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Agent Ken Stovitz Departing Paradigm To Join MGMT As Manager/Producer

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Ken Stovitz is leaving Paradigm where he was a senior agent for the past three years, to join management company MGMT. Entertainment, effective June 6. At MGMT, Stovitz will manage clients, many of whom he currently represents and will share with Paradigm. He will also produce film and television projects. “I have known and worked successfully with Ken for too long to mention,” said MGMT Managing Partner David Shiff. “He is a dynamic executive with a tremendous track… Read

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Neil Brown Jr. Joins HBO’s ‘Insecure’; Jamie Ward In FX’s ‘Tyrant’

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Neil Brown, Jr has booked a recurring role opposite Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji in HBO comedy series Insecure. Created, executive produced and starring Rae, the eight-episode series looks at the friendship of two black women and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations. Brown will play Chad, a fast-talking “player,” but loyal to his friends. Brown was recently cast in BBC America’s Dirk Gently series and can next be seen in the feature Sandcastle opposite Henry… Read

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Gravitas Ventures & Broad Green Recruit Three War Films Including ‘Citizen Soldier’

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EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures, in partnership with Broad Green Pictures, has acquired global rights to the war drama Citizen Soldier, with Gravitas handling global VOD and Broad Green handling domestic Blu-ray and DVD release. Gravitas and Broad Green have also acquired the upcoming Vietnam War drama Danger Close starring Sam Worthington, currently in production and set for release in 2017, and the 2014 Afghanistan War docu The Hornet’s Nest, also directed by Salzberg and… Read

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Full 2015-16 TV Season Series Rankings: ‘Blindspot’, ‘Life In Pieces’ & ‘Quantico’ Lead Newcomers

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CBS finished No. 1 in the 18-49 demographic for the second time in the last four years which. And, if you attended CBS' upfront presentation last week, you've heard the one about CBS winning the season in overall audience for the eighth consecutive season and 13th time in 14 years, with an average of  10.9 million viewers. (Check out our network rankings story here.) NBC is completing the traditional primetime season having launched five of the season's top 10 new series… Read

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WGA East Blasts Billionaire For Funding Hulk Hogan’s Legal War With Gawker

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The WGA East, which represents the editorial staff at Gawker Media, has issued a stinging rebuke of Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire who admits to bankrolling Hulk Hogan's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit that resulted in a $140 million verdict against Gawker. "Peter Thiel has all but confessed that his primary objective is Gawker's demise," the guild said. "Plutocrats already have outsized power in this country, and we cannot allow them to use their vast fortunes… Read

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‘Delilah Dirk And The Turkish Lieutenant’ Bought By Disney

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EXCLUSIVE: Disney has acquired feature film rights to the graphic novel series Delilah Dirk And The Turkish Lieutenant from author Tony Cliff. The literary property, which is an action adventure tale set in the early 19th century, was first published by First Second Books. The story follows Delilah, described as a female Indiana Jones, as she wields her sword (trained in 47 sword-fighting techniques) and battles pirates and escapes on her flying boat while seeking… Read

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Hillary Clinton Scoffs At Donald Trump- Bernie Sanders Debate: “Not Gonna Happen!”

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UPDATED with Hillary Clinton reaction: "Oh, Wolf! This doesn't sound like a serious discussion!" Dem front-runner Hillary Clinton scolded CNN's Wolf Blitzer, when asked about the debate-for-dollars being discussed by GOP nominee Donald Trump and her Dem rival Bernie Sanders – in concert with some TV networks, according to Trump. “I don't think it's serious. It's not going to happen!" Clinton sniffed over the telephone when Blitzer pressed for her reaction to Trump’s… Read

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Broad Green’s Culture-Clash Sorority Comedy Sets Ensemble Cast & Gets New Title

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Damien alumna Megalyn Echikunwoke is set to star in the film formerly known as Ain’t No Half Steppin’. Broad Green Pictures said today that its sorority comedy from Drumline helmer Charles Stone has been retitled Step Sisters and also will feature Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, Gage Golightly, Nia Jervier, Alessandra Torresani, Marque Richardson, Naturi Naughton and Matt McGorry. The film centers on Jamilah (Echikunwoke), an ambitious black sorority girl who, in order to get… Read

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Neil Brown Jr. Inks With Don Buchwald & Associates; Ashley Darby Signs With Abrams Artists Agency

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Neil Brown Jr., who played DJ Yella in Straight Outta Compton, has signed with Don Buchwald & Associates for representation in all areas. Brown was cast this week in BBC America series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. He next will be seen in Iraq War drama Sand Castle opposite Henry Cavill and Nicholas Hoult. His other credits include features Fast & Furious and Battle Los Angeles. He recurred on Suits and appeared most recently in CSI: Cyber and NCIS: Los Angeles… Read

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Christopher Tricarico Exits Broad Green Pictures As EVP Biz Affairs; Restarting Law Firm

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EXCLUSIVE: Over a year and a half after joining Broad Green Pictures as executive vice president business affairs and general counsel, Christopher Tricarico has left the feature production and distribution company. With that move, The Man In The High Castle EP is restarting his boutique entertainment law firm, Tricarico Chavez LLP. “I am excited to return to the many clients whom I have had the pleasure to work with for more than a decade," Tricarico said today. "Much as… Read

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‘Roots’ Review: Reimagined Slavery Epic Poignant In Era Of Black Lives Matter

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Debuting on May 30 simultaneously on History, A&E and Lifetime and airing over four consecutive nights, the stunningly visceral new version of Roots probably will not get anywhere near the 130 million viewers who the original series drew in 1977. However, this is a very different era in both the TV landscape and in the culture and, while A+E Networks is certainly hoping for big ratings, the $50 million, eight-hour Roots reimagining is about more than numbers. In this era… Read

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John Ratzenberger Joins HBO Pilot ‘A Lot’; Roberta Colindrez In ‘I Love Dick’ Amazon Pilot

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John Ratzenberger has been cast opposite Whitney Cummings in her half-hour HBO pilot A Lot. Inspired by Maureen Dowd's book Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide, the not-so-romantic comedy is about how a financially successful woman navigates a world complicated by the biological and cultural differences between the sexes. Ratzenberger plays Gerry, Amanda’s (Cummings) father, who has a stroke-related condition known as “locked-in syndrome”. He has full mental capacity… Read