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Nicole Dubuc To Receive WGA West Animation Writing Award

Prolific animation writer-producer Nicole Dubuc will receive the WGA West's 2018 Animation Writers Caucus Animation Writing Award tonight at the annual AWC awards ceremony at the guild's headquarters in Los Angeles. Dubuc, who's been nominated for seven daytime Emmys for writing and producing children's animation shows, currently serves as the showrunner of the upcoming Disney Junior series The Rocketeer. The award is presented to caucus members who have advanced the… Read


Audrey Wells Dies: Latest Film, ‘The Hate U Give’, Opens Today

Audrey Wells, screenwriter of the racial drama The Hate U Givehas died at age 58. Wells passed away yesterday after a long and private battle with cancer. Her death was announced by her agency, UTA. Her latest film, from 20th Century Fox, is directed by George Tillman Jr and stars Amandla Stenberg. The adaptation of Angie Thomas's bestselling novel opened in select theaters today and goes wide October 19. A prolific writer and director, Wells was a lifelong feminist… Read


NBC Unveils Its ‘Writers On The Verge’ Diversity Program Class Of 2018-19

NBC has its latest “Writers on the Verge,” naming the Class of 2018-19 for its diverse writers program. Selected from more than 2,200 applicants are comedy scribes Bernard Badion, Edward Excaliber, Joanne Lee and Sara White and drama writers Pamela García Rooney, Marissa Lee, Tiffany Shaw Ho and Margot Ye. Now in its 13th year, Writers on the Verge assembles talented aspiring writers of diverse backgrounds who are "on the verge" of breaking out but would benefit from a… Read


Universal Cable Productions Backs Pitch Competition At Austin Film Festival

Universal Cable Productions said today that it will present the Austin Film Festival's annual Pitch Competition, which kicks off October 25. The event gives contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of agents, producers, managers and screenwriters. This year’s judges are Kate Fenske, SVP Development at UCP; Warner Bros TV writer-producer Wendy Calhoun (Station 19, Empire); producer and former United Artists Lindsay Doran (Stranger Than F… Read


AR Content Sets Ziad Doueri To Direct Saddam Hussein Interrogation Drama ‘Debriefing The President’

Debriefing The President Saddam Hussein

EXCLUSIVE: Russian producer Alexander Rodnyansky has set Ziad Doueiri to direct an adaptation of Debriefing the PresidentDaniel Stiepleman, who scripted the upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsburg drama On the Basis of Sex, will adapt former CIA analyst John Nixon's non-fiction book about his experience being the first American to identify and interrogate Saddam Hussein following his 2003 capture. The Lebanese-born Doueiri’s The Insult was last year nominated for the Best Foreign… Read


Universal Launches 2019 Writers Program

Universal Pictures

The application period is now open for the 2019 Universal Writers Program, which aims to find both up-and-coming and experienced creators who incorporate diverse and global perspectives into screenwriting. The program, overseen by the studio’s Global Talent Development & Inclusion division, said submissions can be made through October 31, with the program kicking off in April 2019. This year marks the first time that live-action and animation hybrid scripts can be… Read


Sundance Institute Unveils 2018 Episodic Lab Fellows

Sundance Institute has selected nine original TV pilots for its fifth annual Episodic Lab, which runs from September 27-October 2 at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah. Topics and formats range from half-hour comedies about friendships put to the test to historical dramas about the struggle for Native American land sovereignty. Read about the projects and their creators below. Beginning with the Lab, the 12 new fellows will receive customized, ongoing creative and… Read


Chuck Hogan & Filmula Team On Chicago Outfit Hitman Movie, Seal Book Deal

Chuck Hogan

EXCLUSIVE: Filmula Entertainment has acquired rights to historian James L. Swanson’s upcoming book Lion In Winter, about America's most prolific Chicago Outfit syndicate mob boss and a key henchman in the infamous "Capone massacres." The book will be adapted into a feature film by Chuck Hogan, who penned the screenplay for Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, co-created The Strain with Guillermo del Toro and wrote the book on which Ben Affleck’s 2010 film The Town was based. The… Read


WGA East Elections: Ex-President Michael Winship & Nine Others Voted To Guild’s Council

Former WGA East president Michael Winship, who guided the guild through the tumultuous 2007-08 writers strike, has been elected to its Council, along with nine others. Winship served as president for five consecutive two-year terms – starting just before the strike and ending in September 2017. Winship, a veteran news and documentary writer, was one of 11 candidates vying for seven freelance seats on the Council. The other freelancers elected are Monica Lee Bellais and… Read


Oren Moverman To Adapt And Direct TV Thriller Drama Based On Mary Kubica’s Novel ‘The Good Girl’

Owen Moverman The Good Girl

Grey Matter Productions and Topic Studios have set writer-director Oren Moverman to adapt The Good Girl, the debut novel from Mary Kubica, into a thriller drama series. Topic's Adam Pincus and Lisa Leingang, along with Grey Matter's Lawrence Grey and Ben Everard, will executive produce. The Good Girl is a twisting and suspenseful thriller about the kidnapping-gone-wrong of Mia Dennett, the perfect daughter of a prominent Chicago judge. When she is abducted as part of a… Read


Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Made Directorial Debut ‘Farming’ So He Could Sleep At Night – Toronto Studio

While there are many reasons for an artist to strike out with their feature directorial debut, Farming’s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje had one that was extremely personal and expressly his own. “The genesis was literally trying to sleep at night,” the actor-turned-director told Deadline in Toronto, where his film premiered. “I couldn't sleep without writing 10 to 20 pages, and by the end of two weeks, I had a 500-page manuscript.” Produced by Michael London, the film’s title… Read


‘Life Itself’ Stars & Director Dan Fogelman On Pic’s Vital, Hard-Edged Heart – Toronto Studio

Busy times are afoot for Dan Fogelman—well, busier than usual. Preparing to launch the highly anticipated third season of his NBC family drama This is Us in a matter of weeks, the series creator is currently in Toronto on behalf of his second feature directorial outing, Amazon Studios’ Life Itself. Another emotional, inter-generational tale from Fogelman, Life Itself follows a young New York couple from the first moments of courtship through marriage and the birth of… Read