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Jose Rivera Tapped To Pen ‘The Dog Whisperer’ Biopic From Mucho Mas Media

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Jose Rivera, whose work includes The Motorcycle Diaries and On The Road, is on board to write the screenplay for The Dog Whisperer, Mucho Mas Media’s upcoming biopic on famed dog behaviorist Cesar Millan. The logline describes the movie as a story about the man “who has inspired and taught humans how to connect with their natural instinct to create harmony for dogs around the world.” Millan, best known for his reality series Dog Whisperer with Cesa… Read

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‘Brigsby Bear’s Dave McCary & Kyle Mooney On The Friendship That Launched Their Careers — Cannes Ones To Watch

It's not often that a high-school friendship blossoms into a successful professional relationship, but writer-director Dave McCary and his best friend Kyle Mooney have pulled it off. After college, the duo founded Los Angeles-based sketch comedy group Good Neighbor (with Beck Bennett and Nick Rutherford), developed a huge YouTube following (Louis C.K. and Steven Spielberg are fans), and were snatched up by Saturday Night Live. Now, nearly four years later, McCary is… Read

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With The Story Factory, Shane Salerno Is “Revolutionizing The Way Authors Can Be Represented” — Deadline Disruptors

Shane Salerno was an established screenwriter and documentary filmmaker when a conversation with novelist Don Winslow several years ago first spawned a now-substantial business, brokering book and movie deals for authors. "Don and I had been friends for years," Salerno says, "and one day he told me, 'I've had it, I'm tired of writing these books that get all this acclaim, and no sales, no marketing, no promotion, no support from my publisher. So, I quit.' I said, 'Really… Read

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Studios Snubbed WGA’s Contract Proposal To Boost Women & Minority Writers

EXCLUSIVE: The WGA made no major gains in its new film and TV contract regarding diversity, which the guild has been pushing for years. "There was a proposal related to diversity on the table," an industry source said, "but the guild did not get it." The union did, however, receive additional funding for its training program for episodic TV writers, which is geared toward improving the lot of women and minority writers. Under the new deal, CBS, ABC and NBC will now be… Read

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Amazon Picks Up Spec ‘This Is Jane’ About Chicago Women Who Defied System

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon has acquired the spec screenplay This is Jane written by Dan Loflin, in what we heard was a six-figure deal for John Lesher's Le Grisbi Productions to produce. The project, which provides strong roles across the board in a story about defying the law for the safety of women, will be looking for a director now. Based on Laura Kaplan's non-fiction book The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service, the story follows a Chicago woman… Read

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Four ‘Game Of Thrones’ Offshoot Series In Works At HBO With George R. R. Martin

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As Game of Thrones is heading into the final chapters of its eight-season run on HBO, the premium cable network has revealed some information about its succession plan, signing deals with four writers to join George R.R. Martin in the development and writing of four GOT offshoot series. The network would not specify whether the series would be prequels, sequels, spinoffs or companion series to GoT — or all of the above — only noting that each project would “explore… Read

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Amasia Entertainment Scores Film & TV Scripts From Playwright Joshua Rollins

EXCLUSIVE: Chicago playwright Joshua Rollins is adding movie and TV chapters to his story. His feature film screenplay World Breaker and one-hour drama Doppel have been optioned by Amasia Entertainment. The news comes as Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo's indie production/finance outfit launched a TV division in February with veteran film/TV exec Tracy Mercer at the helm. Mercer brought in both Rollins projects and will shepherd development. The sci-fi pic World Breaker… Read

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Shudder Labs: Genre Creator Workshop Returns For Year 2 With Mike Flanagan & Nick Antosca

Shudder, the AMC Networks-backed horror-thriller streaming service, said today that its second annual workshop for aspiring genre filmmakers will be held June 11-15 in New York’s Hudson Valley. Dedicated to building the skill set and talents of exciting, emerging horror filmmakers, Shudder Labs will be led by its first masters-in-residence: Ouija: Origin of Evil writer-director Mike Flanagan and Channel Zero creator-writer Nick Antosca. This year’s mentors are… Read

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Universal Gearing Up For ‘Gears Of War’ Movie; Studio Sets Shane Salerno To Write

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Shane Salerno to write the screenplay for Gears Of War, the big-scale live-action adaptation of Microsoft Studios’ iconic Xbox video game franchise. Universal-based Dylan Clark is producing. Universal and Microsoft announced their collaboration on the game in late 2016. At the time, Rod Fergusson, head of Microsoft subsidiary The Coalition that develops new Gears Of War content and the franchise co-creator, said the film would not be… Read

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Tooley Entertainment Hires Mirzai Brothers To Pen Feature Comedy ‘Accidentes’

EXCLUSIVE: Tooley Entertainment just hired Shea Mirzai and Evan Mirzai to pen an original feature comedy entitled Accidentes about three, low-rent, ambulance-chasing lawyers in Los Angeles who compete against each other to represent frivolous lawsuits. When a highly publicized class-action suit falls into their laps, all they see is an easy payday until they discover that there's much more to the case than they believed, and now the three must team up to save their… Read

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DEAL!! WGA Details Gains After Post-Deadline Accord Averts Strike

WGA Strike Averted Contract Deal Reach

UPDATED with WGA statement, details of deal: After a day of twists and turns, Hollywood has dodged a bullet. A threatened writers strike was averted early this morning when the WGA and management's AMPTP reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year film and TV contract after the old contract had expired at midnight PT. The deal now goes to the WGA West's board and the WGA East's council for approval, and then to the guilds' members for ratification. In a statement… Read

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Jay Karas & Dean Ward Tapped To Rewrite Comedy ‘Man Up’ For CBS Films

EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films has brought on Jay Karas and Dean Ward to rewrite its comedy film Man UpThe project, still in the early development stages, is about three friends, each facing a masculinity crisis, who attend a survivalist camp that promises to help them man up. CBS Films acquired the pic back in 2014, based on a pitch from Chuck star Zachary Levi, with Hall Pass scribes Chris Pappas and Kevin Barnett attached to write the script. Nicky Weinstock is producing with… Read