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Netflix Reboots True Crime & Paranormal Series ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ With ‘Stranger Things’ EP Shawn Levy

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EXCLUSIVE: Unsolved Mysteries is back after Netflix revived the long-running true crime and paranormal franchise. The series, which was hosted by Robert Stack and ran for over 500 episodes between 1987 and 2010, is being refreshed by Stranger Things EP Shawn Levy and his company 21 Laps Entertainment and Netflix. I hear that Levy is overseeing the revamp in association with Cosgrove-Meurer Productions, the original production company run by the show's creators John… Read


Pulse Films’ Non-Fiction TV Chief Emma Cooper Leaves Followed By Restructure At Shut Up And Play The Hits’ Producer’s TV Arm

EXCLUSIVE: Emma Cooper, Global President of Non-Fiction at Pulse Films, has left the XY Chelsea and Shut Up And Play The Hits producer as it restructures its TV arm. I hear that she recently departed the Vice-owned company, having joined in 2015. Cooper is responsible for a raft of UK and U.S. series including 10-part rock doc series Rock and Roll for Sky, BBC Two series The Deal and BBC Three series United States of Hate: Muslims Under Attack and The Last Days of Legal Hi… Read


History To Explore ‘Jesus: His Life’ In Eight-Part Event Series From Jane Root’s Nutopia

Jane Root's Nutopia is doubling down on the life of Jesus – this time for History. The One Strange Rock producer, which previously made Finding Jesus for CNN, has been commissioned by the A+E Networks cabler to make eight-part event Jesus: His Life, which will explore the story of Jesus Christ through the people in his life who were closest to him. Each of the eight chapters, which will begin airing on Monday March 25  and run for the four weeks to Easter, is told from… Read


‘The Hummingbird Project’ Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård & Salma Hayek Dig Big Money

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With fortunes made in milliseconds, the stakes are fast and high in The Hummingbird Project, the new financial thriller from director Kim Nguyen. Here’s the first trailer for the upcoming film starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek. The logline: In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Eisenberg) and Anton (Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High… Read


‘Dogman’ Trailer: Matteo Garrone’s Italian Oscar Entry Hits Theaters In April

Magnolia Pictures has released the first trailer for European Film Awards winner Dogman. The film, directed by Matteo Garrone, will be in theaters on April 12. This comes after Dogman picked up two awards – European Costume Designer and European Hair and Make Up — at the European Film Awards, and Marcello Fonte won the Best Actor Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It was also chosen as Italy's Foreign Language Oscar submission. Fonte stars as Marcello, a gentle dog… Read


TV Academy To Toss DVD Screeners: Emmy Process Goes Digital In 2020

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No more discs – the Television Academy has announced that it will eliminate DVD screeners from its award nominating and voting process for the 2020 Emmy eligibility period. The Academy becomes the first major Hollywood organization to announce the move. "This is a wonderful opportunity for the Academy to take an important first step to move the industry forward in an area of great concern for both our partners and members, reducing costs and delivering a tremendous… Read


‘Love Island’ Heads To Belgium, Netherlands & Poland As ITV Studios & Motion Content Group Strike Euro Deals

Love Island is heading to Belgium, Netherlands and Poland, taking the total number of territories hosting the sexy reality series to 11. This comes ahead of the launch of the U.S. version, which is set to debut on CBS later this year. ITV Studios has closed deals with Polsat, where the Polish series will be produced by Jakevision, and Belgium's SBS and Holland's RTL. The latter two companies are partnering on a joint series that will feature contestants from both… Read


Channel 4 Brings Back Social Media-Based Reality Format ‘The Circle’ For Second Season; Promises More Mischief

Social media-based reality series The Circle is returning to Channel 4 after the British broadcaster ordered a second season. This comes after Netflix snapped up the international rights to the format and Deadline revealed that it was making French and Brazilian series as well as a U.S. adaptation. The series, which is essentially Big Brother-meets-Catfish for a social media-obsessed audience, is produced by All3Media's Studio Lambert, producer of Undercover Boss and Goggl… Read


Tribune Publishing And New York Post Make Top Executive Changes

Publishers were coming and going today at two major media outlets. Tribune Publishing Chief Executive Justin Dearborn stepped down after three years, the newspaper company announced Thursday. Chicago newspaper executive Tim Knight was named CEO. He was formerly president of the company and will also join the Tribune Publishing board. Board member David Dreier replaces Dearborn as Tribune Publishing chairman. Ross Levinsohn and Mickie Rosen, the CEO and president… Read


Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “We Compete So Broadly” That HBO, Disney Only Matter “On The Margin”

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos say original programming is starting to overtake acquired fare and its platform has scaled to the point that linear rivals like HBO and Disney are not principal’s main rivals. Those were two of the key takeaways from Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings interview, the company’s answer to the traditional earnings call. This quarter’s edition was moderated by Eric Sheridan, an analyst with UBS. Sheridan asked… Read

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Tika Sumpter Wage ‘An Acceptable Loss’; ‘The Heiresses’, ‘Adult Life Skills’ Bow – Specialty B.O. Preview

January continues its slow roll on the Specialty side this weekend with very few anticipated limited releases. IFC Films has the headliner of the weekend with political thriller An Acceptable Loss starring Tika Sumpter and Jamie Lee Curtis. Chicago Fire director Joe Chappelle wrote and directed the title after finding inspiration from two documentaries by Errol Morris. Brooklyn-based Distrib Films believes it found an under-the-radar gem in last year's Berlin Film… Read


Netflix Breaks Out Viewership Numbers For ‘You’, ‘Sex Education’, ‘Elite’

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In reporting its fourth-quarter earnings Thursday, Netflix offered numbers that are far harder to come by: viewership stats for six of its newest series, including You, Sex Education and Elite. No third party measures streaming audiences globally as, say, Nielsen does in the U.S. Netflix zealously guards its data and has steadfastly refused to provide the kinds of ratings updates that its linear competitors do, even those not obligated to advertisers. Even so, the… Read