Wattpad Inks Deal With Asia-Based Video Service Viu

Wattpad is collaborating with Viu, a leading pan-regional OTT video service from PCCW Media Group to develop Viu Original series and film projects based on Wattpad stories. Viu is known for premium Asian content and will work with Wattpad to develop youth-oriented shows across its markets. The compa... #

Deadline | 21.8.2019 4:01:40

Demi Lovato Joins Cast of Will Ferrell’s Netflix Comedy ‘Eurovision’

Demi Lovato is teaming up with Will Ferrell for a bit of music and comedy. The singer and actress has joined the cast of Ferrell’s Netflix comedy film Eurovision, inspired by the real-life global singing competition, the streamer announced Tuesday. Lovato will play Katiana, one of the best and... #netflix #

Deadline | 21.8.2019 4:00:20

Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’

UPDATED at 8:55p.m. PT with Sony response: Sony Pictures spent much of yesterday trying to spin Deadline about the prospective loss of Kevin Feige from future Spider-Man films. First the studio downplayed the idea he might be leaving; then insiders pinned his exit on added responsibilities from the ... # #marvel #disney #spider-man

Deadline | 21.8.2019 3:55:08

‘Pose’ Season 2 Finale: Time Jump Brings Surprises, Tears, Lessons In Womanhood and Most Epic Ball Yet

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details of the season two finale of Pose. Not even five minutes into the season two finale ofPoseand the emotions start stirring as it is evident there has been a time jump from last week’s episode of fun in the sun. Now in 1991, we see Blanca (Mj Rodriguez... #

Deadline | 21.8.2019 3:30:34

‘Animal Kingdom’ Season 4 Finale: Ellen Barkin Is Gone, But Here Comes…

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major plot details about the Season 4 finale of Animal Kingdom. The creative team of TNT’sAnimal Kingdom was ready to shuffle the deck in a big way as the show’s fourth season drew to a close and so, in last week’s penultimate episode, the Cod... #

Deadline | 21.8.2019 2:26:04

ICM Partners Claims “Victory” In WGA Legal Battle, Urges Guild To Return To Table; WGA President Says “The Ball Is In Their Court” – Update

UPDATED with David Goodman response: ICM Partners has accused the WGA of dropping the lawsuit it had filed in state court against the Big 4 talent agencies because “WGA leadership knew their lawsuit against the agencies was about to be found baseless and be dismissed.” The agency on Tuesday claimed ... #

Deadline | 21.8.2019 1:12:08

Frances McDormand’s Oscar Theft Case Dropped Suddenly By Los Angeles D.A.

File this under … just plain old weird. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office can’t or won’t say why, but the criminal case against the man who allegedly stole Frances McDormand’s Best Actress Oscar in 2018 is over, at least for now. Terry Bryant was up against a felony grand... #

Deadline | 21.8.2019 0:56:29

Netflix Lets Go Of Kids & Family Executives

EXCLUSIVE There have been a handful of exits of Netflix executives from different areas related to kids and family programming, I have learned. I hear the layoffs took place over the past two to three weeks. Five people were impacted. The list includes Jenna Boyd, Director, Kids & Family Origina... #netflix #

Deadline | 21.8.2019 0:46:40

Harvey Weinstein Wants Rape Trial Moved Out Of NYC; Desires Venue “Free Of Intimidation” & Media Spotlight

A recent addition to Harvey Weinstein’s rape indictment by the Manhattan D.A. could see the disgraced producer’s trial pushed back, and now Weinstein wants the whole thing moved out of Gotham. “It is safe to say that New York City is the least likely place on earth where Mr. Weinstein could re... #

Deadline | 21.8.2019 0:13:52

Ken Loach’s ‘Sorry We Missed You’ Headed For U.S. Via Zeitgeist Films & Kino Lorber; ‘Radioflash’ Lands At IFC Midnight – Film Briefs

Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber on Tuesday said they have co-acquired U.S. rights to Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, which had its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The news comes as the pic readies for a screening at the Toronto Film Festival next month. The plan is for Zei... #

Deadline | 21.8.2019 0:12:12

Rebel Wilson To Host ‘LOL: Last One Laughing’ Australian Series For Amazon

Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, The Hustle, Isn’t It Romantic) has signed on to host and executive produce the first Australian Amazon Original series, LOL: Last One Laughing. The comedy-variety series, produced with Endemol Shine Australia, will feature a cast of 10 Australian comedic actors and stand... #amazon #

Deadline | 21.8.2019 0:07:03

Mike Gillespie’s Brave Artists Management Adds Eric Kind & Eric Skinner As Partners, Trio As Managers

Mike Gillespie has been staffing up his Brave Artists Management, which he launched in January. Eric Kind, formerly of Kind Management, was brought in as Executive Partner in late April, while Eric Skinner has joined as Partner, reuniting with Gillespie. Additionally, BAM has added managers Tom Bixb... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 23:48:41

Playboy White House Correspondent And CNN Contributor Brian Karem Sues Over Press Pass Suspension – Update

3RD UPDATE with lawsuit filed: Playboy senior White House correspondent and CNN contributor Brian Karem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against President Donald Trump and White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham over the suspension of his White House “hard pass” credential last week. The fi... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 23:40:47

UK’s Channel 4 Unveils Latest Slate Including Muslim Punk Comedy, Putin Doc & Namibian Tribe Reality Series – Edinburgh

British broadcaster Channel 4has unveiled its latest programming slate including a Muslim punk comedy, a three-part doc series about Russian President Vladimir Putin and a reality series set within a Namibian tribe. The shows were announced by Channel 4 at the start of the Edinburgh International Te... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 23:01:33

YouTube Reportedly Talking With Regulators About Ending Kid Video Ad Targeting

YouTube, which has been under pressure for facilitating inappropriate content viewed by children, is in discussions with federal regulators to end its advertising targeting on videos that appeal to kids, Bloomberg reported. Several years ago, Google-owned YouTube launched a new arena that would oste... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 22:53:52

‘Titans’: Michael Mosley (‘Ozark’) Cast As Doctor Light On DC Universe Series

Michael Mosley (Ozark, Seven Seconds) is set to portray the nefarious Doctor Light in a recurring role for Season 2 of Titans, the flagship show of the DC Universe subscription streaming site. Mosley will portray the conveniently named Dr. Arthur Light, a physicist who manipulates light and its prop... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 22:29:52

‘The Bay’ Spinoff Series Starring The D’Ambrosio Twins In The Works

EXCLUSIVE: yA (working title), a spinoff of Amazon’s multiple Emmy-winning digital daytime drama series The Bay, is in development from original series creator Gregori J. Martin, former General Hospital showrunner Wendy Riche and producer LANY Entertainment. Principal photography is set to beg... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 22:11:58

YA Fantasy Novel ‘Bloodleaf’ Getting Television Treatment By Cavalry Media

EXCLUSIVE: Cavalry Media has acquired Bloodleaf, Crystal Smith’s recently published YA fantasy novel, to develop as a television series. Jennifer Bosari will oversee the project for Cavalry. A search is out for a writer. In Bloodleaf, Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir th... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 22:09:45

Rob Schneider Wins SAG-AFTRA National Board Seat In San Francisco; Victory For Opposition Membership First Slate

Funnyman Rob Schneider has been elected to the SAG-AFTRA national board representing San Francisco and northern California, defeating incumbent Katheryn Howell and three other challengers. Howell, however, was re-elected president of the local. Schneider’s election is a victory for Membership First,... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 22:03:00

Byron Allen: Today Is 400th Anniversary Of Slavery In America; Unfortunately, We Are Still Economic Slaves As Comcast & Trump’s DOJ Try To Dismantle Civil Rights Statute In Supreme Court- Guest Column

Editors Note: Byron Allen is founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios, one of the world’s largest privately held media companies. Allen, who is African American, contributed this to Deadline as his discrimination suit against Comcast, citing violations of the Civil Rights Act, heads ... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 21:42:00

How ‘Hostile Planet’ Composer Benjamin Wallfisch Channeled The Beauty & Horror Within Nature, Telling Animals’ Stories Through Music

For esteemed composer Benjamin Wallfisch, National Geographic’sHostile Planetwas “one of those opportunities which I wasn’t expecting to get.” Having never before worked on a docuseries, Wallfisch was captivated by the project—a brutally realistic nature series, which depicts animals strugglin... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 21:30:00

Tech Giants Could Face Antitrust Probes In “A Dozen” States, DOJ Official Says

Already under investigation and review by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, tech giants like Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet could soon face similar probes in more than a dozen states. Appearing Tuesday at the the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum (see full video abov... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 21:17:13

‘The Walking Dead’s Christian Serratos In Talks To Play Selena In Netflix Series

The Walking Dead actress Christian Serratos is in talks to play Selena Quintanilla, the Queen of Tejano music, in Netflix’s upcoming scripted series about the iconic Mexican-American pop star, sources tell Deadline. Announced last December, Selena: The Series is dubbed as “the official story o... #netflix #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 21:04:13

GLAAD Names Bill McDermott As Chief Development Officer

EXCLUSIVE:GLAAD has named Bill McDermott as the LGBTQ advocacy group’s new Chief Development Officer. In his new position, McDermott be on GLAAD’s senior leadership team, which sets the organization’s advocacy work as well as the fundraising initiatives to support that work. He will lead... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 20:52:47

Amy Adams ‘Woman In The Window’ Will Now Open In Early Summer, ‘Cruella’ Moves To 2021

No shocker here as Disney has moved Fox’s Joe Wright movieThe Woman in the Windowout of Oct. 4 to May 15, 2020. This was to be expected as the film has to undergo reshoots. Already, Disney has Fox Searchlight’sLucy in the Sky on Oct. 4. Meanwhile,Cruella, a live-action spinoff of the cla... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 20:32:46

New ‘Matrix’ Movie In Works, Keanu Reeves & Carrie-Anne Moss Returning, Co-Creator Lana Wachowski Writing & Directing

A new Matrixmovie is happening at Warner Bros, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity and Lana Wachowski set to write and direct an all-new film set in the genre-defining world. Warner Bros will co-produce with the franchise’s original co-producer Villa... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 20:09:38

‘Power’ Star Rotimi Boards ‘Coming 2 America’

EXCLUSIVE: Power star and R&B crooner Rotimi is the latest to join the cast of Paramount Pictures’ Coming 2 America sequel. He’ll be joining some of the original cast members including star Eddie Murphy (Prince Akeem) and Arsenio Hall (Semmi), James Earl Jones (King Jaffe Joffer), Paul Bat... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 20:01:49

‘Sudden Death’ Remake: Dallas Jackson & Netflix Seek “New Spin” On JCVD film

Dallas Jackson, best known as writer-director-producer of Blumhouse’s urban slasherThriller (2018), begins filming his sophomore project this week in Winnipeg as production begins on Welcome to Sudden Death for Universal 1140 and Netflix. Netflix has scheduled the film for a June 2020 release.... #netflix #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 19:41:21

‘Black-ish’: Jeff Meacham Upped To Series Regular For Season 6 Of ABC Comedy

EXCLUSIVE: There will be more crazy antics ahead at Stevens & Lido, Dre’s ad agency. Jeff Meacham, who has recurred as Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) nonsensical co-worker Josh since the first season of ABC’s black-ish, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming sixth season. Mea... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 19:32:18

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Unveils Lineup For Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Festival

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) will put the spotlight on the Latinx and Hispanic community this year at their annual festival on September 14 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. NFMLA has partnered... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 19:13:13

‘Special’ Creator/Star Ryan O’Connell On The “Blood, Sweat And Queers” That Went Into Making Emmy-Nominated Short-Form Series

As he set out to develop Special, a short-form series that eventually wound up at Netflix, creator/star Ryan O’Connell was faced with a seemingly impossible task, encapsulated within a simple question: How does one sell a show centered on a gay, disabled lead? Based on a memoir by O’Connell, who beg... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 19:12:33

Netflix Orders ‘The Upshaws’ Comedy Series Starring Wanda Sykes & Mike Epps

Netflix has greenlighted The Upshaws, a multi-camera family comedy series starring and executive produced by actor-comedians Wanda Sykes (Wanda Sykes: Not Normal) and Mike Epps (Dolemite Is My Name, Only One Mike). Sykes also will co-showrun with Regina Hicks (The L Word, Generations Q, Central Park... #netflix #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 19:00:56

New Hollywood Podcast: Robin Thede Is Having The Best Hot Girl Summer With The Groundbreaking ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

Robin Thede has always had affection for sketch comedy. In fact, when she was little girl, her parents let her stay up late to watchSaturday Night Live— but only up until Weekend Update. WhenIn Living Colorcame out, Thede was even more submerged in the world of sketch with a trailblazing show that i... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 19:00:09

Phyllis Nagy Accuses WGA Leaders Of “Electioneering” In Latest Legal Move Vs. Agencies; David Goodman Calls Claims “Reckless”

WGA West presidential candidate Phyllis Nagy is accusing the guild’s leaders of “electioneering” in their latest legal maneuver against Hollywood’s talent agencies. WGA West president David Goodman has fired back, calling her claims “reckless and inflammatory.” Their exchange comes after the guild d... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 18:59:53

CBS News Boosts Samantha Graham To VP Of Communications

EXCLUSIVE: Samantha Graham, who joined CBS News in 2016 as executive director of communications, has been promoted to vice president. Graham has primarily focused on CBS This Morning and CBS This Morning: Saturday. CBS has sought to differentiate its morning show from Today and Good Morning America ... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 18:57:41

Universal’s Spy Thriller ‘355’ Gets 2021 Release Date

Universal has set a January 15, 2021 release date for 355, the ensemble spy thriller that came together during last year’s Cannes Film Festival. The pic directed and co-written by Simon Kinberg stars Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing. The hope is to... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 18:46:20

Music Box Acquires Levan Akin’s ‘And Then We Danced’

EXCLUSIVE: Music Box Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Levan Akin’s And Then We Danced, which made its world premiere as a Directors’ Fortnight title at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Music Box is planning a theatrical rollout in 2020 followed by a release o... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 18:43:05

Lee Daniels Launches Diversity-Focused Career Workshop For Creative Development

Lee Daniels Entertainment is partnering with Represent by Original Media Ventures (OMV), an inclusive community of diverse storytellers, to launch a new diversity-focused creative workshop which will take place September 25-28 on Los Angeles. The career workshop gives aspiring creatives from underre... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 18:12:34

Manhattan Theater Club Ups Nicki Hunter To Artistic Producer

Broadway’s not-for-profit Manhattan Theatre Club has upped Nicki Hunter, who joined the MTC 10 years ago as an intern, to Artistic Producer, with responsibility for working with the artistic team on season programming and producing current MTC shows. The announcement was made by MTC Artistic D... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 18:02:24

‘Succession’ Renewed For Season 3 By HBO

On the heels of strong ratings for its season 2 premiere and five Emmy nominations for its freshman run, HBO has renewed its hit family saga Succession for a third season. “We are elated that Succession and its exploration of wealth, power and family has resonated so powerfully with audiences,... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 18:00:39

Moises Arias­­­­­­­­, Mateo Arias, Wilmer Valderrama, Kali Uchis, Daniel Dae Kim Join ‘Blast Beat’ From MACRO & Director Esteban Arango

EXCLUSIVE: MACRO is on board to finance and produce Blast Beat, a drama which is being directed by Esteban Arango, who also co-wrote the piece with Erick Castrillon. Moises Arias­­­­­­­­ (Five Feet Apart) and Mateo Arias (Kickin’ It) are attached as the leads with Wilmer Valderrama (NCIS) and ... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 17:56:00

Emmy Awards Production Team Bolsters Ranks In Build-Up To Telecast

The Emmy Awards’ production team has added Danette Herman, Al Gurdon, Florian Wieder and Raj Kapoor to its ranks, producers announced today. The newcomers arrive as the Emmy telecast nears with a Sunday, Sept. 22 airdate on Fox. The announcement was made bythe telecast’s executive producers Do... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 17:45:19

‘The Righteous Gemstones’ Debut Ratings Answer HBO’s Prayers; ‘Succession’ Stays Strong

HBO received a blessing of sorts from the TV Gods this past weekend with the premiere of megachurch comedy The Righteous Gemstones and the second episode of the second season of Succession. Coming in almost the same as the series high of the August 11 Season 2 debut, the Brian Cox-led global media m... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 17:38:07

‘Your Honor’: Carmen Ejogo & Isiah Whitlock Jr. Join Bryan Cranston In Showtime Legal Drama

Carmen Ejogo (Selma) and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire) are set as series regulars opposite Bryan Cranston in Your Honor, Showtime’s limited series based on the hot Israeli drama format (Kvodo). The legal thriller hails from Peter Moffat, whose BAFTA-winning Criminal Justice was the basis for HBO’s E... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 17:30:08

‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Heats Up To Season High, ‘Beat Shazam’ Wraps On Steady Note

Summer lovin’ is alive and well as ABC’sBachelor in Paradisecontinues to stake its claim as the top dog on Monday nights. Last night it ticked up two tenths from last week with a 1.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and drew 4.78 million viewers, marking a season high in viewers fo... # #shazam

Deadline | 20.8.2019 17:26:50

UTA Signs ‘Aquarela’ Filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky

EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed director, screenwriter, editor and cinematographer Victor Kossakovsky. Kossakovsky’s documentaryAquarelapremiered during the festival circuit in 2018 to critical acclaim and screened at Sundance and SXSW. The film, which is a visual narrative that captures the power a... #

Deadline | 20.8.2019 17:18:50