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Variety Names 10 Producers to Watch for 2017

21 April 2017 1:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety has selected its 10 Producers to Watch for 2017, this year with a particular emphasis on the thriving international film scene. Having originally launched at the Cannes Festival in 1998, this year’s Variety Producers to Watch will again be presented on the Croisette for the first time in over 15 years.

While they hail from various corners of the globe, these creatively-minded producers all share one thing in common: impeccable taste. Their films have played festivals including Berlin, Sundance and Venice, and a full half of the honorees have titles in this year’s Cannes official competition.

Variety also honors the forces behind global box office hits like comedy “Alibi.com” (Alexandra Fechner) and thriller “Train to Busan” (Lee Dong-ha), Real Film Berlin managing director Henning Kamm, India’s indie film guru Manish Mundra, and former agent-turned-producer Alex Saks, who saw her first three films sell at this year’s Sundance.

The 10 producers »

- Variety Staff

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Amazon spring 2017 pilots include Richard Madden drama

2 March 2017 7:24 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Streaming giant’s slate also includes comedy from creator of Gilmore Girls.

Amazon has announced its 2017 pilot slate, which includes space drama Oasis, with Game Of Thrones star Richard Madden, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a comedy from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Five pilots will debut on 17th March in the UK, Us, Germany, Austria and Japan.

Customer reviews will help determine if the pilots are turned into a series.

The pilots are:

The Legend of Master Legend (half-hour)

A dark comedy about the life of a homemade superhero whose mission is to protect the people of Las Vegas from evil doers. Executive produced by Youree Henley (20th Century Women), Joshuah Bearman (Argo) and David Klawans (Argo), along with executive producers and writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue (Transparent) and Noah Harpster (Transparent). The pilot is directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) and stars John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Dawnn Lewis (Major Crimes), Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) and newcomer »

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Amazon Sets 2017 Pilot Season Lineup With Projects From Amy Sherman-Palladino, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors

2 March 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Amazon’s 2017 pilot season will kick off on March 17, Variety has learned.

The streaming service will put up five pilots — two hourlongs and three half-hours. One of the hourlongs, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” comes from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino; the other, “Oasis,” boasts both Richard Madden and Mark Addy from “Game of Thrones.” Amazon is also entering the adult animated space with “The New V.I.P.’s” from “The Life and Times of Tim” creator Steve Dildarian.

Here’s a full rundown of what Amazon users will be able to vote on starting March 17:

Hourlongs:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

It’s 1958 Manhattan and Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan, “House of Cards)” has everything she’s ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent »

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