Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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With Peacock’s ‘Girl in the Woods,’ Crypt TV Continues to Leverage Its Spooky IP

Six years ago, genre entertainment company Crypt TV launched with the highly-ambitious mission statement of becoming “Marvel for monsters.” While few can fly as high as that superhero engine, the past six months have been fruitful for the creators...

‘I Screwed Up’: Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Addresses Dave Chappelle Fallout

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos is speaking out over continued criticism of the Dave Chappelle comedy special “The Closer.” On the eve of a planned employee walkout at the streaming giant — organized by trans and LGBTQ+ staffers, content creators...

NBA Star Kevin Garnett Signs First-Look Deal With Village Roadshow

Village Roadshow has signed NBA star Kevin Garnett to a first-look partnership, which will span television, film and digital content. Garnett runs Content Cartel Studios with partners Brian Bennett and Mike Marangu. The first project up at the global-facing...

Ted Sarandos Doubles Down on Dave Chappelle Defense: ‘Content Doesn’t Directly Translate to Real-World Harm’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos sent a lengthy missive to the entire company following the mounting controversy around a new original special from comic Dave Chappelle. After addressing top leadership in a Friday memo, Sarandos sent an email on Monday...

Steph Curry’s Unanimous Media to Produce Documentary ‘Cancer Alley’ from Brian Tetsuro Ivie

Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media is coming on board a harrowing new documentary from director Brian Tetsuro Ivie, titled “Cancer Alley.” Grappling with themes of racial and environmental justice, the film tells the story of a small working-class community living...

Solstice Studios Lays Off Top Executives, Future Looks Dim as Indie Shop Completes Ben Affleck’s ‘Hypnotic’

Upstart production and distribution company Solstice Studios has pink-slipped the majority of its executive leadership and looks on the verge of closure as it completes a new film starring Ben Affleck, insiders tell Variety. On Monday morning, major players...

Angelina Jolie Delivers Emotional Tribute to Poet Amanda Gorman: ‘May You Burn Fiercely and Light the Way’

Angelina Jolie struck a poignant and empowering chord on Thursday night, presenting national youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman with Variety‘s Power of Women honor. The superstar director, actor and humanitarian arrived at the Beverly Hills celebration presented by Lifetime...

Chelsea Peretti’s Best Host Jokes From Variety’s Power of Women 2021

On a night of overwhelming inspiration and the in-person return to Variety‘s Power of Women celebration, host Chelsea Peretti brought some much-needed levity. The stand-up comic and “Brooklyn Nine Nine” star played emcee for the Thursday event, where she...

SXSW Joins Fight Against Texas Abortion Bills: ‘We Are Appalled’

Organizers behind the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, are speaking out against restrictive abortion bills rolled out by state leadership this month. Just ahead of this Saturday’s National Women’s March in support of reproductive rights, the conference is...

WME Sports Signs UCLA Basketball Star Johnny Juzang (EXCLUSIVE)

Following the watershed summer decision from the National Collegiate Athletic Association allowing college athletes to sign endorsement deals, WME Sports has landed one of the top student players in the nation as a client. The agency will represent Johnny...

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