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‘How To Get Away With Murder,’ ‘The Chi’ Actor Behzad Dabu Signs With A3 Artists Agency

A3 Artists Agency will represent actor Behzad Dabu. Dabu appeared as Simon Drake on How To Get Away with Murder. In the ABC series, Dabu’s character can be seen clashing with the group of interns studying under Viola Davis’ Annalise Keating. He also appeared in five episodes of Lena Waithe’s Showtime series, The Chi. Dabu played Amir. His additional credits include The Lion Guard, Dealbreakers, The Good Place and Chicago P.D. Dabu continues to be managed by Artists First.
Tags: Viola Davis, Film, Abc, Life, Chicago, Showtime, Annalise Keating, Lena Waithe, Dabu, Simon Drake, Behzad Dabu Signs With A3 Artists Agency, Behzad Dabu Dabu, Chi Dabu

Roku Buys Quibi Content For Less Than $100 Million

phalse phace writes: After days of advanced talks to sell Quibi's content library to Roku, the companies have finally reached a deal. According to Deadline, Roku will acquire most of Quibi's content for less than $100 million. "The acquisition covers most of the Quibi library, but some daily news shows are not part of the package," reports Deadline. "A key draw for Roku is the talent, a roster including Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Liam Hemsworth, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Richie, Chrissy Teigen and Le...
Tags: Tech, Roku, North America, Vizio, Samsung LG, Lena Waithe, Quibi, Deadline Roku, Roku Channel Earlier

Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Launches Mentorship Lab for Writers, Actors, Executives

Emmy winner Lena Waite’s production company has launched a 10-month mentorship lab to help shepherd a new generation of storytellers and executives. Hillman Grad Productions is now accepting applicants to its inaugural lab, one that provides opportunities for marginalized storytellers to connect, grow and accelerate their careers in television and film Tuition-free, the program grants […]
Tags: News, Lena Waithe, Lena Waite, Hillman Grad Productions

Lena Waithe to Produce A.V. Rockwell’s Directorial Debut ‘A Thousand and One’

A.V. Rockwell’s feature directorial debut, “A Thousand and One,” has been greenlit by Focus Features, Sight Unseen, Makeready and Hillman Grad Productions Rockwell also penned the script for the pic, which begins production next year. It will be produced by Hillman Grad’s Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani, Makeready’s Brad Weston, and Sight Unseen’s Eddie Vaisman […]
Tags: News, Rockwell, Focus Features, Lena Waithe, Eddie Vaisman, Brad Weston, Hillman Grad, A thousand and one, A.V. Rockwell, Focus Features Sight Unseen Makeready, Hillman Grad Productions Rockwell, Rishi Rajani Makeready

The 10 Best Thanksgiving Episodes of Television

The 10 Best Thanksgiving Episodes of Television has determined some of the very best episodes of Thanksgiving television to binge this holiday season. Check out our picks below! Now more than ever we are glued to our television screens and that doesn’t change just because the holiday season is well underway. In fact, this time of year has a direct effect on the type of things we see as we channel surf (for those who still do that kind of thing) and stream. Like us, fictional c...
Tags: TV, Television, Movies, Thanksgiving, Friends, Turkey, Ted, Article, The Sopranos, Philadelphia, Angela Bassett, Seinfeld, Cheers, The West Wing, Lions, Lily

Lena Waithe talks Black LGBTQ representation, 'bittersweet' election win for Kamala Harris

Some may think that Lena Waithe's identity as a Black queer woman has held her back. It couldn't be further from the truth.          [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, Religion, Usa Today, Kamala Harris, Lena Waithe

Why Lena Waithe Says Being a Queer Black Woman Has Helped Her in Hollywood

Lena Waithe said embracing her identity has ultimately helped her navigate Hollywood. “People assume that because I’m Black, or because I’m queer or because I’m a woman, those are going to be the things that I’m bumping up against all the time,” the Emmy winner said Thursday during the Legacy Keynote Conversation at the Human […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, Human Rights Campaign, Hollywood People, Lena Waithe, HBCU Leading in Truth Symposium

Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic in the Works at MGM With Lena Waithe Producing

MGM has launched development on a Sammy Davis Jr. biopic with Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani producing through their Hillman Grad banner, along with Sight Unseen’s Julia Lebedev and Eddie Vaisman. The untitled project is based on the 1996 biography “Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father,” written by Davis’ daughter Tracey Davis and Dolores A. Barclay. David Matthews […]
Tags: News, Davis, MGM, Dolores, Sammy Davis Jr, Lena Waithe, David Matthews, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Hillman Grad, Sammy Davis Jr Biopic, Rishi Rajani, MGM With Lena Waithe Producing, Tracey Davis

BBC Three Nabs Lena Waithe’s BET Title ‘Twenties’ From ViacomCBS Ahead of Mipcom

Lena Waithe’s single-camera comedy “Twenties” has found its U.K. home at BBC Three, where it will debut this fall. A key title in ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) Distribution’s original scripted content slate, the show has also sold to New Zealand SVOD platform Neon where it streams this month. The British public service broadcaster has acquired […]
Tags: News, Global, Bbc, New Zealand, BBC Three, Tyler Perry, Lena Waithe

Snap announced its latest slate of Originals programming

Snap, the social media platform for Gen Z, launched its latest slate of Snap Originals today, in a sign that not every media company has failed to capture the imagination of an audience with short form content. Even as Quibi’s billion dollar gambit continues to falter, Snap is forging ahead with a slate of new short form series with episodes averaging no longer than five minutes. Taking their talent from social media, sports, music, and traditional entertainment, Snap’s shows feature entertai...
Tags: TC, Colin Kaepernick, America, Tech, Snapchat, Jaden Smith, Kevin Hart, Snap, Peter Hamby, Justin, Kaepernick, Kev, Swae Lee, Lena Waithe, Good Luck America, Trippie Redd

TV Bits: ‘Riverdale’ Time Jump, ‘Altered Carbon’ Canceled, ‘Reno 911’ Renewed, Netflix Shows Resume Production, and More

In this edition of TV Bits: Riverdale season 5 is jumping forward in time. Altered Carbon has been canceled. Watch a trailer for the return of Supernatural. Reno 911 has been renewed by Quibi. Primal has also been renewed (and you can watch a teaser). Lucifer season 5 is resuming production. So is Locke & Key. Showtime renews The Chi for season 4. Mike Tyson Mysteries has been canceled. Watch a trailer for the Showtime documentary series The Comedy Store. When Riverdale returns for season...
Tags: Television, Movies, Jimmy Fallon, Fox, Netflix, Showtime, Supernatural, Mike Tyson, Sam, Cw, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Reno, Lucifer, Reinhart, Joe Hill, Altered Carbon

Mandatory Streamers: Don’t Miss Luca Guadagnino’s We Are Who We Are Miniseries

Mandatory Streamers: Don’t Miss Luca Guadagnino’s We Are Who We Are Miniseries Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of September 14, Oscar nominee Luca Guadagnino’s (Call Me by Your Name, I Am Love, Suspiria) coming-of-age miniseries We Are Who We Are finally debuts tonight on HBO. Check out the best shows debuting and returning online this week as well as the latest renewal announcements below, and be sure...
Tags: Videos, Hbo, UK, TV, Movies, US, America, Netflix, Italy, Showtime, TV News, Streaming, Hulu, Jude Law, Ryan Murphy, Sarah Paulson

The Chi Renewed for a Fourth Season at Showtime

The Chi renewed for a fourth season at Showtime Showtime has officially renewed Emmy winner Lena Waithe’s hit drama series The Chi for a fourth season with Justin Hillian set to return as an executive producer and showrunner. The renewal comes after over two weeks since the third season had debuted its finale with episode 3.10 titled “A Couple, Two, Three.” PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh |...
Tags: TV, Movies, Showtime, TV News, Mitchell, South Side, Brandon, Chi, SHOWTIME SHOWTIME, Rick Famuyiwa Dope, Lena Waithe, Fox 21 Television Studios, Treme, ComingSoon, Waithe, Gary Levine

‘The Chi’ Renewed for Season 4 at Showtime

Showtime has renewed “The Chi” for a fourth season. News of the renewal comes after the series aired its Season 3 finale on Aug. 23. “Each season, ‘The Chi’s’ authentic storytelling resonates more deeply with its devoted and growing audiences,” said Gary Levine, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks Inc. “Lena Waithe together with Justin […]
Tags: News, Showtime, Justin, Lena Waithe, Gary Levine, Showtime Networks Inc, The Chi

Lena Waithe, Barry Jenkins on creating Black opportunity: 'We're trying to help people out'

Barry Jenkins and Lena Waithe shared how they're making space for other marginalized creators in Hollywood at the American Black Film Festival.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Lena Waithe, Barry Jenkins on creating Black opportunity: 'We're trying to help people out'

Barry Jenkins and Lena Waithe shared how they're making space for other marginalized creators in Hollywood at the American Black Film Festival.          [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, Hollywood, Religion, Usa Today, Lena Waithe, Barry Jenkins, Lena Waithe Barry Jenkins

CS Score Reviews Casper and Chats with Emmy Nominee Amanda Jones

CS Score Reviews Casper and Chats with Emmy Nominee Amanda Jones Welcome back, film score lovers! We’ve got an amazing batch of goodies for you to check out this week. First up, we take a deep dive into La La Land’s terrific 2-CD release of Casper and chat with Emmy nominated composer Amanda Jones, who produced terrific work for the Apple original TV series, Home. The Tax Collector Michael Yezerski First up, Filmtrax (via BFD/The Orchard) has just released the original motion picture sound...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Movies, Lionsgate, Los Angeles, David, Maine, Casper, Emmy, Jumanji, Steven Spielberg, Anthony, Jones, James, James Horner, Eric Idle

Amazon Gives Series Order to League of Their Own Reboot

Amazon gives series order to League of Their Own reboot Just short of a year after building an all-star cast for the pilot adaptation of the iconic sports film, Amazon has chosen to give a series order to the League of Their Own series reboot starring Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) and D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place), according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: Open: Lena Waithe Developing a New Drama Series For Amazon Studios PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone...
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Programming Slate for Virtual 2020 American Black Film Festival Revealed

Programming slate for virtual 2020 American Black Film Festival revealed The first virtual edition of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), now in its 24th year, will feature a robust slate of speakers including Stacey Abrams, Kenya Barris, Mary J. Blige, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Gabrielle Union and Lena Waithe, as well as panels ranging from the business of Hollywood to spotlights on new films and television series! RELATED: Toronto International Film Festival Sets 2020 ...
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Lena Waithe Developing an Open-Marriage TV Drama for Amazon

Lena Waithe has a new television drama project under Amazon. The award-winning writer-producer is developing an Amazon TV series about open relationships, tentatively called Open. Waithe has already finished a draft for a pilot script, and under her deal with the streamer, is further developing the pilot for a series. Waithe is developing a TV series on open relationships for Amazon Studios tentatively called Open (working title), according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Emmy-winning multihy...
Tags: Amazon, Utah, Hbo, Movies, Romance, Drama, Los Angeles, Marvin, Showtime, Bet, Ryan Murphy, Ashley Thomas, Amazon Studios, Lena Waithe, Waithe, Deborah Ayorinde

Open: Lena Waithe Developing a New Drama Series For Amazon Studios

Open: Lena Waithe developing a new drama series for Amazon Studios Emmy-winning writer-actress Lena Waithe has teamed up with Amazon Studios to develop a brand new drama series titled Open, which will center on open marriages or relationships. Should the project push through, it will be a part of Waithe’s overall deal with Amazon which she signed last year. “Society has such a conservative way of looking at marriage,” Waithe said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “I do think that ...
Tags: Amazon, TV, Movies, Los Angeles, Amazon Prime, TV News, Miami, Tessa Thompson, Open, Hollywood Reporter, Amazon Studios, Lena Waithe, Melina Matsoukas, Waithe, Amazon Acquires Regina King, Amazon Studios Emmy

Lena Waithe, Andrea Riseborough, Julie Taymor Set For Sundance London

Lena Waithe (“The Chi”), Andrea Riseborough (“Luxor”) and Julie Taymor (“The Glorias”) will be among the luminaries participating at this year’s virtual Sundance London event in August. Waithe and Riseborough will be joined on a panel by Jeff Deutchman, executive VP of acquisitions and production, Neon; Julia Oh, senior commissioning executive for Film4; and Mathieu […]
Tags: London, News, Global, Julia, Mathieu, Julie Taymor, Lena Waithe, Andrea Riseborough, Waithe, Riseborough, Sundance London, Jeff Deutchman, Lena Waithe Andrea Riseborough Julie Taymor, Lena Waithe The Chi Andrea Riseborough Luxor

‘Lena Waithe Brings A Truthful Voice For Black Women & Black People’: Yolonda Ross On Season 3 Of Showtime’s ‘The Chi’

(CBS Local)– Season three of “The Chi” on Showtime features many new characters and storylines, but actor Yolonda Ross remains a constant presence. RELATED: ‘We Need To Have Diverse Stories’: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine On Showtime’s ‘The Chi’ Ross’s character Jada is on a journey of self-discovery this season with her love life and identity, while she also is taking care of her son Emmett and his family. This season has addressed a lot of weighty issues and that’s one of the main reasons Ross loves ...
Tags: Joe Biden, Showtime, Only CBS, Jada, Ross, Black, Lena, Emmett, Chi, Lena Waithe, CBS Local, Yolonda Ross, DJ Sixsmith, Keisha, Entertainment News, The Chi

Why the Music of BET’s ‘Twenties’ Deserved Emmy Recognition

Lena Waithe and CBS’ chief creative officer David Nevins have been conducting a “great social experiment” over the past couple months, Waithe tells Variety. The findings of her preliminary research on “Twenties” — the semi-autobiographical sitcom she has been shopping for over a decade that began airing its eight-episode season on BET in March — […]
Tags: News, Awards, Cbs, Bet, Lena Waithe, Twenties, Waithe, David Nevins, Music for Screens, 2020 Emmys

Musical Drama ‘The Talent Show’ Will Star Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo is set to star in The Talent Show, a musical drama written by Lena Waithe. The film follows a failed singer who returns to her hometown and ends up leading a group of at-risk youth in their annual talent show. So think of it as The Way Back, but with singing instead of basketball. And less beer (probably). Gandja Monteiro (The Chi) is set to direct. According to THR, the multi-talented Cynthia Ervio has a leading role lined-up with The Talent Show. The film “is the story of a f...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Drama, Casting, Chicago, Universal, Harriet, Duane Adler, Cynthia Erivo, Lena Waithe, Doug Liman, Waithe, Erivo, George Tillman Jr, Robert Teitel, Erik Baiers

‘It’s The Full Expression Of What It Means To Be A Woman’: Jonica T. Gibbs & Sophina Brown On BET’s ‘Twenties’

(CBS Local)– “Twenties” on BET is a show that explores many different topics like coming of age, friendship and love. The comedy from Lena Waithe has placed Black women in leading roles and for actors Jonica T. Gibbs and Sophina Brown, “Twenties” has given them the opportunity to have their voices amplified in a way they never have been before. “I’ve had so much gratitude throughout this entire process because it has been a whirlwind,” said Gibbs in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “I ...
Tags: Hollywood, Nba, Only CBS, Bet, Brown, Gibbs, Lena, Iman Shumpert, Hattie, Ida, Rick Fox, Vanessa Williams, Lena Waithe, CBS Local, DJ Sixsmith, Twenties

‘This Show Is About Pursuing Your Dreams With Your Chosen Family’: Christina Elmore & Gabrielle Graham On BET’s ‘Twenties’

(CBS Local)– Lena Waithe is one of the most creative people in Hollywood and her work can be seen throughout the ViacomCBS family. The screenwriter, producer and actor is the creator of “The Chi” on Showtime and the new BET series “Twenties,” about a group of Black women in their 20’s figuring out their lives, careers and relationships in Los Angeles. The comedy features actors we’ve seen before like Christina Elmore and new faces like Gabrielle Graham. Both Elmore and Graham love being on a sho...
Tags: Hollywood, Los Angeles, Showtime, Cbs, Only CBS, Graham, Bet, Black, NIA, Sean, Marie, Iman Shumpert, Hattie, Rick Fox, Elmore, Vanessa Williams

Showtime, BET Launch Co-Branded SHOxBET Channel, Replacing SHO Beyond

In January, not long after the merger of Viacom and CBS closed, CBS chief creative officer and Showtime Networks chief exec David Nevins asked BET Networks president Scott Mills to share some of the pipeline projects that Mills was most excited about. One of those series was Lena Waithe’s “Twenties,” which at that point hadn’t […]
Tags: News, Showtime, Showtime Networks, Cbs, Bet, Viacom, Mills, BET Networks, Lena Waithe, Scott Mills, Tom Christie, David Nevins, Showtime BET Launch Co

‘We Need To Have Diverse Stories’: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine On Showtime’s ‘The Chi’

(CBS Local)– “The Chi” is in its third season on Showtime and the series has featured many breakout stars like Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine. Mwine plays Ronnie Davis, a man who has been through many ups and downs in his life. Davis served in the military, killed a kid, got shot by another kid, went to prison and battled addiction. All of that happens in the first two seasons of the show and in season three, Mwine says Davis is starting to figure out who he will be going forward. “It’s like a Greek tra...
Tags: Entertainment, Showtime, Davis, Leonardo Dicaprio, Cbs, Only CBS, Common, Ronnie, Chi, Lena Waithe, CBS Local, DJ Sixsmith, The Chi, Chicago South Side, Ronnie Davis, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

‘We Take On Huge Social Issues’: Curtiss Cook On Showtime’s ‘The Chi’

(CBS Local)– “The Chi” on Showtime features several great Black actors like Curtiss Cook. Cook plays Chicago businessman Otis “Douda” Perry on the drama created by Lena Waithe. Season three of “The Chi” recently returned to Showtime and the actor is excited for people to check out the show during a critical time for our country. “It’s really amazing how sometimes you do things way before, not even knowing what the future is going to bring. The fact that The Chi is a show about community, coming ...
Tags: Cook, Chicago, Showtime, Cbs, Only CBS, Chi, Lena Waithe, CBS Local, DJ Sixsmith, Keisha, The Chi, Curtiss Cook, Curtiss Cook Cook, Otis Douda Perry, Lena -LSB- Waithe, Douda