Quibi has been the talk of the mountain town after the Dreamworks flew in for the Canadian leg of his roadshow. Feig and Sud both revealed that they were working with Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form digital service in separate panel sessions at the Banff World Media Festival.
He added that it was “exciting” that “short form was getting another crack”. "I've talked to Jeffrey and we have a couple projects we're in stages of development on," Feig said.
Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig and The Killing and Seven Seconds creator Veena Sud are the latest high-profile talents to be added to the Quibi development slate.
She added that one of the most exciting elements of Quibi was the fact that the rights eventually revert back to the creators and producers of the show after a certain period of time, something that she called “unheard of”.” />
Sud, who showran Netflix limited series Seven Seconds and also recently wrote and directed horror feature The Lie, said, “What I’m interesting now, creatively, is playing with form. Instead of doing 13 or 26, I loved what Jeffrey Katzenberg talked about and I’m actually doing a Quibi project for him. I’m curious about trying something that’s basically a haiku.”
They join Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh, who over the past few days have been unveiled as the latest auteurs to partner with the service. Neither of them revealed details of their projects.
While there is currently much uncertainty in the halls of Fox as the staff prepares to integrate under the Disney umbrella and embrace a streaming future, Cercek’s move to New Line has been percolating for some time. Given her impressive track record for developing comedies, and New Line’s prodigious output of them, she seems a glove fit for the new post.
Cercek graduated from Brown and began as a literary assistant at William Morris in New York, before shifting to the motion-picture-lit department at CAA in Los Angeles.” /> Before Cercek joined Fox as a creative executive in 2010, she worked as a junior exec for producer Scott Stuber, and before that worked for Paula Wagner while she was CEO at United Artists.
She’ll jump right in and work on the development and production of original scripts, literary adaptations, existing IP, and franchises for New Line.
“To this day, I’ve never heard so many people speak so highly of someone. “Daria has built a reputation as one of the most well-regarded executives in the industry,” Brener said. She will be a tremendous asset to New Line and we’re so excited to welcome her to the team.” In addition to her quality relationships with the creative community, Daria brings a breadth of experience and an impressive track record.
Cercek starts her new job October 29 and she will report to Brener. EXCLUSIVE: Longtime Twentieth Century Fox feature film executive Daria Cercek is exiting to join New Line Cinema. The hire was confirmed by New Line president/Chief Creative Officer Richard Brener. Cercek, who held the title of senior veep at Fox, will become Executive Vice President, Production at New Line.
Among the films Cercek shepherded at Fox are the last three films in the X-Men franchise, but her comedy resume is particularly impressive and includes Spy, The Heat, The Other Woman, Snatched, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. The Heat was the first script she brought in while a junior exec at Fox, and it led to Fox making an overall deal with director Paul Feig for R-rated comedies.
Facebook faced renewed questions about its handling of noted conspiracy site Infowars, and its decision to place Fox News alongside other news organizations at a time when the social media site has launched an initiative to combat misinformation.
"We send a pop up, 'Hey you're about to share something that a lot of people think is inaccurate,'" Simo said. "That decreases distribution by 80%."
The trigger was FNC host Laura Ingraham called child detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border “summer camps.”
Another questioner asked Facebook why it features Fox News alongside other news organizations on its Watch platform. A chorus of Hollywood critics — including Paul Feig (20th Century Fox’s Spy, The Heat), Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane, director Judd Apatowand Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan — recently spoke out against the cable news network’s coverage of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, specifically the separation of migrant families at the border.
But questions took a topical, confrontational turn.
"We try to make it so that it doesn't get much distribution." "What we’re trying to do is make it so that, if you are saying something that is untrue, you're allowed to say it, as long as you an authentic person," Simo said.
Facebook Product Vice President Fidji Simo echoed CEO Mark Zuckerberg's careful language about the site's handling of Infowars, saying the social media site attempts to find the balance between free expression and safety of its 2 billion users.
Amid shouts of answer the question, Simo raised it as a question of fairness.
Facebook was asked once again to talk about its treatment of Infowars, which peddles in conspiracy theories including calling the Sandy Hook massacre a hoax and the 9/11 terrorist attacks an "inside job." Host Alex Jones' most recently went the attack against special counsel Robert Mueller, accusing him of being a pedophile in one recent show, claiming, "They'd let Mueller rape kids in front of people, which he did."
"We are really trying to show a range of programming that shows a range of the political spectrum," Simo said.
Fidji and I are not in the news." "I think we have limited time," responded Ricky Van Veen, head of global creative strategies, as he attempted to deflect the question.
Simo said that if a piece of content is flagged by fact-checkers as untrue, Facebook's algorithms limit distribution so the misinformation doesn't spread. Facebook also flags erroneous information as users attempt to share it with friends.
The company attempted to focus its inaugural TCA presentation on its programming strategy for Facebook Watch, the video platform it launched just over a year ago.
And no, Simo said, there have been no celebrity defections from Facebook Watch in protest over Fox News.” />