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‘Fleabag’ Dark Comedy Acquired By IFC From Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge

IFC has acquired Fleabag from creator, writer, and actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The BAFTA-winning, six-part series about a dry-witted and unfiltered woman navigating life and love in London will premiere on IFC on Boxing Day, Wednesday, Dec. 26. All six episodes of the series will air beginning at 11:00 pm and encore again in late night. Adapted from her play of the same name, the dark but hilarious Fleabag follows Waller-Bridge through London as she tries to cope with… Read

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Court TV Will Get 2019 Reboot Via E.W. Scripps’ Katz Networks

Court TV, the iconic TV brand known for broadcasting the trials of O.J. Simpson, the Menendez Brothers and Casey Anthony, will relaunch under its old name with a new backer. Katz Networks, a unit of the E.W. Scripps Co. which operates multicast networks like Bounce, Escape and Grit, will relaunch Court TV in May 2019. Just as it did when it was owned by Turner Broadcasting, the network will be devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, legal reporting and expert analysis… Read

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Werner Herzog & Andre Singer Film ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ North American Rights Go To The Orchard

A film memoir of former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev featuring exclusive interviews has had its North American rights acquired by distributor The Orchard from History Films. Meeting Gorbachev is a documentary directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer for Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film. The behind-the-scenes look at the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union features interviews of Gorbachev by Herzog on three occasions across a six-month period… Read

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EuropaCorp Sets French Output Deal With Pathé

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EuropaCorp has made a distribution deal with Pathé Films in France that will see the latter company release three films from Luc Besson’s company over a three-year period. The news Friday comes as reports surfaced earlier this week that EuropaCorp was shuttering its domestic distribution business amid continued financial strain. The Pathé deal begins with Guillaume Canet’s Nous finirons ensemble, a sequel to his 2010 pic Little White Lies that stars François Cluzet… Read

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Hits Exhibitors For “Disconnecting People From Movies” By Preserving Theatrical Windows

Ted Sarandos began his entertainment career running video stores and has a well-established passion for film. As Netflix’s head of content, he has spent the past few months green-lighting an array of ambitious feature projects as the streaming giant makes an aggressive push into the movie business. Despite all of that, the executive also believes movie exhibitors’ longtime protection of exclusive theatrical windows has done a lot more harm than good. Sarandos didn’t hold… Read

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‘The Favourite’ Seductive In Expansion; ‘Shoplifters’ Has Solid 2nd: Specialty Box Office

The Favourite

For specialties, the weekend was all about the second weekend holdovers, as regular release specialty newcomers tread lightly. Fox Searchlight's The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, reigned again as the weekend's highest per-theater average. The Venice and Telluride debut by Yorgos Lanthimos is coming in at $1,105,000 in the three-day estimate, averaging $32,500. The Favourite bowed with the year's highest opening weekend PTA… Read

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‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound & eOne Team For ‘5 Year’ Series

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EXCLUSIVE: The Walking Dead wrapped up the first half of its ninth season just a couple of days ago, but the man behind the comic that the AMC series is based on has a brand new 5 Year plan. Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment has inked an agreement with Entertainment One for the series based on an idea by the TWD EP of the final five years before a fatal meteor hits the Earth, I've learned. The two companies will co-produce and eOne will handle the financing and… Read

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MGM Believes ‘Creed II’s Knockout Opening Weekend Sets Up Studio For Film-Slate Growth

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EXCLUSIVE: The knockout $55 million Thanksgiving holiday weekend opening of the Michael B. Jordan-Sylvester Stallone starrer Creed II has MGM feeling validated about its decision last summer to not put a “for sale” sign on the lawn and instead double down on a future as a theatrical release company that demonstrated the benefit of better control of its marketing and distribution because of its joint venture with Annapurna. To mix sports metaphors, the fight film was the… Read

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‘Nona’, From Kate Bosworth & Michael Polish, Gets December Release Date – Update

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UPDATED with release date info: North of Two has set a December 7 release date for Nona, Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish's feature film that the distributor acquired in May. The film, which puts a face to Central America's sex trafficking industry, was produced under the couple’s Make Pictures Productions. It will be released beginning in Los Angeles and New York. Nona tells the story of a girl from Honduras who meets a charming boy, Hecho who promises to get her safely… Read

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‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Snares China Date As Hollywood Packs Year-End

With Venom still coursing through China, December is now heating up as a busy time at the Middle Kingdom box office — but, contrary to tradition, not necessarily for local films. Sony has just confirmed that sleeper hit Searching has secured a December 14 release, while anticipated animated family action adventure Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse will go on December 21. Part of what’s seen as a push to keep turnstiles spinning in the face of a lackluster crop of… Read

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Fox Networks Group And AT&T Renew Cross-Platform Distribution Deal

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AT&T and Fox Networks Group have renewed a multi-year deal to continue distribution of Fox programming across AT&T's video platforms DirecTV, DirecTV Now and AT&T U-verse. The renewal includes Fox-owned local broadcast stations in 17 cities and the 22 Fox-owned regional sports networks. It also includes FS1, FS2, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, BabyTV, and Spanish-language services Fox Deportes, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life, as well as the Fox… Read

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Viacom CEO Bob Bakish Concedes “Some Softness” At Nickelodeon: “We Are Actively Working On It”

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While Viacom’s fourth-quarter earnings showed some positive signs, edging Wall Street’s estimates and delivering evidence of a turnaround at Paramount, CEO Bob Bakish conceded Nickelodeon has shown “some softness.” As evidenced by the recent leadership change that saw Brian Robbins succeed Cyma Zarghami as head of Nickelodeon, “we are actively working on it,” Bakish said during a conference call with analysts. The flagship network, along with MTV, BET, Comedy Central and… Read