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Johnny Lin & Brian Oliver Prep Horror Film ‘Sacrifice’, Paul Johansson Directing

EXCLUSIVE: Filmula Entertainment’s Johnny Lin and New Republic Pictures’ Brian Oliver, who recently teamed to produce and finance the sci-fi thriller Rise, have reunited to produce the psychological horror  Sacrifice. The screenplay is by Robert Tinnell and with Paul Johansson ( One Tree Hill, Atlas Shrugged: Part 1) on board to direct. Story follows a priest who survives a botched exorcism and chases a possessed fellow priest to a mystical island off the coast of… Read


California Film & TV Incentives Boosted Below-The-Line Wages By $1.4 Billion

California's film and TV production incentives program has produced a sustained 12% increase in the number hours worked in the state by below-the-line crew members, generating an additional $1.4 billion in their wages during the first two years of the expanded program, according to the latest annual report of the California Film Commission, which administers the program. The expanded incentives, called Program 2.0, was enacted in 2015 and tripled the amount of tax… Read


‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Draws 9.6 Million Viewers In Sunday Premiere

Star Trek: Discovery drew 9.6 million viewers in its Sunday premiere broadcast on CBS. The premiere episode, which aired from 8:48-9:53 PM after NFL football, also drew a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, which is up from the fast affiliates of this morning. CBS Research projects Star Trek: Discovery to increase to more than 15 million viewers with seven-day delayed viewing, and an additional 5%-10% with live +35 day viewing, As Deadline reported earlier, the premiere on CBS… Read


‘Knightfall’: Jeremy Renner-Produced History Drama Series Gets Fall Premiere & Trailer

History has slotted Wednesday, December 6 at 10 PM for the premiere of its new drama series Knightfall, from A+E Studios, Jeremy Renner’s The Combine and Midnight Radio, and has released a new trailer. Created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner, Knightfall goes inside the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity's most precious relics. K… Read


‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spinoff ‘The Perfectionists’ Starring Sasha Pieterse & Janel Parrish Gets Freeform Pilot Order

Freeform’s biggest series, Pretty Little Liars, is getting a new spinoff. Three months after PLL ended its seven-season run, the cable network has given a pilot order to offshoot Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, toplined by PLL co-stars Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish reprising their roles. The project hails from the same auspices as the original series, writer/executive producer I. Marlene King, Alloy Entertainment and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, and… Read


‘Underworld’: Len Wiseman Spearheading TV Series Adaptation Of Movie Franchise

EXCLUSIVE: Len Wiseman and his production company Sketch Films are moving forward with the long-gestating Underworld TV series based on the popular action horror movie franchise, which is targeting the premium cable/digital space. “The series will be a pretty big departure from the films,” Wiseman said. “I don’t want to say it’s more adult, but it’s definitely less comic book in its tone and character.” Wiseman has been involved in all five movies in the Underworld… Read


‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci Gets HBO Pilot Order For Space Comedy

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EXCLUSIVE: As his creation, the Emmy-winning HBO political comedy Veep, is heading to its final season, Armando Iannucci is making a return to the premium cable network while staying away from Washington (and mostly Earth altogether). HBO has greenlighted a pilot and picked up backup scripts for Avenue 5 (working title), a new comedy from Veep creator Iannucci. Created, written and executive produced by Iannucci, Avenue 5 is set in the future, mostly in space. (Word is… Read


Fox News Channel Signs Gianno Caldwell As Political Analyst

Fox News Channel has signed Gianno Caldwell as a political analyst; he will appear on FNC and Fox Business Network in daytime and primetime. A post-Charlottesville August appearance on the network by the frequent guest went viral. In the segment, network host Abby Hunstman queued up Caldwell with the “good people on both sides” line also favored by President Donald Trump. But the Republican political analyst emotionally refused to take her bait, saying: [Trump] has failed… Read


‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney & David Oyelowo Join Forces On New Disney Musical ‘Cyrano The Moor’

EXCLUSIVE: Walt Disney Pictures is now in business with Moonlight Oscar-winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney to script a musical idea for David Oyelowo to star. Details are under wraps on what is being titled Cyrano the Moor, but we know it’s some kind of musical mash up of two classic stories — Cyrano de Bergerac and Othello — and will be set in the Bristol region of England during the 19th century. So that means that the script will take inspiration from the two… Read


‘The Haunting Of Hill House’: Mckenna Grace & Violet McGraw Join Netflix Series

Netflix’s upcoming The Haunting Of Hill House has added a pair of young actresses as Mckenna Grace and Violet McGraw have been cast in the series adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 novel from Amblin TV and Paramount TV. The re-imagining draws from the original classic ghost story while expanding on the mythology of the Crane family. Previously announced cast includes Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Michael Huisman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate… Read


‘The Affair’: Sanaa Lathan Set To Recur On Season 4 Of Showtime Series

Shots Fired star Sanaa Lathan is set for a recurring role opposite Dominic West on the upcoming fourth season of Showtime’s The Affair. Winner of three Golden Globes, including best drama series, The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages and the crime that brings these individuals back together, as told through multiple perspectives. Season 4 finds Noah (West), Helen (Maura Tierney), Alison (Ruth Wilson) and Cole… Read


Facebook Watch ‘Working Spectacularly’ for Discovery-backed Group Nine—Ad Week

Facebook's new video platform, Watch, is "working spectacularly for us," said Ben Lerer, CEO of Group Nine Media, the Discovery-backed owner of Thrillist, Now This and The Dodo. “We’ve done well over 100 million video views and 100 million minutes of viewing, which is important. So people are staying for longer. We have over half a million followers to our shows in the three weeks” since Watch launched. Group Nine launched 24 shows as Watch lit up, and Lerer said the… Read