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MyNetworkTV Renewed By Fox TV Stations Through 2019-20 Season

Fox Television Stations has extended the MyNetworkTV programming service for two additional years, through the 2019-20 season. MyNetworkTV, whose lineup consists of 10 hours a week (Monday-Friday) of drama series and newsmagazine reruns, airs on the Fox stations in each of the top 3 markets, including New York (WWOR My9), Los Angeles (KCOP My13), and Chicago (WPWR My50). Additional markets include Dallas (KDFI My27), D.C. (WDCA My20), Houston (KTXH My20), Phoenix (KUTP… Read

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‘Five Points’: Indigenous Media & Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street Set Original Series For Facebook Watch

Indigenous Media and Kerry Washington's Simpson Street are teaming to produce Five Points, a 10-episode original drama series created and written by Adam Giaudrone (Being Mary Jane, Black Lightning) for Facebook Watch. Five Points follows about five students at a South Side Chicago high school who each experience a life-changing event from a different point of view. It will take all of their unique perspectives to understand the truth. The exec producers are Jon Avnet… Read

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‘The Haunting Of Hill House’: Netflix Sets Paxton Singleton & Julian Hilliard As Series Regulars

EXCLUSIVE: Paxton Singleton and newcomer Julian Hilliard have come aboard as a series regulars on Netflix’s upcoming Mike Flanagan-helmed adaptation, The Haunting Of Hill House, for Amblin TV and Paramount TV. Based on Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 novel, the 10-episode straight-to-series re-imagining draws from the original classic ghost story while expanding on the mythology of the Crane family. Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Michael Huisman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen… Read

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Peter Thiel-Backed Legal Startup Offers $100,000 To Women With Weinstein Claims

Peter Thiel-backed startup Legalist is offering a $100,000 “bounty” to anyone who comes forward with legal claims against Harvey Weinstein. The company is extending the financial assistance any woman with what it deems a “valid sexual harassment claim” against the disgraced mogul, who has faced waves of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse spanning three decades. The latest Thiel-Weinstein news comes on the heels of Charles Harder’s exit as Harvey Weinstein’s… Read

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Harvey Weinstein Resigns From TWC Board As Termination Ratified In Meeting

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EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company today as his brother Bob Weinstein and the other board members voted to ratify the October 8 termination of the company co-founder. Deadline has learned also that talks are ongoing in finding a resolution to the now ex-co-chair’s standing with the company, of which he owns 23%. This comes four days after Bob Weinstein said the company wasn’t for sale and it’s business as usual at TWC, and a… Read

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Fork Films Picks Up ‘Naila And The Uprising Docu; ESPN Acquires Torin Yater-Wallace Docu ‘Back To Life’

Fork Films and THIRTEEN/WNET have picked up documentary, Naila And The Uprising, to include as part of the four-part Women, War & Peace II series, which will have its exclusive US broadcast premiere on PBS in 2018.  The series, now in its second edition, highlights how women in contemporary conflict zones, in pursuit of freedom and justice, risk their lives and lift their communities. From Just Vision, creator of the Peabody award-winning My Neighbourhood, the Julia… Read

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Fox Singing Series ‘The Four’ Gets iHeartMedia Boost

Fox will team with iHeartMedia on The Four: Battle For Stardom, the new signing competition series that the network has in the works. The pact will see the radio station group support auditions, assist in the search for talent and boost the careers of artists throughout the run of the competition series. As part of the grand prize, the winner of The Four will be part of iHeartMedia's "On the Verge" artist development program, which will support the talent with airplay… Read

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‘Almost Friends’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures; Grasshopper Picks Up Iranian Drama ‘Ava’

There were a couple of acquisitions announced this AM. Gravitas Ventures has partnered to acquire U.S. and Canadian rights to Almost Friends, a romantic comedy from writer-director Jake Goldberger (Life of a King). And Grasshopper Film acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Ava, the drama from debut Iranian filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) leads the cast of Almost Friends, which will have a day-and-date release of Nov. 17 theatrically and on… Read

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‘The Mantis’: Netflix Acquires Carole Bouquet Crime Drama – Mipcom

Adding to its range of local-language offerings, Netflix has picked up The Mantis, a French serial killer thriller starring Carole Bouquet. The six-part drama is made by Septembre Productions and will be available globally on Netflix on December 29. In France, it’s already been added to the streaming service where it runs after broadcast on TF1. Handled by AB International Distribution, the series centers on Jeanne Deber (Bouquet), aka The Mantis. She’s a famous serial… Read

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CBS Buys ‘Big Men’ Comedy From ‘Crazy Ex’s Aline Brosh McKenna & Rene Gube

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator/showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna has teamed with the CW series’ producer/recurring guest star Rene Gube for Big Men, a single-camera comedy that has been set up at CBS. CBS TV Studios, where Brosh McKenna is under an overall deal, is the studio. Written and executive produced by Brosh McKenna and Gube, Big Men centers on an Asian-American rookie pro basketball player who dreams of a baller lifestyle but standing in his way are his 13-year-old… Read

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‘Upgraded’: Ale Damiani To Helm Fox International Productions’ Latino Comedy

Fox International Productions has set Ale Damiani to direct Latino comedy Upgraded, a wish-fulfillment story written by Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman. Damiani made the sci-fi short-film M.A.M.O.N., a satirical critique of the U.S. president’s immigration policies that gained an international following after it was released last year (see the video below, featuring a robot Donald Trump). Upgraded revolves around two uncool high school boys from Mexico who, while… Read

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MSM Nabs ‘The Needle And The Damage Done’ About Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Guber and Mike Tollin's MSM has optioned the rights to journalist Paul Solotaroff's in-depth account of the fentanyl epidemic which is currently devastating the suburban communities of New England. The article delves into a local DEA bureau chief's relentless pursuit to fight the war on drugs. Published yesterday in Men’s Journal, the 8,000-word piece is titled “The Needle and the Damage Done.” It will be developed as a one-hour drama designed for cable… Read