New Line Confirms $15M Deal For Bruce Springsteen-Infused ‘Blinded By The Light’ – Update
UPDATED with official confirmation: New Line has confirmed Deadline’s scoop that it has acquired Blinded By the Light after its big Sundance Film Festival bow, and that it is eyeing a release for the Gurinder Chada-directed pic sometime in 2019. The studio’s announcement Friday can be found below our original break.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, January 28 AM: In yet another all-night deal auction at the Sundance Film Festival, New Line and Warner Bros are acquiring for $15 million… Read
Comedy Central Inks First-Look Deal With Jim Jefferies, Picks Up Third Season Of Series
Comedy Central and Jim Jefferies have entered into a first-look deal for content created and/or developed for television and digital media. The deal includes a pick-up of late night series The Jim Jefferies Show for a 20-episode third season.
The deal was announced by Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, EVPs and co-heads of talent and development at Comedy Central.
The Jim Jefferies Show is a weekly, topical, late night series featuring the Australian comedian's… Read
Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin Denies Conflict Of Interest In RatPac-Dune Stake Sale
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is under fire from a Democratic congresswoman who raised conflict of interest allegations in his sale of his stake in the RatPac-Dune Entertainment company, which held minority interests in such movies as Wonder Woman, Gravity, Batman v Superman, The Lego Movie and Creed.
Rep. Jackie Speier of California claimed Mnuchin sold his stake in RatPac-Dune to Len Blavatnik, and therefore should have been disqualified from the Treasury decision… Read
Isa Dick Hackett Inks First-Look Deal With Amazon Studios
The Man in the High Castle executive producer Isa Dick Hackett is expanding her relationship with Amazon Studios, signing a first-look deal with the studio behind the drama series. Under the pact, Hackett, via her Electric Shepherd Productions, will develop and produce new Amazon Studios original series which will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
The daughter of Philip K. Dick, on whose works The Man in the High Castle and Electric Dreams are based, Hackett is… Read
NEON & Hulu Land Lupita Nyong’o Zombie Comedy ‘Little Monsters’ In Partnership Deal: Sundance
EXCLUSIVE: NEON and Hulu have won a bidding among four studios to land rights to release the dark comedy Little Monsters for U.S. report. The suitors battled all night for the Abe Forsythe-directed genre film that stars Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England and Josh Gad. The deal went for mid-seven figures for the U.S. rights.
The film is being called Zombieland meets Kindergarten Cop, and the dealmaking got hot and heavy while Nyong’o was beaming at the Screen Actors Guild… Read
Amazon Closing $14M Deal For Scott Burns-Helmed Drama ‘The Report’: Sundance
Amazon Studios has acquired The Report, the drama written and directed by Scott Z. Burns that stars Adam Driver, Annette Benning, Jon Hamm, Ted Levin, Maura Tierney and Michael C. Hall. It tells the true story of Daniel Jones’ exhaustive six-year investigation into the CIA’s use of torture on detainees suspected of terrorist activities. The pic premiered Saturday at Eccles. UTA Independent Film Group and Endeavor Content brokered.
It becomes the second big deal for… Read
3 Ball’s Ross Weintraub Named Sole CEO; Todd Nelson Inks First-Look Deal
Ross Weintraub, who has served as co-CEO of 3 Ball Entertainment with Todd A. Nelson since 2015, has re-upped with the company as sole CEO. Nelson, who co-founded 3 Ball Productions (now 3 Ball Entertainment) in 2001, is pivoting back to his creative and producing roots via a first-look deal with 3 Ball, while also pursuing new ventures in the tech and start-up space.
As CEO, Weintraub will continue to run all aspects of the company behind unscripted hits such as Bar Rescu… Read
Rachael Ray And Food Network Ink Deal For More ’30 Minute Meals’ Episodes
New episodes of Rachael Ray’s series 30 Minute Meals are coming to Food Network, thanks to a new pact between the food personality and the network.
Food Network and Rachael Ray have agreed to a deal that also includes a new companion series on digital platforms. The new version of 30 Minute Meals starts production later this month, with an anticipated April 1 premiere.
The show sees Ray offer viewers real-time cooking instructions with time-saving tips. 30 Minute Me… Read
Amazon Closing Sundance Record $13M U.S. Rights Deal For ‘Late Night’
UPDATE: Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Sales on the record setting Late Night deal: “Mindy Kaling has crafted the rare film that is both entertaining and powerful," said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. "The moment the lights came up after the premiere, we knew Late Night is a film our viewers will love and talk about. It's an incisive workplace comedy that reinvents all the tropes about women. We too rarely get to see female characters like this — complex, flawed… Read
‘Orphan X’ Author Gregg Hurwitz Inks Deal For Next Three Books In Series
EXCLUSIVE: Gregg Hurwitz, author of the best-selling Orphan X series, has inked what’s described as a “significant seven-figure deal” with publisher Minotaur Books for the next three volumes in the series. The next book in the series, Out of the Dark: The Return of Orphan X, hits shelves on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The series kicked off in 2016 with Orphan X, followed by The Nowhere Man and Hellbent. The Orphan X series follows Evan Smoak, who, after being pulled from his home… Read
Mike E. Winfield Tops The 15th StandUp NBC Comedy Competition
The winner of the 15th annual StandUp NBC comedy competition is Mike E. Winfield, who beat out 1,600 applicants to win the network’s annual search for comedians of diverse backgrounds.
Winfield has been awarded a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal and a headlining spot at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) annual convention, where he will perform for talent bookers from across the country. He will also headline the regional semi-finalist showcases… Read
David Lubliner Moving To UTA
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