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‘Deadpool’ Star Brianna Hildebrand to Star in Netflix Series ‘Trinkets’

‘Deadpool’ Star Brianna Hildebrand to Star in Netflix Series ‘Trinkets’
After trading barbs with Ryan Reynolds in two Deadpool movies and winning over horror fans with the slasher comedy Tragedy Girls, Brianna Hildebrand is set to headline a new series on Netflix. Based on the Ya novel of the same name by Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith, Trinkets will star Hildebrand as Elodie, a young misfit who makes an unlikely group of friends when she's forced to attend a Shoplifter's Anonymous meeting. The series will run for ten thirty-minute episodes and also stars Kiana Madeira (The Flash) as Moe, Quintessa Swindell as Tabitha, Odiseas Georgiadis (The Stand-In) as …
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Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard

Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard
Martin Freeman is coming to FX. This week, the network announced they've ordered a new TV show with the Sherlock star called Breeders.

The comedy "exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there." Daisy Haggard also stars.

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American Gods' Kristin Chenoweth Confirms She Will Not Be in Season 2

American Gods' Kristin Chenoweth Confirms She Will Not Be in Season 2
Sorry, kids: There won’t be any Easter this year.

The goddess of fertility, spring, bunnies, etc. won’t appear in American Gods‘ forthcoming Season 2 — at least not in the guise of Kristin Chenoweth, who played her in the fantasy drama’s freshman outing.

The actress confirmed her departure from the show exclusively to TVLine Monday at a press event for the upcoming NBC special A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 years on Broadway. She cited her longstanding friendship with former showrunner Bryan Fuller, who in November left the Starz drama with fellow showrunner Michael Green over creative differences with producer Freemantle,
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MTV’s ‘The Hills’ Reboot Adds Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s Son, Brandon Thomas Lee

MTV’s ‘The Hills’ Reboot Adds Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s Son, Brandon Thomas Lee
MTV’s “The Hills” reboot has another new face.

Actor and model Brandon Thomas Lee, perhaps best known for being the son of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, has joined the cast of the reality series reboot, the network announced on Monday.

He most recently appeared in the Netflix film “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” alongside “Riverdale’s” Shannon Purser and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” breakout Noah Centineo.

Earlier this month, the network announced that “The O.C.” star Mischa Barton would also join the cast of the reality series. Both will appear alongside returning stars Audrina Patridge, Brody Jenner, Frankie Delgado, Heidi Pratt, Jason Wahler, Justin “Bobby” Brescia, Spencer Pratt, Stephanie Pratt and Whitney Port for the new series, titled “The Hills: New Beginnings.”

Other newcomers confirmed for the series include Jenner, Delgado and Wahler’s wives,
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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series

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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series
Who watches the Watchmen, you ask? Apparently, it's a bunch of rabid fans who're foaming at the mouth for details, that's who. On Monday afternoon, the official Watchmen Instagram account shared a first look at the upcoming series from Lost and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof. The brief video footage, which depicts an officer of the law with their face…
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CBS Develping ‘Siblings’ Comedy From David Hornsby & Brian Keith Etheridge

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CBS Develping ‘Siblings’ Comedy From David Hornsby & Brian Keith Etheridge
CBS has put in development multi-camera comedy Siblings, from David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) and The Ranch co-executive producer Brian Keith Etheridge, and CBS Television Studios.

Written and executive e produced by Hornsby and Etheridge, Siblings centers on two very different siblings who decide to live together and raise their kids after one of them gets divorced.

Hornsby has been on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia since the second season, rising to executive producer. As an actor, Hornsby’s credits include Good Girls, The Goldbergs and Baskets in addition to his recurring role on Sunny. This marks Hornsby return to CBS where he created, executive produced and starred in the comedy series How To Be a Gentleman.

Etheridge most recently served as co-executive producer on Netflix’s The Ranch. His other writing/producing credits include a four-year stint on Mike & Molly, along with The Dangerous Book for Boys,
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‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix

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‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix
Gotham” boss Bruno Heller has found his butler. Jack Bannon has been cast in the titular leading role in “Pennyworth,” Epix’s upcoming Batman prequel series.

The 10-episode, one-hour drama series will follow Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British Sas soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

Per the official character description, “Alfred Pennyworth is a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty; you’d never take him for an Sas killer. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.”

Bannon’s previous notable credits include “The Imitation Game” and “Ripper Street.”

Pennyworth” hails from executive producer/writer Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. The series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger

Production on the series begins Oct. 22 at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, in the UK.

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‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One

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‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One
BBC One and Netflix have staked a new project from “Sherlock” creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The UK-based network and streamer have ordered “Dracula,” a TV adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

The three-part 90-minute mini-series is written, executive produced and created by Moffat and Gatiss, and will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. Per Netflix, “In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”

“There have always been stories about great evil,” Moffat and Gatiss said. “What’s special about ‘Dracula,’ is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Moffat and Gatiss executive produce alongside Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films,
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‘La Casa de Papel’ Showrunners Alex Pina, Esther Martinez Lobato Talk ‘The Pier’

Cannes — When a band assaulted a smalltime bank in the province of Buenos Aires this year, they wore the Salvador Dali masks featured in the Spanish series “La Casa de Papel” (Money Heist). Netflix head Reed Hastings donned the same mask and overalls to announce in a video a Netflix carriage deal with Telefonica for Spain and Latin America. More than any other series in the world and history, “La Casa de Papel” has symbolized one of the biggest revolutions in the new TV landscape: That foreign-language series, given the platform – here Netflix – can be seen outside their country of
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Movistar Plus Makes Major Wager on Original Series

Movistar Plus Makes Major Wager on Original Series
In the first scene of “El Embarcadero” (“The Pier”), from “Money Heist” creators Alex Pina and Esther Martinez Lobato, Oscar vidcams his lover, Veronica, naked in bed, getting up, popping on a dress and walking out in dazzling sun onto her patio, the stunning L’Albufera freshwater lagoon beyond.

“The Pier’s” opening captures in a nutshell much of Movistar Plus’ major wager as an original series producer, the biggest of any telecom in Europe, having bowed 11 series from “Velvet Collection” in late September last year. Series is co-produced with Atresmedia Series and Vancouver Media.

It’s a just one-minute scene,
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Movistar Plus’ Drive Into Fiction Is Centered on Women

Cutting-edge international drama used to be deadly serious: Think Nordic Noir.

“Arde Madrid,” represents a departure.

An eight-part half-hour created by Paco Leon and Anna R. Costa, the comedy-thriller yokes Spain’s grand movie comic tradition of caustic neorealism — think Rafael Azcona and Luis Berlanga — with suspense and romance, B&W cinematography of, in set pieces, the highest order; and a period of 1961 Madrid’s little known Dolce Vita, energized with Romani clans, flamenco dives, whiskey and sex, and real-life figures, led by the extraordinary Ava Gardner.

But it is its thoroughly modern feminist filter that really gives “Arde Madrid
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Mipcom News Roundup: Viacom Sales, Germany’s ‘Survivor,’ Scandi Noir and More

In today’s Mipcom roundup, reflecting a jam-packed day of announcements, Viacom boasts big sales, Germany’s a ‘Survivor,’ Nordics plot murder, Fremantle sells to Saudi Arabia and Vienna gets bloody.

Viacom Intl. Announces Wave of Mipcom Sales

Announced on Monday, Viacom International Studios (Vis) has signed sales deals for three titles before the French market. Nickelodeon’s “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” an updated animated version of the IP, has sold to China, the Middle East and Albania. The series is currently rolling out in more than 170 countries on Nickelodeon’s networks. The “Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis,
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Movistar Plus’ ‘Gigantes’ Gets Giant Rollout at Mipcom

“Ah, my hungry dogs, after my bones,” grizzled family patriarch Abraham Guerrero, who controls Spain’s cocaine trade, greets his second son, Tomás, in the first episode of “Gigantes.” But this dog has news: Daniel, his older brother, has set up his own drug business. Abraham and Tomás shop Daniel to the police as Daniel organizes an attempt on Tomas’ pregnant wife’s life, which causes her to lose the baby. By the beginning of episode two, when Daniel comes out of jail 10 years’ vengeance is served.

A brutal six-part crime clan saga, “Gigantes” is produced by Movistar + and
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Mipcom: European Alliance Takes Aim at U.S. Streamers

Europe’s pubcasters have joined forces to combat such streaming giants as Netflix and Amazon in the international TV market — and the first projects from this collaboration are under way.

Continental Europe’s leading public broadcasters — Italy’s Rai, France Televisions and Germany’s Zdf — in March forged a scripted content co-production pact called the Alliance with the stated goal of co-financing innovative, higher-profile, and generally bigger TV series for viewers in Europe and the rest of the world.

Meant to give participants greater firepower against the Netflixes of this world, the Alliance has spawned several projects, including a high-end “Leonardo” skein,
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Mipcom: Rai Rides Global Tube Wave

Italy’s state broadcaster Rai is leading the way in the country’s international TV boom.

Though pay-tv Sky Italia and Netflix are churning out some edgier Italian shows for the international marketplace, the bold Italian pubcaster is now riding high after making a splash at the Venice Film Festival with the world premiere of HBO/Rai’s powerful female friendship saga “My Brilliant Friend,” based on the first of Elena Ferrante’s globally best-selling novels.

Next up are its buzzed-about “The Name of the Rose” series, starring John Turturro, and the third season of Frank Spotnitz’s hit “Medici” saga,
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Mipcom: Drama Abounds in Turkish Offerings

Avlu (The Yard)

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This adaptation of Australian soap “Wentworth,” co-produced by FremantleMedia, is set in a female prison in Istanbul. “Avlu” boasts the same characters as the Australian original, with action-packed stories of survival as the inmates are thrown together to tackle life behind bars. Abused wife Deniz, played by Demet Evgar (“Wounded Love”), is arrested and charged with her husband’s murder. She is sent to prison where she finds herself caught in the middle of a bitter rivalry between Azra and Alp – the leaders of two notorious jail gangs and gets caught in their warfare. The show,
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BBC Drama ‘Doctor Foster’ Set for South Korean Remake (Exclusive)

The BBC’s hit drama series “Doctor Foster” is in line for the remake treatment in South Korea. The show follows the doctor of the title – played by Suranne Jones in the British original (pictured). She suspects her husband is having an affair, and as she investigates violence and turmoil erupt.

The show was created by Mike Bartlett. Its international appeal is underlined by sales of the finished version, which has gone into over 200 territories. There have also been local remakes in both France, for TF1, and Russia, for Rossiya 1.

In South Korea to Jtbc Content Hub has snagged the scripted format rights.
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Mipcom: Tough Economy Throttles Streamer Business in Turkey

Turkey’s economic crisis is stunting streamers, prompting local subscriber services to slash prices and join bundled telecom offerings, leaving little room for Netflix and Amazon, which both account for less than 5% of the market.

Still, depreciation of the Turkish lira — which has lost 40% of its value against the U.S. dollar from a year ago — could prompt international streaming giants to grow their presence in Turkey, says Iht Markit analyst Constantinos Papavassilopoulos.

He says the crisis has made Turkey a particularly price-sensitive market, where a vast majority of the country’s 3.9 million Ott consumers now subscribe to cheap online
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Turkish TV Goes Global as Local Coin Drops

Turkish TV Goes Global as Local Coin Drops
The sharp devaluation of the Turkish lira on foreign currency markets amid tensions between populist Presidents Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prompting Turkey’s TV industry to increasingly turn toward the global marketplace, where it is second only to the U.S. in terms of scripted content exports.

Exports are clearly becoming more important as producers in some cases get almost twice as much money from international, just as local linear broadcasters are cutting their budgets due to a drop in advertising intake.

Inflation is high in the country, and the Turkish lira has lost roughly 40% of its value against the U.
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Key TV Companies in Latin America Follow Six Key Strategies

Work With The Frenemy

Turner Latin America has sold the Brazilian Space original “Pacto de Sangre” to Netflix for the rest of Latin America. Turner’s focus on that specific content is Brazil, says Tomás Yankelevich, Evp & chief content officer, general entertainment Turner Latin America. Viacom Intl. Studios is negotiating a big Svod deal in Latin America on Telefe and Porta dos Fundos titles, in development and new originals, says Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of Viacom Intl. Media Networks Americas. “We are actively targeting the OTTs,” says Cris Abrego, CEO of Endemol Shine North America. “Sometimes they look to a specific territory for their content,
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