Norman Lear News

Date of Birth: July 27, 1922 (94)
Birth Place: New Haven, CT, USA
Gender: Male
Cast Complete for Adam Bock's A LIFE, Starring David Hyde Pierce, at Playwrights HorizonsCast Complete for Adam Bock's A LIFE, Starring David Hyde Pierce, at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Playwrights Horizons has announced complete casting for A LIFE, the world premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Adam Bock (A Small Fire and The Drunken City at Playwrights, The Receptionist, The Thugs, Swimming in the Shallows). Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Marjorie Prime, Detroit, Maple and Vine at Playwrights; You Got Older; Belleville; This Wide Night; Smokefall), A LIFE will be the second production of the theater company's 2016/2017 Season. (more...)

Nate Parker and The Birth of a Nation Team Announce New Fellowship for Young FilmmakersNate Parker and The Birth of a Nation Team Announce New Fellowship for Young Filmmakers
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

 Nate Parker and the cast, Producers, and Executive Producers of The Birth of a Nation are investing in the next generation of diverse independent creativity with the Sundance Institute | The Birth of a Nation Fellowship for 18-to-24-year-old filmmakers participating in the Institute's Ignite program. Parker shared details at Sundance Institute's NIGHT BEFORE NEXT benefit at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles this evening, where he also received the Institute's annual Vanguard Award presented to him by actor and Sundance alum Michael B. Jordan. Parker's The Birth of a Nation was supported by the Institute's renowned Feature Film Program for three years before its premiere, and won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. (more...)

PBS Indies Debuts Two Groundbreaking Shorts VAMONOS and DROWNINGPBS Indies Debuts Two Groundbreaking Shorts VAMONOS and DROWNING
by TV News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Two groundbreaking shorts, VAMONOS and DROWNING, have debuted on PBS Indies, an online curation of short and long form independent films that speak volumes on the issues of gender, sexuality and acceptance. (more...)

TNC's 2016 Dream Up Festival to Present ABOUT CLARENCE AND METNC's 2016 Dream Up Festival to Present ABOUT CLARENCE AND ME
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival Presents 'About Clarence and Me', A Story About Race, Love and Music Performed on the Bench of a Grand Piano. (more...)

Season Premiere of DOC MCSTUFFINS is Disney Junior's #1 Series Telecast in Key DemoSeason Premiere of DOC MCSTUFFINS is Disney Junior's #1 Series Telecast in Key Demo
by TV News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

The season four premiere (7/29/16, 9:00-10:00 a.m.) of the Peabody Award-winning animated series DOC MCSTUFFINS -- titled 'Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital' and guest starring Anthony Anderson (ABC's 'black-ish') -- is the channel's #1 series telecast of 2016 among Kids 2-8 (more...)

EPIX Unveils Premiere Dates for Its First Slate of Original Scripted SeriesEPIX Unveils Premiere Dates for Its First Slate of Original Scripted Series
by TV News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

Premium TV network EPIX, while conducting its first Television Critics Association Tour (TCA) presentation, today announced the premiere dates for its inaugural slate of EPIX Original scripted series. (more...)

Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for BLACK MIRROR, GILMORE GIRLS & MoreNetflix Announces Premiere Dates for BLACK MIRROR, GILMORE GIRLS & More
by TV News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced premiere dates for eight upcoming series that span documentary, drama and comedy, including: Chef's Table: France; Joe Swanberg's Easy; The Ranch; Lovesick (fka Scrotal Recall); Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life; Captive; Beat Bugs (S2); One Day at a Time; and Black Mirror. (more...)

Gun Violence Crisis & More Set for Tonight's MetroFocus on THIRTEENGun Violence Crisis & More Set for Tonight's MetroFocus on THIRTEEN
by TV News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

The award-winning series MetroFocus premieres new episodes in the New York and tri-state region weeknights at 5 p.m. on WLIW21, 5:30 p.m. on NJTV and 6 p.m. on THIRTEEN. All episodes are available at metrofocus.org following the broadcast. (more...)

TV Icon Norman Lear & More Set for Tonight's MetroFocus on THIRTEENTV Icon Norman Lear & More Set for Tonight's MetroFocus on THIRTEEN
by TV News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The award-winning series MetroFocus premieres new episodes in the New York and tri-state region weeknights at 5 p.m. on WLIW21, 5:30 p.m. on NJTV and 6 p.m. on THIRTEEN. All episodes are available at metrofocus.org following the broadcast. (more...)

Disney Junior to Premiere Season 4 of DOC MCSTUFFINS, 7/29Disney Junior to Premiere Season 4 of DOC MCSTUFFINS, 7/29
by TV News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

New stories, new characters, notable guest stars set in a magical, new world -- McStuffins Toy Hospital -- mark season four of Disney Junior's award-winning animated series DOC MCSTUFFINS, premiering FRIDAY, JULY 29 (more...)

DOC MCSTUFFINS Season 4 Premiere Date SetDOC MCSTUFFINS Season 4 Premiere Date Set
by TV News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

New stories, new characters, notable guest stars set in a magical, new world -- McStuffins Toy Hospital -- mark season four of Disney Junior's award-winning animated series 'Doc McStuffins,' premiering FRIDAY, JULY 29, on Disney Junior (9:00-10:00 a.m. EDT) and  Friday, July 22, on the Disney Junior App. On Saturday, August 6, the first-ever museum exhibit dedicated to 'Doc McStuffins' will open at the world's largest children's museum, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The interactive experience, inviting kids and families to explore and learn about healthy habits, compassion and nurturing care, will travel to other venues across the country beginning in 2017. (more...)

NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU Opens in Select Theaters 7/8NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU Opens in Select Theaters 7/8
by TV News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU will open in select theaters beginning this Friday, July 8th. The film premieres nationwide on American Masters Tuesday, October 25 (more...)

Computer Films Exhibition, Kids Matinees & More Set for Museum of the Moving Image's July 2016 LineupComputer Films Exhibition, Kids Matinees & More Set for Museum of the Moving Image's July 2016 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

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Rita Moreno to Receive Music Center's Excellence in Performing Arts AwardRita Moreno to Receive Music Center's Excellence in Performing Arts Award
by TV News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

In the inaugural year of its Summer Soiree, The Music Center pays tribute to Rita Moreno, an extraordinary woman who has fearlessly helped redefine the role of women in the performing arts. (more...)

Photo Coverage:  Norman & Kate Lear Appear at Gold Coast International Film FestivalPhoto Coverage: Norman & Kate Lear Appear at Gold Coast International Film Festival
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 23, 2016

Norman Lear appeared "live" via video hook up after the Gold Coast International Film Festival's screening of the documentary of his life, Just Another Version of You. Caroline Sorokoff director of the Film Festival interviewed Mr. Lear who was in LA. but his daughter NYC based Kate Lear was present to reminisce about "life with father" at the talk back. After telling the packed audience at the Bow Tie Great Neck Squire Theater how much he loved his daughter Kate, Mr. Lear had some fascinating recollections to to share with director Sorokoff about his past and present career. Kate Lear is a writer, theater producer and arts advocate. She co-directs the Frances Lear Foundation and over the past decade has supported organizations working on behalf of disadvantaged youth, first amendment and voter protection rights, mental health advocacy and women's issues. It was a rare opportunity for the Long Island audience to see a definitive chronicle of Mr. Lear's life work and achievements. Famed documentarians Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing had seized the opportunity to fashion a dynamic portrait in their film, which matches the spirit of probably the most influential creator, writer and producer in television history. Mr. Lear's legendary 1970s shows such as All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism. (more...)

Rosario Dawson Joins Original EPIX Documentary Series AMERICA DIVIDEDRosario Dawson Joins Original EPIX Documentary Series AMERICA DIVIDED
by TV News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Premium TV network EPIX announced today that actress Rosario Dawson ("Daredevil," Sin City, Rent) has joined the limited Original Documentary Series AMERICA DIVIDED as a celebrity correspondent. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Norman Lear: 'Just Another Version Of You' at Gold Coast International Film FestivalPhoto Coverage: Norman Lear: 'Just Another Version Of You' at Gold Coast International Film Festival
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 7, 2016

Caroline Sorokoff, director of the Gold Coast International Film Festival announced toady that there  a special screening of the new documentary NORMAN LEAR Just Another Version Of You  on Wednesday June 22 the Gold Coast International Film Festival is hosting a special screening of the dynamic new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, followed by a Q&A with Mr. Lear's daughter, Kate Lear. (more...)

Don Mischer to Produce 68TH EMMY AWARDS; Jimmy Kimmel Returns as HostDon Mischer to Produce 68TH EMMY AWARDS; Jimmy Kimmel Returns as Host
by TV News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

Primetime Emmy(R)-winning live television producer Don Mischer will executive produce the 68TH EMMY AWARDS telecast. (more...)

Don Mischer Returning to Produce 68th EMMY AWARDSDon Mischer Returning to Produce 68th EMMY AWARDS
by TV News Desk - May 31, 2016

Primetime Emmy®-winning live television producer Don Mischer will executive produce the “68th Emmys” telecast. It was announced today by ABC, the telecast home of this year's Emmys, and by the Television Academy. In addition, Mischer Productions' Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare are set to return as co-executive producers of the awards telecast. As previously announced, Jimmy Kimmel (host of the “64th Primetime Emmy Awards” in 2012) will return to host this year's star-studded event, live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (7:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/4:00-8:00 p.m. PDT), on the ABC Television Network. (more...)

Geffen Playhouse's 'Backstage' Fundraiser, Honoring Morgan Freeman & Jeff Skoll, Grosses More Than $1.4 MillionGeffen Playhouse's 'Backstage' Fundraiser, Honoring Morgan Freeman & Jeff Skoll, Grosses More Than $1.4 Million
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Sunday's Backstage at the Geffen, star-studded fundraiser at the Geffen Playhouse and the pre-show host committee dinner grossed over $1.4 million for the Geffen Playhouse's education, outreach and artistic initiatives.  Norman Lear presented the Distinction in Service Award to social entrepreneur Jeff Skoll.  Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn presented the Distinction in Theater Award to Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman. (more...)

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