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Lionsgate Expands Output Deal With Russia’s Central Partnership

Lionsgate has sealed an output deal with Russian distributor Central Partnership for the distribution of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment films in the territory. Central Partnership had previously distributed only Summit titles in Russia and the CIS including Now You See Me, Now You See Me 2, the Divergent franchise, John Wick: Chapter Two as well as La La Land. The new deal will encompass both Lionsgate and Summit titles including Otto Bathhurst's Robin Hood, the… Read

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Entertainment One & Palomar Team For ‘Gaddafi’ Series From ‘Gomorrah’ Writer Roberto Saviano

Entertainment One and Italy's Palomar are teaming for a new series based on the life and times of Muammar Gaddafi and the effects he had on the world today. Gaddafi is being developed by Gomorrah writer Roberto Saviano and is created and written by Saviano and Nadav Schirman (The Green Prince). The series is based on the life of the former Libyan revolutionary, a man with a bottomless desire for power who wanted a worldwide revolution. Gaddafi was an enigmatic leader who… Read

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‘King Arthur’s Joby Harold & Tory Tunnell Move Safehouse Banner To Warner Bros; Sci-Fi Pic Next

EXCLUSIVE: Even though King Arthur doesn't pull his sword from the stone for another month, Warner Bros. has signed a two-year production deal with Safehouse Pictures and its principals Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell. The duo hatched the pitch and got the whole thing started on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, the Guy Ritchie-directed film that opens May 12, starring Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law and Djimon Honsou. Safehouse moves from a Sony deal that is ending. Warner Bros… Read

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DirecTV Now Uploads 14 More Fox Affiliates

AT&T and Fox Networks Group have inked a deal to add 14 more Fox-affiliated stations to the DirecTV Now streaming service. The addition brings the total of designated-market area outlets to 31, covering 90% of the top 20 markets. The sides said more stations will launch soon. The deal includes stations owned by Tribune Media in Seattle, Denver, San Diego and other markets. Seventeen Fox O&Os already had been on DirecTV. "We're excited about the power of DirecTV Now to… Read

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Adam Glass Inks Overall Deal With Fox 21 TV Studios, Joins ‘The Chi’ As Co-EP

Former Supernatural executive producer Adam Glass has signed an overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios. Under the two-year pact, he has joined the studio’s new Showtime drama series The Chi as co-executive producer, working alongside creator/executive producer Lena Waithe and exec producer/showrunner Elwood Reid. Glass is coming off a stint as an executive producer/co-showrunner on CBS’ Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, which is airing its second season that likely… Read

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Abrams Artists Agency Partners With EAG Sports Management

Abrams Artists Agency has just struck a deal with EAG Sports Management, a marketing/branding and crisis/personal management company for high-profile pro athletes. The deal with the 20-year-old, El Segundo, CA -based company puts AAA into the sports business, not unlike other talent agencies around town but on a smaller scale. The agency now will offer EAG clients representation in all areas, including film, TV, commercials, books, alternative programming and… Read

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‘Better Call Saul’ Writer Gordon Smith Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV

Better Call Saul writer-producer Gordon Smith has closed an overall deal with the studio behind the acclaimed AMC series, Sony Pictures TV. Under the pact, he is currently a consulting producer on Sony TV’s WGN America drama series Outsiders and will return to Better Call Saul for the fully expected fourth season. Smith is a home-grown talent. He started as a production and writers assistant on Sony TV’s Breaking Bad before landing a staff writer job on prequel Better Call… Read

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‘UnReal’ Co-Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro Inks Overall Deal With A+E Studios

UnReal co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro has signed a multi-year overall deal with A+E Studios, the studio behind the hit Lifetime series. Under the pact, Shapiro will continue her duties as writer and executive producer on the show. She’ll also work closely with the A+E Studios team to develop, create and produce new original programming for the A+E portfolio of networks, as well as outside buyers. Shapiro joins UnReal star Shiri Appleby, who recently signed an overall… Read

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Annapurna Pictures Pacts With Hulu For Streaming Rights In Big, Multi-Year Deal

Hulu and Annapurna Pictures just pacted for a major output licensing agreement that will grant Hulu the pay one window streaming rights to films released by Annapurna, which is becoming a mini-major studio along the lines of the old Miramax or Weinstein Company. Under terms of the the multi-year deal, future films released by Annapurna Pictures will stream exclusively on Hulu following their theatrical release. The deal marks the biggest film output licensing agreement… Read

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‘Blindspot’ Co-EP Alex Berger Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

Blindspot co-executive producer Alex Berger has closed an overall deal at Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind the drama series that’s in its second season on NBC. Berger has been on Blindspot since the start, joining after the pilot. He previously worked as a producer on the final season of WBTV’s CBS crime drama The Mentalist. Before that, Berger worked on the TNT dramedy Franklin & Bash starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer, and USA’s Covert Affairs starring… Read

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Sam Raimi Inks First-Look Deal With Skydance Television

Skydance Television has sealed a multi-year first-look deal with Sam Raimi and his television producing partner Debbie Liebling. The studio has multiple projects in development with Raimi, which will be announced in the coming months. "Over Sam's prolific, decades-long career, he has proven time and again his capacity to tell stories that simultaneously embrace action, adventure, humor, thrills and mystery," said David Ellison, CEO of Skydance Media. “On behalf of our… Read

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‘Sneaky Pete’ EP Fred Golan Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

Writer-producer Fred Golan has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Under the two-year pact, he will continue to serve as an executive producer on Sony TV’s drama series Sneaky Pete, which Amazon has renewed for a second season. Additionally, he will develop new projects for broadcast, cable and streaming services. Golan executive produces Sneaky Pete alongside co-creator Bryan Cranston, showrunner Graham Yost, Michael Dinner, James Degus and Seth Gordon… Read