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Playbook, Inc. has hired long time ESPN talent executive Gerry Matalon as EVP, Talent Development. Matalon will oversee the development, media training and coaching for the agency, working closely with EVP, Client Services, Kristin LaFemina. Before leaving ESPN in 2015, Matalon served as the network’s Senior Coordinating Producer of Talent Planning & Development working closely with the athletes, coaches and on air talent, including Tim Tebow, Bob Knight, Herm Edwards…

Eric Engberg, a former political and investigative reporter for CBS News who also covered overseas conflicts and won electronic journalism’s top honor for a report identifying a Vietnam veteran buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns, has died. He was 74. Engberg died Sunday in his sleep at his home in Palmetto, FL, where he retired. “One of the best television correspondents of his generation,” former longtime CBS newsman Dan Rather said today. He called Engberg “tough but…

The press secretary for Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said today that the governor soon will rescind an executive order signed in May by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal that allowed businesses and state agencies to refuse to provide services to gays if doing so contravened their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” The announcement, made in response to a Deadline inquiry, came just hours after Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, under mounting pressure from Hollywood, media and other…

MSNBC will host “candidate events” with four presidential candidates on Wednesday — one night after CNN hosts a town hall with the three GOP hopefuls. Yes, it’s come to that. MSNBC’s event will include GOP candidates John Kasich and Donald Trump and Dem candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and begins at 7 PM ET. Missing from the list: GOP hopeful Ted Cruz. MSNBC said it has invited all candidates to participate. Here’s how the candidate catnip is being parsed…

Debuting on March 31 in the spot formerly occupied by Elementary, Rush Hour is the second big-screen adaptation that CBS has attempted this season. However, unlike Limitless the TV series, the small-screen version of Rush Hour based on the trio of films starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker goes nowhere fast. Stuck in a traffic jam of banality and tired tricks, Rush Hour the TV series takes everything from the movies and, as I say in my video review above, ends up with…

The vernal equinox brought sunshine, good cheer and the tonic ringing of cash registers (if cash registers still existed and still rang) on Broadway during week 44 of the 2015-2016 season. New shows (Waitress, Shuffle Along, Or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, American Psycho, Bright Star), opened up for business, hit shows kept batting near 1.000, and — great news for producers, bad news for customers — average ticket prices leapt…

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains mild spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Warner Bros today put what it’s calling a deleted scene from its DC tentpole smash Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The studio says the scene, which ends with Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor in a goopy pool with some sort of alien, is part of the R-rated director’s cut of the pic that will be available on the Blu-ray edition when that eventually streets. The MPAA gave the extended…

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn’t about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. AVENGERS: AGE OF…

Director Victor Salva‘s plans to film Jeepers Creepers 3 in Canada has hit a snag. Salva, convicted on child molestation charges almost three decades ago, had posted a casting notice on Breakdown Services for a film that shoots this spring in British Columbia. But when the Union of British Columbia Performers found out about it, they sent an alert to talent agents warning them about his criminal past. Breakdown Services then removed the casting notice from its site. In…

James Corden’s music-video promo for this week’s The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special promises “viewers will watch it, critics will judge it” and that the promo makes it “way over budget.” The network announced the primetime special earlier this month; not coincidentally, that followed a report that CBS Studios, Corden and Fulwell 73 were shopping a Carpool Karaoke series. Corden would not host but would make appearances in the project, looking to cash in…