Sacha Baron Cohen Signs With CAA
CAA just announced internally that Sacha Baron Cohen has signed with CAA. The news comes just as he hits the big screen this Memorial Day weekend frame with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska.
Baron Cohen of course created the characters of Ali G, Borat and Brüno and is pretty much the best awards-show presenter going today. His recent film credits include The Brothers Grimsby, which he also produced and… Read
And The 2016 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Go To …
A power roster of heavy-hitting producers in town will be honored by Women in Film on June 15 at the group’s annual Crystal + Lucy Awards. The awards dinner, which also will honor an actress, director and agent, give props to the outstanding women in entertainment — those who lead by example in their chosen fields. This year’s Excellence in Film honorees will be producers Denise Di Novi, Lauren Shuler Donner, Lucy Fisher, Lianne Halfon, Lynda Obst, Jane Rosenthal, Paula… Read
Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Stakes November Date In Awards Season
Tom Ford’s sophomore feature directorial Nocturnal Animals will be released by Focus Features in an exclusive engagement on Nov. 18. The film which is based on Austin Wright's novel Tony and Susan focuses on an art gallery owner who is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. Nocturnal Animals will widen on the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, before going wide on Dec. 9.
The pic stars Amy Adams… Read
Philippe Dauman Asks Court To Expedite Trial On Sumner Redstone’s Competence
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and board member George Abrams have asked a Massachusetts court to hold a trial “no later than four months from now” on their plea to overturn Sumner Redstone’s effort to oust them from his family trust and the National Amusements board.
They added, in a just-disclosed filing made yesterday, that they’d like the discovery process to “commence immediately and conclude within three months.”
They want the court to rule that Redstone, who turns 93… Read
Seriesfest 2016 Unveils First Slate Of Panels
The preliminary slate of panels for the 2016 edition of television and content festival Seriesfest have now been unveiled. Happening June 22-26 in Denver, Colorado, highlights from this year’s Seriesfest include "Women in Media" with Kim Cattrall and Vanity Fair's Krista Smith, a discussion of BBC America’s The Hunt with Emmy-winners Alastair Fothergill and Huw Cordey, and an all new "Anatomy of a Show" focused on FX’s The Strain. The festival previously announced the… Read
TBS & TNT Name IMG Executive Michael Bloom As Head Of Unscripted
TBS and TNT have hired IMC executive Michael Bloom as SVP of unscripted series and specials. He succeeds David Eilenberg who left in March to become president Of ITV Entertainment.
In this position Bloom, who starts June 20, will oversee the creative development and production of unscripted content across all platforms for both TBS and TNT. He will report to the networks' chief Kevin Reilly.
Most recently, Bloom was instrumental in creating the architecture for ELeague… Read
‘Westworld’, ‘Divorce’, Insecure’ & ‘High Maintenance’ To Bow This Fall On HBO
HBO confirms its new drama series Westworld will bow this fall, along with new comedy series Divorce, Insecure and High Maintenance.
Westworld shut down production earlier this year but is now on track for a fall premiere. The 10-episode series, inspired by the motion picture, is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey… Read
Saban Films Acquires Zack Whedon’s Feature Debut ‘Come And Find Me’
Coming on the heels of Saban Films acquiring rights to Walter Hill’s Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale, the company just picked up another film for distribution: writer-director Zack Whedon's feature debut Come And Find Me which stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Eye In The Sky) and Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle, X-Men: First Class) and appeared on the 2012 Black List.
The thriller, written by Whedon, follows David (Paul) who must track down the whereabouts of his mysterious… Read
Alamo Drafthouse & Legion M Partner On Genre Entertainment Development Stream
Alamo Drafthouse and fan-owned entertainment company Legion M have embarked on a strategic partnership to foster development and distribution of genre entertainment with an eye on features, shorts and virtual reality platforms. Alamo will service Legion M with scripts, projects and talent, while Legion M will provide access to fans and investors to expand the reach of developed projects. As part of the deal, Alamo Drafthouse will now serve on Legion M's advisory board… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nine Stories And Partner Bold Films Join With ‘Sicario’ Director Denis Villeneuve On Crime Feature
Jake Gyllenhaal and the production company behind his critically-acclaimed turn in Nightcrawler are joining together to bring a popular crime novel to the big screen. Nine Stories which has a first-look deal with its partner Bold Films are developing a feature adpatation of Jo Nesbo's crime novel The Son with Sicario director Denis Villeneuve set to helm. This also marks the third collaboration for Gyllenhaal and Villeneuve (Enemy and Prisoners).
Nine Stories' producers… Read
A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc On Scripted Strategy, Viceland’s Start And Planting Roots For The Future
A+E Networks aims at returning to the longform awards circle with the big-budget $50 million miniseries Roots, a remake of the acclaimed 1977 mini. It also is the biggest production to date for the three-year old A+E Studios, which A+E Networks’ Nancy Dubuc launched on her first day as CEO with the goal of owning more original programing. Roots, which debuts this weekend, follows praised new Lifetime series UnReal, with History dramas Six and Knightfall coming up. Roots… Read
‘Project Runway’ Renewed By Lifetime For 3 Seasons In Big Deal With Weinstein Co. That Includes ‘All Stars’, ‘Jr’ & ‘Fashion Inc’
EXCLUSIVE: Eight years ago, Project Runway made waves in the unscripted world, moving from its original home Bravo to Lifetime to put the female-focused cable network on the reality map. The show’s deal was coming up again this year, and I hear there was interest from other networks, but the reality staple is not going anywhere. In a big, multi-show deal between Lifetime and The Weinstein Company valued at about $50 million, including a TWC movie package, the network has… Read