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Starz TV Show Ratings (updated 2/20/19)

While Starz execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.

Scripted Starz shows listed: American Gods, Ash Vs Evil Dead, Black Sails, Blunt Talk, Counterpart, Da Vinci's Demons, The Girlfriend Experience, The Missing, Outlander, Power, Survivor's Remorse, Sweetbitter, Vida, and The White Princess.

Last update: Most recent ratings added for Counterpart.

There's lots of data that execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an updated listing of the recent/current primetime scripted shows on Starz.Read More…
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Ubisoft Reveals Female-Driven Skull & Bones TV Drama in the Works

  • Cinelinx
Despite the fact that Skull & Bones hasn't even released, yet, Ubisoft is pushing ahead with a TV series based around their impending Pirate game.  More within...

When a publisher/developer is extremely confident in their product, they'll tend to pour in as much money as possible to raise awareness and hype.  This usually entails a massive marketing blast that includes a ton of PR, a couple of preview videos, or even a celebrity of some sort playing the game.  However, for Ubisoft, it often means you're getting a live-action representation of said game.  Exhibit A would be last year's Far Cry 5 short film, on Amazon Prime Video, that focused on the events leading up to Far Cry 5. In other cases, if you're a popular IP like Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series, you'll get a subpar movie starring Michael Fassbender.  

In a fascinating twist, Ubisoft has announced intent to develop a TV
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Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy gets a new promo

Ahead of its arrival on Netflix this Friday, the streaming service has released a new promo for the small screen adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s award-winning Dark Horse graphic novel series The Umbrella Academy, entitled ‘Cha Cha’s Hit List’; watch it here…

See Also: Exclusive Interview – David Castañeda on the Umbrella Academy, shaking up the comic-book formula and learning how to throw knives

On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeve’s passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya
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UK trailer for historical action film Rise of the Viking

Signature Entertainment has unveiled a UK trailer for the historical action film Rise of the Viking (a.k.a. Redbad), which is directed by Roel Reine and features a cast that includes Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Jonathan Banks. Check out the poster, trailer and synopsis here…

700 Ad – a time of epic battles and bloodshed. Northern Europe is divided into two different worlds: above the rivers are the Frisians, the Saxons and the Danes. Below the rivers, the Franks hold sway. The Franks want to do what even the Romans never managed: conquer all of Europe, and they are deploying a new weapon to subjugate the heathens: Christianity.

Uniting a Viking army, Frisian warrior Redbad returns to his home soil to defend his people and battle Lord of the Franks, Pepin of Herstal. Rise of the Viking is a quality historic saga based on ancient legends.

Rise of
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Braveheart Actor Angus Macfadyen Reprises His Role as Robert The Bruce in New Movie

Looks like we are getting a new historical action drama based on the Scottish warrior Robert The Bruce. The film is called Robert The Bruce and stars Angus Macfadyen, who reprises his role from Mel Gibson’s classic movie Braveheart.

Chris Pine recently took on the role in the Netflix film Outlaw King, which was pretty good. This new film “explores the lost months during a long, harsh winter when Robert, injured and pursued across the Highlands by his enemies, takes shelter with the steely Morag and her fearless children. Restored to health and spurred on by this humble family’s resilience and courage, Bruce finally finds the resolve to rally his people and lead his country to hard-fought independence.”

I love that after all these years Macfadyen is playing this character again and this is what he had to say in a statement:

“Robert the Bruce rose from the
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‘Robert The Bruce’ Movie With ‘Braveheart’ Actor Angus Macfadyen Boarded By Metro International, First Look — Efm

  • Deadline
Exclusive: UK sales outfit Metro International has boarded international sales rights to historical action-drama Robert The Bruce, in which Angus Macfadyen reprises his role from Mel Gibson’s Braveheart as the iconic Scottish warrior. Metro will be screening the film this week at the Efm in Berlin. We can also reveal a first look image from the production.

Jared Harris (The Crown) co-stars as Robert the Bruce’s nemesis John Comyn, alongside Anna Hutchison (The Cabin In The Woods), Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl), Zach McGowan (Black Sails), Gabriel Bateman (American Gothic), Talitha Eliana-Bateman (Geostorm), Emma Kenney (Roseanne) and Kevin McNally (Pirates Of The Caribbean).

Directed by Richard Gray (Sugar Mountain), Macfadyen produced and co-wrote the film with Eric Belgau. The film explores the lost months during a long, harsh winter when Robert, injured and pursued across the Highlands by his enemies, takes shelter with the steely Morag (Hutchinson) and her fearless children.
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Chris Albrecht stepping down as Starz CEO

Lionsgate acquired premium cable operator in 2016 for $4.4bn.

Chris Albrecht is stepping down as CEO of Us premium cable channel operator Starz, reflecting, said the companies, continued integration with parent Lionsgate.

Eight years after joining Starz in the wake of his run at HBO, Albrecht will depart next month, leaving Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch and his team, working closely with Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, to run the company.

Albrecht is credited with leading the plan to ramp up in-house and licensed original programming at Starz, which was launched in the mid-1990s by media mogul John Malone as a movie
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Starz CEO Chris Albrecht to Step Down

  • Variety
Starz chief Chris Albrecht will step down from his position in March amid the continued integration of Lionsgate and Starz.

“Chris’s renowned programming expertise and entrepreneurial abilities have helped build Starz into a premium global brand distinguished by its great shows, fast-growing direct to consumer initiatives, and expanding international footprint,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer in a statement.

The company said it plans to move forward under current COO Jeffrey Hirsch and the current leadership team, working closely with Feltheimer. Carmi Zlotnick, president of programming, will continue to take the lead in programming and related matters.

“As we complete the first phase of our evolution into a unified company and accelerate our focus on Starz’s international expansion, Chris has decided to step down to pursue other opportunities,” said Feltheimer. “I look forward to working closely with him and Jeff Hirsch to ensure a smooth transition and plan the
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Chris Albrecht to Step Down as Starz CEO

  • The Wrap
Chris Albrecht will step down next month as CEO of pay cable network Starz.

The move comes two years after the network was acquired by Lionsgate, and the companies have since further integrated. Starz will, for now, be led by COO Jeffrey Hirsch and the current leadership team, including president of programming Carmi Zlotnik, working closely with Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.

“Chris’s renowned programming expertise and entrepreneurial abilities have helped build Starz into a premium global brand distinguished by its great shows, fast-growing direct to consumer initiatives, and expanding international footprint,” said Feltheimer. “As we complete the first phase of our evolution into a unified company and accelerate our focus on Starz’s international expansion, Chris has decided to step down to pursue other opportunities. I look forward to working closely with him and Jeff Hirsch to ensure a smooth transition and plan the next steps of the Company’s continued growth.
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The Umbrella Academy gets a new trailer

With just three weeks to go until The Umbrella Academy arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has released a new trailer for the small screen adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s award-winning Dark Horse graphic novel series; watch it here…

On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeve’s passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due
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The Filmmakers Podcast: Neil Marshall Interview – Part Two

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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The Filmmakers Podcast: Neil Marshall Interview – Part One

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy has been fully mapped out, reveals Gerard Way

This February sees the launch of The Umbrella Academy, Netflix’s small screen adaptation of the Dark Horse comic book series from My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way.

So far, the comic book spans three volumes, but way has revealed to Collider that he already knows how the comic book will play out, and he’s shared this information with the producers of the new TV series to ensure they know where things are heading:

“What I did for Steve Blackman (the showrunner) and the writers in that first writers room was to create an eighteen page document that laid everything out. Even of the graphic novels that haven’t come out yet. Which should equal eight when we’re all done. So I gave them the blueprint for what happens, because you do want to seed certain things in there for future series and the hope is that it
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‘Reef Break’: Ray Stevenson To Star In ABC/M6 Crime Drama Series

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‘Reef Break’: Ray Stevenson To Star In ABC/M6 Crime Drama Series
Exclusive: Black Sails alum Ray Stevenson has been cast as one of the male leads opposite Poppy Montgomery, joining previously cast Desmond Chiam, in Reef Break, ABC’s 13-episode summer crime drama. Montgomery also executive produces the series, which is based on her idea, along with Ken Sanzel, who will write as well as serve as showrunner.

Reef Break originated at ABC Studios International and was ordered to series by France’s M6 in May. ABC picked it up for a summer run in August, with U.S.-based ABC Studios coming on board to-produce alongside ABC Studios International in partnership with M6.

Reef Break is described as a sexy, action-packed drama starring Montgomery as Cat Chambers, a thief-turned-fixer for the governor of a stunning and seductive Pacific Island paradise. Impulsive, reckless and irresistible, Cat’s less-than-perfect past gives her an instinctive gift for understanding crime and criminals as she becomes enmeshed in fast-paced,
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Starz Promotes Marta Fernandez to Executive VP of Originals Programming

  • Variety
Starz has promoted Marta Fernandez to executive VP of originals programming.

Fernandez has been with Starz since 2007. Most recently, she has helped steer the original programming team and leads the company’s inclusion initiatives. Among the shows that she directly oversees are the drama series “Vida” and “American Gods” and the upcoming “P-Valley,” set in a strip club.

“Marta has done an excellent job of developing premium content and diverse talent and has been a great representative for Starz in our goal of serving underserved audiences,” said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz. “We are pleased to be able to acknowledge her dedication and continuing contribution to the network.”

During her tenure at Starz to date, Fernandez has supervised such original series as “Spartacus,” “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” “Black Sails” and “Da Vinci’s Demons.”
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Starz Promotes Marta Fernandez to Executive VP of Originals Programming

  • The Wrap
Starz has promoted Marta Fernandez to executive VP of originals programming.

“Marta has done an excellent job of developing premium content and diverse talent and has been a great representative for Starz in our goal of serving underserved audiences,” Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz, said. “We are pleased to be able to acknowledge her dedication and continuing contribution to the network.”

Fernandez will expand her leadership role within the originals team while continuing to spearhead the network’s inclusion initiatives. She will also continue to expand the network’s drive toward female-forward programming, overseeing new development and current productions for the network including original series “Vida” and “American Gods,” as well as the upcoming series from playwright Katori Hall, “P-Valley.”

Also Read: Facebook in Talks to Aggregate HBO and Starz on Its Platform (Report)

Fernandez most recently served as senior VP, where she oversaw the development of several
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Starz Ups Marta Fernandez To Evp Original Programming

  • Deadline
Starz has promoted Marta Fernandez to Evp of Originals Programming from her Svp role.

Marta has done an excellent job of developing premium content and diverse talent and has been a great representative for Starz in our goal of serving underserved audiences,” said Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming Starz, a Lionsgate company. “We are pleased to be able to acknowledge her dedication and continuing contribution to the network.”

Based in the company’s Santa Monica office, Fernandez will expand her leadership role within the originals team while continuing to spearhead the network’s inclusion initiatives across the slate. She will also continue to expand the drive toward female-forward programming, overseeing new development and current productions for the network including original series Vida and American Gods as well as the upcoming series from playwright Katori Hall, P-Valley.

In her most recent role as Svp, Fernandez worked on the highly-rated Spartacus franchise, the critically-acclaimed series Boss, as well as Flesh and Bone, Ash vs Evil Dead, Da Vinci’s Demons and Emmy-winning series Black Sails. Fernandez first joined Starz in 2007.
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‘Scorpion King: Book of Souls’ Review

Stars: Zach McGowan, Nathan Jones, Peter Mensah, Pearl Thusi, Mayling Ng, Inge Beckmann, Katy Louise Saunders, Howard Charles, Rizelle Januk | Written by David Alton Hedges, Frank DeJohn | Directed by Don Michael Paul

A spin-off from 2001′s Mummy sequel, the Scorpion King series – begun in 2002 – has official now out-lived and outlasted the very franchise it was born from. Stephen Sommers Mummy films ran for 9 years and three films, whilst the Scorpion King franchise is now in it’s fifth film with Scorpion King: Book of Souls and has go on for 16 years – with four sequels in the the last ten years alone.

This latest comes once again from Universal 1440, the direct to market arm of Universal which has consistently put out direct to DVD sequels to a myriad of different franchises like Death Race, Bring It On, Jarhead, Tremors and more. This film also sees Universal 1440 stalwart Don Michael Paul in the directors chair,
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Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy gets a new poster and trailer

A new poster and teaser trailer have arrived online for Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s Dark Horse graphic novel series The Umbrella Academy which gives us our first look at footage from the superhero series; check them out here…

The Umbrella Academy follows the dysfunctional family of the Hargreeves, a group of young superheroes that come together in order to solve their father’s mysterious murder. Ellen Page (Flatliners) stars as Vanya, Tom Hopper (Black Sails) as Luther, Emmy Raver-Lampman (Broadway’s Hamilton) as Allison, David Castañeda (Soldado) as Diego, Robert Sheehan (Misfits) as Klaus and Aidan Gallagher as Number Five.

The post Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy gets a new poster and trailer appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Umbrella Academy Trailer: Ellen Page Leads Netflix Superhero Adaptation

The apocalypse is nigh at Netflix. The streaming service on Saturday released the first footage from its live-action adaptation of The Umbrella Academy (premiering Friday, Feb. 15), based on the Dark Horse comic book series of the same name.

The ensemble is led by Ellen Page (Juno), whose Vanya Hargreeves (aka The White Violin) was one of 43 infants who were “inexplicably born in 1989 to random, unconnected women, who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before,” according to the official logline. Vanya is among the seven children who are “adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy, and prepares his ‘children’ to save the world.
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