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Freeform Developing Futuristic Drama ‘Augs’ From ‘Dark Skies’ Scott Stewart & Anonymous Content

Freeform has put in development Augs, an hourlong futuristic drama from Dark Skies director-writer-producer Scott Stewart and Anonymous Content. Written by Stewart, Augs takes place in the all-too-near future when society is divided into two classes: Augs, the privileged who can afford the latest technological-biological enhancements that provide an always-connected augmented reality view of the world, and Norms, the disenfranchised rest who’ve become a nearly invisible… Read

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See-Saw Films Signs Three-Year, First Look Deal With New Regency

See-Saw Films (Lion) has signed a three-year, first look development, financing and production deal for feature films with New Regency to develop feature content that will be financed by and co-produced with the Arnon Milchan-founded company. In making the deal, See-Saw also can take advantage of worldwide distribution through New Regency's deal with 20th Century Fox. The two companies are currently in business together so this extends the relationship; it also… Read

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‘Muscle Shoals’: Nancy Wilson Named Executive Music Producer, Bettina Gilois To Write Johnny Depp-Produced Series

Rock'n'roll legend Nancy Wilson has joined Global Road Entertainment’s limited music drama series Muscle Shoals as Executive Music Producer via her Roadcase Productions shingle, and Emmy-nominated Bettina Gilois (Bessie) has signed on to write the drama, which is in development, based on Rick Hall's autobiography The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame. Muscle Shoals hails from Johnny Depp and Christie Dembrowski's Infinitum Nihil, Richard Branson's… Read

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Donald Trump Book ‘Fire And Fury’ In Works As TV Series

Those who consider the Donald Trump administration a reality show might get themselves a companion program. Endeavor Content has acquired rights to Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House with an eye on turning it into a TV series. No network is attached. Wolff, who made the news and talk shows rounds to plug the presidential tell-all, is set as executive producer, and Michael Jackson, the UK TV veteran who now runs London-based Two Cities Television… Read

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Ken Kwapis To Produce & Direct Series Adaptation Of ‘Every Second Counts’ Based On Book

Adam Richman and Jenette Kahn’s Double Nickel Entertainment and Alexandra Beattie and Ken Kwapis’ In Cahoots are teaming to produce an adaptation of Donald McRae’s nonfiction book Every Second Counts: The Race To Transplant the First Human Heart, as a limited series. BAFTA-winning scribe Nick Fisher (The Giblet Boys) is attached to pen the adaptation and Kwapis will direct. Set in 1967, Every Second Counts focuses on charismatic South African heart surgeon Christiaan… Read

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New J.J. Abrams Drama Series In the Works

J.J. Abrams is developing a new drama series via his Warner Bros. TV-based Bad Robot Productions banner, Deadline has confirmed. Written by Abrams, the untitled project is said to center around a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Abrams is executive producing with Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson. The project is currently being shopped with interest from multiple bidders. Next up for the Fringe creator is psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock at… Read

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‘John Wick’ TV Series Adaptation In The Works At Starz

UPDATED with Starz saying Reeves will appear in the series: The John Wick franchise is heading for the small screen. Starz and Lionsgate are teaming to develop The Continental, a television series adaptation of the highly successful Lionsgate film franchise. The project was announced today during Starz’s portion of the TCA winter press tour. The Continental will be set in the John Wick universe, focusing on the inner workings of the exclusive Continental Hotel which… Read

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Daniel Dae Kim Developing TV Series Adaptation Of ‘First Rule Of Ten’ Book

Daniel Dae Kim’s 3AD production company, which is behind breakout ABC drama series The Good Doctor, is developing First Rule of Ten, based on the successful books by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay, as a television series. Kim has partnered with Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) on the project, which is set at ITV Studios America where 3AD recently signed a two-year first-look deal. Up-and-coming scribe Jennifer Yee McDevitt (12 Seconds) will pen… Read

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Shout! Studios Names Former MTV Exec Brent Haynes Head Of TV Development

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Shout! Factory’s new studio unit has named Brent Haynes, a veteran exec who once served as SVP of comedy and animation at MTV, as head of TV development. In the newly created role, Haynes will lead content development for TV and digital at Shout! Studios, including shepherding scripted series and production. The studio unit launched last November, signaling the company’s growth from a streaming service licensing film and TV content to an original content player as… Read

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Paradigm Names Kelly Miller As First Theater-To-Television Crossover Agent

Kelly Miller has joined Paradigm as a theater-to-television crossover agent, a unique position at the company designed to transition and staff emerging and mid-career playwrights into television creator and showrunner roles. Miller specializes in agenting female, trans and diverse playwrights. She will be bi-coastal, working out of the company's New York and Los Angeles offices “I am thrilled to welcome Kelly to Paradigm. She is so well-regarded in our industry, and her… Read

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Eva Longoria Sets Up Two Projects At Fox: Hollywood Women Drama & Father-Daughter Police Drama With Penalty

Fox has put in development two hourlong dramas from former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria — an untitled LA Women drama with Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce executive producer Emily Fox and Queen of the South EP David Friendly, and father-daughter police drama with writer Tracy McMillan (Ready for Love) and Fox’s 24: Legacy co-creator Evan Katz, which has received a script commitment plus penalty. 20th Century Fox TV co-produces both with Longoria and Ben Spector’s… Read

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Eva Longoria Producing Family Comedy ‘Bell Heights’ In Works At Fox

Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Bell Heights, a single-camera family comedy from former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, David Miner’s 3 Arts Entertainment, ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox TV. Bell Heights was developed at ABC last season and 20th Century Fox TV has boarded the ABC Studios project to co-finance the project for re-development at Fox. Written by Bobby Bowman (My Name Is Earl) and Peter Murrieta (Superior Donuts), Bell Heights is… Read