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NBCU Intl Acquires ‘The Outpost’ For Syfy; IQiyi Advancing On IPO – Global Briefs

NBCUniversal International Networks has acquired The Outpost, an original fantasy adventure series that will air on Syfy channels outside the U.S. Stargate co-writer and producer Dean Devlin, and Stargate SG-1 showrunner/exec producer Jonathan Glassner are exec producers of the series created by Arrowstorm Entertainment's Kynan Griffin and Jason Faller (Mythica). Production begins today in Utah on the story of Talon, (Roman Empire‘s Jessica Green) who is the lone survivor… Read


‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ Producer Zig Zag Productions Signs With ICM

EXCLUSIVE: I Wanna Marry Harry producer Zig Zag Productions is set for a renewed push into the U.S. after signing up with talent agency ICM. The UK production company, which is run by Chief Executive Danny Fenton, has switched from CAA to ICM as it pushes through this expansion. Zig Zag has produced over 200 hours of non-scripted shows in the U.S. including high-profile reality series I Wanna Marry Harry for Fox – becoming one of the first independent UK firms to score a… Read


‘The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil Blames Porn And Music Videos For Consent Issues Following Aziz Ansari Allegations

The Good Place star Jameela Jamil has said that the allegations of an uncomfortable sexual encounter against Aziz Ansari have sparked an interesting conversation about consent. In an post on her personal website, she blames music videos and pornography for misleading men. Jamil, who plays socialite Tahani Al-Jamil on the NBC sitcom, penned a 1,000 word letter to address the issues that the Ansari case has brought up, although she admits it's "not actually an article about… Read


Timothee Chalamet Donates Salary From Woody Allen Film To Time’s Up, RAINN

Call Me By Your Name breakout Timothee Chalamet announced today that he will donate his wages from working on Woody Allen’s upcoming  A Rainy Day in New York to Time’s Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN. Chalamet took to Instagram to make the announcement saying, “This year has changed the way I see and feel about so many things.” He points out how the year has been an “enlightening education.” “I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a… Read


New York Film & TV Workers Protest During MLK Day With Rev. Al Sharpton & Top Empire State Pols

Lanere Holmes Rollins, a Parking Production Assistant who has cleared New York’s streets for film and TV crews for more than two decades, waited more than three hours to claim Martin Luther King day as her own. She had the formidable challenge of making her case before a packed meeting room in East Harlem after a power posse of the state’s top politicians joined the Rev. Al Sharpton to celebrate the slain Civil Rights leader. The holiday this year marked the 50th… Read


NAACP Image Awards Complete Winners List: ‘black-ish’, ‘Girls Trip’, Ava DuVernay Among Honorees

The 49th NAACP Image Awards handed out awards tonight at the Pasadena's Civic Auditorium. ABC’s black-ish swept the comedy category in television while Power snagged Outstanding Drama. Breakout comedy Girls Trip won for Outstanding Motion Picture and Ava DuVernay took the top prize of Entertainer of the Year. Power star Omari Hardwick won for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series on the movie end Daniel Kaluuya won for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in… Read


Arnold Schwarzenegger “Shocked” About Eliza Dushku’s ‘True Lies’ Allegations, Calls Her “So Courageous”

True Lies star Arnold Schwarzenegger has weighed on the controversy surrounding Eliza Dushku’s allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of that 1994 film’s stunt coordinator, Joel Kramer. Replying to a tweet by co-star Tom Arnold, the former California governor wrote: Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I'm shocked and saddened for Eliza but I am also proud of her – beyond being a great talent and an amazing woman, she is so courageous. https://t… Read


‘Girlfriends’ Phyllis Logan, Miranda Richardson Discuss Industry Ageism – Or Not – TCA

Girlfriends star Phyllis Logan says she never planned to play housekeeper Elsie Hughes fox six years and that had she been told her run on Downton Abbey would last that long it would have given her pause. At TCA to discuss playing newly widowed Linda on Acorn TV’s Girlfriends, Logan noted she embarked on her acting career in “nineteen hundred and frozen to death” with a goal to play as many different roles as possible, including playing “old grannies and young blokes.”… Read


Leah Remini Hints Scientology Behind Paul Haggis Claims; Church Slams “Reprehensible Smokescreen” – Update

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(Updated with Scientology statement) Facing accusations of sexual misconduct from four women, Paul Haggis has repeatedly pointed to the Church of Scientology as perhaps playing a role in those claims. Today, Leah Remini and another high-profile former Scientologist and critic of the organization has come forward to defend the Crash director and question the involvement of the church in what Haggis has called a "public hanging." "We expect the next 'revelations' about Paul… Read


How To Reach Young Millennials? The Studios & TV Networks Can Find 47M Of Them On Snapchat – TCA

At today’s TCA Snapchat, content bosses Nick Bell and Sean Mills asked how journalists in the ballroom at Pasadena’s Huntington Hotel used Snapchat. Few hands in the 30-plus demo room shot up. “It’s what I expected,” said Nick Bell. The reason being is the social media platform’s prime demographic are between 12 and 24 and at a count of 47 million in the U.S., 88 million overall. Of that core 12-24 demo, that’s 9M more than Facebook and 15M users than Instagram. Given… Read


Undaunted By Syndication Slump, NATPE Boosts International, Reality, Local TV

As the 55th edition of NATPE begins Tuesday morning in Miami, the syndication business that long served as its heartbeat continues to show a faltering pulse. No new shows are getting a splashy, Oprah-esque rollout this time, a departure from what was once was an annual ritual complete with over-the-top parties and promotional blitzes. Even so, the conference has managed to stabilize itself by bulking up offerings in streaming video, unscripted programming and local TV… Read


‘The Trade’: Exclusive Look At Showtime’s Opioid Epidemic Docuseries Ahead Of Sundance Premiere

Showtime’s The Trade explores the opioid epidemic from the intimate perspectives of growers, addicts and law enforcement on both sides of the border. We’re getting an exclusive first look at the upcoming docuseries ahead of its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, along with key art (see below). Directed and executive produced by Cartel Land filmmaker Mathew Heineman, The Trade looks at the lives behind the headlines and statistics of the opioid crisis, spanning… Read