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Doug Robinson Leaves Happy Madison for Overall Deal at Sony TV, Launches New Production Company

Doug Robinson, the head of TV at Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, has signed a four year overall deal at Sony Pictures Television that will see him launch his own production company, Variety has learned.

Robinson has been with Sony under the Happy Madison banner since 2002. He will now head up Doug Robinson Productions (Drp), which will focus on developing both drama and comedy for broadcast, cable and streaming. Joining Robinson at the new shingle is film producer Alison Greenspan. Greenspan was most recently partner to Denise Di Novi and is best known for bringing adaptations of “If I Stay,” “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and Nick Sparks’ “Best of Me” to the screen. In this new venture Greenspan will focus chiefly on launching a slate of dramas as well as support Robinson’s efforts to expand on the existing comedy brand. Happy Madison executive Matt Mosko will join Robinson at his new company focusing on
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Doug Robinson Exits Happy Madison, Launches New Sony TV-Based Banner

Happy Madison partner and head of television Doug Robinson is striking out on his own.

Robinson has exited Adam Sandler's Sony-based film and TV production company and launched his own shingle, Doug Robinson Productions. Additionally, the company has inked a massive four-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television.

Under the pact, Robinson — who has been with Sony since 2002 — will develop drama and comedy projects for cable and streaming platforms. Joining Drp is film producer Alison Greenspan (If I Stay, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Best of Me), who will focus on drama development as well as supporting...
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Margot Robbie-Produced 'Fierce Kingdom' Lands Black List Writer (Exclusive)

Cat Vasko has been hired to write the script for the adaptation of Gin Phillips' novel Fierce Kingdom, for Warner Bros., Margot Robbie's LuckyChap Entertainment and producer Denise Di Novi.

The thriller, which LuckyChap will produce along with Di Novi and Di Novi Pictures' Alison Greenspan, is set over three hours and tells of a mother and son who are trapped in a zoo with a gunman on the loose.

Phillips' novel made a splash ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair in September, when it sold for a reported sum of north of $850,000 to Laura Tisdel at Viking. <a...
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“The Birth of the Pill” TV Adaptation Headed to National Geographic

Soon you’ll be able to watch a scripted series about the creation of the birth control pill alongside documentaries about nature and foreign cultures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, National Geographic has plans to develop “The Birth of the Pill,” a scripted adaptation of Jonathan Eig’s 2014 nonfiction book of the same name.

Eig’s book traces Planned Parenthood founder and feminist Margaret Sanger and philanthropist Katherine McCormick’s fight to provide women with safe, reliable contraception. With scientist Gregory Pincus and Ob-gyn John Rock, Sanger and McCormick “took on the scientific establishment, the church, and cultural norms in their fight,” THR summarizes.

Nat Geo is developing “The Birth of the Pill” in partnership with Fox. “Unforgettable” director Denise Di Novi will exec produce the project with Alison Greenspan, and Sonar Entertainment is producing with R.J. Cutler. Di Novi, Greenspan, and Cutler previously collaborated on the 2014 romance “If I Stay.”

It was originally reported that Audrey Wells (“Under the Tuscan Sun”) would write the first episode and Cutler would direct, but it’s unclear whether that plan is still going forward. Wells’ role was not mentioned in THR.

The source also details the other women-created narrative projects in the works at Nat Geo, including the history of the Ebola virus, “The Hot Zone,” and an untitled drama about the beginning of National Geographic itself.

The Hot Zone,” from Lynda Obst (“Insterstellar”), traces Ebola’s inception in the central African rain forest and its eventual migration to the U.S. The drama centers on “a U.S. Army veterinarian, working with a secret military Swat team, who puts herself in peril trying to contain the outbreak,” THR writes. “Under the Dome” writers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson will pen the script with Jeff Vintar (“I, Robot”). Fox 21 and Scott Free are exec producing.

National Geographic’s origin story will be exec produced by Marti Noxon (“UnREAL”). The untitled project “kicks off in the 1960s when a field producer is put in charge of two production teams as they shoot Nat Geo’s first TV documentaries in Siberia and Australia, braving espionage, scandal, and hostile environments.” Noxon is also producing under her Tiny Pyro Productions banner. The project is written by Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”), also an Ep.

“This scripted development slate further solidifies our commitment to developing diverse projects with themes and issues that resonate and are relevant to our audience,” Courteney Monroe, Nat Geo Global Networks CEO, commented. “We are working with the best storytellers in the world to tell these very human stories that we hope will create global conversation and change the way viewers look at the world around them.”

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Nat Geo Announces ‘Genius’ Season 2, Greenlights Three Scripted Series

Nat Geo Announces ‘Genius’ Season 2, Greenlights Three Scripted Series
National Geographic announced Wednesday at their upfront presentation that “Genius” has been renewed for a second season before Season 1 has even premiered. In addition the network unveiled plans for three new scripted series and a second season of “Mars.”

Season 1 of “Genius,” which premieres April 25, will be a 10-part series on the life and times of Albert Einstein, based on Walter Isaacson’s book “Einstein: His Life and Universe.” It stars Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, and Emily Watson. Season 2 will focus on a different iconic figure, whose identity will be revealed during the Season 1 finale.

Season 2 will again be produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television with executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and OddLot Entertainment with executive producer Gigi Pritzker. Ken Biller will again executive produce and serve as showrunner.

In “Mars” Season 1, viewers followed the first human mission to Mars, set in 2033, as the crew struggled to safely land on and create an initial
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Unforgettable In St. Louis

See Unforgettable in theaters April 21, 2017.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic thriller Unforgettable is the first film in the director’s chair for veteran producer Denise Di Novi (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Focus”).

Katherine Heigl (“27 Dresses,” “Knocked Up”), Rosario Dawson (the “Sin City” films) and Geoff Stults (TV’s “The Odd Couple”), star in the film. “Unforgettable” marks a reunion for Heigl and Di Novi, who previously collaborated on “Life as We Know It.”

Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put
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‘Beaches’ Remake Trailer: Idina Menzel Belts ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in Lifetime Promo

‘Beaches’ Remake Trailer: Idina Menzel Belts ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in Lifetime Promo
Early next year Lifetime will be rolling out the small screen remake of Garry Marshall’s 1988 classic “Beaches.” Starring Idina Menzel as Bette Midler’s Cc and Nia Long as Barbara Hershey’s Hillary, the first trailer for the TV revival has been released.

The new “Beaches” differs from the original in that it is set in Venice instead of the original’s Atlantic City, New Jersey. The remake follows Cc and Hillary’s friendship, spanning over several decades. The first sneak peek includes Cc’s rise to fame as a successful singer, the birth of Hillary’s daughter and the unexpected news of her tragic illness.

Menzel can also be heard singing the iconic song “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which she recorded for the film as well as “The Glory of Love,” among others.

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‘Beaches’ Remake Trailer: Idina Menzel Belts ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in Lifetime Promo

‘Beaches’ Remake Trailer: Idina Menzel Belts ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in Lifetime Promo
Early next year Lifetime will be rolling out the small screen remake of Garry Marshall’s 1988 classic “Beaches.” Starring Idina Menzel as Bette Midler’s Cc and Nia Long as Barbara Hershey’s Hillary, the first trailer for the TV revival has been released.

The new “Beaches” differs from the original in that it is set in Venice instead of the original’s Atlantic City, New Jersey. The remake follows Cc and Hillary’s friendship, spanning over several decades. The first sneak peek includes Cc’s rise to fame as a successful singer, the birth of Hillary’s daughter and the unexpected news of her tragic illness.

Menzel can also be heard singing the iconic song “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which she recorded for the film as well as “The Glory of Love,” among others.

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Margot Robbie Developing Thriller ‘Beautiful Things’ for Warner Bros.

Margot Robbie Developing Thriller ‘Beautiful Things’ for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros., Margot Robbie, and producer Denise Di Novi have picked up movie rights to Gin Phillips’ thriller novel “Beautiful Things.”

Robbie will produce along with Di Novi and Alison Greenspan, but it’s uncertain if Robbie will star. The deal comes two months after Robbie signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros. to develop and produce feature films through her LuckyChap Entertainment production company.

Robbie has starred in three Warner Bros. films — “Focus,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Suicide Squad.” She’s starring in a “Suicide Squad” spinoff as her character Harley Quinn and will executive produce, and will also star in an adaptation of Dean N. Jensen’s “Queen of the Air.”

Robbie broke out in Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street” and is developing a Tonya Harding biopic and an adaptation of Matt Ruff’s “Bad Monkeys” with Bluegrass FilmsScott Stuber and Dylan Clark for Universal Pictures.
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‘Beaches’ Remake: Lifetime Casts Nia Long Opposite Idina Menzel

‘Beaches’ Remake: Lifetime Casts Nia Long Opposite Idina Menzel
Nia Long has been cast in Lifetime’s remake of ’80s tearjerker “Beaches,” Variety has confirmed.

Long will play Hillary, the role originated by Barbara Hershey in the 1988 original, opposite Idina Menzel’s Cc.

The telepic follows the serendipitous meeting of two youngsters on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on an unexpected and lifelong friendship. Cc is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles until she is discovered by a director who gives Cc her first big shot. Hillary is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship — even with its ups and downs — sustains them for decades.

Lifetime’s new take on the property is currently in production in Vancouver. The new iteration is executive produced by Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan. Allison Anders directs from a script by Bart Barker and Nikole Beckwith. The
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‘Beaches’ Remake: Idina Menzel To Take On Bette Midler’s Role In Lifetime Movie

‘Beaches’ Remake: Idina Menzel To Take On Bette Midler’s Role In Lifetime Movie
Garry Marshall’s 1988 classic “Beaches” is getting a small screen remake, courtesy of Lifetime, with Idina Menzel signing on to take over Bette Midler’s role of Cc, an aspiring singer who develops a lasting friendship with Hillary, a rich debutante that goes on to become a successful lawyer.

The Tony winner will also record new versions of the iconic songs “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love,” as well as additional ones for the remake. At this time the role of Hillary, portrayed by Barbara Hershey in the original, has yet to be cast.

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In the original movie, Cc and Hillary connect at the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and in the new version they will meet at the Venice boardwalk in Los Angeles. Production is set to begin August 15 in Vancouver.
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‘Beaches’ Remake: Idina Menzel To Take On Bette Midler’s Role In Lifetime Movie

‘Beaches’ Remake: Idina Menzel To Take On Bette Midler’s Role In Lifetime Movie
Garry Marshall’s 1988 classic “Beaches” is getting a small screen remake, courtesy of Lifetime, with Idina Menzel signing on to take over Bette Midler’s role of Cc, an aspiring singer who develops a lasting friendship with Hillary, a rich debutante that goes on to become a successful lawyer.

The Tony winner will also record new versions of the iconic songs “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love,” as well as additional ones for the remake. At this time the role of Hillary, portrayed by Barbara Hershey in the original, has yet to be cast.

Read More: Kiefer Sutherland Joins Niels Arden Oplev’s ‘Flatliners’ Remake Alongside Ellen Page

In the original movie, Cc and Hillary connect at the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and in the new version they will meet at the Venice boardwalk in Los Angeles. Production is set to begin August 15 in Vancouver.
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Idina Menzel to Star in ‘Beaches’ Remake for Lifetime

Idina Menzel to Star in ‘Beaches’ Remake for Lifetime
Lifetime is remaking beloved ’80s tearjerker “Beaches” with Idina Menzel set to star, Variety has confirmed.

The remake follows the serendipitous meeting of two youngsters on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on unexpected and lifelong friendship. Cc (Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles until she is discovered by a director who gives Cc her first big shot. Hillary (who has yet to be cast) is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship — even with its ups and downs — sustains them for decades.

The movie will feature new versions of the classic songs “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love,” and include several other songs recorded specifically for the movie. Production on the telepic is set to begin on August 15 in Vancouver. Bette Midler originated the role of Cc in the 1998 film, opposite
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A Remake Of "Beaches" Is On The Way

Lifetime has given the green light for a contemporary remake of Garry Marshall's famed 1988 feature "Beaches" with Broadway and "Frozen" star Idina Menzel toplining the film in the role originated by Bette Midler.

The story follows the serendipitous meeting of two youngsters, Cc and Hillary, on the Venice Boardwalk. Though worlds apart in lifestyle, they embark on unexpected and lifelong friendship.

Menzel's Cc is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles. Hillary, played by Barbara Hershey in the original and yet to be cast in the remake, is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny. Menzel will take on the iconic songs "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "The Glory of Love" along with additional songs new for this version.

Allison Anders ("Ring of Fire") will direct from a script by Bart Barker and Nikole Beckwith. Denise Di Novi
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Friends With Benefits Scribes Team For New Rom-Com Worst Tinder Date Ever

In a deal believed to be in the six-figure ballpark, Warner Bros. has snapped up a new and indeed original rom-com that revolves around über-popular dating app, Tinder.

That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that Keith Merryman and David A. Newman – best known for weaving a modern love story around Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake’s Friends With Benefits five years ago – will chronicle the Worst Tinder Date Ever, a meet-up between two budding singletons in Los Angeles that quickly devolves into a night to forget.

Infused with action elements, it is, in essence a “date that spirals into a night of one disaster after disaster — and, of course, they fall for one another in the process.” Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan are the pair on board to produce, while Niija Kuykendall and Julia Spiro will oversee production on behalf of Warner Bros..

If you aren’t familiar with the Tinder phenomenon,
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‘Worst Tinder Date Ever’ Comedy Movie in the Works at Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. is developing “Worst Tinder Date Ever” as a romantic comedy from Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, writers of “Think Like a Man” and “Friends with Benefits.”

Producers are Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan through their Warners-based production company Di Novi Pictures.

The Los Angeles-based story focuses on people who go on a Tinder date that generates several disasters, while the daters fall in love with each other.

Tinder is a location-based dating and social discovery service app that facilitates communication between mutually interested users. The app was launched in 2012, and by 2014 it was registering about one billion “swipes” per day, in which the user uses a swiping motion to choose the photos of other users.

Niija Kuykendall and Julia Spiro are overseeing for the studio. Merryman and Newman wrote the script for Lionsgate’s English-language remake of family comedy “Instructions Not Included,” the top-grossing Spanish-language film released in the U.
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Tinder Comedy in the Works From 'Friends With Benefits' Writers (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. has preemptively picked up Worst Tinder Date Ever, an original romantic comedy pitch from writers Keith Merryman and David A. Newman. Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan will produce via their Warners-based shingle. The rom-com with action elements centers on two people in Los Angeles that go on a Tinder date that spirals into a night of one disaster after disaster — and, of course, they fall for one another in the process. Niija Kuykendall and Julia Spiro are overseeing for the studio. Sources say part of the inspiration for the project was one of Spiro's

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Movie in the Works on Attica Prison Riots Legal Fight

Chris Bender’s newly-minted Good Fear Films is developing a movie about the legal battle that followed the 1971 prisoner revolt at the Attica Correctional Facility.

Good Fear has obtained the life rights of Elizabeth Fink, who was the lead counsel in the federal civil rights case, and ex-con Frank “Big Black” Smith. Bender and Jake Weiner are producing.

In 1974, Fink filed a $2.8 billion civil suit on behalf of inmates against prison guards for torture and abuse during the riot. The five-day revolt left 33 prisoners, and 10 corrections officers and civil employees dead at the maximum-security state prison in western New York.

Fink, who was the lead counsel in the case, won a $12 million settlement from the state in 2000.

Good Fear has tapped Kristen Buckley to adapt the story, which follows Fink and Smith’s work to expose the state cover-up of prisoner abuse. The project has the cooperation of the estates of Fink and Smith,
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‘Me Before You’ Director Thea Sharrock Tapped to Adapt Ya Novel ‘The Selection’ (Exclusive)

‘Me Before You’ Director Thea Sharrock Tapped to Adapt Ya Novel ‘The Selection’ (Exclusive)
Fresh off the success of “Me Before You,” director Thea Sharrock is attached to helm an adaptation of the young adult novel “The Selection” for Warner Bros.

Written by Kiera Cass, “The Selection” is a 2012 book about America Singer, one of 35 women chosen to compete for a prince’s affections. The protagonist is torn between the opulence of royal life, and a secret relationship she was involved in before the competition started. Scribe Katie Lovejoy adapted the book to screenplay.

Dinovi PicturesDenise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan are producing for Warner Bros. along with Pouya Shahbazian. Julia Spiro is overseeing the project for the studio.

The deal comes on the heels of Sharrock’s helming the romantic drama “Me Before You,” which stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. The film has over-performed at the box office. With a budget of $20 million, its domestic totals have already topped $41 million, prompting
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Geoff Stults Joins Katherine Heigl in Thriller ‘Unforgettable’

Geoff Stults Joins Katherine Heigl in Thriller ‘Unforgettable’
Geoff Stults has joined Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl in the Warner Bros. thriller “Unforgettable.”

Denise Di Novi is making her directorial debut and produces the pic with her partner Alison Greenspan. Christina Hodson wrote the script.

Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson), not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared, but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.

Production is currently under way.

Stults was most recently seen in the CBS drama “Zoo,” starring James Wolk, along with the Netflix dramedy “Gracie and Frankie,” starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. His past film credits include “She’s Outta My League,
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