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Hollywood’s Sex Harassment Commission Gets Assist From Kapor Center In Funding Drive

EXCLUSIVE: The Anita Hill-led Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equity in the Workplace has turned to the nonprofit Kapor Center for Social Impact to assist in raising the millions of dollars needed to fund its efforts to stamp out sexual abuse in the entertainment industry. Founded last December in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the commission is asking Hollywood to fund its mission over the next five years. All major networks, studios… Read

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Kelsey Grammer To Star In Indie Music Industry Pic ‘The Space Between’

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EXCLUSIVE: Kelsey Grammer is set to star in The Space Between, an indie coming-of-age comedy set in the music industry world. Rachel Winter is directing a script by Will Aldis. Set in the mid-1990s, the film centers on a young, wannabe A&R guy struggling to get out of the mail room and the older, crazy, forgotten rock 'n' roller (Grammer) who holds the key. Filming is set for Los Angeles. Steven Samuel, Milan Popelka and Michael Roiff are producers. Grammer recently was… Read

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Netflix Stock Down 5% As Wall Street Debates Q2 Takeaways – Update

UPDATED with closing price: Divergent opinions about Netflix’s prospects continue to ricochet around Wall Street in the wake of the company’s second-quarter earnings miss, but investors today could sum up their feelings in a single word: sell. The company’s shares, which had surged nearly 110% in 2018, imputing a higher valuation for Netflix than those of Comcast or Disney, fell sharply from the moment the opening bell rang. While at one point the drop was in the double… Read

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Donald Trump Plays “Would/Wouldn’t” Word Game In Desperate Damage-Control Bid

Twenty-four hours after saying he did not have faith in his U.S. intel agencies and instead believed the “very strong and powerful” words of the strongman standing next to him in Helsinki who orchestrated Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump announced today is Opposite Day. In a hastily called White House gathering of reporters, Trump said he has full faith in the U.S. intelligence agencies and their assertion that Russia tampered with the 2016 election. An… Read

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eOne To Adapt Graphic Comic ‘Skin&Earth’ For TV & Digital

Entertainment One has secured IP to Skin&Earth, a graphic comic series written and illustrated by alt-pop singer/songwriter Lights, to adapt for television as well as digital and gaming content. eOne will adapt all six issues of the comic, which tells story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between the romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is led down a dark path by new lovers that reveal a twisted… Read

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John Skipper-Led Streaming Service DAZN Touts September U.S. Launch

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For the first time in decades, John Skipper spearheaded a launch event for a sports network that has nothing to do with ESPN. The longtime former president at the Disney-owned sports mainstay took the stage today as executive chairman of Perform Group (see video below). Perform’s service, DAZN (pronounced “da zone”), operates in several countries around the world and will hit U.S. shores on September 10. The leading edge of its $10-a-month service initially will be boxing… Read

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Melissa London Hilfers Set To Write Sony ‘Jagged Edge’ Remake For Halle Berry

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is moving forward with Jagged Edge, the thriller being crafted for Halle Berry to play the heroine lawyer role originated by Glenn Close in the 1985 hit. The studio has hired Melissa London Hilfers to write the script, and Doug Belgrad’s 2.0 Entertainment banner has been set to co-finance the film. Belgrad is producing with Matti Leshem. Scott Strauss is supervising for the studio. Creative Executive Michael Bitar is also working on the… Read

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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

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‘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

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‘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 isn’t commenting but in the comics there is a Dmitri Smerdyakov, a.ka. Chameleon, a supervillain depicted in early Spider-Man issues. He joins new castmember J.B. Smooth and potentially Jake… Read

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‘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

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Sundance Film Festival 2018 Generated $192M In Economic Impact For Utah: Report

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UPDATED clarifying year-over-year changes in data: The Sundance Film Festival generated $191.6 million in economic activity for the state of Utah and created $100 million in wages for Utahans, according to a new report from Y2 Analytics. More than 124,000 people attended the 11-day festival in January. "Spending during the Sundance Film Festival generates many positive economic benefits," the report states. "Tourism-related industries are beneficiaries of spending that… Read