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AMC Orders Pilot for Show About Computer Pioneers

AMC has ordered a pilot for a show called Halt & Catch Fire, a scripted drama about the adventures of computer pioneers in the 1980s.

The show will come from AMC Studios, created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rodgers. Breaking Bad‘s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein will executive the drama for Gran Via Productions.

Here’s more about the show, from the release: “Set in the early 1980s, Halt & Catch Fire dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.”

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Turner Sports Relaunches NCAA.com

NCAA.com has a new look today as the result of the 14-year digital partnership between the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Turner Sports, with the aim of drawing eyeballs to the site at times other than the three championship seasons in the fall, winter, and spring, Broadcasting & Cable reported.

Turner handles all operations and sales for joint venture NCAA Digital, and its flagship event, the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, is covered by a separate agreement between Turner, CBS, and the NCAA, according to B&C.

NCAA.com will now live-stream more than 60 championships annually, along with selling advertising for other sports sites run by Turner Sports, such as SI.com, PGATour.com, PGA.com, and NASCAR.com.

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