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Adaptive Studios Signs Viral Blogger-Dater To Book Deal: Media

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EXCLUSIVE: Adaptive Studios, which recently rebooted HBO's Project Greenlight with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, has signed an overall deal with actress/writer/blogger Amy Main to develop and adapt her viral blog, "40 Dates & 40 Nights" into a book, with possible expansion into other media. L.A.-based Main started the blog following a breakup. She relied on Tinder to find her 40 dates in 40 nights, setting rules to ensure she didn’t jump into anything too quickly. The blog… Read


BBC Unveils New Stephen Poliakoff Drama ‘Close To The Enemy’ With All-Star Cast

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BBC 2 has announced Stephen Poliakoff’s new six-part drama Close To The Enemy and revealed a stellar cast for the Cold War drama set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War II. Jim Sturgess (One Day) plays an intelligence officer whose last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, played by August Diehl (Inglorious Basterds), starts working for the British RAF on urgently developing the jet engine. Other cast members… Read


Discovery Says It Will Drive Velocity Overseas And Boost EuroSport Online

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Discovery Communications has big plans for its overseas and digital businesses driven by new initiatives to expand its Velocity auto-themed channel and sell subs for its EuroSport online app, CEO David Zaslav says this morning. “Our international pillar gives us a real hedge as you look at the slowing of the U.S. business,” he told a press gathering. The company has a 45% profit margin on its global services which reach about 230 countries. Discovery has tested the… Read


Bleecker Street Sets Amazon Deal

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Amazon and Bleecker Street have struck a multi-year content licensing agreement that will see the Prime Instant Video service be the exclusive subscription home for Bleecker Street theatrical releases that starts with the Al Pacino-starrer Danny Collins, and the upcoming Tobey Maguire-starrer Pawn Sacrifice. Future titles that will hit the service include the Blythe Danner Sundance acquisition I’ll See You In My Dreams; the Viggo Mortensen-starrer Captain Fantastic; and Tr… Read


Hockey Comedy ‘Benders’ From Apostle Gets IFC Series Order

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IFC has given an official green light to Apostle’s hockey comedy project Uncle Chubby’s, which has been given an official title, Benders. The network has ordered eight half-hour episodes of the comedy, which had been on track for a series pickup for the past couple of months. Benders follows several friends bonded by an irrational obsession for their beer-swilling amateur hockey league. "Hockey knowledge not required, these guys are all about their beer and their bros,"… Read


Knopf Unveils ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’, Next Installment Of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series

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Alfred A. Knopf editor in chief Sonny Mehta today unveiled title and cover photo of The Girl In The Spider’s Web, the fourth installment of Stieg Larsson’s bold Millennium saga that launched the dark heroine Lisbeth Salander and sold 80 million books in a three-novel series that began with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Now, this is the first novel done after Larsson died, and it does not include the partial manuscript for a fourth book that the author’s partner, Eva… Read


All3Media Confirms Acquisition Of Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions


As has been expected for days, All3Media has confirmed the news it has acquired Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions. No financial terms were revealed but Mendes and his partners former BBC Drama commissioner Pippa Harris and theater veteran Caro Newling had put the company up for sale last November with a $60 million price tag. It makes All3Media’s first major acquisition since it was bought by Discovery Communications and Liberty Global last May, and its biggest… Read


Penguin Random House Merger Pays Off For Bertelsmann: $750 For Staffers

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If you’re not on commission or the bonus track at Bertelsmann’s toddling Penguin Random House megapublisher, there’ll be a nice tip for you come April 17: An extra $750 in your paycheck, compliments of CEO Markus Dohle. “We are all proud of the positive impact inherent in what we do at Penguin Random House by publishing the best books and connecting them to readers,” Dohle wrote in a memo to staff released Tuesday morning along with Bertelsmann’s 2014 earnings. “This is… Read


Lionsgate Will Add ‘Hunger Games’ And ‘Step Up’ Attractions To Dubai Parks & Resorts New Entertainment Park

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Lionsgate said Tuesday morning it will partner with Dubai Parks and Resorts to bring The Hunger Games to Motiongate Dubai, the Hollywood-themed park slated to open in Dubai in October 2016. The Lionsgate “zone” will feature rides and a retail facility inspired by the Hunger Games franchise. There will also be a live stage show based on Step Up: All In and Step Up: Revolution, the two most recent films in that franchise. "Our franchises are continuing to drive… Read


Rachel Weisz In Talks To Star Opposite Colin Firth In Donald Crowhurst Biopic

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EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Weisz (The Light Between Oceans) is in talks to star opposite Colin Firth in director James Marsh’s untitled Donald Crowhurst biopic. The story is based on the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first round of the World Yacht Race in 1968. The film is produced by Blueprint Pictures’ Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent with Scott Z. Burns, who wrote the script. Also on board as producers are Nicolas Mauvernay and… Read


Michelle Phan Pushes Beyond YouTube With Endemol Beyond Online-Video Network

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Michelle Phan, one of YouTube’s biggest stars who has aggressively built a burgeoning offline fashion and beauty empire, is now launching ICON, her own premium online-video network in collaboration with Endemol Beyond. Phan’s ICON Network is launching separate channels on a variety of “over-the-top” online-video platforms for both the United States and U.K. today. Phan is programming the network, which will feature original series from a range of experts and influencers… Read


Comcast Launches $4.1B Investment And Operating Company Led By CFO


The firm, to be run by current CFO Michael Angelakis, plans to invest in, and help run, “growth oriented companies” in the U.S. and abroad, Comcast says this morning. The cable and broadband colossus will put up $4 billion of its capital — and be the sole outside investor for 10 years. “This is a time of tremendous change and opportunity in our core technology and media industries, as well as in adjacent business areas,” CEO Brian Roberts says. “We believe the ability to… Read