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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Among 40 Business Luminaries Endorsing Hillary Clinton

23 September 2016 2:39 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

YouTube may have just launched a site-wide campaign in order to get young viewers to register to vote and turn up at the polls in November, but the company’s CEO has now made clear her candidate of choice.

Susan Wojcicki is one of 40 business executives who endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton today -- alongside DreamWorks chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, PayPal chairman John Donahoe, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, Fortune reports.

The Clinton campaign rolled out the list of 40 CEO supporters after announcing 52 other business leaders who endorsed Clinton over the summer. That list included The Chernin Group CEO Peter Chernin, Iac chairman Barry Diller, Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings, Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp, and Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Viacom Looking Inside For Next CEO?

21 September 2016 1:22 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Today’s news that Tom Dooley will be stepping down from his post as interim CEO of Viacom is leading to the inevitable chatter over who’ll get the permanent post. While there has been speculation that an outsider such as former Fox chief Jim Gianopulos or former Dwa chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, Peter Chernin or Les Moonves would be ideal fits, sources say Shari Redstone is looking to make the hire from within. My oddsmakers have established two favorites in this horse race: B… »

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Stan Lee’s ‘Monkey Master’ set as China-India Coproduction (Exclusive)

21 September 2016 3:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Comic book legend, Stan Lee has reteamed with regular collaborator Sharad Devarajan to launch Monkey Master as a new superhero. A “Monkey Master” film project brings together two of the world’s largest film industries and is being set up as a China-India co-production.

China’s Shinework Pictures has partnered with Lee’s media company Pow! Entertainment, and Graphic India, to begin early pre-production on a live-action Chinese theatrical film. The film will also be co-produced with India’s Cinema Capital Advisory.

Shinework’s producing team will include Jonathan Shen, Iris Wang, and Daljit DJ Parmar. Gill Champion, CEO of Pow! Entertainment will be a producer on the film, with Lee, Devarajan and Samir Gupta from Cinema Capital Advisory as executive producers. The film will primarily be targeted towards the Chinese market, but will also be developed to appeal to international markets globally. Casting will include leading Chinese, Indian, and international talent. »

- Patrick Frater

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Tim Burton’s Dark Sensibilities, Soft Touch Were Perfect for ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

8 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tim Burton’s latest film, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” starring Eva Green and Asa Butterfield, will be released Sept. 30 by Fox.

Based on Ransom Riggs’ 2011 novel by the same name, the pic centers on an orphan who falls under the tutelage of the mysterious Miss Peregrine. There he is chosen to protect the children from an evil band of Wights and Hollows led by Mr. Barron.

Jenno Topping, who produced the pic with Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark, said, “I got the book as an unpublished manuscript and read it the same day. “I sent it to Peter Chernin, who also read it immediately and fell in love with it. We sold it to Fox. Peter Chernin and I then got a plane to go see Tim Burton [in the U.K.], who was very intrigued by the book. We pitched the idea of Jane Goldman to adapt, which he loved and subsequently signed on officially. »

- Shalini Dore

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North American briefs: Andrea Calderwood to deliver Strategic partners keynote

30 August 2016 4:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Distribbber.com, Abramorama team up; and more…

The Last King Of Scotland producer Andrea Calderwood will deliver the opening keynote at the Strategic Partners market in Halifax, Canada, next month.

Calderwood, of Potboiler Productions, most recently produced Trespass Against Us starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson, set to screen in Toronto and Strategic Partners’ sister event the Atlantic Film Festival.

Other keynote speakers include Marc Hustvedt, the founder and CEO of Peter Chernin-backed Supergravity Pictures, as well as Scandinavian TV producers Liselott Forsman and Lars Hermann.

“The programme this year is dynamic, progressive, and mindful of the issues and opportunities facing producers across the globe,” said programme manager Laura Mackenzie.

“Our speakers are able to provide a unique perspective because of their background and experience, but they are living and breathing the very same challenges facing producers daily.”

Strategic Partners runs from September 15-17. For the full line-up of panels and events click here.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Top Hollywood PR Gurus on Marvel's Drama, Hillary Events and Why Roger Ailes Shouldn't Be Photographed in Pajamas

18 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

From Captain America: Civil War's dominance to Legendary's $3.5 billion sale to the future of the Olympic Games, many of this year's biggest Hollywood business news stories have been shaped by the same behind-the-scenes duo. Paul Pflug and Melissa Zukerman have carved a niche as communications consultants focused solely on showbiz executives and companies. Their eight-employee Principal Communications, celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, counts as clients Marvel, Live Nation, Imax, indie distributor A24, Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment and sports executive Casey Wasserman. Their role puts them at the center of the industry's most hot-button topics and

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- Matthew Belloni

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Toronto: Fox Sets Pharrell Williams Concert for ‘Hidden Figures’

17 August 2016 7:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox is planning a Sept. 10 showing of exclusive footage of Taraji P. Henson’s “Hidden Figures” at the Toronto Film Festival followed by an outdoor concert with Pharrell Williams.

The studio will also host a Q&A with Henson, Williams, co-stars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae and director-producer Ted Melfi. Williams is producing the soundtrack for the movie along with writing original songs and overseeing all the musical elements.

Fox plans to release the film on Jan. 13. A rep said there are no plans yet for an Academy-qualifying run before the end of the year.

Fox launched the first trailer for the Nasa drama Sunday night during the Rio Olympics, with Henson’s Katherine Johnson character as a young girl, filling up a classroom blackboard with mathematical formulas.

Spencer portrays Dorothy Vaughan and Monae plays Mary Jackson as a trio of brilliant African-American women working at Nasa, who served »

- Dave McNary

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Fox Moves Forward With Graphic Novel Adaptation ‘Who Is Jake Ellis?,’ Taps Josh Mond to Direct

5 August 2016 5:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox is moving ahead with its spy thriller “Who Is Jake Ellis?” movie project, tapping Josh Mond (“James White”) to direct its adaptation of the Image Comics graphic novel.

Variety reported in 2014 that David Yates was attached to direct from a script by Seth Lochhead with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping producing through Chernin Entertainment.

The original comicbook series, written by Nathan Edmondson and drawn by Tonci Zonjic, was first published in 2011. The story revolves around a former spy on the run protected by a mysterious man named Jake Ellis who’s visible only to the former spy.

Mond is a partner with Sean Durkin and Antonio Campos in Borderline Films. He produced “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Afterschool.”

James White,” starred Cynthia Nixon and “Girls” alumnus Christopher Abbott as a mother and son dealing with the mother’s cancer during her final days. The movie, inspired the death of Mond’s mother, »

- Dave McNary

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Starz Developing Pole Dancing Drama Pussy Valley, 'Womanhood' Comedy Dirty Girls Social Club

1 August 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Next stop: Pussy Valley!

(Yeah, Starz’s upcoming drama, announced Monday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, is about exactly what you think it is.)

The one-hour scripted series, currently in development, “takes an unflinching and unapologetic look at the lives of pole dancers working down in the Dirty Delta.” Creator/writer Katori Hall will executive-produce, along with Peter Chernin (New Girl), Jenno Topping and Dante Li Loreto (American Horror Story).

VideosAmerican Gods: Watch First Trailer for Starz’s Neil Gaiman Adaptation

Starz is also developing The Dirty Girls Social Club, a half-hour series about six working women — friends from college, »

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Starz Developing Strip Club Drama ‘Pussy Valley’, Comedy ‘Dirty Girls Social Club’

1 August 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Starz has put in development two female-driven series featuring diverse sets of characters: drama Pussy Valley and comedy Dirty Girls Social Club, based on the best-selling novel by Alisa Valdes. The provocative Pussy Valley, created by playwright Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) and executive produced by Peter Chernin, takes an unflinching and unapologetic look at the lives of pole dancers working down in the Dirty Delta. Set in an infamous Mississippi "shake junt" called… »

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50 Cent Developing Superhero Drama With Starz After Extending Overall Deal

1 August 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Starz has extended its overall deal with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and is currently in development on superhero drama “Tomorrow, Today” with the music mogul, Variety has learned. The new agreement extends Jackson’s existing overall deal for another year into September 2018, in order to develop new projects for the network with Jackson’s G-Unit Film & Television, Inc.

“Tomorrow, Today” is the first project in development from Jackson and G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. The concept is based on a screenplay written by Jackson, who will executive produce the project and also serves as an executive producer on Starz drama “Power.”

“I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with my Starz family, we have had great success together on ‘Power’ and I am excited to get going on all of our upcoming projects together,” Jackson said in a statement. “I knew Starz would be the perfect home for ‘Tomorrow, Today.’ This project is very personal to me… creating »

- Laura Prudom

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Starz Develops ‘Dirty Girls Social Club,’ ‘Pussy Valley’ & ‘Teresa’ TV Series

1 August 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Starz is tripling down on diverse projects with female voices. The pay cable network announced Monday that it is developing “Dirty Girls Social Club,” based on Alisa Valdes’ best-selling novel, “Pussy Valley,” from playwright Katori Hall, and “Teresa,” based on a highly-rated, award-winning Mexican telenovela.

Read More: How The Outstanding New Starz Series ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Gives Us A Female TV Antihero For The Ages

The new Starz projects were revealed during the network’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour.

“Dirty Girls Social Club” is a half-hour series following six diverse professional women living in New York City who have known each other since college. Ten year later, through the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives, they still can only count on each other. Ligiah Villalobos (“Under the Same Moon”) will serve as showrunner. Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome”) and  Lucia Cottone will serve as executive producers. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Starz Develops ‘Dirty Girls Social Club,’ ‘Pussy Valley’ & ‘Teresa’ TV Series

1 August 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Starz is tripling down on diverse projects with female voices. The pay cable network announced Monday that it is developing “Dirty Girls Social Club,” based on Alisa Valdes’ best-selling novel, “Pussy Valley,” from playwright Katori Hall, and “Teresa,” based on a highly-rated, award-winning Mexican telenovela.

Read More: How The Outstanding New Starz Series ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Gives Us A Female TV Antihero For The Ages

The new Starz projects were revealed during the network’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour.

“Dirty Girls Social Club” is a half-hour series following six diverse professional women living in New York City who have known each other since college. Ten year later, through the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives, they still can only count on each other. Ligiah Villalobos (“Under the Same Moon”) will serve as showrunner. Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome”) and  Lucia Cottone will serve as executive producers. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Susannah Grant to Write Helen Gurley Brown Biopic (Exclusive)

14 July 2016 2:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox 2000 has hired “Erin Brockovich” screenwriter Susannah Grant to write the screenplay for its Helen Gurley Brown biopic.

The project, set up at the studio in late 2014, follows the career of Gurley Brown at Cosmopolitan as one of the first female editors of a national magazine. The studio optioned “Enter Helen: The Rise And Reign Of The Original Cosmo Girl” by Brooke Hauser at that point and set up the project at Peter Chernin’s Fox-based Chernin Entertainment.

Marisa Paiva is overseeing for the studio.

Gurley Brown wrote the 1962 bestseller “Sex and the Single Girl,” which inspired a 1964 movie of the same name starring Natalie Wood. She became editor at Cosmopolitan in 1965 and revamped the magazine as a key voice during the sexual revolution and the emergence of the women’s liberation movement.

Brown was in charge of the magazine for 32 years, transforming it into one of the most successful publications of the era. »

- Dave McNary

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Sun Valley: 5 Moguls to Watch — From Shari Redstone to Bob Iger

5 July 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Media moguls descend on Sun Valley, Idaho, this week to whitewater raft, bike, listen to experts rap about Isis and Brexit, and, most important, to play “let’s make a deal.”

The annual conference at the tiny ski resort is hosted by Allen & Co., and has inspired a steady stream of mergers and acquisitions over the years. The alpine confab set in motion Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal, Disney’s successful play for Capital Cities, and AOL’s sale to Verizon, among many other deals.

Scoring an invite to the Masters of the Universe event signals that aspiring business titans have arrived and usually comes with an overt signal to CEO-wrangler Herb Allen that the person in question will tap his investment bank for future business, insiders say.

Those who arrive are told to leave their power suits at home. Brooks Brothers casual and bike shorts are very much the vibe, »

- Brent Lang

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Zac Efron, Adam DeVine Horse Around at Beer-Soaked ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ Premiere

30 June 2016 9:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brothers Mike and Dave Stangle wore thoroughly bemused looks at Wednesday’s premiere of “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” at the Arclight Hollywood, where Zac Efron and Adam DeVine portrayed the siblings in the raunchy comedy.

The Stangles originated the story in 2013 by taking out a Craigslist ad: “My brother and I are looking for wedding dates for our cousin’s wedding. We’ve been told by the bride that bringing dates is mandatory so we won’t ‘harass all of my friends all night and stay under control.’”

The ad went viral and the brothers published the book “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: And a Thousand Cocktails” two years later. Fox’s movie, which opens July 8, makes the bride-to-be the sister of the brothers, rather than their cousin, and sets the wedding in Hawaii with Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza portraying the dates.

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- Dave McNary

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Fox Filmed Entertainment Evp Greg Gelfan to Resign

13 June 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

20th Century Fox and Fox Entertainment Group’s Executive Vice President Greg Gelfan is resigning his position after more than two decades with the studio, an individual with knowledge of his plans told TheWrap. Gelfan joined Fox in 1994, previously having worked at Paramount. He was hired by former Fox chairman Peter Chernin and former Fox president Bill Mechanic. He will step down in June as the studio seeks to find a replacement. More to come… »

- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly

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Fox EVP Greg Gelfan Out After More Than Two Decades (Exclusive)

13 June 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Executive vice president of 20th Century Fox Film and Fox Entertainment Group Greg Gelfan is stepping down at the end of the month after more than two decades at the studio, Variety has learned.

Gelfan kept a low profile, but wielded a great deal of power. He was a top lieutenant of studio chief Jim Gianopulos, and was deeply engaged in overseeing the business side of the studio. A lawyer by training, he joined Fox in 1994, having previously worked at Paramount. He was hired by former Fox chairman Peter Chernin and former Fox president Bill Mechanic.

At Fox, he was immersed in deal-making, litigation and human resource matters, and was prized for his negotiating skills. He was not involved in the creative side of the business.

The studio has not decided on a replacement for Gelfan.

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- Brent Lang

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Winslet, Elba Team On "Mountain Between"

9 June 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Kate Winslet is in negotiations to star alongside Idris Elba in Hany Abu-Assad's romantic drama "The Mountain Between Us" for Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment.

Based on Charles Martin's 2010 bestselling novel, the story follows a surgeon and woman who fall in love after being stranded following a plane crash.

They must figure out how to escape the mountain wilderness, where the temperature drops at night, while suffering broken ribs and a leg fracture.

Chris Weitz ("Star Wars: Rogue One") penned the most recent draft of the screenplay while Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing. Elba has been attached to "The Mountain Between Us" since February.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Kate Winslet in Talks to Star Opposite Idris Elba in ‘Mountain Between Us’

8 June 2016 4:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kate Winslet is in negotiations to star opposite Idris Elba in the romantic drama “The Mountain Between Us.”

Hany Abu-Assad is directing the film for Fox 2000, while Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing through Fox-based Chernin Entertainment.

The movie is based on Charles Martin’s 2010 bestselling novel about a surgeon and woman who fall in love after being stranded following a plane crash. They must figure out how to escape the mountain wilderness, where the temperature drops to the teens at night, while suffering broken ribs and a leg fracture.

Elba has been attached to “The Mountain Between Us” since February.

Star Wars: Rogue One” writer Chris Weitz penned the most recent draft of the screenplay, and J. Mills Goodloe and Scott Frank wrote earlier versions of the script.

Winslet has received seven Academy Award nominations, most recently for “Steve Jobs,” and won the Oscar in 2009 for “The Reader. »

- Dave McNary

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