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‘The Netflix Afterparty’ Sets December Special (TV News Roundup)

‘The Netflix Afterparty’ Sets December Special (TV News Roundup)
In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix set a December premiere date for “The Netflix Afterparty,” and CBC and BET Plus greenlit an original series, “The Porter.”

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“The Netflix Afterparty: The Best Shows of the Worst Year,” an end-of-year special featuring talents from the streamer’s hit series, is set to premiere on Dec. 13. The special, hosted by David Spade, Fortune Feimster and London Hughes, will feature conversations with Kevin Hart, Anya Taylor-Joy, Lily Collins, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, Lauren and Cameron Hamilton and Rick Kirkham. Jo Koy will also join as a guest comedian, while the first episode of of “The Netflix Afterparty” proper in 2021 will feature the cast of “Cobra Kai” and Bill Burr.

HBO Max is set to debut “12 Dates of Christmas: Unwrapped” on Dec. 17. The dating series’ reunion special, hosted by D.J. “Shangela“ Pierce, invites cast members Chad Savage, Faith Fernandez, Garrett Marcantel
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CBC, BET+ Team On ‘The Porter’ Railway Workers Drama From Inferno Pictures & Sienna Films

CBC, BET+ Team On ‘The Porter’ Railway Workers Drama From Inferno Pictures & Sienna Films
CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, and BET+ have teamed on The Porter (working title), an original drama series about a group of railway workers who unite to form the world’s first Black union, from Winnipeg-based Inferno Pictures and Sphere Media’s Sienna Films.

Created by Arnold Pinnock and Bruce Ramsay with Annmarie Morais, Marsha Greene and Aubrey Nealon, The Porter (wt) has been greenlit for 2021/22.

Set in the 1920s and inspired by real events, The Porter follows the journeys of four ambitious souls who hustle, dream, cross borders and confront barriers in the fight for liberation – on and off the railways that crossed North America.

Morais and Greene are writers/showrunners on the eight-part series, with Charles Officer and R.T. Thorne set to executive produce and direct.
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‘The Babadook’, ‘French Exit’ producers to discuss new projects at Ontario Creates iff

‘The Babadook’, ‘French Exit’ producers to discuss new projects at Ontario Creates iff
Roster of participants includes 44 female producers out of 73 in total.

The latest projects from producers of French Exit and The Babadook are among the roster at the virtual 15th Ontario Creates International Financing Forum (iff) set to run from September 13-14.

The co-financing and co-production market takes place in association with Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and serves international and Canadian producers developing mostly English-language projects.

The two-day schedule includes networking opportunities for producers with international sales agents, financiers, distributors, agents, and executive producers, as well as an exclusive state-of-the-industry panel discussion, producer drop-in sessions, and access to a TIFF case study on co-productions.
See full article at ScreenDaily »

‘The Babadook’, ‘French Exit’ producers to take part in Ontario Creates iff

‘The Babadook’, ‘French Exit’ producers to take part in Ontario Creates iff
Roster of participants includes 44 female producers out of 73 in total.

The latest projects from producers of French Exit and The Babadook are among the roster at the virtual 15th Ontario Creates International Financing Forum (iff) set to run from September 13-14.

The co-financing and co-production market takes place in association with Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and serves international and Canadian producers developing mostly English-language projects.

The two-day schedule includes networking opportunities for producers with international sales agents, financiers, distributors, agents, and executive producers, as well as an exclusive state-of-the-industry panel discussion, producer drop-in sessions, and access to a TIFF case study on co-productions.
See full article at ScreenDaily »

‘The Babadook’, ‘French Exit’ producers to take part in Ontario Creates iff (exclusive)

‘The Babadook’, ‘French Exit’ producers to take part in Ontario Creates iff (exclusive)
Roster of participants includes 44 female producers out of 73 in total.

The latest projects from producers of French Exit and The Babadook are among the roster at the virtual 15th Ontario Creates International Financing Forum (iff) set to run from September 13-14.

The co-financing and co-production market takes place in association with Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and serves international and Canadian producers developing mostly English-language projects.

The two-day schedule includes networking opportunities for producers with international sales agents, financiers, distributors, agents, and executive producers, as well as an exclusive state-of-the-industry panel discussion, producer drop-in sessions, and access to a TIFF case study on co-productions.
See full article at ScreenDaily »

‘Utopia Falls,’ ‘Dawn’ Bosses on Black Creators Breaking Barriers in Genre Entertainment

‘Utopia Falls,’ ‘Dawn’ Bosses on Black Creators Breaking Barriers in Genre Entertainment
When “Utopia Falls” creator R.T. Thorne pitched a sci-fi hip-hop series about a group of teens living in a dystopian future and battling in a performing arts competition called the Exemplar, he knew the concept was an unusual one.

“People definitely looked at me weird when I first threw it out there a few years ago, just this idea of science fiction and hip-hop,” Thorne tells Variety. “[But] what was interesting to me, is that even though they didn’t know what to make of it, everybody wanted to understand more.”

And the Exemplar competition is just the beginning for Thorne’s story — which is now streaming on Hulu — as the series takes a pivotal turn when a couple of the teen contestants stumble upon a hidden warehouse called “The Archive” and discover the lost art of hip-hop music, introduced by none other than the voice of Snoop Dogg. While Thorne
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Utopia Falls Review (Spoiler-Free)

Hulu's Utopia Falls brings a musical twist to the Ya dystopian genre.

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Utopia Falls, Hulu’s latest TV series offering, has a premise straight out of young adult fiction. Every year, New Babyl hosts “The Exemplar,” which sees twenty-four teenagers participate in a musical competition to win the title, and make history. It’s Divergent meets Step Up and how you feel about either or both of those franchises is probably a good barometer for how you will feel about Utopia Falls.

Coming from showrunner Joseph Mallozzi and created by Canadian director R.T. Thorne, Utopia Falls seems like it should garner higher expectations than its weird premise would suggest. I am self-proclaimed Ya Trash, so on paper this was Extremely My Shit, but I realized (maybe too late) that there is a performance element to the show. Musicals can be a hard sell for many modern audience members,
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Utopia Falls: Release Date and Trailer for Hulu Sci-Fi Musical Series

Joseph Baxter Feb 6, 2020

Hulu series Utopia Falls takes a future-set sci-fi premise and injects with a pop culture explosion of music and dance.

Utopia Falls may, upon first glance, seem like an aesthetically clinical future-society-type story, but the Hulu sci-fi series is set to showcase its hybrid genre nature as a paean to the arts, specifically the entirety of a forbidden pop culture of the past. – Let’s just call it Logan’s Run meets Fame.

The 10-episode hourlong series is set in the far future on a colony, focusing on a group of song-and-dance-inclined teens whose worldviews become upended after being exposed to an archive containing a forgotten pop culture panorama of music, literature, etc., resulting in a clash between the newly-edified and those attempting to uphold the traditions of their idyllic existence. Indeed, it’s a time-worn tale of generational clashes told through a sci-fi lens.

The series, the
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Hulu’s ‘Utopia Falls’ Trailer Finds Futuristic Teens Discovering Hip-Hop for the First Time (Video)

Hulu has dropped the trailer for its upcoming sci-fi series “Utopia Falls,” and the trailer finds teenagers, hundreds of years in the future, discovering an ancient relic called hip-hop.

“Whoa. How’s he doing that so fast?” one teen says to another in the trailer, as they watch a rapper in a hip-hop music video for the very first time in their lives.

“I have no idea,” replies the fellow teen. “Why would they keep something like this from us?”

Watch the trailer above.

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The sci-fi hip-hop series will feature the voice of Snoop Dogg, and music from artists including Kendrick Lamar, Alessia Cara, The Notorious B.I.G., Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez, Bill Withers and The Roots.

Here is the official description for the series, which premieres Feb.
See full article at The Wrap »

Toronto Film - "Titans", "Grand Army", "The Boys"

From TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for June 2019 including "Titans", "Grand Army", "The Boys" and a whole lot more:

Akilla's Escape

Feature

Canesugar Filmworks

Prod.: Jake Yanowski, Charles Officer

Dir.: Charles Officer

May 14 - Jun 6/19

AMÉLIE Et Compagnie! Saison 4

TV Series

Carte Blanche Films Inc.

Prod.: Tracy Legault

Dir.: Dominque Cardona,

Jul 3 - Sep 20/19

Anne With An E Season 3

TV Series

Northwood Anne Trois Inc.

Exec. Prod.: Moira Walley-Beckett, Miranda de Pencier, Tina Grewal

Dir.: Various

Mar 11 – Aug 22/19

Carter Season 2

TV Series

Sony / Amaze Films

Prod.: Victoria Hirst

Dir.: various

Apr 15 – Jul 17/19

Condor Season 2

TV Series

T5 Condor 2 Productions Inc.

Prod.: Andrea Raffaghello

Dir.: Andrew McCarthy

Apr 29 - Aug 28/19

Dare Me Season 1

TV Series

Gep / USA Network

Prod.: Dan Kaplow

Dir.: Various

Apr 22 - Aug 6/19

Dog Pack

TV Movie

Disney/ABC Television Group

Prod.
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Toronto Film: "Titans", "V-Wars", "Locke and Key"

From TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for May 2019 including "Titans", "V-Wars", "Locke and Key" and a whole lot more:

Anne With An E Season 3

TV Series

Northwood Anne Trois Inc.

Exec. Prod.: Moira Walley-Beckett, Miranda de Pencier, Tina Grewal

Dir.: Various

Mar 11 – Aug 22/19

Carter Season 2

TV Series

Sony / Amaze Films

Prod.: Victoria Hirst

Dir.: various

Apr 15 – Jul 17/19

Condor Season 2

TV Series

T5 Condor 2 Productions Inc.

Prod.: Andrea Raffaghello

Dir.: Andrew McCarthy

Apr 29 - Aug 28/19

Dare Me Season 1

TV Series

Gep / USA Network (NBC)

Prod.: Dan Kaplow

Dir.: Various

Apr 22 - Aug 6/19

Dog Pack

TV Movie

Disney/ABC Television Group

Prod.: Mary Pantelidis

Dir.: Paul Hoen

May 27 - Jul 12/19

Frankie Drake Mysteries Season 3

TV Series

Shaftesbury

Prod.: Theresa M Ho

Dir.: various

May 7 - Aug 27/19

Titans aka Freebirds Season 2

TV Series

New Media / Warner Bros. Television

Prod.
See full article at SneakPeek »

Toronto Film: "Dare Me", "Titans", "Locke and Key"

From TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for April 2019 including "Dare Me", "Titans", "Locke & Key" and a whole lot more:

Anne With An E Season 3

TV Series

Northwood Anne Trois Inc.

Dir.: Various

Shoot: Mar 11 – Aug 22/19

Cardinal: Until The Night

TV Series

Entertainment One

Prod.: Jessica Daniel

Dir.: Nathan Morlando

Shoot: Jan 30 - Apr 9/19

Condor Season 2

TV Series

T5 Condor 2 Productions Inc.

Prod.: Andrea Raffaghello

Dir.: Andrew McCarthy

Shoot: Apr 29 - Aug 28/19

Dare Me Season 1

TV Series

Gep / USA Network (NBC)

Prod.: Dan Kaplow

Dir.: Various

Shoot: Apr 22 - Aug 6/19

Falling

Feature

Scythia Films, Zephyr Films, Perceval Pictures

Prod.: Daniel Bekerman, Viggo Mortensen, Chris Curling

Dir.: Viggo Mortenson

Shoot: Feb 27 - Apr 10/19

Freebirds (Titans) Season 2

TV Series

New Media / Warner Bros. Television

Prod.: Michael Wray

Dir. : Various

Mar 20 – Sep 9/19

Grand Army

TV Series

Netflix / Dutiful Productions Ulc

Prod.
See full article at SneakPeek »

Toronto Film - "Falling", "Titans", "Locke and Key"

From TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for March 2019 including "Falling", "Titans", Locke & Key" and a whole lot more:

8 Months

TV Movie

Lifetime

Prod.: Mary Anne Waterhouse

Dir.: Jeffery Hunt

Mar 5 - Mar 22/19

And You Thought

You Were Normal

Feature

Side Three Media

Prod:Leanne Davies, Tim Kowalski

Dir: Tim Kowalski, Kevan Byrne

Pm: Woody Whelan

PC: n/a

Shoot: Jan 28 - Mar 5/19

Anne With An E Season 3

TV Series

Northwood Anne Trois Inc.

Exec. Prod.: Moira Walley-Beckett, Miranda de Pencier, Tina Grewal

Dir.: Various

Mar 11 – Aug 22/19

Cardinal: Until The Night

TV Series

Entertainment One

Prod.: Jessica Daniel

Dir.: Nathan Morlando

Jan 30 - Apr 9/19

Christmas Jars

TV Movie

Muse Entertainment

Prod.: Shane Boucher

Dir.: Jonathan Wright

Shoot: Feb 25 - Mar 20/19

Dare Me Season 1

TV Series

Gep / USA Network (NBC)

Prod.: Dan Kaplow

Dir.: Various

Apr 22 - Aug 6/19

Falling

Feature

Scythia Films,
See full article at SneakPeek »

Growing Canadian Distributor levelFILM Ties With ‘Hotline Bling’ Exec Taj Critchlow, Sets Dystopian Thriller ’40 Acres’

Growing Canadian Distributor levelFILM Ties With ‘Hotline Bling’ Exec Taj Critchlow, Sets Dystopian Thriller ’40 Acres’
Exclusive: Growing Canadian distributor levelFILM, whose 2018 slate included faith-based box office hit I Can Only Imagine, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, and Ike Barenholtz’s The Oath, has bolstered its board of directors with the appointment of music video producer and manager Taj Critchlow (SuperFly).

Toronto-based indie levelFILM now plans to develop and package film and TV projects with Critchlow’s production outfit Popp Rok, whose management clients include music video directors Director X and Karena Evans, who recently signed with Wme. The new partnership will bring with it a first-look deal for Canadian rights.

Critchlow, co-founder of Popp Rok and an executive producer on Drake music videos including Hotline Bling, God’s Plan and In My Feelings, was an executive producer on Sony’s 2018 remake of blackploitation pic SuperFly and associate producer on 2015 pic Across The Line. Both films were directed by Critchlow client Director X.

As the first title
See full article at Deadline »

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