Shonda Rhimes Is Ready to “Own Her S***”: The Game-Changing Showrunner

I am the highest-paid showrunner in television. Three years into her groundbreaking deal and with her first projects finally arriving, the uber writer-producer talks about meeting her own high expectations and a newfound passion for her work: “Now I just want to enjoy this.” Shonda Rhimes was tired of the battles. She was producing some 70 hours of annual television in 256 territories; she was … Continue reading Shonda Rhimes Is Ready to “Own Her S***”: The Game-Changing Showrunner

Channing Dungey Named Chairman of Warner Bros. TV Group

The former Netflix exec will take over for Peter Roth as the head of the prolific studio. Channing Dungey was not on the job market for long. After leaving Netflix on Oct. 9, the executive has landed at Warner Bros., where she’ll take over as chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group. She’ll succeed Peter Roth, who is stepping down when his current contract ends early … Continue reading Channing Dungey Named Chairman of Warner Bros. TV Group

Bridgerton drops first look photos, reveals release date

Netflix has finally issued our invitation to the ball. Bridgerton follows the lives of the eight titular Bridgerton siblings, a wealthy family living in Regency England. Season 1 is based largely on Quinn’s first novel in the series, The Duke and I, tracking the story of Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), as she embarks on a fake courtship with Simon, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). Beset by influence … Continue reading Bridgerton drops first look photos, reveals release date

Chris Nee & Higher Ground partner on Netflix Series

Thanks Cathy (@Dr_DoNoHarm) for the heads up!! ~ V Based on a best-selling book series, Ada Twist, Scientist will premiere worldwide in 2021, with Kerri Grant as showrunner.Netflix has greenlit a new animated preschool series that will be co-produced by Chris Nee and the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions. Ada Twist, Scientist is based on the best-selling book series by author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts. The 40 … Continue reading Chris Nee & Higher Ground partner on Netflix Series

Mara Brock Akil Inks Overall Deal With Netflix As Streamer Sets Premiere Date For Her Series ‘Girlfriends’

Mara Brock Akil, the prolific creator/showrunner behind such series as Girlfriends, The Game and Being Mary Jane, has signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix to create new original content. The deal comes just ahead of the September 11 release date of her popular series Girlfriends on Netflix, marking the series’ 20th anniversary. “We are thrilled to welcome Mara Brock Akil to Netflix,” said Channing Dungey, VP Original Series, Netflix. “Her signature … Continue reading Mara Brock Akil Inks Overall Deal With Netflix As Streamer Sets Premiere Date For Her Series ‘Girlfriends’

Netflix’s ‘Old Guard’ Was Built By a Post-Production Team Made Up of 85 Percent Women

WOW, this is what I call big time #girlpower. Fantastic!! ~ V The streamer may launch a franchise driven by one of the most diverse behind-the-camera teams assembled for a comic book feature. Long before Netflix revealed July 17 that its actioner The Old Guard was on track to become one of its most popular features, pacing to be viewed by 72 million households within … Continue reading Netflix’s ‘Old Guard’ Was Built By a Post-Production Team Made Up of 85 Percent Women

Netflix Sets ‘The Witcher’ Prequel Series – Blood Origin

The six-episode ‘Blood Origin’ will see Declan de Barra serve as showrunner. Netflix is expanding upon the universe of its Henry Cavill-starrer The Witcher, with the six-part limited series prequel, Blood Origin, the streamer announced today. Blood Origin will be set in an elven world 1,200 years before the world of The Witcher and will tell the origin story of the first Witcher, and the … Continue reading Netflix Sets ‘The Witcher’ Prequel Series – Blood Origin

‘Da 5 Bloods’ Composer on Spike Lee’s Vision, Marvin Gaye’s Message and Hollywood’s POC Blindspot

Composer Terence Blanchard has collaborated with Spike Lee for over 30 years, going back to 1991 when the director tapped him to score “Jungle Fever.” Since then, Blanchard’s credits include over 15 Lee films including “BlacKkKlansman,” “Malcolm X” and his latest, “Da 5 Bloods,” now streaming on Netflix. The story of four Vietnam War veterans, played by Isiah Whitlock Jr., Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters and … Continue reading ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Composer on Spike Lee’s Vision, Marvin Gaye’s Message and Hollywood’s POC Blindspot

Spike Lee on the Challenge of Bringing Netflix’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ to the Screen

On May 31, as protests over police violence roiled nationwide, Spike Lee released a 94-second movie called 3 Brothers on his social media feeds. The short film intercuts disturbing footage of three Black men who died after being choked by police — George Floyd, Eric Garner and Radio Raheem, the fictional, boombox-toting Brooklynite played by Bill Nunn in Lee’s Oscar-nominated 1989 film, Do the Right Thing. … Continue reading Spike Lee on the Challenge of Bringing Netflix’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ to the Screen

‘Last Kingdom’ Star Alexander Dreymon on Uhtred in S4: ‘He Goes Through So Much S—‘ (SPOILERS)

SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not watched “The Last Kingdom” Season 4, which dropped April 26 on Netflix. Alexander Dreymon once again suits up as Uhtred of Bebbanburg in Season 4 of “The Last Kingdom.” This time out though, Uhtred goes through some things that fans of the show haven’t seen before. Dreymon spoke with Variety ahead of the premiere about how … Continue reading ‘Last Kingdom’ Star Alexander Dreymon on Uhtred in S4: ‘He Goes Through So Much S—‘ (SPOILERS)