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‘Modern Family’s Abraham Higginbotham Inks New Overall Deal With 20th TV

Modern Family executive producer Abraham Higginbotham is staying in business with 20th Century Fox TV, signing a new overall deal with the studio behind the Emmy-winning comedy series. Under the pact, Higginbotham will continue his work on Modern Family, which he’s been with since the series launch in 2010. Currently serving as executive producer, Higginbotham has written dozens of episodes and won the Humanitas Prize twice, for the episodes entitled "The Kiss" and "Aunt… Read


Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Acquires The Weather Channel TV Network For $300 Million

Byron Allen Weather Channel

Byron Allen continues to expand his Entertainment Studios media holdings with the purchase of The Weather Channel basic cable TV network. Through his company Allen Media, Allen has acquired the Weather Group, parent company of The Weather Channel TV network and Local Now streaming service, from The Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and Comcast/NBCUniversal. No dollar figure has been revealed, but according to sources the purchase price was around $300 million. "The Weather… Read


ITVS Global Ent, Shout! Factory Pact For Multi-Film & Series Content Deal With Some Big Titles

Shout! Factory

EXCLUSIVE: Shout! Factory and ITV Global Entertainment just entered into a major distribution deal to bring a library of iconic films — like Oscar winning titles Sophie’s Choice and On Golden Pond — and series to entertainment platforms in North America. The multi-year deal grants Shout! Factory extensive rights, including broadcast, video on-demand, streaming, digital, and home entertainment to over 135 cinema classics and TV series. TV series in the deal include the… Read


WGA West Members Upbeat After Meeting On Talent Agents Agreement

WGA West

UPDATED with David Young quote: A couple hundred members of the WGA West gathered at the Universal Sheraton for the second of three meetings to discuss the union's efforts to update the guild's decades-old agreement with talent agents. Reporters weren't allowed to attend, but an occasional burst of applause could be heard from inside the Grand Ballroom and union leaders made their points. "Everybody's supportive of the union," said a writer leaving the meeting. "We want… Read


‘American Housewife’s Rick Wiener & Kenny Schwartz Ink New Overall Deal With ABC Studios

American Housewife executive producers Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz are staying in business with ABC Studios, signing a new three-year overall deal with the studio behind the hit comedy series. This is their second overall with the studio. Under the pact, they'll continue as executive producers on American Housewife, which is currently in Season 2 on ABC. The Kapital Entertainment-produced, Sarah Dunn-created American Housewife, starring Katy Mixon, was ABC's strongest… Read


‘Empire’s Sanaa Hamri Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Empire director and executive producer Sanaa Hamri is expanding her relationship with 20th Century Fox TV, signing an overall deal with the studio behind the hit drama series.  Under the pact, Hamri will develop new projects, direct pilots and continue to direct episodic television for the studio. In addition to continuing her work on Empire, the deal establishes her as an executive producer on the studio's Untitled Ilene Chaiken/ Melissa Scrivner Love Pilot, starring… Read


Music Box Nabs U.S. Rights To Well-Received Berlin Biopic ‘Becoming Astrid’ From TrustNordisk

Music Box Films has struck a deal with Scandi sales dynamo TrustNordisk for U.S. rights to Pernille Fischer Christensen's Berlin biopic Becoming Astrid. The well-received drama charts the early years of renowned children's author Astrid Lindgren, who went on to write the best-selling Pippi Longstocking stories. The film zones in on one seminal event that shaped the Swedish writer’s life and how, despite the expectations of her time and religious upbringing, she decided to… Read


Netflix Takes U.S. & Key Markets On Lily James Romance ‘Guernsey’ By ‘Three Billboards’ Producer Blueprint Pictures

Netflix has taken rights in key markets to upcoming Lily James romance-drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I have learned. The online titan will release in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Italy, Eastern Europe and SouthEast Asia.  Release date hasn’t been set yet but it should be this year, I’m told. Studiocanal co-financed the film which it will roll out in UK and Aus/NZ in April, France in June and Germany in August. Theatrical roll out will… Read


‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Will Not Have A Season 3 – Producer

Executive producer Arvind Ethan David has sent out a sad note to fans of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Despite fan support, there will be no Season 3 for the series, as producers have not been able to find the series a new home. David tweeted out the news to the fan base, thanking them for their support and efforts. The show was not renewed by its former BBC America base after wrapping Season 2. The series was adapted from the popular novels by Douglas Adams (Th… Read


‘Legally Blonde’ Scribe Karen McCullah Signs Up For Fashion Movie Rom-Com ‘The Stylist’

EXCLUSIVE: Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You scribe Karen McCullah has been tapped to adapt fashion and movie-world rom-com The Stylist, the 2016 debut novel from Rosie Nixon, Editor-in- Chief of UK celebrity news bible Hello Magazine. The Stylist charts the escapades of Amber Green, a fashion boutique worker who is mistakenly offered a job as an assistant to infamous, jet-setting “stylist to the stars” Mona Armstrong. The project is being produced by… Read


Netflix In “Advanced Negotiations” With Obamas For Series Of Shows – Report

Barack Michelle Obama first date movie cast

Netflix is in what is described as “advanced negotiations” to produce a series of shows with former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. The proposed deal would see the Obamas produce exclusive content that would be available only on the streaming service. The number of episodes and format has not been decided, and nothing is finalized, according to the story first reported by the New York Times. The Netflix deal would provide the Obamas with another… Read


TWC Staffers Eye Exit Strategies As Bob Weinstein Attempts To Calm Employee Fears

As Bob Weinstein attempted to calm employees fears about the company’s financial health, Deadline hears that the uncertainty of future employment has people at The Weinstein Co. looking for the exits. The same happened at Relativity when they were on the brink of bankruptcy. Weinstein wrote his employees today: Dear All, I wanted to keep everyone updated in what is obviously a fluid situation. The board is still in discussions with potential buyers who want to keep the… Read