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Vertical Entertainment Catches Worldwide Rights To Baseball Pic ‘Undrafted’

Exclusive: Vertical Entertainment has picked up worldwide rights to the Baseball drama Undrafted from writer-director Joseph Mazzello. Based on the real experiences of Mazzello’s brother, the story examines how one moves on from crushing...Show More Summary

Oscars: ‘The Revenant’ Producer Mary Parent On Transitioning Into Her Role As Film Producer

Producer Mary Parent endured frigid weather and one or two logistical debacles on the set of The Revenant, but don't feel too bad for her—she's spent the new year thus far in much more inviting climes, following the production of Jordan Vogt-Robert's Kong: Skull Island to Hawaii, Australia, and most recently, Vietnam. Show More Summary

‘Shark Tank’ Ratings Hit Season High, ‘Amazing Race’ Stumbles, ’20/20? Surges

In some ways the unofficial soundtrack to Shark Tank (1.7/6) should be Diana Ross's Upside Down. Not as a nod to the multiple Grammy winner on Grammy weekend but to the fact that the ABC reality entrepreneurial series' ratings fortunes shift so suddenly. Show More Summary

Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y & Indie Music

Indie artists gather round! Whether you're looking to develop a greater online following, promote your music on YouTube without actual music videos, wondering why you should regularly email your fans, or something else altogether, Hypebot is sure to have some handy tips for you. How To Grow An Online Following...

Nigel Lythgoe To Exec Produce Dance Pic ‘Tackling Romeo’ – Berlin

Exclusive: Choreographer, producer and reality dance judge Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol) has signed on to executive produce the dance feature Tackling Romeo, which will be introduced during this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Show More Summary

Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Choose The Best Digital Distributor • Reduce Drug Use At Concerts • Tips For Writing A Chorus • More

This week on MusicThinkTank, we learned what to consider when choosing a digital distributor, looked at how to reduce drug use at shows, why you should never enter a musical reality competition, and more. Alex Cowles | How To Choose The Best Digital Distributor For You Emma Sturgis | High...

Focus Features Makes Big Berlin Deal For Interracial Marriage Drama ‘Loving:’ Berlin

EXCLUSIVE: In its first statement acquisition since Focus Features was overhauled, the Universal-based specialty label has won an auction for Loving, the Jeff Nichols-directed drama that stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga and Michael Shannon. Show More Summary

Rob Cohen’s ‘Category 5’ Sees Storm Of Sales Action For Foresight – Berlin

EXCLUSIVE: Disaster action thriller Category 5 has sold out the majority of the world for Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited here at the EFM. Announced just before the market with Rob Cohen (The Fast And The Furious, xXx) directing, it’s eyed as a franchise-starter and has drawn keen interest as a theatrical offering. Show More Summary

Berlin: Liam Neeson's Korean War Film Sells to Germany, Taiwan

The actor stars as General Douglas MacArthur in 'Operation Chromite,' which tells the story of the secret mission X-Ray during the 1950 Korean War. read more

REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

Before moving on to what will surely be another full week of music industry news, we're taking a moment to look back on news from the past seven days, including a Philly councilman's decision to trash his controversial live music bill, the ongoing fallout from the CRB's rate hike, legal...

Toy industry bets on Hollywood superheroes and 'Star Wars' to drive 2016 sales

Toy retailers are hoping Hollywood movies will drive big sales again this year, after blockbusters such as "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Minions" led to huge numbers in 2015. U.S. retail sales of toys grew nearly 7% to $19.4 billion last year, boosted by films that resulted in record domestic...

CBS News debate moderator John Dickerson set to face Trump and the Republicans

John Dickerson, political director for CBS News and moderator for "Face the Nation," gets his second debate of the primary season tonight when he questions the six remaining contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Greenville, S.C., tonight. He took a break from rehearsals...

Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan To Share ‘An Ideal Home’ – Berlin

Ant-Man and Alan Partridge are moving in together, sort of. Fortitude International has added dramedy An Ideal Home to its EFM slate with Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan starring. Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, The Craft) wrote and is directing. Show More Summary

Charlotte Rampling To Star With Josh Hartnett In ‘Valley of the Gods’ – Berlin

Charlotte Rampling and John Rhys-Davies will star alongside Josh Hartnett in Lech Majewski's sci-fi pic Valley of the Gods. Rampling, Academy Award-nominated for her role in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, will play Amanda Joyce,. Fortissimo...Show More Summary

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: How To Choose The Best Digital Distributor

Alex Cowles | How To Choose The Best Digital Distributor For You Emma Sturgis | High Notes: What You Can Do To Reduce Drug Use At Concerts Anonymous | 10 Reasons Why You Should Not Enter A Musical Reality Competition Mylène Besançon | 3 Memorable Tips For Writing A Chorus Wallace Collins | Legal Issues With Songwriter Collaborations

Germany's Wild Bunch Exec Talks Rescuing Senator, Learning From Bradley Cooper's 'Burnt' Flop (Q&A)

Marc Gabizon, Vincent Maraval’s man in Germany, discusses his worst deal, why stars no longer guarantee success and the need for (calculated) risks. read more

‘Kill Me, Deadly’ Trailer: ‘Criminal Minds’ Crew’s Noir Comedy Gets April 1 Release Date

Indican Pictures has acquired the Kill Me Deadly, a spoofy noir comedy based on satire playwright Bill Robens’ stage play. Robens adapted the feature which was directed by Darrett Sanders and produced by the group behind the NOTE theater, which...Show More Summary

Angus Simpson Joins Hulu Drama ‘Shut Eye’; Manny Montana Cast in ABC’s ‘Conviction’

Angus Simpson has landed a regular role in Shut Eye, Hulu's original series from creator Les Bohem, TriStar Television and Mark Johnson's Gran Via Productions. It takes a darkly comedic look at the underground world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them. Show More Summary

NBC’s Matt Hubbard Comedy Pilot Adds Three To Family

Francois Chau, Susan Chuang and Concetta Tomei have landed series regular roles on NBC’s untitled Matt Hubbard single-camera comedy pilot starring Elizabeth Ho, Chris Smith and Jack McBrayer. Written/executive produced by 30 Rock alum...Show More Summary

Natalie Martinez To Star In Fox Drama Pilot ‘A.P.B.’

Natalie Martinez (ABC’s Secrets & Lies) has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s drama pilot A.P.B., from writer David Slack and Sleepy Hollow co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman. Inspired by the July New York Times Magazine article...Show More Summary

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