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Samuel L. Jackson to Play Nick Fury in New Marvel Disney Plus Series (Exclusive)

Samuel L. Jackson to Play Nick Fury in New Marvel Disney Plus Series (Exclusive)
Samuel L. Jackson is set to reprise the role of Nick Fury in a new Marvel series currently in development at Disney Plus, Variety has learned exclusively from sources.

The exact plot details of the show are being kept under wraps, but multiple sources say Jackson is attached to star with Kyle Bradstreet attached to write and executive produce. Like all the other Marvel shows at Disney Plus, Marvel Studios will produce.

Reps for Jackson, Bradstreet, and Disney did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

Jackson famously portrayed Fury, the monocular head of the clandestine government agency S.H.I.E.L.D, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going back to the post-credits scene in the first “Iron Man” film in 2008. He has appeared in multiple films within the McU since, most recently portraying Fury in “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Captain Marvel.” He also
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The Book of Vision to open the Venice Critics’ Week - Venice 2020 - International Film Critics’ Week

The Book of Vision to open the Venice Critics’ Week - Venice 2020 - International Film Critics’ Week
The visionary work by Carlo S Hinterman, with executive production by Terrence Malick, will open the 35th edition of the Venice Film Festival's sidebar. The Book of Vision by Carlo S Hintermann will officially open the 35th edition of the Venice International Film Critics’ Week, the sidebar section organised by the Union of Italian Film Critics (Sncci) within the 77th Venice International Film Festival. The visionary work by Hintermann, his first fiction feature after a few documentaries, features executive production by Terrence Malick, and tells the story of a fascinating journey between past and present, life and death, the deepest sorrow and unconditional love. The film stars an international cast: Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Lotte Verbeek, Sverrir Gudnason (Borg/McEnroe), Isolda Dychauk and Filippo Nigro (The Goddess of Fortune). The cinematographer is Jörg Widmer, one of the most celebrated in Europe, who has worked with...
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Anne Thomopoulos Reunites With Chris Albrecht At Legendary Global

Anne Thomopoulos Reunites With Chris Albrecht At Legendary Global
Exclusive: Rome and Generation Kill executive producer Anne Thomopoulos is reuniting with her former HBO boss Chris Albrecht at Legendary Global.

Thomopoulos has joined the joint venture between Legendary and Albrecht as a partner, and comes from CAA’s Global Television department. She has been tasked with focusing on identifying and acquiring international content that Legendary Global can develop, produce and finance for local and global platforms.

Thomopoulos and Albrecht are reuniting after a successful run together at HBO, where Albrecht served as chairman and CEO and Thomopoulos created and oversaw the network’s dramatic series department. Kicking off with Oz, she first established HBO’s miniseries division with projects including From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers and The Corner, before going on to exec produce Rome and Generation Kill.

She subsequently served as exec producer on Camelot for Starz, where she had a first-look producing deal.
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How the UK’s House Productions convinced a Greek arthouse filmmaker to make Berlinale Series title ‘Trigonometry’

How the UK’s House Productions convinced a Greek arthouse filmmaker to make Berlinale Series title ‘Trigonometry’
Athina Rachel Tsangari directs five episodes of ‘Trigonometry’ for Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell’s House Productions.

When UK producer Tessa Ross was talking to Greek filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari about a film project, she decided to, as Ross puts it, “take my life slightly into my hands”.

Ross had enjoyed her conversations with the director of festival favourites Attenberg and Chevalier so much she wondered if Tsangari would be interested in taking on a TV series she was also developing.

“Would you think about television?” Ross asked Tsangari.

The “television” in question is Trigonometry, an eight-part drama series set in London,
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Conecta Fiction Announces United States as 2020 ‘Focus America’ Invitee

Spain’s Conecta Fiction, an increasingly important TV market focused on trans-Atlantic cooperation and co-production, will host it’s fourth edition this June 22-25, and have announced the United States as this year’s Focus America country.

With particular focus being placed on the U.S. Hispanic market, the event returns for the second year to Pamplona, where it has established itself as one of the key dates on the Ibero-American drama series industry calendar.

For the 2020 edition, Conecta Fiction will be backed by cooperation and support from various organizations which represent and promote U.S. productions for Latino viewers in a country with a population of nearly 60 million Spanish speakers.

Included among this year’s special events are a series of conversations about the evolution of TV drama production over the last five years in the U.S., producing for a bilingual marketplace thirsty for content in either or both languages,
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Amazon Orders French ‘Love Island’ and Three Other Local Originals

France is getting its own “Love Island” after Amazon ordered a local version of ITV’s sun-and-fun reality hit. The streamer has also ordered another unscripted French show, adventure format “The Missing One,” and two drama series, Cold War-set “Operation Totems” and “Voltaire, Mixte,” which is set in a French high school in the 1960s.

Amazon unveiled its new quartet of French originals at an event in Paris on Thursday.

ITV Studios-distributed “Love Island” has been a breakout hit in the U.K. and remake rights have subsequently sold into the U.S. and other international markets. The other new French reality show, “The Missing One,” will see four teams, led by as-yet-unnamed French celebrities, race across Australia to find a missing team member. Paris-based WeMake is producing the show that it co-created with Borderline Media.

“Narcos” producer Gaumont is making “Operations Totems.” It is set in 1964 during the
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Snd Boards Pair of French Thriller Series ‘A Perfect Man,’ ‘Doubt’ (Exclusive)

Snd, the commercial arm of French TV network M6, has acquired international sales rights to “Doubt” and “A Perfect Man,” a pair of four-part French thriller series, in the run-up to Mipcom.

“Doubt” was created by Sophie Lebarbier and Fanny Robert, the duo behind the hit French procedural series “Profiling.” Directed by Laure de Butler, “Doubt” revolves around a man who was just sentenced to 15 years in prison for a murder. The series follows one of the former jury members who starts having doubts about the man’s guilt after the verdict is given and hires a private detective.

Currently in post-production, “Doubt” stars Ophélia Kolb (“Call my agent”) and Stanley Weber (“Borgia”). It’s produced by Beaubourg Fiction, whose credits include “Profilage,” “Falco” and “Balthazar.”

A Perfect Man,” meanwhile, follows the neighbor of a man suspected of having murdered his wife and children who is convinced of his innocence
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Hannah Simone’s ABC Pilot Casts Art Malik in Lead Role (Exclusive)

Hannah Simone’s ABC Pilot Casts Art Malik in Lead Role (Exclusive)
Hannah Simone’s comedy pilot at ABC has cast one of its lead roles.

Variety has learned exclusively that Art Malik has signed on to star opposite Simone in the single-camera comedy. In the project, Hannah (Simone) and her Indian-American immigrant father Sid (Malik) have always been close, but after she admits to herself that she’s in a dead-end job and he reveals his marriage is over, they’re starting over together and each finding a new path. This new chapter will either make them crazy close or just crazy.

Sid is further described as newly retired and a once-adventurous man who has fallen into a routine. But he is still enthusiastic and gung-ho for all things American and fond of Western wear. Sid had moved to the United States so that his family could have a better life, and he is bursting with pride at Hannah’s many accomplishments.
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Netflix Feeds Fantasy-Hungry YAs in France

Lille, France — The series the audience was about to see on Sunday night at Lille’s central Ugc Cine-Cité multiplex wasn’t even playing in Series Mania’s main International Competition.

But in many ways, Netflix’s” “Osmosis” was certainly among the most-anticipated of shows at this year’s festival. The excitement before the screening was palpable, and pointed up multiple paradoxes about France’s current TV scene.

As a service, Netflix has taken France by storm. Launching in Sept, 2014, it has run up at least 5 million household subscriptions, as many as the retail subscriber base of pay TV Canal Plus, a pillar of France’s cultural establishment, which has been in service since 1985.

Released in May 2016, Netflix’s first sortie into French Original Series, “Marseilles,” a political corruption thriller starring Gerard Depardieu, proved polemical, being lambasted by many French critics, newspaper Le Monde dismissing it famously as “cowshit”, and director Julius Berg,
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Tom Fontana to Receive Career Achievement Award From Writers Guild

The Writers Guild of America, East will present Tom Fontana, the creator of HBO’s “Oz,” with the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement at the 71st Annual WGA Awards. The awards ceremony will be held at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 17, 2019.

Fontana, who joined the guild in 1982 as a writer on the NBC medical drama “St. Elsewhere,” is the creator of several groundbreaking shows including “Oz,” “The Philanthropist,” “Copper” and Netflix’s “Borgia,” and was a writer on “Homicide: Life on the Street.” He is currently the showrunner for “City on a Hill,” a drama created by Chuck MacLean, which will premiere on Showtime in 2019.

“I’m extremely grateful to the men and women in our Guild for thinking me worthy of the award. Now, everything I write will have to be better than before,” Fontana said in a statement.

Also Read: WGA East 2018 Council Election
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‘Oz’ Creator Tom Fontana to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America East

‘Oz’ Creator Tom Fontana to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America East
Tom Fontana, creator of “Oz” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” will be honored with the Writers Guild of America East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.

Fontana will be presented with the honor at the 71st annual Writers Guild Awards, which will be held at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 17.

The award is presented to a WGA East member in honor of their body of work as a writer in motion pictures or television. Past recipients include Geoffrey Ward, Andrew Bergman, John Sayles, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, John Waters, Richard Lagravenese, John Patrick Shanley, and Nora Ephron.

“I’m extremely grateful to the men and women in our guild for thinking me worthy of the award,” Fontana said. “Now, everything I write will have to be better than before.”

Fontana joined the WGA East in 1982 as a writer on the series “St. Elsewhere,” for which he received three Emmy Awards,
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Tom Fontana Penciled In For WGA East Career Honor

Tom Fontana Penciled In For WGA East Career Honor
The WGA East said today that Tom Fontana, who wrote for such classic TV dramas as Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz and St. Elsewhere and continues to be busy, will receive its Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. He will be feted February 17 during the 71st annual Writers Guild Awards at New York’s Edison Ballroom.

A winner of three Emmys and four Peabody Awards, Fontana joined the Writers Guild in 1982 when he was working on NBC’s quirky medical drama St. Elsewhere. He went to on write for the network’s acclaimed 1990s cop drama Homicide and later HBO’s Oz; all three made the WGA’s 2013 list of 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time. His numerous small-screen writing credits also include Borgia, Copper, The Philantropist, The Bedford Diaries, The Jury, Home Fires and Tattinger’s.

These days Fontana is showrunner on the upcoming Showtime crime
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Tom Fontana & Oliver Stone Team For ‘Dolce Vita’ TV Series About 1950s Rome At eOne, Mediaset & De Laurentiis Co.

Tom Fontana & Oliver Stone Team For ‘Dolce Vita’ TV Series About 1950s Rome At eOne, Mediaset & De Laurentiis Co.
Exclusive: Emmy winner Tom Fontana is set to write and Oscar and Emmy winner Oliver Stone is set to direct the pilot of Dolce Vita, a period drama series set in 1950s Rome, for Entertainment One and Italian-based Mediaset Group and Martha De LaurentiisDe Laurentiis Company.

Created and written by Fornata, Dolce Vita is inspired by Stephen Gundle’s 2011 novel Death and Dolce Vita: The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s, for which eOne acquired the television rights. The true crime novel investigates the murder scandal that rocked Italy and portrays the Rome of romance, luxury, and glamour–as well as a city of carnal crimes, sex, drugs, corruption, and cover-ups.

The series is not related to Federico Fellini’s acclaimed 1960s feature La Dolce Vita, which explored the same decade in Rome from a very different perspective.

Stone is set to helm the pilot in his narrative TV series directing debut.
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Frank Pugliese Tapped As Showrunner For TNT’s ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel Of Darkness’

Emmy-nominated writer and producer Frank Pugliese (House of Cards) is set as showrunner for TNT’s The Angel of Darkness, a limited series based on the sequel to author Caleb Carr’s best-selling The Alienist, co-produced by Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T.

A critical and ratings success, The Alienist is a top 10 cable drama, having reached more than 50 million people across multiple platforms. It earned six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series.

The Alienist’s lead cast, including Daniel Brühl (Rush), Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train) and Dakota Fanning (American Pastoral), will return for The Angel of Darkness with a new storyline that finds Sara Howard (Fanning), who has opened her own private detective agency, enlisting the help of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and John Moore (Evans) to hunt down an elusive killer.

“Following the tremendous success of The Alienist, we are excited to welcome an
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‘House of Cards’ Showrunner Frank Pugliese Boards ‘Angel of Darkness’ at TNT

Frank Pugliese has signed on as the showrunner for TNT’s “The Angel of Darkness,” the sequel series to the cabler’s acclaimed limited series “The Alienist.”

Pugliese most recently served as the co-showrunner on Netflix’s “House of Cards” alongside Melissa James Gibson. His other television credits include “Night of the Living Dead,” “Homicide,” “Love and Blood,” “Fallen Angels,” “Street-time,” “The Beat,” “Law and Order,” “Borgia,” and “Copper.”

He is repped by Wme and Manage-ment.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with the talented cast, crew and team that brought ‘The Alienist’ to life,” said Pugliese. “Myself and the writers coming on board for ‘The Angel of Darkness’ are looking forward to continuing this story born from the wondrous imagination of Caleb Carr.”

The Angel of Darkness” is based on the book of the same name by Caleb Carr. “The Alienist’s” lead cast–including Daniel Brühl,
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The Alienist Sequel Series Angel of Darkness Finds Showrunner

Tony Sokol Joseph Baxter Sep 26, 2018

A kidnapped infant brings the Alienist crew back together for the limited series Angel of Darkness on TNT.

The limited psychological crime series The Alienist cast an unflinching eye into the brutal murders of young boys in late 19th century New York City, pulling in six Emmy nominations including Outstanding Limited Series. TNT is tossing off the statutes of limitations to order The Angel of Darkness, a limited sequel series.

Based on Caleb Carr’s 1994 novel, The Alienist, TNT’s series starred Daniel Brühl as turn-of-the-century criminal psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, Luke Evans newspaper illustrator John Moore, and Dakota Fanning as Sara Howard, New York's Finest's first female employee. They are all coming back for Angel of Darkness.

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Frank Pugliese has been announced as showrunner for The Angel of Darkness. He will come into the series with television experience from tenures
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‘City on a Hill': Showtime Taps ‘Homicide’ Creator Tom Fontana as Showrunner for Kevin Bacon Drama

‘City on a Hill': Showtime Taps ‘Homicide’ Creator Tom Fontana as Showrunner for Kevin Bacon Drama
Showtime has tapped Tom Fontana, creator of “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Oz” to serve as showrunner for its upcoming drama starring Kevin Bacon, “City on a Hill.”

The Boston-set drama is based on an original idea by Ben Affleck, who will executive produce the drama with his buddy and fellow New England-er Matt Damon.

The series is set in early 1990s Boston, rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm. In this fictional account, assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge) arrives from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rohr (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.

Also Read: Showtime Orders Ben Affleck's 'City on a Hill
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Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ Adds Tom Fontana as Showrunner

Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ Adds Tom Fontana as Showrunner
Tom Fontana has signed on as executive producer and showrunner of the upcoming Showtime drama “City on a Hill.”

Fontana is a well-known television writer and producer who has created shows such as “Oz,” “Borgia,” “Copper,” and “The Philanthropist” and worked on shows like “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “The Jury,” and “St. Elsewhere” among many others. He has received 19 Emmy nominations throughout his career, winning for best writing in a drama series in both 1984 and 1986 for “St. Elsewhere.” He most recently received an Emmy nomination last year for his work on the HBO film “Wizard of Lies” starring Robert De Niro and is also an executive producer on “Paterno” starring Al Pacino, which is nominated for the Emmy for best TV movie.

He is repped by UTA.

Based on an original idea by Ben Affleck, “City on a Hill” is set in the early 1990s Boston, rife with violent
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‘City On A Hill’: Tom Fontana Tapped As Showrunner For Showtime Drama Series

‘City On A Hill’: Tom Fontana Tapped As Showrunner For Showtime Drama Series
Multiple Emmy winner Tom Fontana has been named showrunner, executive producer and one of the writers on City on a Hill, Showtime’s upcoming drama series starring Kevin Bacon (The Following) and Aldis Hodge (Underground). The 10-episode series, executive produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd, will premiere in 2019.

Created, written and executive produced by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Affleck, City on a Hill is set in early 1990s Boston when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it suddenly all changed. The drama is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” Driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran,
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Cannes: Sierra/Affinity Selling All-Female ‘Red Snake’

Leading Hollywood-based sales and finance agency, Sierra/Affinity has begun international sales for action film “Red Snake,” at the Cannes Film Market. The film is directed by Caroline Fourest and features a predominantly female cast.

The cast includes Dilan Gwyn, Cesar Award winner Camelia Jordana (“Le Brio”), Amira Casar (“Call Me by Your Name”), Esther Garrel (“Call Me by Your Name”), Maya Sansa (“Italian Romance”), Noush Skaugen (“The Conjouring 2”), Nanna Blondell (“Hassel”) and Mark Ryder (“Borgia”).

Inspired by true events, “Red Snake” follows the story of Zara, a young Yazidi woman who is kidnapped and held captive by a ruthless commander. When she finally escapes, she joins a powerful group of female warriors determined to fight back. Although they hail from different backgrounds, the women all share a troubled past that fuels their urge to accomplish the goal of bringing down Isis (aka Islamic State).

Producers include Samuel Hadida via his Davis Films label,
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