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‘Westworld’ EP Roberto Patino Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

In a competitive situation, writer-producer Roberto Patino (Westworld) has signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.  Under the pact, Patino will develop new material for the studio geared toward premium cable and streaming outlets. Patino has been an executive producer on the first two seasons WBTV’s sci-fi drama series Westworld and shared in the HBO series’ two best drama Emmy nominations. His previous credits include NBC's Prime… Read

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Apple Taking Conservative Approach, Rejects Dr. Dre Streaming Series As Too Violent – Report

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A streaming series based on the life of hip-hop producer and performer Andre “Dr. Dre” Young was rejected by Apple CEO Tim Cook because of its violent and dark content. The show, Vital Signs, featured drugs, guns and an orgy, the Wall Street Journal reported. Cook personally decided against moving forward on it, opting to lead Apple’s proposed content services in a direction different from its competition and toward less-edgy content. The WSJ said the decision was made… Read

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Fox Warns Altice’s Optimum And Suddenlink Subscribers About Impasse

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Fox has started spreading the word that its distribution deal with Altice USA is set to expire in the coming days, warning that a blackout could leave millions of Optimum and Suddenlink subscribers without access to key fall programming. The carriage deal with Altice, the French telecom giant which bought Cablevision in 2016 for about $10 billion, is set to expire at the end of September, according to sources familiar with the terms. The pact covers the Fox broadcast… Read

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Ted Melfi & Kimberly Quinn’s Goldenlight Films Inks First-Look TV Deal With Alcon

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Ted Melfi and Kimberly Quinn’s production company Goldenlight Films has signed a first-look deal with Alcon Television Group. The two-year pact will see the Hidden Figures and St Vincent director write, direct, supervise, and produce original projects for Alcon. The deal includes all content created and developed by Melfi and Quinn for TV including digital. Alcon Television Group's projects include the upcoming animated children's series Pete the Cat based on the… Read

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‘The Goldbergs’ Heads To TV Land

The Goldbergs is joining TV Land’s primetime slate. The first five seasons of the hit comedy series will be available on the Viacom-owned network just ahead of the show’s sixth-season premiere September 26 on ABC. Its arrival on TV Land will kick off with a fan-favorites marathon from 2-10 PM ET/PT on Sunday, September 23. Back-to-back episodes will air nightly for an hour beginning Monday, September 24 at 9 PM ET/PT and again in late night on TV Land. Full episodes will… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Writer Bryan Cogman Inks Overall Deal With Amazon Studios

Emmy-winning producer-writer Bryan Cogman has signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios. Under the pact, Cogman will work exclusively with the Amazon Studios team on creating original television series for premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video. Known for his work on Game Of Thrones, Cogman began his tenure on the show as an assistant to creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, quickly rising to write many key episodes in the series history. From there he became a… Read

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Saban Capital Acquires Panavision And Sim Video In $622 Million Deal

Saban Capital Acquisition is acquiring Panavision and Sim Video International Inc. in a $622 million cash and stock deal that would combine the companies to create a comprehensive production and post-production entity. The three companies, to be united under the Panavision Holdings banner, are positioned to capitalize on the surge in content spending that’s been fueled by the rise of online streaming services. According to documents filed this morning with the SEC, Saban… Read

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After Wrenching, Controversial U.S. Open Win Over Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka Scores Nissan Endorsement Deal

Naomi Osaka, the young tennis star whose mortification across the net from her idol, Serena Williams, added to a memorable TV spectacle at the U.S. Open Saturday night, has rebounded to score a major endorsement deal. Nissan held a news conference to announce it had signed the 20-year-old Japanese player as a brand ambassador. Advertising and sponsorship specialists predict a lot of such opportunities lie ahead for Osaka, who was born in Japan to a Haitian father and a… Read

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Lynette Howell Taylor’s 51 Entertainment Inks First-Look TV Deal With MRC

EXCLUSIVE: Lynette Howell Taylor's 51 Entertainment, a platform agnostic filmmaker-driven production company, is making a major foray into television, signing a first-look deal with MRC, the studio behind critically praised series including House of Cards, Ozark and Counterpart. Under the pact, Howell Taylor will work with MRC to develop and produce scripted projects under her 51 Entertainment production banner. As part of the expansion, 51 Entertainment has hired Helena… Read

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The Ripped Bodice Romance Bookstore Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

Leah and Bea Koch, co-owners of The Ripped Bodice Bookstore, have signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV to develop projects based on their close relationship with romance novel authors and readers. The Koch sisters, ages 26 and 28, took over a storefront in Culver City, which had been a long-time furniture store, in 2016, and transformed it into a cosy bookstore with eye-popping window displays that change constantly to commemorate holidays and other events. The… Read

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‘The Americans’ Co-EP Tracey Scott Wilson Inks Overall Deal With FX Prods.

Writer-producer Tracey Scott Wilson, who worked on The Americans for five seasons, is staying in the fold after the end of the acclaimed FX series. Wilson has signed an overall production deal with FX Productions, the studio behind The Americans, to develop original content for FX Networks and other outlets. She already is writing for FX’s upcoming untitled Fosse/Verdon limited series starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams, produced by Fox 21 TV Studios and FX… Read

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Saban Films, DirecTV Land Johnny Depp-Starrer ‘Richard Says Goodbye’ For $3 Million: Toronto

EXCLUSIVE: Saban Films and DirecTV have closed a deal worth around $3 million for the North American rights to Richard Says Goodbye, the Wayne Roberts-directed drama that stars Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch and Rosemarie DeWitt. The drama follows a college professor who lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. The film is eyeing a theatrical release in 2019. CAA Media Finance brokered it. Richard Says Goodbye was screened outside the… Read