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Huayi Brothers forms joint venture with Russo Brothers

30 August 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Huayi Brothers will invest up to $350m in the project.

China’s Huayi Brothers Media Corp is establishing a joint venture with Captain America director-producers Joe and Anthony Russo to produce a slate of film and TV projects for global distribution.

Huayi Brothers is investing $250m in the new venture for project development, IP acquisition and developing theme parks based on the company’s properties – and plans to tip in a further $100m to cover production costs.

The Beijing-based studio will retain exclusive distribution rights to the joint venture’s productions in Greater China and Southeast Asia.

The new venture plans to produce big-budget, English-language franchise movies, with the Russo Brothers producing and sometimes also directing. Production is not expected to commence until the Russo Brothers have completed their existing commitments on Disney/Marvel’s upcoming The Avengers movies.

The Russo Brothers credits include Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. They are also »

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MADtv: Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso and Bobby Lee Appearing on CW Revival

12 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

MADtv is bringing out the big guns to help usher in its new era on The CW.

Nicole Sullivan, who starred on the original MADtv from 1995 to 2001, and Will Sasso (1997–2002) will guest-star in the new series’ premiere on July 26 (9/8c), TVLine has learned exclusively. Bobby Lee (2001–2009) is also confirmed to appear in an upcoming episode.

RelatedMADtv Gets Premiere Date on The CW — Meet the Revival’s New Cast

Since leaving MADtv, Sullivan has recurred on Scrubs, Cougar Town and The King of Queens, in addition to starring in her own short-lived Lifetime sitcom Rita Rocks; Sasso went on to appear on shows like Justified, »

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The Warriors: Hulu to Adapt Classic Film as TV Series

5 July 2016 7:34 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Can you dig it? Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, of Captain America: Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier fame are developing The Warriors TV show with Paramount and Hulu. The Russos executive produced the Animal Practice TV show which was cancelled after six of nine episodes aired on NBC. They also served as executive producers on cancelled series Community and Happy Endings.The brothers will reimagine the 1979 Walter Hill film of the same name, for television. The cult-classic feature was based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel. Deadline says, "Their take will honor the original film while adding its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence. The Russo brothers will team with writer Frank Baldwin on the series. The Russo brothers will »


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Channing Tatum producing buddy cop comedy series Iron Fisting

23 June 2016 8:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Entertainment Weekly has got its hands on the first poster for Iron Fisting, a new buddy cop action-comedy series from Channing Tatum’s production company Free Association.

Iron Fisting is “billed as an ’80s Romanian cop show that will follow the adventures of a pair of mismatched policemen partners. The series will poke fun at the buddy cop genre, as the two protagonists strive to protect the Communism of 1980s Romania from the evils of Capitalism.”

The series has been created by Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka (Animal Practice), with Rhys Thomas (Saturday Night Live) set to direct.


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Tatum Plans 80s Romanian Cop Series "Iron"

23 June 2016 8:09 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Channing Tatum's production company Free Association has announced the new buddy cop action-comedy series "Iron Fisting" which A24 will finance and co-produce.

The series is described as a fictional 1980s Romania-set cop show that will follow the adventures of a pair of mismatched policemen partners. Along the way it will skew the buddy cop genre as the two protagonists strive to protect the Communism of 1980s Romania from the evils of Capitalism.

Like a real Romanian series, the project will be dubbed in English and will be shot in Eastern Europe in September. No actors have been cast, and no network is yet attached.

Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka ("Animal Practice") created the show and will serve as executive producers, while SNL alum Rhys Thomas will direct.

Source: EW »

- Garth Franklin

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NBC To Stunt ‘Superstore’ During the Olympics, Launch Reality Series Off Games

15 May 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Four years ago, NBC previewed new comedies Go On and Animal Practice during the London Summer Olympics. This year, the network is taking its only returning comedy series, Superstore, which will produce an original episode to air following one night of coverage from the games in Rio. “We think that can give this show an enormous amount of attention,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said during the network’s upfront call. Coming directly off the games will be new reality series… »

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7 Spotlight-Stealing Animal Actors

13 May 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Are you an animal-loving actor? Then you know that even in movies starring the likes of Ben Stiller, Ian McKellen, or Jim Carrey, a talented dolphin, horse, dog, or monkey can run away with the show. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite animal actors in everything from “Mr. Poppers Penguins” to “The Lord of the Rings.” Now who’s a good boy? Crystal the MonkeyThere’s no monkeying around when this little lady hits the set—she’s a professional! Named in 2012 as one of television’s highest paid actors, audiences know Crystal from feature comedies like the “Night at the Museum” franchise and “The Hangover Part II,” as well as television series “Community” and “Animal Practice.” Cosmo the DogThis talented Jack Russell terrier made such an impact on set that “Beginners” star Ewan McGregor wrapped shooting and adopted a dog of his own. Cosmo has also had »

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Upfront 2016: TV Networks May Gain Upper Hand For First Time In Years

14 March 2016 7:54 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After years of difficulty, TV is tuning in something it hasn’t had in a long time: pricing power.

In the weeks to come, advertisers are likely to hear about new Thursday-night football games on NBC, an attempt to revive the fortunes of MTV, and the vision of a new entertainment chief at ABC. They will encounter something else, as well: For the first time in four years, they may have to capitulate to demands that they pay higher rates of increase to reach the TV audiences they need to buy their laundry detergent, hamburgers and smartphones.

TV continues to face audience erosion brought on by streaming video that beams across the rival screens of laptop computers, mobile tablets and smartphones. In 2016, however, TV has more wind at its back. Advertisers purchasing so-called “scatter” inventory, or ad time bought closer to air date, have found that prices have risen steeply »

- Brian Steinberg

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