Catch up on the latest action, drama and comedy in the world of Hollywood, whether it's the movers and shakers behind the scenes or the actors on set. This week's Notebook:
- Starz, which is the subject of merger rumors involving Lionsgate, extended the contract of CEO Chris Albrecht. He will stay on until 2020 and add the title of president. It was under Albrecht that the pay network developed hit shows including "Outlander" and "Ash vs Evil Dead." Deadline
- Christine Birch takes over as president of domestic marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment, replacing Dwight Caines. Birch returned to Sony only three months ago after leaving a 12-year career there for DreamWorks, FilmDistrict and Universal’s Focus Features. Variety
The Call Sheet:
- Actor Michael Sheen (Showtime's "Masters of Sex") will make his feature directorial debut at the helm of "Green River Killer," based on his own script, about notorious serial killer Gary Ridgway. Sheen will also star. Deadline
- Vanessa Redgrave joins a cast including Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Julie Walters in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," a romantic comedy directed by Paul McGuigan. The film is based on a memoir by Peter Turner, about legendary actress Gloria Grahame. Variety
- CBS saw increases of between 3 and 5 percent in its sales commitments from the recent advertising upfronts, based in part on an increase in its CPM rate, sources said. That translates to between $2.26 billion and $2.6 billion in ad commitments. Variety
- Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein have signed a two-year deal through their Vendetta Productions with 20th Century Fox Television. They will produce shows for network, cable and streaming services. Deadline
- A federal judge blocked the sale of Whitney Houston's 1986 Emmy Award, which she won for her performance in "Saving All My Love for You." The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences technically lends the award to winners to possess indefinitely, but prohibits them or their heirs from selling it. The Hollywood Reporter
- Michael Herr, the award-winning journalist who became an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, died in an upstate New York hospital after a long illness. The Vietnam War correspondent who gained fame with the book "Dispatches" contributed to Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" and co-wrote the screenplay for Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket." He was 76. Los Angeles Times
- The all-important July 4 holiday weekend brings out the blockbusters. Opening on Friday: "The Legend of Tarzan," "The Purge: Election Year" and "The BFG." The Hollywood Reporter
- Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will vote on candidates for its Board of Governors. The slate reflects new rules aimed at diversifying the academy's leaders. Four candidates are running for each of 17 seats, reflecting the academy's branches. Voting concludes July 12.
- “The offer was to my mind slightly, if not insulting, not perhaps reflective of my actual value to the project. There was my ‘goodbye moment,’ and then they doubled the offer. I was 55, and I had just learned, at a very late date, how to deal on my own behalf.” —Meryl Streep, on how she negotiated higher pay (emulating her character) for "The Devil Wears Prada," celebrating its 10th anniversary. Variety
- “We’re at the stage where Netflix and Amazon are producing. Google and Apple are not far behind. They will be in the content business in the next second. ... They are global players, and they have the pipeline.” —Harvey Weinstein on the emergence of new TV players, speaking at Cannes Lions.