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Max Winkler And Matthew Spicer Will Work Their “Magic” For Steve Martin Comedy At Disney (EXCLUSIVE)

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Writing duo Max Winkler and Matthew Spicer have come on board to pen a new draft of Magic Camp, a family comedy set up at Disney with Steven Martin in talks to star.

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Casey Affleck Boards Drama “My Abandonment” From “Winter’s Bone” Director Debra Granik (EXCLUSIVE)

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Affleck has been cast in Debra Granik’s adaptation of Peter Rock’s novel, which tells the story of a father and daughter are living a happy life in the Oregon woods, but a chance encounter with a stranger threatens to throw their off-the-grid lifestyle into upheaval.

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Evan Spiliotopoulos Tapped To Write “The Nutcracker” For Robert Zemeckis And Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos has been tapped to write The Nutcracker for Universal Pictures. Robert Zemeckis will produce through is ImageMovers banner.

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Ellen DeGeneres Developing “Dance Moms” Movie At Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)

Ellen Degeneres ExcerptThe popular Lifetime series Dance Moms is getting the movie treatment from the one and only Ellen Degeneres. The film is in development at A Very Good Production, Degeneres’ TV group-based production company under Warner Bros.

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“Mad Men” Star Rich Sommer Joins Ed Harris In Black Comedy “A Crooked Somebody” (EXCLUSIVE)

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Sommer is set to star in the black comedy, based on a story he developed with Andrew Zilch. He will appear opposite Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, and Joanne Froggatt in the movie that will be directed by Trevor White, from a script written by Zilch.

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“Heartless,” The New Fantasy Novel From Marissa Meyer Enchants The Film Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Heartless Marissa Meyer ExcerptFrom the New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, Heartless is the story of Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts that we never knew — until now. Set to be published on November 8, 2016 by Feiwel & Friends, this young adult novel is already making a wondrous impression on the film rights market.

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Jessica Williams And Chris O’Dowd Team Up For James Strouse Comedy (EXCLUSIVE)

Jessica Williams ExcerptThe trifecta of Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, and Noël Wells have signed on to star in an upcoming Untitled James Strouse Comedy. James C. Strouse will be directing and writing the indie romantic comedy.

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Launch Pad Alum Jimmy Mosqueda Signs With Energy Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

Jimmy Mosqueda ExcerptWriter Jimmy Mosqueda, a Launch Pad alum, has signed with Angelina Chen and Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment. His pilot,Valedictorian, placed in the Top 75 of the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

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Emmy Nominated Launch Pad Alum Rowan Wheeler Signs With One Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

Rowan Wheeler ExcerptIt is our pleasure to announce that Rowan Wheeler has recently signed with Greg Weiss of One Entertainment. Wheeler, whose pilot Socio-Pam placed in the Top 50 of the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, was nominated for an Emmy Thursday for her work on the reality series Born This Way.

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“Independence Day: Resurgence” Star Bill Pullman Takes The Reins In Western “The Ballad Of Lefty Brown” (EXCLUSIVE)

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Pullman will star in The Ballad of Lefty Brown, a Western written and to be directed by Jared Moshé. The story details are being kept under wraps, but the film is being described as a coming-of-age Western for a 65 year-old man.

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Paradigm Burns Up Market With Red Hot Comedy Spec “Besties” – Now Into Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meter The summertime spec market is heating up once again as red hot comedy Besties from scribes Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic makes its way into all major studios.

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Jessica Buchanan’s Harrowing Tale, As Told In “Impossible Odds,” Stirs Up Film Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Impossible Odds ExcerptDescribed as “spellbinding” by the NY Journal of Books, Impossible Odds recounts the horrifying kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and her colleague by a band of Somali pirates, as well as their rescue by Navy SEAL Team Six. Originally published in 2013, and written by Buchanan along with her husband Erik Landemalm and Anthony Flacco, the book is heating up the film rights market.

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Energy Entertainment Signs Launch Pad Alum Stephen Simpson (EXCLUSIVE)

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Stephen Simpson has signed with Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment shortly after his original drama pilot – a reimaginging of Shakespeare’s MacBeth – placed in the Top 75 of the LPPC.

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Netflix Closes Preemptive Film Rights Deal On “VOR” Manuscript (EXCLUSIVE)

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Netflix has acquired the Russian mafia manuscript Vor by newcomer author Rimma Rose in preemptive film rights deal, setting up a potential publishing frenzy.

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Launch Pad Alum Justin Jacobs Signs With Tom Carter Of Artillery Creative (EXCLUSIVE)

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Justin Jacobs, who entered the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition with his thrilling sci-fi pilot The Game, has signed with manager Tom Carter of Artillery Creative.

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Launch Pad Alum Titus Heckel Signs With Lee Stobby Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

titusheckel excerptTitus Heckel is the latest writer signed out of our 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, as his pilot Adrift lands him with manager Lee Stobby of Lee Stobby Entertainment. He joins a list of more than 150 LP Alums who have landed representation in the past 3 years.

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Rachel Weisz To Star In Elizabeth Barrett Browning Biopic “The Last Romantics” (Exclusive)

Rachel WeiszThe Lobster star Rachel Weisz has joined the upcoming English biopic, The Last Romantics, as the lead character, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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2016 Launch Pad Alum Jay Riedl Signs With Echo Lake Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

Jay RiedlJay Riedl is the latest Launch Pad Alum from our 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition to find representation. After her pilot Snark landed in the Top 50 of our competition, she signed with Echo Lake Entertainment.

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Abrams Artists Agency Signs Launch Pad Alum Jeff Bower (EXCLUSIVE)

jeffbower excerptLaunch Pad alum Jeff Bower has signed with Paul Weitzman and Manal Hammad of Abrams Artists Agency, which puts him on the list of more than 150 LP Alums who have landed representation in the past 3 years.

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2016 Launch Pad Pilot Alum Joanne Lee Signs With APA (EXCLUSIVE)

joannelee_1Joanne Lee marks the second writer signed out of our 2016 Launch Pad Pilot Competition, as her pilot Unplanned lands her with APA, and she joins a list of more than 150 LP Alums who have landed representation in the past 3 years.

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The 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition: Announcing The Top 50!

TOP 50 ANNOUNCED (1) excerptWith stories of love, loss, immigration, exploration, the destruction of America, high school woes, new spins on Shakespearean classics, insider trading, politics, ageism, sexism, and the fight for humanity to survive… we are proud to introduce our Top 50 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Quarterfinalists.

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Launch Pad Recommends Writer Bandar Albuliwi Signs With ESA (EXCLUSIVE)

Bandar_Headshot excerptFollowing the announcement of his TB Recommended pilot Radicalized earlier this week, we’re thrilled to announce that Albuliwi has signed with ESA agents Varun Monga, Antoni Kaczmarek and Martin To, and become the 17th recommended writer signed, and joined over 150 others who have been signed since the Launch Pad program began 3 years ago.

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Launch Pad Alum Jenny Deiker Signs With Artillery Creative (EXCLUSIVE)

jennydeiker (1) excerptLaunch Pad Alum Jenny Deiker has signed with Tom Carter of Artillery Creative shortly after two of her original drama pilots, Alma Mater and Baptiste, landed in the Top 75 of the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

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Drama Pilot “Radicalized” From Bandar Albuliwi Earns TB Recommends (EXCLUSIVE)

Bandar_Headshot excerptThe original drama pilot, pitched as Homeland meets Greek, depicts a young Muslim man getting recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a suspected terrorist cell at Columbia University, only to become radicalized himself in the process.

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“Deadpool” Breakout Brianna Hildebrand & “X-Men” Star Alexandra Shipp Team Up For “Tragedy Girls” (EXCLUSIVE)

alex brianna 1Deadpool breakout Brianna Hildebrand and X-Men: Apocalypse star Alexandra Shipp are set to star in the horror comedy from director Tyler MacIntyre. MacIntyre co-wrote the script with Chris Hill.

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Victoria Fedden Memoir “This Is Not My Beautiful Life” Heats Up Film Rights Market Ahead Of Holiday (EXCLUSIVE)

this is not my beaut excerptThere’s a new memoir that’s starting to heat up the TV and film rights market heading into the 4th of July holiday, This Is Not My Beautiful Life by Victoria Fedden. The book, which was published by Picador, hit bookshelves in June.

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J.J. Abrams Spreads His Wings With Animated Comedy “The Flamingo Affair” At Paramount (EXCLUSIVE)

gettyimages-501659648The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director is set to produce the Ocean’s Eleven-style animated feature written by Corpse Bride scribe Pamela Pettler.

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Mark Wahlberg To Star In And Produce Remake Of Yuval Adler Drama “Bethlehem” (EXCLUSIVE)

Mark WahlbergIn a continuation of Hollywood’s affinity for remaking high-profile foreign films, Mark Wahlberg is set to star in and produce an adaptation of Yuval Adler’s Israeli drama Bethlehem.

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Netflix Nabs Urban Fantasy “The Shambling Guide” From Mur Lafferty With Plans For Feature (EXCLUSIVE)

shambling excerptNetflix continues its big year of purchases as it picks up the rights to The Shambling Guide To New York City from author Mur Lafferty with plans to develop the book into a feature.

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“The Hacker Is Watching” Jumps From Mark Wahlberg And Universal To Nina Jacobson And Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

nina 2After spending a few years in the hands of Mark Wahlberg at Universal, The Hacker Is Watching has made its way to Fox where Nina Jacobson is set to produce. The thriller is based on the 2012 GQ article by David Kushner.

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