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Tribeca Fest Announces Online Content Slate: Standing Rock Docu ‘Awake’ & Crypt TV’s ‘Monster Madness’ Bow

Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock, a documentary executive produced by Shailene Woodley about the Native-led defiance against the Dakota Access Pipeline, will get its world premiere in the Tribeca Film Festival’s New Online Work section. The NOW section of online storytelling runs throughout the April 19-30 festival. The NOW screening lineup announced today includes the world premiere of Crypt TV's Monster Madness, featuring shorts from Eli Roth’s Crypt TV brand. "The NOW… Read

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Millennium Films & Uprise Management Team To Launch Nu TV & Digital

EXCLUSIVE: Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films is partnering with Uprise Management to launch Nu TV & Digital. The unit will be tasked with creating episodic content with a focus on scripted in the action, sci-fi, fantasy and thriller genres to package and sell in the digital marketplace. Millennium Films' Jonathan Yunger and Jeffrey Greenstein orchestrated the deal and will oversee the venture alongside CEO Avi Lerner. Uprise Management's Lion Shirdan will join as President of… Read

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‘Spring Breakers’ Set As Digital Series From Movie’s Producers & Blackpills

EXCLUSIVE: It’s the first day of spring — a good time to announce a new digital series based on the cult film Spring Breakers. The 2012 pic’s producers, Chris Hanley and Fernando Sulichin, will revisit party central via Blackpills, a soon-to-launch digital platform. The project kicks off a slate of four scripted series from the producers and Blackpills. Hanley’s Muse Productions has secured digital rights to the film along with Blackpills and will produce the series. The… Read

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Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein Exiting; Russell Arons Named GM

Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein is leaving “to pursue entrepreneurial projects,” and Russell Arons, SVP Worldwide Marketing at Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, has been named General Manager of the digital studio. Gutstein will remain at Machinima, which Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group acquired last year, during a multi-week transition. The former COO of the Ovation TV network joined the studio in March 2014 as the online video service aimed to revamp itself 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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Slate Editorial Staff Votes To Unionize With WGA East

Slate has become the latest in a long line of digital media outlets whose editorial staffs have voted to unionize with the WGA East. The union said today that more than 90% of Slate's editorial staff have signed cards declaring that they want the guild to represent them in contract talks. Slate joins the Huffington Post, Vice Media, Gawker Media, Salon, ThinkProgress, The Root and Fusion, whose staffs have voted to be represented by the guild. "Slate's editorial staff… Read

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Jay Levine Upped To EVP Of Warner Bros Digital Networks

Warner Bros Digital Networks Group has a new No. 2. Jay Levine has been promoted to EVP of the unit that was launched in June to create and build OTT services, produce digital native content, grow Warner Bros' direct-to-consumer capabilities and build a digital-first team at the studio. Working with Craig Hunegs, President of Business and Strategy at Warner Bros Television Group and President of Warner Bros Digital Networks Group, Levine will oversee the group's… Read

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Jason Alexander & Son To Topline ‘Dinner With Dad’ Freeform Digital Series

Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander and his real-life son Gabe Greenspan will headline Dinner With Dad, a new digital short-form series greenlighted by Freeform for premiere March 10. The duo wrote all episodes and will play heightened versions of themselves in the show, which chronicles a young man’s weekly get-together meal with his father. It takes place in a deli, where each week father and son get together to catch up on life. Each episode centers on Alexander's… Read

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Freeform’s ‘Famous In Love’ Set For Full-Season Digital Binge Availability

Freeform will make all 10 premiere-season episodes of Famous in Love available on digital platforms April 18, the same night as the Marlene King series’ television debut. Based on Rebecca Serle’s novel, Famous in Love stars Bella Thorne as college student Paige, who lands a starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Also in the cast: Carter Jenkins, Charlie Depew, Georgie Flores, Niki Koss, Pepi Sonuga, Keith Powers and Perrey Reeves. The series was developed by King and… Read

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Amazon Prime Lands Exclusive Streaming Of ‘Animal Kingdom’ Season 1

Amazon Prime subscribers can catch up on Animal Kingdom‘s first-season episodes a month before the TNT drama returns for Season 2. Amazon Prime Video will offer exclusive streaming of the 10 season-one Animal Kingdom episodes beginning April 30, giving interested viewers a binge-able crash course before the May 30 season two premiere on TNT. “Prime Members in the U.S. will be able to stream the full first season at no additional cost to their membership, via the Amazon… Read

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‘Kim Dotcom: Caught In The Web’: Exclusive First Look At Docu About MegaUpload Founder

Here’s an exclusive first look at Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, a documentary about one of the world’s most notorious Internet entrepreneurs (or pirates. depending on your point of view). The film about the Germany-born, New Zealand-based founder of MegaUpload will have its world premiere March 13 at SXSW and is described as “a film about ownership, privacy and piracy in the digital age.” According to the U.S. Justice Department, MegaUpload's file-sharing business cost… Read

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Kim Dotcom Loses U.S. Extradition Appeal, But Claims Victory In Copyright Ruling

New Zealand's High Court has partially upheld an earlier decision that Megaupload co-founder Kim Dotcom and three of the site's other co-founders are eligible for extradition to the U.S. The High Court said today that there are grounds for Dotcom and co-defendants Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, to be extradited under "general criminal-law fraud" provisions. However, the court overturned another part of a lower court's December 2015 ruling, saying the… Read