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Gavin Purcell Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV

Emmy winner Gavin Purcell has signed an exclusive overall producing deal with Universal Television for both unscripted and scripted programming. Purcell was most recently the showrunner and executive producer for Hulu’s Emmy-nominated sketch and talk show I Love You America with Sarah Silverman. Previously, Purcell was Head of Video at Vox Media where he oversaw video production, development and strategy for all Vox Media brands. Purcell served as a producer and writer on… Read

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Momentum Content Inks Overall Deal With Industrial Media

Momentum Content has signed an exclusive overall deal with Industrial Media (American Idol). Under the pact, Christina Douglas, Momentum Content's CEO and Anna Snead, Momentum’s Head of Development, will work closely with Industrial Media’s CEO Eli Holzman and President Aaron Saidman to create, develop and produce new television content under the Industrial Media umbrella. "Aaron and I have always been impressed with Christina [Douglas] and Anna's ability to create… Read

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Viacom Storms DirecTV With ‘Daily Show’ Warning Of Looming Blackout

It's no laughing matter to Viacom that AT&T could be dropping its channels from DirecTV and U-verse in just a couple of day but Comedy Central's The Daily Show became the battlefield in the latest pay-TV carriage war tonight. As host Trevor Noah listened to Neal Brennan's mordacious takedown on the recent rise of socialism in political rhetoric (HINT: blame the rich) on the deliberately fake news show on Tuesday, a warning appeared on the bottom of the screen for a few… Read

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‘Ask Dr. Ruth’: Hulu Revises Premiere Date For Its Sundance Docu Pickup – Update

UPDATED, 4:45 PM: Hulu said today that it has moved back the premiere date for Ask Dr. Ruth by three weeks, from May 10 to June 1. Its theatrical release via Magnolia Pictures remains set for May 3. PREVIOUSLY, November 29: One day after the Ask Dr. Ruth documentary was unveiled as one of the high-profile premieres at 2019 Sundance Film Festival, turns out the Ryan White directed pic has a very therapeutic fest afterlife with Hulu and Magnolia. The now Disney-dominated… Read

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‘Arrow’ Showrunner Beth Schwartz Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

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EXCLUSIVE: As Arrow is heading into its final season, executive producer/showrunner Beth Schwartz is expanding her relationship with Warner Bros. TV, signing a multi-year overall with the studio behind the CW superhero series. Greg Berlanti, who oversees all DC series for WBTV as executive producer, including Arrow, first met Schwartz when he hired her as his assistant on his 2002 WB drama series Everwood. She co-wrote two episodes of the Berlanti-produced ABC series Broth… Read

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Jupiter Entertainment Inks Overall Co-Production Deal With Chris Deaux’s Two Fifteen West

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Sky-owned Jupiter Entertainment has signed an overall co-production deal with veteran producer Chris Deaux and his Two Fifteen West Entertainment. Under the pact, Deaux will create, develop and produce unscripted programming to be co-produced with Jupiter in the U.S. as well as internationally. Deaux and his team will be based in Los Angeles and work closely with New York-based Allison Wallach, President of Jupiter. Deaux, who previously had a deal with eOne, has… Read

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Amy Adams Inks First-Look Deal With HBO; Starts Production Company, Developing ‘Poisonwood Bible’

Amy Adams has signed a first-look deal with HBO and launched new production company Bond Group Entertainment with her manager Stacy O’Neil. HBO also announced the first project under the deal, Poisonwood Bible, based on the Barbara Kingsolver novel, which is being developed as a limited series. In addition, Bond Group has tapped former Starz exec Kathleen Clifford as its VP of TV Development. Co-written by Anya Epstein (The Affair, In Treatment) and Kingsolver, Poisonwood… Read

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Mike Judge Inks Overall Deal With HBO; Includes Production Commitments For 2 Comedy Series

Silicon Valley co-creator Mike Judge has signed a two-year overall deal with HBO, which includes series production commitments for two new comedy series. Judge’s deal includes all forms of television, excluding animation. Under the pact, the two new comedies are Qualityland, based on the novel of the same name by Marc-Uwe Kling, a co-production with HBO and Lionsgate, and limited series A5. Co-written and executive produced by Judge and Josh Lieb (Silicon Valley), Qualityl… Read

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Curiosity Ink Media Signs With Lit Division Of Abrams Artists Agency

Former Nickelodeon president of production and development Russell Hicks and partner Brent Watts's Curiosity Ink Media has signed with the literary division of Abrams Artists Agency. Hicks is the company's president and chief creative officer, while Watts is the company's chief executive officer. Richard Yanofsky serves as COO and publishing veteran Jon I. Rosenberg as EVP publishing, leading creation and publishing of all physical content. The company was formed last… Read

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MetaMorphic Entertainment’s Adesuwa McCalla Inks First-Look Deal With Amazon Studios

Adesuwa McCalla, the principal of literary management firm MetaMorphic Entertainment, has signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. Under the pact, McCalla will develop original series via MetaMorphic to be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. As principal of MetaMorphic, McCalla identifies under-the-radar fresh voices that reflect different worlds and perspectives. Her client roster includes critically praised film and TV writers and directors whose projects… Read

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Back On The Sales Market

Days before a controversial documentary on alleged sexual abuse by Michael Jackson airs on HBO, the pop singer’s Neverland Ranch has been put back on the real estate market. The 2,689-acre Santa Ynez estate, which once had an amusement park and zoo among its attractions, is on sale at $31 million, a steep drop from its original listing price of $100 million when it first went on the market in 2015 and down still from the $67 million asking price as of 2017. The estate is… Read

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Jeff Zucker Poised To Take Over Turner Sports – Report

The restructuring upheavals at AT&T-owned WarnerMedia will reportedly see CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker assume oversight on Turner Sports, according to a report. Turner is a sports powerhouse, with broadcasting contracts with Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the PGA Championship, the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championships, and other leagues. AT&T is combining many of the business operations of HBO and Turner Networks, according to… Read