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Regina King To Topline & Produce With John Ridley ‘No Place Safe’ Drama About Atlanta Child Murders In Works At FX

Emmy-winning American Crime co-star Regina King has re-teamed with series creator/executive producer John Ridley for No Place Safe, a drama series project about the Atlanta child murders, which has been set up at FX. King is set to star in the project, based on Kim Reid’s memoir No Place Safe and inspired by her life story. ABC Signature Studios is producing. Wendy Calhoun (Empire) is adapting the book. In addition to writing, she is executive producing with Ridley and… Read

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Willow Smith & Cartel Ent. Team On Upcoming Female-Driven Projects

EXCLUSIVE: Willow Smith's MSFTS Production and Cartel Entertainment are partnering on a pair of female-led projects. The two have acquired the film rights to Alwyn Hamilton's YA trilogy Rebel Of The Sands, and will also develop Menencholy, an animated series based on Smith’s original book proposal. The former, a potential starring vehicle for Smith, follows 17-year-old Amani as she flees her hometown of Dustwalk on a dangerous journey through the desert nation of Miraji… Read

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The Firm Turns Up TV With Hire Of Disney Exec Corey Marsh

The Firm has hired Disney Channel and Disney XD executive Corey Marsh as EVP Television. He joins a division whose credits include USA Network’s Royal Pains, WGN America’s Salem, ABC’s Notorious, Netflix’s Haters Back Off and VH1’s Hip Hop Squares which was just renewed for a second season. Marsh will work with VP Television Priscilla Crowe and Head of Television Josh Barry and report directly to the Firm chief Jeff Kwatinetz; the two worked together at Prospect Park on Ro… Read

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Ridley Scott To Direct Battle Of Britain Project For Fox; Matthew Orton Writing Script

EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott may be currently gearing up for his Getty kidnapping drama, but he’s also got his eye on another historical pic that he’s keen to add to his list of credits. The Brit director is planning to helm a project for 20th Century Fox based on the epic Battle of Britain, one of the most decisive battles in World War II history that saw the courageous British underdogs overcome Nazi titans. Up-and-coming UK writer Matthew Orton, who recently wrote the WWII… Read

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Imagine Entertainment & ‘Lego Movie’s Animal Logic Form Family Film Joint Venture

Imagine chairman Brian Grazer and Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian have formed a joint venture they said will generate six animation and hybrid animation projects over five years, all in the lucrative family film space. Animal Logic has become a preeminent animation company, generating the animation for Happy Feet and The Lego Movie, its sequels and spinoffs with Warner Bros. It has Peter Rabbit coming in 2018 with Sony. Imagine has always done a lot of family film… Read

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Lotus Entertainment Taps Marc Rosen To Run Film & TV Biz

EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment has inked a deal with former Georgeville Television CEO Marc Rosen to produce and oversee Lotus’ film and TV production activities. He is already working on several projects in his new role. Before founding Georgeville, Rosen was co-founder of RosenObst which had deals at Paramount (film) and CBS (TV). Before that he was a senior exec at David Heyman’s Heyday Films. He is currently an executive producer on Netflix’s Sense8, which is kicking… Read

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Opioid Epidemic Drama In Works At HBO From Storyscape Entertainment

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HBO has put in development Jackson State, a drama that focuses on the nationwide opioid epidemic, from Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein's Storyscape Entertainment and Elliott Lester (Nightingale). Written by Scott Lasser (True Detective), Jackson State will explore how the current wave of opiod abuse has ravaged many small towns across America that were once the backbone of the country. Lasser, who also executive produces, will draw on material from his personal… Read

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Paramount Network Sets Slate For 2018 Launch With 2 TV Land Series & ‘Waco’, Renews ‘Lip Sync Battle’ For Season 4

Spike will be transformed into the Paramount Network — Viacom’s general entertainment network and leading scripted brand —  in early 2018. The rebranded entity will kick off with two comedies: the half-hour American Woman, starring Alicia Silverstone and inspired by Kyle Richards, and the hourlong Heathers reboot, featuring original star Shannen Doherty. Both were originally developed, piloted and picked up to series at sibling TV Land, which in the recent Viacom… Read

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Movie About Coney Island’s Real-Life Baby Saver Incubates At Nash Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Nash's Nash Entertainment and Robert Kosberg have teamed with Hacksaw Ridge exec producer James M. Vernon's MFM and Simon David Hunters' Myth Film Company to produce Dreamland, a film based on the true story of neonatal care pioneer Dr. Martin Couney. In the early 20th century, Couney opened the Baby Incubators exhibit at Coney Island’s Dreamland amusement park in New York, saving thousands of preemies who were not allowed in most hospitals at that… Read

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Lifetime Taps E!’s Lauren Celinski As VP Unscripted Development & Programming

Veteran development exec Lauren Celinski has joined Lifetime as VP Unscripted Development and Programming. Based in Los Angeles, she will be charged with developing and overseeing non-fiction projects for the network. She reports to Mariana Flynn, SVP Unscripted Development and Programming. Prior to joining Lifetime, Celinski was director of programming and development at E! where she was responsible for developing unscripted series and overseeing the network’s… Read

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Showtime Buys ‘Los Hermanos’ Brothers Comedy From Kapital Entertainment

Showtime has put in development Los Hermanos, an edgy comedy series from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Written by Hayes Davenport (Vice Principals), Los Hermanos is about two brothers from Chula Vista, California – a town close to the U.S. Mexican border near San Diego – who start an unconventional business together to pay for their mom's healthcare. Davenport executive produces Los Hermanos with Kapital’s Kaplan and Dana Honor. Writer-comedian Davenport serves as… Read

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Adult CG-Animated Series ‘Amberville’ From Annapurna TV In Works At Amazon

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Annapurna continues to expand its TV slate under new President of Television Sue Naegle. The company is developing adult CG-animated series Amberville at Amazon Studios for Amazon Prime Video. Created by Chris McCoy and Sausage Party's Conrad Vernon and based on Tim Davys’ Mollisan Town book series published by HarperCollins, Amberville is a darkly comedic animated crime show set in a city populated by living, breathing stuffed animals. The story concerns a reformed Teddy… Read