Jim Gianopulos Nearing Deal To Be Named Paramount Chairman/CEO

After two weeks of speculation, Jim Gianopulos’s ascent to the top of Paramount Pictures as Chairman and CEO appears to be close to being made official by the studio’s corporate parent, Viacom Inc. (VAR)

The Exchange Launches Production Division With Producer Tom McNulty

Film financing and sales company The Exchange is launching a film development and production division, and has hired producer Tom McNulty to head up the new endeavor. (THR)

Ed Redlich Joins CBS Navy SEAL Drama Pilot As Showrunner

Ed Redlich has been tapped as showrunner of CBS/CBS Studios’ untitled Navy SEAL drama pilot, from executive producers Ben Cavell, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly and Chris Chulack. (DH)

Fox Animation To Adapt ‘The Memory Thief’ As Movie

Fox Animation is developing the novel The Memory Thief as a live-action/animated movie. The film will be set up with Adaptive Studios and Shawn Levy’s Fox-based 21 Laps. Nate Hopper and Rachel Yeung will oversee for Fox Animation. (VAR)

Ricardo Chavira Joins Mission Control Pilot

Ricardo Chavira has joined CBS’ NASA-inspired drama pilot Mission Control, taking the place of 24 alum Nestor Serrano. (TVL)

Bologna 2017: Agents Talk Children’s And YA Trends

A number of agents and scouts attending this year’s Bologna book fair talk about the trends they’ve been noticing: in themes, in genres, and in international demand. (PW)

Trailer Buzz: ‘Captain Underpants’

DreamWorks has released the first trailer for its upcoming film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Directed by David Soren the animated comedy is based on the popular children’s graphic novel series created by Dav Pilkey. (IW)

Screenwriters: Tips For A Successful Film Festival Experience, Part 4

In the last of Rona Edwards’ four-part film festival series, the big day has arrived. You are showcasing your work and exposing it in front of a festival audience. (SM)

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