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Producer Eric Friedman Inks Overall Deal With Disney Channel

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Emmy-nominated producer Eric Friedman is expanding his nearly 10-year relationship with Disney Channel, signing an overall deal to create and develop new projects exclusively for the channel. Friedman has written or produced five comedy series for Disney Channel over the past decade. Most recently, he was executive producer and showrunner of Bizaardvark which has wrapped production after three seasons (new episodes will continue to roll out through 2019 on Disney… Read

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Tamir Muhammad Launches Production Company, Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros.

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Warner Media executive/producer Tamir Muhammad has signed a multi-year overall film and television deal with Warner Bros. for his newly launched production company, Populace. Under the pact, Muhummad will develop original scripted and unscripted programming for the Warner Bros. Television Group, as well as theatrical films for the studio. According to Muhammad, Populace, which will be bi-coastal, will develop content “focused on genre-bending originality and universal… Read

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‘High Noon’ Remake In The Works; Karen Kramer, Widow Of Stanley Kramer, Will Executive Produce

Karen Kramer, the widow of legendary producer-director Stanley Kramer, has closed a deal with filmmaker David L. Hunt and producer Thomas Olaimey's Classical Entertainment for a remake of her late husband's classic film, High Noon. It's Karen Kramer's second shot at producing a second remake of the film with executive producer Stephen Jaffe. Their first attempt, with Relativity Media, stalled in the midst of the company's bankruptcy problems. Kramer produced a TV movie… Read

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Marti Noxon Inks Overall Deal With Netflix

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Another top TV showrunner is headed to Netflix with a rich overall deal. Marti Noxon has signed a multi-year overall pact with the streaming giant to exclusively produce new series programming through her Tiny Pyro production banner. Additionally, Netflix will have a first-look option on Noxon's feature projects. Following Noxon to Netflix is Maria Grasso who will continue in her role as President of Tiny Pyro. Noxon most recently had an overall deal at Skydance, the… Read

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Chip & Joanna Gaines Planning Return To TV, Will Create New Branded Network

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Discovery has confirmed it is in exclusive talks with Chip and Joanna Gaines to return to television in an expanded role that includes their own branded network. The husband and wife team took a time-out after their ultra-popular HGTV show Fixer Upper ended. A new baby was added to the family, and the duo took some downtime after a whirlwind rise that saw them add products and new businesses that went far beyond merely renovating homes. There had been rumors of a talk… Read

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Jeff Gaspin Inks Overall Deal With AGC TV

Jeff Gaspin and his Gaspin Media have inked a multi-year overall deal with AGC Television, the small-screen division of Stuart Ford’s indie content company AGC Studios. As part of the pact, Gaspin will develop and produce a slate of scripted and non-scripted television projects, and he will join the board of AGC's corporate entity and serve as non-executive director. Former NBCUniversal TV Entertainment chairman Gaspin most recently was at Primary Wave Entertainment which… Read

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Amazon’s Second Headquarters Hunt May Be Near A Selection

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Amazon.com is downplaying a Washington Post report that the corporation is in advanced talks with Northern Virginia officials about locating its planned second headquarters there. However, the company is not exactly denying the report’s accuracy. Amazon Director of Economic Development- Global Public Policy Mike Grella tweeted that whomever leaked word of the Amazon interest in Crystal City, VA. as its new home is “not doing Crystal City, VA. any favors.”  He also warned… Read

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Barry Jenkins Inks First-Look Deal With Amazon Studios

Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) is expanding his relationship with Amazon Studios, signing a first-look deal via his Pastel banner to develop television series for premiere on Amazon Prime Video. Jenkins is slated to direct all eleven episodes of limited series The Underground Railroad, which received a script-to-series commitment from Amazon Studios in June. Pastel, founded by Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy and Mark Ceryak, as a home for artists to create… Read

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FX Networks & BBC Extend Content Deal; U.S. Outlet Gets First Primary UK Home For Its Shows

The BBC and FX Networks have expanded their content deal, giving original series from the U.S. broadcaster a primary home in the UK for the first time. The deal extends the relationship between the BBC and FX, which co-produce the Tom Hardy-led drama series Taboo. It also gives the BBC rights to Devs, the UK-produced tech thriller from Ex Machina‘s Alex Garland, and Ryan Murphy’s 1980s-set rookie drama Pose. Also headed across the pond are such FX series as Mayans M.C., Wh… Read

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‘Love & Hip Hop’ Creator Mona Scott-Young Inks Overall Deal With Lionsgate TV

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Love & Hip Hop creator, media mogul and entrepreneur Mona Scott-Young has signed an overall deal with Lionsgate TV to develop and produce unscripted series for the company's alternative television business under her Monami Productions banner. She will also have the opportunity to develop projects across Lionsgate's scripted, digital and other businesses. Scott-Young, CEO of multi-media entertainment company Monami Entertainment, is the creator and executive producer of… Read

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‘Scandal’ Veteran Chris Van Dusen Inks Overall Deal With Netflix

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Writer-producer Chris Van Dusen, who has worked on several Shondaland series, most recently as co-executive producer on Scandal, is joining Shonda Rhimes at Netflix, signing a multi-year overall deal with the streaming platform to create new series and other projects. His first project under the pact is Shondaland’s Untitled Bridgeton Project, a one-hour drama ordered straight-to-series, based on Julia Quinn's best-selling novels. As previously announced, Van Dusen will… Read

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‘Power’ Spinoffs Planned As Creator Courtney Kemp Seals New Lionsgate Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: The power of Power will continue to surge at Starz as series creator Courtney Kemp has signed a new overall wide-ranging deal with the premium cabler’s parent company Lionsgate. Deemed as "one-of-a-kind" agreement by Lionsgate itself, the development and production deal launches Kemp and her End of Episode shingle to expand the Power franchise with potential spinoffs among a number of commitments by Starz. Additionally, the compact encompasses other projects… Read