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Jason Richman Inks New Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Scribe Jason Richman has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the new two-year pact, Richman will develop television projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services. The deal marks Richman’s return to the ABC fold, where he created, wrote and served as executive producer on drama series Detroit 1-8-7 and also wrote episodes of Lucky 7. Richman’s feature credits include Swing Vote for Disney (Touchstone), He most recently served as a consulting producer on… Read

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‘Criminal Minds’ Co-EP Virgil Williams Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV

Virgil Williams (Criminal Minds) has signed a new two-year overall deal with Universal Television. Under the pact, he will develop new series for broadcast, cable and streaming services. Williams most recently served as a co-executive producer on long-running CBS series Criminal Minds. In addition to his role as co-EP, he has written several episodes of the series. He earlier served as producer and writer on ER from 2005-09 and also wrote for The Chicago Code and 24. On… Read

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Entertainment One Inks Overall First-Look Deal With StoryBy Entertainment

Entertainment One has signed a multi-year overall television first-look deal with StoryBy Entertainment. Under the partnership, eOne will serve as the studio on StoryBy's television projects and will control worldwide rights. "We are extremely excited about our new partnership with eOne. They have a dynamic team of executives whom we've worked with successfully for years and the partnership felt like a natural fit for us," said StoryBy partner Jonathan Baruch. StoryBy… Read

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‘Younger’: Hulu Streaming First 3 Seasons Of Darren Star’s TV Land Comedy

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Hulu and Viacom have inked an exclusive deal for on-demand streaming rights to the first three seasons of TV Land’s Younger ahead of its Season 4 premiere next week. The older episodes are live on the service now. The Darren Star-created comedy stars Sutton Foster as Liza, a 40-year old single mother who pretends to be 26 in order to land a job in the highly competitive world of publishing – and succeeds. Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter… Read

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Fox-Sky Deal Review Submitted To UK Government

Britain's media regulator Ofcom has formally submitted the findings of its review of 21st Century Fox's proposed £11.7B (($14.7B) takeover of pay-TV giant Sky as planned. The report, which was conducted to assess issues of media plurality, was received by UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley on Tuesday and, as expected, contents of the report have not been disclosed. In March, Ofcom was instructed to investigate Fox's bid to acquire the 61% share of Sky which it did not… Read

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Austen Earl Inks Overall Deal At CBS TV Studios; Joins ‘9JKL’ As Co-EP

Comedy writer-producer Austen Earl, who served as a co-executive producer on the freshman CBS/CBS TV Studios comedy series The Great Indoors starring Joel McHale this past season, is staying in the CBS Studios fold with an overall deal. Under the pact — Earl’s first overall agreement, he will join CBS Studios’ new multi-camera comedy for CBS  9JKL, co-written by Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein, as a co-executive producer. The series, starring Feuerstein, premieres Monday… Read

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Rashad Raisani Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV, Joins ‘The Gifted’

Drama writer-producer Rashad Raisani (Burn Notice, Allegiance) has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the two-year pact, Raisani will join 20th TV’s new Marvel drama series for Fox The Gifted as a co-executive producer, reuniting with the project’s writer/executive producer/showrunner Matt Nix. Nix gave Raisani his start — Raisani began his career as a staff writer on Nix’s long-running USA drama series Burn Notice. Raisani spent seven seasons… Read

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Boom! Studios Sells Minority Stake To Fox After Investment Banker Hire

EXCLUSIVE: 2oth Century Fox has acquired what we have heard is “a significant minority stake” in Boom! Studios, where the company has had a first-look feature film deal and a similar deal with Fox television studio. Boom! has some high-profile comic book IPs and had been shopping itself since February, when we heard it hired investment bankers Houlihan Lokey to help it. It also comes as they shopped around town to other potential parties this year including… Read

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Hollywood Credit Union Mega-Merger In Works

EXCLUSIVE: Two of Hollywood's biggest and oldest credit unions are becoming one, the latest in a series of mergers that have consolidated many of the industry's member-owned, nonprofit financial cooperatives. The latest tie-up will fold the Musicians' Interguild Credit Union, with its $73 million in assets, into the much larger SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union, which has $236 million in assets. The merger has already received approval from state and federal regulators, and… Read

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Meridian Entertainment Acquires Kate Mara Starrer ‘Megan Leavey’ For China

Meridian Entertainment has picked up Chinese theatrical distribution rights for Megan Leavey, starring Kate Mara. Meridian will release the pic, which is produced and financed by LD Entertainment, through its distribution arm, United Entertainment Partners, in the fourth quarter of this year. Sierra/Affinity handles international sales on the title and deal was negotiated on behalf of the company by Nicholas Sherry. Megan Leavey is based on the true-life story of young… Read

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FoxNext Acquires Gaming Outfit Aftershock; Alibaba Buys India’s TicketNew; ZDF Invests In ‘Black Ops’ Producer – Global Briefs

FoxNext, the new gaming and VR division of 21st Century Fox, has made its first big play in the gaming space by acquiring mobile-game developer Aftershock. The company, which has offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, earlier this year spun off from Kabam, after South Korean gaming company NetMarble purchased Kabam's Vancouver studio in a deal reportedly worth up to $800M. Led by Aaron Loeb, who joins as President of Studios for FoxNext Games and who will report to… Read

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T Group Productions Inks Overall Co-Production Deal With Madica Productions

Jenny Daly’s T Group Productions has signed an overall co-production deal with Sunshine Sachs sister company Madica Productions. Under the pact, Madica will create, develop and produce unscripted and scripted programming with a focus of taking brands, talent and IP and converting them into content that will be co-produced with T Group in the U.S., Canada and internationally. Sunshine Sachs principal Shawn Sachs will work alongside Madica's Managing Director Jeff Tahler… Read