Rapper Stormzy Joins ‘Noughts + Crosses’; Fugitive Launches Slate; Cineflix Boards ‘The Minister’ — Global Briefs

Rapper Stormzy Joins ‘Noughts + Crosses’; Fugitive Launches Slate; Cineflix Boards ‘The Minister’ — Global Briefs

Brit musician Stormzy has joined the cast of BBC One drama Noughts + Crosses, Mammoth Screen’s adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s dystopian young adult book series currently being filmed in South Africa. The popular grime artist will play newspaper editor Kolawale, a character created for the series. Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders) stars with newcomer Masali Baduza, Helen Baxendale, Paterson Joseph and Ian Hart. The show charts the story of first love in a dangerous, alternate…Read full story

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Netflix Reaches Tipping Point As Originals Now Outpace Acquired Titles – Study

Netflix Reaches Tipping Point As Originals Now Outpace Acquired Titles – Study

Illustrating the strategy Netflix executives have long articulated — and pointing to a wider gap between the company and its rivals — a new report shows that for the first time most new releases coming to the platform are originals. Among all releases available in the U.S. that went live during the year leading up to December 2018, 51% were originals, as opposed to programs or films that had been acquired, according to a report by UK-based research firm Ampere Analysis…Read full story

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‘Motherland’: Lionsgate UK Re-Ups For World Sales Rights To Second Season Of Sharon Horgan-BBC Sitcom

‘Motherland’: Lionsgate UK Re-Ups For World Sales Rights To Second Season Of Sharon Horgan-BBC Sitcom

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK is renewing its partnership with the BBC, Merman and Delightful to co-finance and sell the second series of Sharon Horgan sitcom Motherland. Shoot is recently underway on the second season of the UK show about the trials and traumas of motherhood. Starring are Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane), Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher), Diane Morgan (Alan Partridge) and Paul Ready (The Terror). Series two is written by Horgan (Catastrophe), Holly Walsh (Dead…Read full story

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UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer Warns That Actors And Directors Also Will Be Impacted If Agents Stop Packaging

UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer Warns That Actors And Directors Also Will Be Impacted If Agents Stop Packaging

UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer told his writer-clients Wednesday night that they won’t be the only artists affected if the WGA gets its way and puts the agencies out of the packaging business. “These decisions impact a broad section of the TV ecosystem,” he wrote on Tuesday in a message to the agency’s writers. “Lots of people will be affected. The WGA is trying to make a decision for everyone by eliminating everyone’s choice.” “There is so much change and uncertainty in our…Read full story

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UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer Warns That Actors And Directors Also Will Be Impacted If Agents Stop Packaging

UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer Warns That Actors And Directors Also Will Be Impacted If Agents Stop Packaging

UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer told his writer-clients Wednesday night that they won’t be the only artists affected if the WGA gets its way and puts the agencies out of the packaging business. “These decisions impact a broad section of the TV ecosystem,” he wrote on Tuesday in a message to the agency’s writers. “Lots of people will be affected. The WGA is trying to make a decision for everyone by eliminating everyone’s choice.” “There is so much change and uncertainty in our…Read full story

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‘The Split’: BBC One & Sundance TV Divorce Drama Begins Second Season Shoot, Donna Air Joins Cast

‘The Split’: BBC One & Sundance TV Divorce Drama Begins Second Season Shoot, Donna Air Joins Cast

Production is underway in London on season two of BBC One and SundanceTV drama The Split from creator Abi Morgan (The Hour) and executive producer Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch). Set in the messy world of London’s high-end divorce circuit, the legal-world series follows modern marriages and the legacy of divorce. Returning cast includes Nicola Walker, Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button, Deborah Findlay, Stephen Mangan, Anthony Head, Rudi Dharmalingam and Barry Atsma. UK…Read full story

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WGA Deputizes Managers And Lawyers To “Fill The Gap” If Agents Are Fired En Masse

WGA Deputizes Managers And Lawyers To “Fill The Gap” If Agents Are Fired En Masse

The WGA is deputizing managers and attorneys to procure employment for writers and negotiate their over-scale terms – essentially taking the place of agents. The move comes as the guild prepares for the possibility that it might ask all writers to fire their agents en mass if it can’t come to terms with the Association of Talent Agents for a new franchise agreement. With that agreement set to expire on April 6, the guild said that it is “preparing for the possibility that…Read full story

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast And Creator Reveal Final Season Details, Talk Bringing Joy Through Authentic Representation – PaleyFest

‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast And Creator Reveal Final Season Details, Talk Bringing Joy Through Authentic Representation – PaleyFest

As the final episode of Jane the Virgin is upon us, the cast got super emotional at the start of their PaleyFest panel. Star and executive producer Gina Rodriguez shed some tears as she and co-star Justin Baldoni remembered when they first started the show and how they had the opportunity to share their gifts with the world. The emotional moment soon turned into a fun lovefest and moderator Leanne Aguilera from Entertainment Tonight attempting to pull spoilers for the…Read full story

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L.A. Readers: Win Free Tickets to See the Amazon Series ‘Hanna’ on the Big Screen

L.A. Readers: Win Free Tickets to See the Amazon Series ‘Hanna’ on the Big Screen

I think we can all agree the quality of television and streaming shows has jumped to an entirely new level. In terms of quality, some of them even rival what movie studios release in theaters. While I love watching the latest series in my living room, no matter what setup you have, nothing compares to a movie theater. You just can’t recreate the sound, screen size, and shared experience at home no matter what set up you have. It’s why so many of us love going to a movie theater….

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Creators Talk Turning Series Into A Stage Musical And Plan For Future Reboot – PaleyFest

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Creators Talk Turning Series Into A Stage Musical And Plan For Future Reboot – PaleyFest

It’s the last season before the cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend takes its final bow. The cast and creators of the musical comedy took the stage at PaleyFest to reflect on everything from the spark that lit the fire for the show to saying goodbye to the popular CW series — and talked about a possible musical stage show based on the series. Moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt, co-creator and star Rachel Bloom was joined by co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna as well as actors Scott Micha…Read full story

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