‘Harry Potter’ Actor Tom Felton “On The Mend” After Being Carted Off Golf Course Following Collapse – Update


September 25, 2021 1:50pm


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UPDATE: Actor Tom Felton took to social media today to assure fans that he’s doing fine after collapsing at a golf tournament.

In a new video uploaded to Instagram, Felton, 34, told viewers that he’s “on the mend” following the incident.

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the lovely well wishes as of recent,” he said. “Yeah, it was a bit of a scary episode, really. I’m on the mend. People have been looking, taking really good care of me, so thank you very much for messages of ‘get well soon,’ because I am on the mend, officially.”

He then played his guitar and broke out into a song, telling all, “Don’t you worry, Tom will be doing fine.”

EARLIER: Harry Potter actor Tom Felton collapsed at the end of a celebrity golf match on Thursday, and was subsequently carted off the course, according to multiple reports.

The cause of his collapse, and his current condition have not yet been disclosed, though he was apparently conscious as he left the scene.

The event took place at the Sheboygan, Wisconsin course known as Whistling Straits ahead of the Ryder Cup, which begins on Friday. The 34-year-old actor was a member of a European team, competing with the U.S.

Felton’s reps did not immediately return a request for comment. We’ll update this story with further details as they come in.

‘The Witcher’ Renewed For Season 3 By Netflix, Franchise Expands With Another Anime Film & Family Series – Netflix Tudum


September 25, 2021 12:13pm


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Netflix has handed an early renewal to the widely popular series The Witcher, greenlighting Season 3 months before Season 2 drops in December.

The streamer unveiled a slew of The Witcher news at its virtual fan event Tudum on Saturday. The Witcher, which was one of Netflix’s most popular shows of 2019, stars Henry Cavill as the grim Geralt of Rivia, the bane of supernatural beasties, in a story of the intertwined destinies of three individuals in the vast world of The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, and where good and evil is not easily identified.

Set to debut on December 17, The Witcher Season 2 will follow Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia who, convinced that Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) died at the gruesome Battle of Sodden, seeks to bring Princess Cirilla (Freya Allan) to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, Geralt must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.

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The Witcher is and executive produced by Schmidt Hissrich. Tomek Baginski, Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, Mike Ostrowski, Steve Gaub and Jarosław Sawko also executive produce.

In addition to unveiling the series’ Season 3 renewal,  Netflx’s Tudum shared clips for The Witcher Season 2. Watch them below.


Additionally, Netflix will dive even deeper into world of The Witcher, expanding the franchise with a kids and family series and a second anime feature film.

The upcoming anime film, which remains untitled, is the second anime film in the The Witcher franchise at Netflix. Earlier this year, Netflix dropped The Witcher: Nightmare of The Wolf, which followed the exploits of Geralt’s mentor and predecessor Vessemir.

The Witcher goodness continued at Tudum as the creative team of The Witcher: Blood Origin also brought behind-the-scenes footage to the virtual event.

Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher: Blood Origin will chart the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal ‘Conjunction of the Spheres’, when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.

The series stars Laurence O’Fuarain, Michelle Yeoh,Sophia Brown, Lenny Henry, Mirren Mack, Nathaniel Curtis, Dylan Moran. Jacob Collins Levy, Lizzie Annis, Huw Novelli, Francesca Mills, Amy Murry and Zach Wyatt also round out the cast.

Declan de Barra will act as executive producer and showrunner. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Matt O’Toole are executive producers. Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as creative consultant. Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films will all serve as executive producers.

See the BTS footage below.

‘Big Mouth’: Netflix Sets Season 5 Premiere Date With Teaser Art & Reveals Guest Stars – Netflix Tudum


September 25, 2021 11:52am

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Maury the Hormone Monster takes center stage in the latest teaser art for Big Mouth‘s upcoming Season 5.

Netflix unveiled the latest look at Big Mouth Season 5 on Saturday during its jam-packed fan event, Tudum. The teaser art sees Maury rocking some fresh ink on his knuckles that read “Love” and “Hate.” It also unveils the premiere date for Season 5. Big Mouth, which stars Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein and more, will return to Netflix on November 5.

Additionally, the streamer also announced that Brandon Kyle Goodman, Keke Palmer and Pamela Adlon guest star in the new season; Goodman and Palmer are series regulars on the Big Mouth spinoff Human Resources, on which Adlon also will guest star.  .

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Starting with “No Nut November” and continuing through New Years Eve, Big Mouth Season 5 takes on the theme of Love & Hate with the introduction of lovebugs and hate worms, amorphous creatures that can shift between the two forms (like caterpillars and butterflies). Nick’s lovebug, Walter ( Goodman), pushes Nick to pursue his feelings for Jessi until she publicly rejects him, turning Walter into a hate worm who leads Nick down a dark, rancorous path. Meanwhile, Jessi’s lovebug, Sonya (Adlon), appears as Jessi gets closer with Ali and eventually wonders if she loves her as more than a friend. Jessi and Ali’s new close bond, and joint co-opting of Missy’s affinity group, sends Missy into her own hate spiral, fueled by hate worm Rochelle (Palmer). Jealousy, unrequited love, and newfound crushes abound in this new form-breaking season as the Big Mouth teens navigate 8th grade.

Earlier in April at the USC Comedy Festival, the series’ creative team shared that in addition to showcasing characters’ hormonal escapades, Big Mouth Season 5 will “explore a little bit more about kids advocating and becoming political.”

Big Mouth, a Netflix production, is created/executive produced by Kroll, Andrew Goldberg and screenwriter-directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. Ahead of Season 5’s debut, the musical comedy has already been renewed for a sixth season. Throughout its run, the series has earned four Emmy nominations, and last year, star Maya Rudolph claimed one, in the category of Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.

See the teaser art below.

New York Schools Vaccine Mandate Granted Temporary Injunction By Federal Court


September 25, 2021 11:41am


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A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked a vaccine mandate set to go into effect on Monday in the New York City school system.

The mandate would over more than 150,00 people working in the system, 90% of whom are already vaccinated. It was set to go into effect Monday at midnight, and the administration was anticipating widespread staff shortages and disruption in some schools where anti-vaxx sentiment runs high.

A judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted the injunction on a temporary basis. A three-judge panel will now review the mandate. It is possible that their ruling could come before the Monday deadline.

A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled last week that the city could move forward with the mandate. A federal judge in Broolyn also declined an injunction request sought by teachers.  //

‘The Crown’: Netflix Announces Premiere Month For Season 5 Of Emmy-Winning Series – Netflix Tudum


September 25, 2021 11:27am

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Fresh off its formidable sweep at the 73rd annual Emmy Awards, Netflix’s The Crown will come back for even more royal drama next year.

Netflix, during its Tudum fan event on Saturday, revealed that The Crown will return for Season 5 November 2022. The announcement was made by Imelda Staunton, who is taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth, in a video from the set of the show. The Crown was initially set to conclude with the upcoming fifth season, but series creator Peter Morgan reversed the decision sharing that the Emmy-winning drama will actually end with its sixth installment.

Season 5 began shooting in July, with a complete cast refresh. Staunton plays Queen Elizabeth, Lesley Manville is Princess Margaret, Jonathan Pryce will play Prince Philip, Jonny Lee Miller will play John Major, Dominic West takes on Prince Charles and Elizabeth Debicki features as Princess Diana. Khalid Abdalla will also appear as Dodi Fayed.

Deadline understands that storylines in Season 5 will include Princess Diana’s bombshell BBC Panorama interview, which has made headlines in recent weeks after an inquiry revealed the full scale of reporter Martin Bashir’s deceit in securing the scoop.

The Crown is produced by Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. It is exec produced by Peter Morgan, Suzanne Mackie, Stephen Daldry, Andy Harries, Benjamin Caron, Matthew Byam Shaw and Robert Fox with Michael Casey, Andy Stebbing, Martin Harrison and Oona O Beirn as producers.

The Crown’s new Queen, Imelda Staunton, just revealed in #TUDUM that Season 5 will premiere in November 2022. pic.twitter.com/IYknWn8Qhi

— Netflix (@netflix) September 25, 2021

‘Emily In Paris’: Netflix Sets Season 2 Premiere Date For Lily Collins Comedy, Releases Teaser – Netflix Tudum


September 25, 2021 11:25am

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Emily in Paris will make its retour au Netflix next year.

During Saturday’s Tudu event, Netflix revealed that the Emmy-nominated comedy is set to return December 22. The romantic comedy, which was originally set at Paramount and later moved to the streamer, was renewed for Season 2 in November. Along with the premiere date announcement, the streamer released a teaser providing first glimpse at the new season. (You can watch it below.)

In Emily In Paris, Emily (Collins), an ambitious twentysomething marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company — and she is tasked with revamping its social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends and navigating new romances.

The series from Darren Star also features Ashley Park, Philippine Leroy Beaulieu, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, Camille Razat and Bruno Gouery. Kate Walsh, William Abadie and Arnaud Viard recur.

The half-hour series was created, written and executive produced by Star (Younger, Sex and the City). Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns of Jax Media also exec produce alongside Andrew Fleming. Collins produces. Produced by MTV Studios, the series was filmed on location in Paris and across France.

Watch the announcement below.

Emily in Paris Season 2 premieres December 22! #TUDUM pic.twitter.com/4EcoCvCvmD

— Netflix (@netflix) September 25, 2021

Netflix Announces ‘Drifting Home’ Anime Movie, Teases ‘Super Crooks’ & ‘Bright: Samurai Soul’ – Netflix Tudum


September 25, 2021 11:22am


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Netflix anime continues on the move, as the streamer announced the feature film Drifting Home for a 2022 premiere, and updated the casts, dates and teasers on several other projects.

The TUDUM virtual fan event was presented and hosted by Netflix Anime V-Tuber N-ko, highlighted by the Drifting Home news, the next feature film project by Studio Colorido, the team behind 2020’s A Whisker Away.

The upcoming original story about two childhood friends that drift into a mysterious sea alongside an entire housing complex will join previously announced heist story Super Crooks (premiering November 25, 2021) based on a story by comic book legend Mark Millar, and Bright: Samurai Soul (premiering October 12, 2021), an anime spin-off to the original Hollywood film starring Will Smith.

Netflix also gave fans a glimpse at some of their returning series, including Aggretsuko Season 4 (premiering December 2021) and ULTRAMAN Season 2 (premiering in 2022), revealing a new teaser art for the long-awaited sophomore season of ULTRAMAN, as well as the key art and premiere timing for the return of Aggretesuko.

The Netflix touts come as the streamer claims that more than 120 million households chose to watch at least one anime on Netflix in the past year. The spotlight event also celebrated longtime fan favorite Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie. Fans joined host and actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (Never Have I Ever) as she talked to the global voice cast about their experience as the voices of Super Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino.

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AGGRETSUKO Season 4 – Global Premiere Date: December 2021

Frustrated with her thankless office job, Retsuko the Red Panda copes with her daily struggles by belting out death metal karaoke after work. After becoming an underground idol to pay off her debts, Retsuko decides to quit OTMGirls and enjoy living a happy, normal life… but just as the company she works for is facing big changes, her relationship with Haida finally begins to move. Staff: Original story by: Sanrio; Directed by: Rarecho; Animation Production: Fanworks; Bright: Samurai Soul – Global Premiere Date: October 12, 2021

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Bright: Samurai Soul – Global Premiere Date: October 12, 2021

In the time between the fall of the Shogunate and the rise of the Meiji era, a powerful bright light emitted from a wand brings an end to the long Shogunate period to avoid further bloodshed as Japan begins to shift toward a new era. Amid these circumstances, a one-eyed wandering ronin named Izou, who has lost his reason to live, and Raiden, an orc who detests murder and hopes to leave a life of thievery behind, separately meet a young elf girl named Sonya around the same time. Together, they go on a journey along the Tokaido road to bring her and the wand she holds safely to the land of the elves in the north. Standing in their path is the mysterious organization Inferni, which aims to obtain the wand and revive the Dark Lord, who intends to rule all of creation. Inferni also uses the new Meiji government in its attempt to steal the wand from Izou, Raiden and Sonya. Traveling along the Tokaido road from Kyoto to Yokohama, Izou and Raiden begin their journey to protect the wand. Directed by: Kyohei Ishiguro; Written by: Michiko Yokote; Character Designer: Atsushi Yamagata; Animation Production: ARECT;

Drifting Home – Global Premiere Date: Coming in 2022

Kosuke and Natsume have been friends since childhood, but as time goes on the relationship between the two sixth graders seems strained as they keep avoiding one another. One day during their summer vacation, they go to a housing complex that is scheduled to be demolished. Having grown up there, the place holds a lot of memories, but while playing, they suddenly get caught up in a mysterious phenomenon and when they regain consciousness, they see an entire ocean before them as the housing complex has drifted into a mysterious sea and Kosuke and Natsume with it. Will they be able to return to their previous world? A summer farewell journey begins…Director: Hiroyasu Ishida; Screenplay: Hayashi Mori, Hiroyasu Ishida & Minaka Sakamoto; Character Designer: Akihiro Nagae; Assistant Character Designer: Fumi Kato; Composer: Umitaro Abe; Producer: Koji Yamamoto; Production: Studio Colorido; Planning: Twin Engine

SUPER CROOKS – Global Premiere Date: November 25, 2021

In this anime adaptation, small-time crook Johnny Bolt recruits the ultimate crew for one last heist — for real! From comic book legend Mark Millar, this super-powered heist story about eight super-villains is jam-packed with action and told in 13x 30-minute episodes lushly produced by Bones. Original Graphic Novel created by: Mark Millar & Leinil Yu; Director: Motonobu Hori; Writer (Story Editor): Dai Sato; Composer: Towa Tei; Character Design Supervisor: Leinil Yu; Character Design: Takashi Mitani; Animation Production: bones (or BONES)

ULTRAMAN Season 2 – Global Premiere Date: Coming 2022

Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, with the legendary “Giant of Light” (光の巨人 Hikari no Kyojin) now a memory, as it is believed he returned home after fighting the many giant aliens that invaded the Earth. Shin Hayata’s son Shinjiro seems to possess a strange ability, and it is this ability, along with his father’s revelation that he was Ultraman, that leads Shinjiro to battle the new aliens invading the Earth as the new Ultraman. Based on a comic by: Tsuburaya Production, Eiichi Shimizu & Tomohiro Shimoguchi; Directors: Kenji Kamiyama & Shinji Aramaki; Music: Nobuko Toda & Kazuma Jinnouchi; Production: Production I.G. & SOLA DIGITAL ARTS.

‘Tiger King 2’ Sets Premiere Date For More Mayhem And Madness—Netflix Tudum


September 25, 2021 11:04am


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More mayhem and madness lie ahead as Netflix confirms Tiger King 2 will debut on Nov. 17, during the streamer’s Tudum presentation on Saturday.

Netflix confirmed the date via a video refresher of documentary subjects Joe Exotic, and Carole Baskin, as well as all the best twists and turns from Season 1.

It’s not exactly clear what the focus will be for the new season of Tiger King, but Deadline understands that the filmmakers met with and spoke to Exotic (aka Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage né Schreibvogel) a number of times in prison.

Executive producers and directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin have remained connected with him since he began serving his sentence. The pair has previously discussed how being behind bars has taught Exotic about why keeping wild animals in cages was cruel.

Baskin has confirmed she will not be participating.

The first installment profiled wildcat owners including Exotic, the former owner of the G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, who now is serving a lengthy prison sentence for crimes against his animals and his role in a murder-for-hire plot against Baskin.

Goode and Chaiklin will reteam as directors and executive producers; Chris Smith and Fisher Stevens also will serve as EPs. It is being produced by A Goode Films Production in association with Library Films and Article 19 Films.

Watch the video announcement in full above.

Friday Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ And WWE Top The Demos, With ‘Dateline’ Close Behind


September 25, 2021 10:35am

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It was a mixed bag on Friday night, as wrestling, reality, drama, and newsmags offered something for everyone in the ratings demo wars.

The WWE Friday Night SmackDown went FTW for Fox on Friday (for the win, mom), tied for the top in the demo wars with an 0.5. The road show visited Philadelphia, spotlighting a war of words between Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair, as well as the Intercontinental Title Match between Apollo Crews and King Shinsuke Nakamura.

At CBS, Big Brother kept up the pace, airing once again on a Friday outside its usual slot in anticipation of next week’s season finale. The show is down to its last three contestants and also scored an 0.5 on the evening, with a slightly larger audience than wrestling. It was followed by a new Secret Celebrity Renovation, as “Boston” Rob Mariano returned to his hometown to make over the kitchen and backyard at his parents’ house. That brought in an 0.2.

ABC’s highlight was the season debut of newsmag 20/20, which spotlighted a murder involving an ex-NFL player. That scored an 0.3, which trailed NBC’s Dateline, which had an 0.4 for its examination of a Kentucky triple murder.

The CW had back to back new episodes of Dynasty, the drama drumming up an 0.1 in both the 8 PM and 9 PM slots.

‘Cobra Kai’: Season 4 Premiere Date Revealed In New Teaser—Netflix Tudum


September 25, 2021 10:28am


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It’s time to get your Karate gi’s ready for battle as Netflix’s Cobra Kai begins its journey to the All Valley Tournament in season 4, premiering Dec. 31.

And while fans will have to wait until the very last day of 2021 to catch up with the newly formed powerhouse duo of Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang—led by former foes Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka)— take on the Cobra Kai dojo—led by antagonist John Kreese (Martin Kove)— Netflix promises it will all be worth the wait.

At this point, anyone could take the title and viewers shouldn’t sleep on two of the most powerful competitors from their respective dojos—Samantha LaRusso (Mary Mouser) from Miyagi-Do and Tory Nichols (Peyton List) from Cobra Kai. Season 4 of the Emmy nominated series will be connected to The Karate Kid Part 3 as season 3 was to The Karate Kid Part 2—with Thomas Ian Griffith reprising the infamous Terry Silver, who can be seen for the first time in the teaser.

Could this mean season 5 could be connected to 1994’s The Next Karate Kid, which saw Hilary Swank’s Julie Pierce take center stage? It’s worth noting, this is all purely speculative and should be taken with a grain of salt.

However, series creator Jon Hurwitz addressed this very question when speaking to Deadline after the team’s Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series in July.

“Sam and Tory are two of our favorite characters in the series and their rivalry is a fresh one that certainly cuts to the core for both of them,” said Hurwitz. “We’re eager for people to see how it plays out in Season 4 because there’s certainly no love lost between those two at the end of Season 3 and there’s a lot more between them going forward. We think it’s a very special season for both those characters.”

Watch the teaser in full above.

‘Sex Education’ Renewed For Season 4 At Netflix


September 25, 2021 9:42am


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Moordale Secondary school is set to start a new term.

Netflix has renewed Sex Education for a fourth season. The streamer made the announcement at its fan event Netflix Tudum.

It comes only a week after the launch of season three.

The third season begins with a new year. Otis, played by Asa Butterfield, is having casual sex, Eric, played by Ncuti Gatwa, and Adam, played by Connor Swindells, are official, and Jean, played by Gillian Anderson has a baby on the way. Meanwhile, new headteacher Hope, played by Jemima Kirke, tries to return Moordale to a pillar of excellence, Aimee, played by Aimee Gibbs, discovers feminism, Jackson, played by Kedar Williams-Stirling, gets a crush and a lost voicemail still looms.

Emma Mackey, Chaneil Kular, Simone Ashley, Mimi Keene, Tanya Reynolds, Mikael Persbrandt, Patricia Allison, Sami Outalball, Anne-Marie Duff, George Robinson, Chinenye Ezeudu, Alistair Petrie, Samantha Spiro, Rakhee Thakrar, Jason Isaacs, Dua Saleh and Jim Howick also star.

The series is written and created by Laurie Nunn and produced by Eleven. The writing team includes Sophie Goodhart, Selina Lim, Mawaan Rizwan, Temi Wilkey and Alice Seabright, with additional material from Jodie Mitchell. Season 3 is directed by Ben Taylor and Runyararo Mapfumo. Laurie Nunn, Taylor and Jamie Campbell are also executive producers.

Anonymous Content, 30West, Elysian, Totem Execs Debate Distribution Future – Zurich Summit


September 25, 2021 8:32am


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Of all the topics raised during this year’s Zurich Summit, the fact that talent now sometimes favor a streaming release over a theatrical one provoked the most debate.

“There are some actors who don’t want to go theatrical, even though it could succeed, they’d rather go on Netflix,” said Dan Steinman Co-President and COO at 30West, echoing a comment made earlier in the day by MGM’s Pamela Abdy and Michael de Luca.

“They’d rather not have the pressure of opening weekend, sometimes it is for bottom line reasons, other times psychological reasons. Some people want to play in this new sandbox [of streaming]. This is a new phenomenon but a strong one, we have to contend with it,” Steinman added.

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Robert Walak, President of Anonymous Content Studios, shared a similar experience. “For me the most shocking thing filmmakers now say is they’d rather go to a streamer than face the pressure of a theatrical release. It’s about how you’d be judged on your success [at the box office], versus people being able to discover your film on streamers.”

The panel, which was hosted by CAA agent Maren Olsen, discussed how the distribution landscape is evolving as we begin to come out of the other side of the pandemic.

“Everything is changing fast, there is not one global state of distribution,” commented Laure Parleani, co-founder of French sales company Totem Films. “We are more and more in a monopolistic situation [with the streamers having so much power], that is never good.”

“We’re in a period of flux,” Walak agreed, “We’re waiting for the pendulum to swing back to theatrical, [but] whatever happens we’re not going back to 2019 [when admissions records were being broken around the world]. We have to find a way to work with streamers but also protect theatrical.”

The general consensus among the speakers was that theatrical and streaming ecosystems need to find a way to coexist, and that the traditional theatrical window has been altered for good.

“The change has been coming for years, it has accelerated across the pandemic,” added Danny Perkins, CEO and founder at Elysian Film Group. “The big studios are focused on building their own platforms. If something is rigid, like the theatrical window, it’s only going to break.”

What’s the solution? “It’s all about flexibility or you’re done. In a world where films like Dune go day-and-date, all bets are off, you can’t count on a window for any film,” explained Perkins.

“There is renewed flexibility, nobody here is saying we need to revert to a four or six month theatrical window. No one is saying day-and-date can’t happen on the right movie,” said Steinman. “The pandemic helped free up films from the rigours of exhibition.”

The 30West exec added that he believes a Warner Bros-style agreement, where a film has to cross a certain box office threshold to trigger a longer window, made the most sense going forward. “Having that flexibility helps everyone,” he added.

In every crisis, there is opportunity. “When you have the biggest players in the market focusing on building their own streaming services, there’s an opportunity for better rentals and longer runs. Cinema audiences are there,” affirmed Perkins.

Netflix are not the enemy, the panel made certain to say.

“For us it’s always filmmaker-driven and the aim is to have a theatrical release, but we understand some projects are best for streamers,” commented Walak. “We see the strengths in each of the streamers and the brands they’re trying to present. It’s about having a sense of curation, how they’ll talk about and market a film.”

“A film needs to be curated in a cinematic way when it’s launched on a platform,” agreed Parleani, who said certain titles, particularly auteur films, can get lost on the online streamers if not properly promoted.

“I love Netflix. I think it is a force for good in all kinds of ways, including diversity,” said Steinman. “What I watch on Netflix is more diverse than what I used to see in movie theatres 10 years ago. It’s dishonest to ignore that.”

“People will sometimes take the path of least resistance, going to the buyer of greatest means. It’s easy to make one phone call and sell your movie,” he added.

Broadway’s ‘Lackawanna Blues’ Cancels Weekend Previews, Delays Opening Due To Star Ruben Santiago-Hudson Back Injury


September 24, 2021 1:49pm

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Lackawanna Blues, the solo Broadway show written, performed, and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, has canceled its performances for tonight and over the weekend due to an off-stage back injury suffered by the star.

Santiago-Hudson is expected to return to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Tuesday, though the canceled previews have bumped the play’s official opening from that night to Thursday, Sept. 30.

The Manhattan Theatre Club production – the company’s first since the reopening of Broadway following the pandemic shutdown – features the Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom star in an autobiographical telling of his upbringing by the kindhearted woman who raised him. In the 90-minute solo performance, Santiago-Hudson gives voice to the numerous characters in and around the Lackawanna, New York, boarding house where he grew up.

Onstage musical accompaniment written by the late Bill Sims, Jr. is performed by blues guitarist Junior Mack.

A 2005 HBO TV-movie adaptation of Lackawanna Blues, based on the play, was performed by an ensemble cast and starred S. Epatha Merkerson. It was directed by George C. Wolfe and written by Santiago-Hudson, who won a Tony Award in 1996 for his performance in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars on Broadway.

‘Naked And Afraid Of Love’ Renewed For Season 2 By Discovery+


September 24, 2021 1:43pm

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Discovery+ has ordered a second helping of Naked And Afraid Of Love, the romance-focused spinoff of the Discovery channel hit Naked and Afraid.

The competition series, which premiered on Discorvery+ on Sunday, August 22, follows 16 naked strangers ready to find love as they strip down and bare it all in the ultimate challenge that blends survival, romance and everything in between. New episodes drop Sunday, culminating in the reunion hosted by Naked and Afraid vet Jake Nodar on November 7th.

The current season is set in the Philippine islands, with 8 men and 8 women are physically and emotionally vulnerable and forced to depend on each other. From a sexually fluid Army veteran who’s known for his ‘take charge’ attitude and a PhD student from Honolulu who’s tired of her fixer-upper relationships, to a high school teacher looking for a ring on ‘that’ finger and a San Diego surf instructor who’s ready to spear fish, fend off wildlife and ride through this journey like the perfect wave, these stripped down singles each bring their own unique backgrounds, and relationship experiences to the table.

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“We are thrilled to see audiences coming to discovery+ for Naked and Afraid of Love,” says Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual. “A hit franchise on linear, we were excited to explore and lean into what Naked and Afraid could be specifically on discovery+ and it is gratifying to see the creative and strategy payoff. This is where it gets fun, finding creative ways to fuel both of our streaming and linear businesses, and the team is excited to see what else is possible.”

Naked and Afraid of Love is produced for Discovery by Renegade 83, an Entertainment One (eOne) company, with David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe and Jay Bienstock as executive producers. For Discovery, Joseph Boyle and Michael Gara are executive producers and Paola Espinosa is associate producer.

Sony Pictures Animation Exec Alison Mann Named Co-President Of Newly Launched Fourth Wall Animation


September 24, 2021 1:35pm

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Sony Pictures Animation VP of Creative Strategy, Alison Mann, has partnered with Fourth Wall Management to launch the production company Fourth Wall Animation as Co-President.

Mann will work with Fourth Wall Management where she will also serve as a Manager. Her growing client list includes: Jimmy Craig (The Secret Life of Pets), Sophie Koko Gate (Slug Life); John Hoffman (Luca); Donna Lee (Raya and the Last Dragon); Dan Serafin (The Thundermans), Michelle Staphylas (Kung Fu Panda 3); Olivier Staphylas (Abominable).

They will join Fourth Wall’s existing animation clients, including: Trent Correy (Once Upon a Snowman), Hamish Grieve (Rumble), Jenn Kluska (Hotel Transylvania: Transformania), Meghan Malloy (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse), Zach Parrish (Raya and the Last Dragon), Aram Spencer Porter (We Bare Bears), Ian Jones Quartey (Steven Universe), Pam Pettler (Corpse Bride), Fergal Reilly (The Angry Birds Movie), Stephanie Stine (Raya and the Last Dragon), Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe), Jeff Westbrook (The Simpsons), Henry Yu (Hotel Transylvanis 3: Summer Vacation).

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Prior to her time at Sony, Mann gained experience in TV, film and gaming while working at Nickelodeon/MTV, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Zynga, Disney Interactive, Paramount Pictures Animation, Illumination Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation. During her 20 years in the industry, she’s worked on such projects as SpongeBob Squarepants, Avatar The Last Airbender, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me, The Grinch and Vivo.

“Animation is an amazing medium and vessel for storytelling that we believe can support any type of narrative imagined. Instead of asking ourselves ‘why is this animated’ we should be asking ourselves ‘why is this not animated’. I am excited to join forces with Jon Huddle and Fourth Wall to start this animation production company to push the boundaries of this medium, not only in themes and story but in design,” said Mann.

Mann is also the co-founder and CEO of the BRIC Foundation, an organization set up to solve how to create new access points for women and people from underrepresented groups so they can excel at creative leadership and to enable culture change through engaging and empowering talent.

The new animation company will be based out of Fourth Wall’s newly purchased building on Fairfax, where Mann will work with the Fourth Wall team to identify IP, develop original content and sign new and established clients in the animation space.

Fourth Wall Management was founded in 2016 by former UTA agent Jon Huddle. Including Mann and the recent hire of Colleen Washington from APA, it is now made up of seven managers representing actors, writers, directors and animators.