ABC Buys Guy Comedy With Pop Culture Twist From ‘Black-ish’ Co-EP & Tim Story

ABC has teamed with Black-ish co-executive producer Courtney Lilly for another single-camera comedy exploring what it means to be an African American man in today’s society. The project, titled Joe 2.0, comes from Lilly, director Tim Story, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios.
Written by Lilly, Joe 2.0, now in development, is a single-camera comedy where iconic pop culture moments are used to punctuate the everyday moments in the life of a recently…

Peter Bart: Globalgate Creating Express Lane For Local-Language Film Biz

Given the studios’ obsession with sequels and remakes, some producers have come up with an idea to improve the flow: Instead of waiting a few years to create a sequel, why not quickly make five or six at the same time? And make them in different languages aimed at different markets?
A new financing and distribution entity called Globalgate is aggressively pursuing this mission and has raised a lot of money for the cause. The company’s formation underscores another…

CBS All Access Names Danny Feldheim VP of Original Content

CBS All Access has named Danny Feldheim vice president of original content, the streaming service announced on Thursday.

In his new position, Feldman will focus on both current programming and new development, reporting to Julie McNamara, the executive vice president of original content at CBS All Access.

McNamara was named head of original content for CBS All Access in June. The original content unit for CBS All Access reports to David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios and Marc DeBevoise, president and COO of CBS Interactive.

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“Danny is a forward-thinking creative executive with strong relationships in the talent community who shares our enthusiasm for launching our new premium service,” McNamara said. “We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

Prior to joining CBS All Access, Feldheim worked in drama programming at Fox, where he helped develop and oversee series production on “24: Legacy,” “The Exorcist,” “Rosewood,” “Gotham” and “Red Band Society.” He started at Fox working in the comedy development department.

Before that he worked at a wide range of entertainment companies including Nickelodeon, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and ICM.

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CBS All Access plans to launch a number of original series in the next year, including “Star Trek: Discovery,” a spinoff of “The Good Wife,” and a digital edition of “Big Brother.”

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John Vulich, Makeup Artist on ‘Buffy,’ ‘X-Files,’ Dies at 55

John Vulich, who won three Emmys for special effects makeup for “The X-Files,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Babylon 5” with his team at Optic Nerve Studios and created makeup effects for numerous horror films, died in his sleep Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 55. One of the first films he worked on… Read more »

Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ on Track to Open as High as $75 Million

Disney-Marvel’s upcoming comic book adaptation “Doctor Strange” should open somewhere between $60 million and $75 million, according to early tracking obtained by TheWrap.

Among Marvel movie openings, those figures would put the title somewhere between 19th and 24th place for highest-grossing of all time. “Doctor Strange” will likely come in ahead of Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which debuted to $62 million in 2012.

The Benedict Cumberbatch movie could come in ahead of Paramount’s “Thor,” which grossed $65.7 million during its opening weekend in 2011.

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If “Doctor Strange” opens on the high end of those estimates, it will come out ahead of Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which was out earlier this year and debuted to $65.7 million.

That’s a strong achievement for an original film — especially one based on a relatively unfamiliar comic-book property not previously seen on the big screen.

Among Hollywood studios, Disney currently has the largest market share of box office grosses this year with $2.15 billion, or 24.5 percent. Warner Bros. is a distant second with $1.53 billion or 17.4 percent.

With tentpole films “Doctor Strange,” Disney’s animated “Moana” and also Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” set to come out, Disney could end the year with an even higher percentage of the pie. But Warners still has a potential monster hit in its back pocket with the adaptation of J.K. Rowling‘s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

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“Doctor Strange” follows the story of talented neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.

Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.

The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong, Amy Landecker and Scott Adkins.

“Doctor Strange” opens in theaters on Nov. 4.

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Britta Wilson Named Pixar’s VP Of Inclusion Strategies

Pixar has tapped Expedia executive Britta Wilson to serve as the studio’s newly-created Vice President of Inclusion Strategies. Effective October 17, Wilson will lead Pixar’s efforts to develop and nurture an inclusive workforce, reporting to Pixar President Jim Morris.
“At Pixar, it is critical to us to empower a wide variety of voices to shape the stories we tell to ensure that we produce vibrant, diverse, and meaningful films into the future,” said Morris in a…