Thursday, September 17, 2009

American Comedy Awards Back & With Comedy Central!

The preeminent brand in comedy has joined forces with the preeminent producer of awards shows to reboot and re-brand the American Comedy Awards, a new, annual event that will honor and celebrate the world of comedy, it was announced today by Elizabeth Porter, SVP, specials and talent, COMEDY CENTRAL. The American Comedy Awards, a partnership between COMEDY CENTRAL and the Emmy® Award-winning Don Mischer Productions, will celebrate and reward the year's best in film, television, digital shorts and performance. Scheduled to premiere in 2010, the “American Comedy Awards," will premiere simultaneously across all of MTV Networks Entertainment Group channels: COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV and TV Land.

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LeBron James Jumps Into New Comedy Film

In case you haven’t heard, NBA superstar LeBron James is making a feature film debut playing himself in a new comedy film titled Fantasy Basketball Camp, from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment comedy.

The film is described as a comedy about five guys from different backgrounds who come to Vegas to live out their fantasy by attending the LeBron James Adult Basketball Camp. While it should be enough that these dreamers get to breathe the same oxygen as their hero, the campers drag James into their various life issues, ranging from serious to idiotic.

Brian Grazer is producing the film, and he said the picture came out of meetings he had with James and his partner Maverick Carter, and their encounters that left Grazer feeling confident the Cleveland Cavaliers star could make the same easy transition to the screen that Eminem did in his screen debut on 8 Mile, which Grazer also produced.

The intention is to begin production next summer of the new film.

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