EXCLUSIVE : The NAACP production venture with CBS Studios has set up two more drama projects at CBS in its second broadcast development cycle, For Justice , from writers Sallie Patrick and Garen Thomas, which is based on the life of former NYPD Detective Katrina Brownlee; and The Pact , from writer Marcus Dalzine. They join Carver Law , from writer Aaron Carew and executive producer Martin Lawrence, which also was recently sold to CBS for development. The trio of projects span the three classic network drama genres, a cop ( For Justice ), medical ( The Pact ) and legal ( Carver Law ) show. The venture’s President, Sheila Ducksworth, executive produces all projects alongside NAACP’s Leon Russell and Derrick Johnson. CBS Studios is the studio. In For Justice aka Untitled Katrina Brownlee, written and executive produced by Patrick and Thomas and produced by Brownlee, after overcoming a painful past, a tenacious, freethinking NYC homicide detective … [Read more...] about NAACP-CBS Studios Venture Sells Dramas ‘For Justice’ & ‘The Pact’ To CBS
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EXCLUSIVE: The Woman King Just got promoted to Chairman. The Palm Springs International Film Awards has selected Viola Davis as the recipient of the Chairman’s Award recognizing her work as an actress and producer for The Woman King. The Film Awards will take place in-person on January 5, 2023 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 16, 2023. The World Premiere of Paramount’s comedy 80 For Brady was named earlier this week as opening night film on January 6. “Whether as an actress or producer, Viola Davis brings powerful stories to the screen. In The Woman King , Davis continues to prove that she is a force of nature in this groundbreaking performance about the leader of the Agojie, a unit of all-female warriors,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “It is our honor to present the Chairman’s Award to Viola Davis celebrating her work as both an actress and producer.” Davis joins this year’s previously announced honorees … [Read more...] about ‘The Woman King’s’ Viola Davis Set For Chairman’s Award At Palm Springs Film Festival
EXCLUSIVE : Ann Nguyen has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at the online film packaging, financing and distribution marketplace Slated , with Greg Gertmenian being elevated to Head of Business Development. Nguyen and Gertmenian join longtime Head of Film Finance, Jay Burnley , to lead Slated’s strategy and operations going forward, setting the stage for new leadership at the company. “I can’t think of three people more qualified to lead Slated into the future,” said Executive Chairman and Co-Founder Stephan Paternot. “Ann, Greg and Jay came into Slated at the ground level and built the core pillars of our business today – the technical infrastructure, analytics, and film finance operations. I’m incredibly proud of the work they’re doing to deliver value to our filmmaker community and am thrilled to see what they do next.” Yair Landau, one of Slated’s advisors and the former Vice Chair of Sony Pictures and President of Sony Pictures Digital, added: “I have … [Read more...] about Slated Promotes Ann Nguyen To CEO, Greg Gertmenian To Head Of Business Development
Bob Dorough , the jazzman who created the clever and enduring Schoolhouse Rock toons that taught grammar, math, science, and citizenship to a generation of TV-watching kids, has died. He was 94. His family told the Associated Press that Dorough died Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, PA, but did not give a cause. Born on December 12, 1923, in Cherry Hill, AR, Dorough was a jazz musician in the early 1970s when a New York ad man complained that his young sons couldn’t do multiplication and wanted to have the times tables set to music because the kids could recite every rock lyric of the era. That led to Dorough’s classic first Schoolhouse Rock song, “Three Is a Magic Number,” which is remembered for its brilliant simplicity and sticky chorus that counted to 36 by threes, accompanied by animation. That led to Schoolhouse Rock, a 1973-85 series of Saturday-morning shortform content on ABC that used music and rhyme to help kids learn basic facts, with such memorable … [Read more...] about ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Creator-Songwriter Bob Dorough Dies At 94
EXCLUSIVE : Lane 4 Entertainment has officially announced Stretched , a feature documentary that provides a revealing look at controversial billionaire Lululemon founder Chip Wilson . Stretched is directed and produced by Trish Neufeld ( Dancing With Mom, Save Space Nugget ) and executive produced by John Ritchie ( 65_RedRoses, The Love Crimes Of Gillan Guess) and Graem Luis ( Day Of The Dead , The Amazing Race Canada ). The film is currently in post-production. Stretched is the first intimate look at the intense personal trials, heated corporate battles, and changing social landscape in which Chip and Summer Wilson revolutionized fashion, turned the technical apparel brand into a global icon, and spearheaded a multi-billion dollar athleisure industry. “I’m thrilled to present a raw and unflinching look at Chip Wilson, the man who transformed technical apparel,” explains director, Trish Neufeld. “His story is about a key turning point in fashion and … [Read more...] about Lane Four Entertainment Announces ‘Stretched’ Documentary About The Rise And Fall Of Lululemon Founder Chip Wilson
Taylor Swift will make her feature directorial debut with Searchlight Pictures , the company announced today. The acclaimed singer, songwriter and director has written an original script, which will be produced by the studio. Additional details will be announced at a later date. “Taylor is a once in a generation artist and storyteller. It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative journey,” said Searchlight Presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield. Swift recently made history at the 2022 VMA Awards as the only solo artist ever to be honored with two Best Direction awards for her work on All Too Well: The Short Film and The Man. She is the first artist ever to win three Video of the Year awards and only the second female to direct the winning video for Best Longform Video ( All Too Well: The Short Film ). Swift is an 11-time Grammy winner and the only female artist in Grammy history to win … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift Sets Feature Directorial Debut With Searchlight Pictures
Strange as it may seem, the Oscar for Best International Feature tends to go to movies that are universal rather than geographically specific. Last year’s winner Drive My Car spoke more about mankind’s default setting to loneliness than it did about the specifics of relationship dynamics in modern Japan, just as the Danish drunks in 2021’s Another Round got hammered in a way that was relatable to boozers in every country from Albania to Zambia. Maybe the Academy feels that real life is better left to docs, but a 2015 win for the harrowing Second World War drama Son of Saul suggests that the door is always open. And after a year that saw the whole world reeling from Vladmir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, this might be one of those years that addresses the fact. Clearly, the abrupt nature of Putin’s surprise maneuver on February 24 caught many unawares, especially in an industry that can be slow to react. Maryna Er Gorbach, however, had begun work on her film Klondike — … [Read more...] about Look Back In Anger: Will Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Set The Agenda For This Year’s International Oscar Race?