The entertainment industry's newest streaming service is nearly here: Quibi, the mobile-only short-form video platform launches April 6, and IndieWire is exclusively announcing the upcoming platform's slate of launch day documentaries.
“Run This City” is a newly-announced Quibi launch documentary that will follow Jasiel Correia II as he navigates his role as the youngest mayor ever elected to office. When the FBI indicts him for his former company, Correia vows to fight the charges and be vindicated. The series is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Archie Gips, and Brent Hodge. Javier Quintana serves as co-executive producer, while Brent Hodge serves as director.
Quibi is also getting into the world of food — specifically pasta. The previously announced “Shape of Pasta,” executive produced by Tim and Mike Duffy and April Jones, will premiere on Quibi April 6 and focus on chef Evan Funke's pursuit of pasta perfection. “NightGowns,” another previously announced series that will premiere with Quibi’s release, will follow a woman named Sasha as she adapts her critically-acclaimed Brooklyn drag revue into a full-on stage production.
The streaming service will also champion the world of athletics with “Prodigy,” a previously announced Megan Rapinoe-hosted series highlighting unprecedented athletic accomplishments. The launch series will focus on young athletes such as Jalen Green, Sha'Carri Richardson, Red Gerard, Regan Smith, Matthew Boling, Tyler Adams, Korey Foreman, and Chantel Navarro. Lucas Harger wrote the series, which is directed by Lukas Korver and Rand Getlin.
“Fierce Queens,” another previously announced project, will also hit Quibi on April 6. The nature series, presented and narrated by Reese Witherspoon and executive produced by Jo Shinner, will explore the females of the animal kingdom, ranging from ant queens to cheetahs.
IndieWire is also exclusively revealing the celebrity appearances on Lena Waithe's “You Ain't Got These,” a previously announced Quibi documentary that will also launch on April 6. Guest stars in the upcoming series, which is directed by James Adolphus and executed produced by Waithe, include Carmelo Anthony, Billie Jean King, Hasan Minhaj, Candance Parker, Questlove, Nas, Jazerai Allen- Lord, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Mike Epps, Jemele Hill, Lena Waithe, Josh Luber, and Eric Koston.
Quibi, which was created by Hollywood and Silicon Valley power players Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, will be available in two tiers: An ad-supported Quibi subscription will cost $4.99 per month, while an ad-free subscription will cost $7.99 per month. The service is...
Set to replace the couple's Sussex Royal brand, the not-for-profit organization's activities will include film and TV, according to paperwork filed in the U.S.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have outlined plans for a new charitable foundation called Archewell.
Set to replace their Sussex Royal brand and first reported in The Daily Telegraph Monday, Archewell will reportedly include a multi-media educational empire and wellbeing website.
The couple told the paper that further details about the organization had been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but an announcement would be made "when the time is right."
According to paperwork filed in the United States last month and seen by The Hollywood Reporter, activities under the L.A.-based operation would include the production of "motion picture films, articles, books, audio books, podcasts, audiovisual entertainment, television shows, digital entertainment content, and informational programming."
Since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex first revealed their shocking exit — dubbed "Megxit" — from the U.K. royal family in January and their plan to become financially independent, there has been a great deal of speculation about their next move, and whether they would attempt forge a path in Hollywood, similar to the deal Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground production banner signed with Netflix.
Since then, the couple have moved to L.A. and Markle has recorded the voiceover for the Disney nature documentary Elephant, which recently debuted on Disney+.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the two said that the name Archewell derives from the Greek word meaning source of action, and was the inspiration behind the name of their baby son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
"We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son's name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters," they said. "Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right."
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Jill Halfpenny, Jonas Armstrong and Rupert Penry-Jones are to star in an identity thriller for British broadcaster Channel 5 from Noel Clarke and Jason Maza’s Unstoppable Film & Television.
The Drowning is the latest drama order for the ViacomCBS network, which has been aggressively ramping up its scripted slate with shows including Cold Call and Penance.
The Drowning starts when Jodie, played by Liar's Halfpenny, catches sight of Daniel, played by newcomer Cody Molko, a teenage boy, she is convinced she has found her missing son. Whether she is right or not, in that moment her spark of hope is ignited and she commits to a dangerous and transgressive path that will take her to the edge of reason. How far will she go? How far would any of us go to find a missing child?
Since losing her son eight years ago, Jodie has been rebuilding her life but when she catches sight of Daniel it threatens to up-end the life that she has carefully pieced back together. Jonas Armstrong Ripper Street plays Jason, Jodie's only sibling, the only real support she has had in her life. Always in control, he is a practising lawyer, on the cusp of a huge promotion. Cranford's Deborah Findlay plays Lynn, Jodie’s mother, with whom she has a fractious relationship. Rupert Penry-Jones Stan Lee’s Lucky Man plays his father Mark, an architect that keeps a tight rein on his emotions and on his son’s life.
Filming will take place in Dublin and the four-part drama will transmit on Channel 5 later in 2020.
The Drowning is written by Tim Dynevor Emmerdale, directed by Carolina Giametta Vera and is produced by Mary McCarthy. The executive producers are Clarke and Maza, who work on Sky's Bulletproof, Alexandra Stone, and Catriona Mckenzie. It is created by Francesca Brill Cuckoo and Luke Watson Britannia. Sebastian Cardwell serves as the Commissioning Editor for Channel 5. It is produced by Clarke and Maza's Unstoppable Film & Television in association with All3Media International.
Clarke and Maza said, “We are delighted to be working with the hugely talented Jill Halfpenny, Jonas Armstrong and Rupert Penry Jones on The Drowning, which is being lead by the brilliant director, Carolina Giametta. Working with Carolina and our wonderful writer, Tim Dynevor, the creative process has been a joy. We could not be more excited to collaborate with Channel 5 to bring this story to the screen.”
Channel 5 Deputy Director of Programmes, ViacomCBS Networks International UK, Sebastian Cardwell added, “We are thrilled to be working with the team at Unstoppable on this exciting addition to Channel 5's ever growing drama slate. We hope that audiences will be gripped across the series.”
John Oliver made his return to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on March 29 after a brief hiatus due to the coronavirus, and the late night host wasted no time ripping Donald Trump for his “failed” and “irresponsible” response to the global pandemic. As Oliver said, “Again and again, Trump has failed to give this crisis the seriousness it deserves…It didn't need to be this hard. That is why it is so profoundly disheartening that we are being led through this crisis by a man who may be less equipped to deal with this historical moment than anyone in recorded history.”
“It's critically important for America to be getting a clear, consistent message about the severity of the threat we're currently facing,” Oliver added. “That is the only way we will be able to manage this virus, contain casualties, and get back to something resembling normalcy.”
Oliver expressed criticism over Trump’s delay in responding to the coronavirus threat, noting that Trump could have helped solve the nationwide shortage in hospital masks and ventilators by enacting the Defense Production Act as early as late January or February. Had Trump made the move, he would have pushed companies like General Motors to produce supplies sooner. Oliver argued Trump waited too long, only to tell the country that his administration is ahead of the outbreak.
“It’s worth taking a moment to appreciate just how irresponsible that attitude is,” Oliver said. “Because we wasted so much time that we could have spent preparing, the virus is now widespread. And thanks to how we have massively botched the rollout of testing the virus, we still don’t know how exactly how bad things are.”
Oliver added, “For once, something has come along that is more toxic and more threatening that this president.” The television host concluded by saying he is “rooting for [Trump] to do this better,” pointing to how Ohio governor Mike DeWine and New York governor Andrew Cuomo have responded.
The March 29 episode of “Last Week Tonight” was Oliver’s first since signing off for a hiatus on March 16. During that episode, Oliver blasted Trump’s coronavirus response as “catastrophic” and urged Americans to listen to the Center of Disease Control over the President when it comes to facts about the pandemic. Oliver said the White House’s response was a “complete mess” because of all the lies Trump has told the American people.
New episodes of “Last Week Tonight” air Sunday nights at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.