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Warner Bros To Make Film On Bard Prison Initiative Debate Team That Beat Harvard

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros will develop a film about the Bard Prison Initiative debate team and its founder, Max Kenner. Kenner, who hatched the BPI program while an undergraduate at Bard, put together a debate team comprised of prison inmate from Eastern New York Correctional Facility and made global headlines in 2015 when they beat the Harvard debate team in competition. The film will be about the inmates who rose to the occasion on the debate team. Andrew Lazar is… Read


‘9-1-1’s Angela Bassett Brings The Heat In First Cop Role

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett was recently thrown onto the force with regular collaborator Ryan Murphy's idiosyncratic, thrilling procedural series 9-1-1 on Fox. Having never played a cop before, Bassett — a Golden Globe winner, Oscar nominee and four-time Emmy-nominated actress including this year for her turn on Netflix’s Master of None — did her due diligence, while working to challenge her own preconceptions. "You just have this idea: 'OK, you’re running, you’re pulling your gun… Read


‘Overlooked’ Female Anthology Series Based On NY Times Obituaries Feature Set At Anonymous Content & Paramount TV

The New York Times is partnering with Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and 3dot Productions on Overlooked, a scripted anthology series that highlights the stories of notable women who did not receive an obituary in The Times. The series will consist of 10 episodes per season, each one telling the story of a different woman who left an indelible mark. Each episode will be written and directed by women. Per the producers, since 1851, The New York Times has published… Read


Lena Waithe Joins Kay Cannon, Nico Santos For GLAAD Forum Discussion On LGBTQ Representation In Film

Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe is set to join Blockers director Kay Cannon and Superstore actor Nico Santos at GLAAD, WME and Endeavor Content’s first forum on LGBTQ inclusion in film which will coincide with the launch of GLAAD's sixth annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI). The forum, which will take place May 22 at WME headquarters in Los Angeles, will launch the GLAAD’s SRI that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by the… Read


Orion Classics Relaunches At MGM With Kate Bosworth Film ‘The Domestics’ As First Release

MGM is re-launching Orion Classics and has named Mike P. Nelson’s thriller The Domestics starring Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin (Everybody Wants Some!!) as its first release as the studio says it will focus on multiplatform and specialized releases and acquisitions. The label that is rising from the ashes will release eight to 10 films per year across genres, with The Domestics hitting theaters June 28 and then going to VOD and digital the following day. The move… Read


‘Mowgli’ Trailer: Andy Serkis’ Dark ‘Jungle Book’ Tale With Big-Name Cast

“Witness the darkest telling of the beloved masterpiece,” Warner Bros notes at the start of the first full trailer for Mowgli (fka Jungle Book: Origins). Solid take. “I bit and I scratched and I spent my entire life fighting,” the panther Bagheera (Christian Bale) tells the caged boy. “Until one day, I just stopped. And I gained their trust. Gain their trust, little brother.” Solid advice. Director Andy Serkis’ long-in-the-works Rudyard Kipling adaptation once competed… Read


Nina Tassler Talks About Her New Epix Project ‘War Torn’, Telling Stories Of Female Reporters Who Covered Vietnam War

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Television industry veteran Nina Tassler talked about failure and reinvention and her forthcoming project from PatMa Productions that illustrates the sort of female-centric storytelling she and co-founder Denise Di Novi plan to support with their newly formed production company. Tassler is developing War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam, a television project for Epix that explores the little-examined role of female journalists who were… Read


WWE ‘SmackDown’ Moving To Fox From USA Network In Fall 2019

As Fox assembles the pieces of its post-merger schedule, a big piece has fallen in place. Beginning in October 2019, the broadcast network will air World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown Live, which has been on USA Network. Terms were not disclosed. Fox and the WWE both declined comment. News of the deal, which was first signaled as being imminent last week, sent WWE shares up 12% to $57.57. Over the past week, they have risen more than 30%. On Tuesday nights, the show… Read


‘Descendants 3’: Disney Channel Pic Adds Cheyenne Jackson As Hades From ‘Hercules’

Disney Channel’s Descendants 3 just got more villainous. The cable net said today that Cheyenne Jackson is set to play Hades, the underworld ruler from Disney’s 1997 toon Hercules, rounding out the cast of the telepic threequel set for 2019. Production on the live-action musical; is set to begin shortly, Disney Channel said. Watch the “Who Is Hades?” announcement video below. Jackson, an American Horror Story player for the past few seasons who also appears in the… Read


Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios To Adapt J. Randy Taraborrelli’s ‘Jackie, Janet & Lee’ Biography For TV

Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios (Snowpiercer, Good Behavior), a partnership between Adelstein and ITV Studios, will adapt J. Randy Taraborrelli’s bestselling biography Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill, for television, with Taraborrelli and Emmy-nominated Keri Selig (After Camelot, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) on board to produce. Published earlier this year by St. Martin’s… Read


Amazon Studios Names Vernon Sanders As Co-Head Of Television

Former veteran NBC executive Vernon Sanders has joined Amazon Studios as Co-Head of Television. He will work alongside Co-Head of Television, Albert Cheng, overseeing the creative and production units of the television operation for Amazon Prime Video, with both reporting to Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. Sanders’ appointment comes a little over a month after new Amazon Studios head Salke restructured the studio’s TV operation, naming Amazon Studios COO Cheng… Read


Bravo Bolsters Development Slate With Eight Reality Projects From Ravi Patel, Jenny Daly, More

Bravo is expanding its development slate with eight new reality projects. The announcement comes on the heels of the greenlight of 11 new and 20 returning series as the network gears up for seven nights of original programming beginning this fall. The new projects include Will You Marry Us, from Ravi Patel and Pilgrim media based on Patel's Emmy-winning documentary Meet the Patels, and Flying High, from Jenny Daly’s T Group Productions. Also on the slate is Raising the Bar… Read