IDA Documentary Awards: ‘Leaving Neverland’, ‘American Factory’, ‘Apollo 11’ & ‘For Sama’ Among Contenders

The nominees for the 2019 International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards have been unveiled, with several of this year’s most high-profile docs in the frame. Scroll down for full list of nominees. For the first time, this year’s ceremony will feature an award for best director, with the five fil... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 15:00:18

‘The Crown’ Producer Left Bank Developing TV Adaptation Of Archeological Thriller Novels ‘The Khalifa Mysteries’ With ‘The Watch’s Simon Allen

EXCLUSIVE: The Crown producer Left Bank is developing a TV adaptation of Paul Sussman’s archeological thriller novels The Khalifa Mysteries. The Sony-owned company is developing a small-screen adaptation of the books with Simon Allen, who is writing BBC America’s The Watch and has written on series ... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 12:15:37

TrustNordisk Boards Danish Feature ‘A Taste Of Hunger’ Starring ‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Scandi sales outfit TrustNordisk has picked up Christoffer Boe’s Danish feature A Taste Of Hunger, the romantic drama starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones) and Katrine Greis-Rosenthal (A Fortunate Man). The film, which is in pre-production, will follow a couple who sacrifice everything to... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 9:23:03

Louis Theroux Launches Mindhouse Productions, Develops BBC Shows Amid Netflix & Amazon Interest

EXCLUSIVE: Louis Theroux, the cult British documentary maker behind the 2015 film My Scientology Movie, has parted ways with BBC Studios to set up his own production company. Deadline can reveal that Theroux has established Mindhouse Productions alongside his executive producer Arron Fellows, ending... #netflix #amazon # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 9:06:21

‘The Nightingale’, ‘Lambs Of God’ Lead 2019 Australian Academy Awards Nominations

Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale tops the nominations pool for film at this year’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA). The thriller, which debuted at Venice last year where it won a special jury prize, picked up 15 nods including best film and best direction. Australian a... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 8:40:58

‘His Dark Materials’ & ‘Paddington’ Backer Anton Reveals Film & TV Plans: “We Want To Be The Co-Producer Of Reference In Europe”

EXCLUSIVE: After making its biggest investment to date – which we hear from sources was tens of millions of dollars – in BBC and HBO’s $100M+ super-drama His Dark Materials, European financier and co-producer Anton is getting closer to where it wants to be. “We have great mom... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 7:56:43

‘Defending The Guilty’: Big Talk’s BBC Legal Comedy Returns For Second Season

BBC Two has commissioned a second series of Big Talk Productions’ legal comedy Defending The Guilty. Will Sharpe (Giri/Haji, Flowers) will return as idealistic rookie barrister Will Packham, who is learning his trade from Humans star Katherine Parkinson’s Caroline, a cynical, worldly-wis... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 7:48:54

Ronan Farrow Teams With Pineapple Street Studios To Launch ‘The Catch And Kill Podcast’

Ronan Farrow is stepping into the podcast world with his newly released book “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators”. The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist is teaming with’s Pineapple Street Studios to produce The Catch and Kill P... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 5:00:59

Shaq Defends Free Speech, Says Daryl Morey Was “Right” About China

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is defending Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for his tweet voicing support for protesters in Hong Kong, which subsequently sparked controversy between the NBA and China. Appearing on TNT Tuesday night, Shaq said Morey was “right” to supp... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 4:19:13

Will Smith, Helen Mirren Urge Fans To Sleep Outdoors For One Night To Help Fight Homelessness

Will Smith and Helen Mirren are teaming up to fight homelessness. The two stars have joined “The World’s Big Sleep Out,” which aims to help one million homeless and displaced people across the globe by raising money and awareness. “Think for a minute about what home means to ... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 4:01:30

Stephen Colbert Tells Trump: We Finally Gotcha On ‘Quid Pro Woah’

The way Stephen Colbert sees things, today was a game changer in the House impeachment inquiry. The CBS Late Show host noted that Bill Taylor, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified on Capitol Hill and it was bad, very bad. “We just learned this afternoon, he’s just awful,” C... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 2:04:48

Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Bella Bella’ Is Classic Harvey Harvey: Off-Broadway Review

Is one hotel bathroom big enough for personalities as outsized as Harvey Fierstein and Bella Abzug? The playwright’s Bella Bella, opening tonight at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Off Broadway venue in the New York City Center, suggests a pretty tight fit. A public personality has reached ... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 2:00:25

‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’: First Day Pre-Sales 2nd Best For Atom Tickets

After going on sale last night during the halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkerhas turned out to be the second first day bestseller for mobile ticket retailer Atom Tickets, behind this year’s Avengers: Endgame. That movieliterally shut ... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 1:48:41

LAIKA Pulls Out All The Stops With Five Free L.A. Screenings

LAIKA will be pulling out all the stops this Sunday at The Landmark in Los Angeles with a day-long retrospective of the studio’s animated body of work. Admission is free for the event, which includes screenings of all five LAIKA feature films to date:Missing Link(2019), Kubo and the Two String... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 1:43:07

Al Burton, Television Producer With Decades Of Success, Dead At 91

Al Burton, the creator of Charles in Charge and Win Ben Stein’s Moneyand a key figure in the success of signature sitcom hits such as The Jeffersons, Diff’rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, Facts of Life and One Day at a Time, has died. He was 91. Burton died Tuesday at his San Mateo home, acc... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 1:37:46

Cardi B To Appear In ‘Fast & Furious 9’

After making her big-screen debut in the 100 million dollar grossing drama Hustlers, Cardi B has signed on for her next feature, one that’s sure to land in the high figures, Universal’s Fast & Furious 9. Deadline has confirmed that the multi-platinum selling rapper has landed a small... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 1:29:57

NBC Opens Submissions For ‘Female Forward’ And ‘Emerging Director’ Programs

NBC has officially opened submissions for its 2020-21 classes of its scripted directing “Female Forward” program as well as their “Emerging Director Program”. The pipeline programs are NBC’s continuing effort to increase diverse representation in episodic directing. Fem... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 0:33:13

Johnny Depp Ordered To Release Booze & Drug Use Records In $50M Defamation Case Against Amber Heard; ‘Pirates’ Star’s Lawyer Blasts “Abuse Hoax”

If the multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit that Johnny Depp launched against Amber Heard in the spring hasn’t gotten messy enoughalready, a new ruling could expose a lot of dirty laundry for the Crimes of Grindelwald star and his ex-wife. Late last week, a Virginia judge agreed with Depp’s ... # #

Deadline | 23.10.2019 0:26:38

Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf Star In ‘Pieces Of A Woman’; Alyssa Milano Toplines ‘Gift of an Angel’ Bruce Dern, Ronnie Blevins In ‘Death in Texas’

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw) and Shia LaBeouf (The Peanut Butter Falcon, Honey Boy, Transformers)have been tapped to star in Pieces Of A Woman, an indie drama from Sam Levinson’s Little Lamb Productions, a division of BRON Studios. Kornél Mundruczó w... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 23:47:39

VH1 Greenlights ‘RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race’ Event Series

Just when you thoughtRuPaul’s Drag Racecouldn’t serve more fierce and fabulousness, VH1 Ru-veals the news that it is expanding the Emmy-winning franchise with RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race. The new event series has been greenlighted for 2020. The four-episode series will feature 12 ... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 23:15:09

‘Evil’ Renewed For Season 2 By CBS; ‘All Rise’, ‘Carol’s Second Act’, ‘The Unicorn’ & ‘Bob ¦ Abishola’ Get Back Orders

CBS has ordered additional episodes of all five of its freshman series. Drama Evil, which was designed to produce 13-episode seasons, has been renewed for a second season to premiere in 2020-2021. New drama All Rise and comedies Carol’s Second Act, The Unicorn and Bob ¦ Abishola all have recei... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 23:00:04

Endeavor Audio Upfront: Podcasts With Parker Posey, WWE’s Corey Graves, Producers Dick Wolf & Adam Levine, More

Endeavor Audio held its inaugural upfront tonight at the Neuehouse in New York to discuss its upcoming podcast slate. Among the projects are a fictional series produced by Dick Wolf, a docuseries from Adam Levine’s 222 Productions and a WWE-produced podcast with Corey Graves. Among the project... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 22:39:44

BET Networks Ups Connie Orlando To EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy

Connie Orlando, who has led BET Networks’ original programming strategy for the past three years, has been promoted to EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. In her new role she will be responsible for the development of an overarching BET Networks music strategy across linear a... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 22:38:16

Jussie Smollett Fails To Get City Of Chicago’s Lawsuit Against Him Dismissed – Update

UPDATED, 3:37 PM: A federal judge has tossed out Jussie Smollett’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against him by the city of Chicago tied to overtime for police working on his alleged hoax assault case. The city is seeking $130,000 from the ex-Empirestar. U.S. District Judge Virginia Kend... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 22:37:23

Fox Nabs Drama ‘Chain Of Command’ From Jamie Lee Curtis, ‘Valor’ Writer & Berlanti Prods As Put Pilot

Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Chain of Command, a one-hour drama from writer April Fitzsimmons (Doom Patrol, Valor), Jamie Lee Curtis, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros TV where Berlanti Prods is under a deal. Written by Fitzsimmons from a story by Fitzsimmons and Curtis, Chain of Comma... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 22:30:48

Bob Bakish On Viacom & CBS Stock Slide: “People Have To Take A Beat” – Vanity Fair Summit

In the wake of CBS and Viacom announcing their merger, both companies’ shares have dropped roughly 20%. At today’s Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills, Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish was asked what exactly was up. When the deal was announced, the combined entity wa... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 22:28:33

Elizabeth Grave & Tamara Woolfork Join Sony’s Stage 6 Films In Exec Roles

EXCLUSIVE: Sony’s label Stage 6 Films has hired Elizabeth Grave and Tamara Woolfork as SVP of Production and Development and SVP of Business Affairs respectively, under the studio’s Worldwide Acquisitions division. The announcement today was made by Stage 6 co-heads Michael Helfand and J... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 22:18:31

How To Watch The World Series Online & On TV

The first pitch of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals is tonight at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on Fox, which is airing the best-of-7 Major League Baseball championship series for a 20th consecutive year. This year, the World Series will also stream live via the Fox Sports... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 22:05:03

NBC Buys eSports Comedy ‘The Squad’ From Anthony Del Broccolo & Johnny Galecki

NBC has put in development The Squad, a half-hour multi-camera eSports comedy from former The Big Bang Theory writer-producer Anthony Del Broccolo, Johnny Galecki’s Alcide Bava Productions and Warner Bros. TV, where Alcide Bava is based. Written by Del Broccolo, The Squad centers on a new grou... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 22:00:43

Facebook Shares Fall As Most States Join Antitrust Probe; Mark Zuckerberg Goes On The Stump

New York Attorney General Letitia James said 46 other attorneys general have joined her antitrust investigation into Facebook, adding more legal firepower to a potential lawsuit. The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice have already opened antitrust investigations. At a Wall Street... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 21:29:45

Randall Einhorn Re-Ups Overall Deal With ABC Studios; Sells Comedy Projects To NBC & ABC

EXCLUSIVE: Prolific director-producer Randall Einhorn is remaining at ABC Studios, signing a new overall deal with the studio for an additional two years. Einhorn will continue to develop scripted series via his newly relaunched Sad Unicorn production banner (fka Randall Einhorn Films), spearheaded ... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 21:28:07

Snap Inc. Beats Q3 Estimates As Snapchat Discover Comes Into Its Own

Snapchat parent Snap Inc. has continued to gain momentum after stumbling badly in 2018, posting third-quarter results that exceeded Wall Street estimates for revenue and new subscribers. Total revenue of $446 million in the period rose 50% from the same quarter a year ago and beat analysts’ co... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 20:29:48

‘The Craft’: Netflix ‘Godless’ Star Julian Grey Joins Sony-Blumhouse Revamp

EXCLUSIVE: Julian Grey has boarded Sony/Blumhouse/Red Wagon’s reboot of 1990s femme witchcraft pic The Craftwhich Zoe Lister-Jones is writing, directing and exec producing. A native Angelino, Grey recentlywrapped his first feature film playing the fearless son of Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-D... #netflix # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 20:26:22

Ben Young Set To Write, Direct StudioCanal/Blumhouse Remake Of Curtis Hanson’s 1987 Thriller ‘The Bedroom Window’

EXCLUSIVE: Studiocanal and Blumhouse are teaming on a remake of The Bedroom Window, hiring Ben Young to write and direct a new version of the 1987 thriller that starred Steve Guttenberg and Elizabeth McGovern and launched the star of Curtis Hanson, the late writer/director who went on to helm hits i... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 20:18:53

NBC Buys ‘Mavenhood’ Social Media Drama From ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Co-EP & Elizabeth Banks With Penalty

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, NBC has given a script commitment with penalty to Mavenhood, a workplace drama from NCIS: Los Angeles co-executive producer Jordana Lewis Jaffe, Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions, and Warner Bros. TV. where Brownstone is under an ... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 20:09:04

Roku Acquires Ad Tech Firm Dataxu For $150M In Cash And Stock

Roku, which has evolved beyond streaming boxes and dongles to become a force in streaming advertising, has acquired ad-tech firm Dataxu for $150 million in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter. Roku executives will detail their plans for integrating Dataxu’s ... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 20:04:46

Michael Mann To Direct Ansel Elgort & Ken Watanabe In Pilot Episode Of HBO Max Series ‘Tokyo Vice’

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Mann has been set by HBO Max to direct the pilot episode of Tokyo Vice, the drama series that stars Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe. Mann will potentially direct more episodes of the series in its freshman season, and he becomes executive producer alongside J.T. Rogers, John Lesher,... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 20:03:35

‘Queen & Slim’s Lena Waithe And Melina Matsoukas Deliver Authentic Black Narrative Where Characters Are “Victors Not Victims” – Vanity Fair Summit

Universal’s Queen & Slimdoesn’t open in theaters until the week of Thanksgiving (November 27), but the film written by Lena Waithe and directed by Melina Matsoukas is already causing a buzz as part of a new wave, serving a Black narrative that is challenging the cinematic status quo.... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 19:58:50

Quibi Sells Out $150M In Launch-Year Advertising Inventory

Quibi, the short-form mobile streaming service launching next April, said it has sold out its $150 million in advertising inventory for its first year. Advertisers getting in on the ground floor include Discover, General Mills, T-Mobile and Taco Bell, along with previously announced buyers Procter &... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 19:44:56

Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen Join Texas Football Tale ’12 Mighty Orphans’

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen have joined 12 Mighty Orphans, the drama that stars Luke Wilson as legendary Texas football coach Rusty Russell. Ty Roberts is directing from a script he wrote with Lane Garrison from the acclaimed book by Jim Dent. At an orphanage perched atop a hill overlo... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 19:38:31

Lori Loughlin Facing Another 10 Years Behind Bars In New College Bribery Scheme Charges; Looking At 50 Years Total, So Far

Felicity Huffman is halfway through her prison sentence for her role in the nationwide college bribery scheme, but Lori Loughlin could be looking at a lot longer stretch if found guilty for getting her daughters into USC under false pretenses. Having plead not guilty this spring to various federal c... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 19:34:05

Hasan Minhaj Talks ‘Patriot Act’, Imperfect Progressives And Importance Of Easy News Access – Vanity Fair Summit

During the Vanity Fair Summit,Patriot Actcreator and host Hasan Minhaj andSunnysidestar and host Kal Penn stepped on to the stage for conversation dubbed “The Standup Citizen”. “We’re part of the Brown Illuminati,” Minhaj announced. Penn added, “Yes, Priyanka and ... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 19:20:52

Anthony Scaramucci Says Trump “Will Be Out Of Office Before The Next Election Day” – Vanity Fair Summit

Former ten-day White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci did not mince words at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit during a conversation with Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman titled “The Impeachment Will Be Televised”. Scaramucci was very direct with his thoughts... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 19:11:47

‘Trinkets’: Austin Crute, Nik Dodani, Andrew Jacobs, Chloë Levine Join Second & Final Season Of Netflix Series

Austin Crute (Daybreak, Booksmart), Nik Dodani (Atypical), Andrew Jacobs (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and Chloë Levine (The OA) are set for recurring roles in the second and final season of Netflix’s YA series Trinkets, produced by AwesomenessTV. Shooting on season 2 is underway in P... #netflix # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 19:00:08

James Schmerer Dies: ‘MacGyver’, ‘CHiPs’ Writer Was 81

Veteran television writer James Schmerer, whose credits encompass some of the most popular series of the 1970s and ’80s including MacGyver, CHiPs, Vega$, Fantasy Island and Starsky & Hutch, died Oct. 4 at his home inEugene, Oregon, following a stroke. He was 81. Schmerer’s death was ... # #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 18:44:58

Jon Favreau Responds To Scorsese And Coppola’s Marvel Remarks: “They Can Express Whatever Opinion They Like”

The great comic book movie debate of 2019 continues as Jon Favreau, the director of the very first Marvel Cinematic Universe movieIron Man, chimed in on the recent remarks about Marvel movies made by directors Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. In a CNBC interview, Favreau was fairly even-han... # #marvel #

Deadline | 22.10.2019 18:30:47