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Michael Sugar Teams With Nelson Mandela Family To Launch Mandela Media

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Michael Sugar Teams With Nelson Mandela Family To Launch Mandela Media
Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 and advertising and representation agency Dma United are partnering with Nelson Mandela’s family to launch Mandela Media to develop long and short-form content under the Mandela Media banner. The partnership also will be responsible for production, branding and initiatives pertaining to creative business development.

Under the pact, Mandela Media will create content connected to the overall intent and passion of Nelson Mandela, known for standing for freedom, forgiveness and the voice of the underdog. Through the Mandela Media banner, Mandela’s family will seek stories from around the world that fit with the core ethos of who he was and what he continues to represent, focusing on racial inclusion and equality, gender equality, mental health awareness and social justice.

“Nelson Mandela is an international icon who dedicated his life to changing laws and minds,” says Sugar23 Founder and CEO Michael Sugar. “We are honored to
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Netflix Sets Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 Into Exclusive Multi-Year Series Deal

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Exclusive: Netflix has set Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 in an exclusive, multi-year overall deal for scripted series programming. The deal also includes a first look for unscripted series. Sources said it’s an unusually rich deal for a non-writing producer.

It puts Sugar’s TV deal under the same roof as his feature deal, which was brokered last October. Sugar and head of production Ashley Zalta spearhead both divisions for Sugar23. It also comes after Sugar served as an exec producer on the Netflix series Maniac, which Cary Fukunaga directed and which starred Emma Stone, Jonah Hill and Justin Theroux.

Sugar also previously worked with Netflix on the series side on The Oa, and 13 Reasons Why. In features, Sugar — who won an Oscar for producing Best Picture winner Spotlight — is a producer on the Steven Soderbergh-directed The Laundromat for Netflix, which stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas.
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CBS First Look Trailers: All Rise, Evil, The Unicorn & More!

There are always disappointments before UpFronts, but there is a lot of excitement generated, too.

Some of that excitement comes from renewals, but the real groove sets when we get our first look at new shows.

Now you can get a taste of everything coming to CBS!

All Rise is a new courthouse drama that follows the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process.

This fall, watch new episodes of All Rise on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries
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CBS Orders Comedy Series ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’, ‘Broke’, ‘Carol’s Second Act’ & ‘The Unicorn’

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CBS has made its new comedy series picks, giving orders to the four most buzzed about pilots: Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins’ Carol’s Second Act, starring Patricia Heaton; Chuck Lorre’s Bob Hearts Abishola, headlined by Billy Gardell; Alex Herschlag and Jennie Snyder Urman’s Broke, starring Jaime Camil and Pauley Perrette; and Bill Martin and Mike Schiff’s The Unicorn, headlined by Walton Goggins.

This marks the return to CBS of two stars of successful comedy series on the network, Heaton, who was on Everybody Loves Raymond, and Gardell, one of the stars of Lorre’s Mike & Molly, as well as of NCIS fan favorite Perrette.

Both Carol’s Second Act and The Unicorn come from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, which also has freshman CBS comedy series The Neighborhood, already renewed for next season, and bubble CBS comedy series Life In Pieces and Fam. It gives Kapital
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‘The Unicorn’: Omar Benson Miller & Maya Lynne Robinson Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot

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‘The Unicorn’: Omar Benson Miller & Maya Lynne Robinson Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot
Exclusive: Omar Benson Miller (Ballers) and Maya Lynne Robinson (The Conners) are set as series regulars opposite Walton Goggins, Michaela Watkins and Rob Corddry in CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot The Unicorn, from Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Martin and Schiff and directed by John Hamburg, The Unicorn, inspired by a true story, centers on Wade (Goggins), a recent widower who is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world — where, to his shock, he’s suddenly a hot commodity.

Miller and Robinson play married couple Ben and Michelle, parents to four children. Ben is another of Wade’s well-meaning friends, who is convinced Wade is “going to crush it out there” in the dating world. He
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‘The Unicorn’: Rob Corddry & Michaela Watkins To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot, John Hamburg To Direct

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Exclusive: Childrens Hospital alum Rob Corddry and former Casual star Michaela Watkins are set for lead roles opposite star-producer Walton Goggins in CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot The Unicorn. John Hamburg has been tapped to direct the pilot from Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

The Unicorn, originally developed as a single-camera, was picked up to pilot as a multi-camera. It was subsequently reverted to its original single-camera format and is the only single-camera comedy pilot at CBS this season; all others are multi-camera/hybrid.

Written by Martin and Schiff and inspired by a true story, The Unicorn centers on Wade (Goggins), a recent widower who is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world — where,
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Netflix Wins Auction For Atlantic Article ‘Dr. Rapp’; John Hamburg Eyeing To Write, Direct

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In a heated auction with multiple studios bidding, Netflix won movie rights to Dr. Rapp, and already is eyeing for John Hamburg to write the script and direct the film. The Atlantic magazine article by Jeff Maysh was published in January under How a Stroke Turned a 63-Year-Old Into a Rap Legend. It became the year’s first heated material acquisition.

David Klawans (Argo) will produce with Michael Sugar (Spotlight) and Ashley Zalta through Sugar23’s first-look Netflix deal.

Article tells the story of Dr. Sherman Hershfield, a respected neurologist from Beverly Hills who practiced medicine in the San Fernando Valley. When Hershfield suffered a stroke, an unusual side effect changed his life forever: He couldn’t stop speaking in rhyme. Remarkably, Hershfield then emerged in South Central as a freestyle performer, Dr. Rapp.

Hamburg’s scripting credits include Night School and Little Fockers. Films he has directed include Along Came Polly,
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Fox Orders Therapy Dog Animated Presentation From Sharon Horgan, Clea Duvall, Jennifer Crittenden, Gabrielle Allan & Kapital

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Exclusive: In a competitive situation, Fox has landed Therapy Dog, an animated comedy with a script plus presentation commitment. It hails from writer-producer-actress Sharon Horgan, actress Clea DuVall, writer-producers Jennifer Crittenden & Gabrielle Allan and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.

Written by DuVall, Crittenden and Allan, Therapy Dog is about a dog named Honey who runs group therapy sessions to help neighborhood animals manage the neuroses brought on by their owners and each other.

DuVall, Crittenden and Allan executive produce alongside Horgan and Clelia Mountford via their Merman production company and Kaplan and Dana Honor via Kapital, which serves as the studio. It is unclear yet whether DuvVall or Horgan would provide any voices for the project.

The idea for the show originated from DuVall who has been recurring on Veep since Season 5. In a conversation on the set of the HBO comedy,
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‘Night School’ VOD Review

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Stars: Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Keith David, Anne Winters, Taran Killam, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Romany Malco, Ben Schwartz, Rob Riggle | Written by Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matthew Kellard, Nicholas Stoller, John Hamburg | Directed by Malcolm D. Lee

Tiffany Haddish and her Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee reteam in the Kevin Hart produced star vehicle Night School. A film which epitomises Hart’s career at the moment as an average simplistic venture into comedy that offers very little in the wake of either originality or personality, yet the recipient of financial success with such a weak time for the genre available for audiences to indulge and celebrate.

Night School is as straightforward and inconsequential, both contextually and conceptually, as one can imagine for such a venture. It is a grab and run sort of operation at the core of production. A cash grab if you will.
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Sharon Horgan Developing Amazon Drama ‘Dirty’ With ‘Peaky Blinders’ Producer Caryn Mandabach & Danny Brocklehurst

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Sharon Horgan Developing Amazon Drama ‘Dirty’ With ‘Peaky Blinders’ Producer Caryn Mandabach & Danny Brocklehurst
Sharon Horgan is teaming with Peaky Blinders producer Caryn Mandabach Productions on a morally complex drama for Amazon.

Horgan’s Merman, Mandabach’s indie and Kapital Entertainment are developing Dirty, written by Danny Brocklehurst, creator of Netflix’s Safe.

The drama is a brutally honest look at modern lives; the story of a principled woman who takes her first steps into a world of moral complexity. She discovers that everyone has their secrets, and that everyone, to some extent, is dirty.

Mandabach, Jamie Glazebrook, Horgan, Merman co-founder Clelia Mountford, Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment and Brocklehurst will exec produce.

Dirty is the latest project for Amazon since Catastrophe co-creator Horgan inked an overall deal with the Svod service; she is currently working with Meet The Parents’ John Hamburg and Ian Helfer on a comedy about a socially awkward broke single woman that will star herself and Game Night’s Billy Magnussen.
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‘Night School’ to Top Box Office Over ‘Smallfoot’

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‘Night School’ to Top Box Office Over ‘Smallfoot’
“Night Schoolâ€. is kicking off its box office run with top marks.

The Universal film starring Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart is on its way to an estimated $26 million from 3,010 North American sites to land at No. 1, though the debut of Warner Bros.’ animated “Smallfootâ€. is close behind with $23 million from 4,131 domestic locations.

“Night Schoolâ€. stars Hart as a man who must get his Ged after facing job stagnation, with Haddish as his unconventional teacher. Rob Riggle, Taran KillamRomany MalcoKeith David, and Loretta Devine also star in the comedy, which was directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film is sitting at a 30% Rotten Tomatoes score and 60% audience score, and received a A- CinemaScore. Writing credits include Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matt Kellard, Nicholas Stoller, and John Hamburg. “Night Schoolâ€. earned about $9 million on Friday.

Meanwhile, “Smallfoot,â€. which features a star-studded voice cast including Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Corden,
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Film Review: ‘Night School’ Can’t Get to a Passing Grade

Chicago – “Night School” is the latest undistinguished product to come off the Kevin Hart assembly line. If you’re a fan of Hart’s motormouthed and hyperactive small time schtick, you’ll find that this will just barely passed the test. But if you’re not, this movie won’t change anyone’s mind.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Hart stars as a high school dropout named Teddy whose dreams of operating his own his own BBQ grill store literally goes up in flames. He’s also living paycheck to paycheck while attempting to act like a baller and trying to hold on to his fiancé Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke), who is clearly out of his league. So this leads him back to his old high school to take night school classes, to get his Ged through an overworked teacher named Carrie (Tiffany Haddish).

“Night School” opens everywhere in on September 28th. Featuring Kevin Hart,
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Comedy Series Starring Sharon Horgan and Billy Magnussen in the Works at Amazon

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Comedy Series Starring Sharon Horgan and Billy Magnussen in the Works at Amazon
Amazon has given a script-to-series commitment for a comedy series starring Sharon Horgan and Billy Magnussen.

The series will follow Horgan as a socially awkward and broke single woman who decides to start a self-help company. She recruits a former male gymnast, played by Magnussen, to be the face of her new brand.

Horgan (“Catastrophe”) co-writes the series with John Hamburg and Ian Helfer, with Hamburg directing. The series is produced by Amazon Studios, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Clelia Mountford’s UK-based Merman and Horgan, who will executive produce with Mountford, Hamburg, Kaplan and Dana Honor for Kapital Entertainment.

Also Read: Emmy Quickie: 'Catastrophe' Star Sharon Horgan on Body Odor and the 'A-hole Pass' (Exclusive Video)

Horgan signed a first-look deal with Amazon in January of this year. She earned an Emmy nomination with co-writer Rob Delaney for the comedy series “Catastrophe” in 2016. She is repped by Wme,
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Sharon Horgan Comedy Series In Works At Amazon From John Hamburg, Ian Helfer & Kapital; Billy Magnussen To Co-Star

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Sharon Horgan Comedy Series In Works At Amazon From John Hamburg, Ian Helfer & Kapital; Billy Magnussen To Co-Star
Exclusive: Catastrophe co-creator and star Sharon Horgan is eying another potential starring vehicle at Amazon. The streaming network has given a script-to-series commitment to a comedy series to star Horgan and Billy Magnussoen (Game Night). It hails from Horgan, John Hamburg (Meet the Parents) and his frequent collaborator Ian Helfer. Amazon Studios produces with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Horgan and and Clelia Mountford’s UK-based Merman.

Co-written by Horgan, Hamburg and Helfer and to be directed by Hamburg, the untitled comedy centers on a socially awkward, broke, single woman (Horgan) who launches a self-help company and recruits a handsome former male gymnast (Magnussen) to be the face of it.

Horgan and Mountford executive produce alongside Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment, Hamburg and Helfer.

The project stems from the overall deal Horgan and Merman inked with Amazon Studios earlier this year. The pact called for Horgan’s longtime TV collaborator,
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Kevin Hart goes back to school in new trailer for Night School

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Universal Pictures UK has released a new trailer for Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish comedy, Night School. A film which sees Hart reunite with his Ride Along and Think Like a Man series producer Will Packer.

Directed by Girls Trip’s Malcolm D. Lee from a script written by Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matt Kellard, Nicholas Stoller and John Hamburg. The film stars Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle, Taran Killam and Romany Malco.

Also in trailers – Aubrey Plaza stars in zany new trailer for An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

The film is released in UK cinemas September 28.

Night School Official Synopsis

The comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the Ged exam.

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New Night School Trailer Tries to Smack Some Smarts Into Kevin Hart

New Night School Trailer Tries to Smack Some Smarts Into Kevin Hart
The latest trailer for Night School, starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, focuses on the physical aspects of learning. The comedy is from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) and follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they'll pass the Ged exam. And by the look of the newest trailer, the group is having quite a hard time trying to get used to being back in high school with their tough-as-nails teacher, played by Haddish, who puts the majority of her focus on Hart's character.

Night School was written by Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matt Kellard, Nicholas Stoller, and John Hamburg. The comedy is the first screenwriting credit for Hart, aside from his standup specials. Kevin Hart is coming off of the massive success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which is getting the sequel treatment. Hart is also
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New ‘Night School’ Trailer Goes All-In on Tiffany Haddish

Universal Pictures has released a new Night School trailer for the upcoming comedy from Girls Trip and The Best Man Holiday filmmaker Malcolm D. Lee. The film stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish and revolves around a man who has to go back to school to get his Ged in order to become a financial analyst. Hart plays the student, while Haddish plays his teacher. Hart has a screenplay credit on the film, alongside Matthew Kellard, Harry Ratchford, Nicholas Stoller, John Hamburg and Joey Wells, marking the comedian’s first screenplay credit outside of his standup specials. But this trailer …
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Director David Semel Inks Deal With Kapital Entertainment

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Director David Semel Inks Deal With Kapital Entertainment
Top TV director David Semel has partnered with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Under the deal, Semel will direct the pilots and executive produce projects he develops with Kapital for broadcast, cable or streaming networks.

Semel, who will work with Kapital’s Kaplan and Dana Honor, has one of the best track records for a drama pilot director, with 18 of the pilots he has helmed going to series, including Man in the High Castle, Star Trek: Discovery, Heroes, Person of Interest, Madam Secretary and Code Black. He worked as producing director on House and Dawson’s Creek, and his episodic work includes Homeland, American Horror Story and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“Dave Semel has directed some of the best pilots and some of the best episodes I’ve ever seen, and he has tremendous taste in material,” Kaplan said. “We at Kapital are so excited to be tackling network, cable and streaming with Dave.
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TV Director Victor Gonzalez Inks Deal With Kapital Entertainment For Latino Multi-Camera Comedy Series

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TV Director Victor Gonzalez Inks Deal With Kapital Entertainment For Latino Multi-Camera Comedy Series
Sought-after multi-camera episodic director Victor Gonzalez has made an exclusive development arrangement with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Under the pact, Gonzalez via his Fortaleza Productions and Kapital’s Kaplan and Dana Honor will focus on content for the underserved Latino market, developing Latino-based multi-camera comedy series for broadcast, cable and streaming.

Gonzalez and Kaplan met more than five years ago when Gonzalez directed multiple episodes of two of Kaplan’s first series as a producer, Instant Mom and Wendell & Vinnie for Nick at Nite. Gonzalez has since helmed episodes of two other Kapital multi-camera series, CBSFriends with Better Lives and 9Jk.

After directing 5 episodes, about a third of the entire 9Jkl’s first-season order, this past season, Gonzalez is set to direct five episodes each of the initial 13-episode orders of Kapital’s two new multi-camera series for next season, The Neighborhood and Fam, both on CBS.

“I
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Night School Trailer #2 Has Tiffany Haddish Giving Kevin Hart a Beatdown

Night School Trailer #2 Has Tiffany Haddish Giving Kevin Hart a Beatdown
Kevin Hart is back, learning that pain can be a highly motivational tool thanks to Tiffany Haddish in the latest trailer for Night School. Girls Trip and The Best Man Holiday director Malcolm D. Lee helms the new comedy, which stars Hart as a man who has to go back to school to earn his Ged to advance his life and Haddish as the tough as nails teacher. The trailer takes some unexpected turns and it looks like a promising back to school comedy that will hit theaters at the end of September.

Kevin Hart wrote the screenplay for Night School alongside Matthew Kellard, Harry Ratchford, Nicholas Stoller, John Hamburg, and Joey Wells. The comedy marks the comedian's first screenplay credit outside of his standup specials. In addition to Hart and Tiffany Haddish, the movie also stars Ben Schwartz, Rob Riggle, and Romany Malco. However, the trailer wisely puts the
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