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Peter LoGreco Inks Overall Deal With Intellectual Property Corporation (Exclusive)

Documentarian Peter LoGreco has signed an overall deal with the Intellectual Property Corporation (Ipc).

LoGreco is a documentary showrunner, director, and producer. Under the deal, he will collaborate with Ipc’s CEO, Eli Holzman, and president, Aaron Saidman, to develop original series and showrun series for Ipc.

LoGreco previously served as showrunner and director for the pilot of the company’s new HBO series “We’re Here,” which he is now overseeing as production begins on the first season. Ipc and LoGreco’s have also previously partnered on the first season of A&e’s documentary series, “Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole.”

“Peter is a phenomenal filmmaker whose taste and talent are ideally suited to the sort of premium documentary content that Ipc produces,” said Holzman and Saidman in a joint statement. “Peter is a consummate professional, a seasoned director and executive producer, and an artist we respect and admire.
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Rashida Jones and Kerry Washington Join Forces for “Goldie Vance” Adaptation

Jones in “Angie Tribeca

Angie Tribeca and Olivia Pope are teaming up. Rashida Jones and Kerry Washington are set to collaborate on an adaptation of “Goldie Vance” for 20th Century Fox, Variety reports. The former will write and direct the pic and the latter will produce.

Created by Hope Larson and artist Brittney Williams, the graphic novel series follows Goldie Vance, a precocious 16-year-old “who has ambitions of becoming a historic Miami hotel’s in-house detective,” the source writes. “She gets embroiled in uncovering an international crime ring that challenges her in ways she never imagined.”

According to Variety, the film will be “in the vein of ‘Nancy Drew’ and ‘Eloise.’”

“Goldie is exactly the kind of fearless, curious, and funny heroine we need right now,” Jones said in a statement.

Washington added, “Goldie Vance will steal your heart. She’s already stolen mine!”

Both women acknowledged how excited they
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‘Strong Island’ Filmmaker Yance Ford Reveals Dire State of Black America: ‘This Is What Systemic Racism Looks Like’

‘Strong Island’ Filmmaker Yance Ford Reveals Dire State of Black America: ‘This Is What Systemic Racism Looks Like’
If there’s one thing Yance Ford wants the audience to take away from his deeply personal documentary, “Strong Island,” it’s that black lives are in danger in America. His film, which opened the International Documentary Association’s 2017 Documentary Screening series on Wednesday night, tells the story of his unarmed brother’s murder 25 years ago, the lack of prosecution of his killer, and the destructive effect it had on his family in the years following.

In a Q&A following “Strong Island’s” Ida screening, Ford addressed the reaction he hopes audiences will have when they watch his film.

“I hope that audiences understand that there is a precariousness to black lives in this country that we need to address, that there has always been a precariousness to black lives in this country that we need to address,” he said. “In fact, our country is built on the precariousness of black lives,
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Sundance Adds Standalone Episodic Section For 2018 Festival

Sundance Adds Standalone Episodic Section For 2018 Festival
With just six months to go until the opening of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival (unbelievable, but true), Sundance Institute has today announced the creation of a standalone Episodic section, further expanding television’s reach into the festival world.

In previous years, Sundance has offered limited episodic and television offerings, one that just last year played home to series like “I Love Dick,” “Downward Dog,” and “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On,” and boasts other major titles like “O.J.: Made in America,” “Transparent,” and “Top of the Lake” as additional alumni.

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Yet this announcement marks a major sea change in the way Sundance approaches episodic entries. Last year’s episodic screenings were unfurled across a wide spectrum of sections, from the vaguely defined “Special Events” section to their forward-thinking Independent Pilot Showcase. 2o18 will play home to the newly created “Indie Episodic” section.
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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Last Year’s Winner: “Making a Murderer

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: “American Masters” has been nominated 10 years in a row and won five times.

Fun Fact: Outside of “American Masters,” only one other program has been nominated more than once: “American Experience.”

It’s been 11 years since the TV Academy honored “Planet Earth” with its top nonfiction honor (plus three more awards), but we doubt they’ve cooled on the gorgeous, addictive BBC series. So we’re expected the sequel, “Planet Earth II,” to do well come nomination day. But it’s not the only contender with big ambitions at the Emmys. “American Masters” is the most dominant series in the history of this category, and Netflix has a number of offerings that could make a run.

“The Keepers” is the would-be successor to “Making a Murderer,” which won last year. The docu-series has been building comparatively moderate buzz,
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Rashida Jones Named SAG-aftra Foundation Actors Inspiration Winner

Rashida Jones in “Angie Tribeca

Rashida Jones is best known as an actress, screenwriter, producer, and director, but the “Angie Tribeca” star is set to receive an honor for her work outside of the business. Variety reports that the “Parks and Recreation” alumna will receive the SAG-aftra Foundation’s actors inspiration award. The honor recognizes artists for their philanthropic work.

The Emmy nominee’s charity work “includes the International Rescue Committee, where she travels around the world as an advocate for the nonprofit that delivers lifesaving care to people fleeing conflict and national disaster,” Variety writes. “She also serves on the board and as a celebrity ambassador for Peace First, a youth organization encouraging the development of the next generation of peacemakers, and supports Oceana’s mission to protect and restore the world’s oceans.”

Jones also supports Amnesty International, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and Lgbtq non-profit The Trevor Project, as well as advocating for the SAG-aftra Foundation’s online children’s literacy program.

“We are excited to present Rashida Jones with our Actors Inspiration Award and honor her tireless dedication for tackling issues around global poverty, improving health outcomes for people battling AIDS and cancer, and for using her artistic platform to support several important charities, including our very own children’s literacy initiative Storyline Online,” SAG-aftra Foundation President JoBeth Williams said in a statement. “Rashida’s generosity and commitment to giving back to the global community is an inspiration, and we are proud and grateful she will accept this honor.”

Scandal” star Kerry Washington and “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara are among the previous recipients of the award.

Angie Tribeca” is currently in its third season on TBS. Jones plays a detective in the comedy. She earned an Emmy nomination in 2015 for producing

Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus’s Netflix doc “Hot Girls Wanted” and served as exec producer on a follow-up docuseries, 2017’s “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On.” She’s directed episodes of “Turned On” and “Angie Tribeca,” and her writing credits include bittersweet rom-com “Celeste & Jesse Forever” and an episode of cult hit “Black Mirror.” She co-wrote the screenplay for “Toy Story 4,” expected to hit theaters June 21, 2019.

Jones is an executive producer on “Claws,” a nail salon dramedy toplined by Niecy Nash (“Scream Queens”). The TNT series will premiere June 11.

“One of the things that I am most proud in being a part of ‘Parks and Recreation’ is my relationship with Amy’s [Poehler] character. It’s how women are actually friends,” Jones told us in a 2012 interview. “We support each other. We get mad at each other and then we talk it out. Guys come between us. Work comes between us but ultimately we work it out. We are totally unconditionally supportive of each other which is how my friends are.”

When we asked what advice she’d give to other people in the industry, she said, “Be relentless. I don’t mean like haranguing people. Do it on your own. If someone says no find someone who will say yes. Get your own camera, ask for favors. If you believe in your material find other people who believe in it and keep moving forward. I know people who have been working on scripts for 10 years and that’s just how the business is. You just have to believe in yourself.”

Rashida Jones Named SAG-aftra Foundation Actors Inspiration Winner was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ Showrunners Respond to Criticism From Porn Industry

‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ Showrunners Respond to Criticism From Porn Industry
As you might have expected, the porn industry isn’t especially pleased with Netflix’s new series “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On.” The co-creators have responded to the criticism they’ve received, with Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus telling Variety that “the narrative has kind of become hijacked, that we exposed sex workers and that we put them in danger by telling the world that they were sex workers, when in fact we never ever did that.”

Read More: ‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ Review: Rashida Jones Brings Us The Ultimate Feminist Porn (Minus the Porn)

A follow-up to Bauer and Gradus’ documentary “Hot Girls Wanted,” the new series was, like the movie, co-executive produced by Rashida Jones. A number of performers have claimed that they were included in “Turned On” without their consent, a notion the filmmakers dispute.

“They saw themselves, and then on Twitter, as themselves, using their own handles,
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Every IndieWire TV Review of 2017 Shows, Ranked from Best to Worst By Grade

Every IndieWire TV Review of 2017 Shows, Ranked from Best to Worst By Grade
Perhaps you’ve heard: there’s a lot of TV airing these days. With new classics and returning favorites popping up every week, there’s certainly a lot to keep track of. We thought we’d make it easier to sort the shows worth your time from those that, well…might not be.

So we’ve gathered all our 2017 TV reviews in one place and sorted them by grade. (Where applicable, we’ve noted the season number and the network.) We’ll be updating this throughout the year, so be sure to check back as new shows premiere to see which tier they end up in. It’s not even a third of the way through the calendar year and there’s already been a bevy of quality television, ready for your DVRs and streaming service queues.

Without further ado: happy catch-up!

A+

The Leftovers – Season 3 [HBO]

A

The Americans – Season
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Rashida Jones: Women are Turned on by Everything

Rashida Jones claims women are turned on by "everything".

The 41-year-old actress - who is best known for playing Ann Perkins on 'Parks and Recreation' - has opened up about female sexual desires, insisting they can be markedly different from their male counterparts.

She explained: "Women are turned on by everything! Animal sex, fantasies, gay sex, orgies, everything.

"We're so complex. So let us be complex and be turned on by all types of different things, not just male fantasies."

Rashida also revealed she has recently become more selective about the adult content she watches.

The actress told Refinery29: "I'm getting pickier with my porn, like I am with my food.

"I want to know how it was made, I want to know that everybody's having a good time, and I want to know that the orgasms are real."

Rashida serves as a producer on the new
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Is Feminist Porn a Thing?

2017-04-24T05:03:45-07:00Is Feminist Porn a Thing?For many, the term “feminist porn” may seem like an oxymoron. However, for Holly Randall and Erika Lust, it’s a very real passion as well as a sub-industry that’s disappearing. It’s this world of reclaimed sexuality that Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On focuses on in its first episode, the cheekily titled “Women on Top.” Turned On is the series adaptation of another Netflix documentary, Hot Girls Wanted. Directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus and executive produced by Rashida Jones, the original documentary explores the dark corners and disturbing trends of the amateur porn industry. It’s a simultaneously eye-opening and compassionate look into the horrors of one of the world’s most profitable but least discussed jobs. Read the rest of this article at Decider. Rashida Jones is best known for her role in the sitcom Parks and Recreation.
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‘Veep’ Review: A Big List of the Ways Women in Politics Get F***ed, and Not in a Good Way

‘Veep’ Review: A Big List of the Ways Women in Politics Get F***ed, and Not in a Good Way
Immediate Reaction:

Oh, Amy. After warning Selina against Andrew’s toxic charms, Buddy Calhoun’s campaign manager and girlfriend became the “Lobotomy Barbie” she cautioned her old boss about, standing by her man as he apologized for making an ass of himself — and a joke of their sex life in the process. Both women got screwed by their chosen men, and not in a way they enjoy.

But the fuck-over-y (ovary?) didn’t end there. Selina was spurned by her fellow ex-presidents (all male) at the opening of President Hughes’ library. She, in turn, dismissed the idea of a female architect, telling Gary, “We’re not redoing a kitchen here,” while Marjorie and Catherine lamented the fact they need a man to have a baby. And of course, Selina ended up getting doubly boned by Andrew, first upon learning of his betrayal and then by the woman he cheated with,
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Bill Nye on Trying to Save Science From the Politicians and the Haters

Bill Nye on Trying to Save Science From the Politicians and the Haters
Bill Nye is a man who elicits a lot of strong emotions from the world around him — good and bad. An entire generation of science nerds grew up loving him, including the correspondents who contribute to “Bill Nye Saves the World,” Netflix’s new effort to make science education fun for the masses — while also returning television’s most famous bow tie to our screens.

Read More: ‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ Review: Teaching Scientific Literacy to Millennials Makes for a Fist-Bumpy Ride

“It was a freaking mindblowing dream come true,” Emily Calandrelli said to IndieWire at the Los Angeles premiere, about getting asked to join the show led by Nye.

Joanna Hausmann agreed. “I grew up with him my entire life. I’m from Venezuela, and even there we would watch Bill’s old stuff.”

However, there are people out there who don’t share in this love for Nye,
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‘House of Cards’ Season 5: Frank and Claire Are United in Making Terror

‘House of Cards’ Season 5: Frank and Claire Are United in Making Terror
President Underwood and his First Lady have a mission, and woe to those who get in their way.

When last we left “House of Cards,” Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) were by each other’s side in their mission to combat terrorism, specifically the radical Islamist group known as the Islamic Caliphate Organization (Ico), which had broadcast an execution of a hostage.

Read More: ‘House of Cards’ Praises Sean Spicer’s Upside-Down Flag Pin as Loyalty

“That’s right. We don’t submit to terror. We make the terror,” Frank said with his disturbingly unwavering yet charismatic gaze into the camera.

Of course, this war on terror is a noisy, splashy diversion from an incriminating article that laid out the president’s corruption. How successful they are remains to be seen, but we have a feeling that no matter what, they’ll be fine in Season 5. In an interview with EW,
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Inside New Porn Docuseries 'Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On'

Inside New Porn Docuseries 'Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On'
Netflix's new series Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On opens with legendary female porn director, Suze Randall, now silver-haired at 70 years-old, tackling a question that has divided feminists for decades: can pornography be female friendly? Can the women be treated well? Are they sexually empowered?

Producers Rashida Jones, Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus spend the series – which is a follow-up to their 2015 documentary about amateur pornography in Florida, called Hot Girls Wanted – trying to answer those questions. Although many viewers found the documentary captured an accurate slice of a very specific experience,
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‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ Review: Rashida Jones Brings Us The Ultimate Feminist Porn (Minus the Porn)

‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ Review: Rashida Jones Brings Us The Ultimate Feminist Porn (Minus the Porn)
We’ve seen it a bunch of times before: A film acquired by Netflix performs well, and the streaming service commissions a series based vaguely on the concept. “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” led to David Gelb heading up “Chef’s Table.” “Wet Hot American Summer” begat “First Day of Camp.” And the 2015 documentary “Hot Girls Wanted” now brings us “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On.”

Created by Ronna Gradus, Jill Bauer, and Rashida Jones, this documentary series is (despite the title) not all that explicit. It is, however, deeply embedded in the idea that human beings like to have sex, and thus exploring the ways in which technology and commerce have become embedded in that basic biological urge.

Read More: Sundance Live: Shooting ‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ in 4k — Watch

Four of the first season’s six episodes focus on sex as an act with a transactional element (y’know,
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‘Girlboss’ Review: Britt Robertson Can’t Save This Frustratingly Stagnant Tale of 20-Something Malaise

‘Girlboss’ Review: Britt Robertson Can’t Save This Frustratingly Stagnant Tale of 20-Something Malaise
Midway through the “Girlboss” premiere, Britt Robertson’s Sophia Amoruso walks down the street, tears pouring down her face, angrily shouting into her phone. She just got fired, and it first appears as though she feels the dismissal unjust. But then, just as she’s about to tick off a third reason her boss sucks, Sophia stops herself, and says, “Why am I such an asshole?”

It’s a question that had been building throughout our introduction to Sophia and asked in a moment that feels primed for self-discovery. In the span of 15 minutes, she’s been inexplicably cruel to her father, invited herself into a free, semi-permanent residency with a stranger, and made herself unreasonably late for work. She was fired not just for being perpetually late, but also for taking a personal phone call on company time, stealing her boss’ lunch, and unapologetically eating it in front of her.
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‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ Review: Teaching Scientific Literacy to Millennials Makes for a Fist-Bumpy Ride

‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ Review: Teaching Scientific Literacy to Millennials Makes for a Fist-Bumpy Ride
Bill Nye has an admirable mission but an unenviable task: to combat scientific illiteracy in an era that doesn’t value expertise and reason. The title of his new Netflix TV series “Bill Nye Saves the World” isn’t hyperbole at all. It’s his hope to get viewers psyched up enough about science that they’re not just curious; they want to create a change for the better.

Read More: ‘Bill Nye: Science Guy’ Review: Biographical Doc Searches for the Beloved TV Host’s New Place in the Universe

With that in mind, most of the topics driving each episode are ones that people find highly divisive, even politicized, such as vaccinations and another topic dear to his low-carbon-footprint heart. “Did you think I’d get a new TV show and not talk about climate change?” he asks rhetorically in one episode.

Although Nye built his television career hosting a science show for children,
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Trailer Watch: Niecy Nash is a Badass Salon Owner in “Claws”

Claws

If you wish “The Sopranos” had included more women and people of color onscreen — and had doubled down on Carmela’s fierce manicures — your dream has come true. The Niecy Nash-starring TNT dramedy “Claws” has a trailer and a premiere date.

From showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois and executive produced by “Celeste and Jesse Forever” writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, “Claws” is set in South Florida and follows “the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists,” the official synopsis details.

“At the center is salon owner Desna (Nash, ‘Scream Queens’), who lives with and cares for her mentally ill twin brother, Dean (Harold Perrineau, ‘The Best Man Holiday’). Desna’s staff includes best friend Jennifer (Jenn Lyon, ‘Justified’), a tenuously sober ex-party girl raising two children from previous relationships; Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes, ‘Jane the Virgin’), Desna’s enigmatic driver who also provides security for the salon; Polly (Carrie Preston, ‘The Good Fight’), a mild-mannered preppy who recently served time in prison for identity theft; and Virginia (Karrueche Tran, ‘The Nice Guys’), who makes no effort to hide her boredom and impatience with her job.”

We’re pleased to report that the “Claws” spot gives us a glimpse of everything we could have wanted from the series. There are pledges of sisterhood, confident struts, alligator fights, a worthy villain (“Breaking Bad’s” Dean Norris), and a lot of bad-ass nails. Plus, there’s this exchange:

“Y’all got some real idiots up in here,” a customer observes.

“Baby, it’s what we do,” Desna replies with a laugh. To which Polly adds, “Biggest export after oranges.”

Sherman Barrois previously wrote for “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “ER,” and “Criminal Minds.” She also served as executive producer on the latter two.

Jones is best known for her acting roles in “Parks and Recreation” and “Angie Tribeca.” She is also a producer of projects like the upcoming “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On,” “Angie Tribeca,” “Hot Girls Wanted,” and “A to Z.” She co-wrote one of the new episodes of “Black Mirror,” “Nosedive,” with her “Parks” showrunner Michael Schur. Jones and McCormack are also credited as the writers of “Toy Story 4,” slated for 2019.

Claws” debuts June 11 on TNT.

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Trailer Watch: Niecy Nash is a Badass Salon Owner in “Claws” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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What Amazon and Netflix’s Demand for 4K Means for Documentaries

What Amazon and Netflix’s Demand for 4K Means for Documentaries
If you’ve gone shopping for a television lately, you are likely aware that 4K resolution (often billed as “Ultra HD”) is no longer a thing of the future – it’s here. Yet while higher resolution has made its way to becoming a standard feature in affordable consumer panels, a great deal of content is still being broadcast or streamed at 1080 (commonly referred to as HD).

For streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon, there is a mandate to get ahead of the curve, with both companies already making select content available to customers in 4K. Both subscription services are also investing billions in building libraries of original programming and, for the last two years, have required that shows like “House of Cards” be shot using one of a handful of cameras that were suitable for narrative TV and could handle native 4K image capturing.

But what does that 4K requirement
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in April 2017, and The Best Episodes of Each

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in April 2017, and The Best Episodes of Each
1. “Dear White People” Season 1 (available April 28)

Why Should I Watch It? “Dear White People” is based on Justin Simien’s 2014 Sundance sensation of the same name, pulling characters and plot lines from the satirical comedy that helped introduce us to the glory that is Tessa Thompson. While the “Creed” star won’t be returning, other breakouts from the film are, and the core story — of a predominantly white Ivy League university facing a heated racial debate after a misguided blackface Halloween party — has been refined to fit a serialized format. It is hilarious, sharp, and so timely it hurts. Don’t miss it.

Best Episode: We caught the first two at SXSW, and though both are absolutely stellar, I’ve got to give the edge to the pilot. Logan Browning, as a radio personality who hosts a show titled “Dear White People,” gives a finely layered turn and the general
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