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MAG Film Studios Relaunches In Puerto Rico After Damage From Hurricane Maria

MAG Film Studios in Puerto Rico is relaunching today after its offices sustained major damage from Hurricane Maria seven months ago. Electrical power failures still are affecting wide swaths of the devastated island, but the return of filming could boost its recovery. The studio, which plans to produce and distribute four films a year, "will actively hire an average of 150 people per film, which means that we will be hiring directly, indirectly and incidentally over 600… Read

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L.A. On-Location Filming Off To Good Start In 2018

Los Angeles Production

On-location filming in Los Angeles rose 2.4% in the first quarter of 2018 compared with a year ago. That’s good news after a dismal 2017 when on-location filming took a nose dive, with feature films, TV pilots and reality shows all hitting five-year lows despite the state's $330 million-a-year tax incentives program. Altogether, there were 9,724 on-location shooting days in the city during Q1 2018 – up 4.4% compared to the average first quarters of the past five years… Read

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Former Audience Network Executive Bart Peters Launches Big Branch Productions

Bart Peters

Producer/director Bart Peters, former head of programming, production and development at AT&T’s Audience Network, has launched Big Branch Productions. The company, which has offices in Los Angeles and Nashville, plans to produce original content across all genres and platforms for film, TV and live-audience events. The Big Branch slate already includes the Audience Network-based Super Saturday Night With JLo, which aired the night before Super Bowl LII; Friday night… Read

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‘Broad City’ To End After Season 5, Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson Ink First-Look Deal With Comedy Central

One of Comedy Central’s signature comedy series, Broad City, will be coming to an end after its upcoming fifth season, set to air in early 2019. Comedy Central is staying in business with Broad City creators, showrunners, directors and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who have signed a development deal with the network. Under the pact, Comedy Central will have a first look at all content created and/or developed for television by Glazer and Jacobson, both together… Read

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101 Miles North Of New York, Lumberyard’s Film And TV Studio Takes Shape

With demand for New York film and TV production space continuing to rise, Lumberyard Studios is aiming to lure shoots up to the bucolic Hudson River Valley with a new, purpose-built sound stage in the town of Catskill, N.Y. Counting the main stage and a secondary one across Catskill Creek, there will be 12,000 square feet of available space when the facility opens in early fall. Adrienne Willis, executive director of Lumberyard Studios, says the stage towers over the… Read

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New Telemundo Headquarters In Miami Mixes Sound Stages With Offices

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has cut the ribbon on its new global headquarters in Miami, a novel facility with few equals in the entertainment industry given how many business functions can occur under its sizable roof. Telemundo Center, whose cost NBCU pegged at “more than $250 million,” was first announced in February 2016. It will host news, sports, entertainment and digital production, and up to 1,500 total employees. Original series will be produced on sound… Read

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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Game Of Thrones,’ ‘Ozark’ Win At Location Managers Guild Awards

Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic Dunkirk and Sony’s fast-paced Baby Driver won honors tonight at the fifth annual Location Managers Guild International Awards. In addition, both HBO’s long-running Game of Thrones and Netflix’s critically acclaimed Ozark took home awards for television. Dunkirk was filmed at the French location of the real evacuation as well as in Malo-les-Bains, while Baby Driver and television location winner Ozark were shot in Atlanta. Game of Thrones was… Read

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Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge Join ‘What Men Want’; Octavia Spencer To EP ‘Mumbet’; RLJE Films Acquires ‘Housewife’ – Film Briefs

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The Last O.G. star Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge have come aboard the Taraji P. Henson-led comedy What Men Want, the gender-flipped iteration of the 2000 Mel Gibson-starring film, What Women Want from Nancy Meyers. Adam Shankman is directing the pic which centers on a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. Like the original, she gains the power to hear mens' thought and she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as… Read

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Dylan Sellers Exits Weinstein Co To Form Limelight With Backing From AsianLogic Group & Sun City

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EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Sellers has exited the post of president of production of The Weinstein Company to partner with Chris Parker's AsianLogic Group and Sun City Group in Limelight. The upstart Los Angeles-based production and financing company will develop, produce and finance features, scripted television and digital/short form content. The backers have made a five-year commitment to Limelight, with put pictures and a $50 million commitment in production financing plus… Read

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Universal, Blumhouse Pick Up ‘The Hunt’ From ‘The Leftovers’ Creator Damon Lindelof

Universal and Blumhouse have secured politically charged thriller, The Hunt, written by Lost and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Craig Zobel, whose film credits include Z for Zachariah and Compliance, is on board to direct the film for which plot details are unknown. Jason Blum will produce for Blumhouse with Lindelof, under his White Rabbit banner. Cuse and Zobel will serve as executive… Read

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UK Government Eyes $5.7B Film & TV Inward Investment By 2025

The UK Government today revealed plans to jointly invest $212M (£150M) with industry into the creative sectors, a move hailed by Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain President Josh Berger. With continued investment in the creative industries, the Government is hoping that inward investment in UK film and TV production can double from more than $2.8B (£2B) in 2017 to at least $5.7B (£4B) by 2025. Inward investment is currently driven almost entirely by U.S. studios, networks… Read

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John Varvatos Has Designs On Film & TV Biz With New Deal

John Varvatos

Fashion designer John Varvatos and Network Entertainment, the producer of the I Am documentary franchise, are launching a joint venture to create original content for TV and film focusing on the worlds of music, fashion and pop culture. Among the first projects from the partnership will be a TV series based on Varvatos’ John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion, his 2013 book that featured his take on how rock ‘n’ roll and style have influenced his designs. No other details were… Read