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‘Insecure,’ ‘Smilf,’ ‘Vida’ Among Series Awarded with Inaugural ReFrame TV Stamp (Exclusive)

  • Variety
ReFrame and IMDbPro have awarded 62 television and streaming series their first-ever ReFrame Stamp for Television, Variety has learned exclusively.

The ReFrame Stamp was created by ReFrame, a coalition of industry professionals founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, to recognize projects that have demonstrated success in gender-balanced hiring. Productions that receive the stamp are those that hire female-identifying people in four out of eight critical areas of production, including writing, directing, showrunning, producing, lead acting roles, season regular acting roles, department heads and crew members. Those series must reflect diversity across all of the season, not just specific episodes. The data was collected with IMDbPro.

The inaugural round of recipients include all five of Shonda Rhimes’ shows, Frankie Shaw’s “Smilf,” Issa Rae’s “Insecure,” Tanya Saracho’s “Vida,” “Broad City” from Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson and Amy Sherman-Palladino’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” among others. Over
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Lena Waithe Aims to 'Bring People Together' with Moving Love Has No Labels Short Film

Lena Waithe Aims to 'Bring People Together' with Moving Love Has No Labels Short Film
Lena Waithe has a special message that she hopes will “bring people together.”

In a People exclusive video, The Chi creator, 34, premieres a short film called Rising for the Love Has No Labels campaign which aims at creating more inclusive communities.

The short film follows people of different ethnicities and walks of life coming together in the immediate aftermath of a massive storm and challenges viewers to think about why it takes a disaster to bring human beings together.

At the beginning of the film, a boy raises an American flag as another man watches him with suspicion. The moment
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Common Knows He’s Not Always the First Choice, But Says ‘I Want to Be One of the Great Actors of Our Time’

Common Knows He’s Not Always the First Choice, But Says ‘I Want to Be One of the Great Actors of Our Time’
After his 2002 debut in the Rick Famuyiwa rom-com “Brown Sugar,” rapper-turned-actor Common has made more than 40 films. In his latest, “Here and Now,” he stars opposite Sarah Jessica Parker as her music manager, but he believes the last 16 years will be only a blip in his trajectory.

“I’m truly still working to get to where I want to be,” he said. “I want to be one of the great actors of our time. I don’t want to just play the ‘black character,’ or one-note human beings.”

He has an eclectic list of films he loves, and would have loved to star in: “Man on Fire,” “Half Nelson,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Forest Gump,” “The Shawshank Redemption.” Same with directors: Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen, Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, and the Coen Brothers are at the top of his list.

However, opportunities like those aren’t simply handed to him.
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Jason Mitchell Joins A24’s ‘Zola’ Movie

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Jason Mitchell Joins A24’s ‘Zola’ Movie
Exclusive: Jason Mitchell, last seen on the big screen in Sony’s SuperFly remake, is attached to co-star in the stripper saga film, Zola, which is set-up at A24. Janicza Bravo is directing the pic, which is based on a series of tweets from Aziah ‘Zola’ Wells who, in 2015, detailed a wild 2-day Flordia trip with a sex worker named Jessica, her boyfriend Jarrett, and Jessica’s violent pimp, who went by Z.

Mitchell joins previously announced Taylour Paige, who will star as the title character, as well as Riley Keough, Colman Domingo, and Nicholas Braun.

James Franco and Killer Films were originally attached to adapt the feature, which is based on a Rolling Stones article titled, Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted by David Kushner.

Bravo co-wrote the screenplay for Zola with playwright Jeremy O. Harris, Andrew Neel, and Mike Roberts. Production
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Outfest Legacy Awards Honor ‘Pose,’ Justin Simien and Sony Picture Classics

  • Variety
Outfest Legacy Awards Honor ‘Pose,’ Justin Simien and Sony Picture Classics
Despite the Trump administration’s threat to define transgender individuals out of existence, and the recent violence against those of the Jewish faith, Steven Canals and Janet Mock are not afraid of the violence against marginalized people in the United States.

“The truth is that our lives as queer people of color, Lgbtq people, as women, our lives are constantly being contested,” Canals told Variety. “The risk is just in existing. And I can’t navigate my life in fear.”

Canals is the creator of FX’s “Pose,” which made history with the largest recurring cast of Lgbtq actors ever for a scripted series. Mock, who is the first trans woman of color hired as a writer on a television series for “Pose,” said that as a trans, queer, or Jewish individual, existing and showing up are forms of activism.

Canals, Mock, and writer and producer Our Lady J were
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‘College’: Amy Forsyth, Jessica Sula, Max Willems, Barrett Carnahan Among Eight Cast In Amazon Ya Pilot

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Amazon has set the cast for its Ya pilot College, from 6 Balloons filmmaker Marja-Lewis Ryan and producers Channing Tatum and Jill Soloway. Amy Forsyth (Rise), Jessica Sula (Recovery Road), Max Willems (Let’s Kick It), Zainne Saleh (The Night Shift), X. Lee, Birgundi Baker (The Chi) and Barrett Carnahan (Grown-ish) are set as series regulars and Inanna Sarkis (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween) will recur.

Created by Marja-Lewis Ryan, College digs beyond the headlines that make college campuses ripe for drama and steps inside the shoes of six roommates as they hook up, mess up and grow up on their own terms.

Forsyth is Kaylee, 18, hard, tattooed, and smart, she is a foster kid. Kaylee is a direct young woman, considered by her friends, “most likely to succeed”

Sula plays Addison, 19, self-possessed, unflappable, very comfortable in her own skin, she is a sophomore. From London, studying bio-medical engineering.

Willems portrays Samson,
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The Chi Season 2 premiere date, cast, plot and everything we know so far

The Chi, a coming-of-age drama series created by Lena Waithe, follows the interconnected lives of a group of residents of a neighborhood of the South Side of Chicago. The series was an instant hit with fans and its ratings increased steadily after it premiered in January. Showtime confirmed the renewal of The Chi for Season 2 in January and announced that Ayanna Floyd Davis, who wrote the third episode of the first season, had signed on as showrunner and executive producer for Season 2. The network’s confirmation of The Chi for Season 2 after only four episodes of the first season […]

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Tiffany Haddish’s ‘Limited Partners’ Rounds Out Cast (Exclusive)

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Tiffany Haddish’s ‘Limited Partners’ Rounds Out Cast (Exclusive)
Ari Graynor, Jacob Latimore, Karan Soni, Jimmy O. Yang, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair, and Billy Porter have rounded out the ensemble of the Paramount Players comedy “Limited Partners” starring Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne.

Miguel Arteta is directing the pic with Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly penning the script.

The story centers on two female friends who build a successful company, then find their relationship tested following a buyout offer.

Peter Principato, Itay Reiss, and Joel Zadak are producing through Artists First, the re-named Principato-Young. Haddish is an executive producer and helped develop the script.

The film is scheduled to bow on June 28, 2019.

Graynor was most recently seen in Showtime series “I’m Dying Up Here” and can be seen next in “The Front Runner.” She is repped by UTA and Management 360. Yang is best known for his role on “Silicon Valley” and was also recently seen in “Crazy Rich Asians.
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David Nevins named chief creative officer at CBS Corporation

Latest move comes in wake of Les Moonves departure.

Showtime Networks chief David Nevins has been named chief creative officer for parent CBS Corporation, making him the company’s top creative executive.

Nevins has also been promoted from president and CEO to chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks, the CBS division comprising premium pay cable service Showtime and its sibling networks.

The promotion is the latest to be made as CBS Corporation reorganises after the departure of chairman, president and CEO Les Moonves amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Moonves has said the allegations are “untrue.”

In his new role, Los Angeles-based Nevins will oversee programming,
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Another Sign That the Moonves Era Is Over: CBS Corp. Names Showtime’s David Nevins as Chief Creative Officer

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CBS president and acting CEO Joe Ianniello continues to put his own stamp on the company in this post-Leslie Moonves era, elevating Showtime boss David Nevins to a key position overseeing creative across the company’s TV platforms.

Nevins has been named chief creative officer of CBS Corp., a newly created position that gives him oversight of programming, marketing, and research across CBS Entertainment, CBS Television Studios, Showtime Networks, and programming for CBS All Access. (He’ll also oversee CBS’ 50 percent interest in The CW network.)

According to insiders, Ianniello wants to delegate more authority across the company — a change from his predecessor, who preferred to have dozens of direct reports and was known for his micromanagement style. Ianniello (who’s in the running to take the CEO job permanently) also announced Thursday that another Showtime exec, Christina Spade will become the executive vice president and chief financial officer of CBS Corp.
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Showtime Chief David Nevins Named Chief Creative Officer of CBS Corp.

  • Variety
Showtime Chief David Nevins Named Chief Creative Officer of CBS Corp.
David Nevins has been named chief creative officer of CBS Corporation effective immediately, the company announced Thursday.

The announcement was made by Joe Ianniello, president and acting CEO of CBS Corp. Nevins has also been promoted to chairman of Showtime Networks Inc., and will remain as the business’ CEO. He will remain based in Los Angeles and report to Ianniello.

“David has a brilliant creative mind and an impressive track record of success at Showtime and in the entertainment industry,” said Ianniello. “He is a forward-thinking leader who has driven programming excellence and subscriber growth for the cable network and its growing over-the-top service. The combination of David working with the outstanding and proven creative leaders we have in place will continue to build our position as a global premium content powerhouse.”

The news comes just days after Variety exclusively reported that Nevins was in talks for an expanded role within CBS.
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Tiffany Haddish Accepts Variety Power of Women Honor: ‘I’m Not Sorry’ I’m So Honest

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Tiffany Haddish Accepts Variety Power of Women Honor: ‘I’m Not Sorry’ I’m So Honest
“Sorry I’m so honest, but I’m not sorry,” Tiffany Haddish said at Variety’s Power of Women presented by Lifetime on Friday. The “Girls Trip” star had just finished a rapid-fire shoutout to everything and everyone in the room, from Regina King’s hairstyle to FreshPaper’s ability to keep weed fresh.

“I feel like it’s very important to always be your best self and be yourself, and try not to be something you’re not,” Haddish said at the annual luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. “Because that’s when you become a bitter-ass bitch, when you being somebody you not.”

Haddish also praised fellow honorees like King and “The Chi” creator Lena Waithe, whom she said inspired her to be authentic.

“Lena, you have inspired me so much to be more open and more loving toward others, and
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Fox Nabs Drama Inspired By Forrest Fenn Treasure Hunt From Elwood Reid & McG As Put Pilot

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Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Forrest’s Treasure, an hour-long drama from The Chi executive producer Elwood Reid, McG (Lethal Weapon), the Gotham Group and 20th Century Fox TV where McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision has a deal.

Written by Reid with McG set to direct, Forrest’s Treasure is described as a grounded, family drama with a flair for adventure inspired by David Kushner’s upcoming book on the treasure of Forrest Fenn. When a family from Chicago moves to a small town in Montana to pick up the pieces of their fractured lives, they find meaning and purpose in the mystery of a hidden treasure.

Santa Fe art dealer and author Forrest Fenn made national headlines with his 2010 claim that he had hid a treasure chest filled with artifacts, gold, and jewels worth more than a million dollars somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. It
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DGA Report: Women & Minorities Score Record Share Of Episodic TV Directing Jobs

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The percentage of women and minority directors of episodic TV shows hit record highs this year, continuing the TV industry’s recent trend towards diversification, according to a new Directors Guild report. In the 2017-18 season, women directed 25% of all episodic shows – up from 21% last year and nearly double their percentage from five years ago.

The percentage of minority directors also hit a new high, although their share of directing jobs grew at a slower pace than women’s. This year, they got 24% of all directing jobs, compared to 22% last year and 19% five years ago. African Americans directed 13%, the same as last year; Asian Americans directed 6%, up from 5%; and Latinos directed 5%, up from 4%. Men took the biggest hit – down from 79% last year to 75% this year. Native Americans weren’t mentioned in the report.

“It’s encouraging to see that the compass is pointing in the right direction, yet progress is mixed,
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Lena Waithe on ‘Atlanta’s’ Emmys Snub, More ‘Master of None’ and the Moment She’ll ‘Never Forget’

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Lena Waithe on ‘Atlanta’s’ Emmys Snub, More ‘Master of None’ and the Moment She’ll ‘Never Forget’
Lena Waithe shot to fame with the groundbreaking “Thanksgiving” installment of “Master of None,” for which she won an Emmy Award for best writing for a comedy series.

That was just the beginning of what the multi-hyphenate — and Variety Power of Women honoree — wants to create. “I want to be bigger than one episode of television,” says Waithe. “I don’t think people have really gotten a sense of even what I have to offer yet.”

Indeed after a year that saw the launch of her Showtime drama “The Chi” alongside an acting role in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” her slate is now jam-packed with projects behind and in front of the camera: writing scripts for “Boomerang” for Bet (which she’s producing with Halle Berry), casting the film “Queen and Slim,” which will be directed by Melina Matsoukas, prepping season two of “The Chi,” launching “Them,” a
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Lena Waithe Is Using Her Influence to Help the Trevor Project Save Lives

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Lena Waithe Is Using Her Influence to Help the Trevor Project Save Lives
“Be great.”

When Lena Waithe first heard those two words of advice from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood, she admits she didn’t quite get the message. But as she got older, she grew to understand the power in owning her voice. So she’s adapted it into her own mantra: “Be phenomenal.”

“That is what I always strive to do — try to be phenomenal, try to be amazing,” she says. “I don’t want to do it if that’s not what it is. What’s the point? I don’t want to make something that is just Ok. I don’t want to make something just for a check. I want to make something that people will always talk about.”

In the year since she made history as the first woman of color to win an Emmy for writing for a comedy series for “Master of None,” she’s put
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Fox Nabs Faith-Based Procedural From ‘The Chi’ Co-ep & Ice Cube With Penalty

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Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to an hour-long faith-based police procedural drama from The Chi co-executive producer Joseph C. Wilson, Ice Cube’s CubeVision and 20th Century Fox TV, where CubeVision and Wilson are under overall deals.

Written by Wilson, the police procedural infuses contemporary retellings of stories from the Bible. It centers on Melvin Reed, a larger-than-life District Commander. With the beating heart of faith driving his commitment to his squad, his community and his family, he sets out to do the impossible – transform one of the most crime-ridden districts in Baltimore by transforming the hearts and minds of both his officers and the residents they’re sworn to protect.

The project is inspired by the life of Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Russell, who serves as a producer on the project. A longtime Baltimore police officer and a preacher, he implemented a new, holistic approach when he
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‘Boomerang': Bet Sequel Series to 1992 Eddie Murphy Movie Casts Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson as Leads

  • The Wrap
Bet’s “Boomerang” sequel series has found its cast.

Everybody Hates Chris” alum Tequan Richmond and his “All Night” co-star Tetona Jackson will star in the 10-episode comedy as the son and daughter, respectively, of the characters played by Eddie Murphy and Robin Givens in 1992 romantic comedy.

Executive produced by “The Chi” creator Lena Waithe and Halle Berry, who starred in the original film, the series will follow the two characters as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

Also Read: Former Bet Gm Michael Armstrong Named Licensing Evp at Paramount Pictures Television

“Insecure” and “Underground” alum Ben Cory Jones will serve as executive producer and showrunner, having co-written the pilot with Waithe. Rishi Rajani of Hillman Grad Productions is also executive producer. Dime Davis is attached to direct multiple episodes, including the pilot episode and finale.

Leland Martin and Lala Milan
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‘Boomerang’: Tequan Richmond & Tetona Jackson Lead Series Regular Cast Of Bet Reboot

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‘Boomerang’: Tequan Richmond & Tetona Jackson Lead Series Regular Cast Of Bet Reboot
Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris) and Tetona Jackson (All Night) are set as leads in Boomerang, Bet’s reboot of the 1992 film. Leland Martin (All Night) and Lala Milan (Claws) also are set as series regulars in the 10-episode half-hour series, executive produced by Halle Berry, Lena Waithe and co-produced by Bet Networks and Paramount Television

Based on the 1992 American romantic comedy film, Boomerang will follow the lives of Jacqueline Boyer’s son (Richmond) and Marcus and Angela Graham’s daughter (Jackson) as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

Richmond’s Bryson is resourceful, tough and charming. Raised by a single mother, he’s self-assured and doesn’t hide his vulnerability. Every bit as driven as Simone, Bryson wants to make his mark on this world.

Jackson’s Simone is privileged, beautiful, cool and driven to a fault. She has
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Lena Waithe TBS Comedy Pilot ‘Twenties’ Casts Its Leads

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Exclusive: TBS has locked in the main cast of Twenties, its single-camera comedy from The Chi creator and Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe. Jonica T. Gibbs has landed the lead, with Christina Elmore, Gabrielle Graham and Sophina Brown as co-leads in the project, created and written by Waithe nine years ago, when she was in her early 20s.

Twenties follows the adventures of a queer black girl, Hattie (Gibbs), and her two straight best friends, Marie (Elmore) and Nia (Graham), who spend most of their days talking shit and chasing their dreams. It’s a show about friendship, finding love, and messing everything up along the way.

“Queer black characters have been the sidekick for long enough; it’s time for us to finally take the lead,” Waithe said at the time of the pilot pickup.

Gibbs’ Hattie is described as a naturally beautiful, funny, charming young woman.
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