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Shiri Appleby has inked an overall deal with A+E Studios for television producing, Variety has learned.
Under the multi-year pact, Appleby — who stars in Lifetime’s “UnReal,” which hails from A+E Studios — will develop, create and produce original programming for both the A+E portfolio of network and other buyers. All projects created under the deal will be produced by Appleby’s banner, Appletree Pictures.
Along with the deal, Appleby will also serve as a brand ambassador for A+E Studios and Lifetime, representing the brands are various events throughout the year.
“Shiri is a phenomenal talent, and working closely with her on ‘UnREAL’ has been both a personal and professional highlight. I look forward to bringing her distinct voice to new projects at A+E Studios,” said Erica Bello, vice president of creative affairs at A+E Studios.
Appleby commented, “I’m so grateful to A+E Studios for this incredible opportunity and can »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Two very different, yet incredibly forthright, ladies are about to make their Netflix debuts.
Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) will serve as writer and showrunner of Anne‘s eight-episode first season, in which a 13-year-old redhead orphan named Anne is sent to live with an elderly woman and her brother in 1890. The series will expand on the original concept by dealing with issues of sexism, bullying and prejudice, among others.
In other premiere news, Girlboss, a comedy »
Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield come from two different worlds - at least they do in the new movie The Space Between Us. Coming out on Friday, the sci-fi romance tells the tale of Tulsa (Robertson) and Gardner (Butterfield), teens who begin a friendship online. What Tulsa doesn't know is that Gardner is from Mars. (Now is the time for any "Men are from Mars, women are from Venus" jokes you want to toss out.) We visited the film's Albuquerque set back in October 2015 and chatted with the down-to-Earth actors . . . see what I did there? Because it's a movie about space. Here's what we learned from the budding* superstars! Robertson loves Dr. Phil: "Today I watched a really crazy episode of Dr. Phil that I recorded yesterday. It was about the Subway guy, Jared, and the tapes. They play all the recordings of when he was speaking to this »
- Maggie Pehanick
ABC has put into development a Gabriel Iglesias comedy from executive producer Ryan Seacrest, TheWrap has learned. Written by “Nashville” and “Life Unexpected” alum Taylor Hamra, the untitled comedy follows a commitment-phobe bachelor as he reconnects with his friend who has just broken up with the woman he has been with since pre-school. Iglesias is attached to star as well as executive produce the project alongside Hamra and Seacrest, as well as Nina Wass and Andrea Shay of Ryan Seacrest Productions. Also Read: Pilot Season 2017: TheWrap's Complete Guide The comedy hails from CBS Television Studios. Joe Meloche, Jay Lavender, »
- Reid Nakamura
The comedy, which is in development, revolves around a commitment-phobe bachelor who reconnects with his friend who has just broken up with the woman he has been with since preschool. Iglesias is attached to star.
The comedy hails from CBS Television Studios and will be written by Taylor Hamra (Nashville, Dallas, Life Unexpected). Seacrest will exec produce alongside his Ryan Seacrest Productions' Nina Wass and »
- Lesley Goldberg
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