International Rebate Scheme Launched for Gender-Balanced Film and TV Projects

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A rebate program for film and TV projects that give women an equal shot was launched internationally Friday at the Berlin Film Festival. The 10% for 50/50 campaign began in Sweden at the Goteborg Film Festival. Under the scheme, production, post-produc…

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Copyright Suit Sails On Despite AMC’s Efforts To Sink It

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Fans of zombie apocalypse movies, comics and television series could get an in-depth probe into the genre now that AMC has failed in its attempt to get a copyright lawsuit again Fear The Walking Dead dismissed.

“AMC Defendants’ request for judic…

Film News Roundup: Gale Anne Hurd to Get Lifetime Achievement Award From Heartland Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

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In today’s film news roundup, Gale Anne Hurd will be honored with a lifetime achievement award, Nicole Kidman’s “Destroyer” gets an AFI Fest screening, and the holiday romance “Mr. 365” starts production. FILM FESTIV…

‘Walking Dead’ EP Gale Anne Hurd On Andrew Lincoln Exit & ‘Lore’ Season 2 – New York Comic Con

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SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details about the ninth season of The Walking Dead and the second season of Lore.
EXCLUSIVE: “Change for the sake of change is not helpful,” cautions The Walking Dead and Lore executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. “I thi…

‘Lore’ Gets Almost Halloween Season 2 Premiere Date + Trailer – Comic-Con

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Lore is coming back for its second season on Amazon just a little bit closer to Halloween than last time, Comic-Con learned today with a scary peek at the series.
The hybrid anthology series based on Aaron Mahnke’s popular and often horrifying 2015-lau…

Amazon Goes Large With ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ & ‘Good Omens’ At Comic-Con

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EXCLUSIVE: Amazon made it very clear earlier this year with a big Super Bowl ad that Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is a big priority for them and the Jeff Bezos company are aiming to seal that deal at Comic-Con next month.
In fact, with a Jack Ryan participat…

‘Aeon Flux’ Live-Action Reboot Series in the Works at MTV

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MTV is rebooting “Aeon Flux.”

A live-action version of the ’90s animated series that ran on the Viacom-owned cable network is currently in development, a person with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

The TV reboot will be written and executive produced by “Teen Wolf” showrunner Jeff Davis. “The Walking Dead”s Gale Anne Hurd — who produced the 2005 feature film version of the story, starring Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand — will also executive produce.

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“Aeon Flux” is set in a future dystopian state and revolves around a young assassin who teams with a group of biohacking rebels to save humanity as she becomes the titular hero known as Aeon Flux.

The original series — created by animator Peter Chung — debuted on MTV in 1991 as six shorts included in its Liquid Television animated series. “Aeon Flux” came back with five more shorts in 1992 and then in 10 half-hour episodes in 1995.

“Aeon Flux” is the latest in a string of series to get the revival treatment at the younger-skewing network, with returns of “Jersey Shore,” “Yo! MTV Raps” and “TRL” in the works.

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The movie version of “Aeon Flux” was both a box office and critical failure, with a 9 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Valhalla Entertainment Ups Phillip Kobylanski To Production President

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EXCLUSIVE: Phillip Kobylanski has been promoted to President of Production at Gale Anne Hurd‘s Valhalla Entertainment. The eight-year veteran, the covering executive on the company’s flagship TV series The Walking Dead and its companion Fear the Walking Dead, will now oversee Valhalla’s TV and feature film slate.
Kobylanski is currently a producer on Falling Water, now in its second season at USA Network; Amazon’s Lore, which was just renewed for a second season; and the…

Amazon Renews ‘Lore,’ ‘Exorcist’s Sean Crouch New Showrunner For Horror Series

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Things are about to get downright scary at Amazon, again. The streaming service now run by Jennifer Salke is bring back horror anthology Lore for a second season, it was formally announced this morning.
No specifics were provided on when Season 2 of Lore would debut or how many episodes it’ll be but I hear that a fall 2018 premiere is looking likely with about six episodes, like Season 1 had.

News of the pick-up for more of the Valhalla Entertainment and Propagate Content…

CBS Films Sets ‘Hellfest’ Heroines: Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus

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EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films has set its lead female cast for Hellfest, the Gregory Plotkin-directed, Gale Anne Hurd-produced genre film about a masked serial killer who turns a horror-themed amusement part into his own personal Halloween slaughterhouse. Amy Forsyth (The Path, Rise), Reign Edwards (MacGyver, Snowfall) and Bex Taylor-Klaus (Here And Now, Arrow) will play the three friends who race to save patrons who believe the gore is all part of a thematic scare show.
Plotkin…

Amazon’s ‘Lore’ Draws International Team of Animators to Bring Scary Myths to Life

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“Lore,” the new Amazon original series based on Aaron Mahnke’s podcast of the same name, combines historical mixed media, narration and dramatic scenes to bring to life terrifying but true stories that Mahnke’s 50 million monthly visitors crave — stories driven by people consumed with a belief in vampires, werewolves and body snatchers. The show […]

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Review: AMC Blockbuster Gets Its Groove Back For 100th Episode

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To paraphrase Independence Day‘s President Thomas Whitmore and Dylan Thomas, the October 22-debuting eighth season and 100th episode of The Walking Dead makes it very clear that AMC‘s zombie apocalypse blockbuster has no intention of going quietly into the collapse-of-civilization night.
Coming off the near-record-high ratings and much-hyped double-death brutality of the October 23, 2016 Season 7 opener, it was almost inevitable that TWD‘s previous season would come…

‘Lore’ Review: Amazon Horror Anthology Makes Deft Transition From Podcast

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As the Friday the 13th launch date for Lore reveals, Gale Anne Hurd, Ben Silverman, Aaron Mahnke and Amazon are clearly not the superstitious types. However, the executive producers, podcast creator, streaming service and six-episode horror anthology series are all about taking things to the next level.
First reported by Deadline at New York Comic-Con last year, the small-screen version of Mahnke’s popular 2-year-old podcast from Walking Dead EP Hurd and ex-NBC…

‘The Walking Dead’ EPs Promise To Be “Partners” With AMC As They Sue Cabler In NY Over Profits – Update

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UPDATE, 11:50 AM: As they promised yesterday they would, today The Walking Dead executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert started the process of filing a potentially multi-million dollar breach of contract suit in New York against AMC along with Charles Eglee.
But everyone is still pals – for now.
“While we disagree with AMC on the merits of our lawsuit, we appreciate its statement that it will continue to work with us as partners on the continued success of The…

‘Walking Dead’ Producers Sue AMC, Accuse Network of Hoarding Profits

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“The Walking Dead” co-creator Robert Kirkman and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara and David Alpert have filed a lawsuit against AMC, claiming the company cheated them out of profits from the hugely successful series.

In the complaint filed in Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the producers argue that AMC “exploited their vertically-integrated corporate structure” to keep the “lion’s share of the series’ enormous profits for itself and not share it with the Plaintiffs, as required by their contracts.”

The lawsuit follows in the footsteps of the zombie drama’s other co-creator Frank Darabont, who is demanding $280 million from the company in a separate suit.

Also Read: ‘Walking Dead’: Frank Darabont Accuses Producers of ‘F-king Up’ Hit Show in Obscene Emails

The suit claims that AMC Network used it’s corporate affiliation with AMC Studios, which produces the show, to pay an artificially low licensing fee to broadcast the series. Kirkman and the other producers earn a percentage of that per-episode fee — amounting to $1.45 million for the first four seasons, increasing by five percent each season thereafter — meaning they were denied greater profits they would have earned if the network and studio were not connected.

The suit goes on to cite the “substantially larger” amounts paid for “Mad Men” and “Better Call Saul,” produced by Lionsgate and Sony, respectively.

“There can be no question that, if AMC Studio and AMC Network were not part of the same conglomerate, the story would be very different,” the suit reads. “As this case will show, if AMC Studios had been paid a fair market license fee … TWD would have commanded a license fee far above the costs of production of the series over the long term.”

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The producers also accuse AMC of employing “various other means to deprive Plaintiff’s of their fair share of TWD’s profits,” including unfair deductions taken by AMC for payments to other “Walking Dead” profit participants and “self-dealing and other wrongdoing” in connection to spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead” and after show “Talking Dead.”

“Plaintiffs tried diligently and in good faith to resolve these issues with the AMC Entities prior to filing this Complaint,” the complaint reads. “Regrettably, those efforts did not succeed. Having exhausted those efforts, Plaintiffs therefore, of necessity, bring this action.”

Also Read: ‘The Walking Dead’ Gets Season 8 Premiere Date, Poster Teasing Big Showdown

In response to the lawsuit, AMC has denied any wrongdoing and called the move “opportunistic” on the part of the producer.

“These kinds of lawsuits are fairly common entertainment and they all have one thing in common – they follow success,” a network spokesperson said in a statement. “Virtually every studio that has had a successful show has been the target of litigation like this, and ‘The Walking Dead’ has been the #1 show on television for five years in a row, so this is no surprise. We have enormous respect and appreciation for these plaintiffs, and we will continue to work with them as partners, even as we vigorously defend against this baseless and predictably opportunistic lawsuit.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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‘The Walking Dead’ EP Gale Anne Hurd On What’s Next, 100th Episode & ‘FearTWD’

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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of last night’s The Walking Dead Season 7 finale.
“There are things that are and will be very much the same and things that will impact the storytelling and the characters because we’re pursuing a different arc,” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd says of the upcoming Season 8 of The Walking Dead and its connection to the All-Out War arc of Robert Kirkman’s comic series.
With the death of  Sonequa Martin-Green‘s self-walkerfied…

Amazon’s ‘Lore’ TV Adaptation Adds ‘Scorpion’s’ Robert Patrick

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EXCLUSIVE: It’s a Terminator 2: Judgment Day reunion of sorts with Mr. T-1000 himself Robert Patrick joining producer Gale Anne Hurd on Amazon‘s adaptation of the horror podcast Lore.
This is the first casting announcement for Lore and details are scant on what Patrick’s role on the Hurd and Ben Silverman EP’d hybrid anthology series will be, but I hear it is a meaty part for the Scorpion actor. What we do know for sure is that Patrick will be filming his Lore part later…

Hollywood Reacts to Bill Paxton’s Death: ‘Heaven Just Got a Lot More Fun’

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News of actor Bill Paxton’s surprising death after heart surgery swept the entertainment industry on Oscar morning. The actor, who was 61, appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, including “Big Love,” “Aliens,” “Titanic” and “Twister.” Gale Anne Hurd, who worked with him on films including “Aliens” and “The Terminator,” said “Heaven just got… Read more »