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Lady Gaga, Post Malone Among 2019 World Soundtrack Awards Nominees

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Lady Gaga, Post Malone Among 2019 World Soundtrack Awards Nominees
Lady Gaga, Post Malone and Kris Bowers are among the contenders for the 2019 World Soundtrack Awards.

Other composers nominated for awards include Nicholas Britell (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Alan Silvestri (“Avengers: Endgame”) and John Powell (“How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World”) as well as Daniel Pemberton (“Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse”) and Benjamin Wallfisch (“Hellboy”). Bowers is in the running for TV Composer of the Year for his latest work on Ava Duvernay’s “When They See Us” which earned the composer his first Emmy nomination. Other works of Bowers recognized include “Black Monday,” “For The People,” and “Warriors of Liberty City.”

Along with Grammy award-winning song “Shallow,” Post Malone’s “Sunflower,”which appears on the soundtrack for “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse,” is nominated for best original song written for a film.

“We are pleased to see such a variety of young talents across all three categories, including multiple
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Steven Soderbergh To Exec Produce True-Crime Military Justice Docu-Series ‘Leavenworth’ For Starz – TCA

Steven Soderbergh To Exec Produce True-Crime Military Justice Docu-Series ‘Leavenworth’ For Starz – TCA
Steven Soderbergh is to exec produce a true-crime doc series about the military justice system for Starz.

The Lionsgate-backed broadcaster has ordered Leavenworth from the Magic Mike and Ocean’s Eleven director as well as Paul Pawlowski (Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive) and David Check (The Franchise).

The series, which was unveiled by Starz Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Hirsch at the TCA summer press tour, will premiere on the channel on October 20 2019.

Leavenworth tells the story of Clint Lorance, who is serving a 19-year sentence for murder at The United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth. While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, the former lieutenant ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them and outraging his platoon. In a first-hand account of a soldier navigating the Us Army’s legal system, Lorance seeks to overturn his conviction, provoking emotional debate between supporters and detractors that rises to the national stage.
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Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ sweeps the new Critics Choice Real TV Awards

Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ sweeps the new Critics Choice Real TV Awards
Queer Eye” was the biggest champ with four wins at the new Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards that were bestowed last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The gala event was hosted by comedian Loni Love and will air on VH1 on Sunday.

The four victories by “Queer Eye” included Best Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series, Best Lifestyle Show: Fashion/Beauty, Best Structured Series and Male Star of the Year for Jonathan Van Ness.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” also took multiple awards, prevailing for both Best Late-Night Talk Show (a tie with “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”) and Best Show Host for James Corden. Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” won the Short Form Series category, sending the Brit home with three trophies.

The race for Best Relationship Show also resulted in a tie: “Dating Around” and “Married at First Sight.”

Netflix, which led the networks in nominations,
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Last Year’s Winner: “Wild Wild Country

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: Since Netflix earned its first nomination (and win) in the category, only Netflix original series — or series that have benefitted from streaming on its platform — have won the category. “Making a Murderer” broke through for the digital giant in 2016, earning the initial nod and win, while “Wild Wild Country” took home the title again in 2018. In between, “Planet Earth II” won for BBC America (while “Chef’s Table” and “The Keepers” were nominated as Netflix originals). The initial “Planet Earth” and its sequel both stream on Netflix (and have for some time).

Fun Fact: In the 21 years this category has been active (it was called Outstanding Nonfiction Series before this and Outstanding Informational Series before that), PBS has won in 14 of those years and has 15 trophies, thanks to two of its programs tying in 1999. There has never been
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Steve James on ’America to Me’ and the Fight to Get Documentaries Seen in an Era of Too Much TV

Steve James on ’America to Me’ and the Fight to Get Documentaries Seen in an Era of Too Much TV
In 2003, Steve James’ first docuseries debuted on PBS. “The New Americans” was a seven-hour “verité style” film following a diverse group of immigrants and refugees who left their homes to move to America. The expansive, six-and-a-half-year project covered the subjects in their native countries as well as in the states, and all 411 minutes aired over three nights as one big event.

“It didn’t play theatrically because it was seven hours long,” James said. “It played at Idfa, SXSW, and one other film festival, and then it was on public television, and then it was gone.”

As James distinctly remembers, this was a time before streaming and DVRs, before Netflix and HBO sparked national news with buzzy docuseries, and before an era of peak TV led to massive libraries of endlessly accessible content.

“I remember thinking, ‘Jeez. All that work, it’s on television, and then it’s done,'” James said.
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The TVLine-Up: What's Returning, New and Leaving the Week of Oct. 21

The TVLine-Up: What's Returning, New and Leaving the Week of Oct. 21
This weekly feature is in addition to TVLine’s daily What to Watch listings.

With nearly 500 scripted shows now airing across broadcast, cable, streaming and whatever “Wattpad” is, it’s easy to forget that a favorite comedy is returning, or that the new “prestige drama” you anticipated is about to debut. So consider this our reminder to set your DVR, order a Season Pass, pop a fresh Memorex into the Vcr… however it is you roll.

Below you’ll find a four series premieres (including The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), five season premieres (including Midnight, Texas) and so much more.
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Here Are All the Movie and TV Projects LeBron James is Working On Right Now

Here Are All the Movie and TV Projects LeBron James is Working On Right Now
Even before he sets foot on the court in an NBA game this season, LeBron James has had quite a year. Continuing a steady stream of film and TV projects through his SpringHill Entertainment and longtime manager Maverick Carter, the basketball megastar has amassed an impressive list of development partnerships across the media landscape.

On the TV side alone, James has struck series deals with every broadcast network, many prestige cable outlets, and a streaming service to boot. Aside from the biggest title on his film docket, the long-awaited “Space Jam 2,” James has lent his stamp to a number of features that exist outside the basketball world.

And these aren’t solely ideas for the future, working their way toward a possible pickup. Since last fall, he’s helped produce all of the following films and programs:

high school football documentary “86 Blocks” for Fox Sports civil rights documentary “Rise
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Warner Bros.’ Shed Media Ups Dan Peirson & Lisa Shannon To Svp Programming

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Dan Peirson and Lisa Shannon have been promoted to Svp Programming for Shed Media, a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television.

“Dan and Lisa’s new appointment acknowledges their incredible contribution to the company, and their ability to set Shed’s programming apart from the pack,” said Pam Healey, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Shed Media, to whom both executives will report. Healey added, “Their expertise is immense, and promoting them is both recognition of this, and a strategic move. As our company continues to grow, Dan and Lisa will be tasked with building the programming department to oversee our diverse and rapidly expanding slate.”

The past year has been Shed Media’s busiest on record, with production of primetime broadcast television formats, premium cable services, original premium digital content and an Emmy nomination for Who Do You Think You Are? New content to which Peirson and Shannon
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‘Seau’ Review: ESPN’s Thoughtful Tribute to the ’90s Football Star Captures Everything Thrilling and Terrifying About the Sport

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‘Seau’ Review: ESPN’s Thoughtful Tribute to the ’90s Football Star Captures Everything Thrilling and Terrifying About the Sport
Watching a documentary about Junior Seau was never going to be an objective experience for me.

On long car rides to visit my grandparents in Oceanside, CA, I would bring along years of Chargers media guides, replete with decades of records, statistics, and game results I would try committing to memory as if they were holy texts. In the mid-’90s, the same defensive megastar would grace those covers year after year. It’s the same man, captured in his signature celebration pose, whose No. 55 jersey I would wear one Halloween as a scrawny grade-schooler posing as an NFL great. Wearing that plastic helmet would be the closest I’d come to playing football myself, but to this day, at the bottom of a dresser drawer, I still have a 1995 Afc Championship shirt. Guess who’s the only player on it.

“Seau,” the latest film under the ESPN “30 for 30” doc
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‘Warriors of Liberty City’: How His ‘Me So Horny’ Obscenity Battles Turned Luther ‘Uncle Luke’ Campbell Into an Activist

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The Liberty City Warriors youth sports league, the subject of a new Starz docuseries, has made quite an impact on its Miami community over the past three decades. Among the NFL stars it has spawned: Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, Devonta Freeman, Antonio Brown, Duke Johnson, and Teddy Bridgewater.

But for hip-hop icon Luther Campbell, who co-founded the organization to help the youth in his rough Miami neighborhood, those aren’t his favorite success stories. He points to City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, who appears in “Warriors of Liberty City,” the six-part docuseries that premieres on Sunday night.

“He was a little kid, smaller than everybody else, and started out by playing baseball, then went to play football,” Campbell recalled. “He ends up going to college and becomes a lawyer. He comes back from being a lawyer, travels the world, works as a public defender, then he comes back to the program.
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The CW Developing Female-Led ‘Lean On Me’ Drama Based On Movie From Wendy Calhoun, LeBron James & John Legend

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The CW has put in development Lean On Me, a female-led hourlong drama inspired by the 1989 film that starred Morgan Freeman, from writer Wendy Calhoun (Station 19), LeBron James & Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment, John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius’ Get Lifted, and Warner Bros. TV.

Written by Calhoun, in the potential series Lean On Me, when a spirited young black teacher Amarie Baldwin scores the principal job at an Akron, Ohio, public high school, she must dig deep to transform a failing campus into an urban oasis. In a time when education and school safety have life-or-death stakes, Amarie will take on a broken system that tests her mettle, love life and family. But can she keep her moxie in check in order to embody the aspirational educator that motivates and uplifts an entire community?

Calhoun executive produces with James and Carter via SpringHill and Legend, Jackson and Stiklorius via Get Lifted.
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NBC Buys Basketball-Themed Drama ‘Hoops’ Produced By LeBron James & Elizabeth Banks

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NBC is doubling its bet on series projects with basketball pedigree from NBA star LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment.

The network has given a script commitment plus penalty to basketball-themed drama Hoops, from writer Jennifer Cecil (Notorious), LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment, Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions, and Warner Bros. Television where both SpringHill and Brownstone are based.

NBC also recently gave a script commitment plus penalty to Brotherly Love, a single-camera comedy from 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, James and his SpringHill Entertainment as well as writer Kourtney Kang.

In Hoops, after years on the road as both a star player and coach in the Wnba, Stevie Decker jumps at the chance to return to her alma mater to become the first female head coach of a men’s college basketball team. But coming home isn’t easy as her
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LeBron James, Elizabeth Banks to Produce Basketball Drama in the Works at NBC

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LeBron James, Elizabeth Banks to Produce Basketball Drama in the Works at NBC
LeBron James and Elizabeth Banks are teaming up to executive produce a drama series titled “Hoops” currently in development at NBC, Variety has learned.

In the one-hour series, after years on the road as both a star player and coach in the WNBA, Stevie Decker jumps at the chance to return to her alma mater to become the first female head coach of a men’s college basketball team. But coming home isn’t easy as her career took a toll on her family and the school she loves is embroiled in a sex scandal involving her mentor, a legendary former coach. NBC has given the project a script commitment with a penalty attached.

The series hails from writer and executive producer Jennifer Cecil. James will executive produce under his SpringHill Entertainment banner along with SpringHill’s Maverick Carter. Banks will executive produce via her Brownstone Productions along with Max Handelman.
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‘Brotherly Love’ Siblings Comedy Inspired By Ben Simmons From LeBron James’ SpringHill & Kourtney Kang Set At NBC

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‘Brotherly Love’ Siblings Comedy Inspired By Ben Simmons From LeBron James’ SpringHill & Kourtney Kang Set At NBC
Exclusive: NBC has given a script commitment plus penalty to Brotherly Love, a single-camera comedy from 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, NBA superstar LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment as well as former Fresh Off the Boat co-executive producer Kourtney Kang.

Written by Kang’s brother, Patrick Kang, and Michael Levin, Brotherly Love is inspired by the life of Ben Simmons and centers on a unique sibling relationship within a multi-ethnic family. Together, they pursue their dreams while navigating life in the spotlight in Philadelphia, a passionate city where sports is in your blood, and your blood is always boiling.

Kourtney Kang executive produces alongside LeBron James and Maverick Carter via their SpringHill Entertainment. Patrick Kang and Michael Levin serve as co-executive producers, while Ben Simmons and his brother Sean Tribe will be consulting producers. Warner Bros. TV, where SpringHill has a deal, is the studio.

There is
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CBS Orders Competition Series ‘Million Dollar Mile’ From Producer LeBron James

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LeBron James is set to executive produce a competition series that has scored a series order at CBS.

The series is currently titled “Million Dollar Mile.” Contestants will have the chance to win $1 million every time they run the Million Dollar Mile. Standing in their way is a challenging course and a group of elite athletes with one mission: stop the contestants from winning the money at all costs.

CBS has ordered 10 episodes of the series. The series comes from “Big Brother” executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan with Fly on the Wall Entertainment along with James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment. The series is also produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron will oversee the project for SpringHill.

“LeBron represents the epitome of strength, vision and determination – all skills one will need to complete this one-of-a-kind course where every runner has a
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4 Things We Learned at TCA: Day 4

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Starz, Amazon, and AMC braved the TCA summer press tour on Saturday.

Charles Donalson III of the docuseries “America to Me” held the gathered reporters in rapt attention with an impassioned speech, while Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke touted the company’s diversity.

Here are 4 things we learned from Saturday’s session.

1. Charles Donalson III, one of the subjects of the Starz docuseries “America to Me,” held nothing back when he laced into TCA attendees about the real issues affecting minorities in America during the panel for “America to Me” and the other Starz docuseries, “Warriors of Liberty City.”

“I want each and every one of you to take away from both documentaries not that these are stories of black power or black struggle,” Donalson said. “That’s cool; we’ve seen that. But start giving us stuff where we ain’t got to struggle.”

“Don’t just say that you care,
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‘America to Me’ High-Schooler Charles Donalson III Scolds TCA Press Tour Over Wasteful Spending

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‘America to Me’ High-Schooler Charles Donalson III Scolds TCA Press Tour Over Wasteful Spending
America to Me” subject Charles Donalson III used his platform during the Starz docuseries panel at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday to call out what he called America’s “hoarding” of wealth, citing examples he saw right there at the conference’s Beverly Hilton setup.

The gap of financial resources is particularly prevalent in the entertainment industry, Donalson added. He’s now a small part of that business, and so is everyone he addressed.

The high school graduate pointed out “all the money it takes just to set up this room,” referring to the Beverly Hills Ballroom. He continued, “Jesus Christ, you know how much food you have out there? Y’all are laughing, but I’m being dead serious right now. You all know how much food it is out there?”

Also Read: 'Warriors of Liberty City': 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell Coaches Up Next
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Starz Announces ‘Vida’ Season 2 Casting, Debuts First Looks at ‘Warriors of Liberty City’ and ‘America to Me’

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The second season of “Vida” will see an expanded episode count (with 10) and an expanded cast, Starz announced at its Television Critics Assn. session Saturday. Roberta Colindrez has booked a series regular role in the sophomore year of Tanya Saracho’s Latinx half-hour.

Colindrez will play “Nico,” a new bartender at the family bar in the show that centers around two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who “couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other.”

Saracho is also set to make her directorial debut in this upcoming second season.

Starz also premiered the official trailer for docuseries “Warriors of Liberty City,” which explores the crime-ridden titular neighborhood of Miami, which is also arguably the NFL’s largest and most successful football factory. “Warriors of Liberty City” follows a season with the Liberty City Warriors, a youth football program founded by hip-hop pioneer Luther Campbell aka “Uncle Luke.
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‘Warriors of Liberty City': 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell Coaches Up Next Wave of NFL Talent (Video)

‘Warriors of Liberty City': 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell Coaches Up Next Wave of NFL Talent (Video)
Despite its small stature and dangerous nature, Miami’s Liberty City continues to churn out NFL talent — that’s at least partially due to the football program pioneered by 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell. It’s also the subject of the upcoming Starz docuseries, “Warriors of Liberty City,” which hails from executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

The series follows a season with the Liberty City Warriors, a youth football program founded by the rapper affectionately referred to as “Uncle Luke.” Beyond football, the Liberty City Warriors Optimist Club is a youth organization that sponsors sports teams, dance, cheerleading, tutoring and academic support.

Starz executives unveiled the trailer for “Warriors of Liberty City” Saturday at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour. Watch it above.

Also Read: Kendrick Lamar to Guest Star on Starz' 'Power'

Also during its time at TCA, Starz announced that Roberta Colindrez
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‘Warriors Of Liberty City’ And ‘America To Me’ From Starz Get First Looks At TCA

‘Warriors Of Liberty City’ And ‘America To Me’ From Starz Get First Looks At TCA
Starz has unveiled a first look trailer at the Television Critics Assn. Summer 2018 Press Tour for its new docuseries Warriors of Liberty City, which explores how a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami has risen to become a pipeline to the National Football League.

The docuseries follows a season with the Liberty City Warriors, a youth football program founded by hip-hop pioneer Luther Campbell of controversial rappers 2 Live Crew. Beyond football, the Liberty City Warriors Optimist Club is a youth organization that sponsors sports teams, dance, cheerleading, tutoring, and academic support.

Warriors of Liberty City premieres on Starz on Sunday, Sept.16th at 8:00 Pm Et/Pt.

Also released at TCA is the key art for the multipart unscripted documentary America to Me. Filmmaker Steve James explores a year at Chicagoland’s elite Oak Park and River Forest High School, detailing the pressures and challenges faced by students,
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