EXCLUSIVE: The Deuce and Revenge actress Margarita Levieva has signed with Paradigm in all areas. In addition, we’ve learned she booked a guest star role on Disney+’s upcoming The Acolyte . She continues to be repped by Silver Lining Entertainment. The Acolyte is a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era. A former Padawan reunites with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of crimes, but the forces they confront are more sinister than they ever anticipated. Levieva joins a cast that includes Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Jodie Turner-Smith, Dafne Keen, Rebecca Henderson, Charlie Barnett, Dean-Charles Chapman and Carrie-Anne Moss in the Lucasfilm series which is currently shooting in the UK with creator, showrunner and executive producer Leslye Headland. Levieva was most recently seen starring in the hit Netflix series In From The Cold … [Read more...] about Paradigm Signs Margarita Levieva; Actress Boards ‘Star Wars’ Series ‘The Acolyte’
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Roll up, roll up, Insiders. The Deadline International team have once again been travelling the world to bring you the latest news and analysis from the global film and TV biz, with Mel and Zac both in the Middle East. Max and I actually found the TV world descending on London for once, so we didn’t have to go so far for access. Read on. London Calling Tighten those belts : Straight over to Max Goldbart with this report — As news emerged repeatedly of mass layoffs at a wealth of legacy U.S. media companies this week, some of the most senior execs in the business were facing tricky questions about the economic headwinds at the Content London event in the UK’s capital. “Belt tightening is coming,” according to Showtime Entertainment President Jana Winograde, who teased her Paramount-owned network’s approach to the global macroeconomic crisis: keeping up the tentpoles but “finding creative ways” to fund lower budget shows. Warner Bros. TV Studios boss Channing Dungey … [Read more...] about International Insider: London Calling; Harry & Meghan’s Doc; Red Sea Festival; Screen Scotland’s EFF To Rise?; Shanghai Disney
Jeff Blackburn , a 25-year Amazon veteran, who was the prime architect of the company’s expansion into streaming, will be retiring in January. Amazon CEO Andrew Jassy and Blackburn made the announcement in emails to staff this morning, copies of which were obtained by Deadline. Blackburn most recently served as SVP of Global Media & Entertainment, overseeing all entertainment business, including Prime Video and Amazon Studios, Music, Podcasts/Wondery, Audible, Games and Twitch, for the past 18 months, since he returned from a sabbatical. Following Blackburn’s retirement, Mike Hopkins, who will continue to lead Prime Video, Amazon Studios, and MGM, and Steve Boom, who will add oversight of Audible, Twitch and Games to his current duties leading the Music and Podcasting teams, will report directly to Jassy. Blackburn, to whom the two previously reported, will help with the transition, which will happen Jan. 1. Hopkins recently negotiated Amazon’s deals for MGM and Thursday … [Read more...] about Jeff Blackburn To Retire From Amazon After 25 Years
EXCLUSIVE: George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth have launched BedBy8 , a production company focused on scripted television projects, limited series and documentaries. Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco serves as President of the company. BedBy8 already has two projects in development at 20th Television. The first is Let’s Not Do This Again , based on Grant Ginder’s book, with Jenni Konner attached to write and executive produce, which has has been set up at Hulu. The second is Intelligence , a dark comedy based on the book by Susan Hasler, with JJ Philbin & David Feeney writing and executive producing. Husband-and-wife duo Stephanopoulos and Wentworth as well as Mastromonaco executive produce both projects for BedBy8. The new company expands Stephanopoulos’ Disney footprint to the scripted side of the company while also doubling up on his nonfiction/documentary efforts. He anchors ABC News’ Good Morning America and This Week … [Read more...] about George Stephanopulos & Ali Wentworth Launch BedBy8 Production Company, Set ‘Let’s Not Do This Again’ & ‘Intelligence’ As First Projects
The hundreds of layoffs at CNN this week were, as CNN boss Chris Licht predicted, a “gut punch,” but the question for staffers — and viewers — is what will happen next. For viewers, the changes may be apparent in a number of ways, particularly at HLN, where the Robin Meade-anchored Morning Express is ending and Meade, whose first day on air at HLN was Sept. 11, 2001, is departing along with staffers. Instead, CNN will replace the morning show with a simulcast of CNN This Morning , the relaunched version of New Day . HLN, which was formerly the newscast-dominated Headline News, had shifted for the rest of the day to largely a format of true-crime shows, something that resembles Warner Bros Discovery sibling network ID. So it wasn’t a complete surprise that ID would take on responsibilities for the true-crime block. Licht has indicated that, as the network undergoes cuts, he wants to minimize the impact on newsgathering. Nevertheless, a number of reporters and … [Read more...] about CNN “Gut Punch” Of Layoffs And Cost Cuts: What Happens Next?
EXCLUSIVE: After landing the hot package Red Shirt earlier in the week, Amazon Studios has added another high-profile property to its slate, as sources tell Deadline the studio has landed the action comedy Moxie starring Keke Palmer . Deadline broke the news that the package was out to buyers before the Thanksgiving Holiday and Amazon moved fast to land the rights to the pic featuring one of the bigger stars of 2022. Hawkeye director Bert is on board to direct with Heather Quinn penning the script. Palmer, Peter Lawson and Kate Churchill are producing. Sharon Palmer is exec producing. The film is about a foul-mouthed stripper who pisses off the FBI in a big way when she somehow becomes the best candidate for their fancy new agent program. Since Deadline broke the news, Palmer has already added two more high-profile accolades as she is set to host Saturday Night Live tomorrow night and was also feted with Best Supporting Actress by the New York Film Critics … [Read more...] about Amazon Studios Lands Another Big Package With Action Comedy ‘Moxie’ Starring Keke Palmer With ‘Hawkeye’s Bert Directing
Another 4,744 Covid infections were reported today by Los Angeles County. That’s up from 4,353 yesterday, continuing a surge in daily cases that could soon lead to a renewed requirement for people to wear masks in all indoor public spaces. The county has been logging steady increases in daily infections and hospitalizations since the beginning of November. As of Friday, the county’s average daily number of new infections over the past seven days was 3,053, up a little under 50% from the 2,121 average a week ago. According to state figures, there were 1,171 Covid-positive patients in county hospitals as of Friday, up from 1,164 a day earlier. Of those patients, 131 were being treated in intensive care units, up from 121 on Thursday. Another 14 deaths were also reported Friday, which marks a rise from the 9-10 daily deaths the county has seen over the past few weeks. There is some good news, however: The seven-day average daily rate of people testing positive for … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Again Nearing Covid Thresholds For Universal Indoor Mask Mandate In Public Spaces