Maya Angelou: 1926-2014

Time’s obituary for the acclaimed author, poet, actress-director who wrote her first book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, at 41. Angelou:  “All my work is meant to say, ‘You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.’ In fact, the encountering may be the very experience which creates the vitality and the power to endure.” (TIME)

Summer TV Gets Hotter: 570 Original Hours To Air On Big Four Before Fall Schedule Starts

THR looks at the bonanza of original content, by each broadcast network, including original total hours for each, what percentage of their summer schedule the new shows make up, and more. (THR)

2014 TV Pilot Season Scorecard

The Scoggins Report’s comprehensive 3rd annual TV one-off is here with a 12-page report showing how many scripts each network bought, how many were picked up to pilot, and how many of those pilots got ordered to series. (SR)

Robert De Niro: Resurrecting His Father’s Legacy Before It’s Too Late

De Niro’s interview in this month’s Out discussing his upcoming HBO documentary Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro Sr., about his gay father, a figurative painter obscured by the powerful pop art movement. The film premieres June 9. (OUT)

Trailer Buzz: ‘The Zero Theorem’

The new trailer for Terry Gilliam’s film, starring Christoph Waltz as a computer programmer who is being manipulated by a powerful organization as he works on a theory to explain the meaning of life. David Thewlis, Tilda Swinton, and Matt Damon co-star. (ROS)

How Louisiana Racked Up More Major Film Productions In 2013 Than California

Free Enterprise’s report on the over $1 billion spent in the state as production and tax incentives outpaced California, landing productions like Dallas Buyers Club, True Detective, and the studio headquarters for Moonbot, led by former Pixar executive William Joyce. (FE)

10 Authors, From Joyce Carol Oates To Augusten Burroughs, To Follow On Twitter

The Guardian with ten authors currently doing a “brilliant” job with their Twitter accounts and posts, making them worth the follow. (GUAR)

TV Buzz: ‘Halt & Catch Fire’

The first episode of AMC’s new series, directed by Juan Campanella (Strangers With Candy, Remember WENN) and starring Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) as a visionary engineer taking on the preconceptions of large corporations during the early 1980s computer boom. Watch free, with no log-in, here. (AMC)

#ICYMI: Netflix’s Latest 12 Must-See Documentaries

Picks include Werner Herzog’s anti-texting –while-driving doc From One Minute To The Next, steroids in America are explored in Bigger, Stronger, Faster,  Big Pharma’s cash grab on women’s sexuality in Orgasm, Inc., and adults going down the rabbit hole in virtual reality’s Second Life in Life 2.0 (HUFF)

Screenwriters: Flashbacks – Story Tool or Crutch?

Script consultant Danny Manus’s post for Script on how to insert flashbacks in your screenplay, what they need to reveal when you do, and why they should be used “correctly and sparingly.” (SCRIPT)

Karl Gibson

Karl Gibson (Editor, Studio System News) has worked in the Los Angeles media sector for over 15 years. His editorial experience encompasses over 1,400 printed daily, festival and special editions of ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ where he covered news desks and event coverage as Editorial Business Analyst from 2001 to 2008. He has worked for The New York Times Company, PR Newswire, The Knight Digital Media Center and appeared as a media panelist for events, festivals and television. Karl also has handled event, premiere and awards show coverage for over seven awards seasons.

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