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‘The Rest Of Us,’ Female Driven Babe Nation Creations Feature, Starts Shoot

Principal photography has begun in Toronto on Aisling Chin-Yee’s directorial debut, The Rest of Us, the first feature film from female-driven production company Babe Nation Creations. Aisling Chin-Yee (Synesthesia, Sound Asleep) will direct the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist screenplay of the same name written by first-time screenwriter Alanna Francis. The dramedy stars Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, The Hangover), Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief, The Grea… Read

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Showrunners Exit; EP Alex Kurtzman To Take Over

Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts are out as showrunners of CBS All AccessStar Trek: Discovery, and executive producer Alex Kurtzman will take over as sole showrunner for Season 2, Deadline has confirmed. "We've made some producer changes at Star Trek: Discovery,” producer CBS TV Studios said in a statement to Deadline. “The series continues under the creative vision and leadership of executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman. Discovery remains on course for season… Read

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Hollywood’s “Disgrace Insurance” On The Rise To Cover Productions’ Sins And Losses – Produced By

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For TV producers who lose their shows because their stars are racist trolls zonked out on Ambien, they have insurance for that now. It's called "disgrace insurance," and it covers production losses due to a wide range of disgraceful and illegal behavior by members of the cast and crew. The ins and outs of disgrace insurance was the subject of a panel discussion today at the PGA's 10th annual Produced By Conference, which is being held on the Paramount lot. Bob Jellen… Read

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Longtime RSA President Jules Daly Transitions To Scott Free Movie Producing Deal With Big Red Shingle

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EXCLUSIVE: Jules Daly, who spent 17 of her 28 years at RSA Films as president of the film, TV and commercials production company started by Ridley and Tony Scott, is transitioning into an independent producing deal with sister company Scott Free Productions. Daly launches her own banner, Big Red Films, with seven feature film projects. RSA, which is approaching 50 years in business with tons of commercials including Scott's famed 1984 Apple spot, will now be run by… Read

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MACRO, Lena Waithe, Eva Longoria & The Black List Unveil Episodic Lab For People Of Color

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MACRO founder and CEO Charles D. King, Emmy winner Lena Waithe, Eva Longoria, and The Black List’s Franklin Leonard are paying it forward. The Hollywood movers have teamed to launch The MACRO Episodic Lab Powered by The Black List, which will cater specifically to episodic storytellers of color. The mission stated is to discover, support, and empower these creatives with tools and resources to help launch their careers for who typically do not have access to the… Read

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‘Shadowhunters’ Cancellation Was “Purely Economic,” Freeform Exec Says

A day after word came down that Shadowhunters would end its three-season run on Freeform in 2019, the network’s head of programming insisted that executives were “very happy creatively” with the show. The decision to cancel the series was “purely economic,” said Karey Burke, EVP, Programming and Development, during a media luncheon held today in New York by the Disney-owned network. One key element, Burke explained, was the overall strategic shift at Freeform toward… Read

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Reese Witherspoon, MGM Bringing The Gang Back For ‘Legally Blonde 3’

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EXCLUSIVE: MGM is near a deal with Reese Witherspoon to reprise her role as the precocious, idealistic Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3, and they’ve brought back most of the creative team from the first film. The pic is coming together quickly. Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, who adapted the Amanda Brown novel for the 2001 first film, are in final talks to write the script. Original producer Marc Platt and his Platt Productions president Adam Siegel are producing… Read

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TV Producer David Slack Tells Male Writers: Don’t Blame Women’s Movement For Not Getting The Job

Television writer/producer David Slack has laid out a writer’s manifesto on Twitter, telling male television writers if they didn’t get a staff position this season, it was because they were out-competed, not because of any #metoo movement backlash. “If you didn't get staffed, it's because you got outcompeted, plain & simple,” Slack wrote on Twitter. “Other writers, both men & women, had better samples, better recommendations, & better meetings. It's okay. I've had years… Read

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Mexican-Spanish Co-Production About Explorer Hernán Cortés Planned As Rival To Amazon’s Steven Spielberg Project

Hernán Cortés, the conquistador and explorer known for his exploits of five centuries ago, will be the subject of a TV series jointly produced by Spain’s Onza Entertainment and Dopamine, a unit of Mexico’s Grupo Salinas. It is not the only Cortés project in the works In March, Deadline broke the news of a major competing project green-lit by Amazon, from Steven Spielberg and Steve Zaillian, with Javier Bardem starring. The release date for the projects has not been… Read

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Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp Among Cast Joining Timothée Chalamet In Netflix Pic ‘The King’, Cameras Roll This Week

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Robert Pattinson, Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn and Lily-Rose Depp are joining Timothée Chalamet and Joel Edgerton in Netflix’s feature The King, which begins shoot in the UK tomorrow [June 1]. Director David Michôd’s (War Machine) drama is based on classic Shakespeare plays Henry The IV [Parts 1 and 2] and Henry V, in which a young disgraced prince Hal (Chalamet) inherits the crown at a particularly turbulent time in English history and must learn what it means to be a… Read

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Sly Stallone Launches Balboa Productions With Film On Trump-Pardoned Heavyweight Champ Jack Johnson

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Sylvester Stallone has launched Balboa Productions, a new company where he’ll hatch film and TV projects. He’s set the first timely pic at MGM on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion. Stallone is currently in the ring with MGM, reprising Rocky Balboa alongside Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2. Stallone was instrumental in obtaining a rare and historic Presidential Pardon for Johnson who was convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1910. This was at the… Read

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MoviePass Parent Buys Emmett Furla Oasis, Launches New Film Division

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MoviePass parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics has launched a new subsidiary, MoviePass Films, and said it is acquiring Emmett Furla Oasis Films, producer of movies including Lone Survivor. The deal encompasses the EFO Films library as well as the company’s current slate, which includes Gotti, the John Travolta biopic backed by MoviePass Ventures that is set for summer release. The transaction brings together a known production entity with a company which has riled… Read