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‘Swat’ Co-Creator Vows to Do Better ‘Onscreen and Off’ to Address Race and Policing Issues

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‘Swat’ Co-Creator Vows to Do Better ‘Onscreen and Off’ to Address Race and Policing Issues
As demonstrators across the country take to the streets to protest racism and police brutality, the writers and executive producers of the CBS police drama “S.W.A.T.” have vowed to take a harder look at the way their show portrays policing in the United States on screen.

The “S.W.A.T.” writers room account first tweeted a statement on Monday, expressing support for peaceful protesters and calling on police to “deescalate conflicts, not exacerbate them.”

“We are watching recent events in horror and sadness along with everyone else, and we will continue to mine the truth about these issues in the writing of our upcoming season as we all work towards a fairer, better system,” the account wrote. “In the meantime, we encourage protestors to express their frustrations peacefully and implore law enforcement to deescalate conflicts, not exacerbate them, as people work through their understandable anger and grief.”

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Dick Wolf Fires Writer From ‘Law & Order’ Spinoff for Threatening to ‘Light Up’ Looters

Dick Wolf Fires Writer From ‘Law & Order’ Spinoff for Threatening to ‘Light Up’ Looters
Craig Gore, a writer whose credits include “S.W.A.T.” and “Chicago P.D.,” has been fired from Dick Wolf’s upcoming “Law & Order” spinoff series after controversial Facebook posts about looters and the recent curfew put in place across Los Angeles.

“I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief. I am terminating Craig Gore immediately,” Dick Wolf said in a statement to Variety.

Photos on social media show Gore holding a weapon with the caption “Curfew…” In another comment, Gore threatened to “light motherf—ers up who are trying to f— with my property,” in reference
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Bad Robot, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Foundation Pledge $10 Million for Anti-Racist Organizations

Bad Robot, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Foundation Pledge $10 Million for Anti-Racist Organizations
Bad Robot Productions and the Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation announced charitable donations to a number of organizations “committed to anti-racist agendas.”

In a statement posted on the Bad Robot Instagram page on Monday, they announced a pledge of $10 million over five years to various organizations. For starters, they will donate $200,000 each to the following groups: Black Lives Matter La, Black Futures Lab, Community Coalition, Equal Justice Initiative, and Know Your Rights Camp.

“Enough is enough,” the statement began. “Enough police brutality. Enough outsized privilege. Enough polite conversation. Enough white comfort.”

“The centuries long neglect and abuse of our
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Barca TV Plus Streaming Service Launched by Soccer Club Barcelona F.C.

Barca TV Plus Streaming Service Launched by Soccer Club Barcelona F.C.
From its fans’ opposition to Francisco Franco’s arcane dictatorship to Johan Cruyff’s total football and Pep Guardiola’s pass-and-run, Barcelona F.C., one of the world’s greatest soccer clubs, has always prided itself about being ahead of the game.

Now, in the latest pioneering move, announced Wednesday, Barcelona F.C. has launched Barça TV Plus, with 3,000 videos and 1,000 hours of content including live and delayed broadcast matches and on-demand content.

Together with a Culers Premium Membership loyalty program, Barça TV Plus forms part of a new digital strategy at the club, reflecting Barça’s drive into a direct-to-consumer business model.
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Lea Michele Apologizes After ‘Glee’ Co-Star Samantha Ware Accuses Her of ‘Traumatic Microaggressions’

Lea Michele Apologizes After ‘Glee’ Co-Star Samantha Ware Accuses Her of ‘Traumatic Microaggressions’
Lea Michele has broken her silence with an apology after her former co-star Samantha Ware accused her of “traumatic microaggresions” on the set of “Glee.”

“I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused,” Michele posted in a lengthy statement on Instagram. “One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people’s perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face.”

Michele posted a tweet on May 29 in
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Reporting While Black: The Complexity of Covering Racial Inequality as a Black Journalist

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Reporting While Black: The Complexity of Covering Racial Inequality as a Black Journalist
CNN national correspondent Sara Sidner has covered protests and civil unrest all over the world, and has in the past week been reporting on the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis for the network. Reporters being arrested is nothing new; as in past protests, members of the press have had encounters with law enforcement.

“[They] oftentimes, in these kinds of protests, don’t give a damn if you’re the press, even when you identify yourself,” she notes.

But things came to a head when her colleague, CNN reporter Omar Jimenez, as well as producer Bill Kirkos and cameraperson Leonel Mendez,
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Cara Delevingne on Her Pansexual Identity, Singing With Fiona Apple and What Pride Means to Her

Cara Delevingne on Her Pansexual Identity, Singing With Fiona Apple and What Pride Means to Her
Ask Fiona Apple to describe her friend Cara Delevingne, and she compares her to a foreign country where you instantly feel at home. “Like if Paris were populated by Chicagoans,” Apple writes in an email to Variety. “At first sight, you may notice the fancy threads and sleek silhouettes and highbrow art — but in live action, she’s a big, hearty hug of a woman, with a salty spirit and a loving kind of strength.”

For most of her life, Delevingne wasn’t sure what to make of her own desires: whether she could claim them, or even say them out loud.
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Emmys 2020: Lead Actor in a Drama Series — Our 7 Dream Nominees!

Emmys 2020: Lead Actor in a Drama Series — Our 7 Dream Nominees!
Billy Porter triumphed in this category in 2019 and there is every reason to believe the Pose star will be back in the running this year. One thing we are absolutely certain of: Porter’s exemplary work in the FX drama’s second season certainly makes him a worthy Emmy contender, as evidenced by his inclusion in our Lead Actor in a Drama Series wish list.

His biggest competition this time around could come from a pair of equally deserving Succession stars, particularly in light of the HBO drama’s explosive popularity growth in Season 2.

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How Bowen Yang Found His Way as ‘SNL’s’ First Openly Gay Male Cast Member

How Bowen Yang Found His Way as ‘SNL’s’ First Openly Gay Male Cast Member
Bowen Yang misses everything about the “live” aspect of “Saturday Night Live.” “For the first ‘at home’ show, everyone in the cast was texting each other, and I sent pictures of the Saratoga Springs bottles that the pages have at their desks,” the 29-year-old comedian recalled recently over (what else?) Zoom from (where else?) his Brooklyn apartment. “It’s all the little things I took for granted … I would give anything to experience all that, safely, again.” Until then, he’s “dreaming in little Zoom boxes,” trying to stay creative and connected.

Though he feels nothing but lucky these days,
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‘Pose’ Star Indya Moore Reflects on Activism and the Road Ahead

‘Pose’ Star Indya Moore Reflects on Activism and the Road Ahead
Ever since Indya Moore’s work on the FX series “Pose” was paused in the midst of Covid-19, the actor has taken on a new project: “being Ok with being an unproductive Indya.”

Moore, who is nonbinary and uses “they/them” pronouns, was rocketed to fame with the launch of “Pose,” playing the pure-hearted aspiring model Angel Evangelista. With Season 3 delayed indefinitely, Moore, quarantining in Chicago, said in April they were “playing video games and bingeing ‘Westworld,’ guilt- and drama-free.” (This conversation took place before tensions over police brutality erupted in late May and early June; Moore has recently been
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BBC’s ‘Storyville’ Picks Up National Enquirer Doc from Agc International

BBC’s ‘Storyville’ Picks Up National Enquirer Doc from Agc International
BBC documentary strand ‘Storyville’ has picked up U.K. rights to a film on tabloid The National Enquirer from Agc International.

Co-produced by CNN Films, Agc Studios and This is Just a Test, “Scandalous” traces the National Enquirer’s evolution from when it was first founded by Generoso Pope Jr. — who bought racing and sports newspaper New York Enquirer in the 1950s and rebranded the publication as the National Enquirer — to its current status as one of the world’s most sensational tabloid brands.

Directed by Mark Landsman, “Scandalous” explores how Pope Jr. grew the publication into a mass-market tabloid chock full of various scandals,
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Ad-Spend Tracker Standard Media Index to Launch in Canada

Ad-Spend Tracker Standard Media Index to Launch in Canada
Standard Media Index, a tracker of ad-spending and pricing data that has in recent years become more widely adopted in the U.S., is set to launch its service in Canada.

“For the first time in Canada, Standard Media Index will provide the industry with a way of monitoring performance of ad spend across all media types on a monthly basis”, said James Fennessy, the company’s CEO. “In Canada, our products will capture an incredible 94% of all national brand spend. Data collected through Standard Media Index’s relationship with all the major agency holding groups will provide much needed
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Batwoman Will Cast a New Lead Character Instead of Recasting Kate Kane

Batwoman Will Cast a New Lead Character Instead of Recasting Kate Kane
Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) may be leaving Gotham, but it looks like Batwoman is here to stay. In the wake of recent news that Rose has exited Batwoman after one season, Deadline now reports that instead of recasting her character; it will introduce a new lead character instead.

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Lea Michele Breaks Silence, Apologizes to Glee Co-Star for 'My Immaturity' and 'Unnecessarily Difficult Behavior'

Lea Michele Breaks Silence, Apologizes to Glee  Co-Star for 'My Immaturity' and 'Unnecessarily Difficult Behavior'
Lea Michele‘s much-anticipated mea culpa has arrived.

The Glee actress posted a lengthy statement on Instagram early Wednesday in which she apologized to former co-star Samantha Ware, who earlier this week accused Michele of making her brief time on the former Fox phenom “a living hell.”

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The whole kerfuffle ignited on Monday when Michele expressed
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Playtime Inks Raft of Deals on TV Series ‘Trauma,’ ‘Mental,’ ‘Helvetica’ (Exclusive)

Playtime Inks Raft of Deals on TV Series ‘Trauma,’ ‘Mental,’ ‘Helvetica’ (Exclusive)
Playtime, the well-established European film and TV group based in Paris, has scored a flurry of deals on three anticipated international series, “Trauma,” “Mental” and “Helvetica,” as well as on the documentary “Voulez-vous rire avec moi ce soir.”

Produced by Empreinte Digitale (“Missions”), “Voulez-vous rire avec moi ce soir” was picked up by Netflix in French Speaking Europe, Africa, UK, Australia, Us and Canada. The series, which portrays top comedians around the world, was directed by Yacine Belhousse and premiered on the local cable channel Comedie Plus.

A popular French series, “Trauma” was acquired by Walter Presents for the U.
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BBC Orders Second Season of Hit Surveillance Thriller ‘The Capture’

BBC Orders Second Season of Hit Surveillance Thriller ‘The Capture’
U.K. broadcaster BBC has ordered a second season of surveillance thriller “The Capture,” executive produced by “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman and starring Holliday Grainger. The show’s first season, produced by Heyday Television and NBCUniversal Intl. Studios, will premiere in the U.S. on NBCU’s new streaming service Peacock on July 15.

The first season was a hit for flagship channel BBC One, growing its audience across the season, and it was the biggest new title of 2019 on BBC streaming platform iPlayer. It has had over 22 million requests on the platform to date.

Season one averaged 7.7 million viewers
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‘Mandalorian’-Style Virtual Technology Sound Stage Orca Studios Opens in Spain (Exclusive)

‘Mandalorian’-Style Virtual Technology Sound Stage Orca Studios Opens in Spain (Exclusive)
Opening up multiple shoot possibilities during Covid-19 and beyond, top Spanish producer Adrian Guerra is bowing Orca Studios, a new Spain-based virtual production facility that uses the same Led volume technology employed by Ilm on its Stagecraft system for “The Mandalorian” – hailed by some as the biggest technological step-forward since green screen.

Head of studio at Orca is Adrian Corsei, former head of studio at Trixter, Germany’s biggest VFX studio whose prolific Hollywood credits take in “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.”

Orca Studios has developed its cutting-edge technology with the support of Epic Games
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Mediawan Unveils New Distribution Platform, Brand Identity

Mediawan Unveils New Distribution Platform, Brand Identity
Mediawan, the integrated European media group which owns Italy’s Palomar, is rolling out a new screening and distribution platform to fast-track dealmaking and make up for the raft of physical markets that are being canceled due to the coronavirus crisis.

The platform will showcase programs produced and/or sold by Mediawan’s companies and will be aimed at buyers, from independent distributors to broadcasters and streaming services.

“In the current health context, this platform is an innovative vector to reinforce the Group’s close connections with its partners and facilitate discussions” in a virtual setting, said Mediawan.

“In just a few years,
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Nent Group Orders Norwegian Comedy-Drama ‘Suck It Up’ (Exclusive)

Nent Group Orders Norwegian Comedy-Drama ‘Suck It Up’ (Exclusive)
Following the smash hit Swedish series “Love Me,” Nent Group has come on board another drama-comedy, “Suck It Up” created by Henriette Steenstrup (“Lilyhammer”).

Steenstrup also stars in the six-part series as Pernille, a working parent of three teenagers who has to take care of her ageing father at home, and thirty children at work, leaving her little time for her love life. Steenstrup won this year’s Dragon Award at Goteborg for her performance in “Beware of Children.”

Now shooting in Oslo, the contemporary show will premiere exclusively across the Nordic region on Nent Group’s Viaplay streaming service
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Legends Boss on Finale's Zari Dilemma, [Spoiler]'s Abduction and That Cameo

Legends Boss on Finale's Zari Dilemma, [Spoiler]'s Abduction and That Cameo
Warning: The following contains major spoilers for Tuesday’s Legends of Tomorrow finale. Proceed at your own risk!

Legends of Tomorrow has beamed up a new problem: At the close of Tuesday’s Season 5 finale, Sara was abducted by aliens, unbeknownst to her friends, setting up the CW series for a new, “romp-ish” Big Bad, co-showrunner Phil Klemmer tells TVLine.

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