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Ava DuVernay Inks $100M Multi-Year, Multi-Genre Warner Bros TV Overall Deal

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Ava DuVernay’s relationship with Warner Bros Television Group just got a lot deeper and richer, literally and figuratively.

The Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated director has signed a multi-year and multi-genre overall deal with the Peter Roth-run studio. It’s a big leap for a filmmaker primary known as a director — the sprawling WBTV production and development deal for DuVernay and her Forward Movement shingle covers drama and comedy series, documentaries, digital content, event projects and longer-form projects for broadcast and cable, premium cable, streaming services and other platforms.

It’s DuVernay’s first pact with any studio and is set to start in January. The deal is in the $100 million range, I’ve learned.

“I’ve had nothing but beautiful experiences working with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul,” DuVernay, also the Queen Sugar and Red Line EP, told Deadline today. “They love and support artists in wonderful and nourishing ways. They work within a traditional studio headed by Kevin Tsujihara that is stirring with untraditional energy and fresh protocols for intentional, inclusive image-making. Warner Bros is a terrific partner about matters of visibility and belonging for all kinds and cultures of people, which is our mission at Forward Movement. I couldn’t be happier to call Warner Bros TV my production home.”

“Ava DuVernay is one of the leading lights in our industry, a brilliantly talented writer, producer, director and entrepreneur whose ability to inspire with her art is exceeded only by her ability to entertain,” said Roth, Warner Bros TV Group president and chief content officer. “We have had the great pleasure of working with her on Queen Sugar and The Red Line, and we are extremely excited about the new stories she has to tell.”

While DuVernay is no stranger to a contrarian disposition, many might have considered her a more natural fit at Netflix, where her Oscar-nominated documentary 13th was launched. She also has the just-wrapped four-part drama Central Park Five coming next year from the streaming service as well as a Prince documentary with exclusive access to the Purple One’s archives.

However, in an environment where everyone is trying to lock in talent, the move to a traditional studio when the likes of Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy are heading to the streamer makes sense for DuVernay. For one thing, besides the range and reach WBTV offers, one must factor in the relationship the Selma helmer has with the studio already through the Warner Horizon Scripted Television-produced Queen Sugar, renewed in August for a fourth season on Oprah’s OWN, and the CBS event series Red Line, which she executive produces with in-house superman Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

Add to that, unlike a deal with a streamer, the WBTV deal offers DuVernay the opportunity to sell her shows to everyone as opposed to be locked into to one outlet. It also doesn’t impinge on the indie collective ARRAY founder’s big-screen ambitions, which will coincidentally also see DuVernay directing a big-budget adaptation of the Jack Kirby-created The New Gods for Warner Bros Pictures down the line. New Gods will be the second such film for DuVernay, who was the first woman of color to helm a $100 million-plus live-action film with Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time earlier this year.

Source: Deadline

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‘QUEEN SUGAR’ Star Kofi Siriboe Signs With WME For Agency Representation.

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Kofi Siriboe, best known as part of the main cast of OWN’s Queen Sugar, has signed with WME for agency representation.

Siriboe, who was previously with Innovative Artists, has starred as Ralph Angel, one-third of the Bordelon siblings, for the past three seasons of the Ava DuVernay-created series, which is slated to return for a fourth season.

Siriboe was recently tapped as the lead in Really Love, an indie drama from Fencesproducer Charles D. King’s MARCO. Angel Kristi Williams is directing the pic, which follows a rising black painter (Siriboe) who tries to break into the competitive art world while balancing a whirlwind romance he never expected.

The American-born Ghanaian actor, who continues to be repped by JME Management and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, has also appeared in Universal’s sleeper hit Girl’s Trip, The Longshots with Ice Cube and Keke Palmer, and recurred on MTV’s Awkward series.

Source: Livefmghana.com

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Fella Makafui And Producer In A fight Over “Kakalika Love”.

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Ghanaian actress Fella who rose to fame after her role in youthful TV series Yolo has been in the news for the past days over boyfriend snatching amidst car impounding by her ex-lover and now to a cat fight with a movie producer over the word, “Kakalika Love”.

The word “Kakalika love” was used synonymously for rapper Medikal and Fella after the jilted girlfriend of the rapper sister Deborah released a song which was said to be a “diss” song to the now celebrity couple.

In a new development, a movie titled “Kakalika Love” produced by Samuel Degraft Yeboah (success grand films) in which Fella Makafui alongside Jackie Appiah, Kalsoume, Umar Krupp and others starred is the new item on the table of contention as Fella and her team throw shots at the producer and even threatened to secure an injunction to halt the premier of the movie.

The contention between the two camps erupted after Fella made a post on Instagram which she deleted minutes after alleging the producer has changed the title of the movie from “Incest” to “My Partners Enemy” after a debate onset in which she Fella was actively involved, but upon release, she is now seeing a new title which is far different from the one agreed on which was “My Partners Enemy”.

Fella’s manager touching on the issue noted that upon seeing the change, several calls were placed to the producer to try resolve the issue amicably, but to no avail till they took it up with their lawyers. Responding, surprisingly the producer also indicated he has tried to reach Fella and her camp to have a talk after his team decided to change the tittle of the movie but he couldn’t reach her.

Though the first premier was done on the 7th of December at Cape Coast UCC, the question now is will Fella and her team go ahead with their injunction threat to halt the ongoing premier or they will have a sit down talk with the producer.

Below is the screen shot of the hot exchange between the two camps;

Fella Makafui’s Manager’s post

Fella Makafui’s Manager’s post

Fella Makafui’s Manager’s post

Response from Samuel Degraft

 

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Watch Trailer: The ‘Lion King’ Remake Coming in 2019.

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Disney just released the trailer for their 1994 classic Lion King movie. The 2019 reboot will be played by a star-studded cast including James Earl Jones, Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Kani and Seth Rogan, among others.

The trailer shows the iconic scene in which Rafiki presents a young Simba to the animals of the Pride Lands. It shows the monumental shot in which Simba is being lifted above the rock. James Earl Jones can be heard doing the narration as Mufasa in the clip which only last a minute and a half.

The Lion King remake will be directed by Iron Man director Jon Favreau, and scored by Hans Zimmer, who scored the original one. Elton John is also said to be remaking some of his original compositions for the film.

The film is coming on the 19th of July 2019.

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Leila Djansi’s TV Series ’40 & Single’ To Air In Ghana

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Ghanaian filmmaker Leila Djansi’s latest award-winning television series, ’40 & Single’ is set to be aired in Ghana since its production.

Africa’s Leading Pay TV service provider StarTimes will premiere the series on December 2nd 2018.

The TV series which won the Audience Award for Episodic Pilot at the 2018 LA Film Festival will be aired exclusively in HD on StarTimes’ Adepa TV channel 247.

Leila’s 40 & Single features Hollywood movie stars, Vanessa Williams, Leon Robinson, John Savage and Miranda Bailey as well as ace Ghanaian actors such as David Dontoh, Fred Amugi, Adjetey Annan, John Dumelo, Rama Brew, Grace Omaboe, Doris Sackitey, Nikki Samonas, Joselyn Dumas, Luckie E. Lawson, Marie Humbert, Deon Matthews, and several others.

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Gerry Tomsic, Leila Djansi, Joselyn Dumas, Pietro Villani, and Nikki Samonas attend the screening of “40 and Single” during the 2018 LA Film Festival at ArcLight Culver City on September 25, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Film Independent)

40 and Single is an invitation into the tumultuous life of Ebaner Temple—a bi-racial, bi-sexual, single, bridal fashion designer. We witness her manoeuvre life in the African city of Accra, Ghana, where race and colourism have significant colonial roots and neo-colonial implications.

Ebaner’s life and the lives of her clients intertwine as they explore the new age of the African woman, her independence and her challenges in a patriarchal society.

StarTimes will use the six episode TV series to entertain its cherished subscribers during the festive season. The presence of top Hollywood actors and actresses with Ghana’s finest and veteran acts gives the movie a lot to desire.

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