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David Lubliner Moving To UTA

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EXCLUSIVE: Longtime WME literary agent David Lubliner is moving to UTA. Lubliner is a stalwart agent who has worked with top-tier clients including About a Boy director and writer Chris Weitz, Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, Manchester by the Sea’s Kenneth Lonergan, Empire EP Ilene Chaiken, Dear White People‘s Justin Simien and Unsolved:The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G EP and director Anthony Hemingway. This is happening in real time, and it remains… Read

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A+E Studios & Macmillan’s YA Imprint Swoon Reads Ink Overall Deal For Films, TV

EXCLUSIVE: Book it. A+E Studios has signed an exclusive overall deal with Swoon Reads, a crowdsourced young-adult imprint of Macmillan Publishers. Under the two-year pact, A+E Studios will develop and produce YA novels for film and TV. "All of us at Macmillan have believed in the Swoon Reads model as a way of discovering new voices," said Jean Feiwel, SVP and publisher of Swoon Reads. "We are a community of writers and readers engaged in a common goal: looking for an… Read

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It’s Official! Michelle Yeoh ‘Star Trek’ Spinoff In Development At CBS All Access

Just hours after Crazy Rich Asians won the Best Comedy award at the Critics’ Choice Awards last night, Michelle Yeoh has scored another win with a Star Trek series of her own. As Deadline exclusively reported back in November, CBS All Access has put a Star Trek Discovery spinoff into development with the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actor. Set to return for the January 17-launching second season of the Sonequa Martin-Green led Discovery as Captain Philippa Georgiou… Read

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NFL Launches Its Players Coalition Social Justice Program, ‘Inspire Change’

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The National Football League has created a social justice platform, Inspire Change, fulfilling a promised part of the league’s effort to calm the waters following last year’s national anthem protests by players. The NFL announced the initiative Friday, emphasizing its commitment to education, economic development and community and police relations. The league will provide funding to grassroots organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Operation… Read

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‘Ben 10’ Heading To 4th Season, As Cartoon Network Greenlights New Episodes

Cartoon Network has greenlighted a season 4 for the animated series Ben 10continuing the saga of Ben Tennyson, a 10-year-old boy who discovers a magical device that can turn him into 10 different alien heroes, each with its own unique abilities. In the new season – expected to premiere globally in the beginning of 2020 – Ben, his cousin Gwen, and Grandpa Max will venture to some of the world's most popular destinations, including Italy, Japan and Mexico. Of course… Read

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Writer Melanie Marnich Inks Overall Deal With Amazon Studios, Joins ‘The Expatriates’ As Executive Producer

EXCLUSIVE: TV writer and playwright Melanie Marnich (Big Love, The Affair) has signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios. Under the pact, Marnich will serve as an executive producer and co-showrunner alongside screenwriter Alice Bell on Amazon’s upcoming drama series The Expatriates, from Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films. She’ll also develop new TV series for Amazon Studios to premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video. "We're so excited to work with a producer and writer as… Read

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‘Hate U Give’ Director George Tillman Jr. Inks First-Look Producing Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

The Hate U Give director George Tillman, Jr. is expanding his relationship with Fox, signing a multi-year first-look producing deal with 20th Century Fox TV, via his State Street Pictures. Under the pact, the studio will have the first look at any new television projects Tillman, Jr. and his State Street Pictures, which he runs with producing partner Robert Teitel, create, develop or supervise. It also calls for Tillman to potentially direct new television projects for… Read

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‘Parks And Recreation’ Acquired By Comedy Central; Will Debut With MLK Day Marathon

Comedy Central is headed to Pawnee. The Viacom-owned cable net said today that it has acquired all seven seasons of the popular comedy Parks and Recreation and will premiere it with a daylong marathon next month. The ensemble workplace comedy, which aired 125 episodes from 2009-15 on NBC, stars Broad City producer Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a wide-eyed, enthusiastic and (mostly) unflappable midlevel bureaucrat who just loves her job at the Parks and Rec Department of… Read

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‘Luke Cage’ Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker Inks Overall Deal With Amazon

Two months plus a day after Netflix and Marvel pulled the plug on a widely expected third season of Luke Cage, creator Cheo Hodari Coker has found a new long-term home with Amazon Studios. In a stealth and strategic move in the television talent wars, the House of Bezos has signed now ex-Cage showrunner Coker and his new Fighting 99th Entertainment shingle to an overall deal to develop and produce new series. The finances of the agreement were kept under lock, but the… Read

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Tracey Edmonds Inks First-Look Production & Development Deal With STXalternative

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EXCLUSIVE: STXalternative, a division of Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment, has signed a first-look development and production deal with Tracey Edmonds and her Edmonds Entertainment, to co-produce and co-develop scripted and unscripted content for traditional and alternative platforms. The first project under the pact is previously announced Game Divas Play, airing on BET in 2019, with a diverse slate of projects to follow. Based on the popular book of the same name by… Read

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Bruce Willis Signs Three-Picture Deal With MoviePass Films

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EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Willis has made a three-picture deal with MoviePass Films. MoviePass Films CEOs and Co-founders Randall Emmett, George Furla, and Ted Farnsworth set the deal. It solidified a long relationship that Willis has had with Emmett/Furla/Oasis. He has made 14 films with them, with 10 Minutes Gone in post-production and past efforts that include the Richard Donner-directed 16 Blocks and the Stephen Frears-helmed Lay the Favorite. The first in the new three-pic… Read

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Liz Heldens Inks New Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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Liz Heldens, the writer behind 20th Century Fox TV’s anticipated midseason drama series The Passage, has signed a new multi-year overall deal with the studio. Under the exclusive pact, which is effective immediately, Heldens will continue to shepherd the priority project for 20th, as well as develop new television projects. "Liz Heldens is one of the great character-based dramatic writers working today, and getting a new overall for her exclusive services was a huge… Read