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‘Looking for Alaska': Charlie Plummer and Kristine Froseth to Lead Hulu Limited Series

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‘Looking for Alaska': Charlie Plummer and Kristine Froseth to Lead Hulu Limited Series
Charlie Plummer and Kristine Froseth have been cast to lead the Hulu limited series adaptation of John Green’s Ya novel “Looking for Alaska,” the author announced on Twitter Tuesday.

Plummer will play Miles Halter, and Froseth will play the titular Alaska Young.

Here’s the series’ official logline: “The series is based on the John Green novel of the same name. It is told through the eyes of teenager Miles “Pudge” Halter, as he enrolls in boarding school to try to gain a deeper perspective on life. He falls in love with a girl, Alaska Young, and after her unexpected death, he and his close friends attempt to uncover the truth behind her death and make sense of it.”

In the Looking for Alaska @hulu series, Alaska will be played by Kristine Froseth (kristine_froseth on instagram), and Miles will be played by Charlie Plummer (@charliefplummer here and on
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George Clooney, Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount Television

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Paramount Television has signed a first-look TV deal with George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures, the studio announced on Monday.

The two-year agreement covers all episodic television and digital projects from Smokehouse, excluding features.

Smokehouse and Paramount, along with Anonymous Content, are currently in post-production on Hulu’s “Catch-22” adaptation starring Clooney, “Girls” alum Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler and Hugh Laurie.

Also Read: Inside the Firing of Paramount TV President Amy Powell

“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Smokehouse. Our experience with them on ‘Catch-22’ has been an absolute joy,” said Paramount Television president Nicole Clemens in a statement. “They are first-class filmmakers and producers with a nose for unique stories with deep thematic resonance. We look forward to this new partnership together.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Paramount TV. Nicole and her team are great partners and our experience on
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Viacom Eyes $1B TV Production Target As Paramount Television Set For $600M Revenue In 2019

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Viacom boss Bob Bakish has set a target for its production businesses, including Paramount Television, to become a billion dollar business over the next few years.

Bakish claimed that the television production division is set to grow from a $400M in 2018 to a $600M in 2019 and has set plans to almost double this in a “few years”.

Speaking at the Royal Television Society London Conference, Viacom CEO Bakish said, “The rise of Paramount Television, which didn’t exist four years ago and this year is a $400M business and next year will be a $600M business going from nine series on air to 16. That rise was very much driven by the rise of the Svod players with shows like 13 Reasons Why… and Amazon’s Jack Ryan.”

He revealed that it is looking for Paramount to collaborate closely with its existing production divisions at Nickelodeon and MTV to grow the business further.
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Viacom Chief Bob Bakish on Paramount’s Turnaround: ‘The Mountain is Back’

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Paramount Pictures is enjoying a reversal of fortune this year on the strength of box office hits such as “A Quiet Place” and the growth of its television production business, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish told investors Wednesday.

After a years-long slump, Paramount has real momentum coming out of a summer in which “A Quiet Place,” “Mission Impossible – Fallout” and “Book Club” performed well at the multiplexes. That’s a “very stark contrast” to 2016 when the studio churned through $1 billion in cash and lost $500 million, he said.

“There’s no question that the mountain is back,” Bakish said during his presentation at Goldman Sachs Communacopia investor conference in New York. “Book Club” and “Quiet Place” are also “killing it in the transactional window,” he said, citing paid downloads and VOD purchases. Paramount’s 2019 slate will feature the first film from Tyler Perry to come from the wide-ranging overall deal the studio
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Amy Powell Reaches Settlement Over Her Firing As Paramount Television President

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A month and a half after Amy Powell’s surprising firing from her post as president of Paramount Television, she has reached a financial settlement with her former employer, Paramount Pictures.

While details of the settlement are confidential, Powell’s payout from Paramount is said to be in the $4 million range. No one’s really talking specifics right now, but with the deal and a possible messy trial avoided, an individual with knowledge of the situation told Deadline that Powell is “very happy” with the arrangement.

“The matter has been resolved,” a rep for Paramount Pictures said, declining further comment. Reps for Powell also had no comment.

Powell was dismissed in July over alleged racially insensitive comments, something she disputed immediately after the firing.

“There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting — or in any setting,” she said at the time. “The
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Amy Powell, Paramount Television Reach Settlement Over Her Firing (Exclusive)

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Paramount Pictures and former Paramount Television president Amy Powell have reached a settlement to head off litigation in connection with her abrupt firing in July after nearly 15 years with the studio.

Powell was dismissed following allegations that she made racially insensitive remarks during a work-related conference call. Powell vehemently denied saying anything inflammatory. According to sources close to the situation, she disputed the accounts of four other participants on the call.

“The matter has been resolved,” a rep for Paramount Pictures said. A rep for Powell declined to comment.

It’s understood that the settlement involved a financial payout of her employment contract, which had a little more than a year to run at the time she was let go. On Wednesday, Paramount named Nicole Clemens, formerly of Anonymous Content and FX, as Powell’s successor at Paramount TV.

Powell’s ouster shocked the industry. Tapped to relaunch Paramount TV
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Amy Powell and Paramount TV Reach Settlement Over Her Firing

Paramount has reached a settlement with former TV head Amy Powell over her firing in July.

The executive was let go by Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos after she allegedly made racially insensitive comments in the office. Powell later denied that she said anything inflammatory and hired lawyer Bryan Freedman, claiming that the termination was primarily motivated by gender bias.

"The matter has been resolved," a rep for Paramount said Thrusday. Powell's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment. Sources say that the payout is believed to be in the multimillion-dollar range.

Powell ...
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Nicole Clemens named president of Paramount Television

Former Anonymous Content and FX Networks executive replaces ousted Amy Powell.

Former Anonymous Content and FX Networks executive Nicole Clemens has been named president of Paramount Television, stepping into the post vacated by the controversial ouster of Amy Powell.

Powell was fired by Paramount – the studio behind series including 13 Reasons Why and The Alienist – in July over an allegation that she had made racially insensitive comments, an allegation that Powell quickly denied.

Clemens has worked on series for Apple, Netflix, Showtime, Hulu, YouTube, CBS All Access and other outlets at Anonymous (which has a first-look deal with Paramount TV), as
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Nicole Clemens Named Paramount TV President

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Nicole Clemens has been named president of Paramount Television. She replaces Amy Powell, who was fired in July over alleged racially insensitive comments.

“Nicole brings invaluable institutional experience and knowledge of all aspects of television from development to production to talent representation to programming” said Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “Her excellent creative instincts, deep relationships throughout the industry and breadth of experience make her the ideal candidate for this role. We look forward to many years of great successes from her and the incredible Paramount Television team.”

Clemens joins Paramount from Anonymous Content, where she set up series projects at Apple, Netflix, Showtime, Hulu, YouTube, CBS All Access, USA, Charter, and History Channel.

“I’m thrilled and humbled to be joining Paramount under the forward-thinking leadership of Jim Gianopulos,” said Clemens. “While at Anonymous Content, I’ve had the privilege to work closely with the excellent
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Nicole Clemens Named President of Paramount Television

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Nicole Clemens has been named president of Paramount Television, following the sudden ousting of Amy Powell in July, Paramount Pictures announced Wednesday.

She will report to Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures

“Nicole brings invaluable institutional experience and knowledge of all aspects of television from development to production to talent representation to programming,” said Gianopulos. “Her excellent creative instincts, deep relationships throughout the industry and breadth of experience make her the ideal candidate for this role. We look forward to many years of great successes from her and the incredible Paramount Television team.”

Also Read: Fired Paramount Executive Amy Powell Says Gender Bias Led to Termination

Powell was fired by Paramount in July, after being accused of, and denying, making insensitive and inappropriate comments.

“There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting — or in any setting. The facts will come
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Paramount Television Names Nicole Clemens As President

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Nicole Clemens has been appointed as President, Paramount Television. She will report to Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. She starts Sept. 10.

Clemens, most recently manager/producer at Anonymous Content, had been a leading contender for the job, which was vacated in July after the sudden ouster of Amy Powell over alleged racially insensitive comments. Former Evp of Series Development for FX Networks and former partner and head of the motion picture lit department at ICM Partners, Clemens was the first name to surface as a potential replacement for Powell. She was virtually in-house — Anonymous Content has a first-look deal with Paramount TV, and Clements was executive producing several projects for Paramount TV through that.

“Nicole brings invaluable institutional experience and knowledge of all aspects of television from development to production to talent representation to programming” said Gianopulos. “Her excellent creative instincts, deep relationships throughout the industry and
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Nicole Clemens Named President of Paramount TV

Paramount Television has found its replacement for Amy Powell, who was fired in July for allegedly making racially insensitive remarks.

Anonymous Content manager Nicole Clemens has been named Paramount TV's new president, reporting to Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. In the role, which she will begin Monday, Clemens will oversee all aspects of development, production and programming for the television production studio, working closely with David Goldman, president of business operations.

“Nicole brings invaluable institutional experience and knowledge of all aspects of television from development to production to talent representation to programming,” Gianopulos said Wednesday ...
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Galaxy Quest writer gives an update on the planned TV series

Having stalled once due to the passing of Alan Rickman, Amazon’s proposed Galaxy Quest TV series appeared to have got itself back on track in August of last year when Paul Scheer (Human Giant) signed on to develop and write the small screen spinoff of the cult 1999 sci-fi comedy.

However, Scheer has now revealed to The Wrap that while the series has hit another bump in the road following last month’s firing of Paramount TV president Amy Powell, development continues on what he says will serve both as a sequel to the movie and a soft reboot of sorts:

“We want to create this kind of thing that feels like this epic sequel, but a continuation. I compared it to what The Force Awakens is to Star Wars. It is continuing a story but bringing in new characters. We need to kind of change it up. My pitch for [the new] Galaxy Quest was,
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Search For New Head Of Paramount TV Focuses On Accomplished Female Execs

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It’s been a month since Paramount Television president Amy Powell’s surprise dismissal over alleged racially insensitive comments. Since then, there have been a number of names of potential successors that have been rumored about. What they have in common is that all are women with experience as senior-level development executives.

The list of possible candidates that have been buzzed about include Carolyn Bernstein, Evp and head of global scripted development and production for National Geographic Channel, who led the network into original scripted series with the Emmy-nominated anthology Genius. Also rumored as a possibility is Nicole Clements, former Evp of Series Development for FX Networks and former agent at ICM Partners. She is currently manager/producer at Anonymous Content, which has a first-look deal with Paramount TV, and Clements is executive producing several projects for Paramount TV through that. Another name that has been getting attention is FX
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Reporting From ‘the Rosa Parks Section’ on the Red Carpet: Black Entertainment Journalists Have Had Enough

When BlackTree TV CEO and executive producer Jamaal Finkley sought opportunities to talk with “Girls Trip” talent prior to the film’s July 2017 release, he ran into an alarming roadblock. After submitting a request to cover the junket, he received an email from a Universal Pictures representative: “‘Girls Trip’ will be hard as we don’t have that many slots for AA,” meaning African-Americans.

Finkley, who shared the emails with IndieWire, replied to the studio: “You don’t have that many slots for AA for ‘Girls Trip’?! I don’t get it. Really. Makes no sense. What movie does have extra AA slots? … If I send a white person, will you have a slot?”

Today, Finkley still finds the exchange unsettling. BlackTree TV has over 226,000 YouTube subscribers, with more than 1 billion video views. “Designating us as limited because of the color of our skin and not because of the reach of our outlet,
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Amazon's Galaxy Quest Series Has Been Put on Hold

Amazon has been in the process of developing a Galaxy Quest series for a few years. Writer-actor-comedian Paul Scheer (The League) was hired to write the series, and in a recent interview with The Wrap, he explains that the firing of Amy Powell as president of Paramount TV has taken some momentum out of the project, and it's currently on hold.

"We currently are in a little bit of a hold pattern because our executive at Paramount, Amy Powell, was fired for some insensitive comments."

That's kind of a bummer to hear. I was actually looking forward to the series, especially because it was going to continue the story from the film with the members of the same cast and characters. Scheer goes on to compare his Galaxy Quest series to the return of Star Wars with The Force Awakens:

"We want to create this kind of thing that feels like this epic sequel,
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Galaxy Quest TV Series Is On Hold According To Showrunner

For the last few years, a follow-up to 2000’s cult sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest has been in the works. A cinematic sequel was on the cards for a while until the sad passing of original star Alan Rickman led to the direction of the franchise being rethought. Last year, plans for a TV series got off the ground, with comedian and screenwriter Paul Scheer being hired as showrunner.

If you’re wondering why we haven’t heard anything more on the project since 2017, though, Scheer has now revealed the reason during an interview with The Wrap. The writer admitted that the Galaxy Quest show’s currently on hold due to a managerial problem, as Paramount TV head Amy Powell has been fired due to some alleged offensive comments.

“We currently are in a little bit of a hold pattern because our executive at Paramount, Amy Powell, was fired for some insensitive comments.
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Paramount Responds To Latino Leaders’ Boycott Call Over “Dismal” Hiring Of Latinos In Films – Update

Updated with Paramount statement, 10:50 Am: Paramount Pictures has issued this statement about the call for boycott: “We recently met with Nhmc in a good faith effort to see how we could partner as we further drive Paramount’s culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging. Under our new leadership team, we continue to make progress — including ensuring representation in front of and behind the camera in upcoming films such as Dora the Explorer, Instant Family, and Limited Partners — and welcome the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with the Latinx creative community further.”

Earlier: Paramount Pictures was singled out today by Hispanic leaders for its “dismal numbers” in the hiring of Latino and Latina actors, writers and directors. Speaking at a news conference in Pasadena, leaders of the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the National Latino Media Council called for the public to join them in a boycott to force
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Rian Johnson Explains Why He Deleted 20,000 Tweets After James Gunn Firing

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Rian Johnson Explains Why He Deleted 20,000 Tweets After James Gunn Firing
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson erased approximately 20,000 of his tweets days after Disney fired “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn over offensive online remarks.

Johnson explained on Twitter that he wasn’t deleting his tweets under any official directive, but was preemptively destroying ammunition in the event right-wing trolls try digging them up to ruin his career.

“No official directive at all, and I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted anything that bad,” Johnson tweeted. “But it’s nine years of stuff written largely off the cuff as ephemera, if trolls scrutinizing it for ammunition is the new normal, this seems like a “why not?” move.”

No official directive at all, and I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted anything that bad. But it’s nine years of stuff written largely off the cuff as ephemera, if trolls scrutinizing it for ammunition is the new normal,
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Fired Paramount Executive Amy Powell Says Gender Bias Led to Termination

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Fired Paramount TV executive Amy Powell has assembled a legal team to challenge her former employer, and will argue that gender bias played a role in her termination.

Powell was let go last week after insiders said she made racial comments on a conference call with several executives. Powell vehemently denied making any such comments, but was fired after a two-day investigation.

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Freedman has opted to employ a baseless gender bias argument during a time when real, bona fide claims of that nature are being addressed throughout our industry. While we never take the decision to terminate employment lightly, we are confident in our decision with respect to Ms. Powell,” Paramount said in a statement.

Also Read: Inside the Firing of Paramount TV President Amy Powell

Powell has retained Bryan Freedman, the same counsel used by Megan Colligan — Paramount’s former worldwide marketing head who left last year,
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