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Sean Hayes & Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills Partners With Test Pattern Media For Branded Content

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Sean Hayes & Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills Partners With Test Pattern Media For Branded Content
Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills Productions is stepping up its efforts in the branded content arena, expanding the company’s new branded content division by partnering with Los Angeles-based creative studio Test Pattern Media.

Hazy Mills about a year ago launched the division, which has produced an award-winning spot for Orbitz as well as campaigns for TNT and TBS, among others. Michael Grant Terry, who has worked with Test Pattern on multiple projects, has been tapped to head Hazy Mills’ branded content division.

Operating together as a full-service branded content initiative, Hazy Mills and Test Pattern Media’s combined clients include Lucasfilm, Amazon, Showtime, Starbucks, Orbitz, Capital One, TNT, TBS, Lincoln, P&g and Google.

“In the new world of branded content, we believe we can engage savvy audiences in a way where they forget they’re being sold to,” said Hayes. “Our experience working in all genres of entertainment including drama,
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Netflix Orders ‘Q-Force’ Lgbtq Animated Series From Gabe Liedman, Mike Schur, Sean Hayes & Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills

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Netflix has given a 10-episode series order to Q-Force, a gay spy half-hour adult animated comedy from Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills, Mike Schur’s Fremulon, Gabe Liedman and Universal TV.

This marks the first animated show and first streaming series for Hazy Mills.

Written by Liedman, Q-Force is about a handsome secret agent (I role I hear is being earmarked for Will & Grace star Hayes) and his team of fellow Lgbtq superspies. Constantly underestimated by their colleagues, the members of Q-Force have to prove themselves time and again as they embark on extraordinary professional (and personal) adventures.

Liedman executive produces and will showrun. Schur, Hazy Mills’ Hayes and Milliner and 3 Arts’ David Miner also executive produce. Universal TV co-produces with Hazy Mills, Schur’s Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Hayes and Milliner had been mulling the idea for a series about a gay spy for a long time.
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Christopher G. Cowen Launches Station 10 Media In Joint Venture With Boardwalk Pictures

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Christopher G. Cowen Launches Station 10 Media In Joint Venture With Boardwalk Pictures
Christopher G. Cowen is launching Station 10 Media, a television, feature documentary and branded content company, as part of a joint venture with Boardwalk Pictures. Under the deal, Boardwalk Pictures will offer production and post production support on Station 10 projects. Cowen will serve as the President of Station 10 and will Executive Produce alongside Boardwalk Founder Andrew Fried. Both companies are based in Santa Monica.

Station 10 will focus on unscripted formats and series, premium documentary series, limited series and doc features, as well as mobile and branded content — for U.S. and international markets.

“Chris is one of the creatives at the forefront of high-end factual storytelling that has become so prominent in the current marketplace. We are thrilled to be working with him to bring these stories to different audiences,” said Fried.

Station 10 would not provide
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‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

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‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Free Solo,” which captured rock climber Alex Honnold’s hair-raising ascent of Yosemite National Park’s 3,000-foot El Capitan rock formation, led the nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, it was revealed Monday. The film netted six nominations including best documentary and best director.

Close behind with five mentions each were “Minding the Gap” and “Wild Wild Country,” from Hulu and Netflix respectively.

Voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics and Television Journalists Assns., the awards will be presented at a gala event hosted by science educator and television personality Bill Nye on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

The nominees are:

Best Documentary

“Crime + Punishment” – Director: Stephen Maing (Hulu)

Dark Money” – Director: Kimberly Reed (PBS)

“Free Solo” – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (National Geographic Documentary Films)

“Hal” – Director: Amy Scott (Oscilloscope)

“Hitler’s Hollywood” – Director: Rüdiger Suchsland
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NBC Developing ‘Exes In Law’ Comedy From Niki Schwartz-Wright & Hazy Mills

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NBC has put in development Exes In Law, a half-hour comedy from Speechless writer-producer Niki Schwartz-Wright and Sean Hayes & Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills.

Written by Schwartz-Wright, Exes In Law is inspired by a real-life relationship she had. When Tess and Alex have an explosive break-up and vow never to see each other again, they’re horrified to discover that their younger siblings (and best friends) have been secretly dating and will soon be wed. Now, not only do they have to see each other again, they’re about to be family.

Schwartz-Wright executive produces alongside Hayes and Milliner. Universal TV, where Hazy Mills is based, is the studio.

Schwartz-Wright is currently co-executive producer on the upcoming NBC/Uni TV comedy series Abby’s. She previously worked on the ABC comedy series Speechless and also did stints on Fox’s The Grinder, ABC’s The Goldbergs, NBC’s The Office and MTV’s Awkward.
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Set Your DVR: What's Returning, New and Leaving the Week of Aug. 19

Set Your DVR: What's Returning, New and Leaving the Week of Aug. 19
This weekly feature is in addition to TVLine’s daily What to Watch listings.

With nearly 500 scripted shows now airing across broadcast, cable, streaming and whatever “Tenderfoot TV” is, it’s easy to forget that a favorite comedy is returning, or that the new “prestige drama” you anticipated is about to debut. So consider this our reminder to Set Your DVR.

Below you’ll find Mr. Mercedes and five other season or series premieres, 10 season finales (including The Affair) and more.

Sunday, August 19

8 pm The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time (Syfy; view exclusive posters)

9 pm The 2000s docuseries finale
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National Comedy Center Set To Open During Lucille Ball Fest

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National Comedy Center Set To Open During Lucille Ball Fest
Coinciding with this year’s 27th annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, named after its most famous native, the National Comedy Center is set to open in Jamestown, N.Y. The fest takes place Aug. 1-5 with more than 50 events and 40 artists. Among those on hand to help celebrate what is being branded as the first non-profit institution and national-scale visitors experience dedicated to the art of comedy will be Lily Tomlin, Amy Schumer, Fran Drescher, original “Saturday Night Live” cast members Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris and “SNL” writer, bestselling author and Tony Award-winning playwright Alan Zweibel.

“It’s not a hall of fame, which is what I like about it, and what they’re doing is a really important thing,” says Zweibel, who is on the advisory committee. “You can visit any era you want or any medium and get the aura of what things were like when they were produced.
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Select CNN Shows to Air With Limited Commercial Interruption

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The Cable News Network is about to have fewer interruptions.

“Select CNN programming” will soon follow in the footsteps of truTV, TNT, Adult Swim and Turner Sports with limited commercials, Turner announced Wednesday at its 2018 Upfronts presentation in New York.

“In 2015, Turner’s truTV was the first television network to announce limited commercial interruption within its programming and has since announced that by 2021 its entire total-day programming will be adopting the format,” the Time Warner-owned company said in a press release.

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That limited commercial interruption initiative has since expanded to other networks in the Turner portfolio, including TNT, Adult Swim and Turner Sports. “It will soon make its way to select CNN programming,” the press release said.

CNN will have six new original series debuting next year that could get the limited interruption treatment, including “Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta,
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CNN Adds Six New Original Series To 2019 Slate; Projects From Sanjay Gupta, Vox Media, More

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CNN is expanding its nonfiction programming slate with six new original series for premiere in 2019.

They include six-part travel series Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta, a new edition of American Dynasties that will focus on “the Bush family’s complex internal dynamics, fraternal rivalries, influential matriarchs and extreme competitive spirit,” Richard Nixon-focused Tricky Dick produced by Left/Right, and American Style (working title) a four-part series produced by Vox Entertainment that examines “how America’s changing style through the decades has mirrored the political, social, and economic climate of the time.”

The network also has greenlighted Once in a Great City: Detroit 1962-64, executive produced by Emmy winners Anthony Bourdain, Lydia Tenaglia, Chris Collins and Toby Oppenheimer; and The Redemption Project, produced by Citizen Jones and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Jason Cohen, an eight-part series led by Van Jones that brings together crime victims and perpetrators and explores the human potential for redemption.
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CNN, Hulu strike content deal

CNN, Hulu strike content deal
Initial wave of content to include six series and two films.

CNN and Hulu have struck a content deal for six series and two films produced by the network, the two companies announced on Monday.

This is the first such deal between CNN and Hulu for CNN Films, the network’s brand for nonfiction documentaries, and the second deal with CNN Original Series, the network’s brand for nonfiction series content.

CNN Original Series previously sold streaming rights to Hulu for Race For The White House from executive producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti.

This expanded deal for series content includes The History Of Comedy (Season 1), United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell (Seasons 1-2), This Is Life With Lisa Ling (Seasons 1-3), Declassified: Untold Stories Of American Spies (Season 1), The Hunt With John Walsh (Seasons 1-3), and Crimes Of The Century (Season 1).

The new deal includes the film 9/11 Fifteen Years Later, a co-production
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