Hank Steinberg/50 Cent Drama ‘For Life’ & ‘United We Fall’ Comedy Get ABC Series Orders   Other

ABC has picked up an additional drama and comedy series for the 2019-2020 season. Primetime-Panic Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders The network has ordered hourlong legal drama For Life (fka Hank Steinberg/Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Project) and multi-camera family comedy United We Fall. Both hail from Sony Pictures TV, which will co-produce
‘Network’ Director Ivo Van Hove On Old Movies, New Dances, David Bowie And What ‘All About Eve’ & ‘West Side Story’ Say Today – Tony Watch Q&A   Other

Network, All About Eve, West Side Story – a really good day’s Netflix queue as well as the latest entries on the resume of Belgian-born theater director Ivo van Hove. Tony-nominated for his direction of Broadway’s Network, the artistic director of the Toneelgroep Amsterdam has built a reputation for experimental revisions of Hollywood and Broadway classics that
Archie Comics Welcomes Newest Namesake: Master Mountbatten-Windsor   Other

Good thing Archie Bunker isn’t around anymore. After little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor made his name the #1 trending topic worldwide, another Archie just had to weigh in, welcoming the little guy to the club. “I’m baby,” tweeted the official Archie Comics account. No explanation or photo needed. This morning, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced
‘Chernobyl’ Exec Producer Jane Featherstone On ‘Vast’ & ‘Compelling’ HBO Drama Plus Opportunities & Challenges Of British Drama   Other

Jane Featherstone, exec producer of HBO’s Chernobyl, has lifted the lid on producing the “vast” and “compelling” period drama and how the series fits into her rapidly growing Sister Pictures. The Broadchurch and Humans producer had only just recently set up her own indie when she received a call from Kary Antholis, who was HBO miniseries chief at the time,
YouTube Star Austin Jones Sentenced For Soliciting Minors For Explicit Videos   Other

A popular YouTube singer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for soliciting sexually explicit videos from his teenaged female fans. Austin Jones, age 26, built a strong following by singing a cappella covers of pop hits and had done well in concert tours. But in 2017, he was arrested and charged with two counts of production of child pornography. The youthful-looking
‘The Infiltrators’ Series Adaptation Based On Sundance Film In Works By Blumhouse Television   Other

EXCLUSIVE: Blumhouse Television has optioned the Sundance award-winning documentary-narrative film, The Infiltrators from Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra to adapt as a scripted series. Jenniffer Gomez (Vida, Black Sails, Sacred Lies) will write and produce the adaptation. The critically praised film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was honored with The
As ‘Stranger Things’ Plagiarism Case Readies For Trial, Duffer Bros Want To Know If Jurors Watch Netflix & Plaintiff Keys On Pilot   Other

A week before Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers are set to go to trial over claims that they ripped off the idea for what became the Netflix blockbuster, both sides are quarreling over what they want and don’t want the jury to see or hear. In a series of filings to L.A. Superior Court late last night, attorneys for defendants Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer
HBO’s ‘True Justice’, Docu About Bryan Stevenson & Equal Justice Initiative, Gets Summer Premiere Date   Other

For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. Now HBO Documentary Films is telling his story. Set to premiere June 26 on the premium cable channel, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Eyes Record $130M+ Opening Day; Unprecedented $300M Weekend Likely – Early Friday B.O. Read   Other

3RD UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: One exhibition source says that the amount of business that Avengers: Endgame is doing “is ridiculous”. Off of 9AM shows alone today, big venues like the AMC 25 Empire in NYC is doing $175K, NYC Lincoln Square counts $161K, Regal E-Walk has $78K while the Edwards Irvine is sseeing $145K. Industry estimates are seeing $130M-$140M for today
NFL Players Association’s ACE Media Gets Strategic Investment From Allied Global Marketing   Other

EXCLUSIVE: ACE Media, the content subsidiary of the NFL Players Association, has landed a strategic investment by entertainment, sports and lifestyle marketing agency Allied Global Marketing. The partnership provides ACE with additional capital, production capabilities, and sales and marketing resources that the union says will create content opportunities for athletes,