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‘Secrets & Lies’ Producer Hoodlum Entertainment Inks First-Look Deal With ABC Studios International

Australian production company Hoodlum Entertainment (Secrets & Lies) has signed a worldwide first-look deal with ABC Studios International. Under the pact, ABC Studios International and Hoodlum will look to develop new content for the global international marketplace, including the U.S. Any programs that come out of the collaboration will be distributed internationally by Disney Media Distribution across all media. The venture will be run by ABC Studios International… Read


Jay Roth Fete: The Reason You Can’t Get A Hollywood Mogul On The Phone Tonight

UPDATED with more details: Hollywood is bidding farewell tonight to Jay Roth, who recently retired after 22 years as the DGA's national executive director. The by-invitation-only send-off, which is going on now at the DGA's headquarters in Hollywood, is being attended by a slew of the industry's top movers and shakers. Industry execs on hand include Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures; Kevin Tsujihar… Read


‘Dynasty’: Netflix To Distribute The CW Reboot Internationally Via Deal With CBS Studios Int’l

In a pretty unique deal for a broadcast series, Netflix has acquired global rights to the CW’s upcoming reboot of Dynasty for all international territories outside of the U.S. I hear Netflix became involved early in the process, expressing interest in distributing the show based on its iconic title, which has global appeal, and A-list auspices in Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Dynasty is produced by CBS TV Studios. The deal for the show between CB… Read


Johnny Depp Jokes About Donald Trump: “When Was The Last Time An Actor Assassinated A President?”

Keep an eye on the Sparrow? Well, the Secret Service might be having a little chat with one Johnny Depp after the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s joke about President Donald Trump went over like a lead zeppelin Thursday at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England. Speaking to the crowd from a stage, Depp said: “Can we bring Trump here? … I think he needs help.” That’s OK so far, but the one-time Lone Ranger went on to crank it up to 11, drawing mostly cheers and a… Read


‘Criminal Minds’ Co-EP Virgil Williams Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV

Virgil Williams (Criminal Minds) has signed a new two-year overall deal with Universal Television. Under the pact, he will develop new series for broadcast, cable and streaming services. Williams most recently served as a co-executive producer on long-running CBS series Criminal Minds. In addition to his role as co-EP, he has written several episodes of the series. He earlier served as producer and writer on ER from 2005-09 and also wrote for The Chicago Code and 24. On… Read

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‘1984’ Broadway Review: Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge & Reed Birney Revive Orwell’s Grim Tale

It’s entirely possible that producers Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman – who’ve brought Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s frequently harrowing adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 to Broadway after three years in London and on the road – meant to parody the punitive Big Brother-like tone with the program insert that accompanies the Playbill. The giveaway is that “101 minutes,” an unsubtle reference to Room 101, the torture chamber described in the 1949 novel and made quite… Read


Peter Bart: Are Fabulous Female Directors Limited By Tired Dude Genres?

Five very attractive actresses sewed their wild oats on 3,100 screens last weekend, but hardly anyone noticed. With a female director and an all-female cast, Rough Night from Sony sat a sad seventh on the box office charts (barely above Captain Underpants), stirring some to ask these questions: Are female filmmakers squandering their newly acquired muscle by recycling tired dude genres? Are the feminine sensibilities of a Nora Ephron or Nancy Meyers getting lost in… Read


‘Power’ Season 4 Review: ‘Fast & Furious’ Sung Kang Brings More Pedal To Metal


Premiering on June 25 on Starz, the fourth season of Power is a sobering tale of truth and interconnected consequences. Intoxicated simultaneously by new castmembers and higher stakes than before, the Courtney Kemp-created series executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson sees the looming threats that have always hung over the New York City-set drama come crashing down to reveal a world of the worst possible situations – which makes for pretty great television. Power… Read


‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Co-EP Sanjay Shah Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Fresh Off the Boat co-executive producer Sanjay Shah has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the ABC family comedy. Under the pact, he will continue as co-exec producer on Fresh Off the Boat for its upcoming fourth season and will develop new projects for the studio. Shah, who was a stand-up comedian, got his writing start at 20th TV on the studio’s Fox animated comedy series King of the Hill. He was a co-executive producer on the Fox/20th… Read


‘Still Star-Crossed’ ABC Series Moving To Saturday After 3 Monday Airings

Shondaland’s Still Star-Crossed‘s Monday run is over after three low-rated outings. Starting this coming week, the Romeo & Juliet sequel no longer will air in its assigned Monday time slot. After a break, the ABC series will continue its freshman run on July 8, airing on Saturdays. The scheduling downgrade is a clear sign that the medieval drama won’t go beyond its first season. Still Star-Crossed is expected to get a de facto cancellation next week when the options on… Read


YouTube CEO Unveils User Numbers, Plans For VR And Live Streaming

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apparently had a lot to crow about at her appearance today at the VidCon confab for online video fans and creators. She disclosed to the Anaheim gathering that YouTube now logs 1.5 billion viewers a month. “That's the equivalent of one in every five people around the world,” she says. “And how much do those people watch? On average, our viewers spend over an hour a day watching YouTube on mobile devices alone.” The Google-owned company also… Read


Amazon Studios Moving Into Culver Studios’ Famed ‘Gone With The Wind’ Mansion?

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Amazon Studios soon could be taking up residence at one of the most iconic mansions in Hollywood – the so-called "Gone with the Wind" mansion on the Culver Studios lot. Neither Amazon nor Culver Studios would confirm or deny rumors circulating on the lot, but three sources have told Deadline that it's true. "That's what I heard," said a Culver Studios source. "I heard they're moving in," said another. "Amazon Studios is about to take over a large portion of the campus… Read