SUNDANCE TV RENEWS ORIGINAL NON-FICTION SERIES
"CLOSE UP WITH THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER"
FOR A THIRD SEASON
Daytime Emmy(R) Nominated Series Will Return Fall 2017 with Episodes Featuring Both Television and Film Roundtables
NEW YORK, NY - April 27, 2017 - SundanceTV announced today the renewal of its original non-fiction series "Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter," produced in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter. Recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy(R) Award in the outstanding special-class series category, "Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter" will begin airing its third season on SundanceTV in the fall. The upcoming season, comprised of 14 one-hour episodes, will be divided into two parts: the first featuring candid roundtable discussions with notables from the television community, and the second, focusing on some of the most talented actors, actresses, directors, writers and producers from the film industry.
Last season of "Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter'" included passionate and honest discussions with well-known talent and award nominees from the year's most acclaimed films and television series. Guests including Oscar(R) winners Emma Stone, Mahershala Ali, Casey Affleck, Barry Jenkins, Damien Chazelle, as well as such notables as Taraji P. Henson, Justin Timberlake, Naomie Harris and Mel Gibson discussed everything from diversity on and off-screen, what influences characters and scripts, mastering difficult locations and reluctant subjects and the process of bringing these films to an audience.
"We're ecstatic to continue our partnership with The Hollywood Reporter to bring 'Close Up' to SundanceTV for a third season," said Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager, SundanceTV. "The show is a fascinating peek behind the curtain and we look forward to introducing a new group of candid roundtables from some of today's most acclaimed individuals in television and film for the newest season."
"We're thrilled "Close Up" is returning to SundanceTV for another year of A-list guests and intimate conversations viewers can't see anywhere else," said Matthew Belloni, Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter. "The recent Daytime Emmy(R) Award nomination is a testament to the way this unique and powerful series has resonated with audiences."
The Hollywood Reporter is well known for hosting influential roundtable conversations with industry insiders, garnering its own Los Angeles area Emmy(R) Award for a roundtable conversation titled The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street, which featured Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.
"Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter" represents a continued commitment by SundanceTV to innovative, informative unscripted programming that sheds light on the world of filmed storytelling and pop culture.
The series is executive produced by Janice Min, Matthew Belloni, Stephen Galloway, Jennifer Laski and Lacey Rose from The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Haddad from SundanceTV and produced by Stephanie Fischette from The Hollywood Reporter.
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About The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter is the entertainment industry's flagship media brand. With in- depth reporting, analysis, unprecedented access, world-class photography and video, and feature exclusives, The Hollywood Reporter is the definitive source for breaking entertainment and business news. THR won a 2016 Webby Award for best online film and video in the entertainment category and the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the Special Interest category in 2015 and 2016 in addition to a 2015 and 2016 ASME National Magazine Award nomination for Magazine of the Year and a Gerald Loeb Award nomination for its Studio Chiefs Roundtable. Additionally, the brand took home 10 SoCal journalism awards in 2015 and seven in 2016, including Entertainment Journalist of the Year. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter staff won Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street. The Hollywood Reporter and SundanceTV partner to co- produce and broadcast Daytime Emmy Award nominated "Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter," an original non-fiction series featuring panels with potential Emmy and Oscar nominees. In June 2016, The Hollywood Reporter launched a new feature, the THR 100, ranking the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood. THR's platforms include an award-winning weekly magazine, dynamic web and mobile sites, a huge social media footprint, and glittery year-round events.
The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group reaches more than 41 million US users a month online per ComScore, with a social footprint of nearly 26 million, ranking number 6 among ComScore entertainment-news properties in August 2016, delivering news to an audience of industry power players and consumers deeply invested in entertainment content. Follow The Hollywood Reporter on Twitter @thr, on Facebook at facebook.com/HollywoodReporter, on Instagram @hollywoodreporter, and on Snapchat at thrsnaps.
Since its launch in 1996, SundanceTV has remained true to founder Robert Redford's mission to celebrate creativity and distinctive storytelling through unique voices and narratives found in the best independent films. From delivering critically acclaimed Emmy(R), Golden Globe(R) and Peabody Award-winning television featuring some of the world's most talented creators and performers, to showcasing some of the most compelling and iconic films across genres and generations, SundanceTV is a smart and thought-provoking entertainment destination. SundanceTV is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.; its sister networks include AMC, IFC, BBC America and WE tv. SundanceTV is available across all platforms, including on-air, online at sundance.tv, on demand and mobile.