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Ratner Produces Oscars; Hollywood Manager Convicted

Brett • After producing “Horrible Bosses,” Brett Ratner is moving on to a much larger gig: the Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday that Ratner and Don Mischer will be producing the next Oscar show, which is set to air on Feb. 26 on ABC. The New York Times has the story.

• Hollywood talent manager Pat O’Brien was convicted of a state law violation by operating a “bait and switch” scam on aspiring actors and their parents, according to The Los Angeles Times. O’Brien was sentenced to three years probation and 90 days in jail, or 45 days of community labor.

Deadline reported that Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said Paramount’s distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation, which is set to end next year, will not be extended. He said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a renewal, but added, “Paramount will do just fine under any scenario and DreamWorks Animation will do just fine.”

• It seems like fans of reality television and talent shows have lost interest over the summer. According to The New York Times, programs such as “America’s Got Talent,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “Love in the Wild” have reached summer lows in total viewers and in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

Pictured: Brett Ratner (Photo: Getty Images)

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