WEEK IN WOMEN: Lena Waithe’s Audible podcasts deal – Brandy McDonnell reports

Audible Inc., a leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, recently announced a multi-project development deal with Hillman Grad Productions, the production company founded by Emmy-award winning writer and creator Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani. The first original project under the deal has already been greenlit and is underway.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Victoria Mahoney to direct THE OLD GUARD sequel – Brandy McDonnell reports

Victoria Mahoney is directing the sequel to Netflix’s 2020 hit action film The Old Guard. Mahoney will take the helm of the follow-up from Gina Prince-Bythewood, who broke Netflix records with The Old Guard.

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13 MINUTES – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The movie — named for the short time frame residents have to seek shelter before the massive tornado touches down — delves into the lives and issues of small-town residents of the often-ignored “flyover states” without too much judgment. It offers a close-up look at the twisters that plague Tornado Alley without overly sensationalizing them, with effective reminders that for folks who don’t speak English or have disabilities, weathering these storms can be particularly difficult. But “13 Minutes” doesn’t offer many interesting insights or much compelling storytelling.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kelly Campbell Heads NBCUni’s Peacock Streamer – Brandy McDonnell reports

NBCUniversal has named Kelly Campbell the president of its Peacock streaming service. She will be responsible for Peacock’s streaming business and work closely with leadership across NBCUniversal television, film, news and sports on Peacock live and original programming. She will be based in the Los Angeles area.

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FOUND – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Viewers of the new Netflix documentary “Found” are advised to push play with open hearts and minds — along with a full and open package of tissues. At times almost painfully intimate and emotional, the film follows three teenagers born in China, left in public places by their birth parents and then adopted and raised by American families as they go on a shared journey of self-discovery.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Addison Rae’s multi-pic partnership with Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

Addison Rae has entered into a multi-picture creative partnership with Netflix, the streamer recently announced.
The deal comes after Rae made her acting debut in the rom-com remake He’s All That, which debuted on Netflix over the summer. In just one year, Rae, 21, has emerged as the top-earning creator on TikTok. The Louisiana native has amassed more than 100 million followers across social media since November 2019.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Joana Vicente to helm Sundance Institute as new CEO – Brandy McDonnell reports

Longtime filmmaker and executive Joana Vicente will take the helm as the new CEO of the Sundance Institute at the beginning of November. She will be responsible for setting strategies for the institute that embrace the evolving future of storytelling and build on the Sundance’s record of supporting visionary artists with distinct voices in film, theater, film composing, episodic storytelling and emerging media.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Lesli Linka Glatter Elected DGA President – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lesli Linka Glatter, known for helming episodes of acclaimed television series like Mad Men and Homeland, has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America. She is just the second woman elected to head the DGA. Martha Coolidge (Real Genius, Valley Girl) was the first female president of the DGA, serving in the post from 2002 to 2003.

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