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‘The Walking Dead: World Beyond’ Gets Premiere Date at AMC

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‘The Walking Dead: World Beyond’ Gets Premiere Date at AMC
AMC has set a premiere date for “The Walking Dead” spinoff series “The Walking Dead: World Beyond.”

The series will premiere Sunday, April 12 at 10/9c following “The Walking Dead” Season 10 finale. Subsequent episodes will air Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.

Here is AMC’s description for the spinoff:

“‘The Walking Dead: World Beyond’ expands the universe of The Walking Dead, delving into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains.
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‘Punky Brewster’ Sequel Gets Series Order At Peacock

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‘Punky Brewster’ Sequel Gets Series Order At Peacock
Peacock, NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service, has ordered a 10-episode first season of Punky Brewster, with original series star Soleil Moon Frye set to reprise her role as the titular character who became a pop culture staple of the 1980s. The follow-up series to the 1984 NBC sitcom hails from Universal Content Productions (Ucp) and Universal Television, divisions of NBCUniversal Content Studios. It will premiere on Peacock when the service launches later this year. Punky Brewster previously had received a pilot order at Peacock.

Also returning to the series is Cherie Johnson, reprising her role as Punky’s best friend. Joining the series are Quinn Copeland (Waitress the Musical), Lauren Donzis (No Good Nick), Oliver De Los Santos (Occupation: Rainfall), and Noah Cottrell (Skyscraper). Freddie Prinze Jr. (I Know What You Did Last Summer) guest stars in the pilot as Punky’s ex-husband.

“I am beyond thrilled and honored to be bringing Punky back!
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Courtney B. Vance Boards Peter Moffat Drama ’61st Street’ at AMC

Courtney B. Vance Boards Peter Moffat Drama ’61st Street’ at AMC
Courtney B. Vance has found his next leading role.

The “American Crime Story” star has been cast in the upcoming AMC drama “61st Street,” which hails from showrunner and executive producer Peter Moffat as well as executive producer Michael B. Jordan.

“61st Street,” which has been ordered as a two-season television event series with eight episodes per season, is a courtroom drama that follows Moses Johnson, a promising, black high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. Taken by the police as a supposed gang member, he finds himself in the eye of
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How Shows Like ‘The Crown,’ ‘Outlander,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Are Driving Tourists to Locations

One of the unintended consequences of the boom in global production is a corresponding surge in film and TV tourism.

A spate of research in recent years has shown that viewers of popular films and TV shows are increasingly deciding to visit their locations, or to make a trip to the country where they were made.

Figures published last year by Northern Ireland’s tourism board, Tourism Ni, suggested that 350,000 people come to the British province every year because of HBO production “Game of Thrones” – or one in six leisure visitors.

Meanwhile, the U.K.’s tourism body, VisitBritain, found
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Nordisk Film & TV Fond Boasts Record Budget for 2020

As the Nordisk Film & TV Fond prepares to celebrates its 30th anniversary, at this month’s Göteborg Film Festival, CEO Liselott Forsman has outlined her vision for the upcoming yearm which sees the fund boasting a record high budget of Nok 127 million ($12.8 million), up from last year’s total of Nok 97.75 million ($11.4 million).

The fund’s primary mandate is to support and promote high-end film and TV productions across Nordic territories through the distribution of financing for features, TV fiction, and documentaries.

Forsman has big shoes to fill. When former CEO Petri Kempinnen stepped down on Oct. 31 to spend more time with his family,
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‘House of Flowers’ Manolo Caro Confirmed as Iberseries Jury President (Exclusive)

‘House of Flowers’ Manolo Caro Confirmed as Iberseries Jury President (Exclusive)
Madrid — Mexico’s Manolo Caro, creator-director-writer of Netflix hit “La Casa de las Flores” (“The House of Flowers”), will preside the jury of the first Iberseries, one of the Spanish-speaking world’s first TV festivals to be clearly staged not only for local audiences but the whole of Ibero-America.

Focusing on Spanish-language drama series and promoted by Spain’s Secuoya Foundation, the inaugural edition of Iberseries will take place over May 25-30 in Granada, Southern Spain.

Backed by top TV networks and Svod platforms across Spain, Latin and North America – Netflix, HBO, Movistar Plus, Atresmedia, Disney España and Azteca TV
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Natpe 2020: Industryites Hope Marquee Names Help Drive Daytime Turnaround

Natpe 2020: Industryites Hope Marquee Names Help Drive Daytime Turnaround
A little momentum goes a long way in daytime.

After a long slump, the first-run syndication market has come back to life this year with several high-profile new talk shows headed for this year’s Natpe conference in Miami, which runs Jan. 21-23.

Nick Cannon is extending his multimedia endeavors into daytime. So is actor-entrepreneur Drew Barrymore. Judge Lauren Lake of MGM’s “Paternity Court” will come out from behind the bench to host a half-hour show that is a throwback to the classic conflict-resolution format employed by Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael and yack pack stalwarts of a different era.
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Brazil’s Globo Set to Launch Streamer Globoplay in the U.S.(Exclusive)

Madrid — Brazilian TV giant Globo, the biggest media company in Latin America, will join the ranks of international streaming platforms on Jan. 19, launching its over-the-top Globoplay service in the U.S’s booming subscription video streaming market.

Priced at $13.99 a month, Globoplay’s launch marks the first move in international expansion for the Ott service, and rolls off the creation of a burgeoning line in original production at Globoplay, one of the fastest growing domestic production powerhouses in Latin America:

A fremium Svod service in Brazil which bowed in 2015, and now boasts 22 million unique visitors a month, making it the
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‘The Paradise’ Screenwriter Matti Laine on Riitta Havukainen, Ran Tellem, Finnish Drama

‘The Paradise’ Screenwriter Matti Laine on Riitta Havukainen, Ran Tellem, Finnish Drama
Madrid — Following on 2019 MipTV hit “Invisible Heroes,” set in 1973 Chile, “The Paradise” marks the second time in under 12 months that Finnish public broadcaster Yle has reached out to set – and co-produce – a primetime drama in the Spanish-speaking world.

Neither are commonplace dramas. Produced by Finland’s Mrp Matila Röhr Productions, behind “All the Sins,” winner of the 2019 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize, “The Paradise” begins with a softly-sung song, ·”Viento, viento de la montaña” and aerial shots of a caravan wending its way through low-wooded sierra to Fuengirola, an enclave on Spain’s sun-kissed Costa del Sol. “I’m so happy,
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Cnc Chief Outlines Plan to Update French Production Infrastructure

Speaking at an industry round-table at the Paris-based Production Forum on Thursday, Dominique Boutonnat, president of France’s National Film Board (Cnc), announced a new plan to update local production studios in order to make them more internationally competitive.

The modest plan, which involves new funding, training sessions and additional research, follows a March 2019 report, submitted to the Cnc and Film France, that was unsparing in its assessments. “Many film and audiovisual directors and technicians are worried about the situation of French studios,” it began.

“The evolution of filmmaking technology, the widespread use of special effects, the spectacular rise in
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ITV’s The Garden Hires Nicola Brown as Director of Programs, Promotes Ninder Billing

ITV Studios’ non-scripted outfit The Garden has appointed Nicola Brown as director of programs, the company announced on Friday. Brown will join chief executive Magnus Temple, chief creative officer John Hay and managing director Nicola Hill to help grow and deliver the company’s expanding slate of programming.

Brown will begin her new role in March. She joins from Channel 4, where she was a commissioning editor in the specialist factual team, overseeing “Sas: Who Dares Wins” and a raft of new series, including “Meat The Family” and the upcoming Joanne Lees and Peter Falconio crime series, as well as
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Joint Sky & NBC News Channel Confirmed, Set To Rival CNN & Bloomberg

Comcast confirmed plans to launch a global news platform with Sky News at the launch of its highly anticipated streaming offering Peacock.

Variety understands that the channel will be a brand new service that exists independent of Sky News and NBC News, with bases likely to be set up in London and New York and a team of journalists around the world. The new venture, which is as yet untitled, could contend with the likes of CNN and Bloomberg.

An international news platform between NBC and Sky, the U.K. pay-tv operator acquired by Comcast in October 2018, was first mooted
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Salvador Calvo Joins Lagardere Studios’ Boomerang TV (Exclusive)

Salvador Calvo Joins Lagardere Studios’ Boomerang TV (Exclusive)
Madrid — Spanish film-tv director Salvador Calvo, who made his mark with his debut feature, 2016’s “1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines,” plus a string of admired TV series, is joining Madrid-based Boomerang TV, a bastion of Spanish scripted fiction over the last two decades.

Calvo – whose latest movie, Telvcinco Cinema’s immigration drama “Adu,” bows shortly via Paramount in Spain – already has a strong relations with Boomerang TV where he saw one of his earliest hits, directing suspense thriller “Motivos personales” way back in 2005.

At Boomerang TV, Calvo will develop new scripted series. He will also, however, in a significant move,
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Fabula, Fremantle Partner on Marialy Rivas’ Ass-Kicking Nun Actioner ‘Talitha Kum’ (Exclusive)

Madrid — Adding a new dimension to strong women action series, London-based global drama producer-distributor Fremantle is teaming with Fabula, headed by director Pablo Larrain (“Jackie”) and producer Juan de Dios Larraín (“Gloria Bell”), to produce “Talitha Kum.”

Directed by Marialy Rivas, the high octane Mexico-set action series promises to deliver a original genre twist to the scenario of valiant women pushing back against toxic masculinity with its bad ass young ninja nuns battling mano a mano with lethal sex traffickers.

“Talitha Kum” marks the second collaboration between Fabula and Fremantle as part of a multi-year first look deal between the partners,
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U.K. Factual Outfit Zinc Media Group Draws $4.5 Million Investment in Fundraising Round

U.K. factual group Zinc Media Group has drawn $4.5 million (£3.5 million) to accelerate its growth through a recent City fundraising round.

The business’s portfolio contains six factual brands, including Blakeway, Blakeway North, Brook Lapping, Films of Record, Reef and Tern Television.

The $4.5 million pot of money was raised through a new share issue, which won support from existing shareholders and a number of new institutional investors.

The investment comes during a purple patch for high-end factual out of the U.K. and soaring private equity interest in premium TV. Last year, Plimsoll Productions, makers of National Geographic’s “Hostile Planet With Bear Grylls,
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Peacock Launch: NBCUniversal Tries New Way to Deliver Old-Fashioned Bundle of TV

Peacock Launch: NBCUniversal Tries New Way to Deliver Old-Fashioned Bundle of TV
In the big unveiling Thursday on the “Saturday Night Live” stage at 30 Rock, NBCUniversal leaders described Peacock as a 21st century iteration of a broadcast network.

For sure, the Comcast answer to the streaming wars is taking a broadcasters’ approach to programming and distributing the service that Comcast hopes might eventually represent the next generation of NBC and its sibling channels. It’s a left turn from the drive by Disney, WarnerMedia and Apple into the commercial-free subscription realm to compete with Netflix and other streamers.

“Streaming is transforming the way we get our entertainment and media and is clearly
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‘Evil’: How an Unpredictable Villain Has Deepened the CBS Show’s Unsettling Mysteries

‘Evil’: How an Unpredictable Villain Has Deepened the CBS Show’s Unsettling Mysteries
[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for “Evil” Episode 12, “Justice x 2.”]

After almost an entire season of trying to be a master societal manipulator, “Evil” finally pulled the curtain back on Leland Townsend’s vulnerability. Thursday night’s episode closes with him in what seems at first like an ordinary therapy session. As the camera pulls out wider, the audience sees that he’s not sitting across from a licensed, professionally-dressed psychologist, but a furry horned beast.

Evil” has proven throughout its first season that not everything is as it appears, but regardless of interpretation, having Leland confessing his feelings to a monster carries with it some kernel of truth. When series co-creators Michelle and Robert King recently spoke with IndieWire, they said that final image was representative of how they’ve approached the dividing line of reality.

“I think you can very legitimately tell yourself that’s how Leland experiences his therapist,” Michelle King said.

It’s also something that,
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Evil Became a Whole New Show With That Bats--t Final Scene (and We Dig It)

Evil Became a Whole New Show With That Bats--t Final Scene (and We Dig It)
Warning: This post contains a big spoiler from Thursday’s Evil. Proceed accordingly.

This ending of this week’s Evil made me scream.

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Not because I’d just witnessed a horrifying rehash of the Rwandan genocide, or a ghastly murder, or the near-miraculous healing of Kristen and Andy’s youngest daughter — though all those events transpired, too. The moment that had me hollering in disbelief, in entertainment, in sheer They didn’t just actually do that,
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‘Project Runway’ Recap: Politics, But Make It Fashion

‘Project Runway’ Recap: Politics, But Make It Fashion
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched the sixth episode of “Project Runway” Season 18.

Sergio Guadarrama is a self-proclaimed political designer and in this week’s heritage challenge, he had a message to share — literally.

Guadarrama’s story behind his “Project Runway” design ultimately overshadowed the garment itself. His hot pink, cotton, Mexican-inspired cocktail dress was embroidered with the names of the six children that died at the border.

“We need to have this conversation because nobody is less than, so I’m pissed off as a person, and I want to tell these stories,” he told the judges.
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Grammy Awards Head Deborah Dugan Placed on ‘Administrative Leave’

Recording Academy head Deborah Dugan has been placed on administrative leave, ten days ahead of the Grammy Awards.

An internal memo provided to Variety states: “In light of concerns raised to the Recording Academy Board of Trustees, including a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team, the Board has placed Recording Academy president and CEO Deborah Dugan on administrative leave, effective immediately. The Board has also retained two independent third-party investigators to conduct independent investigations of the allegations.”

Board chair Harvey Mason, Jr. will step in as interim president and CEO “pending the conclusion of the investigation,
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