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Miramax Films Bolsters Funding

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Miramax announced the successful completion of the company's Film Library Asset-Backed Notes offering. The securitization transaction included the issuance of $250 million aggregate principal amount of 3.34% notes due 2026, as well as a $25 million revolving credit facility. The notes and revolving credit facility are rated BBB+ by Standard & Poor's and BBB (high) by DBRS. Barclays served as the sole structuring advisor and sole bookrunner for the securitization, and as… Read


AFI Directing Workshop For Women Announces Episodic Program


The annual Directing Workshop for Women hosted by AFI has added a new episodic program to its 2015 edition. Filmmakers can apply now to be selected for the annual program, which in addition to fostering short film candidates, will include producers of content for the web and/or streaming services. The 2015 initiative is sponsored by the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation along with NBCUniversal. One participant will receive individual support from the WJSFF and Jada… Read


John Lennon Bio-Tuner From Oz, ‘Looking Through A Glass Onion’, Slates Fall Off-Broadway Run


Australia throws its wig into the Beatles recycle bin with Lennon: Through A Glass Onion, an Oz perennial from 1992 set to arrive off-Broadway beginning October 3. Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John R. Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, Through A Glass Onion is described as “part concert and part biography,” revealing “the essence of the life and astonishing talent” of the Beatles original. Songlist includes 31 Lennon and Lennon/McCartney… Read


CBS Buys Adaptation Of British Comedy ‘Friday Night Dinner’ As Put Pilot

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After introducing two family comedies last season, The Millers and Mom, and renewing both, CBS is looking to expand its footprint in the genre with Friday Night Dinner. Based on the Channel 4 series created by Robert Popper, the project, from Warner Bros. TV and 3 Arts Entertainment, has received a put pilot commitment from the network. It focuses on the regular dinner experience of a family each Friday night. Popper will be writing the U.S. version as part of a… Read


Akiva Goldsman Circling ‘Ring 3′ Rewrite


EXCLUSIVE: Paramount is in talks with Akiva Goldsman to write the next draft of the horror franchise, which will be called The Ring 3. The Oscar winning scribe recently did a rewrite of Insurgent, the sequel to the Lionsgate franchise hit Divergent. Based on the novel by Koji Suzuku, the film was first scripted by David Loucka, and Mean Creek's Jacob Estes did a substantial amount of work on the most recent draft. with F. Javier Gutierrez directing. In the pic, Samara… Read


Hot Trailer: ‘Innocence’

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Scion Pictures has released a new trailer for the thriller adaptation of the Jane Mendelsohn novel Innocence. Hilary Brougher directed a script she wrote with Tristine Skyler, and the author produced with Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler. Kelly Reilly, Sophie Curtis, Graham Phillips and Linus Roche star. Curtis plays a 16-year-old haunted by the death of her mom in a surfing accident in Montauk. She and her father move to Manhattan to start over. Enrolled in an exclusive… Read


ABC Developing Derrick Storm Drama With ‘Castle’s Andrew Marlowe


It's a case of life imitating art, or television imitating TV fiction. ABC has put in development a drama series based on the Derrick Storm series of mystery novels written by Richard Castle, the fictional author played by Nathan Fillion on the ABC drama Castle. ABC Studios is producing the project, about a PI-turned-spy working for the CIA. Castle creator Andrew Marlowe is executive producing under his overall deal with ABC Studios, along with his wife, Terri Miller, who… Read


Publishing: Scribner Signs Leno, Sampras Editor Rick Horgan In Wake Of Crown Shakeup


Publishing veteran Rick Horgan, whose position as v.p. and executive editor at Crown was eliminated in May after nearly a decade with the the house, is joining Scribner with the same title. The hire, effective August 25, was announced this morning by Scribner senior v.p. and publisher Nan Graham. Scribner is an imprint of CBS Corporation's Simon & Schuster, Inc. Horgan's hits include The Good Spy by Kai Bird and Tom Reiss' Pulitzer winner The Black Count. Before joining… Read


Jay R. Ferguson Inks Deal With ABC Studios

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EXCLUSIVE: Mad Men alum Jay R. Ferguson has signed a development/talent deal with ABC Studios. The pact stems from Ferguson's casting in the studio's comedy pilot Save The Date this past season. After the pilot didn't go, ABC Studios wanted to stay in business with the actor, developing a show around him or casting him in an existing project. Ferguson, repped by Paradigm and Wishlab, recently wrapped the seventh and final season of AMC's Mad Men, which will finish its run… Read


Edinburgh: Channel 4 Orders North Korea Political Thriller By Matt Charman


It's Channel 4 day here in Edinburgh. CEO David Abraham is giving the annual MacTaggart speech this evening at the Edinburgh TV Festival, and the company earlier announced it had taken minority stakes in four British indies. It's also come forth with a quartet of commissions including North Korean political thriller Opposite Number. The 10-part action series explores the closed worlds of North Korea and the charged nexus of relationships between London and Washington… Read


Edinburgh: Judi Dench & More Join Benedict Cumberbatch In BBC Two’s ‘Richard III’

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BBC Two is working on three filmed adaptations of Shakespeare's History plays that include Richard III and Henry VI in two parts. In April, Benedict Cumberbatch joined Richard III and today BBC Two confirms that Judi Dench will play Cecily, Duchess of York, alongside his titular king. Sophie Okonedo has also been cast as Queen Margaret across all three films. As for Henry V, Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville has been cast as Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, and Sally Hawkins… Read


ABC Reveals New Logo For ‘The View’, Teases In-The-Round Set

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ABC this morning unveiled its new logo for The View and said it's building a new set for the daytime talker, demonstrating its “commitment to reinventing” the franchise. As part of the reinvention, the show has “taken up residence in the ABC Broadcast Center,” and a new studio will house a “visually stunning, contemporary state-of-the-art set design” that will feature — you know it's coming — an “on-camera social media station allowing hosts to interact in real time with… Read


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