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Lauren Zalaznick To Produce Feminism Video Docu-Series ‘A Woman’s Place’

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Eight-part original series A Woman’s Place: The Frontlines Of Feminism highlights the revolutionaries, leaders, and activists who are leading female empowerment efforts in communities around the world, including the Philippines, Ecuador, Senegal, Brazil, Turkey, Egypt, Sweden and the United States.The original series, from Refinery29 and We Are the XX co-founders Kassidy Brown and Allison Rapson, is executive produced by former top NBCUniversal cable exec Lauren… Read


HBO’s ‘Psi’, ‘Engrenages’ Among International Emmy Award Nominees

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HBO Latin America’s Psi and Engrenages (Spiral) from Son et Lumiere and Canal+ Creation originale are among the drama series International Emmy Award nominees announced today by the International Academy at Mipcom. French cop drama seris Engrenages is currently being developed by Showtime and Endemol Shine Studios for the U.S. The series has been compared to The Wire and has been instrumental in raising the profile and the quality of French drama. Among the actor in a… Read


SundanceTV Joins ‘The Last Panthers’ As Co-Producer; Partners With Zodiak On ‘Rebellion’ – Mipcom Update

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UPDATES with Rebellion co-production: Sky Atlantic and Canal Plus’ heist drama The Last Panthers is world premiering tonight here at Mipcom in Cannes. While the traditional opening night red carpet has been cancelled due to logistic issues brought about by the violent storms that battered the Riviera over the weekend, the show is going — and has a new co-producer aboard. SundanceTV is partnering on the six-part crime series with a spring 2016 air date planned in the U.S… Read


Keshet International Options Chinese Comedy ‘Dating Hunter’ For U.S. – Mipcom

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This is a two-way partnership under which Keshet International has optioned Chinese romcom Dating Hunter for the U.S. market from production company Huace Group/Croton Media. The latter will in turn develop local versions of KI comedies Traffic Light and Loaded for the Middle Kingdom. The deal for Dating Hunter marks the first time a Chinese format will be re-versioned for the U.S. and comes as the Middle Kingdom is keen to access export markets for its content. The… Read


Rising Star Bel Powley To Topline ‘Wildling’; Liv Tyler and Trudie Styler’s Maven To Produce

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EXCLUSIVE: Rising Brit actress Bel Powley will star in Fritz Bohm’s Wildling alongside Liv Tyler, who also co-produces with Trudie Styler’s Maven Pictures. Styler produces alongside her Maven partners Celine Rattray (The Kids Are All Right) and Charlotte Ubben. Wildling is an elevated horror tale in the vein of vampire pic Let The Right One In. The story centers on young Anna (Powley), who spends her entire childhood in a single room under the care of a mysterious man… Read


Channing Tatum & Weinstein Set Mike Vukadinovich To Write ‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock’

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EXCLUSIVE: Channing Tatum and the Weinstein Company have set Mike Vukadinovich to write Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, the feature project that sees Tatum make his directorial debut alongside Reid Carolin. The project is an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s YA book of the same name about a high school student who plans to kill his best friend and then himself. In addition to co-directing and co-producing his Free Association banner and along with the company’s Peter Kiernan… Read

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Will Free Tickets To ‘School Of Rock’ Spur Younger Broadway Audience?

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EXCLUSIVE: A nonprofit coalition of Broadway producers and theater owners will funnel free tickets and offstage programming to shows — including fall newcomers School Of Rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of the Jack Black movie, and On Your Feet!, the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan — to Gotham teens in a program aimed at inspiring young artists and future theatergoers. The plan, called The Situation Project, has pledged funds to pay for five years’ worth of arts… Read


John Oliver Plasters Donald Trump, Ben Carson Over School Shooting Reaction


Updated with video: Last Week Tonight host John Oliver did not join fellow late-night comedian/show hosts by opening his first show following the latest school shooting with a few words about the tragedy.  Late-night shows’ brief serious/sad openers have become part of that post-school-shooting routine President Obama talked about so angrily, hours after 9 people were murdered at Umpqua Community College, in his latest post-shooting news conference. Instead, Oliver… Read


‘Macbeth’ Producer and Writer Re-Teaming On Event TV Series ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’


EXCLUSIVESee-Saw Films and writer Michael Lesslie, who worked together to resounding effect on Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender, are re-teaming on an event TV series adaptation of Ray Celestin’s debut novel The Axeman’s Jazz. The book, which has been critically acclaimed, is based on the true story of a serial killer who terrorised New Orleans for more than a year after the First World War. Blending music, history and crime, Celestin’s 1919-set… Read


Lionsgate, Skydance Form Global TV Distribution Pact Launching Skydance International – Mipcom


During a keynote address this afternoon at Mipcom in Cannes, Lionsgate’s President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer proudly let slip the news that the company has entered a distribution pact with David Ellison’s Skydance Media. The deal comes in conjunction with the launch of the Skydance International label which will feature Skydance's current and emerging premium TV properties around the world following their initial U.S. broadcast. Packer… Read


EuropaCorp TV’s ‘Janus’ In Development At ABC; Thor Freudenthal To Direct Pilot – Mipcom

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On the heels of deals for These Final Hours (Fox) and Taken (NBC), EuropaCorp Television Studios USA has set a third project at a U.S. network. Janus, an adaptation of the Austrian drama, has been put into development at ABC. The pilot is being written by Kevin O'Hare. Thor Freudenthal (Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Arrow) is attached to direct and co-exec produce. Janus is a large pharmaceutical corporation that will stop at nothing to protect its image and maximize… Read


Netflix Orders ‘Suburra’; First Italian Original Hails From ‘Gomorrah’ Creators – Mipcom

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Suburra is planned as a 10-episode drama made in partnership with Italy’s RAI. While Netflix has embarked on originals in France (Marseille), and elsewhere, this is the first time it’s moving into the space in Italy. A worldwide debut is set for 2017. Described as a dark and gripping organized crime series set on the Roman coast, Suburra will be produced by Cattleya, the indie film and television company behind such series as Gomorrah and Romanzo Criminale. The saga that… Read