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Netflix Makes First European Overall Series Deal, Inking With ‘Dark’ Duo

Netflix has signed its first European overall series deal. The streamer has signed with Jantje Friese and Baran bo Oda, the German duo behind Dark, which the company says is one of its most-watched entirely non-English shows. The pair will produce new series and projects for Netflix's 125 million members worldwide. "The promise of Netflix is entertainment transcending borders — where a hit show can come from anywhere in the world,” said Erik Barmack, VP International… Read


Liz Friedman Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

Emmy-nominated writer-producer Liz Friedman has signed a multi-year overall deal at Sony Pictures Television. Under the pact, Friedman reunites with David Shore, with whom she worked on House, to serve as executive producer on Shore-created The Good Doctor and will develop original series for broadcast, cable and streaming services. “I’m thrilled to be in working with Sony, especially since it means climbing back into trenches with David Shore on The Good Doctor," said… Read


Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic Project Sets Up At Paramount Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: The biopic about Sammy Davis, Jr. now has been set up at Paramount Pictures, where producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has his overall deal. The project is on the development fast track, soon to be hiring a writer and a director to make the feature film about the dancer-singer-actor-musician to becoming a reality. The movie will be based in large part on the 1965 memoir Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. that he penned with Jane and Burt Boyar. Davis’ heirs… Read


Fox Hunt: Disney, It’s Your Move

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Few people in Hollywood or on Wall Street expect the Walt Disney Co. to meekly surrender 21st Century Fox to media rival Comcast, though the Burbank entertainment giant has been deafeningly silent on its next move. Comcast submitted its highly anticipated $65 billion counter offer for much of Fox’s film and television assets, besting Disney’s all-stock bid by $10 billion. The Philadelphia-based media conglomerate turned up the heat by appealing directly to Fox’s… Read


Nicole Kidman Inks First-Look Deal With Amazon Studios For TV, Film & Digital

Nicole Kidman has signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios for features, television series and digital content. Under the pact, Amazon and Kidman’s Blossom Films will develop original series that will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, as well as movies for theatrical release. "Nicole is a force of nature as both an actress and a producer," said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. "She understands the focus of bringing addictive, entertaining and… Read


Boris Kodjoe Inks Development Deal With BET Networks

Former Real Husbands of Hollywood star Boris Kodjoe is returning to the BET fold, signing an exclusive development deal with BET Networks. Under the pact, Kodjoe will develop ideas and show concepts for all network platforms with first-look consideration. As of now it is unclear if he will star in any the projects. "We're excited to grow and deepen our longstanding relationship with Boris Kodjoe,” said Connie Orlando, EVP and Head of Original Programming, BET Networks… Read


Amy Seimetz Inks Overall Production Deal With FX Productions

FX Productions has signed multihyphenate Amy Seimetz to an overall production deal. The writer, director, producer and actress will develop new TV projects exclusively for the company. Seimetz has become an important voice in indie cinema and television during the past decade. She has appeared in and/or worked on more than a dozen films that have screened at the SXSW Film Festival including her directorial debut Sun Don't Shine, which won a special jury prize in 2012 and… Read


Bob Hope Estate Sold To Supermarket Mogul Ron Burkle For $15M

The Bob and Delores Hope estate in Toluca Lake, California has been sold to supermarket magnate Ron Burkle, who reportedly is planning on preserving and restoring the main residence. Real estate reports said the 5.2 acres estate was sold for $15 million, far below its initial asking price of $27.5 million when it first went up for sale in 2013. In 2017,  a developer obtained an escrow on the property and submitted permits to demolish outlying buildings, presumably to… Read


SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative New Contract With Four Broadcast Networks

SAG-AFTRA has a tentative agreement with the four major television broadcast networks and other producers on a new contract, it was announced today. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox have agreed on a successor to the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting. If approved, the new contract starts July 1 and runs through June 30, 2021. The tentative agreement will be submitted for approval to the SAG-AFTRA National Board at its meeting July 21. Subject to the… Read


Netflix & Mark Millar’s ‘The Magic Order’ Comic Hits Near 20-Year Pre-Order High

EXCLUSIVE: Just under a year after Netflix inked a deal to purchase Kick-Ass, Jupiter's Legacy and Kingsman creator Mark Miller's comic booking publishing company, the team have their inaugural series The Magic Order coming out next week – and its poised to be a total sell-out. Based on pre-order indications, the start of the series of a multi-generation family of magicians under attack from the one-time Avengers author Millarworld and Marvel's superstar artist Olivier… Read


‘The Resident’ Showrunner Todd Harthan Re-Ups Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

The Resident executuve producer/showrunner Todd Harthan has signed a new overall deal with the studio behind the Fox medical drama series, 20th Century Fox TV. Under the multi-year overall pact, Harthan’s second at 20th TV, will continue as showrunner on The Resident, which was recently renewed for a second season. "Todd is a fantastic showrunner with whom we've built a strong creative partnership over the past few years, and this overall ensures we keep him in the family… Read


Mike Scully Inks New Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully is extending his longtime relationship with 20th Century Fox TV, signing a new multi-year overall deal with the studio where he has been for more than quarter of a century. Scully is showrunner of Fox’s new fall multi-camera comedy series Rel starring Lil Rel Howery, and also is developing Duncanville, an animated comedy series for Fox with his wife, former Simpsons writer-producer Julie Scully, and Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite… Read