Victoria Mahoney to direct sequel to Netflix hit ‘The Old Guard’

Victoria Mahoney to direct sequel to Netflix hit ‘The Old Guard’

Recently, Mahoney served as second unit director on J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX -The Rise of Skywalker,” making her the first woman and first Black woman to direct a “Star Wars” film.

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Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions continues its expansion with Audible podcasts deal

Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions continues its expansion with Audible podcasts deal

Currently in active development, “Kym” is an original, scripted comedy podcast series inspired by the life of Emmy-nominated actress/comedian Kym Whitley. The series follows Whitley as she navigates single motherhood and Hollywood

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Kristen Stewart to receive Performer Tribute at New York’s Gotham Awards

Kristen Stewart to receive Performer Tribute at New York’s Gotham Awards

Stewart’s most recent film, Pablo Larraín’s critically acclaimed Princess Diana biopic “Spencer,” had its world premiere in competition at the Venice International Film Festival in September and was released by NEON theatrically nationwide earlier this month.

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Addison Rae enters into a multi-picture creative partnership with Netflix

Addison Rae enters into a multi-picture creative partnership with Netflix

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. She plays an influencer who accepts a challenge to turn the school’s biggest loser into prom king.

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Kelly Campbell named president of NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service

Kelly Campbell named president of NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service

Campbell was previously president of Disney’s Hulu, where she led the streamer’s live and on-demand businesses. She joined Hulu in 2017 as chief marketing officer and she played a key role in accelerating the service’s growth and momentum.

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Joana Vicente to take the helm of Sundance Institute as new CEO

Joana Vicente to take the helm of Sundance Institute as new CEO

Vicente joins the Sundance Institute from Toronto International Film Festival, where she spent the past three years as executive director and co-head. She succeeds CEO Keri Putnam, who stepped down earlier this year at Sundance.

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Marley Morrison’s ‘Sweetheart’ wins jury honors at Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ Film Festival

Marley Morrison’s ‘Sweetheart’ wins jury honors at Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ Film Festival

T.J. Parsell’s “Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music” won both the jury’s Best Documentary honor as well as the Audience Award for Best Documentary, and filmmaker Lauren Hadaway earned jury nods for Best First Feature for her film “The Novice” as well as capturing the Best Director prize.

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Jamie Lee Curtis to receive 2021 Shatterproof Brian Mendell Memorial Award as ‘Halloween Kills’ tops box office

Jamie Lee Curtis to receive 2021 Shatterproof Brian Mendell Memorial Award as ‘Halloween Kills’ tops box office

Shatterproof was founded by Gary Mendell in 2013, after losing his son Brian Mendell to the disease of addiction. This year’s Chairman’s Reception is taking place on the 10-year anniversary of Brian Mendell’s death.

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Lesli Linka Glatter elected second woman president in history of Directors Guild of America

Lesli Linka Glatter elected second woman president in history of Directors Guild of America

Plus, Glatter recently signed a first-look deal with Universal Television and formed Backyard Pictures with her producing partner, Cheryl Bloch. She is currently directing and executive producing “Love and Death,” written by David E. Kelley and starring Elizabeth Olsen, for HBO Max.

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Laverne Cox to be honored at Girls Up’s #GirlHero Awards

Laverne Cox to be honored at Girls Up’s #GirlHero Awards

Founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010, Girl Up works across a global community of partners to achieve gender equality worldwide. Girl Up is a global leadership development initiative, positioning girls to be leaders in the movement for gender equality.

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New York Women in Film and Television expands script development lab for screenwriters older than 40

New York Women in Film and Television expands script development lab for screenwriters older than 40

Accepting pilots as well as features for the first time since launching in 2015, The Writers Lab will build a virtual experience for nine feature writers and seven pilot writers in 2021, its seventh year.

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France’s Lumiere Festival to honor Japanese golden age filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka with retrospective

France’s Lumiere Festival to honor Japanese golden age filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka with retrospective

In June, the Cannes Film Festival screened a newly restored 4K version of her second film as a director, 1955’s “The Moon Has Risen” (“Tsuki wa noborinu”).

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‘Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It’ to premiere on PBS’ ‘American Masters’

‘Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It’ to premiere on PBS’ ‘American Masters’

The film features interviews with Gloria Estefan, Morgan Freeman, Mitzi Gaynor, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria, Justina Machado, Terrence McNally, Karen Olivo, as well as Norman Lear and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who are also executive producers on the project.

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Jane Campion to receive 2021 Lumière Award at France’s Lumière Festival

Jane Campion to receive 2021 Lumière Award at France’s Lumière Festival

Campion’s latest film,” The Power of the Dog,” had its world premiere earlier this month at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. It also will screen as the centerpiece selection at the 59th New York Film Festival on Oct. 1.

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Kerry Washington to star in and produce film version of Diane Cardwell surfing memoir ‘Rockaway’

Kerry Washington to star in and produce film version of Diane Cardwell surfing memoir ‘Rockaway’

The project will continue Washington’s  burgeoning relationship with Netflix: She previously appeared in the musical adaptation “The Prom” and the drama “American Son” for the streamer, and she stars in the upcoming Netflix film “The School For Good And Evil.”

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Sharon Stone to receive Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award

Sharon Stone to receive Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award

Stone will be in Switzerland to accept the award in person on Sept. 25, according to a news release. The award ceremony will be followed by a screening of Martin Scorsese’s thriller “Casino,” which earned Stone a Golden Globe Award as well as an Oscar nomination.

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Native writer/producer Sierra Teller Ornelas of ‘Rutherford Falls’ extends deal with Universal Television

Native writer/producer Sierra Teller Ornelas of ‘Rutherford Falls’ extends deal with Universal Television

In addition, her Peacock Original show “Rutherford Falls” was recently renewed for a second season. The critically acclaimed comedy is considered a breakthrough moment in Native representation in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

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Jessica Chastain to receive TIFF Tribute Actor Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Jessica Chastain to receive TIFF Tribute Actor Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Two-time Academy Award–nominated actor Jessica Chastain will receive the 2021 TIFF Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards will take place during the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, which is Sept. 9-18. “Jessica has brought to life such strong and inspiring roles for women, from […]

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Hulu orders drama ‘Tell Me Lies,’ starring Grace Van Patten, straight to series

Hulu orders drama ‘Tell Me Lies,’ starring Grace Van Patten, straight to series

Van Patten currently stars in Hulu and David E. Kelley’s buzzy new limited series “Nine Perfect Strangers,” opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.

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Netflix acquires Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ ahead of Venice Film Festival premiere

Netflix acquires Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ ahead of Venice Film Festival premiere

The deal furthers Netflix’s relationship with Gyllenhaal, following the 2018 release of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” in which she starred and earned rave reviews from critics.

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Navajo director Sydney Freeland to helm Native American basketball drama ‘Rez Ball’

Navajo director Sydney Freeland to helm Native American basketball drama ‘Rez Ball’

The “Rez Ball” script is based on Michael Powell’s sports novel “Canyon Dreams” and his New York Times articles, which  which delve into the world of “reservation basketball.”

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Mo’Nique inks deal with Endemol Shine North America to develop unscripted TV projects

Mo’Nique inks deal with Endemol Shine North America to develop unscripted TV projects

The deal reunites Cris Abrego – chairman of the Americas, Banijay and president and CEO of Endemol Shine Holdings – with Mo’Nique, whom he originally cast in the unscripted hit series “Charm School” 15 years ago for VH1.

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Gotham Awards eliminating gendered acting award categories

Gotham Awards eliminating gendered acting award categories

The move to introduce gender-neutral lead and supporting acting awards builds on the legacy of the now 24-year-old Gotham Breakthrough Actor Award – to be renamed “Gotham Breakthrough Performer Award” as of this year – which has been gender-neutral since its inception.

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Film ‘Skate Dreams’ to chronicle rise of women’s skateboarding

Film ‘Skate Dreams’ to chronicle rise of women’s skateboarding

Directed by Jessica Edwards and executive produced by Gary Hustwit, “Skate Dreams” will be the first feature-length film to chronicle the rise of female skateboarding from its early days as a vibrant, if marginalized, part of the subculture to its international debut as an official sport at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Deadline approaching for SeriesFest and Shondaland’s Women Directing Mentorship

Deadline approaching for SeriesFest and Shondaland’s Women Directing Mentorship

SeriesFest and Shondaland are proud to have partnered for the past two years on the Women Directing Mentorship, a competition designed to discover aspiring women directors with a unique voice and provide a launchpad for their career.

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