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Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriter Winners Unveiled

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Four solo scribes and one writing team have been named winners of the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The fellows will receive $35,000 prizes each to be bestowed November 3 at a ceremony and live-read at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The five winning scripts where whittled down from 6,915 screenplays submitted this year and then 12 that made the shortlist. Here are this year’s winners: Michele Atkins, "Talking About the Sky"… Read

Film

China’s Fundamental Films Takes 28% Stake In EuropaCorp

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Chinese production and distribution outfit Fundamental Films has acquired a 27.9% stake in Luc Besson's EuropaCorp for $67 million (€60M), the company said Thursday. This makes the Shanghai-based Fundamental the second-biggest shareholder of the French mini-major, with Besson's holding company Front Line remaining the majority shareholder with a 31.58% stake, down from 43.8%. The deal, which is aimed at boosting EuropaCorp's global footprint, builds upon the output deal… Read

Box Office

Felicity Jones-Nicholas Hoult Vehicle ‘Collide’ Back On Track For Winter 2017

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The Felicity Jones-Nicholas Hoult action auto movie Collidewhich was extricated from Relativity Media during its bankruptcy crisis and rescued by Open Road Films, will now begin its journey as a theatrical wide release on February 3. The IM Global pic was originally scheduled to open August 19, but was then moved to an unset date. Formerly known as Autobahn, Collide is from British helmer Eran Creevy and follows an American couple, Casey (Hoult) and Juliette (Jones)… Read

TV

‘Designated Survivor’ & ‘Speechless’ Get Full-Season Orders By ABC

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The overall solid start to the broadcast TV season has been punctuated by two more early full-season orders. ABC has picked up nine episodes each of new Wednesday drama Designated Survivor and comedy Speechless. This marks a second full-season order for Speechless lead studio 20th Century Fox TV just a week-and-a-half into the season. The studio’s dramedy This Is Us was picked up at NBC. Designated Survivor hails from indie Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios, which also… Read

Business

FX’s John Landgraf Warns Against Storytellers Who Offer “Seductive” Lies

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FX Executive Session at the TCA Summer Press Tour - Day 13, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Aug 2016

In a subtle apparent reference to this year’s presidential race, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf told a New York gathering today to respect the power of  story telling — but not be taken in by “reassuringly simple answers to our deepest fears” and “a seductive set of lies.” “Stories unite us” and provide the foundation for “our entire civilization,” he said at a Center for Communications lunch where he he was given its annual Frank Stanton Award. It goes to those who make… Read

TV

‘The Terror’: Jared Harris To Star In AMC Anthology Series; Three More Cast

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Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Crown) is set to star in AMC’s anthology drama series The Terror, based on the bestselling 2007 novel by Dan Simmons. Scott Free, Alexandra Milchan's Emjag Productions, Entertainment 360 and AMC Studios are producing the 10-episode straight-to-series drama set to premiere in 2017. Additionally, Game of Thrones’ Ciaran Hinds, Paul Ready (Cuffs, Utopia) and Adam Nagaitis (Houdini and Doyle, Suffragette) round out the cast. Written by feature… Read

Film

CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’Plays Up No Apology By ‘Birth Of A Nation’ Director Nate Parker

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Nate Parker, the embattled star-director-writer-producer of the Nat Turner slave-uprising drama The Birth of a Nation, appears on 60 Minutes in his first major network interview after Deadline revealed that a 17-year-old gang rape allegation would become a major issue for a film that seemed a prohibitive favorite for a Best Picture nomination going into the fall. Just as when Deadline first interviewed Parker in person, there was awkwardness in the idea that he had to… Read

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‘Nerdland’ Acquired By Samuel Goldwyn Films For December Bow

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Samuel Goldwyn Film has acquired North American rights to Nerdland, the Chris Prynoski-helmed animated movie featuring the voices of Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd, Hannibal Buress, Reid Scott, Mike Judge, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Laraine Newman and Paul Scheer. The first feature film from animation house Titmouse bowed this year at Tribeca Film Festival and is next up screening at Beyond Fest. Goldwyn plans a December theatrical release. The pic follows two slacker best… Read

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Fox 2000 Buying Hitchcockian Thriller Novel ‘The Woman In The Window’

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EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 is closing a deal for screen rights to The Woman In The Window, a hot new novel that was written by A.J. Finn (a pseudonym for a book editor at a major publishing house, I hear). The deal happened just as an auction for the book rights is underway. The novel has elements of The Girl On The Train and Hitchcock’s Rear Window and has a strong role for an actress. Anna Fox lives alone in the New York City brownstone that once housed her happy family. She… Read

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The CW Buys Hispanic Family Drama ‘Casa’ Produced By Greg Berlanti

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The CW and top producer Greg Berlanti will touch on the hot-button issue of immigration with Casa, a drama project in development at the network from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Prods. Written by Ed Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft, Casa revolves around six siblings in a Hispanic family who have to band together to survive when their parents get unjustly deported. Gonzalez and Haft executive produce with Berlanti Prods,’ Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Writing… Read

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Terence Winter To Write HBO’s Griselda Blanco Movie Starring Jennifer Lopez

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Writers Nominee Reception, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 14 Sept 2016

Terence Winter is back in business with HBO. The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl alum has been tapped to write and executive produce the high-profile HBO film about notorious drug lord Griselda Blanco to be played by Jennifer Lopez. Winter alluded to his new gig for the pay cable network at the Writers Guild Foundation event earlier this week. “I’m still working with HBO and working on something for them,” he said. The HBO film, now in development, focuses on the… Read

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Digital Media Company Pongalo Previews Global SVOD Service

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Pongalo, the U.S.-based Latino digital media company formerly known as Latin Everywhere, has launched a preview of its global subscription streaming service. For $5.99 a month, subscribers will have access to 10,000-plus hours of Spanish-language telenovelas, Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries and kids programming. The offering also marks Pongalo’s venture into original content with the digital world premiere of Piel Salvaje, starring Irene Esser, Carlos Felipe… Read