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JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Closes WarnerMedia Megadeal For Film & Television

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It’s done! JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot have closed a five-year deal for him to keep his TV business and move his film business under the WarnerMedia umbrella. The wide-ranging pact, which runs through 2024, also includes games and digital content.

The JJ Abrams Sweepstakes started last fall, with a number of media congloms vying for his services in an all-encompassing deal expected to reach as much as $500 million. By June, WarnerMedia emerged as the frontrunner thanks largely to the shorthand Abrams had developed with the Warner Bros TV team over the past 13 years, and a massive financial commitment by parent WarnerMedia. It took a couple of more months to seal the deal, largely over intricacies involving ending Abrams’ Paramount Pictures movie pact. Under his exit agreement, Bad Robot will honor its existing Paramount obligations.

In addition to WarnerMedia, Abrams and his team had engaged with Apple, which emerged as a formidable contender,
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WarnerMedia, Bad Robot deal to 'initially' run through 2024

Content creator to honour existing obligations at Paramount, and at Disney on Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.

WarnerMedia and J J Abrams’ Bad Robot have confirmed their huge overall deal covering TV series, theatrical features, games and digital platform content and revealed that it will “initially” run to the end of 2024.

First reported as being finalised in June and expected to be worth as much as $500m, the deal comes into force immediately and continues Bad Robot’s longstanding TV relationship with Warner Bros Television (Wbtv) while moving the company’s film deal from Paramount to Warner Bros.

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WarnerMedia, Bad Robot deal to run 'initially' through 2024

Content creator to honour existing obligations at Paramount, and at Disney on Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.

WarnerMedia and J J Abrams’ Bad Robot have confirmed their huge overall deal covering TV series, theatrical features, games and digital platform content and revealed that it will “initially” run to the end of 2024.

First reported as being finalised in June and expected to be worth as much as $500m, the deal comes into force immediately and continues Bad Robot’s longstanding TV relationship with Warner Bros Television (Wbtv) while moving the company’s film deal from Paramount to Warner Bros.

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NBC Developing Cryonics Drama From David Slack; Josh Berman Producing, Phillip Noyce To Direct

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NBC has put in development an untitled cryonics drama from writer David Slack, Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman and Sony TV. Phillip Noyce (The Resident) is set to direct and executive produce.

Written by Slack, the Untitled David Slack Projects centers around an enigmatic billionaire who has gathered more than 250 people who have attempted to cheat death by having their bodies frozen in hopes that a future breakthrough would someday allow them to be brought back to life. However, as these people from different moments in time wake up, they soon realize you can’t cheat death without paying a price.

Slack executive produces with Berman and Chris King via Berman’s Osprey Prods., and Noyce. Sony Pictures TV, where Berman is under an overall deal, is the studio.

Slack was an executive producer on the first two seasons of MacGyver. He created drama Apb which aired for one season on Fox.
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Phillip Noyce to Direct Cryogenics Drama at NBC

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NBC is developing an untitled project from writer and executive producer David Slack, to be helmed by Phillip Noyce, who will also be exec producing. Sony is the studio behind the show.

The series, about an “enigmatic billionaire” who has gathered more than 250 people who “have attempted to cheat death by having their bodies frozen in hopes that a future breakthrough would someday allow them to be brought back to life. However, as these people from different moments in time wake up, they soon realize you can’t cheat death without paying a price.”

Josh Berman and Chris King are also listed as executive producers.

Noyce’s executive producer credits include Fox’s “The Resident,” NBC’s “Crisis” and ABC’s “Revenge.” The longtime director has helmed dozens of projects in film and TV, including “What/If,” “The Resident,” the 2016 “Roots” mini-series, “Warrior,” “The Giver,” “Revenge,” and the upcoming “Killer 10.”

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Sci Fi Fidelity Podcast: Michael Emerson’s Evil Antagonist

Michael Ahr Dave Vitagliano Sep 1, 2019

Michael Emerson tackles another ‘villain with shades of gray’ role in Evil, the supernatural courtroom drama coming to CBS this fall.

Michael Emerson is no stranger to playing likable villains, having entered most genre fans’ awareness as Ben Linus in Lost, and now he’s playing another charming antagonist in CBS’ upcoming supernatural courtroom hybrid, Evil, beginning on September 26, 2019. Fans of Emerson’s other notable lead role as the morally ambiguous Harold Finch in Person of Interest will no doubt enjoy his return to the network in another genre-defying show attempting to capture both mainstream audiences and those who enjoy more metaphysical fare. We spoke to Emerson about what drew him back to the small screen for this project.

One obvious incentive was getting to work with Robert and Michelle King, who created the immensely successful The Good Wife for CBS and who will be running Evil as well.
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Good Place's William Jackson Harper Boards Amazon's Underground Railroad

Good Place's William Jackson Harper Boards Amazon's Underground Railroad
The Good Place may be ending soon (sniff), but William Jackson Harper will still be on your TV: The actor has signed on to play a recurring role in the upcoming Amazon adaptation of The Underground Railroad, our sister site Deadline reports.

Based on the bestselling Colson Whitehead novel, The Underground Railroad tells the story of young slave Cora, who’s an outcast on her Georgia cotton plantation. When she hears about the Underground Railroad and its promise of freedom, she decides to risk her life and escape. Harper will play Royal, a freeborn black man who meets Cora during her journey.
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Hulu’s Veronica Mars Comes to Disc in Oct.

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Burbank, CA –Hey Marshmallows…The wait is over! Television’s favorite super-sleuth is back, and on a mission to save Neptune! Discover more secrets, snooping, and seduction like you have never seen before as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season on DVD October 22, 2019. Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season contains all 8 edge-of-your-seat episodes from the first season along with exhilarating extra content including the Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019 bonus feature! The DVD is priced to own at $24.98 Srp ($30.99 in Canada). Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season will also be available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers (available on August 19th in the U.S.).

Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-rayTM courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-rayTM release includes all bonus features on the DVD and is also arriving October 22, 2019. Warner Archive
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Camryn Manheim Running for SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer

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Camryn Manheim Running for SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer
Camryn Manheim is running for SAG-AFTRA secretary-treasurer — the third-highest elected post in the union — as part of the slate for the re-election of union president Gabrielle Carteris.

Manheim’s endorsers include Marcia Gay Harden, Deborah Messing, Chad Lowe, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Maria Bello, LisaGay Hamilton, Dylan McDermott and Cheryl Hines. Election ballots will be mailed to dues-current members on July 29 and will be tabulated on August 28. SAG-aftra represents about 160,000 performers.

Carteris, who has been president since 2016, is facing challenges for the post from Matthew Modine and current secretary-treasurer Jane Austin. Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide — which have been the ruling factions at the union for the past decade with an emphasis on pragmatic policies — unveiled Manheim’s candidacy on Tuesday.

“She is a powerful force who works the contracts and has real life experience running her own successful business,” Carteris said. “Camryn is a dynamic,
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Behind The $500 Million J.J. Abrams and WarnerMedia Deal

When filmmaker J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath founded the television and film company Bad Robot back in 1998, they probably couldn’t have imagined how successful the company would become. This company is responsible for the production of well-known television series including ‘Westworld’, ‘Alias’, ‘Revolution’, ‘Person of Interest’, ‘Fringe’, and ‘Lost’. Bad Robot is also responsible for the production of blockbuster films that are part of major franchises, such as ‘Star Wars’, ‘Star Trek’, and ‘Mission: Impossible’. The latest development in this company’s history is a deal with WarnerMedia to partner for future television and film projects. J.J. Abrams

Behind The $500 Million J.J. Abrams and WarnerMedia Deal
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Exclusive Interview: Robin Givens Teases 'Ambitions' is Full of "Drama, Drama, Drama"

At long last, Jamey Giddens' highly anticipated primetime soap opera, Ambitions, premieres tonight at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on Own, following a new episode of The Haves and the Have Nots. Ambitions explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Georgia. The series centers around the intense rivalry between formidable legal eagles Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens) and Amara Hughes (Essence Atkins), former best friends from college who find themselves adversaries in both their personal and professional lives. Full descriptions of ensemble below:

Givens plays the sophisticated Stephanie, who hails from a long line of distinguished attorneys. Stephanie desperately wants to be in charge of her family's prestigious law firm and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

We Love Soaps caught up with Givens when we visited the Ambitions set in Atlanta. Check out what she had to say in our interview below.
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Exclusive Interview: Brian J. White Loves Shooting 'Ambitions' in Atlanta

We are only four days away from the premiere of the Jamey Giddens-penned and Will Packer-produced primetime soap opera Ambitions, which debuts on Tuesday, June 18 at 10 p.m. Et on Own. Ambitions is a multigenerational family saga centered around one woman who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city. Brian J. White stars as Evan Lancaster, the Mayor of Atlanta who is married to attorney Stephanie Carlisle (Robin Givens). Evan's dream is to be the first African-American governor of Georgia and there's no line he won't cross to get there.

The all-star cast also includes Essence Atkins as Amara Hughes, a lawyer in the U.S. Attorney's Office who has newly arrived in Atlanta with her husband, Titus (Kendrick Cross); Brely Evans as Rondell, Evan's sister, who runs a
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Exclusive Interview: Brely Evans Recommends You have a Glass of Wine and a Fan When Watching 'Ambitions'

We are only one day from the premiere the most anticipated new series of the summer, the Jamey Giddens-penned Ambitions. Brely Evans stars as Rondell Lancaster, the sister of Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster (Brian J. White) and manager of the Thelma's Place restaurant. As the new face of an anti-gentrification campaign, she never thought would become a crusader for the people, but it's a badge she wears with pride – and nobody is removing it.

Check out what Evans had to say when We Love Soaps traveled to the set in Atlanta back in April.

We Love Soaps: What was your first reaction when you read the script for Ambitions?

Brely Evans: When I read the audition sides I thought to myself, “I know her,” because she’s me. She’s outspoken and not afraid to have an opinion. She really doesn’t give a f*** if someone has something opposing to say.
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J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot closing on deal with WarnerMedia (reports)

J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot closing on deal with WarnerMedia (reports)
Pact expected to be worth up to $500m.

J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production company are reportedly finalising an extensive new film and TV production deal with WarnerMedia.

The deal, expected to be worth as much as $500m, would continue Bad Robot’s longstanding TV relationship with Warner Bros Television and move the company’s film deal from Paramount to Warner.

Multi-hyphenate Abrams has recently been in talks with a number of studios and streaming services about a new overall arrangement. Warner and Apple were thought to be closest to securing the prolific film- and TV-maker’s services,
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Warner Bros. TV Ups Drama Chief Clancy Collins-White, Names Adrienne Turner Head Of Comedy; Maddy Horne & Odetta Watkins To Lead Current

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Warner Bros. Television has set its scripted development and current programming leadership in the wake of several promotions and executive departures.

Longtime head of drama development Clancy Collins-White will continue in her role with a title bump from Svp to Evp, Drama Development. The studio’s comedy VP Adrienne Turner has been named Svp and Head of Comedy Development. She succeeds long-time comedy chief Erin Wehrenberg who left in March to run comedy development at ABC.

Additionally, Maddy Horne and Odetta Watkins have been promoted to Evp Current Programming. They replace Wbtv veteran Melinda Hage who recently retired after overseeing the studio’s portfolio of broadcast, cable and streaming scripted dramas and comedies (currently 45) for the past nine years. The department is now being restructured, with Horne overseeing current programming for broadcast series and Watkins supervising series for premium cable channels and on-demand/streaming platforms.

The appointments were made by Susan Rovner and Brett Paul, recently promoted to Warner Bros. Ty Presidents, reporting to Warner Bros. Television Group President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth. Collins-White, Turner, Horne and Watkins will all report to Rovner.

“Clancy and Adrienne have helped develop some of our most successful shows, skillfully nurturing creative ideas, and giving our valued artists a platform to make their voices heard and to express themselves through their work,” Rovner said. “Maddy and Odetta have expertly collaborated with our talented producers, supporting their ongoing vision and helping them to deliver their best, undeniable work every week, in an increasingly competitive environment.”

At the recent May 2019 broadcast network upfronts, Wbtv secured series orders for four new one-hour series developed by Collins-White and her team, Batwoman and Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene at the CW, thriller Prodigal Son at Fox, and courthouse drama All Rise at CBS. Upcoming non-broadcast series include Watchmen for HBO; Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings and Madam Cj Walker for Netflix; and Veronica Mars for Hulu.

Turner will now oversee the creation of new half-hour series, and will manage Wbtv’s comedy development team. Current comedies produced by Wbtv include Young Sheldon, Mom and the upcoming Bob ♥ Abishola for CBS, as well as The Kominsky Method and the upcoming Aj and The Queen for Netflix, Little Voice for Apple TV+ and Shrill for Hulu.

In her role as Evp, Current Programming, Network Series, Horne will oversee a team managing all creative aspects of ongoing programs for the five broadcast networks. As of June 2019, Wbtv is producing more than 20 scripted broadcast shows, including Young Sheldon, Mom and God Friended Me for CBS, Manifest and Blindspot for NBC, The Flash, Black Lightning, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural and a half dozen more for The CW.

As VP, Current Programming, Premium Cable and On-Demand/Streaming Series, Watkins and her team will oversee Wbtv’s non-broadcast series. Wbtv currently produces nearly 25 shows for cable and streaming platforms, including Westworld for HBO, Shameless for Showtime, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Kominsky Method for Netflix, Castle Rock and Veronica Mars for Hulu, Little Voice for Apple TV+, and Titans and Doom Patrol for DC Universe.

Collins-White had served as Svp, Drama Development, since 2010. During this time, Collins-White and the drama team also developed such series as Arrow, Black Lightning, Blindspot, Castle Rock, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Doom Patrol, The Flash, God Friended Me, Gotham, The Leftovers, Lucifer, Manifest, The Originals, Person of Interest, Riverdale, Supergirl, Titans, Westworld and more. Before that, she was ViP, Drama Development, for three years. Collins-White joined Wbtv in 2004 as VP, Current Programming. In that role, she worked on the Jerry Bruckheimer TV–produced dramas Cold Case, Without a Trace and Close to Home, as well as The Nine, among others. Prior to joining Wbtv, Collins-White was Svp, Creative Affairs, MGM Worldwide Television Group and VP, Development, Paramount Domestic Television.

Turner had served as VP, Comedy Development, since 2010. During her tenure, she has developed such half-hour series as 2 Broke Girls, the upcoming Aj and the Queen and Bob ♥ Abishola, Mom, Selfie, Shrill, Splitting Up Together and Trial & Error. Turner started at Wbtv in production before joining the current programming team as Manager, earning promotions to Director and VP before moving into development. While in current programming, Turner managed series such as The Big Bang Theory, Friends, The Mentalist and The Middle.

Horne joined the company in 2010 as VP, Current Programming, and was promoted to Svp in 2016. During her tenure, she has personally managed series such as The Big Bang Theory, Blindspot, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, The Kominsky Method, Mike & Molly, Mom, the revival of Murphy Brown, Riverdale, and Young Sheldon. Prior to joining Wbtv, Horne had been a producer with an overall deal based at Paramount Television. While there, she was an executive producer on the CBS drama series That’s Life. Before that, Horne held various creative positions at CBS, including head of Current Programming, after having previously been Director, Drama Series Development.

Watkins joined Wbtv in 2002 as Director, Current Programming, and was promoted to VP in 2010 and Svp in 2016. She has handled programming responsibilities for series such as Black Lightning, The Carrie Diaries, Castle Rock, The Closer, Cold Case, The Following, Legacies, Major Crimes, Nip/Tuck, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries and Roswell, New Mexico. Before coming to Wbtv, Watkins was Director, TNT Original Series, at Turner Broadcasting, after having been Manager. She previously worked in the drama development department at CBS Prods. and the current programming department at the Fox Broadcasting Co.
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Taraji P. Henson Finally Opens Up About Her Shocking Person of Interest Exit: 'It Was Stealing My Joy'

Five-and-a-half years after NYPD Detective Joss Carter was fatally shot by an Hr stooge, Taraji P. Henson appears to finally be opening up about her shocking exit from CBSPerson of Interest.

In one of sister site Variety‘s annual Actor on Actor conversations (opposite Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo), Empire‘s leading lady said, “I had to leave a show before, and it was the most money I’d ever seen in my life, and I was so miserable. It was stealing my joy. I just remember praying to God: ‘God, I’m not happy creatively.’

“[T]he next day,
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FBI Spinoff, Good Wife Creators' Evil Among CBS Drama Series Orders

CBS wants more FBI: The Eye network has handed a series order to spinoff FBI: Most Wanted, TVLine has learned, along with two other new dramas.

Most Wanted — executive-produced by Law & Order and #OneChicago mastermind Dick Wolf — centers on the division of the bureau tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Nip/Tuck veteran Julian McMahon stars as FBI Agent Jess Lacroix, with Kellan Lutz (Twilight) playing Agent Crosby and Alana De La Garza (Law & Order) as Assistant Agent in Charge Isobel Castille. The Most Wanted cast debuted in an
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Dan Lin’s Rideback, Mrc Announce First Class of Writers and Mentors for TV Incubator

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Dan Lin’s Rideback, Mrc Announce First Class of Writers and Mentors for TV Incubator
Rideback, Dan Lin’s production company, and Mrc have announced the inaugural class of writers and mentors for their TV incubator.

The new TV writers residency program, which was launched in February, offers a paid, eight-month residency program to a group of writers who have each previously been staffed on series and want to create their own drama series for cable and streaming. The writers are paired with experienced showrunners and/or executive producers who act as mentors.

The goal of the new venture is to creatively and financially support TV writers from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and for each participant to generate a market-ready, straight-to-series project.

The first class writers of will be comprised of Iden Baghdadchi (“Marvel’s Agents of Shield”), Brian Buccellato, Jalysa Conway & Rebecca Murga, Desta Tedros Reff (“Sorry For Your Loss”), Jovan Robinson (“The Code”), Susan Cohen & Sydnie Suskind (“How to
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Rideback TV Incubator Sets Writers And Mentors For Kickoff Year

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Rideback TV Incubator Sets Writers And Mentors For Kickoff Year
The Rideback TV Incubator, the new inclusion-focused writers program launched in February by Dan Lin’s Rideback and Mrc, has selected its writers and mentors for the inaugural 2019 session.

The incubator, whose core mission is to creatively and financially support writers from different backgrounds as they create their own series for cable or streaming services, is an eight-month paid program aimed at TV writers who have previously been staffed on series and want to create their own dramatic show.

The goal is to create a market-ready, straight-to-series project, which if they go forward will be produced by Rideback with financing and other support by Mrc, which is providing funding for the program. Rideback and Mrc will jointly bring projects to market, with an option of adding other elements. The writers will be set as executive producer/writers and mentors as non-writing executive producers.

This year’s list of writers: Iden Baghdadchi
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AMC Networks Announces Summer 2019 Premiere Dates for New and Returning Original Series

AMC Networks announced today the premiere dates for several new and returning original series, including second seasons of AMC’s mystic modern-day fable Lodge 49 and horror-infused anthology The Terror: Infamy, IFC’s new musical variety sketch comedy Sherman’s Showcase and SundanceTV’s Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter, quirky comedy Rosehaven Season 3 and the new true crime thriller No One Saw A Thing.

Premiere date and series information is below (by network):

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The Terror: Infamy

Monday, August 12 at 9:00 p.m. Et/8:00 p.m. Ct

Set during World War II, the haunting and suspenseful, second season of the horror-infused anthology, The Terror: Infamy, centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.

The series stars Derek Mio as Chester Nakayama; Kiki Sukezane (Lost in Space) as Yuko, a
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