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    Paul McCartney Teams With Netflix, Gaumont on Animated ‘High in the Clouds’

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    Paul McCartney Teams With Netflix, Gaumont on Animated ‘High in the Clouds’
    Paul McCartney is collaborating with Netflix and Gaumont on the animated feature “High in the Clouds,” based on the children’s novel he wrote with Geoff Dunbar, and Philip Ardagh.

    McCartney is producing and contributing songs to the film, which centers on an imaginative teenage squirrel named Wirral who find himself pulled into a ramshackle gang of teenage rebels who live high in the clouds. He accidentally antagonizes Gretsch the owl, the tyrannical leader who steals the voice of anyone who upstages her.

    Timothy Reckart is directing from a script by Jon Croker, who has credits on the Paddington movies and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Besides McCartney, the producers include Bob Shaye (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), the late Michael Lynne, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee, Nicolas Atlan and Terry Kalagian (Gaumont).

    “High in the Clouds” was published in 2005. McCartney set the project up with Shaye and Lynne
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    ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Most-Tweeted-About Show of 2019, ‘SNL’ – Last Year’s No. 1 – Falls Off Top 10 List

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    ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Most-Tweeted-About Show of 2019, ‘SNL’ – Last Year’s No. 1 – Falls Off Top 10 List
    In what comes as a shock to probably no one, “Game of Thrones” was the most-tweeted-about TV show of 2019, according to Twitter’s year-in-review data, which was released Monday. What might surprise you, however, is that “Saturday Night Live,” the show that came in at No. 1 on 2018’s list, was completely absent from this year’s Top 10 rankings.

    Aside from HBO’s now-ended fantasy epic — which still managed to land in ninth place last year, without airing any new episodes — 2019’s most-tweeted about series also include, in order, “Stranger Things,”* “The Simpsons,”* “La Casa de Papel,”* “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Love Island,”* “Catfish: The TV Show,”* “Family Guy,”* “The Walking Dead” and “Narcos,”* according to Twitter data measured from Jan. 1 – Nov. 15.

    (Note: We used an asterisk above to note the shows that made the Top 10 this year that did not have that honor last year.)

    Also Read: Subreddit That Hates on 'Game
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    Sony Pictures Television Acquires ‘Octonauts’ & ‘Peter Rabbit’ Producer Silvergate Media In $195M Deal

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    Sony Pictures Television Acquires ‘Octonauts’ & ‘Peter Rabbit’ Producer Silvergate Media In $195M Deal
    Sony Pictures Television has acquired British kids producer Silvergate Media for just under $200M.

    The Hollywood studio has bought the Octonauts and Peter Rabbit producer from the La-based investment firm Shamrock Capital and Silvergate’s management team for a total of $195M.

    The company’s CEO Waheed Alli and Chairman William Astor will continue in their roles.

    Sony has acquired 100% of Silvergate Topco Limited, whose assets include Silvergate’s 49% interest in a joint venture with Beijing-based Wanda Group, which holds the rights to Octonauts. Additionally, it has acquired a minority stake in Silvergate Bp Bidco Limited, which produces the Peter Rabbit television series and will continue to be majority-owned by Waheed Alli.

    This comes after Sony Pictures Animation unveiled an expanded slate earlier this year.

    Mike Hopkins, Chairman, Sony Pictures Television said, “We are excited to extend our capabilities and gain valuable children’s IP to bolster our entry into the kids’ space.
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    ‘Hustlers,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and ‘Queen & Slim’ Receive Costume Design Nominations

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    ‘Hustlers,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and ‘Queen & Slim’ Receive Costume Design Nominations
    The Costume Designers Guild announced their nominations for the 22nd Cdga Awards on Tuesday. Among the nominees are Arianne Phillips for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Mayes C. Rubeo for “Jojo Rabbit” and Mitchell Travers for “Hustlers.” “The Irishman” is notably absent from the field.

    The Costume Designers Guild celebrates excellence in film, television and short-form costume design. As previously announced, this year’s host will be Emmy-nominated writer, producer, author, director and actor Mindy Kaling, while the honorees will include Mary Ellen Fields (distinguished service award), Michael Kaplan (career achievement award), Adam McKay (distinguished collaborator award) and Charlize Theron (spotlight award).

    “On behalf of the Costume Designers Guild, I’d like to congratulate all of our 22nd Cdga nominees. This year is a particularly exciting year for television as we have updated our rules of submission. Designers now submit a single episode that best represents their work on a series.
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    Cas Awards: ‘Joker’, ‘Frozen 2’, ‘Thrones’ & ‘Fleabag’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees

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    Cas Awards: ‘Joker’, ‘Frozen 2’, ‘Thrones’ & ‘Fleabag’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees
    Now hear this: The Cinema Audio Society is out with the nominations for its 56th annual Cas Awards, which honor the outstanding achievements in sound mixing for 2019. See the full list below.

    Trophies for the seven categories spanning film and TV will be handed out during the January 25 ceremony at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Final balloting for the Cas Awards kicks off January 2 and ends at 5 p.m. Pt on January 14.

    The group said last month that Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold will receive this year’s Cas Filmmaker honor. Re-recording mixer Tom Fleishman is set for its highest honor, the Cas Career Achievement Award.

    Last year’s Cas Award winner, Bohemian Rhapsody, went on the score the Best Achievement in Sound Editing Oscar for John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone.

    Here are the nominations for the 56th annual Cas Awards:

    Motion Picture – Live Action

    Ford v Ferrari

    Production Mixer – Steven A.
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    Hillary Clinton Doc, Two Lin-Manuel Miranda Films Added to Sundance 2020 Lineup

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    The Sundance Institute has announced the works selected across the Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, which will include a Hillary Clinton documentary, a documentary about Lance Armstrong, and two Lin-Manuel Miranda films.

    “Authenticity and independent voices resonate across formats – and that’s evident across the full spectrum of this year’s Indie Episodic and Special Events slates,” Kim Yutani, the Festival’s Director or Programming, said. “Defined by distinctive voices and enlightening viewpoints, these are riveting projects that find inspiration in the urgent stories and extraordinary individuals of our times.”

    More to come…

    See the new additions below.

    Indie Episodic

    A dedicated showcase for emerging creators of independently produced episodic content for broadcast, web, and streaming platforms. Past projects that have premiered within this category include Work in Progress, State of the Union, Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men and Quarter Life Poetry.
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    Et Online and Et Live Teams Merge, Resulting in Layoffs

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    Et Online and Et Live Teams Merge, Resulting in Layoffs
    The teams at website Et Online and digital network Et Live have been merged, resulting in layoffs across those “Entertainment Tonight”-adjacent brands.

    “We have integrated the Et Online and Et Live teams to create one content group that will support and drive the Et brand across all digital platforms,” a CBS Television Distribution spokeswoman said in a statement. “As a result, some positions were reduced.”

    Only those specific platforms were affected, two people with knowledge of the staff cuts tells TheWrap. No one from television series “Entertainment Tonight” lost their jobs today.

    Also Read: NBCU Cable Hit With Layoffs as Lifestyle Networks Combine Operations

    CBS Television Distribution did not provide us with a headcount on the reductions or any additional details.

    More to come…

    Read original story Et Online and Et Live Teams Merge, Resulting in Layoffs At TheWrap
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    Food Network Renews Buddy Vs. Duff for Extended Second Season

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    Food Network has ordered a second, longer season of “Buddy vs. Duff.”

    The series follows reality stars and bakers Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman, who face-off in an epic baking battle for the chance to be crowned the undisputed king of cake. The first season was six episodes in length, with Goldman taking the title. The second season has been extended to eight episodes.

    Production begins this week on the new season, which will “challenge every aspect of what it means to be a true pastry artist and cake master,” according to Food Network.

    Also Read: Food Network Cooks Up Girl Scout Cookies Baking Competition Show

    “Audiences were captivated by the real-life rivalry between Buddy and Duff, the extraordinary intensity of the competition and the exquisite works of art created by these two titans of