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‘Insecure,’ ‘Smilf,’ ‘Vida’ Among Series Awarded with Inaugural ReFrame TV Stamp (Exclusive)

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ReFrame and IMDbPro have awarded 62 television and streaming series their first-ever ReFrame Stamp for Television, Variety has learned exclusively.

The ReFrame Stamp was created by ReFrame, a coalition of industry professionals founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, to recognize projects that have demonstrated success in gender-balanced hiring. Productions that receive the stamp are those that hire female-identifying people in four out of eight critical areas of production, including writing, directing, showrunning, producing, lead acting roles, season regular acting roles, department heads and crew members. Those series must reflect diversity across all of the season, not just specific episodes. The data was collected with IMDbPro.

The inaugural round of recipients include all five of Shonda Rhimes’ shows, Frankie Shaw’s “Smilf,” Issa Rae’s “Insecure,” Tanya Saracho’s “Vida,” “Broad City” from Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson and Amy Sherman-Palladino’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” among others. Over
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Hollywood’s New Leaders: Agents and Managers

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Hollywood’s New Leaders: Agents and Managers
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? As part of the salute to the qualities that keep the town humming, filmmaker/producer Travis Knight, who founded Laika Studios and is finishing up the anticipated “Bumblebee” for Paramount, as well as Variety‘s 10 Assistants to Watch along with the New Leaders will be recognized Oct. 17, at the Jeremy Hotel rooftop in West Hollywood.
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Disney Channel Greenlights Live-Action Comedy Series ‘Gabby Duran & The Unsittables’

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Disney Channel has handed a straight-to-series order to Gabby Duran & The Unsittables, a live-action comedy based on the novel by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners, with 12-year-old newcomer Kylie Cantrall in the title role. Production is underway in Vancouver for a 2019 premiere on Disney Channel.

Co-written by Mike Alber and Gabe Snyder (Kirby Buckets), who also serve as showrunners, the series focuses on Gabby Duran (Cantrall), who constantly feels like she’s living in the shadows of her uber-polished, successful mother and whip-smart younger sister. She finally finds her moment to shine when she inadvertently lands an out-of-this-world job to babysit an unruly group of very important extraterrestrial children who are hiding out on Earth with their families, disguised as everyday kids. Fearless and unapologetically bold, Gabby steps up to the challenge to protect these youngsters and their secret identities, and prove she’s the best babysitter in the galaxy.
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‘Magnum P.I.’: Amy Hill To Recur In CBS Reboot

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‘Magnum P.I.’: Amy Hill To Recur In CBS Reboot
Amy Hill has signed on for a recurring role with a series regular option in Magnum P.I, CBS’ reboot of the classic 1980s show, from Peter Lenkov, Davis Entertainment, CBS TV Studios and Universal TV Studios,

Co-written by Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, the reboot follows Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez), a decorated ex-Navy Seal who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore “Tc” Calvin and Orville “Rick” Wright, as well as that of disavowed former Mi:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to.

Hill will play the charming and irreverent Kumu, the cultural curator and de facto “house mom” of Robin’s Nest. Whip-smart, she makes sure neither Magnum nor Higgins get away with anything on “her” property. But if they’re ever in need, Kumu is the first person to offer help from herself and her dozens of cousins, “tutus” (aunties) and neighbors all over Oahu. She’s the funny and tart voice of the islands.

Hill currently recurs on Crazy Ex Girlfriend, UnReal, Preacher and Mom. She’s also a regular on Just Add Magic, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime. As a voice actor, she’s been heard as recurring or regular voice characters on numerous animated series or films including American Dad, Lilo and Stitch (film and series), King of the Hill and HBO’s Happily Ever After. She’s repped by SMS Talent.
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Screen Gems Buys Raunchy Comedy ‘Parent’s Night’ From Joe Nussbaum

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Screen Gems Buys Raunchy Comedy ‘Parent’s Night’ From Joe Nussbaum
Exclusive: Screen Gems has snapped up Parent’s Night by Joe Nussbaum, a raunchy comedy that follows a group of suburban parents who throw a massive, unforgettable house party when their kids head off on a school trip.

The concept is based on an actual annual ritual, in the vein of Project X, with a vibe that’s Bad Moms meets Bad Dads.

Nussbaum cut his teeth as the director and co-writer of the 1999 cult short George Lucas in Love. His feature credits include Morgan Creek’s Sydney White and Disney’s Prom, and he most recently helmed and executive produced 20 episodes of Amazon Prime’s kid series Just Add Magic over the last few years. He is repped by Artists First and ICM.

Beau Bauman will be producing Parent’s Night. Screen Gems Svp Production Eric Paquette brought Parent’s Night into the studio.
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2018 DGA Awards: Full list of Directors Guild winners includes Guillermo del Toro, Jordan Peele, ‘Big Little Lies’ … [Updating Live]

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2018 DGA Awards: Full list of Directors Guild winners includes Guillermo del Toro, Jordan Peele, ‘Big Little Lies’ … [Updating Live]
Winners of the 70th Directors Guild of America Awards were announced Saturday, February 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Pt in a non-televised ceremony hosted by Judd Apatow. Prizes were handed out for both film and television by A-list presenters and former DGA winners at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. These awards are voted on annually by members of the Directors Guild of America who work in film or television. Below, see the full list of 2018 DGA Awards winners, which are marked in gold.

As per tradition, all five of this year’s nominees for Best Film Director — Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) — received special medallions and gave speeches at the podium. Four of these five nominees also contend at the Oscars for Best Director, where McDonagh was
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DGA TV Nominations: Women Score Majority of Nods in Comedy Category

Melina Matsoukas is up for an award: HBO/YouTube

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced the TV nominees for their annual awards, and women directors dominate the Comedy Series category, where three of five nominated episodes are woman-helmed.

Melina Matsoukas is being honored for “Master of None’s” “Thanksgiving” episode, for which Lena Waithe won an Emmy for penning, Beth McCarthy-Miller for “Veep’s” “Chicklet,” and Amy Sherman-Palladino for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s” pilot.

This news is especially welcome in light of the fact that “Lady Bird” just won a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy but the coming-of-age story’s helmer, Greta Gerwig, was snubbed in the directing category. It remains to be seen whether the DGA will do a better job of recognizing women directors than the Globes.

Just one woman received a nod in the Comedy Series category at last year’s DGA
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Writers Guild of America 2018 TV Nominations: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Godless,’ and ‘Big Little Lies’

Writers Guild of America 2018 TV Nominations: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Godless,’ and ‘Big Little Lies’
The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) have announced nominations for this year’s television categories, including Drama Series, Comedy Series, and Long Form Original. Reigning Emmy winners “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Veep” are nominated in their respective categories, as is HBO’s acclaimed “Big Little Lies” limited series.

Winners will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Ceremonies will take place in New York City and Los Angeles. The full list of 2018 nominations are below.

Drama Series

The Americans

Better Call Saul

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

Stranger Things

Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm


Master of None

Silicon Valley


Long Form Original

American Horror Story: Cult

Feud: Bette and Joan



Manhunt: Unabomber

Long Form Adapted

Big Little Lies

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Marvel Releases Teaser Trailer For Their Hulu Series Runaways

Hulu has released the first official teaser trailer for Marvel's Runaways and this show actually looks like it's gonna be a solid series worth checking out. The series has a very different vibe than anything else we are seeing in the Marvel shows and I honestly dig what I'm seeing. The show obviously won't be for everyone, but I'm definitely looking forward to checking it out. Watch the trailer and let us know what you think.

Runaways is based on the comic created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona and this is the brief plot summary of the series:

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? “Marvel’s Runaways” is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe–their parents.

The parents are part of a criminal organization known as The Pride,
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New Photos From Marvel's Upcoming Series The Runaways Features The 6 Teenage Heroes

Marvel has released new images from their upcoming Hulu series adaptation of The Runaways. They focus on the six young teenaged heroes in the story.

Those characters include Ariela Barer (New Girl, One Day at a Time) as Gert Yorkes, Lyrica Okano (The Affair, Unforgettable) as Nico Minoru–tough, Rhenzy Feliz (Teen Wolf, Casual) as Alex Wilder, Gregg Sulkin (Faking It, Don’t Hang Up, Anti Social) as Chase Stein, Virginia Gardner (Goat, Little Bitches) as Karolina Dean, and Allegra Acosta (100 Things to do Before High School, Just Add Magic) as Molly Hernandez.

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? Marvel’s Runaways is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. The Hulu original series is based on the Marvel comics created by the award-winning team of
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Interview: Dee Wallace Discusses Red Christmas and Reflects on E.T. The Extra-terrestrial and Rob Zombie’s Halloween

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Being a mom during the holidays can make Santa Claus' job look like a holly jolly cakewalk. As the head of a dysfunctional family in Craig Anderson's Red Christmas, Dee Wallace not only has to worry about keeping the peace, she also has to try to keep her family members in one piece when a killer crashes their festivities. With the holiday horror film out now in select theaters, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Wallace about her multifaceted new role, and we also had the chance to reflect on her amazing film career, including the legacy of Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and her experience playing Cynthia Strode in Rob Zombie's Halloween.

Thanks so much for taking the time to talk and congratulations on Red Christmas. I’m a big fan of your career, and one thing I’ve always appreciated is that you
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Dr. Doom Action Julian McMahon Has Been Cast in Marvel's Runaways Series

In news that excites all followers of Julian McMahon's career, it has been announced by Marvel that he has been cast in the new Runaways Hulu series.

He will be playing the part of Jonah in the series. A mysterious figure who plays an important role in the children's rebellion against their parents. I assume it will be evil, just because it's Julian McMahon, but maybe he is good. There has yet to be any evidence that he's a big bad. As far as I know, there was no Jonah in the comic series of Runaways, so it's a huge mystery as to what role he fully plays. But until then, I've got my bets on evil. Maybe Daimon Hellstrom. That would be an interesting role to play. Another Demon.

I feel like McMahon is a great fit for the series, especially if he does play a villain. McMahon
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Marvel's Runaways Series is Described as Being The Oc of the McU

I'm actually kinda looking forward to Marvel's new series Runaways. There was a promo that leaked out earlier in the summer that you can check out below, and I liked what I saw. The series looks like it's going to be very different from the Marvel series.

During Hulu's presentation at the Television Critics Association, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb talked about the new series briefly and explained how it is of the McU.

"[It's] The Oc of the Marvel universe. We didn’t view it as a superhero show. We viewed it as a coming-of-age drama, family show inside Marvel."

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the show is being compared to The Oc as the Runaways co-showrunner Josh Schwartz, is also the creator of The Oc. I'm actually ok with all of this. I thought The Oc was a decent show. I guess if there's any Marvel series
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Cast photo revealed of the new teen heroes’ of Marvel’s Runaways

Author: Zehra Phelan

For a number of years Marvel’s Runaways has been hinting at an appearance on the big screen, as far back as the early 2000’s Kevin Feige and director Peter Sollett were working on a script to bring the younger members of the marvel universe to the big screen in a full-length feature and the show’s official twitter have revealed its first look poster with the world.

Related: Marvel’s Runaways news

Only seven years ago the casting process was in full swing before the studio cancelled its plans to work on an even bigger film saga with the first Avengers movie. Now, in 2017, after the major successes of many made for TV Marvel series such as Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, to name just a few, a new avenue has opened up for the mini marvel heroes to spread their teenage wings.

With the
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Hulu Gives Marvel's Runaways a Full Series Order, See a Cast Photo and Leaked Promo

Hulu has announced that they have given Marvel's Runaways a full series order. They initially only ordered the pilot series. The streaming service obviously liked what they see and they want to give it a shot! Runaways is based on the comic created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona and this is the brief plot summary of the series:

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? “Marvel’s Runaways” is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe–their parents.

The parents are part of a crime organization known as The Pride, which is "a group which hosts an annual "charity" gathering that serves as a meeting place for nefarious time-travelers, wizards, mad scientists, aliens and mutants."

The series stars Rhenzy Feliz (Teen Wolf, Casual) as Alex Wilder, Lyrica Okano (The Affair,
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2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big

2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big
Live from New York! And also Los Angeles! It’s the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, honoring the best in writing for television, film and new media. This year’s big winners included some of the season’s most lauded productions — including “Moonlight,” “Arrival,” “Atlanta” and “The Americans.”

While “Moonlight” and “Arrival” will compete against each other in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars, they were entered in the WGA Awards in different categories, allowing both to make off with an award. “The Americans” pulled out a win for Drama Series, while “Atlanta” snapped up both Comedy Series and New Series. Other winners included “Command and Control,” “Saturday Night Live,” “BoJack Horseman” and “This Is Us.”

Read More: The IndieWire 2016-17 Awards Season Winners Guide

Check out our full list of winners — noted in bold — all updated live as the awards were announced at concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles this evening.
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Marvel Reveals the Cast of Their Runaways Hulu Series

Marvel has announced the cast of its upcoming Hulu series The Runaways, and it includes six young actors I'm not familiar with at all. Below you'll find photos of each actor along with a description of the character that they'll be playing in the series. Before we get to that, here's a brief plot summary that they offered:

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? “Marvel’s Runaways” is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe–their parents.

When talking about the cast that they've gathered together for this series, Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, said:

"The fun and chemistry that this group of talented actors create is wonderful and we’re so excited to bring these beloved characters to life."

Runaways comic co-creator and series executive consultant Brian K.
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Marvel’S Runaways Cast & Character Descriptions Revealed!

Marvel has had an interesting run with their TV shows. While we had our doubts about how everything would turn out when it became clear that they’d have properties spread out across separate networks and streaming services, it all seems to be coming together. Rather than horde their franchises to the same safe, Disney-owned entity, they divvied up their properties based on demographic. The more general stuff would go on ABC, the adult stuff on Netflix, and the teen stuff would go on other services, like Hulu.

Their first foray into the more teen-centric space with Marvel’s Runaways. Don’t recognize the name? No worries. The I.P. has nowhere near the recognizability of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the like, but we’ve seen Marvel work wonders with relatively obscure characters and properties. At the end of the day, that red Marvel logo and overall execution
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Marvel And Hulu’s Runaways Series Fills Out Cast

It’s been a busy few days in the Marvel camp – when is it not? – after we caught wind of Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph landing the title roles in the upcoming Cloak and Dagger TV series earlier this week.

Switching gears from Freeform to Hulu and we now have confirmation that Runaways, the adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s award-winning comic series, has filled out its preliminary cast. Chronicling the remarkable story of six teenagers who rebel against their morally corrupt parents, Hulu’s serialized rendition will feature the same team of adolescent heroes seen in the 2003 series: Alex Wilder, Nico Minoru, Karolina Dean, Gertrude Yorkes (Aka Gert), Chase Stein, and Molly Hayes, who has been renamed Molly Hernandez.

Marvel has cherry-picked half a dozen rising stars to headline the new superhero series, which is expected to air via Hulu’s streaming service. Gossip Girl creators
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Marvel's Runaways: Hulu Series Casts Faking It's Gregg Sulkin, 5 Others

Marvel's Runaways: Hulu Series Casts Faking It's Gregg Sulkin, 5 Others
It’s time to meet every parent’s worst nightmare. (Well, every evil parent, anyway.)

Marvel on Thursday announced the cast of its upcoming Hulu series based on the popular Runaways comics, which tell the story of “six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents.”

RelatedMarvel’s Cloak and Dagger: Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph Cast in Freeform Series

The cast includes: Gregg Sulkin (Faking It) as lacrosse star Chase Stein, a brilliant engineer trapped in the body of a dumb (hot) jock; Rhenzy Feliz (Casual) as “loud-and-proud nerd” Alex Wilder,
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