Epix Greenlights ‘Punk’ Docuseries From John Varvatos And Iggy Pop

Spike your mohawk and safety pin your ripped shirts because award-winning fashion designer John Varvatos and music legend Iggy Pop are teaming to bring a bit of rebellion to TV. The pair will serve as executive producers of Punk, a four-part docuseries…

Spike your mohawk and safety pin your ripped shirts because award-winning fashion designer John Varvatos and music legend Iggy Pop are teaming to bring a bit of rebellion to TV. The pair will serve as executive producers of Punk, a four-part docuseries that has been greenlit by Epix. Varvatos will partner with filmmaker Derik Murray’s Network Entertainment to produce the quintessential story of punk which is currently in production and is set to premiere on Epix on March…

Naomie Harris To Topline Cop Thriller ‘Black And Blue’ For Screen Gems

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (Moonlight) has signed on as the lead in the Sony Screen Gems body cam cop thriller Black And Blue (formally titled Exposure), which is being directed by Deon Taylor based on a screenplay from Peter A. Dowling.
Th…

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (Moonlight) has signed on as the lead in the Sony Screen Gems body cam cop thriller Black And Blue (formally titled Exposure), which is being directed by Deon Taylor based on a screenplay from Peter A. Dowling. The plot centers on a rookie cop (Harris) in New Orleans who witnesses corrupt officers murdering a drug dealer, an event that is captured by her body cam. When they then fail to execute her she escapes and is hunted…

Disney Makes Industry Box Office History Again With $7B+ Global Haul

Prior to merging with Fox next quarter in 2019, Walt Disney Studios is celebrating a $7 billion global B.O. win for 2018 YTD. It’sthe second time in history any studio has surpassed the $7B mark, after Disney’s own industry-record 2016 global gro…

Prior to merging with Fox next quarter in 2019, Walt Disney Studios is celebrating a $7 billion global B.O. win for 2018 YTD. It’sthe second time in history any studio has surpassed the $7B mark, after Disney's own industry-record 2016 global gross of $7.6B. Broken down, Disney earned an estimated $4.069B overseas through Dec. 9, marking the studio’s second biggest year and the third biggest in industry history. With Disney's Mary Poppins Returns set to open on Dec. 19…

‘Now Apocalypse’ Comedy Series Sets Premiere Date On Starz; Unveils Teaser Art

Starz has set a March premiere date for Now Apocalypse, its coming-of-age half-hour comedy series from creator/executive producer Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbergh. The 10-episode Now Apocalypse will debut Sunday, March 10 at 9 PM ET/PT following the S…

Starz has set a March premiere date for Now Apocalypse, its coming-of-age half-hour comedy series from creator/executive producer Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbergh. The 10-episode Now Apocalypse will debut Sunday, March 10 at 9 PM ET/PT following the Season 2 premiere of American Gods exclusively on Starzplay via Prime Video Channels in the UK and Germany. The premium cabler also released the teaser art below. Now Apocalypse will make its world premiere as an Official…

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Documentary Gets HBO Premiere Date

Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville’s critically praised documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor has been slotted for premiere on HBO on February 9. In addition, HBO will honor Fred Rogers’ contribution and commitment to public television wi…

Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville’s critically praised documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor has been slotted for premiere on HBO on February 9. In addition, HBO will honor Fred Rogers' contribution and commitment to public television with a special presentation of the film on PBS' Independent Lens, coinciding with the HBO debut. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Fred Rogers. The documentary tells the story of a…

Andrew Lanham Adapting David Arnold Novel ‘The Strange Fascinations Of Noah Hypnotik’ For Paramount Players

EXCLUSIVE: The Glass Castle and The Shack screenwriter Andrew Lanham is adapting David Arnold’s novel The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik for Paramount Players.
The studio acquired the Viking Books novel back in February. It centers on a 16…

EXCLUSIVE: The Glass Castle and The Shack screenwriter Andrew Lanham is adapting David Arnold’s novel The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik for Paramount Players. The studio acquired the Viking Books novel back in February. It centers on a 16-year-old boy (a Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend) who gets hypnotized and starts seeing changes in the world around him– except for his Strange Fascinations. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and…

Jennie Snyder Urman Sets Series Starring Jaime Camil At CBS, All Access Show As She Launches Company With Joanna Klein

Jane the Virgin creator/executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman has teamed with veteran development executive Joanna Klein to launch Sutton St. Productions. The company will be based at CBS Television Studios under Urman’s overall deal there. Sutt…

Jane the Virgin creator/executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman has teamed with veteran development executive Joanna Klein to launch Sutton St. Productions. The company will be based at CBS Television Studios under Urman’s overall deal there. Sutton St. already has set several high profile series set for development. That include Riches To Rags, a multi-camera comedy at CBS headlined and executive produced by Jane standout Jaime Camil, and You’re Killing Me, a comedy at CBS…

Netflix Originals Gain Traction As Disney And WarnerMedia Plot Rival Services: Study

Many on Wall Street and in Hollywood wonder about Netflix’s plan to keep boosting original-content spending as major suppliers like Disney and WarnerMedia aim to pull their content from the streaming service. But new research shows the strategy a…

Many on Wall Street and in Hollywood wonder about Netflix’s plan to keep boosting original-content spending as major suppliers like Disney and WarnerMedia aim to pull their content from the streaming service. But new research shows the strategy appears to be working. Netflix original content accounted for 37% of all streams on the platform in October, up from 24% a year earlier and 14% in January 2017, according to a study by 7Park Data. Programming made by Fox offers a…

‘Cord & Tish’ Returns For Rose Bowl Duty Via Funny Or Die

Will Ferrell’s Cord Hosenbeck and Molly Shannon’s Tish Cattigan are returning to “host” coverage of the 2019 Rose Parade. Last year, the pair debuted via Funny or Die on Amazon Prime Video; for this edition, the spoofy coverage …

Will Ferrell’s Cord Hosenbeck and Molly Shannon’s Tish Cattigan are returning to “host” coverage of the 2019 Rose Parade. Last year, the pair debuted via Funny or Die on Amazon Prime Video; for this edition, the spoofy coverage will be simulcast live on FunnyOrDie.com and its social platforms as well as on Twitch. Last year’s telecast recently earned a WGA Award nomination. Ferrell and Shannon’s veteran local news characters also hosted The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and…

Tom DeLonge’s ‘Strange Times’ Adult Animated Comedy In Works At TBS

TBS has put in development Strange Times, based on Tom DeLonge’s graphic novel and book series, as a potential adult animated series, with DeLonge set to executive produce.
Written by Aaron Karo (Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History), Strange Times is…

TBS has put in development Strange Times, based on Tom DeLonge’s graphic novel and book series, as a potential adult animated series, with DeLonge set to executive produce. Written by Aaron Karo (Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History), Strange Times is about five dirty teenage skateboarders who solve paranormal mysteries while being chased by Deep State government agents. In the spirit of speaking truth to power and offending everyone equally, the potential series is a love…

Endeavor Content Wins Auction For Pete Begler Spec ‘Wolf Country’

EXCLUSIVE: As several suitors and actresses circled, Endeavor Content made a preemptive deal in the mid to high six figure range for Wolf Country, a spec script by Pete Begler.
A beloved Colorado lawman who lives by his own version of the truth is head…

EXCLUSIVE: As several suitors and actresses circled, Endeavor Content made a preemptive deal in the mid to high six figure range for Wolf Country, a spec script by Pete Begler. A beloved Colorado lawman who lives by his own version of the truth is headed for prison. Before he gets there, he escapes custody. A young female sheriff who still believes in right and wrong must go it alone chasing him through the rugged Colorado wilderness. In bringing him to justice she must…

Social Media Overtakes Newspapers As News Source, Pew Report Finds

More Americans get their news from social media than from newspapers, a Pew Research study has found, a tip of the balance in that direction for the first time.
As recently as last year, the sides were roughly equal – news via social media was ab…

More Americans get their news from social media than from newspapers, a Pew Research study has found, a tip of the balance in that direction for the first time. As recently as last year, the sides were roughly equal – news via social media was about the same portion as news via print newspapers. According to the report posted on the Pew Research Center website, 20% of U.S. adults say they “often get news via social media,” a slightly higher figure than the 16% who favor…

Superhero Crossover Gooses CW Sunday While Pigskin Over-run Pops Fox’s Fall Finales

Part 1 of a three-night superhero crossover palooza boosted CW at 8 PM Sunday, but The Flash (0.6, 1.79M) stopped short of goosing Charmed (0.3, 960K) at 9. And, over-running NFL play (6.7, 23.71M) plus post-game chatter (6.7, 22.83M) catapulted Fox fa…

Part 1 of a three-night superhero crossover palooza boosted CW at 8 PM Sunday, but The Flash (0.6, 1.79M) stopped short of goosing Charmed (0.3, 960K) at 9. And, over-running NFL play (6.7, 23.71M) plus post-game chatter (6.7, 22.83M) catapulted Fox fall finales that followed to season highs. CW put The Flash in Sunday’s Supergirl timeslot to launch this week's three-part crossover event (yet to come: Arrow on Monday and Supergirl in Flash’s Tuesday timeslot). Flash

‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ Season 3 Trailer: The Kids Meet Lemony Snicket

Netflix has dropped the trailer for the third and final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The final-go-round promise to answer all of Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and Sunny’s (Presley Smith) questions about the deaths of…

Netflix has dropped the trailer for the third and final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The final-go-round promise to answer all of Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and Sunny’s (Presley Smith) questions about the deaths of their parents and the secret organization V.F.D. along with the secrets of the coveted missing sugar bowl The footage also introduces new Season 3 cast members Allison Williams as Kit Snicket and New Girl's Max Greenfield, as…

Art Directors Guild Votes Production Designers Anthony Masters & Ben Carré Into Hall Of Fame

Legendary production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carré, whose work appeared in some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild’s Hall of Fame at the organization’s 23rd annual Excellenc…

Legendary production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carré, whose work appeared in some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild’s Hall of Fame at the organization’s 23rd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. Masters, who died in 1990, was Oscar-nominated for 2001: A Space Odyssey. His other work in a career that spanned 45 years included Lawrence of Arabia, Dune, Papillon, Tai-Pan, The Clan of the Cave Bear

Robert Townsend’s ‘The Five Heartbeats’ Is Now Broadway Bound

EXCLUSIVE: The Five Heartbeats, Robert Townsend’s story about the trials and tribulations of a band of five talented guys in a musical group during the rise of Motown, is on its way to Broadway. The film was released by 20th Century Fox on March …

EXCLUSIVE: The Five Heartbeats, Robert Townsend’s story about the trials and tribulations of a band of five talented guys in a musical group during the rise of Motown, is on its way to Broadway. The film was released by 20th Century Fox on March 28, 1991, and the documentary on the making of has been playing in exclusive runs in New York and Los Angeles this month to qualify for Oscar in hopes of landing a spot in the Best Feature Documentary category. The Broadway play…

Vin Diesel To Produce Cop Drama ‘Conway’ In Works At NBC

NBC has put in development Conway, a crime drama about a brilliant detective from Vin Diesel, his One Race TV and Universal Television, where Diesel and One Race TV are under a deal.
Written by Jonny Umansky, Conway centers around St. Louis detective C…

NBC has put in development Conway, a crime drama about a brilliant detective from Vin Diesel, his One Race TV and Universal Television, where Diesel and One Race TV are under a deal. Written by Jonny Umansky, Conway centers around St. Louis detective Cal Conway, who finds his world turned upside down when he wakes up from a coma with exceptional cognitive abilities. Returning to the force, he sets out to solve the city's most complex cases but the discovery of a lethal…

Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard

Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped wor…

Javier BardemElle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped worldwide by HanWay and Bleecker Street. The pic will chart a wild day in the life of a man on the edge, held together by the unconditional love of his daughter. It will also shoot on location in New York in January. HanWay Films…

Wanda To Install 100 RealD Ultimate Screens Across China

Wanda Cinema Line Corporation has signed a purchase agreement with RealD to install no less than 100 of their Ultimate Screens across their theater circuits in China over the next two years.

Most of the 100 RealD Ultimate Screens will be installed in …

Wanda Cinema Line Corporation has signed a purchase agreement with RealD to install no less than 100 of their Ultimate Screens across their theater circuits in China over the next two years. Most of the 100 RealD Ultimate Screens will be installed in Wanda Cinema Line's premium cinemas. The first auditoriums to equip RealD Ultimate Screens will be the Wanda Cinema Beijing Tongzhou Branch, Beijing CBD Branch, Beijing Tiantongyuan Branch and Wanda Nantong Branch.  The four…

Fyre Festival Documentary Acquired By Netflix For January Release

Netflix said Monday it has acquired Chris Smith’s Fyre, a documentary about the uber-fail 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas that spawned lawsuits over its poor organization and false claims. Smith, who directed Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, c…

Netflix said Monday it has acquired Chris Smith’s Fyre, a documentary about the uber-fail 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas that spawned lawsuits over its poor organization and false claims. Smith, who directed Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, connected with the organizers to tell a behind the scenes tale. Netflix will bow the docu on January 18. Created by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule, Fyre was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island featuring bikini-clad…

A+E Networks Ups Steve Ascher To SVP Production & Development A+E Originals

A+E Networks has promoted Steve Ascher to Senior Vice President, Production & Development of A+E Originals, from his VP role.
Ascher launched A+E Originals just over a year ago. The full-service unscripted content creation company produces premium …

A+E Networks has promoted Steve Ascher to Senior Vice President, Production & Development of A+E Originals, from his VP role. Ascher launched A+E Originals just over a year ago. The full-service unscripted content creation company produces premium unscripted series, specials and documentaries across the A+E Networks portfolio of channels, including A&E, History, and Lifetime, and has over 60 hours of content in production. "Under Steve's terrific leadership, A+E Originals…