Hot TV Trailer: ‘Orange Is The New Black’

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 7:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Netflix has released its second season trailer for Jenji Kohan’s prison dramedy Orange Is The New Black. Featured are returning stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon and Kate Mulgrew, along with new addition Lorraine Toussaint. Season 2 premieres June 6, with all 13 episodes available at once.

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Netflix Sets Second Season Premiere For ‘Hemlock Grove’

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 7:36am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Hemlock GroveThe second season of Eli Roth‘s Netflix original series, Hemlock Grove, will premiere on Friday, July 11th at 12:01 AM PT, with all ten episodes available. Based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name and produced … Read More »

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UTA Signs ‘Marco Polo’ Netflix/TWC Series Star Lorenzo Richelmy

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 12:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

lorenzo_richelmy2-1__140409194100-275x288EXCLUSIVE: If you are a major agency and you wait for an actor to be discovered before signing him, it’s too late. UTA emerged from a competitive situation to sign Lorenzo Richelmy, who is playing the title character in … Read More »

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Duo Join Netflix’s New Thriller Drama Series; Trio Book Recurring Roles In Pilots

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 8:00pm PDT

Mia Kirshner (The L Word) and zuaiter1mikirshner1Waleed Zuaiter (Revolution, Homeland) have booked recurring roles on Netflix’s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (KZK), the 13-episode series centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother (Mendelsohn) returns home. Kirshner, repped by APA, Wishlab and Characters, most recently shot a guest role on ABC pilot Clementine. Zuaiter, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Ramos Management, will play Major Eckhardt, a mysterious authority figure in the Florida Keys who is having an affair with Meg Rayburn (Linda Cardellini). Zuaiter is coming off a starring role in the Oscar-nominated film Omar.
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Netflix’s ‘Marco Polo’ Taps Lorenzo Richelmy As Lead; 5 Others Join Cast

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 7:30am PDT

Marco PoloThe streaming service has put together a decidedly international cast for its upcoming drama about the legendary 13th century traveler. Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy stars as the title character in Marco Polo, which has begun filming in … Read More »

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Maryland Passes Tax Credit Legislation With Eye On Keeping ‘House Of Cards’

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 8:33pm PDT

House of CardsFrank Underwood appears to have won his latest stare-down. After a tense standoff with House Of Cards producer Media Rights Capital, Maryland politicians have ended their holdout and are set to boost the state’s film tax credit program to keep the Netflix drama filming there. The General Assembly has approved the new legislation to increase the allocation ceiling from $7.5 million to $18.5 million, which likely would be enough to keep the show in the state. MRC, which had planned to start shooting the third season of the D.C.-set drama in early spring, received about $26 million in Maryland tax credits for its first two season, according to reports. The production company has been seeking a tax credit for Season 3 in line with Season 2′s $15 million, which had been impossible with Maryland’s cap at $7.5 million. Read More »

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Netflix To Premiere Season 2 of Ricky Gervais’ ‘Derek’ On May 30

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 8:06am PDT

Derek Ricky Gervais Channel 4 Second Season RenewalNetflix subscribers can finally catch the second season of Ricky Gervais‘ original comedy series Derek when it becomes available for streaming on Friday, May 30 at 12:01 AM PT.  The announcement comes after … Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Gets “Welcome Back” From Netflix’s ‘House Of Cards’

By | Sunday April 6, 2014 @ 6:42pm PDT

Game-of-Thrones__140319040101-275x407Talk about game recognizing Game – literally and figuratively. With Game Of Thrones returning for a fourth season tonight, the blood drenched and court politics HBO drama got a social media shout out from another show that may not have … Read More »

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Enrique Murciano & Katie Finneran Join Netflix Series From ‘Damages’ Creators

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 1:07pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

finneranmarcianoWithout A Trace alum Enrique Murciano and Katie Finneran (The Michael J. Fox Show) have been cast in recurring roles on Netflix‘s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Keshet International Bringing ‘Elevator Pitch’ To Mip-TV; VMI Worldwide Picks Up ‘Hellion’; More

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 9:43pm PDT

Keshet Set To Shop ‘Elevator Pitch’ At Mip-TV
At next week’s Mip-TV, Keshet International is launching interactive format Elevator Pitch. CEO Alon Shtruzman calls the high-concept entrepreneur-focused show “the new Rising Star.” That singing competition series was the hot property at last year’s Mipcom and went on to sell to more than 25 elevator pitchterritories including the U.S. and UK. Elevator Pitch sees entrepreneurs step inside a high-tech elevator and pitch their concepts to the viewing audience in a limited amount of time. As with Rising Star, viewers will be able to vote yay or nay via a specially designed app. A minimum percentage of positive votes will advance the would-be innovators up to the penthouse, where five business tycoons await. If they don’t achieve the necessary percentage, they are sent back to the ground floor and out the door. The live show asks the audience, “Would you buy the product/idea being pitched?” which Keshet says provides an instant form of market research. Those who ascend to the penthouse will enter a studio where they are the subject of a bidding war with the business people who have voted “in.” Keshet again has teamed with Tedy Productions, with which it is also partnered on Rising Star, to produce the primetime show. Elevator Pitch will launch later this year on Keshet Broadcasting. Read More »

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John David Coles Joins ‘House Of Cards’ As Executive Producer

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 12:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

JohnColesAfter directing three episodes of the second season of House Of Cards, director-producer John David Coles (The West Wing) is joining the Netflix drama series full time for Season 3 as executive producer/director. Coles previously was co-executive producer/director … Read More »

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Netflix & Amazon Slapped With Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit By Former Exec

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 8:29pm PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGENetflix and Amazon are streaming-service rivals, but today the two were united as defendants in a multimillion-dollar defamation and wrongful-termination lawsuit by a former employee of both companies. In his suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), which also names top Netflix execs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos as defendants, Jerry Kowal is seeking at least $1 million — and damages potentially worth millions more. netflixThe former Director of Content Acquisition for Netflix claims he was “blacklisted” by the company after he left to join Amazon’s streaming business and that Netflix falsely accused him “of stealing confidential information, disclosing confidential information to Amazon, and using confidential information to compete against Netflix.” In what the suit refers to as “theAmazon logo proverbial David and Goliath,” Kowal says Netflix “did everything it could to dissuade him” from leaving to join Amazon. And when he did exit in June after a year on the job, Netflix “proceeded to interfere with Kowal’s employment with Amazon in a malicious attempt to ruin his reputation and prevent him from working there and leverage its substantial business relationship with Amazon to guarantee that Kowal would be terminated from his position at Amazon and would be substantially hindered in his efforts to secure comparable replacement employment.” Read More »

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Netflix, Gaumont Sets ‘Elite Squad’ Star Wagner Moura For Pablo Escobar In ‘Narcos’

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 3:38am PDT
Mike Fleming

mouraUPDATE, 6:34 AM: Chris Brancato, who worked with Gaumont and NBC on Hannibal, has been set to run Narcos, and a broader description of the series’ ambition is below.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, March 31, 5:40 PT: … Read More »

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Deadline Big Media 78: The CinemaCon Wrapup Podcast

Deadline Big Media podcast 78 (.MP3 version)In this week’s podcast, Deadline’s Executive Editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom wrap up all the business news out of CinemaCon, the big theater-owner convention that David Lieberman covered last week. Now that he’s back in Deadline’s Manhattan offices, David L. talks with David B. about the hot topics affecting the movie theater business, including a look at the state of the industry, whether movies and alcohol can mix, why it might be time for a discount ticket night, and why you can’t buy a movie ticket on Amazon.

The two Davids also discuss Charter Communications’ “astonishing” filing objecting to the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal and why Reed Hastings might have some buyer’s remorse over his company’s interconnection pact with Comcast. They also look at whether now is finally the time for a DirecTV/Dish Network merger. Read More »

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Maryland House Fights Back Over ‘House Of Cards’ Tax Break Threat

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 7:44am PDT

Netflix’s House Of Cards already has houseofcards__130207005839-200x257__130413002815threatened to pick up and move its production to another state if the Maryland legislature doesn’t approve sufficient tax credits. And now, the Maryland House of Delegates has responded, adopting budget language that would require … Read More »

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Netflix Acquires 3D Printing Docu ‘Print The Legend’

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 11:30am PDT

print-the-legend-1Print The Legend received the Special Jury Recognition Award for Editing & Storytelling in the Documentary Feature Competition at the recent SXSW Film Festival. Today Netflix announced it has acquired the rights to the film that goes netflix_logo__121008075714-200x92__130701074658behind-the-scenes of the top American 3D printing brands as they fight for dominance in the rapidly developing, groundbreaking field of 3D printing. The film will premiere exclusively on Netflix later this year and will be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available. Read More »

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Apple, Comcast In Talks For Streaming TV Deal: Report

By | Sunday March 23, 2014 @ 7:17pm PDT

apple Apple and Comcast are looking to team up on a deal for high quality streaming TV, “people familiar with the matter” tell WSJ. News of the early talks between the companies comes a month after Bloomberg reported … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Netflix Bringing ‘Fargo’ To The Netherlands; BSkyB’s Pick To Air All 88 Episodes Of ‘Farscape’

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 10:00pm PDT

Netflix Bringing ‘Fargo’ To The Netherlands
FargoNetflix has scored rights to new series Fargo for the Netherlands. The 10-episode limited series is inspired by the Coen brothers’ 1996 feature and will be available exclusively to Netflix members beginning April 16. New episodes will roll out weekly on Netflix Netherlands within 24 hours of the U.S. broadcast on FX. Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions with MGM handling worldwide distribution. Billy Bob Thornton stars as a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of a small-town insurance salesman (Martin Freeman). Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Joey King, Peter Breitmayer, Tom Musgrave, Josh Close, Russell Harvard, Adam Goldberg, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele round out the cast. Read More »

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Netflix CEO Says Comcast Imposed An “Arbitrary Tax” In Interconnection Deal

Will Netflix end up challenging Comcast’s $45.2B deal to buy Time Warner Cable? It didn’t look that way last month when they made what they described at the time as a “mutually beneficial” interconnection deal that involved Netflix payments to Comcast. Read More »

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