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Rapper Stormzy Joins ‘Noughts + Crosses’; Fugitive Launches Slate; Cineflix Boards ‘The Minister’ — Global Briefs

Brit musician Stormzy has joined the cast of BBC One drama Noughts + Crosses, Mammoth Screen’s adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s dystopian young adult book series currently being filmed in South Africa. The popular grime artist will play newspaper editor Kolawale, a character created for the series. Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders) stars with newcomer Masali Baduza, Helen Baxendale, Paterson Joseph and Ian Hart. The show charts the story of first love in a dangerous, alternate… Read


Netflix Reaches Tipping Point As Originals Now Outpace Acquired Titles – Study


Illustrating the strategy Netflix executives have long articulated — and pointing to a wider gap between the company and its rivals — a new report shows that for the first time most new releases coming to the platform are originals. Among all releases available in the U.S. that went live during the year leading up to December 2018, 51% were originals, as opposed to programs or films that had been acquired, according to a report by UK-based research firm Ampere Analysis… Read


‘Motherland’: Lionsgate UK Re-Ups For World Sales Rights To Second Season Of Sharon Horgan-BBC Sitcom

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK is renewing its partnership with the BBC, Merman and Delightful to co-finance and sell the second series of Sharon Horgan sitcom Motherland. Shoot is recently underway on the second season of the UK show about the trials and traumas of motherhood. Starring are Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane), Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher), Diane Morgan (Alan Partridge) and Paul Ready (The Terror). Series two is written by Horgan (Catastrophe), Holly Walsh (Dead… Read


UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer Warns That Actors And Directors Also Will Be Impacted If Agents Stop Packaging


UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer told his writer-clients Wednesday night that they won't be the only artists affected if the WGA gets its way and puts the agencies out of the packaging business. “These decisions impact a broad section of the TV ecosystem," he wrote on Tuesday in a message to the agency's writers. "Lots of people will be affected. The WGA is trying to make a decision for everyone by eliminating everyone's choice." "There is so much change and uncertainty in our… Read


‘The Split’: BBC One & Sundance TV Divorce Drama Begins Second Season Shoot, Donna Air Joins Cast

Production is underway in London on season two of BBC One and SundanceTV drama The Split from creator Abi Morgan (The Hour) and executive producer Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch). Set in the messy world of London's high-end divorce circuit, the legal-world series follows modern marriages and the legacy of divorce. Returning cast includes Nicola Walker, Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button, Deborah Findlay, Stephen Mangan, Anthony Head, Rudi Dharmalingam and Barry Atsma. UK… Read


WGA Deputizes Managers And Lawyers To “Fill The Gap” If Agents Are Fired En Masse


The WGA is deputizing managers and attorneys to procure employment for writers and negotiate their over-scale terms – essentially taking the place of agents. The move comes as the guild prepares for the possibility that it might ask all writers to fire their agents en mass if it can't come to terms with the Association of Talent Agents for a new franchise agreement. With that agreement set to expire on April 6, the guild said that it is "preparing for the possibility that… Read


‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast And Creator Reveal Final Season Details, Talk Bringing Joy Through Authentic Representation – PaleyFest

As the final episode of Jane the Virgin is upon us, the cast got super emotional at the start of their PaleyFest panel. Star and executive producer Gina Rodriguez shed some tears as she and co-star Justin Baldoni remembered when they first started the show and how they had the opportunity to share their gifts with the world. The emotional moment soon turned into a fun lovefest and moderator Leanne Aguilera from Entertainment Tonight attempting to pull spoilers for the… Read


‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Creators Talk Turning Series Into A Stage Musical And Plan For Future Reboot – PaleyFest

It’s the last season before the cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend takes its final bow. The cast and creators of the musical comedy took the stage at PaleyFest to reflect on everything from the spark that lit the fire for the show to saying goodbye to the popular CW series — and talked about a possible musical stage show based on the series. Moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt, co-creator and star Rachel Bloom was joined by co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna as well as actors Scott Micha… Read


USC Names Carol Folt President, Will Fight On Against Scandals Fallout

The University of Southern California has named Carol L. Folt as its 12th president, and she immediately vowed to lead the institution past its recent immersion in several scandals. USC was caught in the recent college bribery scandal that ensnared two athletic department staffers as well as celebrities Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. It also battled against news reports of hard-core drug used by its medical school dean, and a sexual assault scandal involving… Read


‘Deadly Class’ Co-Creator Talks Tonight’s Bloody Finale, Lana Condor & Season 2

SPOILER ALERT:  This post contains details of tonight's Deadly Class Season 1 finale. "You know, I always joke that if we don't get a Season 2 that this'll be like Freaks and Geeks," says Deadly Class executive producer Rick Remender as the Syfy series based on the acclaimed Reagan Era set comic he and Wes Craig created concluded its first season tonight. "Deadly Class will be over but we'll just have give birth to a whole generation of young adults who are going to go… Read


‘Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus’ Sets New Open Date, Adds Julie White

The world premiere of Taylor Mac's new comedy Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus has moved its opening night and found a replacement for injured lead Andrea Martin. The new opening night will be April 21 at Broadway's Booth Theatre. Preview performances began on Monday, March 11. As previously announced, Martin departed the company on March 4 because of a rehearsal injury, during which she sustained four broken ribs in an accident. Cast member and Tony nominee Kristine Nie… Read


Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura Moves To Film Group; Brandon Riegg Gets Comedy Oversight In Restructuring

After recently consolidating its original series/specials operation into English-language originals under VP Cindy Holland and non-English-language ones under Bela Bajaria, Netflix continues to streamline its executive ranks with new responsibilities for Lisa Nishimura, VP Original Documentary and Comedy Programming, and Brandon Riegg, VP Unscripted Originals & Acquisitions. Nishimura, one of Netflix’s best known executives, who is credited with acclaimed documentaries… Read