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

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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.

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

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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.

Michael K. Williams Died From Accidental Overdose, New York Medical Examiner Says

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Michael K. Williams died earlier this month from “acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine,” the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner said Friday. The CME has ruled the death accidental.

The determination comes after Williams, the five-time Emmy-nominated star of The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, 12 Years a Slave and most recently Lovecraft Country, was found dead in his Brooklyn, NY, home on Monday, September 6. He was 54 years old.

A New York Police Department detective told Deadline at the time that Williams “was discovered deceased in an apartment located at 440 Kent Avenue today around 1400 hours. It’s an ongoing investigation and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.”

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The medical examiner’s office said today it would not comment further on the case.

Williams’ death sent shockwaves through the film and TV industry that he rose to fame in after playing Omar, a robber of drug dealers, on HBO’s The Wire. He followed with HBO’s Boardwalk Empire playing Chalky White, a bootlegger ally of Steve Buscemi’s crooked New Jersey politician Nucky Thompson.

Most recently, he was Emmy nominated this year for another HBO series, Lovecraft Country, on which he starred opposite Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett and Wunmi Mosaku. Several presenters and winners at Sunday’s ceremony tributed Williams during the ceremony, including Kerry Washington and The Crown‘s Tobias Menzies. Williams, despite being a frontrunner in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, lost out to Menzies, who dedicated the award to him.

Before the Emmys, Smollett posted the following: “He was supposed to be here with us this week in LA for the Emmys. He was supposed to see how big [my son] Hunter is, we were gonna dance, celebrate, cry,” she wrote. “Instead our brother was laid to rest today.”

Jamie Foxx, a friend of Williams, remembered a night they spent together in New York, where Williams appeared in a fashion show. “We cheered because we knew you were special…fearlessness…Mystique,” Foxx Wrote. “And pure raw talent was before us.” The Oscar-winning Ray actor said he was always “in awe” of his friend.

Williams was also Emmy-nominated for HBO’s Bessie and The Night Of as well as for producing Raised in the System, a docuseries he also starred in about the American mass incarceration of juveniles. His film credits include The Road, Snitch, The Gambler, The Land, Assassin’s Creed, The Public and Motherless Brooklyn.

The actor was laid to rest in Pennsylvania on September 15.

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

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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.

Former ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Broadway Cast Members Accuse Production Of “Harm To The Trans And Non-Binary” Communities

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Two former cast members of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill, including Tony-nominated featured actress Celia Rose Gooding, released statements today accusing the production of doing, as Gooding writes, “harm to the trans and non-binary community both onstage and off.”

Nora Schell, a Black non-binary actor who made their Broadway debut in the chorus and other roles as an original company member of the Alanis Morissette musical and who will not return to the show when it reopens on Oct. 21, tweeted a statement today outlining what they say were repeated instances when they were “intimidated, coerced, and forced by multiple higher ups to put off critical and necessary surgery to remove growths from my vagina that were making me anemic.”

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Schell writes that during previews of the musical in 2019, they were told by their gynecologist that surgery for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome was needed, but that the news was either ignored or downplayed by a stage manager and, later, members of the creative team. “When I relayed the possibility of these growths returning/needing surgery again in the future,” Schell writes, “I was met with exasperation and told that if I had to take off, it wouldn’t be considered paid medical leave.”

The actor writes that they postponed surgery for a month due to the production’s lack of support, ending the statement, “I’ve been vaguely referencing mistreatment for years, and this is certainly not an exhaustive account of my experiences, but it is certainly the most alarming, fundamentally wrong and DANGEROUS incident I experienced. I’m still dealing with the consequences of waiting to get this surgery.”

Read the full statements from Schell and Gooding below.

A spokesperson for the Jagged Little Pill production has not yet responded to Deadline’s request for comment.

Jagged Little Pill, which features the songs of Morissette (co-written with Glen Ballard), direction by Diane Paulus and an original story by Diablo Cody, chronicles a year in the life of a picture-perfect suburban family whose many problems slowly come to the surface. The show addresses any number of social and personal issues, including sexual identity, inclusion and acceptance.

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Gooding, who starred in the production as Frankie, one of the musical’s four primary characters, had already announced that she would not return to the show when it resumed production following the Covid pandemic shutdown. An announcement released earlier this week by producers mentioned only that Gooding had recently landed “the iconic role of Uhura in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.”

In her statement today, Gooding did not deny that the Trek role factored into her decision, but added that she “cannot ignore the harm Jagged has done to the trans and non-binary community, including cast members on stage, off stage, and behind the scenes in the production making process…I believe it will be in my best personal interest to focus more on work that I can align myself with emotionally and morally, just as Frankie would.”

Gooding confirmed that she will perform with other cast members of the show during this Sunday’s Tony Awards. Jagged Little Pill tops its competitors in the number of Tony nominations with 15, including Best Musical and six nominees in the acting categories. Gooding is nominated in the Featured Actress/Musical category, along with her co-stars Kathryn Gallagher and Lauren Patten.

In addition to Gooding and Schell, actor Iris Menas, also a non-cisgender ensemble member, will not return to the show in October.

Patten made news herself last weekend when she posted an Instagram video in which she addressed a growing controversy around her onstage Pill character Jo. In the show’s pre-Broadway run in Boston, the character had been written and played as non-binary, but those references were excised with the production’s arrival in New York when the character was presented as a gay cis female.

“It is my deepest hope,” Patten wrote on Instagram, “for Jo to be a character that can be claimed and owned by folks of many queer identities — butch and masc women, nonbinary and genderqueer folks, trans men, and many more. Theatre has the power and the potential to be expansive, and I hope that Jo can be a representation of that moving forward.”

Jagged Little Pill‘s lead producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price also weighed in last weekend, apologizing for Jo’s Boston-to-Broadway transformation. “Compounding our mistake,” they wrote, “we then stated publicly and categorically that Jo was never written or conceived as non-binary. That discounted and dismissed what people saw and felt in this character’s journey. We should not have done that.”

The producers added, “We should have protected and celebrated the fact that the non-binary audience members saw in Jo a bold, defiant, complex, and vibrant representation of their community. For all of this we are deeply sorry.” Their actions, they said, put “our cast and our fans in a difficult position.”

The producers also pledged to take a series of actions, including future recastings, to rectify the situation. Patten will return to the show when it resumes performances next month.

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— celia r. gooding (@celiargooding) September 24, 2021

During previews for the Broadway run of JAGGED LITTLE PILL I was intimidated, coerced and forced by multiple higher ups to put off CRITICAL AND NECESSARY surgery to remove growths from my vagina that were making me anemic. Surgery my doctor told me was urgent. READ BELOW: pic.twitter.com/bqM4OOzHa3

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IATSE Tells California Legislators: “A Strike Would Effectively Shut Down” Film & TV Production In State

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Saying that “a strike would effectively shut down California state film and television production,” IATSE has told California lawmakers that “it is both outrageous and immoral that the studios oppose basic worker rights, an opposition that may lead to a highly successful industry’s shutdown.”

In a letter to state legislators, the California IATSE Council said that the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers “is refusing union proposals to provide safe working conditions, including meal and rest periods for our members. Given their position, IATSE is compelled to call for strike authorization vote.”

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“Given your longstanding support for the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program, for which we are deeply appreciative, and which has had such a large impact on production and jobs in our state, we believe it is important for California’s State policymakers to know the facts,” the union told legislators in a letter dated September 23.

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On that same day, IATSE president Matthew Loeb told his members: “We are at a stage where the employers have made this struggle about power, not reason. Therefore we are initiating a strike vote to authorize me to call one if necessary.”

The letter to the legislators was signed by Thom Davis, president of the California IATSE Council and business manager of IATSE Grips Local 80, and the Council’s legislative co-chairs Rebecca Rhine, national executive director of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600; Scott Bernard, business rep of IATSE Sound Local 695; and Jim Beaumonte, business rep of San Francisco IATSE Local 16.

Here the full letter:

Dear Legislator: The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the union that represents 52,000 skilled crew and craftspeople living and working in California write to inform you of a collective bargaining contract impasse over dangerous work practices that have become intolerable to our members in this State and across the country. Given your longstanding support for the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program, for which we are deeply appreciative, and which has had such a large impact on production and jobs in our state, we believe it is important for California’s State policymakers to know the facts.

IATSE is currently in collective bargaining with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents media mega corporations collectively worth trillions of dollars. The AMPTP is refusing union proposals to provide safe working conditions, including meal and rest periods for our members. Given their position, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees is compelled to call for strike authorization vote. A strike would effectively shut down California State film and television production.

The most grievous workplace conditions we are trying to improve include:
● Excessively unsafe and harmful working hours including Fridays that often last well into Saturday (aka “Fraturdays”).
● Wages for the lowest paid crafts that cannot sustain a decent living. ● Incredibly long workdays without any break for a meal, to put down equipment, to unmask and get fresh air or just to sit down.
● Consistent failure to provide reasonable rest between workdays, and on weekends.
● Substandard rates for the same work on “new media” streaming projects even on productions with budgets that rival or exceed those of traditionally released blockbusters. This “relief” is being provided to the most profitable companies on the planet including Apple and Amazon.

Despite booming business, the studios have rejected these IATSE positions that would address the most egregious health and safety provisions in contract negotiations. Management does not appear to even recognize our core issues as problems that exist in the first place. These are working conditions the studios already afford our members’ counterparts in other countries, including Canada and in Europe. The AMPTP’s refusal to budge has created a deadlock, leading to the strike vote. They keep characterizing these issues as being about “money” but really, they are primarily about equity, health, safety and planning. The unions impacted include all 13 IATSE Hollywood Locals, as well as Locals in San Francisco, San Diego, Orange County and across the State. Together they represent 52,000 working women and men who live in our State.

As representatives of these Unionized, skilled film and television workers, we again want to say that we greatly appreciate your long-term support of our industry. California’s film and television industry has prospered greatly since the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program was passed by the Legislature in 2014. The program has revitalized an almost dead film and television production community, with over 52,000 workers and billions of dollars in economic activity every year. Moreover, post pandemic, film & television production is approaching pre-pandemic levels while many other industries are still struggling. This is largely due to the fact that our members returned to work a year ago at great personal risk to ensure our industry a swift recovery. With all this success, it is both outrageous and immoral that the studios oppose basic worker rights, an opposition that may lead to a highly successful industry’s shutdown.

DGA, SAG-AFTRA, WGA East & Teamsters “Stand In Solidarity” With IATSE

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Hollywood’s unions have issued a statement of support for IATSE in its efforts to reach a new film and TV contract with management’s AMPTP, saying that they “stand in solidarity” with IATSE as it prepares to conduct a strike authorization among its members.

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The statement was signed by leaders of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, the WGA East and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters: “On behalf of our hundreds of thousands of members working across film and television, we stand in solidarity with our IATSE brothers, sisters and kin,” the unions said. “The basic quality of life and living wage rights they’re fighting for in their negotiations are the issues that impact all of us who work on sets and productions. We stand with the IATSE.”

The joint statement was signed by DGA president Lesli Linka Glatter and national executive director Russell Hollander; SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher and national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland; WGA East president Michael Winship and executive director Lowell Peterson, and Teamsters president James P. Hoffa.

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DGA Announces Temporary Eligibility Exception to Exclusive Theatrical First-Run Rule For 2022 Awards

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September 24, 2021 12:16pm

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At a recent meeting, the Directors Guild of America National Board decided to temporarily alter the 2022 DGA Awards eligibility criteria for its Theatrical Film Award. The news was announced today.

In an unparalleled year of pandemic disruptions, distribution plans for many theatrical releases have changed.

The decision will allow films that receive a simultaneous day and date release in theaters and on streaming to be eligible for the Theatrical award if they have a qualifying theatrical run and are marketed as a theatrical film. The National Board made this decision due to the unique and unusual circumstances facing the industry this year.

According to the announcement, the exception is being made only for the upcoming 74th Annual DGA Awards, which are scheduled for March 22, 2022. The Guild’s rule requiring “an exclusive qualifying theatrical run” will remain in effect thereafter.

The organization indicated that the exact eligibility rules will be released soon.

See Deadline’s full 2021-2022 Awards Season Calendar here.

‘The Other Two’ Renewed For Season 3 At HBO Max

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The Other Two, the comedy series from former SNL co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, has scored a third-season pickup from HBO Max.

The series, which originally launched on Comedy Central before moving the WarnerMedia streamer for its second season, debuted its sophomore season on HBO Max in August. The streamer, which didn’t release viewing data, said that the show has been its most popular series since the release of Season 2 and has seen “steady growth each week” as new episodes dropped.

The comedy, which might be the only show on television that has a storyline based on Justin Bieber getting ill as a result of eating too many eggs, stars Drew Tarver, Heléne Yorke, Case Walker, Ken Marino and Molly Shannon.

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With their pop star brother, ChaseDreams (Case Walker), officially entering retirement at the ripe old age of 14, Brooke (Yorke) and Cary (Tarver) now must contend with a new famous family member: their 53-year-old mother Pat (Shannon), and her eponymous daytime talk show. Humiliated at being the Other Two yet again, they double down and make it their mission not to be.

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The Season 2 recurring cast included Brandon Scott Jones, Gideon Glick, Josh Segarra, and Wanda Sykes. Guest stars included Ali Ahn, James Anderson, Justin Bartha, Jordana Brewster, Alessia Cara, Marcia DeBonis, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Ryan Farrell, Jimmy Fowlie, Noah Galvin, Zosia Mamet, Debi Mazar, Derek Peth, Alison Rich, Tuc Watkins, Bowen Yang and Ian Ziering.

“We are deeply sickened to see HBO Max throw their support behind a show with so many foot jokes, and absolutely thrilled that it’s ours,” Kelly and Schneider said in a statement. “To everyone who watched, texted, posted, told their friends to watch — thank you. It has been overwhelming in the best way to see our show resonate with so many people, and we are incredibly grateful to HBO Max for giving us the opportunity to spend another season with this amazing cast and crew.”

Suzanna Makkos, EVP, Original Comedy and Adult Animation at HBO Max: “Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider have created a sharp and poignant family story that is willing to show its characters’ imperfections while making us laugh hysterically. It has been a true joy to welcome them and the cast to HBO Max, and I look forward to keeping them on hold with Brooke for the many conference calls to come next season.”

The Other Two is created, written and executive produced by Kelly and Schneider with exec producers also including Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer, Tony Hernandez for Jax Media, and Ari Pearce and Samantha Schles for MTV Entertainment Studio. Hilary Marx is co-exec producer and Eddie Michaels, Toye Adegboro and Kaylani Esparza are producers for Broadway Video.

Netflix VP Of Communications Richard Siklos Leaves The Company

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EXCLUSIVE: Netflix VP of communications Richard Siklos, a key public-facing figure for the streaming giant since 2017, has just announced his departure, Deadline has learned.

It isn’t clear what Siklos’s next step will be, but after serving in a senior role at Netflix, on top of a seven-year stint as a communications exec at Time Warner, he has more than a few options. Before crossing the Rubicon, Siklos was a well-established journalist known for his coverage of the media business at top-shelf publications like Fortune, The New York Times and Business Week.

Rachel Whetstone, who became chief communications officer at Netflix in 2018, described Siklos as a “skilled communicator” in a statement provided to Deadline. He “strengthened our reputation during a tremendous time of growth, and built a world-class team,” she continued. “He has been a valued and trusted advisor to many across Netflix and we wish him the best.”

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The exit follows several in the exec ranks at Netflix of late, especially in the TV group, which has been reshaped since the departure of Cindy Holland in 2020 after an 18-year run. The changes are partly a result of Netflix’s steady growth, in terms of its workforce, subscriber levels and market value, as well as its uniquely transparent culture. In his 2020 book, No Rules Rules, founder and Co-CEO Reed Hastings outlined the company’s approach to personnel and its willingness to make staffing changes at all levels without letting emotion prevail (but with a generous severance package, in most cases).

After an unprecedented wave of direct competitors hit the market in 2019 and 2020 — among them Disney+, Apple TV+ and HBO Max — Netflix saw its subscriber growth moderate and its stock take a hit. But shares have rebounded strongly in recent months, reaching an all-time high of $615.60 in early September. Rivals have sunk billions of dollars into the effort to unseat Netflix, but the company remains the leader in streaming with 209 million subscribers and a new armload of Emmys. Last Sunday, the company equaled a nearly 50-year-old record set by CBS with 44 total wins, including its first two for series — drama for The Crown and limited series for The Queen’s Gambit.

In his role at communications VP, Siklos has focused on the U.S. and Canada, but his efforts are implemented across the nearly 200 global territories where Netflix operates. Among his duties have been serving as chief spokesperson; steering global media for Co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos; and overseeing communications teams across TV and film, corporate functions, and product and technology.

At Time Warner, a company Siklos knew well from the editorial side as a Fortune staffer and a media correspondent, he was VP of Strategic Communications. He handled corporate messaging, branding and communications before decamping once the company’s merger with AT&T was announced.

As a journalist, Siklos made frequent appearances as a TV commentator and wrote two books about Conrad Black, a fallen publishing baron originally from Siklos’s native Canada. From 2001 to 2017, he was an adjunct professor in New York University’s Department of Media, Culture and Communication. He also sits on the board of directors of the CUNY Newmark Graduate School of Journalism Foundation.

Sarah Jessica Parker Opens Up About “Unbearable” Loss Of ‘Sex And The City’ Co-Star Willie Garson With Moving Instagram Post

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Sarah Jessica Parker paid tribute to her late Sex And The City co-star Willie Garson with a moving Instagram post on Friday.

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“It’s been unbearable,” she wrote on the social media platform. “Sometimes silence is a statement. Of the gravity. The anguish. The magnitude of the loss of a 30+ year friendship.”

Garson died on September 21 at his home in Los Angeles after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57 years old.

The And Just Like That… actress posted a photo compilation of she and Garson together on-screen and off-screen. The photos saw Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw hanging out with Garson’s Standford Blatch, and even saw the two actors enjoying their time in a pool together. Garson was set to appear alongside Parker, along with other Sex and the City OG’s, for the upcoming HBO Max revival series.

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Parker recalled the intimate moments she shared with her co-star, adding that their friendship “allowed for secrets, adventure, a shared professional family, truth, concerts, road trips” and much, much more.

“Willie. I will miss everything about you. And replay our last moments together. I will re-read every text from your final days and put to pen our last calls,” she continued. “Your absence a crater that I will fill with blessing of these memories and all the ones that are still recesses yet to surface.”

She closed off her social media tribute sharing Garson’s last words to her: “Great bangles all around.”

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Mike Ireland & Daria Cercek Named Co-Heads Of Paramount Motion Picture Group

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September 24, 2021 11:32am

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Following Emma Wattsdeparture as President of the Motion Picture Film Group, her Co-Presidents of Production Mike Ireland and Daria Cercek are being elevated to run the film group now as co-heads.

Ireland and Cercek will report directly to Brian Robbins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures, effective pronto.

Cercek and Ireland will continue to oversee the studio’s motion picture slate from development through release for Paramount Pictures, as well as leading casting, physical production and post-production.

Jeremy Kramer will lead Paramount Players, also reporting to Robbins.

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“Daria and Michael each have built tremendous track records in their careers, and their collective experience has already brought so much benefit to Paramount since joining the organization,” said Robbins in a statement. “Paramount also benefited greatly from the deep talents of Emma Watts who, among so many accomplishments, helped build a terrific team at the studio, facilitated overall deals with top-tier talent including John Krasinski and Ryan Reynolds, and shepherded a number of exciting upcoming projects including the latest film in the Star Trek franchise, the newest Transformers film, and a star-studded Dungeons & Dragons adaptation. We wish her nothing but success in her future.”

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Since joining Paramount, Cercek and Ireland have been steering production on the next Transformers movie, Sandra Bullock’s The Lost CityBabylon, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2.

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Cercek joined Paramount in January as co-president of production. Prior to that, she served as EVP Production and Development at New Line Cinema overseeing such movies as the studio’s big get: Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling. Prior to New Line, Cercek was SVP of production and development at 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios), where she oversaw The Heat, The Other WomanSpy, and the last three X-Men movies.

Ireland joined Paramount in November 2020 as co-president of production. He began his career as a network executive at MTV in 2003. He joined Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, in 2007, where he helped develop The Wolf of Wall Street, among other films. Following Appian Way, he joined 20th Century Fox in 2012 as SVP of production and oversaw a slate of films including the recently-released Ryan Reynolds action-comedy Free Guy which recently cross $300M at the WW box office; a definite hit during the pandemic as moviegoing claws its way back. Ireland graduated with a degree in screenwriting from University of Southern California.

Universal Reserves Several Dates On 2024 Theatrical Release Calendar

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September 23, 2021 2:20pm

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Universal joins Disney and 20th Century Studios in planning a theatrical release schedule for 2024, however, the studio didn’t name any titles.

The only hardcore titles that has been dated in 2024 is Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s Mad Max spinoff Furiosa on May 24, Memorial Day weekend, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and 20th Century Studios’ Avatar 3 on Dec. 24.

Universal has RSVP’ed the following dates for 2024: Jan. 12, Feb. 9 (for an animated film), Wednesday, Feb. 14; March 22 (animated film), May 10, June 21, an Illumination title on Wednesday, July 3; Blumhouse film on Sept. 13, animated film on Sept. 27, Blumhouse title on Oct. 18 and a feature film on Dec. 25, which falls on a Wednesday.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s New Comedy Gets Title; Oscar Winner’s First Project In His Native Mexico Since ‘Amores Perros’

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September 23, 2021 2:00pm

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s next film will be titled Bardo (or False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths), Deadline has learned. The news comes as the five-time Oscar winner wraps production in Mexico City.

The feature penned by Iñárritu and his longtime collaborator Nicolás Giacobone is billed as a nostalgic comedy set against an epic journey. A chronicle of uncertainties where the main character, a renowned Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker, returns to his native country to face his identity, familial relationships, and the folly of his memories, as well as the past and new reality of his country.

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Daniel Jimenez Cacho and Griselda Siciliani star in the film, which marks Iñárritu’s return to his native country, 20 years after Amores Perros. Bardo comes on the heels of his Oscar winners The Revenant and Birdman, as well as his virtual installation Carne y Arena.

Oscar nominee Darius Khondji (Uncut Gems, Okja) photographed the indie produced by Iñárritu, with Oscar winner Eugenio Caballero (Roma, Pan’s Labyrinth) serving as production designer and Anna Terrazas (Roma, The Deuce) as costume designer.

Check out a new behind-the-scenes image from the film, released today by the filmmaker, above.

‘The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain’ Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy & A World Of Cats

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September 23, 2021 1:32pm

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Studiocanal, Film4, Shoebox, SunnyMarch and Amazon Studios have released the full trailer for The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain, the period film that traces the story of the titular English painter who specialized in exaggerated cartoons of wide-eyed felines. Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy star for director Will Sharpe. Check out a look at the Wain world in the video above.

The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain world premiered at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this month, and then headed to the Toronto fest. Amazon will release theatrically in the U.S. on October 22, and via Prime Video on November 5. Studiocanal will release theatrically in its territories — the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand — early in 2022.

The film spans from the late 1800s to the 1930s and centers on forgotten British artist Wain, a brilliant but troubled soul, whose fascination with the mysteries of the world is complicated and deepened when he meets the love of his life Emily (Foy).

In Deadline’s review, Anna Smith called the film “witty” and “poignant.” She wrote that both leads “put in sweet, funny performances that will win over audiences before a tragedy looms.”

Also starring are Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, Sharon Rooney, Aimee Lou Wood, Hayley Squires, Stacy Martin, Phoebe Nicholls, Adeel Akhtar, Asim Chaudhry, Richard Ayoade, Julian Barratt and Sophia di Martino. Taika Waititi, Nick Cave and Olivia Colman also appear in the film, with Colman providing narration. 
 
The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain’s story is by Simon Stephenson (Luca, Paddington 2) with screenplay by Stephenson and Sharpe. Shoebox Films and SunnyMarch produce with Studiocanal and Film4 financing. Studiocanal has sold the title worldwide.

Here’s a new poster:

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