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Animal Logic Eyes Live-Action Films With New Company

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Animal Logic has launched Truant Pictures, a new production company that will act as a subsidiary of the successful Aussie animation outfit with a focus on live-action genre films for the Australian market. Truant will be headquartered at Animal Logic's Sydney-based studios and also operate out of its Los Angeles offices alongside Animal Logic Entertainment. The plan is to develop and produce the films in collaboration with emerging and established Australian talent, to… Read

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‘I Can Only Imagine’ Team Inks First-Look Film & TV Deal With Lionsgate

I Can Only Imagine

Lionsgate has signed a first-look deal with writer-directors Andrew and Jon Erwin and producing partner Kevin Downes, the team behind the latest faith-based box office success I Can Only Imagine. The pact will see the trio develop, produce and direct film and TV projects via their new Kingdom banner, with the aim to expand the studio’s reach in the faith market. I Can Only Imagine has grossed $83.5 million since its March release via Lionsgate’s sister company Roadside… Read

Film

Idris Elba To Star In & Produce Film Adaptation Of ‘Ghetto Cowboy’ Novel

Idris Elba is attached to star and produce Ghetto Cowboy, a film based on the eponymous novel by Greg Neri.  Ricky Staub is directing the pic, which is his first directorial feature. Staub also penned the screenplay with Dan Walser. The story follows 15-year-old Cole who is forced to live with his estranged father Harp (Elba) in North Philadelphia, where despite the surrounding poverty and violence, he discovers the redemptive world of urban horseback riding. Elba, who… Read

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New York City Expanding Film And TV Production In Brooklyn’s Sunset Park With New Waterfront Facility

New York City, with film and TV production humming along to the point that it is outgrowing existing facilities, is going deeper into Brooklyn for its newest frontier. The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation are soliciting proposals to develop nearly 200,000 square feet of waterfront real estate in Sunset Park. The vision is a campus at Bush Terminal bearing the city’s distinctive “Made in New York” brand. The… Read

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YouTube Targets International Markets With Local Language Original Programs

YouTube will target Germany, Japan, Mexico, France and India with scripted series and other original programming in hopes of bolstering its paid subscription service. The move puts YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc., into competition with Netflix and Amazon, both also investing in local language programming for online audiences. Programming under consideration includes reality series, music documentaries, talk shows and scripted series, said Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global… Read

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Walmart Taps TV Exec Mark Greenberg To Explore New Streaming Service

Walmart is collaborating with veteran television executive Mark Greenberg on a new video streaming service that would challenge the dominance of Netflix and Amazon by targeting Middle American tastes in programming. The venture is in the early stages of development and has not been formally greenlit by Walmart, according to reports. The company isn’t expected to make a decision on moving forward until late summer or early fall. Greenberg left his role last year as chief… Read

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Discovery Execs Tout Company’s Post-Merger Might: “We Feel Good” – TCA

Four months after closing the $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, Discovery brass held their first TCA executive session, making the case for the company’s expanded footprint and focus on unscripted content its owns around the world. CEO David Zaslav appeared onstage with other top execs Nancy Daniels, Kathleen Finch and Susanna Dinnage. He said that in a climate of dramatic consolidation, Zaslav said the Scripps deal gives Discovery the scale it… Read

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Alec Baldwin To Exec Produce Indie ‘Beast Beast’ Based On ‘Krista’ Short Film

EXCLUSIVE: Multiple Emmy awards winner Alec Baldwin has come on board as exec producer on the film Beast Beast, the feature adaptation of Krista, a short film which won the first annual Vimeo Staff Pick Award at this year’s SXSW. Danny Madden wrote Beast Beast and will be in the director’s chair when filming commences at the end of this summer in Georgia. Set in a southern town, the film deals with the new and old issues of growing up and reaching for more. As the three… Read

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‘Cajun Navy’ To Be Spotlighted By Discovery/Lightbox Feature Documentary

The brave civilians who took matters into their own hands during the Hurricane Katrina disaster and remain on call for other natural calamities are the subject of a planned Discovery/Lightbox feature-length documentary. Cajun Navy follows a group of men and women formed in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina. Fishermen, lawyers, pastors, and housewives were in this group of boat enthusiasts who realized that their government wasn't going to act in time, and mobilized… Read

TV

‘Deadwood’ Movie Gets Greenlight With October Production Start, Possible Spring 2019 Launch – TCA

HBO president Casey Bloys rejoiced to the TCA press corps this morning that the next installment of Deadwood is finally greenlighted with an October production start, which is what he forecasted at January’s TCA. He guessed there might be a spring 2019 debut but didn’t want to make that part official this morning, “Let’s get cameras rolling,” he said. Game of Thrones episodic director Daniel Minahan is directing who also helmed four Deadwood episodes. When asked where the… Read

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SingularDTV Exec “Optimistic” Blockchain Firm Will Get SEC Blessing To Add Crowdfunding To Its Platform

A top executive at the blockchain specialist SingularDTV said the company is “very optimistic” it will gain regulatory approval to enable crowdfunding through its platform. Letting members of the company’s online community directly invest in film, TV and music projects would close a key loop, said Kim Jackson, co-founder and head of entertainment for the company. During a keynote session at a New York conference sponsored by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance… Read

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Studio71 Acquires ‘MakerForce 5’ Movie Rights From ‘Project Mc2’ EP Michael Younesi

EXCLUSIVE: Studio71 has picked up the film rights to MakerForce 5, a new live-action family adventure movie based on the original idea from Michael Younesi, director and executive producer of Netflix’s educational comedy series Project Mc2. The plot follows five kids – a gamer, a comic book geek, an inventor, a skater and a martial artist – who must band together and use their unique skills, knowledge of sci-fi mythology, and an arsenal of homemade gadgets to fight off a… Read