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Tim Headington & Theresa Steele Page Launch Ley Line Shingle; Slate Includes ‘Hugo Cabret’ Stage Musical

Argo and World War Z producer Tim Headington and former music industry exec Theresa Steele Page have launched Ley Line Entertainment, a development, production and financing company that already has a slate of projects across film, TV, theater and music. In the pipeline at launch is a musical based on Brian Selznick’s 2007 novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was turned into the 2011 Martin Scorsese film that Headington produced and which won five Oscars. Selznick is… Read

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‘Power’ Crew Member Dead After Accident On Location; Starz Series Shuts Down

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An early-morning accident on the sixth season of Power has left a longtime production assistant dead. Pedro Jimenez was fatally struck by a SUV at around 4:30 AM ET Monday while setting up parking cones for a Brooklyn location shoot for the Starz series. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our Power family," a Starz spokesperson told Deadline of the death of the 63-year old Parking PA. "Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez' family as we work to… Read

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‘Queer Eye’s Scout Productions Adds Three Development & Production Execs

The production company behind Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot is bolstering its executive ranks. Scout Productions said today that is has hired Joel Chiodi as SVP Strategic Development, Sean Perez as VP Production and Renata Lombardo as VP Talent and Development. As a consultant, Chiodi was a key member of the team that rebooted Queer Eye, which won the Emmy for Best Reality Series this year. In his expanded new role, he will cultivate IP and strategic relationships for… Read

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Seller Suarez Productions Adds Ex-WME Lit Agent Scott Chaloff As Head Of Film And TV Development

EXCLUSIVE: Former literary agent Scott Chaloff, most recently of WME in New York, is joining Seller Suarez Productions as Head of Development for Television and Film. Chaloff will develop new material for Seller Suarez's first-look deal at Universal Television and assemble a slate of features. Seller Suarez was founded in 2016 by Jeffrey Seller, producer of Hamilton and a four-time Tony Award winner, and former NBC exec Flody Suarez, whose producing credits include 8 Simpl… Read

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The Russo Brothers On Welcoming Deadpool, X-Men Into Marvel Universe, Disney’s Take On ‘Infinity War’ Ending, Injecting Politics Into Blockbusters

Filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo believe they will soon be orchestrating an even bigger flock of A-list talent on screen as the Disney-Fox merger introduces the X-Men and Deadpool to the Marvel Universe. “I'm sure of it,” Joe Russo said. “The acquisition of Fox is showing us where the future of the business is going to go.” Disney CEO Bob Iger has had a “historic” run over the past dozen years, he added. “We haven’t talked to him about when he is going to do it,” but… Read

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Marcus Gardley’s ‘The House That Will Not Stand’ Play Getting Feature Treatment From MWM Studios

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MWM Studios (formerly OddLot Entertainment) is giving the feature adaptation treatment to the Off Broadway play, The House That Will Not Stand, a historical comic drama by Marcus Gardley, who is also penning the screenplay. Set in Faubourg Treme in New Orleans 1813, the stage production is loosely inspired by Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba that examines the fascinating, mostly unknown, lives of the free women of color who became millionaires within the system… Read

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Tiger Woods/Phil Mickelson PPV Match Customers Will Get Refunds, In Some Cases

UPDATE:  Some – but not all – viewers irate that the $19.95 PPV golf match between Tiger Wood and Phil Mickeleson that they paid for was also available for free will get a refund. Comcast has announced it will return money to its customers after an uproar that the match was available as a free event on Bleacher Report. The $9 million winner-take-all match was held yesterday in Las Vegas, with Mickelson winning. "Comcast will proactively issue a $19.99 credit to any… Read

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‘The Orville’s J. Lee To Direct & Star In ‘Wednesdays’; Seth Green, Emmy Raver-Lampman Cast

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EXCLUSIVE: J. Lee, who serves as part of the main cast of Fox’s The Orville, will direct his first feature titled Wednesdays, a dark comedy he wrote and will also star in along with Seth Green (Family Guy), Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy), Michael Mosley (Ozark) and Cooper Friedman (Girl Meets World). Loosely based on Lee's own experiences, he will play Gabe, a seemingly put-together, successful thirtysomething who has just discovered therapy. He sees his… Read

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Courtney B. Vance, Niecy Nash, Mamoudou Athie Star In Netflix Film ‘Uncorked’ From ‘Insecure’ EP Prentice Penny

Courtney B. Vance, Claws star Niecy Nash, and Mamoudou Athie are attached as the leads in Uncorked, a father-son story loosely based on the family history of Insecure EP and showrunner Prentice Penny, who wrote and is directing the pic for Netflix. A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. producer Datari Turner is producing this project with Forge Media's Chris Pollack, Mandalay Pictures' Jason Michael Berman, Argent Pictures' Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, and Ben Renzo, as well as Penny… Read

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Fox 2000 & Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Team On ‘League Of Wives’ Adaptation

Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to the upcoming novel League of Wives, with Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter attached to produce via Hello Sunshine. Marisa Paiva and Molly Saffron will oversee for the studio. Written by Heath Lee, the story follows a group of well-educated, underestimated military housewives. After their fighter pilot husbands are shot down, captured and imprisoned for years under deplorable conditions during the Vietnam War, the women… Read

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The Chainsmokers Launch Production Company; Sets First Film At TriStar Pictures

The Chainsmokers duo Drew Taggart and Alex Pall have launched Kick The Habit Productions to develop and produce film, television, and digital projects with former UTA agent Dan Marcus named President and COO. The group’s manager Adam Alpert will serve as CEO. The company has made a deal with TriStar Pictures for its first project Paris, a film inspired by Chainsmokers' hit single. It’s based on a pitch by Pitch Perfect author Mickey Rapkin, who will also pen the… Read

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‘World Of Dance’ Producers Alex Katz & Mandy Novak Launch No Other Way Productions

World of Dance producers Alex Katz and Mandy Novak have launched No Other Way Productions, a company that will focus on providing post-production and editorial services for networks, streaming services and cable channels. Housed in a 14,000-square-foot facility in the San Fernando Valley, No Other Way also will have a separate production arm focusing on development and production of original content for scripted, unscripted and digital projects. The facility is housing… Read