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Hallmark's Andrew Walker Finds the Christmas Spirit on — Gasp! — Lifetime

Hallmark's Andrew Walker Finds the Christmas Spirit on — Gasp! — Lifetime
Any self-respecting fan of the Hallmark Channel’s many romance movies should be familiar with actor Andrew Walker. Perhaps you saw him woo a movie starlet in Date With Love. Or maybe he warmed your heart in Love on Ice. Or you were swept away by him in Bridal Wave. Or you watched him find A Bride for Christmas. Needless to say, Walker has starred in a lot of romantic tales for the network. But this December, you’ll have to tune into a different channel to watch the Hallmark mainstay’s latest love story.

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Netflix UK scoop up a whole bunch of shows

Kirsten Howard Dec 15, 2017

Netflix UK is adding more TV shows in January than previously planned, including new DC series Black Lightning...

Netflix UK seem to have a bit of cash left over in their 2017 budget, as they've decided to grab a handful of extra shows to drop in January 2018.

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The streaming giant's UK base has announced that The CW's latest DC series Black Lightning will be coming to your telly box next month, if you're looking for a new superhero outing to take a chance on.

Period drama Underground has also been snagged, along with Outsiders, another drama that focuses on a group of isolationist mountain folk. Both were cancelled in the Us earlier in the year.

In another last minute trolley dash of acquisitions, they've also picked up the whole of Jenji Kohan's breakout series Weeds, Homeland season 6, Fargo season
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‘Stranger Things’ Ep Shawn Levy Inks Overall Deal With Netflix, Hires Josh Barry As President Of 21 Laps Television

Netflix continues to lock in the producers behind its biggest series in lucrative overall deals. Following the pact with Orange Is the New Black and G.L.O.W.’s Jenji Kohan, the Internet network has inked an exclusive multi-year pact with Shawn Levy, executive producer of Netflix’s biggest series, Stranger Things. As part of the deal, Levy has tapped veteran TV development executive and producer Josh Barry as President of his 21 Laps Television. "Shawn and 21 Laps are…
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'Stranger Things' Producer Inks Massive Overall Deal With Netflix

After inking lucrative overall deals with Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan in recent months, Netflix is entering into another exclusive pact with one of its creators.

The streaming giant has signed Stranger Things director-producer Shawn Levy and his production company 21 Laps Entertainment to what sources say is a four-year, seven-figure deal. Levy is said to have fielded multiple offers from various film and TV outfits before opting to focus on TV at the streamer.

Netflix and Levy’s production shingle first joined forces on the breakout sci-fi drama from the Duffer Brothers, which was recently renewed for a third season after earning...
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Murdoch Sale Talks Underscore Digital’s Effect in Disrupting Hollywood

Murdoch Sale Talks Underscore Digital’s Effect in Disrupting Hollywood
Industry veterans are struggling to wrap their heads around a notion that would have seemed laughable a year ago: Rupert Murdoch, a seller?

The heightened level of activity around the possible sale of some big 21st Century Fox assets is forcing Hollywood to confront the harsh reality of what some are calling the “Faang” effect: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google have plowed into the content and distribution business and are reinventing it on their own terms.

The tech giants are fearsome competitors not only because they have far more ready cash than traditional media players to invest in the hunt for audiences. Facebook, Apple and Amazon in particular operate in fundamentally different businesses from NBC, HBO, Paramount Pictures, Comcast and the like. They have balance sheets enormous enough to make spending a few billion dollars a year on content a loss leader to fuel other strategic and financial goals — such as selling iPhones or Amazon Prime memberships
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“Orange Is the New Black” Creator Jenji Kohan Signs Overall Deal with Netflix

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Jenji Kohan is making it official with Netflix. The “Orange Is the New Black” creator has signed a multi-year overall deal with the streaming giant, Variety reports. Kohan’s female-led prison dramedy has earned four Emmy awards during its five-season run on Netflix. She’s also an executive producer on the streamer’s acclaimed women’s wrestling series “Glow,” which will be returning for a second season next year.

The deal sees Kohan developing new original series and other projects for Netflix.

“Bold, outspoken, and totally fearless, Jenji has constantly raised the bar for storytelling at Netflix,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix. “She possesses a rare and special talent to say what’s unspoken, choose the unexpected over the safe, and drive the cultural conversation — and audiences love her for it. She has been with us from the beginning and
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Matthew Weiner Denies Sexual Harassment Accusation: ‘The Allegations Are Not True’

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Matthew Weiner Denies Sexual Harassment Accusation: ‘The Allegations Are Not True’
Matthew Weiner has denied the sexual-harassment accusation made against him by former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon. “The allegations are not true, and [this] is a very important topic and a topic that I have devoted — it has been an obsession of mine, in my work and in my life, for like 92 hours of the show,” he said while promoting his novel “Heather, the Totality” yesterday, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“We wanted people to be having this conversation. It’s great that we’re having it,” Weiner added. “It’s a very serious issue.”

Read More:‘Mad Men’ Producer Marti Noxon Describes Matthew Weiner as an ‘Emotional Terrorist,’ Says She Believes His Accuser

The event was moderated by “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan, who asked Weiner why Gordon would make an untrue claim. He responded that he didn’t “want to speak to someone else’s character.”

“I will say this,
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Matthew Weiner Denies Sexual Harassment Accusation: ‘The Allegations Are Not True’

Matthew Weiner Denies Sexual Harassment Accusation: ‘The Allegations Are Not True’
Matthew Weiner has denied the sexual-harassment accusation made against him by former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon. “The allegations are not true, and [this] is a very important topic and a topic that I have devoted — it has been an obsession of mine, in my work and in my life, for like 92 hours of the show,” he said while promoting his novel “Heather, the Totality” yesterday, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“We wanted people to be having this conversation. It’s great that we’re having it,” Weiner added. “It’s a very serious issue.”

Read More:‘Mad Men’ Producer Marti Noxon Describes Matthew Weiner as an ‘Emotional Terrorist,’ Says She Believes His Accuser

The event was moderated by “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan, who asked Weiner why Gordon would make an untrue claim. He responded that he didn’t “want to speak to someone else’s character.”

“I will say this,
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Matthew Weiner Tells Jenji Kohan Sexual Harassment Claim Against Him "Is Not True"

Matthew Weiner is publicly denying the sexual harassment allegation levied against him. At a event Friday in Los Angeles promoting the Mad Men creator's debut book Heather, the Totality, Orange Is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan, who was moderating, started off the conversation by saying that while Weiner ought to be taking a victory lap, he’s instead having to defend himself against a harassment accusation from a former writer on his show. Kater Gordon, an assistant-turned-writer, told The Information on Nov. 9 that the Mad Men creator told her that she owed it to him to...
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Netflix Acquires Animated Feature From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator

Netflix Acquires Animated Feature From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator
Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to the animated pic “Klaus,” the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos, who wrote the story and is the co-creator of “Despicable Me.”

The all-star voice cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, and Joan Cusack.

The film is a Christmas family comedy that tells the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings about the genesis of Santa Claus. The screenplay is written by Pablos, Zach Lewis, and Jim Mahoney, based on an original story by Pablos.

“How is it possible there’s no story about the origin of Santa Claus?,” Pablos said. “He’s one of the most well-known and loved characters in the world! We felt this was a story that needed to be told and that there was no better way than with animation.”

Tanguy Olivier, Gustavo Ferrada, and Marisa Roman are serving as producers. The film is co-produced by Pablos’ animation studio Spa Studios and Atresmedia
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Orange is the New Black's Jenji Kohan enters overall deal with Netflix

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Weeds and Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan has just inked an overall deal with Netflix to make the top-tier streaming service the producer's exclusive creative home for new content and other projects.The move to secure Kohan's creative endevours comes shortly on the heels of another huge get for Netflix, after locking down an exclusive deal with former ABC Studios... Read More...
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Jenji Kohan Inks Overall Deal With Netflix

Netflix has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Jenji Kohan, who is behind two hit series for the Internet network, Orange Is the New Black and Glow. Weeds creator Kohan is the latest A-list showrunner to make Netflix her creative home, joining Shonda Rhimes. Under the pact, she will produce new original series and other projects. Kohan created and executive produces Orange is The New Black, which helped put Netflix on the original series map and continues to be one…
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‘OITNB’ Creator Jenji Kohan Inks Multiyear Deal With Netflix

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‘OITNB’ Creator Jenji Kohan Inks Multiyear Deal With Netflix
Netflix has signed “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan to an exclusive multiyear deal. Under the terms of the pact, the “Glow” executive producer will produce new original series and other projects for the streaming giant. “Bold, outspoken and totally fearless, Jenji has constantly raised the bar for storytelling at Netflix,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of Original Content at Netflix. “She possesses a rare and special talent to say what’s unspoken, choose the unexpected over the safe and drive the cultural conversation — and audiences love her for it. She has been with us from the beginning.
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'Orange Is the New Black' Showrunner Jenji Kohan Inks Overall Deal at Netflix (Exclusive)

In its ongoing bid for Hollywood domination, Netflix has inked another gargantuan deal.

This time, the streaming giant is pacting with one of its most successful collaborators, Jenji Kohan. The deal will make Netflix the Orange Is the New Black and Glow producer’s exclusive creative home to produce new original series and other projects. The pact follows an even larger one inked in August with Shonda Rhimes, poaching her away from her home of more than a decade, ABC Studios, in a deal estimated to be worth $100 million.

The move comes as Netflix has made clear that ownership is a sizable part of its plan going forward. It’s...
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‘Glow’: Shakira Barrera Taps In For Season 2

Shakira Barrera has entered the ring for Netflix’s Glow, the 1980s-set female wrestling comedy that is now shooting its second season. She has joined the cast for the 10-episode Season 2 playing Yolanda aka Yo-Yo, a a Mexican American dancer/stripper and out-and-proud lesbian who joins the team. In August, Netflix renewed the series created and executive produced by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, and executive produced by Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan and…
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How Teslas Became the New Hollywood Power Gift

Remember the glory days of TV and movie bonuses? Like 1995, when NBC gave each of the Friends Porsche 911s? And 1999, when Will & Grace actors all got Porsche Boxters?

Turns out the good old days never really went away — it's just the cars that have changed. According to sources, Warner Bros. purchased trendy Tesla electric vehicles for both Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins after Wonder Woman shattered box-office records, and another for The Conjuring director James Wan, who is shooting Aquaman for the studio, while Lionsgate gave one to Jenji Kohan in 2013 after Orange Is the...
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What Is Winning an Emmy Worth?

What Is Winning an Emmy Worth?
The rough cost of a top-tier Emmy campaign — the kind mounted this year for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” — is $1 million. But the value of winning an Emmy is harder to quantify. The payoff comes via intangibles, such as seeing one’s brand burnished on an industry-wide stage. But some see little value in the awards besides ego boost.

Speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment and Technology Summit this month, TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly asserted that while “it’s been long held that really in terms of perception,” an Emmy win is a positive, “from a bottom-line business point of view, no,” it has no value.

But in the Peak TV era, it can’t hurt. With more than 500 scripted shows projected across broadcast, cable, and streaming this year, according to FX Networks research, programmers on every platform struggle to market successfully.

“Winning
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Meet Dr. Dina: Pot Doc to the Stars and ‘Cannabis Consultant’ on ‘Disjointed’

Meet Dr. Dina: Pot Doc to the Stars and ‘Cannabis Consultant’ on ‘Disjointed’
Dina Browner isn’t really a doctor, but in her role as partner in the West Hollywood-based Alternative Herbal Health Services (where rappers 2 Chainz, the Game, and Snoop Dogg are regulars), she takes her role as a compassionate caregiver very seriously, especially as California prepares for the legalization of “adult use.”

“We’re still figuring out what that means,” says the Tarzana, Calif., native, whose introduction to weed came from Snoop himself. “I have hopes and concerns. I care about our medical patients receiving what they need at fair prices.”

The daughter of a psychologist and real estate broker whose sister is a club golf pro, Browner insists she’s the inspiration for Jenji Kohan’s “Weeds.” Her dispensary most certainly is the role model for the Netflix series “Disjointed,” where Browner serves as the show’s “cannabis consultant,” sitting in on writers’ meetings and present at the filming of every one of its 20 episodes.

“No
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TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them

TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them
Watch your back, Hulu. IndieWire surveyed 15 network toppers this summer on a range of questions, including the show they’d most like to steal from a rival. The top show they coveted was easily Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the timely story of a totalitarian dystopia that is on track to potentially win the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy this month.

Execs also raved about a variety of other recent series, including the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” about the relationship between billionaire music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. And the network honchos were given a chance to single out an upcoming (or recently aired) show that they believe is destined to become a surprise hit. As the industry prepares for another fall season, here’s some insight into what TV’s top executives are thinking, and what’s concerning them most.

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