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‘Star Wars IX’: The Last Skywalker Film Wraps Principal Photography

JJ Abrams

The end of an era? J.J. Abrams took to Twitter today to announce the completion of principal photography on Star Wars IX, which has been billed by all involved as the final installment of the Skywalker family saga which began its historic cinematic run in May 1977 with the release of the first Star Wars movie. With an emotional photo of an on-location cast clinch in the desert, the director announced to his 76,000 followers that while “it feels impossible” the epic shoot… Read


Matt DelPiano Exits CAA After 26 Years To Launch Management Division As Partner With Dana Brunetti And Cavalry Media

Matt DelPiano

EXCLUSIVE: Talk about a shocker, and also a great get for Dana Brunetti, Keegan Rosenberger and their Cavalry Media. Matt DelPiano, who has been a top agent at CAA and a 26-year veteran of the talent agency, is becoming a partner at Cavalry Media and launching a full-service management company, Cavalry Management. DelPiano is a respected and well-liked talent rep whose handled such clients as Alec Baldwin, Mariska Hargitay, Al Pacino, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Sinise… Read


Amazon Tops Streamers For New TV Projects In 2018; Cali Hits Small Screen Record, Film L.A. Says

In the ever-shifting landscape of the Peak TV Era, some things stay the same and some things flip the script. A new report out today from Film L.A. has a bit of both with Amazon the top dog for new TV projects last year, production for digital networks up almost 80% over 2017 and the great state of California remaining the number #1 location for making small screen magic. Buoyed by several years of lucrative tax incentives, the Golden State also looks poised to hit an… Read


Disney’s ‘Zombies 2’ Sequel Heads Into Production With Returning Stars, Director, Writers

Disney’s Zombies 2, the sequel to the saga of a zombie football player and cheerleader’s attempts to unite the zombie and human communities of Seabrook, will begin production in the spring. Stars Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim will reprise their marquee roles as Addison and Zed. The announcement was made today during a presentation to advertisers by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. The original Zombies was cable television’s… Read


Jeff Daniels, Timothy Busfield & Melissa Gilbert Launch Grand River Productions

Jeff Daniels Timothy Busfield Melissa Gilbert

EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Daniels, Timothy Busfield and Melissa Gilbert have teamed to launch Grand River Productions, with their first project, Guest Artist, set to have its world premiere Saturday at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The creative partnership joins the fellow Michiganders who will look to mount modest-budget films. That plan starts with Guest Artist, which Daniels adapted from his stage play and stars in. Busfield directed, and the trio are producing along with… Read


Lit Manager-Producer Stacey Lubliner Joins 3 Arts Entertainment

Veteran literary manager and producer Stacey Lubliner has joined 3 Arts Entertainment. She brings with her feature film clients including Hillary Seitz (Insomnia), Leo Matsuda (Zootopia), Lena Khan (The Tiger Hunter), Matt McConkey (Heathers), Josie McGibbon & Sara Parriott (Runaway Bride) and Shamar White (Valor). "Great writers are the hallmark of 3 Arts, and we know Stacey and her clients are a perfect fit,” the company’s management committee said in a statement… Read


Nickelodeon Studios And Netflix Set Pact For ‘The Loud House’ And ‘Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

Nickelodeon and Netflix have set a deal for Nickelodeon Studios to produce two original, animated feature films: The Loud House and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The films are based on Nickelodeon properties but do not involve the TV series, Viacom said. The company announced the deal during its first-quarter earnings call with Wall Street analysts. “This partnership with Netflix is part of Nickelodeon and Viacom's broader efforts to tap into Nickelodeon's… Read


Fox To Adapt ‘The Hate U Give’ Author Angie Thomas’ Next Book ‘On The Come Up’; George Tillman Jr. Directing

Angie Thomas On The Come Up

Following the 2018 release of Fox 2000’s highly emotive YA drama The Hate U Give, the studio is reuniting with New York Times bestselling author Angie Thomas and the team behind the film for a feature iteration of Thomas’ second novel, On The Come Up. George Tillman Jr. is directing the follow-up for Temple Hill and State Street Pictures. On The Come Up, slated to be published tomorrow via HarperCollins imprint Balzer & Bray, centers on 16-year-old Bri, who wants to be… Read


Polar Vortex Shuts Down Production On ‘Chicago P.D.’, ‘Empire’ & ‘Proven Innocent’

The record deep freeze that has taken hold of the Midwest has affected production on several TV shows that film in Chicago. NBC’s Chicago P.D halted production for today and tomorrow due to the polar vortex that has dropped temperatures well below zero over a wide swath of the country. Current temperature in Chicago is -10 with a wind chill of -34. NBC says sister shows Chicago Fire and Chicago Med are able to continue working as they are filming inside on stages. The… Read


Justin Baldoni’s Wayfarer Entertainment Sells Majority Stake, Sets Up $25M Content Fund

Wayfarer Entertainment, the production outfit specializing in inspirational content that was co-founded by Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni, has sold a majority equity stake to a private investment fund called 4sbay. The investment values Wayfarer at $10 million. 4sbay’s funds will also be directed toward a new $25 million content fund, with Wayfarer looking to launch a more fully developed studio. The company has already managed to set up TV, digital and film projects… Read


Dread Central Presents Changes Name, Gets ‘Lucky’ For Next Horror Pic


EXCLUSIVE: When the Paz Brothers’ new horror film The Golem hits theaters next week, it will do so via Dread, the official new name for Dread Central Presents. The genre label is continuing to ramp up its slate after the brand was acquired in 2017 by Epic Pictures. The next in-house production in the Dread pipeline is Lucky, a feminist horror film that begins preproduction soon in Los Angeles, Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl) directs from a script by Brea Grant (The Arrang… Read


Brillstein Alum Jai Khanna Partners With Producer Marina Grasic To Launch Oakhurst Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Jai Khanna, former Brillstein Entertainment manager, has teamed with New York, I Love You producer Marina Grasic to form Oakhurst Entertainment, the new fund-based indie media company which will generate film and television properties. Khanna spent two decades at Brillstein representing artists and packaging content across books, film, and TV. Grasic, who also served as an executive producer on the Oscar-winning film Crash, is former entertainment attorney and… Read