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Women in Film La Teams With Ghetto Film School for Filmmaker Development Program

  • Variety
Women in Film Los Angeles has partnered with Ghetto Film School to launch a filmmaker development program aimed at women of color.

Wif will work with six Ghetto Film School participants for mentoring and master classes to be held as part of a yearlong development program dubbed Insight. At the end of the program, one participant will get the chance to produce a short film as part of Wif’s fall 2019 production program.

“We’re in a moment when diversity and inclusion are forefront for industry decision makers. But to see accurate representation, the culture has to shift at an essential level,” said Maikiko James, Wif’s director of programs. “Women of color filmmakers require a strong network of advocates with a stake in their success in order to start seeing their numbers increase at the rate they should, and that’s what this partnership is designed to create.”

Mentors
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ReFrame Stamps 22 More Films With Gender-Balance Seal Of Approval; ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘The Wife’ On List

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ReFrame, the coalition formed by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, and IMDbPro have added 22 more titles to the list of movies earning the ReFrame Stamp, which recognize standout, gender-balanced films. The program launched June 8 with 12 films on the list from a group comprising the top 100 domestic-grossing films of 2017, with Warner BrosWonder Woman, Universal’s Girls Trip, A24’s Lady Bird and Fox’s The Post among them.

The stamp progam has since been expanded to studio and independent films that have U.S. domestic theatrical or streaming distribution. Newcomers unveiled today include Warners’ recent hit Crazy Rich Asians, IFC’s Mary Shelley and Spc’s Glenn Close starrer The Wife among 2018 releases, and Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart and Justin Baldoni’s Five Feet Apart among 2019 pics. (See the full list of new films below.)

The stamp is intended as a mark of distinction for projects that have
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Emmy-Nominated Writer Liz Sarnoff Inks Overall Deal With Universal Cable Prods.

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Writer-showrunner Liz Sarnoff (Lost) has signed an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions.

Sarnoff, who has been switching between drama and comedy, is currently writing for the second season of HBO’s comedy series Barry. For her work on the first season of the breakout hit, Sarnoff received an Emmy nomination for writing the ‘Loud, Fast, and Keep Going.’ episode. She also is expected to share in Barry‘s best comedy series nomination.

Sarnoff recently created and executive produced the TNT pilot Highland starring Margaret Cho and directed by Nisha Ganatra. I hear the project is currently being shopped by Tomorrow Studios and has been getting interest, with Ucp poised to come on board as co-producer if it’s picked up.

Sarnoff rose through the ranks on HBO’s Deadwood and ABC’s Lost, sharing in best drama series Emmy nominations for both shows. She went on to co-create Bad
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NBC Names “Female Forward” Directors Initiative Inaugural Class

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NBC has named the inaugural class for its new “Female Forward” directors initiative which will provide female directors a pipeline into scripted television.

The 10 directors selected as finalists and the NBC series on which they have been paired are Rebecca Addelman (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Daniela De Carlo (Chicago Med), Lee Friedlander (Good Girls), Heather Jack (Superstore), Katie Locke O’Brien (A.P. Bio), Ramaa Mosley (Blindspot), Olivia Newman (Chicago Fire), Monica Raymund (Law & Order: Svu), Lisa Robinson (The Blacklist) and Christine Swanson (Chicago P.D.).

Chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants, the finalists have helmed a range of projects including award-winning films that have been official selections at Tribeca Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, among others.

Launched last year by then-president Jennifer Salke, “Female Forward” aims to increase female representation in the director’s chair by providing talented female directors with the experience and connections
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Kimberly Peirce Says She Was ‘One of the Dominant Voices’ Who Convinced the Academy to Expel Harvey Weinstein

Kimberly Peirce Says She Was ‘One of the Dominant Voices’ Who Convinced the Academy to Expel Harvey Weinstein
The statistics that inspired “Half the Picture” — a new documentary about the discrimination female directors face — have remained virtually unchanged since 1998: Women received directing credit on 10 of the 100 highest-earning films that year, and just eight in 2017. Yet following the emergence of #MeToo and Time’s Up, Amy Adrion’s first feature became one of the timeliest premieres at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

During a post-screening Q&A this weekend at the Laemmle Monica Film Center (moderated by this writer), one of the film’s subjects, “Boys Don’t Cry” director and Academy Governor Kimberly Peirce, recounted playing a pivotal role last October in the organization’s expulsion of Harvey Weinstein. “I was in the room when we got rid of Harvey,” she said, earning applause. “When I say I was in the room, what I actually should say is I was one of the dominant voices that said, ‘We
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How 30West Is Fueling Indie Films & Progressive Media Businesses— Deadline Disruptors

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Coming into its second Cannes Film Festival since Micah Green left his post as CAA Film Finance and Sales Group co-head to partner with Texas-based billionaire Dan Friedkin in 30West, the company has lived up to its promise as a disruptive force in the indie film space.

If it was initially hard to figure out 30West’s place in the ecosystem, the plan is now becoming clear: Simply put, the company is something of a gas station, fueling the tanks of progressive companies, film and TV projects. Their focus is split between three main disciplines: single picture financing, P&A funding with some direct investment, and some investment from third parties.

The third concentration is in the corporate investments area, and the company’s first deal came with the acquisition of a majority stake in Neon after teaming with Tom Quinn’s distribution company on the successful I, Tonya. Then the companies teamed up again,
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Amy Ryan Joins Mindy Kaling And Emma Thompson In FilmNation-30West Talk Show Comedy ‘Late Night’

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Amy Ryan Joins Mindy Kaling And Emma Thompson In FilmNation-30West Talk Show Comedy ‘Late Night’
Exclusive: Gone Baby Gone and Birdman actress Amy Ryan has joined the cast of Mindy Kaling’s comedy Late Night, I can reveal. Kaling, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow and Hugh Dancy star in the feature from director Nisha Ganatra (Cake), which is shooting now in New York.

Kaling, star of The Mindy Project who appears in Warner Bros’ upcoming Ocean’s 8, wrote the script and is producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation, who are also handling international sales. 30West and FilmNation are financing, with the former handling U.S. rights with CAA.

Late Night centers on a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life. Rounding out the cast are Reid Scott, Paul Walter Hauser, Denis O’Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke.
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Film News Roundup: Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’

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Film News Roundup: Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’
In today’s film news roundup, Denis O’Hare joins the cast of Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night,” Global Road and Participant make executive hires and the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival unveils its lineup.

Castings

30West and FilmNation Entertainment have cast Denis O’Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke for Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra.

The film also stars Kaling, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott and Paul Walter Hauser. 30West and FilmNation Entertainment are financing. Kaling wrote the script and is also producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, which are also handling international sales. 30West and CAA are handling Us rights.

Thompson plays a late-night talk show host at risk of losing her long-running show right, when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life. Principal photography has commenced in New York.
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Denis O’Hare & More Round Out Cast Of ‘Late Night’

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Denis O’Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke have been set to round out the cast of Late Night, the comedy starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson. The film written by Kaling and being directed by Nisha Ganatra centers on a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling), who revitalizes her show and her life.

The newcomers join John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott and Paul Walter Hauser in the cast as principal photography is now underway in New York. Kaling and Howard Klein are producing alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, the latter of which is financing with 30West. 30West and CAA are handling U.S. rights and FilmNation has international.

O’Hare, twice nominated for Emmys for American Horror Story and again last year for This Is Us, is now
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Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson comedy 'Late Night' adds key cast

Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson comedy 'Late Night' adds key cast
Production on comedy set to begin this week.

John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, and Paul Walter Hauser have joined Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson on 30West and FilmNation’s comedy Late Night.

Nisha Ganatra is set to commence directing this week based on a screenplay by Kaling, who is also producing alongside Howard Klein, Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation.

Late Night centres on a late-night talk show host played by Thompson who is at risk of losing her long-running show when a new writer played by Kaling arrives and revitalises her show and her life. FilmNation represents international rights and
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John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy & Others Join Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson Comedy ‘Late Night’

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John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Veep‘s Reid Scott and I, Tonya actor Paul Walter Hauser have come aboard the comedy feature Late Night, written by Mindy Kaling, who also stars alongside Emma Thompson. Nisha Ganatra is attached to direct the project, which follows a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling), who revitalizes her show and her life.

Filming is slated to begin next week, with Kaling producing the pic alongside Howard Klein, Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, which is handling international sales as well as financing the project with 30West. In addition, 30West and CAA are repping the U.S. rights.

Lithgow joins the film after recently starring in FilmNation’s Beatriz at Dinner with Salma Hayek and Connie Britton, as well as Daddy’s Home 2 and Netflix’s The Crown, which earned him an Emmy.
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John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy to Star in Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’

  • Variety
John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy to Star in Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’
John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, and Paul Walter Hauser have joined the cast of Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra.

The film stars Kaling and Emma Thompson. 30West and FilmNation Entertainment are financing the upcoming comedy. Kaling wrote the script and is also producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, who are handling international sales. 30West and CAA are handling U.S. rights.

Late Night” centers on a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling), who revitalizes her show and her life. Principal photography is set to commence this week.

Lithgow most recently starred in FilmNation’s “Beatriz at Dinner” alongside Salma Hayek and Connie Britton, as well as “Miss Sloane” with Jessica Chastain. He won the Emmy Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in “The Crown.
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Emma Thompson Co-Writing and Directing “Nanny McPhee” Stage Musical

Thompson in “Nanny McPhee”

Emma Thompson is stepping into the director’s chair. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the Oscar winner will helm and co-write a stage musical adaptation of 2005’s “Nanny McPhee.” The family film, which Thompson wrote and toplined, follows the Brown siblings, mischievous children whose behavior slowly improves with the help of a magical nanny.

Thompson will write the musical’s book and lyrics with singer-songwriter Gary Clark, but is not expected to reprise the role of Nanny McPhee. The production has already had a workshop, with a second planned for later in 2018. No official premiere date for “Nanny McPhee” has been announced yet, but we’ll most likely have to wait at least a year for its West End debut.

This is not Thompson’s first foray into theater: she’s acted in “Short Vehicle,” “Me and My Girl,” “King Lear,” and “Sweeney Todd.” She penned “Short Vehicle” as well.
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‘Late Night’: 30West & FilmNation Team On Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson Comedy – Berlin

30West and FilmNation Entertainment are partnering to finance comedy Late Night, the Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling-starrer that’s written by Kaling. Nisha Ganatra (Transparent) is directing. Kaling will also produce with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation, who will launch international sales in Berlin. CAA and 30West are repping U.S. rights. Principal photography is set to start in April. Thompson plays a late-night talk show host at risk of…
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Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson to star in 'Late Night' for 30West, FilmNation

Production scheduled to kick off in April.

Heading into the Efm, 30West and FilmNation Entertainment are teaming up to finance the Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson comedy Late Night.

FilmNation will launch pre-sales in Berlin next week and produces with Imperative Entertainment, whose head Dan Friedkin launched 30West with former CAA agent Micah Green last year.

CAA and 30West handle Us rights and principal photography on Late Night is set to commence in April based on a screenplay by Kaling about a beleaguered late-night talk show host (Thompson) who hires her first female writer (Kaling) to revitalise the show and her life.

Nisha Ganatra (Transparent) will direct and Kaling serves as producer alongside Howard Klein, Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation.

FilmNation’s Efm sales slate includes Amazon StudiosThe Aeronauts with Eddie Redmayne and his The Theory Of Everything co-star Felicity Jones, and Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History Of David Copperfield. The company also handles
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Pam Veasey Multigenerational Female Drama in the Works at TNT

Veasey: Scripts & Scribes/YouTube

A multigenerational female drama may be headed our way. TNT is developing “East of Jingletown,” a drama series from Pam Veasey (“CSI:ny,” “In Living Color”). The project follows “four women who have formed an incredible friendship through their sons and sports,” Deadline reports. “We meet them at a crossroads, and the series explores their friendship and their individual lives, and all the amazing warmth of these women’s complicated relationships through the ups and downs of it all.”

Veasey penned the pilot and is among the project’s executive producers. Makeready is the studio.

“I graduated with a degree in Political Science and Journalism. And my first job was at the Democratic Convention in San Francisco working as an intern for CBS News,” Veasey has said. “I was planning to pursue a career in news broadcasting and/or politics. Not until I was exposed to the numerous possibilities in television,
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Eva Longoria Teams With David Schulner & Nisha Ganatra For ‘Lucky Boy’ Immigrant Drama Series Based On Book

Eva Longoria's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment is developing family immigrant drama Lucky Boy, based on Shanthi Sekaran's book, as a TV series, with Do No Harm creator David Schulner penning the adaptation. Nisha Ganatra (Transparent, Dear White People) is on board to direct. The project, from Universal TV, will be shopped to streaming and premium cable outlets. Lucky Boy, which was published in January by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, follows the conflict between two immigrant mothers…
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Equality Now Celebrates 25th Anniversary Make Equality Reality Gala

Equality Now hosted their annual Make Equality Reality Gala this week at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Haim Attends Make Equality Reality Gala

The evening marked the organization’s 25th Anniversary and honored Gucci America President and CEO Susan Chokachi and A Breeze of Hope Foundation Founder Brisa De Angulo. The 2017 gala was Equality Now’s most successful ever and it raised more than $825,000 . It brought together a diverse and dynamic group of change makers, activists, celebrities and philanthropists to celebrate women who are committed to making the world a better place for women and girls. The event was underwritten by Vanguard of Change sponsor, InMaat Foundation.

Creative Director Joss Whedon curated the evening’s program which tackled issues of gender equality, sexual violence, female genital mutilation (Fgm), and sex trafficking. The program featured performances by: Amir Arison, Nazanin Boniadi, Vinie Burrows, Amy Carlson, Nisha Ganatra, Ana Gasteyer, Lauren Mayberry,
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Mindy Kaling Working on “Four Weddings and a Funeral” Anthology Series at Hulu

Kaling in “The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project” has borrowed, celebrated, and skewered conventions of rom-coms throughout its six-season run, so it comes as no surprise that the show’s creator and star has signed on to bring one of the most beloved films of the genre to the small screen. Rom-com super fan Mindy Kaling is set to executive produce and co-write an hourlong anthology series inspired by “Four Weddings and a Funeral” for Hulu, Deadline writes.

Co-penned by “Mindy Project” Ep and writer Matt Warburton, the show will follow “a group of friends as their lives intersect through these five events, with each season following a different story arc,” the source writes. “It is still early in the process, but I hear there is an idea to have different characters in a different location each season, with the lead possibly remaining the same.”

Hulu is expected to make a decision about whether or not to offer the project a straight-to-series order by early next year.

Released in 1994, the original “Four Weddings and a Funeral” stars Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.

In her 2011 book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” Kaling wrote that “the genre has been so degraded in the past 20 years that saying you like romantic comedies is essentially an admission of mild stupidity.” She explained, “I simply regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world created therein has different rules than my regular human world.”

The Mindy Project’s” sixth and final season will conclude on Hulu November 14. Kaling stars in two of 2018’s most anticipated films: Ava DuVernay’s adaptation Madeleine L’Engle’s classic sci-fi novel “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Ocean’s Eight,” the all-female, star-studded reboot of the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise. Her packed slate also includes “Late Night,” a comedy she co-wrote about a late-night host co-starring Emma Thompson with Nisha Ganatra (“Transparent,” “Better Things”) on board to direct.

Mindy Kaling Working on “Four Weddings and a Funeral” Anthology Series at Hulu was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Make Equality Reality Gala To Celebrate Equality Now's 25th Anniversary

A plethora of stars will attend this year’s Equality Now New York Gala.

This year’s “Make Equality Reality” gala celebrates Equality Now’s 25th Anniversary. Founded in 1992, Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to ensuring that women and girls around the world can live their lives free from violence and discrimination. Combining grassroots activism with international, regional and national legal advocacy, the organization envisions a world in which women and men have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of those rights. Its issue areas encompass Legal Equality, Justice for Girls, and ending Sex Trafficking, Sexual Violence and Harmful Practices, including female genital mutilation (Fgm) and “child marriage.” The organization has partners and supporters in almost every country in the world.

Expected to attend are honorees Susan Chokachi (President and CEO, Gucci America) and Brisa De Angulo (Founder, A Breeze of Hope Foundation); Gala
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