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Submarine begins shoot on Morgan Spurlock doc 'Rats'

14 May 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Submarine has begun production on Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats and is touting international rights on the Croisette.

Spurlock’s Warrior Poets will produce with Submarine along with Discovery Channel, which has Us television rights and will air later this year.

The film is based on based on Robert Sullivan’s book Rats: Observations On The History And Habitat Of The City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants.

Production is expected to wrap in the fourth quarter. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Marries Girlfriend of 8 Years

5 May 2016 6:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

That's a wrap! Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has married his longtime love Sara Bernstein. The Super Size Me director and his new bride tied the knot in a ceremony at their cabin in the Catskill Mountains in southeast New York. "#Tbt to last Sat when this happened. #shotgunwedding @sarabdocs #ManhattanMeetsDeliverance Photot: @crpweedings," Spurlock, 45, captioned a picture he posted on Twitter on Thursday. The photo features Spurlock and his pregnant bride holding hands in a backyard setting. Bernstein, the Svp of programming for HBO Documentaries, shows off her burgeoning baby bump in a her modern, white wedding dress that hits just below the knee, »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Marries Girlfriend of 8 Years

5 May 2016 6:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

That's a wrap! Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has married his longtime love Sara Bernstein. The Super Size Me director and his new bride tied the knot in a ceremony at their cabin in the Catskill Mountains in southeast New York. "#Tbt to last Sat when this happened. #shotgunwedding @sarabdocs #ManhattanMeetsDeliverance Photot: @crpweedings," Spurlock, 45, captioned a picture he posted on Twitter on Thursday. The photo features Spurlock and his pregnant bride holding hands in a backyard setting. Bernstein, the Svp of programming for HBO Documentaries, shows off her burgeoning baby bump in a her modern, white wedding dress that hits just below the knee, »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Morgan Spurlock Sues Financier for Backing Out of Nascar Documentary

21 April 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Morgan Spurlock says he was deprived of the opportunity to make his dream project after spending five years on research and development. In a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Spurlock's Warrior Poets Inc. claims that Broad Green Pictures agreed to put up $5 million for a Nascar documentary, a written agreement was executed, funds were provided to start initial production and a draft press release was ready to announce the project. But then in January, at the halfway point, Bgp allegedly bowed out. "For Mr. Spurlock, as a lifelong Nascar enthusiast, Bgp's 'greenlighting' of the Documentary was the

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- Eriq Gardner

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‘Vlogumentary’, Which Aims To Spread YouTube’s Gospel To The Masses, Premieres At Tribeca Film Festival

21 April 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

While Shay Carl Butler is often thought to be the forefather of modern vlogging, it was actually his wife, Colette, who fired up a vlogging camera for the first time -- capturing her husband as he danced around their living room in a black-and-blue unitard. This clip -- and Butler’s snazzy attire -- subsequently inspired the name of their 4 million-subscribers-strong channel, the Shaytards.

This is just one of many insights to be found in Vlogumentary, a feature documentary about the rise of YouTube’s vlogging community, which was announced back in 2013 and premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Butler began working on the film with fellow creator Corey Vidal, and the two subsequently raised more than $200,000 from 5,400 Indiegogo donors. In 2015, they brought famed documentarian Morgan Spurlock on board, who agreed to produce the film.

While Vlogumentary features interviews with more than 50 bold-faced YouTubers, the film shines a »

- Geoff Weiss

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What The Tribeca Film Festival’s First ‘Digital Creators Market’ Says About The Future Of Indie Film

20 April 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

If social influencers and digital filmmakers needed more proof that they were bound to disrupt the traditional film and television industries, here’s more: for the first time, the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival has announced an exclusive event to tout the burgeoning space.

Kicking off tonight with a screening of the long-anticipated Shay Carl-starring, Morgan Spurlock-produced Vlogumentary, the Tribeca Film Festival’s inaugural Digital Creators Market takes place tomorrow. During the event, online content creators like Jon Cozart, Mikey Murphy, Ingrid Nilsen, and Meghan Tonjes will connect with buyers, producers, and agents to discuss potential content ventures.

The event is also slated to feature a lineup of high-profile screenings, including YouTube Red’s Sing It! and Fullscreen’s Electra Woman & Dyna Girl. The Vlogumentary screening is particularly pertinent given that the film aims to cover the very rise of digital creators that the inaugural Market reflects.

“For any filmmaker, »

- Geoff Weiss

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[Tribeca Review] The Happy Film

18 April 2016 12:27 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

So it turns out the key to happiness is Zoloft and a gorgeous women 20 years your senior. At least that’s the message in Stefan Sagmeister and Ben Nabors‘ The Happy Film, a quest to, among other things, approach happiness as a design problem. This wouldn’t include designing objects that, in everyday practice, make one happy or expand upon one’s happiness. Largely, the design proposed by Sagmeister is the expression of happiness — which occasionally involves bouncing around the word “happiness,” formed in gelatin and capturing this in slow motion.

While an opening inter-title warns that The Happy Film will not make you happy, it should also come with a warning that what’s to come is a self-indulgent bore as Sagmeister challenges himself to discover happiness through meditation, counseling, and (legal) drugs. Based in New York City, Sagmeiser is best known for his innovative album covers for The Rolling Stones, »

- John Fink

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Seeso Grabs Worldwide Rights To Docu ‘The Pistol Shrimps’ – Tribeca

14 April 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Fans of comedy and basketball will get two for the price of one later this year as newly-established ad-free streaming comedy channel Seeso has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary The Pistol Shrimps, directed by Brent Hodge and executive produced by Morgan Spurlock. The film will have its world premiere during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Focusing on the Los Angeles-based all female basketball team of the same name made up of actors, comedians and… »

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Tribeca Carves Out Identity as Next Gen New Media Fest

13 April 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At this year’s 15th Tribeca Film Festival, attendees can lose themselves in a virtual-reality psychedelic dance party, learn about living in a wireless future, or watch the complete 7½-hour miniseries of “O.J.: Made in America” — oh yeah, and watch some movies, too.

Don’t call it simply a film festival — call it a “storytelling” festival, say Tff organizers of the event running April 13-24.

Originally founded in 2002 to reenergize a moribund Lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11, Tribeca has gone through many iterations over the years (i.e., red-carpet magnet, VOD acquisition market, documentary launchpad). But it may have finally carved out an identity of its own as a next-gen new-media haven.

“It’s not just defining what Tribeca is now,” says Paula Weinstein, exec VP of Tribeca Enterprises. “It’s illuminating where storytelling is going.”

Tribeca still shows about 100 feature films, which matches previous years, but »

- Anthony Kaufman

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Fox Animation Buying Remake Rights to Daisy Ridley’s Documentary ‘Eagle Huntress’

11 April 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

20th Century Fox Animation is in negotiations for animation remake rights to the Sundance documentary “The Eagle Huntress,” which Daisy Ridley exec produced.

Sony Classics bought the North American, Latin America, Australian and Asian rights to the live-action documentary shortly after the Jan. 24 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

CAA is repping the filmmakers in the remake deal. Chris Wedge is producing with Darren Lemke writing.

Darlene Caamano Loquet is overseeing with Fox Animation president Vanessa Morrison.

The documentary “The Eagle Huntress” is directed by Otto Bell, and exec produced by Morgan Spurlock and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actress Ridley. The film centers on Aisholpan, a 13-year old Mongolian girl striving to become the first female Eagle Hunter in the sport’s 2,000-year history.

The film follows Aisholpan as she learns all aspects of the ancient tradition, including taming her own eaglet and training for the annual Golden Eagle Festival, »

- Dave McNary

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Ben Silverman Reunites with Howard Owens at Propagate Content

7 April 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ben Silverman has reunited with a longtime partner, joining Howard T. Owens as co-chairman and CEO of the A+E Networks-backed production company Propagate Content.

Silverman’s arrival at Propagate comes as the Los Angeles-based company receives another round of funding from A+E, which teamed with Owens to launch the company early last year. Former A&E Network programming chief David McKillop had partnered with Owens at the start but has since left to return to New York. He intends to work with Propagate on several projects.

Owens and Silverman signaled that they were joining forces again last month when Apple announced that the pair and Will.i.am are producing an unscripted series for the tech giant that will follow the personalities and behind the development of Apple Store apps. Silverman last month also formalized his exit from Electus, the production-distribution banner he launched in 2009 with backing from Barry Diller’s Iac. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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MipTV 2016 Wrap: Big Euro Pay TVs, High-End Drama and Millennials Dominate Trade Fair

7 April 2016 8:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Europe’s two biggest pay TVs – Vivendi’s Canal Plus and Sky – international’s high-end drama push and trad TV’s millennial outreach made much of running – in news and trends – at a 2016 MipTV market which offered genuine insight on how some of the biggest TV companies in the world outside the U.S. are meeting the digital challenge.

Vivendi, Sky and Rtl held center stage – literally when honchos Dominique Delport, Guillaume de Posch and Jeremy Darroch made keynotes or fielded Q & As at the Palais des Festivals Grand Auditorium, later to receive Variety’s Achievement in Intl. Television Award.

But the event’s more conventional real stars were perhaps its YouTubers, led by Michelle Phan, supernovas for their fans and now more comfortably on the radar of an established TV industry which is discovering ways of handling digital natives.

Meanwhile, at a 2016 Mip TV market energized by a one-day MipDrama Screenings, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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MipTV: Rtl’s Guillaume de Posch on Growing Digital Vid Biz, ‘Total Video’ and How Size Matters

5 April 2016 1:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Was Guillaume de Posch’s MipTV Media Mastermind Keynote false modesty? Addressing an audience Monday afternoon in the Grand Auditorium of Cannes’ Palais des Festivals – where the big MipTV talks go down – the co-ceo of Rtl, one of Europe’s largest broadcast groups – used words that are normally no-gos for chief execs. Such as “problem” and “difficulty” (industry dictat: say “challenges”). He suggested that Rtl’s thinking had legacy issues, with territory-based execs being a touch too “local” when they had to think more structural (a good balance for them, he thought, was 70% local/30% structural). He even suggested that Rtl’s drive into the digital vid business was a long march and it could take 10 years to master the sector.

Yet Rtl’s fundamentals, flashed up on a pie-chart, are ones many chef execs at other European broadcast groups would die for: 49.4% of Rtl’s total €6 billion ($ billion) revenues, »

- John Hopewell

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MipDoc: Morgan Spurlock on Making Shows For Femme Millennials, How U.S. TV Has Gotten Smarter

2 April 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Delivering a keynote Saturday at Cannes MipDoc April 2-3 mart, media maverick and pop culture ironist Morgan Spurlock sneak-peeked excerpts from his three new femme-centric web series –“What We Teach Girls,” “Sexish” and “Present Tense” – made for Smartish, a premium content web channel at Disney’s Maker Studios.

Taking to the MipDoc stage with aplom and his trademark goatee, media maverick and pop culture ironist also announced he would shortly unveil two Virtual Reality projects, talked of the importance of making shows for girl millennials, and, having dissed fast food and Bush’s War of Terror, raised his hat to the “exciting” “revolution” in U.S. TV, which in drama and he now predicted non-fiction, has gotten a whole lot smarter.

Produced by Spurlock at his Warrior Poet label, “Sexish” profiles women who accepting their bodies and sexuality. This is for the first time ever, sex-positive, body positive show which isn’t a competition. »

- John Hopewell

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CNN’s Comedy Test: W. Kamau Bell Gears Up for Cable-News Primetime

31 March 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

W. Kamau Bell’s journeys have taken him to a late-night program on FX and to stages around the country. More recently, however, the African-American comic found himself in an even more unlikely position – deep in the woods, face to face with members of the Ku Klux Klan, who were decked in full regalia.

“It went exactly like you think it went,” said Bell. “Eventually, most of them opened up,” he recalled. “Some of them were laughing. I know when I left, a lot of them were like, ‘I think I like a black person now.’”

That scene will be among the first in a series of awkward cultural juxtapositions through which Bell will lead audiences when he hosts a new CNN series, “United Shades of America,” which launches April 24 on the Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet. The comedian will examine clashes of class and race in locales ranging from Alaska to East Los Angeles. »

- Brian Steinberg

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TV News Roundup: Martin Sheen Producing O.J. Simpson Docuseries ‘O.J. Is Innocent’ & More

30 March 2016 5:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Investigation Discovery will attempt to prove O.J. Simpson’s innocence through a six-part miniseries from exec producer Martin Sheen. Also in today’s TV news round-up, Netflix has revealed character descriptions for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Season 2 guest stars. . .

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Investigation Discovery has picked up a six-part docu-series about the O.J. Simpson trial from exec producer Martin Sheen, titled “Hard Evidence: O.J. Is Innocent,” Variety has confirmed. The true-crime series will reinvestigate the infamous case, calling upon new evidence in an attempt to prove Simpson’s innocence of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman’s murders. Sheen will narrate the series, first reported by THR, which is set to premiere in early 2017.

Casting News:

Even more guest stars are coming to Season 2 of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which premieres on April 15. Netflix released the character descriptions on Wednesday…

Fred Armisen will play Bobby, a former flame of Lillian’s (Carol Kane »

- Alyssa Sage

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W. Kamau Bell Crosses the Racial Divide in 'Semi-Prominent Negro' Coming to Showtime (Trailer)

30 March 2016 3:28 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

W. Kamau Bell stars in his first solo stand-up special "W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro" premiering Friday, April 29th at 10 p.m. on Showtime. Directed by Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me" and "Freakonomics") and filmed before a live audience at the Roulette Theater in Brooklyn, the film features Bell's uniquely insightful and hilarious views on a host of social and political issues such as gentrification, marriage equality, "mixed-race" children and doing Black children's hair just to name a few. "I have been a huge fan of Kamau for years, and when he approached me about directing his first big time comedy special, I jumped at the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets Promotes Pair

30 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Morgan Spurlock’s production outfit Warrior Poets has upped Stacey Kleiger to VP Production and Rachel Traub to Creative Executive of Film and Scripted Television. Kleiger, who now will oversee physical production on all TV, film and digital projects, began at the company as Production Secretary in 2011, worked as an associate producer on the first season of CNN's Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man and later was promoted to Production Manager on that series as well as others in… »

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Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets Promotes Pair

30 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Morgan Spurlock’s production outfit Warrior Poets has upped Stacey Kleiger to VP Production and Rachel Traub to Creative Executive of Film and Scripted Television. Kleiger, who now will oversee physical production on all TV, film and digital projects, began at the company as Production Secretary in 2011, worked as an associate producer on the first season of CNN's Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man and later was promoted to Production Manager on that series as well as others in… »

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Tribeca unveils first Digital Creators programme

17 March 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tribeca Film Festival director Genna Terranova on Thursday unveiled an inaugural market and screening series geared towards showcasing digital and online work and connecting creators with buyers, producers and agents.

The Digital Creators Market and Special Screenings programme on April 20-21 will include a conversation with Josh Hutcherson and Jake Avnet of Indigenous Media’s Film Incubator

The day will feature new work from online storytellers at digital studios like YouTube Red, StyleHaul, Fullscreen, Indigenous Media, New Form Digital and Maker Studios.

The programme kicks off on April 20 with the world premiere of Vlogumentary by Matthew Testa and produced by Shay Carl Butler, Morgan Spurlock, Corey Videl, Jeremy Chilnick, and Julie “Bob” Lombardi.

Special Screenings continue the following day with a sneak peek of new episodes from Legendary and Fullscreen’s update of Sid & Marty Kroft’s Electra Woman & Dyna Girl starring YouTube sensations Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, as well as Maker Studios and New Form »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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