LaKeith Stanfield And Tiffany Haddish To Star In ‘Haunted Mansion’ for Disney

Haddish next appears in the Nicolas Cage meta-movie, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which Lionsgate is due to release in 2022.
LaKeith Stanfield and Tiffany Haddish are in talks to star in Disney's new Haunted Mansion movie with Justin Simien directing.
The Illuminerdi first reported the news.” /> Haddish is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Stanfield is repped by CAA, Stark Management and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.
Katie Dippold penned the most recent draft. Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced the live-action hit Aladdin, are producing through their Rideback banner with Nick Reynolds of Rideback exec producing.
The premise sees theme park guests go inside a spooky and creepy manor that includes some classic characters, from the spirit of psychic medium Madame Leota to the skeletal Bride and the cloaked Hatbox Ghost. The Haunted Mansion ride debuted in 1969 and has been a favorite of park goers ever since, appearing currently in both Disneyland and Disney World.
He next stars in the stylish Western The Harder They Fall, which will be released on Netflix this fall. Stanfield, one of the stars of FX’s Atlanta, toplined with Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah, which earned Stanfield a best supporting actor nomination.
Disney previously adapted the ride into a 2003 movie directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Eddie Murphy, which was a moderate success at the box-office. Similar to Pirates of the Caribbean, another theme park ride that became a massive box-office smash, execs have always seen this as a piece of Disney IP that is recognizable to so many people across the world, but also makes for something that can be easier to adapt as a movie compared to other theme park rides.

Netflix To Require Covid Vaccinations For Actors & Other Zone A Personnel On Its U.S. Productions

The new Return-To-Work protocols agreed upon by the Hollywood unions and major studios last week gave producers “the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis.”
Deadline revealed last week that actor and activist Sean Penn won't return to work on Gaslit until everyone on the production has been vaccinated for the virus.” />
Netflix is making it standard across the board in the U.S. Some productions, like the Starz/UCP series Gaslit, have adopted the mandatory vaccination policy.
I hear the streamer just informed its production teams and partners that it will be requiring vaccinations for everyone working in "Zone A," which consists of the actors and those who come in close proximity to them.
I hear the streamer aims to keep exceptions very rare, including for medical, religious or age reasons, and possibly in a few cases for series and films that are already in production.
There have been calls to expand the vaccination requirement beyond Zone A. The vaccine mandate is the strongest measure Netflix could enforce under the current Return To Work protocols.
While vaccination is not a silver bullet — there have been breakthrough infections for fully vaccinated people — it is considered a crucial safeguard alongside existing safety protocols including regular testing, PPE and social distancing. Netflix's decision comes amid a fourth Covid wave in the U.S. fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant, which brought Covid safety on set back to the forefront.
productions, as well as those who come into contact with them on set. EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has become the first major Hollywood studio to implement a blanket policy mandating vaccinations for the casts of all of its U.S.

‘House Party’: Jacob Latimore To Co-Star In Reboot Of ’90s Comedy From New Line And SpringHill

Latimore will now co-star opposite Tosin Cole, with award-winning music video director Calmatic helming in his feature debut. Latimore replaces Jorge Lendeborg Jr., who sources say recently left the project to focus on his mental well-being; insiders say the exit was supported by the studio and filmmakers. EXCLUSIVE: The Chi star Jacob Latimore is set to co-star in New Line’s reimagining of the 1990 cult comedy House Party, produced by the SpringHill Company for HBO Max.
The beloved original House Party follows a high schooler (played by Christopher “Kid” Reid) sneaking out to his buddy’s (Christopher “Play” Martin) house party in what turns into a wild night of antics, music and plenty of fun. The film also launched the career of writer-director Reginald Hudlin as well as of Reid, Martin, Tisha Martin-Campbell, Martin Lawrence, A.J. Johnson, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and Full Force (Paul Anthony, Bowlegged Lou and B-Fine). The film was a surprise box office hit for New Line in 1990 and is credited with helping catapult hip-hop into the mainstream.
He is one of the stars of Showtime's The Chi, created by Lena Waithe, which is currently in its fourth season. Latimore has been a rising star on the leading young-actor front following his breakthrough performance in the thriller Sleight. Next, he will co-star in Legendary's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel and is slated to shoot Panopticon alongside Shailene Woodley and Anthony Mackie in early 2022.
New Line executives Richard Brener, Josh Mack and Victoria Palmeri are overseeing for the studio. SpringHill’s LeBron James and Maverick Carter will produce. Emmy-nominated Atlanta writing duo Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori wrote the script. Reginald Hudlin and Warrington Hudlin will exec produce along with Spencer Beighley and Jamal Henderson for SpringHill.
He is repped by CAA, Dean Bahat and Matthew Johnson at Ziffren Brittenham, and Tish Taylor at Brand Fetish Management.” />

Stand Up To Cancer Sets Fundraising Special With Anthony Anderson, Sofia Vergara & Ken Jeong, Reese Witherspoon To Co-Executive Produce

The event, co-executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, will see performances by Common, Brittany Howard and more artists that will be announced at a later date.
Stand Up To Cancer will return for its seventh biennial televised fundraising special with Anthony Anderson, Sofia Vergara, Ken Jeong & Tran Ho serving as co-hosts.
The live-event is produced by Done + Dusted and Stand Up To Cancer's production team.” />
The telecast will also be available to stream live and on-demand on several streaming platforms. ET, this year's Stand Up To Cancer event will broadcast from Los Angeles and air simultaneously on more than 60 participating media platforms across the United States and Canada. Set to air Saturday, August 21 at 8 p.m.
Stand Up To Cancer seeks to raise funds to support research and new treatments of cancer, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected nearly every aspect of cancer care and research.

‘Three Women’: DeWanda Wise Joins Shailene Woodley In Showtime Drama Series

Wise is known for her starring role as Nola Darling in Spike Lee's TV adaptation of She’s Gotta Have It, which aired for two seasons on Netflix. She's repped by CAA, ColorCreative and Del Shaw Moonves.” /> Next up, Wise plays a leading role in Jurassic World: Dominion, which is set for release in the summer of 2022. On the film side, she most recently appeared alongside Kevin Hart in Sony’s comedy-drama Fatherhood.
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Three Women is executive produced by Taddeo, showrunner Laura Eason, Kathy Ciric and Emmy Rossum. Louise Friedberg (Y: The Last Man) has signed on to direct the first two episodes, which she will also executive produce.
The book was published in 2019 by Simon & Schuster. It took her a decade to research, report and write it, with Taddeo often moving to the towns of her subjects to achieve complete authenticity. Gia’s storyline echoes Taddeo’s journey with Three Women, her debut nonfiction book, which tells the true story of three American women who suffered private and/or public backlash for their sexual desires.
Gia (Woodley), a writer grieving the loss of her family, persuades each of these three spectacular “ordinary” women to tell her their stories, and her relationships with them change the course of her life forever. In Three Women, described as an intimate, haunting portrayal of American female desire, three women are on a crash course to radically overturn their lives. Lina, a homemaker in suburban Indiana, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Maggie, a student in North Dakota, weathers an intense storm after accusing her married English teacher of an inappropriate relationship. Sloane, a glamorous entrepreneur in the Northeast, played by Wise, has a committed open marriage with Richard, until two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story.
She's Gotta Have It alumna DeWanda Wise is set as a lead opposite Shailene Woodley in Three Women, a Showtime hourlong series based on the No. Principal photography is set to begin in the fall. 1 nonfiction bestseller by Lisa Taddeo, who is adapting her book.

‘Top Chef: All Stars Los Angeles’ Winner Melissa King Inks With M88 And Uncmmn

M88 and Uncmmn are teaming for the first time to manage and cultivate an entertainment strategy for the chef, who continues to be repped by WME. Those moves will include launching a production company and continuing to make inroads into the social impact, philanthropy and fashion spaces.
During the lockdown, King created, packaged, and branded her own small-batch, Asian-inspired sauces (King Sauce) that quickly sold out, and launched virtual cooking classes (she specializes in melding California modern cuisine with Asian flavors, like Hong Kong milk tea tiramisu or kimchi brussels sprouts).
EXCLUSIVE: Melissa King, the winner of Top Chef: All Stars Los Angeles Season 17 and the chef with the most challenge victories in the history of the Bravo cooking competition franchise, has signed for representation with management firms M88 and Uncmmn.
King, a star chef in San Francisco and a level 1 sommelier, already has a creative and entrepreneurial full plate, partnering with Humphry Slocombe to create unique ice cream flavors currently being sold at Whole Foods and collaborating with nonprofit organizations and LGBTQI charities including the Human Rights Campaign, the Trevor Project, Black Visions Collective and Asian Americans for Equality.
and starred in GAP’s 2021 global spring campaign to celebrate diversity and advocacy.” /> She also has appeared in a global campaign for Levi's Strauss Co.

Facebook Q2 User Growth Slows, Up 7.3% To 2.9 Billion; Forecast Glum, Stock Dips

Facebook estimated total expenses in the range of $70-73 billion, unchanged from early estimates. It's investing heavily in VR and AR and this week announced plans to create a product team to work on what it calls a “metaverse,” using virtual technology to create digital worlds that multiple people can inhabit at the same time.
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Daily active users, or DAUs, were 1.91 billion on average for the quarter, an increase of 7% year-over-year.
 
Price increases will continue to be what moves ad sales during the rest of 2021. That alarmed some, indicating the company may be running out room to deliver ads to users. Advertising revenue growth was driven by a 47% year-over-year increase in the average price per ad and a 6% increase in the number of ads delivered, the company said.
It also anticipates increased ad targeting headwinds in 2021 from regulatory and platform changes — notably the recent iOS updates, which we expect to have a greater impact in the third quarter compared to the second quarter. The company warned that revenue will "decelerate significantly" on a sequential basis in the second half as the Covid-19 recovery continues. The new app tracking transparency initiative by Apple that went into effect in April forces users to opt-in to Facebook tracking outside of the app.
Both figures repped a Wall Street beat on the wings of higher digital ad revenue that has marked tech sector earnings this week and last — but it was less pronounced at Facebook than at others like Twitter, Snap, Google and even Spotify. Net profit jumped 101% to $10.39 billion, or $3.61 a share. The social media giant said total revenue of $29.08 billion rose 56%.
"We had a strong quarter as we continue to help businesses grow and people stay connected," said CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "I'm excited to see our major initiatives around creators and community, commerce, and building the next computing platform coming together to start to bring the vision of the metaverse to life."
Facebook reported monthly active users (MAUs) up 7.3% at 2.9 billion for the quarter ended in June. The figure was in line with expectations but reflected slowing growth, knocking shares down 4% in late trading.
Zuckerberg will host a call at 5 pm ET to talk about the numbers and outlook.
 
District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the FTC's anti-trust complaint against the social networking giant was legally insufficient, and the states’ case was too old. Judge James Boasberg of U.S.
Regulatory issues abound but the company did catch a break last month after federal court last dismissed two lawsuits. The FTC and a group of 45 states accused the social media giant of stifling competition and asked the court to force it to unwind the 2012 and 2014 acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp.

Al Ortiz To Serve As Interim Executive Producer Of ‘CBS Evening News’

His perspective is broad, his judgment is superb and his demeanor unflappable. He has held significant positions in virtually every editorial area. No one knows news – and CBS News – like Al. From serving on the “Evening News” and then as the executive producer of Special Events for a dozen years, and for the last seven years has been our vice president of Standards and Practices, where he’s made innumerable sensitive calls during breaking news, Election Nights, and significant historic events.
This is a return to the “Evening News” for Al, who worked closely with Norah leading the team before the program moved to Washington. He also worked with Norah on Election Night in 2016 and 2020. Previously, Al served as executive producer of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” from 1998 to 2001 as part of an illustrious career that has spanned decades at CBS News.
Although the network has touted the narrowing of the ratings gap, CBS Evening News has remained in third place among the traditional broadcast networks. It's also the latest in a series of changes since Khemlani and Wendy McMahon were selected to lead the newly combined news and stations divisions in April. Shaylor departed the network after less than two years.
"His perspective is broad, his judgment is superb and his demeanor unflappable," Khemlani wrote.
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Al Ortiz, a longtime veteran of CBS News, is returning to the CBS Evening News as interim executive producer, taking the place of Jay Shaylor, who stepped down from the Norah O'Donnell-anchored newscast earlier this month.
As we looked to identify the strongest leader for the “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,” it was critical to find a steady hand who could uphold the standards that have been set for this broadcast over many generations. This is why today we’re pleased to announce that Al Ortiz is being named interim executive producer of the program beginning immediately.
Khemlani noted that Ortiz worked with O'Donnell before the newscast moved to Washington in late 2019. He started at the network in 1977 at CBS News Radio.
During an amazing run at CBS News, he has served as producer and senior producer of the “CBS Evening News,” foreign editor, London bureau chief and Washington bureau chief. Al began his career at CBS News in 1977 at CBS News Radio. duPont-Columbia Award. Al has earned three Emmy Awards and shared a Network Alfred I.
Ortiz previously served as executive producer of CBS Evening News with Dan Rather from 1998 to 2001, and for the past seven years has been the vice president of standards and practices.
We’re in an unusual news cycle with a pandemic still raging, the pullout of U.S. Wendy and I are confident Al, who embodies the very best of CBS News, will be an enormous asset to everyone at the program and our viewers. troops in Afghanistan, extreme weather globally and economic uncertainty here at home.
Neeraj Khemlani, president and co-head of CBS News and Stations, said in a memo to staffers, "As we looked to identify the strongest leader for the 'CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,' it was critical to find a steady hand who could uphold the standards that have been set for this broadcast over many generations."
Khemlani's full memo is below.
His deep knowledge of CBS News’ values, and the premium we place on original reporting and exquisite storytelling, will continue to distinguish the program while empowering the next generation of leaders. Al is the consummate team player, and he will be working closely with Norah, Elizabeth Turner, Alturo Rhymes and the entire team at “Evening News” to continue to build on the show’s momentum.

Dusty Hill Remembered: MTV’s Martha Quinn, Flea, Texas Governor & More Pay Tribute To ZZ Top Bassist

Read the tributes below. Deadline will update as more arrive.
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"Dusty Hill, you will always be bad, nationwide and much missed." "Rock and roll has been stopped in its tracks," tweeted Martha Quinn, one of MTV's original veejays whose tenure at the channel coincided with ZZ Top's music video heyday.
Refresh for updates… ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is being remembered by friends, musical colleagues, and even the governor of Texas paying tribute.
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I don’t know what to say but 'Thank you' and 'Rest however you damn well choose!'" Said Kiss vocalist Paul Stanley, "Always a gentleman from the days of us opening for them through the recent days of them opening for us.
The bassist was 72. Hill's death was announced today by bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard.


A true rocker. "Ahhhh man, I love Dusty Hill. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea mourned the loss on Twitter while celebrating his unique talents. What a straight jammer," he wrote.


Greg Abbot described Hill as "a remarkable Texan" and "music legend." Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale called Hill a "beautiful soul," and Texas Gov.

Teyana Taylor To Star in A.V. Rockwell’s Directing Debut ‘A Thousand And One’

Taylor was most recently seen in Amazon's Coming 2 America in her scene stealing role as Bopoto. In addition to Coming to America 2, Taylor’s other film credits include Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming and Tyler Perry's Big Happy Family. Additionally, she will next be seen starring alongside her husband, Iman Shumpert in E!’s unscripted series We Got Love Teyana and Iman, which premieres August 18th.
The film follows Inez (Taylor), who kidnaps six-year-old Terry from the foster care system. Holding onto their secret and each other, mother and son set out to reclaim their home, as well as their identity and stability, in a rapidly changing New York City.
Her production company, “The Aunties,” recently just won the 2020 BET Award and BET Hip-Hop Award for Director of the Year. Taylor is a singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, choreographer, director and model. She has worked with and written records for artists such as Kanye West, Usher, Chris Brown and Omarion. Elton John that she directed and choreographed. Her album, “The Album,” debuted at #8 on the Billboard Hot 200. Taylor is represented by WME.” /> She was also just on the cover and number #1 for the Maxim Hot 100 this year. That album includes the music video for "Lose Each Other" ft. Taylor is the first African-American female ever to receive this.
Sight Unseen’s Oren Moverman and Rachel Jacobs and Makeready’s Negin Salmasi are executive producing. Focus Features will distribute the film in the U.S. The film is produced by Sight Unseen’s Eddie Vaisman and Julia Lebedev, Hillman Grad Productions’ Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani, and Makeready’s Brad Weston. and Universal Pictures International will distribute internationally.
Production is underway in New York City. EXCLUSIVE: Teyana Taylor is set to star in A.V. Rockwell’s feature debut A Thousand And One, from Sight Unseen, Hillman Grad Productions, Makeready.

Former ABC & Condé Nast Exec Jon Koa To Head Comedy At CBS

Jon has tremendous creative chops and a keen eye for spotting writing that resonates. I look forward to working closely with him.”” /> Sherman added, “It was imperative we find just the right individual to lead our comedy team.
CBS has hired Jon Koa as EVP, Comedy Development following the departure of veteran exec Julie Pernworth.
Koa will start at the broadcast network soon and reports to Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment.
“His reputation among his peers and the creative community is impeccable and he will be an extraordinary addition to the CBS team.” “Jon is a tremendously experienced television executive with an obvious passion for the development process,” said Kahl.
He was previously Executive Director, Comedy Programming and Development, for the ABC between 2009 and 2015. Koa was most recently SVP, Scripted Television for Condé Nast Entertainment, where he has spent the last six years.
He will oversee all comedy development for the net’s primetime programming.
Deadline revealed last month that Pernworth, who developed series such as Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mom and The Big Bang Theory, was leaving after 21 years.
Prior to joining Condé Nast, he was part of the team that launched series including Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat and The Goldbergs and was involved in shows such as Happy Endings, Dr. Ken and Scrubs. He began his career in the drama development department at Universal Television.
He scored series orders at USA Network, Discovery ID and Sky Atlantic and developed projects for a slew of platforms. During his tenure at Condé Nast Entertainment, he oversaw the development of the independent production entity’s series for network, streaming and cable and mined IP from publications such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired, GQ and Vogue for film and TV.

Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi To Step Down At Year-End, Staying On Board As COO Sean Gamble Takes Reins Next January

Gamble has been named president as of today, the company said, and Zoradi will work closely with him as well as other executives to ensure a smooth transition.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating in all aspects of theatrical exhibition and will treasure the time spent and deep connections established with the Cinemark team, as well as the many other industry relationships formed around the world.” “While I’ve been in the industry for more than four decades, the vast majority was spent on the studio side of the business. “Serving as Cinemark’s CEO during the past six years has truly been the highlight of my career,” Zoradi said.
Lee Roy Mitchell, Cinemark founder and executive chairman, said. Mark reinvigorated a culture of innovation and evolution in our company, challenging the teams’ line of thought and rationale, all while staying steady at the helm when our industry needed him most. We are thrilled that Cinemark will continue to benefit from Mark’s background, business expertise and perspective as an ongoing member of our Board.” “We are grateful for Mark and the significant impact he has made on our company, and our industry, during his tenure as CEO.
Along with the change at the top, Cinemark upped Wanda Gierhart Fearing to Chief Marketing and Content Officer, Damian Wardle to EVP Theatre & Technology Operations, and Sid Srivastava to EVP Human Resources, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility.” />
"I have full confidence in Sean’s leadership abilities," he added, "particularly with the strength and depth of the executive team, and I look forward to continuing our relationship in my board director capacity.” With the exhibition industry on the path to recovering from the worst of the pandemic's damage, Zoradi said, he felt the timing was right to pass the baton.
An EVP and CFO at Universal Pictures before joining Cinemark, Gamble also held several exec posts at General Electric earlier in his career. Working with Zoradi, he has helped solidify Cinemark's financials and putting it in a more advantageous position than debt-laden AMC or other circuits, which has helped it weather Covid-19.
Zoradi called Gamvke a “tremendous partner in overseeing Cinemark’s operational execution and strategic vision, as well as effectively navigating the prolonged effects of Covid-19."
Zoradi, who had a lengthy run as a Disney distribution exec before crossing over to the theater side, will stay on the company's board until 2024. At that point, he will become eligible for election in the manner of all members of the board, who are selected at the company's annual shareholder meeting.
3 U.S. Cinemark, the No. exhibitor, said CEO Mark Zoradi will retire at the end of 2021, staying on the board and handing top-exec reins to CFO and COO Sean Gamble.
As CEO, Gamble said, “I will aim to continue building upon Cinemark’s over 35-year history of growth, industry leadership and entertaining guests through an unparalleled cinematic experience. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our exceptional leadership team and Board of Directors as we drive a wide range of consumer-facing and productivity initiatives that will position Cinemark for ongoing success in the evolving media and entertainment landscape.”
The search for Gamble’s successor as CFO is currently underway, the company said.

NYC’s Little Island Sets Monthlong Free Arts Fest: ‘SNL’s Bowen Yang, Broadway’s Ali Stroker Among Hundreds Of Performers

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For more information, including a week-by-week schedule of performances, visit the Little Island website.
The festival will run from Aug. 5. 11 to Sept.
A sampling of the line-up: On Thursday, Aug. 12, Stroker, the Tony-winning actress of Broadway's Oklahoma!, will perform a concert in the amphitheater. Stroker, who uses a wheelchair, will perform songs as well as share autobiographical stories.
The popular podcast features comedians doing one-minute rants on any pop culture topic of their choosing. On Saturday, Aug. 14, SNL's Emmy-nominated Yang and comedian Matt Rogers will host "I Don't Think So, Honey!," a live-format version of their weekly podcast Las Culturistas.
The festival, announced by Little Island's operators today, is designed as the culmination of New York's statewide NY PopsUp Initiative, the series of mostly small-scaled arts performances that began in the spring as a way to revitalize the state's hard-hit arts and entertainment sector.
All events are free, with no-cost tickets required for all performances in the amphitheater (known as The Amph).
Stand-up comedian (and Desus and Mero writer) Ziwe will host "Pop Show" on Saturday, Aug. 28, in which she'll invite NYC comedians to perform original pop songs.
Little Island, the new Barry Diller-funded park and arts space rising out of the Hudson River, will host a free monthlong festival of music, dance and comedy beginning August 11 and featuring more than 450 performers. Among them: Saturday Night Live's Bowen Yang and Broadway's Ali Stroker.
Running for four weeks, the "NYC Free" festival will feature more than 160 performances of artists who live and work in New York, encompassing what organizers call "a wide-ranging mix of pairings and programs, new works, and surprising collaborations" from "the experimental to the traditional, popular to countercultural…" The performances will take place throughout the park, including on the stage of Little Island's amphitheater.

Hopper Penn & Brian D’Arcy James To Star In ‘The Rightway’ Short From Destry Spielberg And Owen King

Thruline’s Ruth Bornhauser is also on board as co-producer. Thruline Entertainment’s Josh Kesselman is producing, alongside Diane Krausz, Go Be One’s Gilana Lobel & Oliver Brooks, and Michael Pitt.
Writer/novelist King (son of prolific author Stephen King) penned the script for Spielberg's second short. With the project, Spielberg continues to follow in the footsteps of her own famous father, director Steven Spielberg.
He is repped by Thruline and The Pleshette Agency.” /> King recently wrote on The Stand, a Paramount+ drama adapted from his father's classic 1978 novel of the same name.
EXCLUSIVE: Hopper Penn (Flag Day) and Brian D'Arcy James (Spotlight) have signed on to star in The Rightway, a short film from Destry Spielberg and Owen King, which will soon go into production in New York.
On the acting side, she just wrapped a role in Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, starring Bradley Cooper, Cooper Hoffman and more. She is repped by Thruline. Spielberg previously directed a short film titled Rosie, which debuted in 2019.
The dramatic feature, directed by his Oscar-winning father Sean Penn, recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He is represented by Thruline and ICM. Penn will next appear opposite his sister Dylan Penn in Flag Day.
He'll also appear in Marvel's upcoming Hawkeye for Disney+. He is repped by Gersh and Thruline. James will soon star as Officer Krupke in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of West Side Story.
The Rightway's plot is being kept under wraps. We hear, though, that the short will take a deep dive into the world of conspiracy theorists.

APA Signs Isaac Perry & Joy Triche’s Darklight Studios

The studio is also developing a number of projects for the screen, including the first two books in The Super Q-Series, which were published last year by Tiger Stripe Publishing. Darklight has leaned thus far into novels, aiming to release two to three a year, which tell stories for all ages.
Darklight is also actively shopping middle-grade book The Afterschool Adventures of the Ultra-Shock Barbershop for film and TV. That book chronicles the adventures of three oddball kids, an intellectual rabbit, and a neighborhood barber who become the only hope to save their neighborhood and the planet, when they discover an incredible secret at the barbershop that has become their after-school hangout.
The studio continues to be represented, on the publishing side, by Nordlyset Literary Agency.” />
Darklight works with writers and artists to develop stories across multimedia. The Chicago-based studio is driven by Perry and Triche’s mutual desire to innovate, with regard to the creative and operational aspects of storytelling, and to tell BIPOC stories of a different kind.
Darklight will unveil additional projects it has in development in the coming months.
Soaring through magnificent worlds each and every night within a dreamscape that just might be real, he takes on daring adventures while always remembering what his father taught him—that his mind is the greatest superpower of them all. Super-Q centers on Qadeer Taylor, a boy whose relationship with his father serves as the seed of his dreams, frees his imagination and encourages him to become a champion.
EXCLUSIVE: Darklight Studios, the independent multimedia studio founded in 2019 by writer Isaac Perry and publishing veteran Joy Triche, has signed with APA for representation.
Little Assata, her self-proclaimed “Shock Squad,” and their trusted barbershop owner/mentor are thrust into an adventure that defies their wildest dreams, where they discover their inner greatness and go beyond what they thought was real, in order to become the heroes they must be.

‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’ Sets Bailee Madison To Star In HBO Max Reboot

She has been cast as a lead opposite Chandler Kinney and Maia Reficco in HBO Max's Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. A dark, present-day iteration of the popular 2010-17 series, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin hails from Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Lindsay Calhoon Bring, Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros TV. EXCLUSIVE: Good Witch alumna Bailee Madison has booked her next series.
Like all of the Liars, Imogen is a final girl. She will drive the mystery of uncovering “A” as she fights for her life and the lives of her friends. Madison will play Imogen, a true survivor.
Her credits also include The Fosters, Once Upon a Time, Wizards of Waverly Place and Bridge to Terabithia. Madison is repped by Gersh, Management 360 and Derek Kroeger at Myman Greenspan.” /> Madison has acted in a number of films including Parental Guidance opposite  Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, Just Go with It with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Brothers. She recently starred in Netflix's A Week Away, opposite Kevin Quinn. She also can be seen in A Cinderella Story: Starstruck. In TV, she starred on the first six seasons of Hallmark's Good Witch.
Written by Aguirre-Sacasa and Calhoon Bring, the dark, coming-of-age, horror-tinged reboot based on the bestselling books by Sara Shepard will feature a new story and new characters. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago, as well as their own. Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart.
Lisa Soper will direct the first two episodes. Aguirre-Sacasa executive produces via his Muckle Man Productions, with Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo, as well as Michael Grassi and Caroline Baron. Calhoon Bring will co-executive produce. Muckle Man Productions and Alloy produce in association with WBTV.
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Imax 2Q Sales Surge, Losses Narrow; CEO Rich Gelfond Says “Table Set For A Dramatic Rebound”

“We believe the table is set for a dramatic rebound for blockbuster moviegoing beginning this fall and throughout 2022, as a powerful slate of Hollywood tentpoles representing many of the biggest global franchises in entertainment arrives in theaters worldwide," he added.
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The stock popped higher in after hours trading — up more than 3.5%. Big format giant Imax reported a surge in revenue last quarter and narrower losses compared with a shuttered 2020 as CEO Rich Gelfond said a deluge of Hollywood tentpoles arriving will drive people to theaters.
“Imax delivered continued progress in operating results, demonstrating growing momentum for the company. Thanks to our asset-lite model, we capitalized on strong year-over-year growth in revenue and global box office to achieve another quarter of improved profitability," said CEO Rich Gelfond. “Most encouragingly, the domestic box office is showing the same signs of pent-up demand for moviegoing we’ve seen throughout Asia and other key markets — with each successive major tentpole release delivering an incrementally stronger debut.”
Recovery has been slow in the exhibitors sector but Imax had been better placed than some, benefitting from its relatively solid financial position going into the pandemic, its focus on blockbusters as well as its strength in Asia and its diversified revenue stream, which includes sales of Imax-branded technology systems and equipment.
Imax posted revenue of $51 million revenue versus $8.9 million. Net losses narrowed to $9.2 million, or 16 cents a share, from $26 million, or 69 cents.
 
He'll be taking questions form Wall Street on a call later this afternoon.

Ben Mauceri Joins Religion Of Sports As General Counsel & Head of Business Affairs

Last year, ROS raised a round of funding led by Elysian Park, Advancit Capital—co-founded by Shari Redstone—and Courtside Ventures.” /> The company's other recent hires include NBCUniversal vet Adam Stotsky (President), Ryan Stowell (Head of Scripted TV & Film), EJ Laretta (Head of Partnerships), and Melissa Radzimski (Director of Social Video and Audience Growth).
Mauceri previously served as Director of Legal Affairs at Red Bull North America. There, he developed Red Bull TV’s original content deal structure, also guiding broadcast partnerships with NBC, FOX Sports, TikTok and others.
In his time at Red Bull North America, Mauceri successfully negotiated partnerships and media rights agreements with sports teams, leagues, and governing bodies including USA Basketball, Major League Soccer and more. He also negotiated and drafted professional athlete sponsorship agreements for Anthony Davis, Travis Pastrana, Lindsay Vonn and others.
The company's upcoming projects include Tom Brady docuseries Man in the Arena, which will debut on ESPN+ this fall. Religion of Sports produces content focused on a single narrative of 'Why Sports Matter', which explores greatness and human potential.
EXCLUSIVE: Ben Mauceri has joined Religion of Sports, the Emmy-winning sports media company co-founded by Tom Brady, Gotham Chopra and Michael Strahan, as General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs.
Before joining Red Bull, Mauceri held leadership roles at both Viacom and NBCUniversal.
“Between his experiences in the agency world, Viacom and Red Bull, he knows the ins and outs of navigating today's media landscape, and we are excited to integrate him into our expanding set of content efforts." "We are so excited to bring Ben aboard,” said Religion of Sports CEO Ameeth Sankaran.
It has also released a slate of acclaimed podcasts in partnership with PRX, including Now For Tomorrow, Crushed, and Lost In Sports. ROS has previously produced hundreds of thousands of hours of content across mediums, from short-form video to podcasts to feature films, including flagship series Religion of Sports, ​Shut Up and Dribble,​ ​Tom vs. Time,​ and ​Greatness Code​.
Religion of Sports will be unveiling additional projects in the coming months.
In his new role, Mauceri will lead the business and legal affairs function, also supporting company-wide business and legal-related activity. He will oversee deal making with the creative community across scripted, unscripted, audio, branded and commercial applications.

Google’s YouTube Q2 Ad Sales Jump, Passing $7B

It's also a complex moment for Google on the regulatory front. Earlier this month, 36 states filed antitrust suits against the giant over its Play Store for Android — the fourth antitrust lawsuit government enforcers have filed against Google in the last year.
The numbers come amid a rain of big tech earnings today including Apple and Microsoft, and following stellar performances by Snap and Twitter last year that demonstrated the strength of digital advertising. Google said retail was the biggest contributor to ad sales, along with  travel, financial services and entertainment.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai will talk more about the numbers and trends at conference call with Wall Streeters shortly.
Google’s YouTube saw ad revenue jump last quarter, passing $7 billion from $3.8 billion a year ago. The video giant’s parent Alphabet saw overall sales surge to nearly $62 billion from $38 billion, beating Wall Street expectations across the board.
 
 
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That saw revenue rise to $6.5 billion last quarter from $4.4 billion the year earlier but the company doesn't break out the components. Subscription services YouTube Premium and YouTube TV as well as in-app purchases, digital content products and hardware like Fitbit are grouped in a sector called "other" within Google Services.
Our long-term investments in AI and Google Cloud are helping us drive significant improvements in everyone’s digital “In Q2, there was a rising tide of online activity in many parts of the world, and we’re proud that our services helped so many consumers and businesses.
“Our strong second quarter revenues of $61.9 billion reflect elevated consumer online activity and broad-based strength in advertiser spend. Again, we benefited from excellent execution across the board by our teams,” said Ruth Porat, CFO of Google and Alphabet in the earnings release.
 
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YouTube has just rolled out a TikTok rival called Shorts.

Endeavor-Run Hospitality Firm On Location Acquires Sports And Entertainment Ticketing Software Maker Qcue

On Location offers corporate clients and others fans access to marquee events like the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and New York Fashion Week. Its sports roster includes the International Olympic Committee (with upcoming Games in Paris in 2024, Milano Cortina in 2026 and LA in 2028); as well as NFL, NCAA, UFC and PGA of America. Its overall list of 150 entities also includes musical artists and festivals, as well as unique experiences owned by On Location.
Terms of the Qcue deal were not disclosed.
Qcue's dynamic pricing software for sports and entertainment events will be integrated into On Location's hospitality offerings across sports, entertainment and lifestyle categories.
Endeavor finalized a deal in early 2020 to take a majority stake in On Location, which had originally been part of the NFL before being run by a group of privately held backers. Endeavor reportedly paid in the range of $650 million to $700 million.
After the transaction closes, Qcue will continue to operate out of its headquarters in Austin, TX.
On Location, the event hospitality and experience firm controlled by Endeavor Group Holdings, has acquired ticketing software maker Qcue.
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Its software and partnerships with ticketing platforms help rights holders optimize ticket pricing and maximize sales. In announcing the deal, On Location estimated that Qcue has made more than 35 million price changes, generating more than $300 million in incremental revenue for its partners. Founded in 2007, Qcue provides sports teams and entertainment outfits with ticket pricing, analytics, data visualization, inventory management and efficiency tools.
“We are thrilled to join forces with Qcue, bringing top-of-the-line dynamic pricing technology and a stellar team of ticketing experts in-house,” On Location CFO Jon Lavallee said in a press release. “Together, we will optimize On Location’s approach to ticketing and pass that benefit on to our valued partners.”
“We are proud to join the On Location team at this exciting moment in the company’s history and firmly believe that our shared vision of the live entertainment industry will allow us to continue to be at the forefront of bringing about change.” “Integrating our talent and capabilities into those of the world’s leading experiential hospitality company is an incredible opportunity that will enable us to extend our services to the world’s foremost sporting and cultural events and their rights holders,” Qcue CEO Barry Kahn said.

Barbie And He-Man Parent Mattel Soars Above Wall Street Q2 Estimates

"This is an exciting time for Mattel.” He said the company was in the midst of becoming an "IP-driven" concern. "We believe we are in the strongest position we have been in many years to improve profitability and accelerate topline growth," he said. CEO Ynon Kreiz said consumer demand for Mattel goods was "outstanding" in the quarter.
Net losses of 2 cents a share narrowed considerably from 32 cents a year ago and also shattered estimates. Total revenue of $1.03 billion shot up 40% from the year-ago period and far outpaced analysts' forecast.
Shares in Mattel, which have recently returned to levels not seen since 2017, gained 3% in after-hours training on the blowout results.
Mattel, owner of brands like Barbie, Polly Pocket and He-Man and increasingly a supplier of film and TV properties, posted vastly improved second-quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations.
The company's dolls segment pulled in $395 million in revenue during the quarter, up 51% on growth in Barbie, American Girl, Spirit and Polly Pocket.
The top category in terms of growth was vehicles, where sales shot up 68% to $266 million, driven by Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Cars.” />
In addition to its toy lines, the company is increasingly looking to be a player in Hollywood. Like rival Hasbro and others with physical retail operations, Mattel is emerging from an extremely challenging 2020, when Covid-19 tangled supply chains and shuttered stores. The company has new Masters of the Universe and Barbie series coming to Netflix this year, with a Polly Pocket film in the works at MGM and a Greta Gerwig-helmed live-action take on Barbie targeting 2023.

Rosenzweig Group Ups Liz Wagner To Manager

EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based The Rosenzweig Group continues to grow and expand its management ranks with the promotion of associate Liz Wagner to Manager.
A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Wagner has worked extensively in TV production, having developed and produced numerous projects, in addition to working as supervising/senior producer on series for FYI, Bravo, and Lifetime.
Added Wagner: “I’m so proud to represent our exceptional roster of talent in my new role and am thrilled for the opportunity to continue The Rosenzweig Group’s mission of helping this incredible group of artists and creators achieve their potential in all of their pursuits.”
The Rosenzweig Group currently manages a curated list of talent across all platforms and recently served as associate producer on the indie film, Going Places, starring clients Miranda Rae Mayo and Ethan Cutkosky.” />
Wagner joined the talent management and production company in 2019 to assist in all facets of the business including servicing the extensive roster of talent while contributing on the production side as well. Prior to joining TRG, Wagner served as an assistant at Meghan Schumacher Management.
“Liz’s contributions to the team have been invaluable thus far and we’re thrilled about this next chapter, where she’ll co-manage several existing clients on the roster as well as point new ones that she will help bring in,” said Marni Rosenzweig, president/owner of The Rosenzweig Group.

Apple Rides High-End IPhone Sales, Subscription Gains To Q3 Earnings Beat

Reaction to the better-than-anticipated numbers didn't budge the company's stock in after-hours trading.
“This quarter, our teams built on a period of unmatched innovation by sharing powerful new products with our users, at a time when using technology to connect people everywhere has never been more important,” Cook said in the company's earnings release.
Like other tech players, Apple has been coping with worldwide chip shortages, and CEO Tim Cook had warned investors to expect a slowdown in iPhone sales in the third quarter. Despite that splash of cold water, sales of iPhones reached $39.6 billion in the period.
For the period ending June 30, the tech giant reported revenue of $81.4 billion, up 36%, with earnings per diluted share of $1.30. Both numbers were significantly better than analysts' expectations of $73.3 billion in revenue and earnings of $1.01, according to Refinitiv.
Reports have indicated better-than-expected guidance from the company to its suppliers, which suggests strong results down the line.” /> the share of sales the company takes on transactions occurring in its App Store. A negative ruling could put a squeeze on the so-called "Apple tax," i.e. Some Wall Street voices have expressed concern about a pending verdict in a lawsuit filed by Fortnite maker Epic Games. On the other side of the ledger, in the second part of 2021, is the 13th iteration of the iPhone.
Subscriptions in the quarter totaled 700 million, up from 660 million in the previous quarter. The company has never broken out any numbers for individual services like Apple TV+, which launched in November 2019. Apple has recently created a number of bundles, enabling consumers to group together subscriptions to streaming, data, music and other services.
Apple topped Wall Street forecasts for its fiscal third quarter thanks to strong sales of high-end, 5G iPhones and strong gains in subscription bundles.

Joey Jordison Dies: Slipknot Co-Founder & Longtime Drummer Was 46

Slipknot's fourth album, All Hope Is Gone, debuted at No. 2, respectively, on Billboard album chart. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) three years; They would peak at No. 3 and No. 1 in 2008. The nine-member band, whose members initially were referred to by numerals — Jordison was #1 — followed up with the 2001 sophomore disc Iowa and Vol. It would be Jordison's last studio set with the band, and he left in late 2013.
horror punk band Murderdolls, has died. He was 46. His family said today that he died Monday in his sleep but did not provide other details. Joey Jordison, who co-founded and drummed for the popular metal band Slipknot and later played guitar for the L.A.
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51 on the Billboard 200, but the band's wild live act drove its popularity. Slipknot exploded onto the national metal scene in 1999 with its eponymous double-platinum debut album on Roadrunner Records. Sonically aggressive and visually striking, with its members sporting nightmare-like masks, the group from Des Moines, IA, was headlining festivals by the turn of the century. Slipknot peaked at No.
The family will hold a private funeral service.
"To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music. The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time." "Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow," the family's statement reads.

Patricia Heaton To Headline & EP Comedy With Script-To Series Commitment At Fox From Kapital Entertainment

It is being shepherded by Lohmann, Kapital's head of production. The Heaton comedy will be shot under a new cost-effective production model developed by Kapital that the company recently applied to its upcoming high-profile ABC limited series Women Of the Movement, which was filmed in Memphis, TN and in Mississippi. The model also fits into Fox Entertainment's efforts to produce series, especially live-action comedies, more efficiently.
I want to help support and grow the entertainment production business there and shooting a TV series in Nashville would provide hundreds of jobs for local cast and crew.” “I’m looking forward to working with Fox on this series," Heaton said. It’s a wonderful city with an incredible quality of life, along with a vibrant culture and so much creative energy. "I have gotten to know and love Nashville over the years while visiting my son and my sister there.
The plan is for the city of Nashville to serve as the series' backlot with some location shoots outside of the studio giving the show a hybrid multi-/single-camera feel in the vein of How I Met Your Mother.
“We firmly believe in the promise of broadcast comedy and can attain success in the space with new and innovative models that give series more leg room to grow. With Patricia at its core, together with Kapital and Nashville’s efficient infrastructure, this project represents the next step in evolving our live-action comedy strategy and further building Fox’s portfolio of IP.” “Patricia is an incredible talent who is comedy royalty; and the opportunity to partner with her on this project was too good to pass up,” said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment of Fox Entertainment, which will fully own the series.
She is best known for her nine-season runs as a star of CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond, which earned her two Primetime Emmy Awards, and ABC's The Middle. Heaton won a Daytime Emmy Award for her unscripted series Patricia Heaton Parties. Heaton has worked steadily on TV for the past 25 years. She is repped by UTA, Vault Entertainment and Skrzyniarz & Mallean.” />
The series will fall under the script-to-series model that Fox has been increasingly employing over the past year as part of the network's reassessment of the development process last summer. At the network, Kapital has two upcoming series: live-action comedy Pivoting and animated Housebroken. That has led to a diversified approach involving a mix of traditional pilots, lower-cost presentations, script-to-series projects that could include writers rooms, as well as straight-to-series orders. It marks Kapital's second straight-to-series commitment at Fox, joining an hourlong anthology series from 1980s music star Huey Lewis and Hart of Dixie creator Leila Gerstein.
Heaton and David Hunt will executive produce under their FourBoys Entertainment banner along with Adam Griffin as well as Kaplan and Michael Lohmann for Kapital Entertainment. Jessie Abbott is the executive in charge for Kapital.
Search is underway for a writer to pen the comedy, which will be set in Nashville and, if picked up to series, would be entirely produced in Music City where both Heaton and Kapital have strong ties. Heaton currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Nashville, while Kapital operates stages in the city where it shot its Kevin Williamson CBS All Access series Tell Me a Story.
The project reunites Heaton and Kaplan who worked together on the CBS comedy series Carol’s Second Act. Heaton is set to star in and executive produce the untitled project, which is produced by Fox Entertainment and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment. EXCLUSIVE: Emmy winner Patricia Heaton is eying a return to television with a multi-camera comedy that has received a script-to-series commitment at Fox.

Producers Guild Awards Sets In-Person Ceremony For Late February: See The 2021-22 Timeline

Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Motion Pictures: Wednesday, January 26 (2 p.m.)
Television Programs (Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): Wednesday, January 12 (2 p.m.)
Final Polls Open
The Producers Guild of America has finalized its 2021-22 awards-season plans, and there's nothing virtual about it.
This season, the PGA is bringing back its prestigious honors that include the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Visionary Award and Milestone Award, and the third annual PGA Innovation Award will be presented to the production of a noteworthy, impactful new-media program.
Screener Submission Deadline
Nominees Announced
Television Programs (Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): Thursday, January 13
Nomination Polls Open
Television Programs (Series/Specials; Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures): Thursday, January 27
The group has set its 33rd annual Producers Guild Awards for Saturday, February 26, at the Fairmont Century Plaza, and its film and marquee television nominations will be revealed on Thursday, January 27.
Final Polls Close
Nomination Polls Close
Here are the key dates for the 33rd annual Producers Guild Awards season (all times Pacific:
Television Programs (Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): Thursday, January 13
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Documentary Motion Pictures: Wednesday, September 22
The guild also unveiled a new logo for its yearly trophy show — see it above.
Television Programs (Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): Wednesday, January 5
Theatrical Motion Pictures, Animated Motion Pictures, Documentary Motion Pictures: March 1 – December 31
Television Programs (Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): Thursday, January 27 (2 p.m.)
Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Motion Pictures: Wednesday, January 12
The PGAs film documentary nominees will be announced on December, and the TV nominees for sports, children's and shortform program will be unveiled January 13.
Notice of Producing Credits Form Deadline
Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Motion Pictures: Wednesday, October 13
Documentary Motion Pictures ONLY: Wednesday, September 22
Television Programs (Series/Specials; Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures): Thursday, February 10 (2 p.m.)
Theatrical Motion Pictures, Animated Motion Pictures, Documentary Motion Pictures: Thursday, February 10 (2 p.m.)
Theatrical Motion Pictures, Animated Motion Pictures, Documentary Motion Pictures: Thursday, January 27
Television Programs (Series/Specials; Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures): Thursday, January 27
Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Motion Pictures: Thursday, January 27
Eligibility Period for 2022 Producers Guild Awards
Television Programs (Series/Specials; Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures): Wednesday, January 26 (2 p.m.)
Last year, the producing teams behind Nomadland, Soul, My Octopus Teacher, The Crown, Schitt’s Creek, The Queen’s Gambit, The Last Dance, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Hamilton were among those honored in the motion pictures and television categories. The Producers Guild Awards recognize the producers who have created an undeniable impact on the producing profession.
Week of February 20
Documentary Motion Pictures: Friday, December 10
Television Programs (Series/Specials; Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures): Wednesday, January 12
Television Programs (Television Series/Specials; Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures; Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): Wednesday, September 29
Television Programs (Television Series/Specials; Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures; Sports, Children’s and Short Form Programs): January 1 – December 31
PGA East and West Coast Celebrations of 2022 Producers Guild Awards Nominees and Producing Teams 

Venice Film Festival Chief Alberto Barbera On Hollywood’s Lido Return, Oscar Prospects & New Covid Protocols

Swab testing (ie not the saliva sample that Cannes ran with) will be available for free in several spots, Barbera said.
However, with proof of a need to enter Italy for work purposes, self-isolation will not be necessary as long as the stay is for no more than five days. The situation for visitors from the UK remains somewhat fluid with a five-day quarantine period the current requirement. Barbera said the situation could evolve in the coming weeks and that festgoers will be kept informed of any changes.” />
Rather than temperature checks that were ubiquitous in 2020, Venice 78 will require a so-called “Green Pass” which displays proof of vaccination, or a negative test result within 48 hours, for access to screenings.
What has materialized is an official selection that includes the world premieres of Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog, Edgar Wright’s Last Night In Soho, Paul Schrader’s The Card Counter, Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand Of God and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feature directing debut The Lost Daughter, as well as the previously announced Dune from Denis Villeneuve, David Gordon Green's Halloween Kills and Pedro Almodovar's Parallel Mothers.
My main regret is Guillermo del Toro (with Nightmare Alley). “Like every year, there is something you can’t get because it’s not ready in time or it’s postponed. Were there any films Barbera didn’t nab that he’d have liked to have in the lineup? He really wanted to be on time for Venice” where Shape Of Water debuted in 2017.
When I asked Barbera if he had another Best Picture in the mix this year, he laughed and said, “It’s difficult to predict,” before adding, “I think we’ll see someone go from the red carpet in Venice to the Oscar red carpet next March.”
The org is maintaining reserved seating which was implemented last year and proved highly efficient. Another hope, however, had been that Covid protocols could be somewhat relaxed, but that’s not going to be possible. Italy still has a 50% capacity cap on its cinemas and Venice will again respect socially-distanced seating. The opening night dinner will not take place for the second year in a row.
Venice last year was the first international gathering for the industry since the beginning of the pandemic, and it set a high bar for how to organize a festival during a global health crisis. Over the past decade, Venice has hosted the launches of such awards magnets as Joker, A Star Is Born, Marriage Story, The Shape Of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, The Favourite, Roma, La La Land, Arrival, Spotlight, Birdman and Gravity among others. It also introduced the world to Chloe Zhao’s eventual Best Picture Oscar winner, Nomadland. That’s not to say 2020 was lacking in quality or excitement.
Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera was feeling upbeat when we caught up with him this evening following today's reveal of a tantalizing lineup for the 78th edition. He also expects many more people than last year and “a lot of guests and talent from the U.S.” Notably, after largely sitting out last year, the studios are back with titles from Universal, Warner Bros and Disney (via 20th Century) as is Netflix, and Barbera said they were all enthusiastic about returning to the Lido.
Instead, once registered, it will be recognized the next time a festgoer’s badge is scanned. This will elimiate holding up lines as people fumble with their phones or pieces of paper to show the necessary QR code each time. In a welcome sign of efficiency, festival guests will have their Green Pass (essentially the equivalent of the EU Digital Covid Certificate or a similar version issued by non-EU countries) registered the first time it is used to access one of the cinemas. Likewise, negative tests will be registered in the overall system.

STX Acquires Global Rights To Explorer Max Calderan Documentary ‘Into The Lost Desert’

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EXCLUSIVE:  STXfilms has taken worldwide rights to Empty Quarter Studios' feature-length documentary Into the Lost Desert which follow extreme desert explorer Max Calderan as he pursues his lifelong dream to cross the Rub’ al Khali, the last uncharted desert on earth. Into the Lost Desert is executive produced by Billy Sprague and directed by Christopher Cassel.
I wanted to tell Max's story and document his last, greatest challenge – to cross the largest sand desert in the world. Adds the EP, “I met Max Calderan in 2016 and was immediately taken by his charisma, passion, and mission to accomplish his lifelong dream. I'm very proud of our film crew, who captured this daring adventure and amazing story in one of the world's most remote, harsh, and deadly deserts.”
The crew included Michael Haertlein as DP, Marcelino Belizario on aerial cinematography, Adriano Bravo as sound recordist, and Benjamin Frank as assistant camera. The difficult trek required many key players to support Calderan, including Ian Huggins, the expedition support team leader; Michael Galvin, Will Kelly, and Adam Koster as Max's support team; and Wayne Conner and Angus Duthie on security.
Until now, only one expedition has been beyond his grasp: the Rub’ al Khali, the massive desert in the Arabian peninsula; its 700-mile west-to-east span has never been crossed in recorded history. Calderan braves extreme heat (averaging 117 degrees Fahrenheit), shifting sand dunes towering up to 1000 feet, poisonous snakes, spiders, scorpions, and any number of life-threatening challenges in the non-fiction feature. Calderan, 50, has survived some of the most extreme and difficult terrain on Earth, pushing his body to its limits to endure the most inhospitable environments anywhere.
Perhaps Max will do for extreme desert exploring what Alex Honnold did for rock climbing in Free Solo." "Into the Lost Desert is about staring down your greatest challenges, no matter how enormous the obstacles, and pursuing your greatest dreams and ambitions, no matter how big or humble," said STXfilms Motion Picture Group Chairman Adam Fogelson. "With Kid90, STX recently had good success in the doc space and are privileged to share this new documentary about Max Calderan and his epic trek with audiences.
And it's a story about one of the least traveled, most inhospitable places on earth.” Says Sprague: “This is an incredible and inspiring story about a man pursuing his lifelong dream. It's a story about perseverance and passion.

Amanda Barclay Joins Netflix As Director Of Original Series, Comedy

She set up development at Hulu, FX, Freeform, and ABC and covered ABC pilots Adopted, Black Don't Crack as well as Home Economics which went to series and has been renewed for a second season. Barclay joined ABC Signature as Executive Director, Comedy Development in 2020.
Prior to ABCS, Barclay was a current/development exec at YouTube Premium. She shepherded such series such as Wayne, Champaign ILL, and Dallas and Robo in addition to covering Seasons 2 and 3 of Cobra Kai.
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Barclay is the second ABC Signature executive to move to Netflix this month, joining ABC Studios/ABC Signature veteran Lisa Lang McMullen who joined the streamer's Drama Development team as Director. Pakosta, who joined Netflix at the end of 2020, is starting to put her stamp on the streamer's comedy department with Barclay among her first major hires.
Prinz worked on several multi-camera comedy series, Family Reunion, which is returning for the second part of its second season next month, as well as Kevin James' comedy The Crew, the Katherine McPhee-Eddie Cibrian starrer Country Comfort and Dad Stop Embarrassing Me starring Jamie Foxx, all of which were canceled after one season. He moved to comedy after a stint as Senior Manager, Kids and Family at Netflix.
He started his career working in independent casting followed by the casting department at NBC. Prior to Netflix, Prinz spent 10 years developing YA-focused comedy and drama series in his roles as VP of Scripted Development at MTV and Executive Director of Development at ABC Family.
She replaces Robert Prinz, Director of Original Series, Comedy, who is leaving the company. ABC Signature Executive Director, Comedy Development Amanda Barclay is leaving the Disney TV studio to join Netflix as Director in the streamer's Original Series, Comedy team led by Tracey Pakosta.

‘The Premise’: Ben Platt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Daniel Dae Kim & More Join B.J. Novak FX Comedy Anthology Series

Previously announced cast members are Lucas Hedges, Kaitlyn Dever, Jon Bernthal, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ed Asner, George Wallace, Boyd Holbrook and Beau Bridges. Set to debut on FX on Hulu with two episodes on Thursday, September 16, The Premise is a new series that uses comedy to engage with the biggest issues of our unprecedented modern era. The series combines comedic premises with dramatic performances, creating a new tone for a new time.
Novak. Directed by Jake Schreier.” /> Written by B.J. “Butt Plug” – A once-poor child of immigrants (Daniel Dae Kim) who has now become one of the world’s richest men presents a chance at redemption to his former school bully (Eric Lange): an uninterrupted hour with his board of directors to pitch a very specific product. Also starring Bryan Batt.
Novak and Josie Duffy Rice. Also starring Melissa Saint-Amand. Directed by Kitao Sakurai. Written by B.J. “Social Justice Sex Tape” – When a white, woke, twentysomething ally to social justice causes (Ben Platt) discovers video evidence of a disputed police incident in the background of his highly embarrassing sex tape, a savvy young lawyer (Ayo Edebiri) and her mentor (Tracee Ellis Ross) strategize on how to best use the tape and witness to save an innocent man (Jermaine Fowler) from prison.
Novak's previously untitled comedy anthology series for FX now has a title and fresh lineup of stars set to appear. Created, written and hosted by Novak, The Premise adds Ben Platt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Daniel Dae Kim, Lola Kirke, Soko, Jermaine Fowler, Ayo Edebiri, Eric Lange to its cast. B.J.
Novak. “Moment of Silence” – After losing his daughter to gun violence, a grieving father (Jon Bernthal) pursues a new job as a PR director at the National Gun Lobby, where he’s befriended by a co-worker (Boyd Holbrook) who starts to suspect that the man’s motives may be far more dangerous than they seem. Written and directed by B.J. Also starring Beau Bridges and Amy Landecker.
“The Commenter” – A young woman (Lola Kirke) with a happy life and loving partner (Soko) becomes obsessed with a critical anonymous comment online, eventually upending her life in a quest for the commenter’s approval. Written by Jia Tolentino and B.J. Novak. Directed by Darya Zhuk. Also starring Sylvia Grace Crim and Benjamin Clement.
Summer Premiere Dates For New & Returning TV Series On Broadcast, Cable & Streaming
In addition to unveiling the series' title and the latest cast members, FX revealed details for the first five-episode installment of The Premise and first-look images. Read the episode descriptions and see the images below.
The series is produced by FX Productions. Executive producers for The Premise are Novak and John Lesher.
Also starring Ed Asner, Brendan Scanell and Grace Song. The promise inspires the disillusioned Abbi (Kaitlyn Dever), along with the rest of the student body, while the star’s manager (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) and the school’s principal (George Wallace) desperately try to walk back the promise. Novak. “The Ballad of Jesse Wheeler” – A pop megastar (Lucas Hedges) returns to his high school to pledge a donation to build a new library but instead promises to have sex with the school’s valedictorian as an academic achievement prize. Written and directed by B.J.