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‘Madam Secretary’ EP David Grae Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

Madam Secretary executive producer David Grae has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios, the studio behind the CBS drama series currently in its third season. Under the pact, Grae will continue as executive producer on Madam Secretary, expected to be renewed for a fourth season, alongside creator/exec producer/showrunner Barbara Hall, while also developing new projects for the studio. This is the first overall deal for Grae, who began his career as a… Read

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Amazon Prime Extends A24 Pact: ‘Moonlight’, ’20th Century Women’ On Tap

Amazon Prime Video has extended its exclusive content agreement with A24, giving the premium subscription service access to the Oscar-winning Moonlight. Already available on Amazon Video, the Academy’s Best Picture of 2016 can be streamed and downloaded by Prime members beginning May 21 at no additional cost to membership. "We are thrilled to be the exclusive subscription streaming service to offer customers Academy Award winner Moonlight," said Jason Ropell, VP… Read

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator/executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios, the studio behind the praised CW musical comedy series. Under the pact, she’ll develop new projects for network and cable through her production company Lean Machine. McKenna is showrunner on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which she co-created and executive produces with the series’ Golden Globe-winning star, Rachel Bloom. The series already has been… Read

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European Commission Approves AT&T’s $85B Time Warner Acquisition

The European Commission, the executive body of the EU, has given the greenlight to AT&T’s pending $85B acquisition of Time Warner. The approval had been expected and shares in both companies were up before the bell this morning (AT&T +.19% to $42.17 and Time Warner +.55% to $98.90). "This is an important approval from a highly respected authority,” said Bob Quinn, senior EVP of AT&T External and Legislative Affairs. “The global clearance process is on track, and we look… Read

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Amazon Studios Picks Up Leos Carax’s ‘Annette’ Starring Adam Driver

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has picked up U.S. and Canadian rights to Annette, the first English-language title from French cult director Leos Carax, starring Adam Driver. The music-filled drama focuses on a widowed stand-up comedian and his two-year-old daughter who has a surprising gift. It’s been one of the hottest French projects to emerge from the last few film markets. Rihanna is rumoured to have a small part in the film. The feature will contain original songs by… Read

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Alibaba Pictures Inks Three-Year Strategic Pact With Parent Alibaba Group

Alibaba Pictures Group has entered a strategic, three-year cooperation agreement with its parent company Alibaba Group, which will see the companies pool together respective resources for "mutual benefit and reciprocity." APG, which is majority owned by Alibaba Group, made the announcement on Tuesday, specifying that the deal would be aimed at building a strategic alliance for long term co-development of content. Both parties will look to work closely together on the… Read

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Producer Greg Heller Inks Development Deal With Wilshire Studios

Behind the Music producer Greg Heller has signed a development deal with Wilshire Studios, the unscripted production arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, to develo p and produce original unscripted projects. Heller's reality television projects include Hip Hop Babylon (MTV), 7 Deadly Hollywood Sins (E!), Celebrity Fit Club (VH1), as well as the VH1 music themed docu-series Ultimate Albums and Behind the… Read

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Paramount-China Deal: What’s Going Yuan?

It was a $1 billion, three-year deal from two China companies that was supposed to pump money in the Paramount Pictures coffers. The pair at the center of that deal are Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group, which has been in business with not only Paramount but producers around Hollywood. As reports fly about the lack of money coming into Paramount so far from the deal, the question is what is actually going on? We’re told that Huahua came into Paramount through Jian-hua… Read

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UTA Takes Position In New York-Based Investment Bank AGM Partners

United Talent Agency has just taken an equity stake in AGM Partners investment bank, a company run by Alan Mnuchin, the brother of new Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The deal, which is being described as “a strategic alliance” gives the talent agency and its clients guidance from AGM on investments. The New York-based investment bank is said to specialize in the media/entertainment sector. According to UTA, the companies have worked together for about a decade… Read

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Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Hong Kong-Based Ivanhoe Merge; China Private Equity Fund Takes Position

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, the independent film finance and production company behind this year’s Academy Award Best Picture nominee Hell or High Water, and Hong Kong-based Ivanhoe Pictures have merged to form SK Global. SKE Chairman/CEO Sidney Kimmel and Ivanhoe Pictures Chairman Robert Friedland, who will be Co-Chairmen of SK Global will now join to produce and finance film and television content. In addition, China-focused private equity fund and prominent investment… Read

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BT Sport Wins Exclusive UK Broadcast Rights To UEFA Champions League For $1.4B

In a competitive situation, British telco giant BT has beaten out Sky for exclusive UK broadcast rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in a £1.2B ($1.4B) deal. The mammoth win for BT will see the soccer matches air on its pay-TV sports service BT Sport until the end of the 2020/21 season. In the deal, BT will also take the highlights package, meaning the Euro soccer knockout competition will no longer be shown on terrestrial television, meaning ITV… Read

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Amazon Scores Long-Term Streaming Deal With Lionsgate In India

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Amazon and Lionsgate have inked a long-term deal that will see Prime Video India be the exclusive subscription streaming home for Lionsgate content. Under the deal, titles such as La La Land, Deepwater Horizon and The Divergent Series: Allegiant as well as upcoming releases such as Power Rangers and The Shack will be exclusively available only to Prime members and won't be available on satellite or pay TV. Further franchises such as The Twilight Saga, Red and Step Up… Read