Brad Weston Launches Makeready; eOne, Universal Back Indie Studio

Brad Weston has launched Makeready, a funded production company backed by eOne and bolstered by a five-year agreement with Universal Pictures to handle worldwide distribution and marketing on two feature films per year. (DH)

Cannes: Saban Films Takes U.S. Rights On Action Thriller ’24 Hours to Live’

Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to Ethan Hawke action thriller 24 Hours to Live, from John Wick franchise producer Basil Iwanyk. (VAR)

Zendaya’s ‘Duck Duck Goose’ Acquired By Open Road Films

Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to the animated family comedy Duck Duck Goose, featuring the voices of Zendaya, Jim Gaffigan and Lance Lim, from Original Force. (WRAP)

Ridley Scott To Develop Sci-Fi Block Of Shows For TNT

Turner’s TNT has begun working with filmmaker Ridley Scott  to develop a night of original science-fiction programming. Initial plans call for the sci-fi block to serve as a showcase for hour-long series, short-form programs and other formats to be developed in collaboration with Scott. (CS)

‘Arrested Development’ Officially Renewed For Season 5 At Netflix

Netflix confirmed that it has officially greenlit a fifth season of Mitchell Hurwitz’ family farce, with the entire main cast reprising their signature roles. (TVL)

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Stanley Tucci’s Armie Hammer And Geoffrey Rush Vehicle ‘Final Portrait’

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America to Stanley Tucci’s latest directorial outing, Final Portrait, from Riverstone Pictures. The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year in an out of competition gala screening. (IW)

Daniel Radcliffe And Owen Wilson Team Up For New TBS Workplace Comedy

Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson will co-star in a new TBS workplace comedy that’s set in heaven and executive-produced by Saturday Night Live honcho Lorne Michaels. (TVG)

TBS’ Tracy Morgan Comedy Enlists Cedric The Entertainer

Taylor Mosby (Criminal Minds) and Dante Hoagland (The New Edition Story) have also signed on. (THR)

Screenwriters: Finding The Right Writing Partner

Claudia Johnson & Matt Stevens explore the best ways to find the right writing partner—and the crucial qualities to look for in a prospective co-writer. (SM)

 

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