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El Chapo TV Series In Works At History From ‘Narcos’ Co-Creator

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The story of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is headed to the screen… without Kate del Castillo or Sean Penn. History has put in development #Cartel, a drama series from Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato. Written by Brancato, #Cartel will explore the global drug wars through the true story of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, called the most powerful drug lord in history. Described as a story of power, money, sex and the human cost of the drug wars, the… Read


CBS’ Les Moonves Is “Salivating” For Upfront Ad Sales As Demand Grows

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The ad market is “on fire” — with flames so intense that CBS plans to increase the amount of inventory it will sell in the upfront market, expecting to walk away with bigger sales and higher pricing than it saw last year, CEO Les Moonves told analysts today in his quarterly earnings call. “The scatter market is as hot as its been in many many years,” he says. As a result “we are salivating” for upfront sales to begin. He added later that he can foresee double digit… Read

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Universal Dates A Kurtzman-Morgan Monster Movie For Presidents’ Day Weekend 2019

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Universal has added a third untitled monster franchise movie from Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to the schedule, set for Presidents’ Day weekend, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. This follows The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, and directed by Kurtzman, on June 9, 2017 and another untitled monster pic on April 13, 2018. It’s not clear whether Uni’s reboot of The Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp will go to either the 2018 or 2019 date. There’s a multitude of characters that are being… Read


Dascha Polanco Lands Female Lead In ‘iCreep’; Ingjerd Egeberg Joins ‘Downsizing’

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Dascha Polanco, a regular on Netflix dramedy Orange Is the New Black, has landed her first starring film role. She is set as the female lead in iCreep, an indie dark comedy from writer-director Adrian Martinez, who also stars in and will produce the pic. The film follows the life of a loner, Gilbert (Martinez), and the love of his life, Jana (Polanco). Polanco plays Dayanara Diaz on Orange Is the New Black, sharing a pair of SAG Awards for the ensemble cast, and also… Read


Gotham Group Acquires ‘Diary Of An Oxygen Thief’, Underground Novel in Book Auction


EXCLUSIVE: Just as an auction for publishing rights is going on, Gotham Group has acquired screen rights to Diary of an Oxygen Thief, a book written by an anonymous author that takes a raw look at the complicated relationships between men and women. Told from the male perspective by an unreliable narrator, it’s tonally compared to Fight Club or American Psycho. It has been a bit of a secret till now, but there is an auction going on through publishing agent Byrd Leavall… Read


The Weinstein Company Hoards Overseas Rights To ‘The Nut Job 2’

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The Weinstein Company has gone nuts, squirreling away rights for much of the world to toon sequel The Nut Job 2. The deal includes all global territories except U.S. — where Open Road will distribute the pic — China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. TWC will sell the pic at the Cannes Film Market this month. Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham are reprising their voice roles for the follow-up, joined by franchise rookies… Read


CBS Credits Strong Ad Market And Super Bowl For Help With Q1 Earnings Beat

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Wall Street had high expectations for CBS’ Q1 numbers, and the network owner delivered — beating analyst forecasts for both revenues and earnings. That sent shares up 3% in post market trading, on top of the 18% increase since the beginning of this year. CBS’ net earnings at $473 million were up 20% vs the same period last year on revenues of $3.85 billion, up nearly 10%. Analysts expected the top line to come in at $3.83 billion. Earnings at $1.02 a share were well above… Read


CNN Wins White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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CNN ranked No. 1 in the news demo among cable news networks in primetime last week, Monday through Sunday. That makes it three consecutive wins, which CNN has accomplished just three times in the past 15 years. CNN’s coverage of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner –  President Barack Obama’s last and likely Larry Wilmore’s too – ranked No. 1 in both overall audience and in the news demo through Saturday evening. During the 10 PM hour, when Obama killed and Wilmore… Read


Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ Krysten Ritter & EP On Building Netflix Character

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"What I loved about Jessica," says Marvel's Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter, "was how informed she is by her past, how vulnerable she is, how strong she is, how powerful she is." The actor then added, "also she's very cool, way cooler than I am." Joined by EP Melissa Rosenberg, Ritter about was speaking onstage about the first season of the acclaimed and renewed Netflix series at Deadline's The Contenders Emmys all-day event on April 10. Based on the Alias comic… Read

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Miles Teller Boxing Pic ‘Bleed For This’ Set For November Bow

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Open Road Films has set a November 4 limited release for Bleed for This, the biopic of boxer Vinny Pazienza that stars Miles Teller. After its platform bow, the pic from writer-director Ben Younger will expand to wide release on November 23. That puts it in that fall corridor where distributors put movies they feel will be knockouts during awards season. If the pattern sounds familiar it should: Open Road had the same rollout last year for Spotlight, which went on to win t… Read


Condé Nast Launches Filmmaker Incubator Programs, Announces Comcast Distribution Deal – Newfront

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Conde Nast Entertainment is launching three new incubator programs aimed at discovering and developing the next generation of digital video storytellers, it announced at its Newfront presentation today in New York. In addition, the company said it has renewed 62% of its digital series franchises for the 2016-17 season, and it announced a distribution partnership with Comcast. CNE also released the second iteration of its premium digital platform, The Scene, as a… Read


Foresight Adds Talia Goldman As Director Of Operations & Distribution – Cannes

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As the Cannes Film Market is set to dawn, industry veteran Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited has hired Talia Goldman as Executive Director of Operations and Distribution. The company also has promoted Kyle Bellinger to Executive Director of Acquisitions and Development. In their new roles, Goldman will manage operations and distribution, and Bellinger will manage acquisitions and development. Goldman joins the company from IM Global, where she served as Director of… Read