. 19. He was 88. Producer Hawk Koch, who worked with him on five films, said “Paul was one of a kind. He was as smart and well-read as anyone… Read more »

Paul Sylbert, who shared an Oscar for production design for Warren Beatty’s “Heaven Can Wait” and worked on notable films including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” died Nov. 19. He was 88. Producer Hawk Koch, who worked with him on five films, said “Paul was one of a kind. He was as smart and well-read as anyone... Read more »

Ron Thornton, Emmy-Winning Visual Effects Designer of ‘Babylon 5,’ Dies at 59

Ron Thornton, a visual effect pioneer known for his work on “Babylon 5” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” died Monday in his Albuquerque, N.M., home after a short illness. He was 59. Born in London, Thornton moved in 1984 to the U.S., where he went on to shoot and create miniature sets for the films “Commando,” “Space… Read more »

Ron Thornton, a visual effect pioneer known for his work on “Babylon 5” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” died Monday in his Albuquerque, N.M., home after a short illness. He was 59. Born in London, Thornton moved in 1984 to the U.S., where he went on to shoot and create miniature sets for the films “Commando,” “Space... Read more »

Singer Sharon Jones Dies at 60

Singer Sharon Jones, the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings who found success after working for years as a prison guard, died Friday of pancreatic cancer, according to her Facebook page. She was 60. The soul and funk singer was recently the subject of the documentary “Miss Sharon Jones!” directed by Barbara Kopple. After… Read more »

Singer Sharon Jones, the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings who found success after working for years as a prison guard, died Friday of pancreatic cancer, according to her Facebook page. She was 60. The soul and funk singer was recently the subject of the documentary “Miss Sharon Jones!” directed by Barbara Kopple. After... Read more »

Lupita Tovar, Actress in Spanish-Language Version of ‘Dracula,’ Dies at 106

Lupita Tovar, a Mexican-born actress who played a historic role in the country’s cinema and starred in the Spanish-language version of “Dracula,” died Saturday. She was 106. Her niece, Lucy Tovar, confirmed the news on Facebook. The Washington Post reports that she died in her Los Angeles home. Tovar was widely considered Hollywood royalty, and… Read more »

Lupita Tovar, a Mexican-born actress who played a historic role in the country’s cinema and starred in the Spanish-language version of “Dracula,” died Saturday. She was 106. Her niece, Lucy Tovar, confirmed the news on Facebook. The Washington Post reports that she died in her Los Angeles home. Tovar was widely considered Hollywood royalty, and... Read more »

Leon Russell, Rock Songwriter and Musician, Dies at 74

Leon Russell, the musician and songwriter who worked with artists including Joe Cocker, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, died Sunday in Nashville at 74. His website quoted his wife, Jan Bridges, as saying that he died in his sleep. He had suffered a heart attack in July. Raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Russell had… Read more »

Leon Russell, the musician and songwriter who worked with artists including Joe Cocker, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, died Sunday in Nashville at 74. His website quoted his wife, Jan Bridges, as saying that he died in his sleep. He had suffered a heart attack in July. Raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Russell had... Read more »

Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen Dies at 82

Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet and novelist who became a singular international presence as a singer-songwriter, has died. He was 82. A statement on his official Facebook page read, “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music’s most revered… Read more »

Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet and novelist who became a singular international presence as a singer-songwriter, has died. He was 82. A statement on his official Facebook page read, “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music’s most revered... Read more »

Raoul Coutard, New Wave Cinematographer of ‘Breathless,’ Dies at 92

Raoul Coutard, the renowned cinematographer who collaborated with Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Jacques Demy on classics of the French new wave, died Tuesday near Bayonne, France. He was 92 His death was reported by Le Figaro and AFP. Coutard shot more than 75 films over nearly 50 years, including  iconic films such as Godard’s… Read more »

Raoul Coutard, the renowned cinematographer who collaborated with Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Jacques Demy on classics of the French new wave, died Tuesday near Bayonne, France. He was 92 His death was reported by Le Figaro and AFP. Coutard shot more than 75 films over nearly 50 years, including  iconic films such as Godard’s... Read more »

Janet Reno, First Female U.S. Attorney General, Dies at 78

Former Attorney General Janet Reno died on Monday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. She was 78. Reno was the first woman to head the nation’s top law enforcement agency. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 after his two top choices, Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood, were forced to withdraw their names from… Read more »

Former Attorney General Janet Reno died on Monday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. She was 78. Reno was the first woman to head the nation’s top law enforcement agency. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 after his two top choices, Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood, were forced to withdraw their names from... Read more »

Don Marshall, Actor on ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Land of the Giants,’ Dies at 80

Don Marshall, who appeared on TV shows including “Star Trek,” “Land of the Giants” and “Julia,” died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 80. Fellow “Star Trek” cast member BarBara Luna reported his death on Facebook and said that he died peacefully with his daughter, son and twin brother Doug Marshall at his side. On “Star… Read more »

Don Marshall, who appeared on TV shows including “Star Trek,” “Land of the Giants” and “Julia,” died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 80. Fellow “Star Trek” cast member BarBara Luna reported his death on Facebook and said that he died peacefully with his daughter, son and twin brother Doug Marshall at his side. On “Star... Read more »

Ron Grant, Oscar and Emmy-Winning Composer, Dies at 72

Ron Grant, a composer who won an Oscar and an Emmy for developing the software used by many film and TV composers to create precise timings for their scores, died of septic shock from a liver abscess on Friday night at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 72. Grant, together… Read more »

Ron Grant, a composer who won an Oscar and an Emmy for developing the software used by many film and TV composers to create precise timings for their scores, died of septic shock from a liver abscess on Friday night at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 72. Grant, together... Read more »

Norman Brokaw, Innovative, Powerful Agent at William Morris, Dies at 89

William Morris agent Norman Brokaw, who rose from the mailroom of the fabled agency to chairman-CEO in a career that spanned seven decades, has died. He was 89. Brokaw packaged talent for radio, paving the way for similar, highly lucrative agency efforts in television and, indeed, helped start WMA’s television division, luring major film stars to… Read more »

William Morris agent Norman Brokaw, who rose from the mailroom of the fabled agency to chairman-CEO in a career that spanned seven decades, has died. He was 89. Brokaw packaged talent for radio, paving the way for similar, highly lucrative agency efforts in television and, indeed, helped start WMA’s television division, luring major film stars to... Read more »

Horror Movie Host John Zacherle, aka ‘The Cool Ghoul,’ Dies at 98

Popular horror movie host John Zacherle, nicknamed “The Cool Ghoul,” died Thursday Oct. 27 in Manhattan. He was 98. Zacherle was best known for presenting horror films on local TV stations in New York and Philadelphia throughout the 1950s and ’60s. Through the character he created, “Roland/Zacherley,” he interjected humor and comedy into his hosting. In 1958 he recorded… Read more »

Popular horror movie host John Zacherle, nicknamed “The Cool Ghoul,” died Thursday Oct. 27 in Manhattan. He was 98. Zacherle was best known for presenting horror films on local TV stations in New York and Philadelphia throughout the 1950s and ’60s. Through the character he created, “Roland/Zacherley,” he interjected humor and comedy into his hosting. In 1958 he recorded... Read more »

Michael Massee, ‘The Crow’ Actor Who Accidentally Shot Brandon Lee, Dies at 61

Michael Massee, who accidentally fatally shot Brandon Lee on the set of their 1994 film “The Crow,” in which he played Funboy, has died, his agent confirmed to Variety. He was 61. Actor Anthony Delon first annouced the news in an Instagram post on Monday, writing “R.I.P. my friend Michael. You were ‘five seconds away… Read more »

Michael Massee, who accidentally fatally shot Brandon Lee on the set of their 1994 film “The Crow,” in which he played Funboy, has died, his agent confirmed to Variety. He was 61. Actor Anthony Delon first annouced the news in an Instagram post on Monday, writing “R.I.P. my friend Michael. You were ‘five seconds away... Read more »

Mahesh Samat Returns as Head of Disney in India

MUMBAI — The Walt Disney Company India has reappointed Mahesh Samat as Managing Director. Samat had left Disney four years ago to establish Epic Television Networks and was founder and MD of The Epic Channel, a Hindi-language entertainment channel focusing on history, folklore and mythology-based content. Samat succeeds Siddharth Roy Kapur who is leaving the… Read more »

MUMBAI — The Walt Disney Company India has reappointed Mahesh Samat as Managing Director. Samat had left Disney four years ago to establish Epic Television Networks and was founder and MD of The Epic Channel, a Hindi-language entertainment channel focusing on history, folklore and mythology-based content. Samat succeeds Siddharth Roy Kapur who is leaving the... Read more »

Michael Gleason, Co-Creator of ‘Remington Steele,’ Dies at 78

Michael Gleason, who co-created “Remington Steele,” the series that shot Pierce Brosnan into the spotlight, died last Friday. He was 78. The news was announced on Gleason’s Facebook page over the weekend. A source also confirmed the news to Variety. Gleason is best known for his work on NBC’s “Remington Steele,” which he co-created with Robert… Read more »

Michael Gleason, who co-created “Remington Steele,” the series that shot Pierce Brosnan into the spotlight, died last Friday. He was 78. The news was announced on Gleason’s Facebook page over the weekend. A source also confirmed the news to Variety. Gleason is best known for his work on NBC’s “Remington Steele,” which he co-created with Robert... Read more »

Kevin Meaney, Actor and Stand-Up Comedian, Dies at 60

Kevin Meaney, a stand-up comedian who made several appearances on late-night shows and was a beloved figure in the comedy scene, died Friday. He was 60. His agent, Tom Ingegno, confirmed to CNN that Meaney was found at his Forestburgh, New York, home on Friday. A cause of death has not yet been revealed. Meaney, with his… Read more »

Kevin Meaney, a stand-up comedian who made several appearances on late-night shows and was a beloved figure in the comedy scene, died Friday. He was 60. His agent, Tom Ingegno, confirmed to CNN that Meaney was found at his Forestburgh, New York, home on Friday. A cause of death has not yet been revealed. Meaney, with his... Read more »