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Comedy Writers Craig Gerard & Matthew Zinman Ink Overall Deal With CBS Studios

Craig Gerard and Matthew Zinman (Trial & Error) have signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, the duo has joined the studio’s upcoming CBS comedy series Happy Together as writers/co-executive producers. They also will develop new scripted projects for the studio. Written/executive produced by Tim McAuliffe and Austen Earl and executive produced by Ben Winston and Harry Styles, Happy Together stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West as… Read


‘Hell Fest’ Trailer: When Halloween Theme Park Gets A Little Too Realistic

Folks love those Halloween-themed amusement parks — the ones where ghouls dart out of the shadows and monsters lie in wait to scare the bejeezus out of their quarry. But what if a maniacal killer decides to up the realism factor to 11 while the patrons it’s all part of the show? Here is the first teaser trailer for Hell Fest, in which just a creepy scenario plays out. The logline: College student Natalie (Amy Forsyth) is visiting her best friend Brooke (Reign Edwards) and… Read


‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Adds Numan Acar

EXCLUSIVE: Turkish-born actor Numan Acar has come aboard Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man sequel, now titled Spider-Man: Far From Home, which has Tom Holland reprising his role as the teenage webslinger. Not much is known about Acar’s role, other than his character’s name is Dimitri. Sony declined to comment. He joins new castmember J.B. Smooth and potentially Jake Gyllenhaal, who is in talks to play the big baddie Mysterio. Michael Keaton, Zendaya, and Marisa Tomei are also… Read


‘Manhunt’ Anthology Series Nears 2-Season Pickup At Charter From Lionsgate With Eric Rudolph As Next Subject

EXCLUSIVECharter Communications continues to ramp up the original scripted series slate for its Spectrum cable systems. I have learned that the company is in advanced negotiations with Lionsgate Television for a two-season order to anthology series Manhunt. I hear the first of the two 10-episode seasons would chronicle the manhunt for domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph, known as the Olympic Park Bomber. It will be shepherded by the core creative team behind Manhunt: Unabom… Read


Sundance 2018 Generated $191M In Economic Impact; Attendance Nearly Triples Since 2016

Sundance Film Festival 2018

The Sundance Film Festival has grown at a record pace over the past three years, with year-on-year increases in attendance, wages, jobs created, tax revenue and economic impact for Utah. This year’s festival generated more than $191 million in economic activity, more than half of which was in wages for Utah workers. The festival also saw record attendance levels, with more than 124,000 people visiting the 11-day event in January – up a whopping 73% from the year before… Read


‘Tales From The Loop’: Amazon Studios Orders Genre Series Based On Simon Stålenhag Art From Matt Reeves & Fox 21

Amazon Studios has given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to Tales From the Loop, an hour-long genre series based on the acclaimed sci-fi art of Simon Stålenhag, from writer Nathaniel Halpern (Legion), director Mark Romanek, Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho, and Swedish production and management company Indio. A co-production with Fox 21 Television Studios, Tales from the Loop is slated to premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video. It marks the 20th TV cable/streaming unit… Read


Victor Rasuk Joins Clint Eastwood’s ‘The Mule’

EXCLUSIVE: Victor Rasuk has joined the cast of The Mule, the Warner Bros. crime drama directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. In The Mule, Clint Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive—easy enough but, unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel, and also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates… Read


ABC Piloting Quirky British Gameshow ‘The Time It Takes’ With Craig Ferguson

ABC is piloting a remake of quirky British game show The Time It Takes with former The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson. The U.S. network has ordered the pilot weeks after it was picked up by the BBC for an eight-episode run. It is being produced by Episodes and Flack producer Hat Trick Productions, best known in the UK for making long-running political comedy panel show Have I Got News for You. The U.S. pilot is being recorded at the BBC studios in Pacific Quay… Read


Project Cre8: BET & Paramount Players Unveil Semifinalists In Search For Undiscovered Creative Talent

BET Networks and Paramount Players have revealed 10 semifinalists of Project Cre8, a nationwide search for the next big filmmaker, which was launched in January. These aspiring filmmakers are a step closer to the opportunity to produce a feature film with a million-dollar budget. This initiative, which was announced at Sundance, aims to create opportunities for African American content creators both in front of and behind the camera in order to cultivate the next… Read


Broadway’s ‘School Of Rock’ Musical Sets Date For Final Power Chord

Broadway’s School of Rock – The Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage adaptation of the 2003 Jack Black film comedy, will end its run at the Winter Garden Theatre on January 20, bringing a finale to an engagement of more than three years. When it closes, School of Rock, which began previews November 9, 2015, and opened the following December 6, will have played 1,307 performances and 31 previews. The production recouped its Broadway investment in May 2017. The musical… Read


‘Robin Hood’ Trailer: Taron Egerton And Jamie Foxx Take Aim In Thriller

Robin Hood

Lionsgate has released the official trailer for Summit Entertainment’s Robin Hood, its updated take on the legendary bandit of Sherwood Forest that stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn and Eve Hewson. From this look, the film directed by Peaky Blinders helmer Otto Bathurst dives head-first into the “steals from the rich” part of the tale with a heist/buddy-movie vibe after Robin of Loxley (Egerton), war-hardened from fighting in the Crusades, comes back home to… Read


Univision Chief Content Officer Isaac Lee Exits In Latest Corporate Tremor

In the latest jolt to Hispanic media giant Univision, Chief Content Officer Isaac Lee is exiting the company. After nearly eight years at Univision, Lee plans to start an independent production company. Patricio Wills, an exec with Univision’s Mexican partner, Televisa, will take over Lee's content duties. The move is another dose of corporate drama at Univision, which has hit some turbulence in recent months. After board members opted to pull a planned IPO and engage a… Read