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A24 Acquires William Monaghan’s ‘Mojave’ After Tribeca Bow

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A24 has sealed a seven-figure deal for U.S. rights to Mojave, writer-director William Monahan’s drama that world-premiered at Tribeca last week. The story: Armed with little more than a knife and some vodka, an on-edge Hollywood director (Garrett Hedlund) sets out for the Mojave Desert, where he finds a drifter (Oscar Isaac) brandishing a rifle and claiming to be the devil. Mark Wahlberg, Louise Bourgoin and Justified alum Walton Goggins also star in Mojave, the second… Read

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Another CAA Agent Defects To UTA, Bringing Total Up To 12

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It ain’t over yet. The defections from Creative Artists Agency continued Friday as United Talent Agency confirmed that it has brought another agent into their company. UTA has hired former CAA agent Harold Froget who will be part of the team inside UTA's comedy and music touring practice division. Froget had spent 11 years — specifically in corporate and private booking — with CAA before exiting. He will now focus on his new agency's corporate and private events… Read

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20th TV Boards NBC’s ‘Carmichael Show’, Inks Overall Deal with Danielle Sanchez-Witzel To Run It

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In a very unusual move, following last month’s series order to the Jerrod Carmichael comedy, NBC has brought in 20th Century Fox TV to be the lead studio, with sibling Universal TV, which developed the multi-camera project in its multiple incarnations and produced the most recent pilot, serving as co-producer. After taking over, 20th TV set up meetings between the star, rising comedian Carmichael, on whose standup the show was based, with potential showrunners. He hit it… Read

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‘Deadliest Catch’ Renewed As Discovery Channel Bags Demo Wins

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It might have been the unofficial first week of the 2016 presidential campaign, and pot-series premiere week, but Discovery Channel finished first in the news demo – ages 25-54 – for the April 13-19 frame after Live+3 viewing stats showed up. Discovery also finished first among cable nets for the week with 18- to 49-year-olds. It’s Discovery Channel’s first such weekly win in both demos since Shark Week 2014. Discovery owes much to three programs: Deadliest Catch, Naked an… Read

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First Feature From YouTube’s Wong Fu Productions Set For Vimeo Release

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Popular Youtube outfit Wong Fu Productions’ first feature film, Everything Before Us, will be released worldwide June 3 exclusively on Vimeo on Demand, it was announced this morning. The film first debuted theatrically on April 23, during the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival held in Los Angeles, and can be preordered now on Vimeo. The directorial debut of Wong Fu founders Philip Wang and Wesley Chan, Everything Before Us is a science fiction/romantic drama set in a… Read

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FYI Orders Spouse-Swap Series ‘The Seven Year Switch’

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Sex in a box in front of a studio audience having failed to save American marriages, the TV industry now will attempt to rescue the institution by trying a two-week spouse switch for wedded couples. FYI has greenlighted The Seven Year Switch, an eight-episode series in which married couples “bravely” put their marriage on the line by shacking up with a “new partner” for a couple weeks. Production is underway for the series to premiere this summer. It’s named after The Seve… Read

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Relativity Plunks Down $3M To Pick Up Bold Films’ ‘Shot Caller’ With ‘Games Of Thrones’ Actor In Lead

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In what can be seen as the first big deal prior to the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, Relativity Studios is in final negotiations to pick up Bold Film’s next film, Shot Caller and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who stars as Jamie Lannister in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, has just been cast in the lead of the film. The film was picked up for around $3M with a wide release commitment. Shot Caller tells the story of a newly released prison gangster who is forced by the… Read

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Evan Peters Books ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’

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Evan Peters is batting 1.000 on American Horror Story. The actor has a reservation for AHS: Hotel, joining Sarah Paulson as the only actors to appear in all five seasons of the FX anthology creepshow from Ryan Murphy. Peters’ role in the next AHS installment wasn’t revealed, but he played “Lobster Boy” Jimmy Darling on AHS: Freak Show, Kyle Spencer in Coven, Kit Walker in Asylum and Tate Langdon on Season 1’s Murder House. Peters joins Paulson, Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates… Read

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Disney Channel’s ‘Jessie’ Spinoff Gets Title, Rounds Out Cast

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Disney Channel has settled on a title for its Jessie spinoff. BUNK’D begins production later this month for premiere in summer 2015. The network also has rounded out the cast, adding newcomers Miranda May, Nina Lu and Kevin Quinn. They’ll join previously announced Jessie stars Peyton List, Karan Brar and Skai Jackson who are reprising their roles as Emma, Ravi and Zuri Ross, respectively. BUNK’D centers around Emma, Ravi, and Zuri Ross leaving their glitzy New York… Read

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Kristin Newman Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

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ABC Studios has closed a two-year overall deal with comedy writer-producer Kristin Newman, executive producer/showrunner of the studio’s ABC comedy pilot Delores and Jermaine, which has been garnering promising early buzz. Newman has a history at ABC Studios where she has been based for the past three seasons, serving as co-executive producer on Dan Fogelman’s ABC comedy series The Neighbors and Galavant.  Newman had a fast start in TV writing. She landed her first staff… Read

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Nu Image Ups Jeffrey Greenstein To President Of Int’l Sales & Distribution

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Jeffrey Greenstein has been bumped up a notch to President Of International Sales & Distribution at Avi Lerner’s Nu Image. The five-year company vet will oversee and manage the foreign sales and distribution of all Nu Image and Millennium Films productions. Greenstein, who was VP International Sales & Distribution at Nu Image and Millennium, has worked on more than 30 films for the indie studio, including the Expendables franchise, Olympus Has Fallen and Homefront. He’ll… Read

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Ratings Spike With Patrick Dempsey Twist, ‘Blacklist’ Low In Return

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ABC kicked off the May sweep with its first No.1 demo ratings finish (tied with CBS) on the May opening night in six years, powered by veteran Grey’s Anatomy. The episode, which featured a life-and-death situation involving original male lead Patrick Dempsey, drew a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals, up +33% from last week and the show’s best since the Season 11 premiere in September. That number that will likely go up more in the finals later today. The… Read