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'Tuca & Bertie' Animated Series Revived at Adult Swim for Season 2

'Tuca & Bertie' Animated Series Revived at Adult Swim for Season 2

plans to revive the much-praised “Tuca & Bertie,” greenlighting a second season of the animated series that debuted last year on Netflix.Adult Swim has ordered 10 episodes of the adult series that revolves around two birds who are best friends and live the same apartment building. The sophomore season is targeted to premiere next year.The series hails from creator and executive producer Lisa Hanawalt and Michael Eisner’s Tornante Co. Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong lead the voice cast that also includes Steven Yuen.“I’ve been a fan of Adult Swim shows since my teens, so I’m thrilled to bring...

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Industry Infighting, Union Turf Battles Slow Development of Back-to-Work Plan

Industry Infighting, Union Turf Battles Slow Development of Back-to-Work Plan

The entertainment industry’s efforts to develop safety protocols for restarting production is predictably becoming a brawl among the major studios and Hollywood unions that has delayed the presentation of the industry’s back-to-work plan to state and local officials. , jumpstarting production amid the pandemic will be .The industry task force that was assembled last month to address the safety issues has generated a 30-page draft of a white paper that is designed to convince governmental officials to give Hollywood the greenlight to resume production. A copy of that draft is believed to...

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May 22
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WME Braces for Layoffs as Leaders Face Internal Angst (EXCLUSIVE)

WME Braces for Layoffs as Leaders Face Internal Angst (EXCLUSIVE)

is expected to implement a significant number of layoffs of agents and other staff as early as next week.Rumors about the downsizing process and the agents that will be let go have been swirling in virtual circles for days, contributing to a feeling of angst and uncertainty among many WME insiders. WME heavyweights have been trying to help find new opportunities — including as talent managers or executives at production entities — for some of those likely affected.The impending cuts have been spurred by the shock of the coronavirus lockdown, which has hammered virtually every aspect of the...

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Disney to Furlough Some Employees Starting April 19

Disney to Furlough Some Employees Starting April 19

The Walt Co. will start the process of putting some employees on furlough status as of April 19 given that there is “no clear indication” when its theme parks and related businesses will be able to reopen because of the pandemic.Disney said in a statement that furloughed employees will still retain their full healthcare benefits during the furlough period, with all premiums paid by the company.Disney did not specify the number or types of employees that will be furloughed. It’s expected to include most of the workers at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, which remain shuttered indefinitely....

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Hollywood Braces for Coronavirus Financial Hit That Could Change the Industry Forever

Hollywood Braces for Coronavirus Financial Hit That Could Change the Industry Forever

Now that the gravity of a growing pandemic has settled in and people are looking to safeguard their health and their livelihoods, the entertainment industry is grappling with three essential questions: How painful will the toll of shutdowns be on the industry’s lowest-paid workers? How high will the financial losses climb? And how will the business handle the unprecedented domino effect on Hollywood’s traditional calendar? The avalanche of hasty cancellations and delays to events and premieres that fuel the industry’s engines of commerce will spread the impact of the COVID-19 catastrophe...

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Mar 18
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Disney Delivers Impressive Streaming Numbers, Tops Wall Street Expectations With Earnings

Disney Delivers Impressive Streaming Numbers, Tops Wall Street Expectations With Earnings

is getting the year off to a strong start, beating Wall Street’s expectations for the quarter that encompassed the company’s giant leap into the new era of direct-to-consumer business operations.Plus delivered an impressive 26.5 million subscribers, starting from Nov. 12 through year’s end. The Mouse’s earnings per share and revenue numbers for its fiscal first quarter (ended Dec. 28) met or topped analysts consensus opinions, indicating that the company is on strong footing even as it pours billions of dollars to support the growing suite of streaming platforms.The Disney Plus launch is a...

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