In this month’s catch up we have interviews with Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Kevin Bartini, Meredith Scardino and Aasif Mandvi, new projects from David Javerbaum and Samantha Bee, a ‘Goodfellas’ panel hosted by Jon Stewart, more honours for Neil deGrasse Tyson and a clip from the Second City archives featuring Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.
Hello hubsters! My name is Louise, and I am your new “In The Press” correspondent. After lurking for a couple of years, I was given the opportunity to help the Nation keep up with the most important news of all: everything Colbert-related!
In February, Stephen reappeared for the first time since The Colbert Report ended, accompanied by a beard that didn’t go unnoticed, to say the least. But the big story last month came from former colleague Jon Stewart who announced he would be leaving The Daily Show later this year. We were all taken by surprise, if not by the decision itself (Jon had been hinting at the possibility for a while), then certainly by its timing, as most of us were expecting him to go through another Indecision cycle. Sadly, this wasn’t the only upsetting news out of the world of TV and journalism. Within the span of just three days, NBC’s Nightly News anchor Brian Williams got a six-month suspension, CBS correspondent Bob Simon died in a car accident, and New York Times writer David Carr died of lung cancer complications.
Almost two months after the news broke, we still don’t know when Jon Stewart will be leaving exactly, or who is going to replace him. People who looked like obvious candidates (Jessica Williams, Samantha Bee, Jason Jones) have already taken themselves out of the running.
Who would you guys want to see become the next host of The Daily Show, and how do you see the show changing in a post-Jon Stewart era? Also, what do you expect and/or want to see in Jon’s last episode?
At today’s taping of ‘The Daily Show’ Jon Stewart announced that he will be leaving ‘The Daily Show’ later this year. The news was later confirmed in a statement released by Comedy Central:
For the better part of the last two decades, we have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart. His comedic brilliance is second to none. Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera. Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come. Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.
In this month’s catch up we have new humour pieces from Frank Lesser, interviews and a new comedy album from Kevin Bartini, interviews with Al Madrigal and Larry Wilmore, award wins for Jon Stewart and Rob Dubbin, Pete Dominick and Neil deGrasse Tyson launch new talk shows, and The Second City have written a new book.
One of New York’s top independent talent managers is joining the growing WME-IMG fold.
James Dixon, whose Dixon Talent represents Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, among others, is selling his business to the sports and entertainment behemoth that has been on a buying spree of late. Dixon’s A-list clients are expected to remain with the firm.
Dixon, whose small management company has amassed an enviable roster of clients, including comic Adam Carolla, ESPN’s Bill Simmons and The Voice host Carson Daly, will remain a separate entity under the WME-IMG banner, rather than being integrated into the bigger fold. The acquisition will boost WME-IMG’s roster of top comics and TV broadcasters. The company already represents Chris Matthews and Charlie Rose, among others in that space.
“James has built his business on two core philosophies that are intrinsic to WME-IMG: a belief in great talent and applying an entrepreneurial approach to representation,” WME-IMG co-CEO Patrick Whitesell tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. Adds co-CEO Ari Emanuel: “We look forward to extending his business even further through the resources WME-IMG has to offer across each of its divisions.”
Full Article: The Hollywood Reporter.
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Jon Stewart’s directorial debut ‘Rosewater‘ will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD on February 10, 2015.
Based on the memoir of Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, ‘Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival‘ the film chronicles Bahari’s family history, and his arrest and 118-day imprisonment following the controversial 2009 Iran presidential election.
A movie tie-in-edition of the book has also been released, ‘Rosewater (Movie Tie-in Edition): A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival‘
Barry Manilow talks to ‘The Desert Sun‘ about taking part in the ‘Colbert Report’ final, and details how the massive star-studded sing-along was meticulously planned and performed.
“There were around 100 famous (REALLY) famous people there,” he told me by e-mail this weekend. “I was told that Stephen had chosen only his favorite guests. I couldn’t have been more honored to be included in that stellar group.”