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Issa Rae Inks Eight-Figure Film and Television Deal With WarnerMedia (EXCLUSIVE)

Issa Rae Inks Eight-Figure Film and Television Deal With WarnerMedia (EXCLUSIVE)

is sticking with .Rae has reupped her commitment, inking an new five-year overall deal that brings her media label in partnership with WarnerMedia. The pact gives HBO, HBO Max and Warner Bros. television exclusive rights to Rae’s work in TV, plus a first-look film deal that spans WarnerMedia brands, including Warner Bros. Pictures Group, New Line and HBO Max.Rae previously signed an two-year overall deal with HBO in 2016, ahead of the debut of “Insecure,” renewing the pact in 2018 for three more years.“It’s really exciting to have that flexibility and just deepen the relationship that we...

March 24, 2021
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Eddie Murphy to Be Inducted Into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame

Eddie Murphy to Be Inducted Into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame

is set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the live broadcast on March 27.The Hall of Fame Award will be presented by Murphy’s long-time friend and “Coming to America” co-star Arsenio Hall. Earlier this month, the sequel to the duo’s comedy classic, “Coming 2 America,” debuted to massive fanfare on Amazon Prime Video.The award, which the NAACP has designated for individuals who are pioneers in their field and “whose influence will shape the profession for generations to come,” perfectly sums up Murphy’s legendary career as “one of the most commercially successful actors in the...

March 11, 2021
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Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge Team Up for 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' Series for New Regency, Amazon

Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge Team Up for 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' Series for New Regency, Amazon

and will be putting a new spin on “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” for and . The series, which is based on the 2005 hit New Regency film, is due in 2022.Glover and Waller-Bridge will star in and executive produce the series,made the announcement via social media, posting a video to with details of the project. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke also posted the news of the new show to her Twitter account on Friday.⁦⁩ x Phoebe Waller-Bridge x &MrsSmith 💥💥 ⁦⁩ 2022 💥💥— Jennifer Salke (@JSalke)“Talk about the dream team! Donald and Phoebe are two of the most talented creators and performers in the world....

February 12, 2021
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Armie Hammer’s ‘Shotgun Wedding’ Role to Be Recast Amid Social Media Scandal

Armie Hammer’s ‘Shotgun Wedding’ Role to Be Recast Amid Social Media Scandal

has stepped away from his role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming “,” decrying “vicious and spurious online attacks” against him as the cause.Hammer was set to begin production on the romantic adventure immediately, but will now be recast. The news comes after the “Call Me by Your Name” star began trending on social media last weekend after direct Instagram messages that appeared to be written by Hammer — which have not been verified — were posted.“I’m not responding to these bullshit claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience...

January 13, 2021
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How HBO’s 'Lovecraft Country' Marketing Campaign Spotlighted the Blerd Community

How HBO’s 'Lovecraft Country' Marketing Campaign Spotlighted the Blerd Community

Courtesy of Elizabeth Morris/HBOWhen ’s marketing teams began crafting the influencer marketing campaign for their sci-fi thriller “,” they made sure to keep the blerd community in mind.“It is cool to be a blerd now,” WarnerMedia’s senior VP of multicultural marketing Jackie Gagne tells Variety. “It is a very passionate group and we knew that there would be a lot of love for ‘Lovecraft Country’ and that those would be voices that would really help us drive awareness for the series.”Over the last few years, the slang term for “Black nerd” has grown in both popular awareness and esteem, with...

August 19, 2020
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