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Streaming series upend the TV landscape at 2017 Emmys

Streaming video solidified its place as the vanguard for television creativity as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was honored with five statuettes including outstanding drama series at the 69th Emmy Awards.<p>The win in the drama category marks the first time a streaming series has earned the most …

Awards

Netflix’s Master of None wins Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari share the series’ second award in this category<p>Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Sunday night for “Thanksgiving,” an episode from the second season of Netflix’s <i>Master of None</i>.<p>The episode was one of the most talked-about …

Awards

Lesli Linka Glatter on Parity for Female Directors, Understanding the Menendez Brothers and ‘Homeland’

Lesli Linka Glatter may have begun her career as a dancer, but now she’s more famous for choreographing some of TV’s most powerful episodes. An …

TV

Laurence Fishburne Re-Ups ABC Studios Overall Deal

Laurence Fishburne and his Cinema Gypsy Productions (<i>black-ish</i>) have signed a new two-year overall deal at ABC Studios. Under the pact, Fishburne and …

Black-and-white Emmys reflect TV's narrow ethnic view

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When cameras pan across the faces of eager, anxious Emmy Award nominees at Sunday's ceremony, TV viewers will see a record 12 African-Americans vying for comedy and drama series acting honors. But it's a lop-sided outcome in the struggle for diversity.<p>"Master of None" star Aziz …

TV

ABC Is Looking for a Few Good Men | Media - AdAge

"I remember a Sunday night, years ago, when we were in the last days of finishing a pilot," Beers says via email. "With deadlines looming, I was in …

TV

Female-Led 'Greatest American Hero' Reboot Lands at ABC

The new iteration will center on an Indian-American woman.<p><i>The Greatest American Hero</i> is eyeing a comeback -- but with a very modern twist.<p>A …

Hollywood

Spike Lee and Jordan Peele Collaborate on Black Klansman, the True Story of a Black Man Who Infiltrated the KKK

Legendary black Hollywood stalwart Spike Lee is collaborating with upstart Jordan Peele on <i>Black Klansman</i>, a true life account of a black police …

Racism

Media

Gina Rodriguez Producing Immigration Series Projects At CBS & the CW, ‘LA Story’ Reboot | Deadline

As news still sinks in of President Trump’s decision yesterday to end the DACA program that protects undocumented immigrants who had been brought …

TV

Watch the first trailer for Dee Rees' Sundance favorite and Oscar contender, 'Mudbound'

A big-screen adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2009 novel of the same name, which is set in 1946 in the wake of World War II, the story follows the …

Movies

How can TV and movies get representation right? We asked 6 Hollywood diversity consultants.

Here’s what they said about writing characters that actually reflect America.<p>In 2012, Kerry Washington, star of the Shonda Rhimes-created ABC political drama <i>Scandal,</i> became the first black woman to lead a network drama in nearly four decades. Two seasons later, the series became the first on a …

TV

Venice Film Fest Director Defends Lack of Female-Helmed Movies

"I don't like to think in terms of a quota," Alberto Barbera tells THR about the debate over gender parity within the competition lineup, which …

La La Land

Abigail Disney’s Fork Films Gives Out Grants For 16 Documentaries

<b>EXCLUSIVE:</b> Fork Films has given out grants to 16 documentaries chosen from a pool of more than 300 applicants looking to complete films in various …

Lena Waithe Is What The Future Of Hollywood Looks Like

The Master of None star has sold a drama to Showtime, will be acting in a Steven Spielberg movie, and cowrote one of the best episodes of television this season. And she's just getting started.<p><b>Filing past the</b> red carpet press line can be an exhausting, repetitive ritual. There are only so many ways …

TV

Ryan Murphy on Hollywood’s ‘Abject Lie’ About Female Directors

It seems that for every victory in the fight for gender equity in Hollywood (Patty Jenkins’s just-inked, history-making deal to direct the follow-up …

TV

Basic Shadowhunters Stuff

Actively cultivating a positive 'Shadowhunters' fandom experience. Bringing you interviews, news, events, and showcasing some of the best bits of …

The CW tackles gender gap with new shows written and produced by women

When it comes to TV and film, men haven’t just dominated the screen, they’ve also been at the helm of executive, directing and writing positions for …

‘Girls Trip’ Writers Make Movie History — and Influence It, Too

The screenwriters Tracy Oliver and Kenya Barris set their sights on “Girls Trip” the moment they heard murmurings about the project, a comedy that would examine the friendship among four black women attending the Essence Festival in New Orleans. That film, released in July, just made history by …

Movies

Bravo Developing Black Female Mayor Pilot From Ben Cory Jones

Bravo has put into development <i>Candy</i>, a one-hour drama from Ben Cory Jones, currently a writer on HBO’s <i>Insecure</i> and WGN America’s <i>Underground</i>. Ross …

CAA Gets Real on Diversity: "It's Hard, It Takes a Long Time, and It's Expensive"

Agency insiders reveal the insights — and frustrations — of a core team's decade-plus effort to bring more female and nonwhite talent to its client …

Diversity

Netflix Lures Shonda Rhimes Away From ABC Studios

Netflix has signed Shonda Rhimes to a multi-year production deal, ending a 15-year relationship with ABC Studios that yielded hits from “Grey’s …

TV

Studios Released Just 7 Films Directed By Women This Summer, and They Might Break the Billion-Dollar Mark

The massive success of Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" is only one story in a crazy summer season at the box office.<p><i>Girl Talk is a weekly look at women</i> …

Movies

Claiming the Future of Black TV

After a banner year for African Americans on television in 2016, can the industry normalize this success?<p>In his 1976 book-length essay <i>The Devil Finds Work,</i> James Baldwin argued that no black actor has ever lived up to his or her potential on-screen. However famous black performers become, he …

TV

Aziz Ansari on Quitting the Internet, Loneliness, and Season 3 of Master of None

After the smashing success of season two of his Netflix show, <i>Master of None</i>, Aziz Ansari vowed to go analog. No social media. No e-mail. No laboring over season three. So we invited the stand-up turned television auteur to be our plus-one at Paris Fashion Week—and got him to teach us the art of …

Comedy

Phew, Atlanta Season Two Reportedly Starts Production Next Month

Though the replacement of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the eleventh hour on the <i>Han Solo</i> prequel panicked Donald Glover fans that it might …

Donald Glover

People Responded Perfectly To Mathematician’s Sexist Tweet About That Google Memo

Twitter had words for Eric Weinstein.<p>Eric Weinstein, a mathematician and managing director of Peter Thiel’s financial consulting firm Thiel Capital, recently tweeted a sexist response to the controversy surrounding a Google employee’s <b></b>anti-diversity memo.<p>Early Tuesday morning, Weinstein tweeted a …

Feminism

Lena Waithe Surprised To Learn Her Emmy Nod Marks Historic Moment For Black Women

And she didn't even know it!<p>Lena Waithe is breaking barriers and making history ― more than she even realized.<p>The actress, who stars in Netflix’s “Master Of None,” was surprised to learn last week that her July Emmy nomination outstanding writing in a comedy series marked the first time a black …

TV

“Vampire Diaries” Director Rob Hardy to be honored by film critics

article<p>http://www.ajc.com/entertainment/vampire-diaries-director-rob-hardy-honored-film-critics/FuGpX9JC1TfyuEfRvxgz7N/<p>"The Quad" creator Rob Hardy …