Announcement: PRESENTING THE 2016 HIT LIST – THE BEST SPEC SCRIPTS OF YEAR

Copy of 200x140 HL Social Media AdsFeaturing 92 scripts, 101 writers, more than 70 production companies & studios, 46 different agencies & management companies, and more than 200 individual reps, this year’s list is one of the most diverse and exciting we’ve ever released.

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Overpaid Actors, and the Studios Who Enable Them

turitz excerptIf studios return to the days when they’re making more movies that cost less money, they mitigate their own risk and offer themselves much better opportunity for success. This involves spending less money casting big names.

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“Wedding Crashers” Writer Bob Fisher to Co-Direct and Write “Overboard” Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

Overboard ExcerptThe remake of the 1987 Garry Marshall film Overboard has a new set of writers and directors in Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. The film is currently set up at MGM with 3pas Studios attached to produce.

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The Tracking Board’s State of the Race: A Look at this Year’s Top Oscar Contenders

Academy-Awards-StatuesAwards season is in full swing and there is a long road until the 89th Annual Academy Awards, which are slated to air on February 26, 2017 on ABC. The nominations for the coveted statuette won’t be announced until January 24, 2017, but favorites have already emerged from the pack — and the competition is stiff.

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THE EXORCIST Review: “Chapter Nine: 162”

Exorcist ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 9 – Marcus uncovers the plot to assassinate the Pope on The Exorcist while searching for the missing Brother Bennett. Now that he knows the plan, while he be able to stop it? Angela has given complete control over to Pazuzu in order to spare Casey. Is there any chance to save her from the demon inside of her?

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CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Review: “Who’s the Cool Girl Josh Is Dating?”

crazy ex girlfriend excerpt Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stops taking field trips and brings its winter finale back home in “Who’s the Cool Girl Josh Is Dating?” Taking on both Rebecca’s falling out with Paula and her obsession with Josh, the episode returns the focus to the original pillars of the story.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (12.09.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptJustice League 2 has now been pushed back and Louis C.K.’s Internet dramedy Horace and Pete finds a second home at Hulu.
Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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New Spec “Pics or It Didn’t Happen” Picked Up by Tooley Productions

Tooley Productions ExcerptYoung adult author Abby McDonald is getting into business with Tooley Productions who has acquired the rights to her spec script Pics or It Didn’t Happen, described as a “female-driven thriller for the Instagram generation.”

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Fist Fight – Official Trailer 2 (Charlie Day, Ice Cube)

fist fight trailerWhen one school teacher gets the other fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight.

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The Fate of the Furious – Teaser Trailer (Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel)

fast excerptWhen a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, the team will face trials that will test them as never before.

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Internships of the Week (12.09.16)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.07.48 PMA round-up of this week’s Film and TV industry internships. InStyle Magazine, Europacorp, Pantheon Entertainment, and many more are all looking for interns!

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Jobs of the Week (12.09.16)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.07.48 PMA round up of this week’s Film and TV industry jobs! ICM, Goldwyn Films, Episodic Interactive, and more are all looking for new hires!

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (12.09.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. There have been multiple promotions and hires at MTV and VH1, while Nicole Clemens has left FX for Anonymous Content, leaving room for new promotions at the network.

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“The Big Short” Writer Charles Randolph Working on Megyn Kelly-Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment Film

kelly-ailes-excerptThe scandalous story about former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes’alleged sexual misconduct towards Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is headed to the big screen. The pitch from Charles Randolph was recently picked up by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures.

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War for the Planet of the Apes – Official Trailer (Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson

apes excerptA nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar become embroiled in a battle with an army of humans.

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“Puff the Magic Dragon” Film Based on Song in the Works at Fox Animation

Peter Paul and Mary ExcerptThe 1963 vinyl single “Puff, the Magic Dragon” made popular by the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary is being turned into live-action/animated hybrid movie by Fox Animation. Trolls director Mike Mitchell is set to helm the film.

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J.J. Abrams Developing Space Drama “Glare” at HBO

abrams-excerptFanboy auteur J.J. Abrams is blasting off into space… again. The Star Wars: Force Awakens director is prepping on the sci-fi drama Glare at HBO. The series will explore the colonization of another planet.

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FALLING WATER Review: “The Well”

Falling Water Excerpt Season 1, Episode 8 – Burton continues to search for the woman from his dreams on Falling Water as the connections between characters solidify. Tess and Bill search for her son, but a warning from a friend reveals Bill may not be who he says he is. Taka finally makes a connection with his mother, but what has she been waiting for?

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PURE GENIUS Review: “A Bunker Hill Christmas”

pure genius excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – Despite its best efforts, Pure Genius‘s Christmas episode is more lukewarm than heartwarming, even as a leukemia patient helps Bell come to terms with his GSS diagnosis. Meanwhile, Dr. Verlaine and Dr. Brockett take a step forward in their relationship; unfortunately, this means the show takes a step back.

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Global Media Fulfillment Specialist Desired by A+E (CT)

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168This is an exciting opportunity in the dynamic International division at A&E Networks. The Fulfillment Specialist acts as an account manager and customer service representative across multiple international territories.

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Manager of Marketing & Partner Insights Needed at Viacom (NY)

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Partner Insights, the Manager will be a creative thinker responsible for supporting the ad sales research needs of Viacom’s young adult brands for our sales and marketing teams and for supporting key research projects and initiatives.

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LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Review: “The Chicago Way”

legends of tomorrow excerptSeason 2, Episode 8 – This week on Legends of Tomorrow Damien Darkh and the Speedster emerge with an old friend. The Legends find themselves in 1927 Chicago, where they learn Darkh and Co are not here to play. On the bright side, Rip Hunter graces our screens again!

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Spider-Man: Homecoming – Official Trailer (Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland)

Spider-Man Homecoming TrailerA young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.

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PITCH Review: “Don’t Say It”

Pitch ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – “Don’t Say It” was a decent attempt to make the sports part of this sports show relevant again but it didn’t entirely succeed.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (12.08.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptParamount removes sci-fi project God Particle from their schedule and puts a new Cloverfield project in its place and Aaron Sorkin set to be honored by the WGA. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (12.08.16)

OCP-excerptThis weekend’s box office poses two interesting situations: which film will take the number one spot between Moana and Office Christmas Party and the intakes of the films outside of the top five, including Nocturnal Animals, Miss Sloane, and Manchester by the Sea.

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CBS Unveils Participants for 2016-17 Directors & Writers Mentoring Initiative

cbs-excerptThe participants for the 2016-17 Directors and Writers Program Initiative at CBS have been announced. The programs provides an opportunity for talented television directors to be introduced to the CBS family.

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AFI Reveals Top Films and TV Programs for 2016

afi-excerptThe American Film Institute announced their top 10 American films and top 10 American TV programs for 2016. The list includes fan favorite TV show of nostalgia like Stranger Things as well as breakout NBC drama This is Us.  On the film side of things, awards season favorites Moonlight and La La Land landed on the list.

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Untitled Irene Gut Opdyke Biopic (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMChronicles the World War II account of Irene Gut Opdyke, a Polish Catholic who risked her life while hiding 12 Jewish people in the basement of a German officer without him knowing about it.

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Pics or It Didn’t Happen (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA female-driven thriller for the Instagram generation.

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Naomi Watts & Reese Witherspoon Team Up for “Penguin Bloom”

naomi watts excerptBruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon are in the works on a big screen adaptation of Penguin Bloom with Naomi Watts attached to star. The project is based on the book of the same name from Bradley Trevor Greive.

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