BMG Promotes Thomas Scherer to EVP US Publishing

BMG had upped Thomas Scherer’s roles as EVP of International Writer Services to EVP BMG US Publishing, responsible for BMG’s LA and New York-based publishing creative teams. This announcement comes after Zach Katz took the reins as President, U.S. Repertoire and Marketing, for BMG U.S., overseeing both music publishing and recordings. “We are delighted to promote Thomas… Read more »

Viceland Enters Late Night With ‘Desus & Mero’, Orders Tyler the Creator Series, Renews ‘Huang’s World’

Viceland, the cable network owned by Vice media and A&E Networks, has ordered its first daily late night talk show, Desus & Mero, set to debut in October. Additionally, the network has ordered two new series, including one starring Tyler the Creator, and has given second-season renewals to Huang’s World with chef, restaurateur and writer Eddie Huang, and States of Undress, with writer and model Hailey Gates.
Viceland is crossing the six-month mark, and will start to be…

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‘Donnybrook’ Movie in the Works from ‘Dark Night’ Director

David Lancaster’s Rumble Films has signed “Dark Night” writer/director Tim Sutton to adapt and direct the crime thriller “Donnybrook,” Variety has learned exclusively. “Dark Night,” which premiered at Sundance in January, will screen at the Venice Intl. Film Festival. The film focuses on the lives of six strangers intersecting at a suburban multiplex where a… Read more »

Viceland Sets Late-Night Talk Show, New Series Orders and Eddie Huang Renewal

Viceland is marking its six-month anniversary by unveiling plans for a late-night franchise, plus two new series orders and renewals for two other series. “Desus & Mero” is set to premiere in late-night in October. The half-hour show, to air Monday-Thursday, will be hosted by the Bronx-reared comedic duo Desus Nice and the Kid Mero,… Read more »

Isaiah Rashad Says TDE Nearly Dropped Him Over Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Isaiah RashadTDE’s Southern rep Isaiah Rashad is set to drop his proper full-length debut, The Sun’s Tirade, at the end of the week. There was a two-year wait in-between his excellent mixtape Cilvia Demo and the new album with a couple one-offs here and there. Today, on the latest episode of the Juan Epstein podcast, … More »

Actors Equity Association Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Hillary Clinton has been endorsed by the Actors’ Equity Association, marking the first time in the union’s 103-year history that it has backed any political candidate. “Our union has historically chosen to remain non partisan and above the fray,” said Kate Shindle, president of the association. “But at such a critical time in our country’s… Read more »

KLM’s New Ads Have a Preposterously Simple Goal: To Tell You It’s an Airline

To some extent, all brands seek to define themselves in ads. Airline KLM, however, takes this process to a reductive extreme in new work from agency Mustache, letting prospective passengers know that it is, in fact, more than anything else … an airline.

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Belgium Selects ‘The Ardennes’ For Foreign Language Oscar Race; Korea Taps Spy Film ‘Age Of Shadows’

Belgium has tapped Robin Pront’s The Ardennes as it selection for this year’s Oscar Foreign Language race. The pic, which premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, was acquired by Film Movement earlier this year and a fall U.S. debut is in the works. The movie, from Belgium’s 2012 Foreign Language Oscar nominee Bullhead producer Savage Films, kicks off when a brutal robbery goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off leaving his brother…

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‘Ice’: Audrey Marie Anderson Joins Antoine Fuqua’s Audience Drama Series

The Unit alumna Audrey Marie Anderson has landed a series regular role opposite Cam Gigandet in Ice, Antoine Fuqua’s drama series for A&T’s Audience network.
The 10-episode Ice, from Fuqua’s Fuqua Films and Entertainment One, was named after the slang word for diamonds. Written/exec produced by Robert Munic, it follows the Green family as they plunge into the underbelly of the L.A. diamond trade. Anderson will play Ava Pierce, who’s strong-willed, independent, fiercely…

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Kaitlyn Dever & Hannah Murray Joins Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Pic; Indie ‘Walden’ Adds Demián Bichir & T.J. Miller

Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray are the latest cast additions to Kathryn Bigelow’s film set against the Detroit race riots of a half-century ago. No details about their roles, but the pair join Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor and John Boyega in the pic scripted by Mark Boal and funded by Annapurna. Exploring the systemic racism in urban Detroit, the crime drama is set against the backdrop of the city’s devastating riots that took place…

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