‘Fleabag’ Dark Comedy Acquired By IFC From Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge
IFC has acquired Fleabag from creator, writer, and actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The BAFTA-winning, six-part series about a dry-witted and unfiltered woman navigating life and love in London will premiere on IFC on Boxing Day, Wednesday, Dec. 26.
All six episodes of the series will air beginning at 11:00 pm and encore again in late night.
Adapted from her play of the same name, the dark but hilarious Fleabag follows Waller-Bridge through London as she tries to cope with… Read
Jerry Seinfeld On Kevin Hart Oscars Controversy: “Kevin’s Gonna Be Fine”
Jerry Seinfeld feels that it wasn’t Kevin Hart who was damaged by the recent controversy over past homophobic remarks that caused Hart to step down as host of the Academy Awards.
Speaking to Sunday Today’s Willie Geist for an interview that will air Dec. 16 (see above), Seinfeld asked rhetorically, "Who got screwed in that deal? I think Kevin's gonna be fine. But find another Kevin Hart, that's not so easy. He's a brilliant guy with a movie career."
Seinfeld called Hart… Read
Cardi B Is ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Queen On ‘Late Late Show’ With James Corden
She’s had three No. 1 singles, seven Grammy nominations, three American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, nine BET Hip-Hop Awards, and a Billboard Music Award.
But Cardi B’s highest honor awaits: her appearance on The Late Late Show’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment with host James Corden, scheduled to air this Monday, Dec. 17. The unlikely duo tool around Los Angeles, pausing briefly for a parking lesson for the Bronx-born Cardi B.
Cardi B was a regular cast member… Read
‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Broadway Review: Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels Deliver An Atticus For Our Times
When Scout, Jem and Dill take the stage in Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird, they’re not rolling a tire down the sidewalk or peering into the knothole of some old oak tree. The children — played, with no excuses offered or needed, by adults — appear in what seems to be an empty, dilapidated building, maybe an old courthouse fallen into neglect. Justice itself has become a thing of memory, its paint peeling.
What really happened that night Bob Ewell died, wonders Scout… Read
CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million To Settle Harassment Claim On ‘Bull’
CBS paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 million to resolve claims that she was retaliated against for complaining about sexual harassment on the set of the prime time drama Bull, according to a report in the New York Times.
Dushku appeared in three episodes of the show and had been assured of a significant recurring role, the NYT Read
Sony Taps Roxana Muñoz As Director Of Intersectional Marketing
EXCLUSIVE: Roxana Muñoz has come aboard SPE's Motion Picture Group as the Director of Intersectional Marketing, in which she will report to SVP of Intersectional Marketing Ellene V. Miles, who joined Sony’s recently created position earlier this year.
Muñoz will work closely with Miles to craft broad, 360-degree diversity-based marketing strategies that inform all facets of the studio's film campaigns including publicity, creative, digital, media, research, and… Read
Innovative Artists Promotes Three Assistants To Agent
It was bicoastal Promotion Day at Innovative Artists as the ageny upped a trio of assistants to agent status.
The Los Angeles office saw coordinator Dara Finkel upped to agent in the talent department and Jacqueline Kim in the comedy unit. Out in New York, Christopher Stego has been promoted to agent in the talent department.
Innovative Artists president Scott Harris announced the… Read
YouTube, Facing Heat Over Problematic Content, Claims Faster Video Removal And 58M Takedowns In Q3
As pressure builds on tech giants to clean up their platforms, Google-owned YouTube said it is getting faster at removing problematic videos, and took down 1.7 million entire channels in the third quarter.
The channel removals as well as one-off videos taken down added up to some 58 million videos going dark between July and September, and the company’s Read
Netflix, Amazon, Hulu & Apple Top TV For 1st Time; Broadcast & Cable Decline
The era of Peak TV hit a record-breaking peak in 2018 with the relative newbies of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Apple's soon to debut small screen service beating out the broadcasters and cablers for the first time ever.
Though down by a notch from FX boss John Landgraf's prediction earlier this year that there would be 520 scripted original shows in 2018, the 495 that the cabler chief's research department came up with is still the most television that has ever been on the… Read
Kyra Sedgwick Launches Big Swing Prods., Company Unveils Film & TV Slate
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick has partnered with Meredith Bagby and Valerie Stadler to launch Big Swing Productions, which has a number of film and television projects in the works. According to the trio, Big Swing is "committed to celebrating new heroes and amplifying bold voices, focusing on inclusive stories with heart and purpose.” according to the trio.
One of the company’s first projects, the independently developed and produced TV series Girls Weekend,… Read
Ad Industry Gearing Up For Possible Actors Strike; Production Hurry-Up Expected
EXCLUSIVE: The ad industry is gearing up for a possible actors strike. Its chief negotiator is urging advertisers and ad agencies to finish all commercial shoots that employ union actors before the March 31 expiration of SAG-AFTRA's current contract, lest they be caught in a work stoppage in the middle of production if upcoming negotiations fail to produce a new agreement.
The ad industry has made similar strike preparations in advance of negotiations in years past, but… Read
‘Queen Sugar’ Star Kofi Siriboe Inks With WME
EXCLUSIVE: Kofi Siriboe, best known as part of the main cast of OWN’s Queen Sugar, has signed with WME for agency representation. Siriboe, who was previously with Innovative Artists, has starred as Ralph Angel, one-third of the Bordelon siblings, for the past three seasons of the Ava DuVernay-created series, which is slated to return for a fourth season.
Siriboe was recently tapped as the lead in Really Love, an indie drama from Fences producer Charles D. King’s MACRO… Read