‘The Crown’ Adds Michael C Hall & Jodi Balfour As Jack & Jackie Kennedy

Netflix’s Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning period series The Crown has found its Jack and Jackie Kennedy. Michael C. Hall and Jodi Balfour are joining the upcoming Season 2 as the late President and First Lady. (DH)

Viacom To Rebrand Spike TV As Paramount Network

Viacom will rebrand Spike TV as Paramount Network. The move is part of a new company-wide strategy  unveiled by CEO Bob Bakish. (VAR)

Open Road To Go Wide In US On Travis Fimmel, Forest Whitaker Heist Movie

Open Road Films has acquired US distribution rights to heist film Finding Steve McQueen, directed by Mark Steven Johnson. (SI)

Imogen Poots Becomes A ‘Serial Dater’ For Jena Friedman — Berlin

Brit singer Imogen Poots is attached to star in comedy Serial Dater, created and destined by comedian Jena Friedman. (PM)

Don Granger Promoted To Skydance Pic Production Prexy

Skydance has promoted Don Granger to President of Feature Film Production, where he will oversee the development and production of David Ellison’s ambitious film slate. (DH)

TV Pilot Season’s Hot Trends: Trump-Friendly Military Dramas, Fewer New Shows, Bigger Stars

The total number of pilots ordered currently hovers around 70, down from nearly 90 last year. (THR)

‘Trollhunters’ Renewed At Netflix! Guillermo del Toro Teases Season 2 Cast And Characters

Guillermo del Toro officially revealed the renewal of a 13-episode Season 2 for the fantasy adventure series. (COLL)

Netflix Renews ‘The OA’ For A Second Season

Co-creator and star Brit Marling revealed that Netflix has picked up part two of the supernatural drama. (VUL)

The Effect Of Writing Contests On Hollywood (Part Two)

So you want to be a Screenwriter. You sit down and crank out a piece of writing that you think is worthwhile. But even if you have Hollywood connections, getting someone of import to read your work is difficult — which leaves you wondering, now what? (TB)

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