Variety 5 April 2018

Living Gay in Nashville: Country Music Insiders Share Stories of Inclusion, Blackmail, Huckabee and Haters

In putting together this week’s feature on the new, more inclusive Nashville, Variety spoke to a number of prominent figures in the country music community about their coming out experiences and life as a gay resident of Music City. In reporting “Nashville’s New Guard” on the heels of the March controversy over anti-same-sex-marriage crusader Mike […]

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CW Acquires Kristin Kreuk Legal Drama ‘Burden of Proof’

The CW has acquired Canadian legal drama “Burden of Proof” to add to its summer original-programming slate. “Burden of Proof” stars Kristin Kreuk, a veteran of CW series “Smallville” and “Beauty & the Beast.” She plays a big-city lawyer who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case, only […]

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Endeavor Content Taps Yael Shaoulian for London-Based Non-Scripted Role

Former Armoza Formats distribution executive Yael Shaoulian has joined Endeavor Content and will supervise sales of its non-scripted fare internationally from its London base. Shaoulian will oversee sales and work across acquisitions and production, notably in the U.K. and Europe. Endeavor has scripted series on its books including the BBC America drama “Killing Eve,” which […]

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MoviePass Parent Acquires Moviefone in Deal Worth Up to $23 Million

MoviePass is saying “Hello — and welcome to Moviefone!” Helios and Matheson Analytics, the majority owner of MoviePass, announced the acquisition of Moviefone from Verizon’s Oath subsidiary. Under the terms of the deal, Helios and Matheson is paying Verizon $1 million in cash; granting 2.55 million common shares (worth nearly $8 million at HMNY’s current […]

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Watch Lorde Cover St. Vincent’s ‘New York’ in Brooklyn

Lorde wrote and recorded much of her sophomore album “Melodrama” in New York with bestie/ Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, so it’s hard to imagine that anyone was surprised when she called him onstage during her tour stop at a sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn Wednesday night. Antonoff, who’d performed a set with Bleachers at Madison […]

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Film Review: Helen Hunt in ‘The Miracle Season’

“The Miracle Season” is a religious sports film — and by that, I don’t just mean that it’s a drama sprinkled with faith-based fairy dust (though you don’t have to look hard between the lines to see that it is). I mean that it’s a movie of fundamentalist feel-good fervor. Set in 2011, it’s based […]

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Nielsen Adds More Smart TV Viewing Data to Its TV Analytics Platform

Nielsen is taking the next step to deliver TV viewing data at scale, as it happens: The media measurement company announced the relaunch of its real-time viewership analytics platform Grabix Thursday, which now makes use of data gathered by millions of smart TVs. Nielsen Grabix combines Nielsen ratings with real-time viewing data gathered by smart […]

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Facebook Renews Three Univision Comedy Series for Watch Platform

Facebook has renewed three original scripted series from Univision Creator Network, Univision’s in-house network and studio for digital talent, for the social service’s Watch video platform. Coming back for second seasons are UCN short-form comedies “Las Kardachas” from Ana Alvarado (aka LipstickFables); “Mexican Survival Guide” from comedy group the Crazy Gorilla; and “Montoya’z Hollywood Break In” from teen twins […]

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Hawkeye Pictures Developing Mystery ‘The Honey Farm’ as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Toronto-based production company Hawkeye Pictures has acquired the feature film and television rights to Harriet Alida Lye’s debut novel, “The Honey Farm,” and is planning to make a feature film, Variety has learned exclusively. “The Honey Farm” tells the story of two budding artists — a would-be poet and a painter — who move to […]

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‘Killing Eve’ Renewed by BBC America for Season 2

BBC America has renewed “Killing Eve” just days before its scheduled premiere. A dramatic thriller revolving around a psychopathic assassin and the woman charged with hunting her down, “Killing Eve” stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. The series, from executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, and is set to […]

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