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WME Vet Cliff Roberts Exiting; Will He End Up At CAA?

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EXCLUSIVE: This is unfolding in real time. Longtime WME agent Cliff Roberts has just parted company with the agency after 10 years there (with another six years spent as an agent at WMA after starting in the mailroom). The word is that CAA is his likely landing place, but that part hasn’t yet happened. Roberts has a stellar client list. His longtime clients include Oscar-winning The Big Short cowriter and director Adam McKay, Central Intelligence helmer Rawson Thurber, The… Read

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ABC Buys Laura Krafft Family Comedy

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In a competitive situation, ABC has nabbed The Favorite, a single-camera multi-generational comedy from writer Laura Krafft, ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The Favorite centers on a woman who comes home for a visit to help her siblings with their aging parents and ends up moving in to care for them full time. A comedic examination of the tricky but ultimately rewarding relationship between adult children and their parents, one of the rarely… Read

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Don Buchwald & Associates Expands Team With Four New Agents, Promotes Two

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Don Buchwald & Associates is bolstering its growing team, adding three new agents in its L.A. office, and a fourth in New York, and promoting two. In Los Angeles, Donyea Rochlin joins as an agent in DBA’s Literary department representing writers and directors in both television and film. Rochlin's diverse background includes stints at Dimension/Miramax Films, Revolution Studios, The Huffington Post and Storyline Entertainment. She most recently was Head of Development at… Read

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Josh Hartnett In Talks To Star In Indie ‘A Moment To Remember’

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EXCLUSIVE: Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett is in talks to star in A Moment To Remember, an indie drama to be directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions)Lewin penned the screenplay with Susannah Grant (Erin Brokovich) about a young woman who falls in love with a brusque but sweet man, but their marriage is destroyed after she develops a rare case of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Production is set to begin in November. Jena Malone joined in May as the female lead and remains… Read

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‘The Blacklist’ Adds Leon Rippy; Phylicia Rashad Joins ‘Empire’

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Saving Grace alum Leon Rippy has booked a recurring role on the fourth season of NBC’s hit drama series The Blacklist. Rippy will play Hunter, a mysterious survivalist who stumbles upon a secret that will have dire consequences. He's an enigmatic character whose unhinged behavior makes him hard to pin down as friend or foe. Rippy, who starred in HBO’s Deadwood, most recently was seen on Hulu miniseries 11.22.63. He is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency. The Cosby… Read

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EveryWhere Studios Taps Julia Eisenman As SVP Development

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Julia Eisenman has joined EveryWhere Studios as SVP, Development to produce and oversee development for the company. The newly-created position comes amid an expansion for EveryWhere, which recently partnered with the McLean Group's Vancouver Film Studios to launch 50° North Productions (50° North), a Canadian-based television and film studio now with full in-house production capability. EveryWhere also is producing the recently announced Who Killed JonBenet? original… Read

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NBC Buys Cop Family Drama From Nkechi Carroll & Matt Reeves As Put Pilot

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Family Honor, a drama series project from Rosewood co-executive producer Nkechi Carroll and Felicity co-creator Matt Reeves, has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, where both Carroll and Reeves are under overall deals, and Reeves’ 6th & Idaho production company. Written by Carroll, Family Honor is an ensemble police procedural explored through the eyes of four diverse foster sisters who fall on both sides of the law. The… Read

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Tribune Media Could Collect $240M In Deal To Sell Chicago’s Tribune Tower

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One of Chicago’s most distinctive landmarks — the Tribune Tower, built in 1925 — is about to change hands. Tribune Media has accepted an offer potentially worth $240 million from Los Angeles-based CIM Group, which is expected to use the 35-story building as the centerpiece of a Michigan Avenue hotel, residential and retail development. “Tribune Tower has been a unique part of Chicago’s skyline since the 1920s,” Tribune Media CEO Peter Liguori says. “It is a gem of… Read

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‘Underground’ Exec Producer Mike Jackson On Challenging “Homogenous” Hollywood & Having John Legend As A Partner

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EXCLUSIVE: "As far as the type of projects that we're doing at Get Lifted, we just really like to shine a light on really important moments in time, and people that help create those moments," Underground executive producer Mike Jackson says of where his company is coming from — and going. In the five years since Get Lifted Film Co. started, the partnership launched by Jackson, John Legend and Ty Stiklorius has grown on to the big screen with the just-opened Southside With… Read

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Fox Nabs ‘Ghosted’ Comedy Starring Craig Robinson & Adam Scott From Tom Gormican With Production Commitment

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Fox, the network of The X-Files, is taking in Ghosted. In a very competitive situation with a slew of buyers, Fox has landed a single-camera comedy from Tom Gormican (That Awkward Moment) that has The Office alum Craig Robinson and Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott set to star and executive produce. Described as a sort of comedic X-Files, Ghosted centers on Leroy Wright (Robinson), a cynical, hilarious skeptic, and Max Allison (Scott), a genius "true believer" in the… Read

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Tao Okamoto, Japanese Pop Star Kihiro, And Haruka Abe Cast In ‘She’s Just A Shadow’

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EXCLUSIVE: Tao Okamoto, who co-starred in this summer’s Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Justice, has been cast along with Haruka Abe (47 Ronin) and Kihiro — the front-man for the Japanese punk group Loka — in Adam Sherman’s She’s Just A Shadow. The film marks the acting debut for Kihiro. The gangster drama just got underway in Tokyo. Japanese actress and model Okamoto was one of the faces of Ralph Lauren before she started her acting career with her debut in The Wolverine… Read

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‘Insidious: Chapter 4’ Rounds Out Final Cast

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EXCLUSIVE: Kirk Acevedo, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke and Caitlin Gerard have joined the cast of Universal/Blumhouse’s Insidious: Chapter 4which is filming and scheduled to open on October 20, 2017. Their characters are being kept under wraps. The latest installment to the $370M microbudget franchise is being helmed by series newcomer Adam Robitel. The four join Lin Shaye as parapsychologist Elise Rainier as well as franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson… Read