Video Game Strike: Companies Cry Foul As SAG-AFTRA Picket Line Underway
UPDATE with strike underway: Video game companies struck by SAG-AFTRA released documents today that they say proves they had matched the union's requests for wages, benefits and additional compensation before the union called its strike last Friday. According to the companies, the documents also show that the two sides had reached an agreement to collaboratively investigate the vocal stress issues raised by the union during the term of the next contract.
"These proposals… Read
ABC Nabs Family Comedy Starring Rev Run & Justine Simmons With Big Commitment
EXCLUSIVE: In a very competitive situation with multiple networks pursuing, ABC has landed a multi-camera family comedy toplined and produced by reality stars Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons & Justine Simmons. The project, which has received a put pilot commitment with a big penalty, hails from ABC Studios and Amblin TV.
Written by Jeremy Bronson (The Mindy Project), with veteran comedy writer-producer Jhoni Marchinko (Will & Grace) supervising, the untitled comedy centers on a… Read
Paramount Picks Up Spec ‘Northeast Kingdom’ For Platinum Dunes; Alex R. Johnson Attached To Direct
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has picked up Alex R. Johnson’s spec script Northeast Kingdom for Platinum Dunes to produce. Johnson, who wrote and directed the Austin-set neo-noir thriller Two Step, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, is attached to direct Northeast Kingdom. The story line is being kept under wraps on this one, but we hear that it’s a female two-hander revenge thriller. Always nice to see strong females kick some …
As for Two Step, it was picked up… Read
‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ & ‘Masters Of Illusion’ Renewed For Summer On The CW
The CW said today that it has renewed its summer series Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Masters of Illusion. All will return in 2017.
Hosted by Alyson Hannigan, the hourlong magic competition series Penn & Teller: Fool Us will return for Season 4 with the duo inviting aspiring magicians to perform their best trick to try and fool them. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their Las Vegas show. Penn & Teller see the… Read
Mel Gibson Scores Hollywood Film Awards Director Honor
Mel Gibson, in the heat of the movie awards season with his upcoming World War II tale Hacksaw Ridge, will receive the Hollywood Director Award at the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards, set for November 6 at the Beverly Hilton. Lionsgate’s Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson’s first directorial effort in 10 years, hits theaters two days before the ceremony.
Gibson won the Best Director Oscar in 1996 for Braveheart and seen critical acclaim for Hacksaw Ridge, the tale of Army medic… Read
AMC Theatres Across The Country Teaming With CNN On Election Night
BREAKING: AMC Theatres is teaming up with CNN to bring the network's Election Night in America coverage to AMC Stubs members and their guests at movie theaters across the country. Fifty theaters in 25 major markets are participating, and the theater chain said that its Stubs members can choose between Election Night result viewing parties at theaters designated as either blue (Democratic) or red (Republican).
This is the first time AMC, and perhaps any theater chain, has… Read
Viacom Labs Sets First Livestream-To-TV Series For 2017
Viacom Labs is partnering with MTV Australia for the first on-air TV show that integrates livestream content from fans. The untitled series will bow next year Down Under.
Viacom Labs, Viacom’s incubator for the future of fan experience and engagement, has pioneered a format that pulls livestreams from fans as a curated, real-time feed running on-air during a regularly scheduled television show. MTV Music, Australia's 24-hour linear music channel, will be the first to… Read
Shannon Purser Joins Joey King In ‘Wish Upon’ For Broad Green Pictures
Stranger Things actress Shannon Purser has joined the cast of Broad Green Pictures' Wish Upon, which David Garrett's Mister Smith Entertainment is selling at the American Film Market next week.
Purser joins Joey King (Oz The Great And Powerful, Independence Day: Resurgence) in the horror thriller title, which is currently in pre-production. John Leonetti is directing from a Black List script by Barbara Marshall. Busted Shark Productions' Sherryl Clark (Cloverfield)… Read
‘Weaveworld’: Josh Stolberg To Write New CW Adaptation Of Clive Barker’s Book
The CW has set a new writer for Weaveworld, its drama series project based on the 1987 dark fantasy novel by Clive Barker (Hellraiser). Josh Stolberg (Piranha 3D, Crawlspace, Good Luck Chuck) has come on board to write the adaptation, which he will also executive produce alongside Barker and Angela Mancuso for CBS TV Studios.
Weaveworld has been a priority for the CW. The network first took a stab at a series based on Barker’s book last season with the genre filmmaker and… Read
Kristin Harris Named VP Acquisitions & Distribution At Good Deed Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: Kristin Harris has moved to Los Angeles-based indie studio Good Deed Entertainment as VP Acquisitions and Distribution. Harris, who has spent about a decade working in the independent distribution space, starts today. She was previously executive director, acquisitions at Cinedigm Entertainment Group where she acquired theatrical titles such as Meadowland, Life and Amateur Night. She left there in February. Prior to her time at Cinedigm, she was a creative… Read
Monterey Media Nabs Sundance Pic ‘Sophie And The Rising Sun’
Monterey Media has secured U.S. and Canada rights to Maggie Greenwald’s Sophie And The Rising Sun and is planning for a theatrical launch in early 2017. Based on the novel by Augusta Trobaugh, the forbidden love story stars Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County), Margo Martindale (August: Osage County), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is The New Black), Takashi Yamaguchi (Letters From Iwo Jima) and Diane Ladd (Joy).
The pic, which served as a Premiere title at this year's… Read
Thomas Haden Church Signs With CAA
Thomas Haden Church is returning to CAA where he was a long-time client before moving to UTA in May.
Church, an Oscar nominee, is getting high marks for his starring role opposite Sarah Jessica Parker on the new HBO comedy series Divorce. His feature credits include Sideways, Easy A, Spider-Man 3, Whitewash and Daddy's Home.
Church continues to be managed by Jen Turner at Finley Management and also be repped by Michael Gendler at Gendler… Read