EXCLUSIVE: The reality TV landscape will never be the same. After 18 years at Fox, the dean of unscripted TV executives, Fox’s president of alternative programming Mike Darnell, is stepping down. He will stay on though the end of June, when his current contract is up, and help with the transition. Darnell was offered a new long-term deal at the network but, after long deliberation, decided it was time to move on. Darnell faced similar agonizing soul-searching five years ago when he was offered rich producing deals elsewhere but ultimately opted to stay at Fox where he’s had free reign on the unscripted side. This time around, he decided to leave the network, which he helped build, first with noise-making reality specials like World’s Scariest Police Chases and When Animals Attack! and then with tentpole series like American Idol and Family Guy. The colorful, unconventional, cowboy hat-wearing Darnell never shied away from controversy, relishing in the blockbuster attention projects like the Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? special and hit series Joe Millionaire brought on. In a testament to Darnell’s importance to Fox and parent News Corp., News. Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has weighed in on his departure. “Mike took risks at a critical time and was a pioneering force in shaping the reality programming genre that exists today,” Murdoch said. ... Read More »
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Sexy Hair’s Jennifer Parks presenting Giuliana Rancic with her “Caring is Sexy” award at The Gracie Awards in Beverly Hills. Louise Roe hosts the 25th anniversary celebration of Ted Baker London with Refinery29 at the brand’s Fifth Avenue flagship store. Jennifer Hudson picks up some colorful summer chiffon dresses, tops and bracelets at the bohemian chic Johnny Was store at The Grove in Los Angeles. The View’s Sherri Shepard hosts Jacob’s Cure “Dream Big” Gala. Real Housewives of Orange County’s Tamra Barney celebrates her bachelorette party hanging with friends and her fiancé Eddie Judge at Azure Luxury Pool at The Palazzo Las Vegas. Black Eyed Peas member Apl.De.Ap collected his award at the "Nerium International TIME FOR HOPE GALA" at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The event was sponsored by Mulberry Love, Tikkun Spa, ONEHOPE wine & smartwater. Alexis Bellino, star of Real Housewives of Orange County was spotted leaving LaserAway Costa Mesa after a day of beauty & pampering. Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson along with the cast of The East enjoyed their post wrap dinner at New York hotspot Stanton Social. Benicio del Toro smoking cigars and eating pizza at Worldview Entertainment's celebration for their films The Immigrant, Blood Ties and Jimmy P at Amy Sacco’s Bungalow 8 pop-up at the Carlton Beach during the Cannes FIlm Festival. Jamie Chung and Ken Jeong enjoyed Strawberry Lime Patron Popsicles at the Hangover III premiere party in L.A. Actress Katrina Bowden and new husband, Ben Jorgensen, mingled with guests at the Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay event at the Frying Pan in NYC. SodaStream sponsored the FilmAid/Naked Heart Foundation Beach Ball gala in Cannes. The fete was held at the exclusive Plage Royale on La Croisette and hosted by Clash of the Titans star, Natalia Vodianova. Alyssa Milano was spotted on her way to Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote her ABC show Mistresses. The former Charmed actress was wearing Haute Hippie silk trousers with embellishment from the designer’s Spring collection. Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Guidice enjoyed housemade guacamole, specialty house margarita and tres leches cake at Besito in Huntington on Tuesday night. Rapper Ludacris spotted sipping on Hennessy V.S at Greystone Manor in L.A. Ali Landry, 7 months pregnant, spotted shopping for celeb favorite Belly Bandit at the Juvenile Shop in Sherman Oaks, CA. Christina Ricci and her fiancé, James Heerdegen, were at the Revere Hotel in Boston to celebrate the launch of the hotel's new rooftop pool deck (Rooftop @ Revere) as well as the hotel's partnership with chic surf-and-swimwear line, Pret-a-Surf. Emma Roberts spotted picking up 6 cupcakes at Sprinkles Cupcakes Beverly Hills.
Kurt Sutter, the colorful creator/executive producer of FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, has signed with WME. He was with ICM Partners. Last year, Sutter inked his first overall deal: a three-year pact with FX Prods and 20th Century Fox TV, whose division Fox21 co-produces SOA with FX Prods. In addition to running SOA, which is heading into its sixth season, Sutter has been developing new projects for FX, including a comedy that may star his wife/SOA star Katey Sagal and an action/horror drama with John Shiban. Last year, the Shield alum executive produced Kurt Sutter’s Outlaw Empires for Discovery Channel. He continues to be repped by attorney Michael Gendler.
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