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EXCLUSIVE: Chachi Senior, who previously oversaw alternative programming for the Paramount Network, has joined The Real Housewives of Atlanta producer Truly Original.
Senior becomes Head of Development at the Endemol Shine North America subsidiary.
This comes after he left Paramount Network last year, where he was head of alternative development and original programming at Paramount Network. At the ViacomCBS network, he oversaw franchises including Ink Master, produced by Truly Original, and Bar Rescue and exec produced docs including Time: The Kalief Browder Story, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story and Joe Berlinger-directed Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio.
Based in LA and New York he will oversee the company's development roster for all platforms and across all content genres including documentary, reality and formats as well as competition series and podcasts.
Truly Original, which is run by Co-Presidents and Co-CEOs Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, produces series including forthcoming Bravo show Family Karma, Paramount Network's Taylor Sheridan-exec produced The Last Cowboy as well as Ink Master and Ink Master: Grudge Match for Paramount Network, Deal or No Deal for CNBC, Basketball Wives for VH1, To Have & To Hold: Charlotte for OWN and Swamp People for History.
Hersh and Weinstock said, “Chachi is a uniquely talented executive — his creative chops and programming instincts derive from years as an award-winning producer, and a successful tenure as a network buyer and executive. He understands the world of independent production and its challenges, and is truly optimistic and bullish on the current media landscape. Chachi is a fantastic asset for Truly Original and we could not be more thrilled to welcome him.”
Senior added, “I'm incredibly fortunate at this stage of my career to have choices about my next chapter; ultimately, my desire was to be on the development and producing side of the business and that was cemented by getting to do it at Truly Original with Steven and Glenda. They consistently deliver at such a high level of quality, which is even more impressive given the size of their operation. Quality, creativity and entrepreneurship are at the heart of Truly Original and I am so proud and excited to be part of this team.”
Younger star Molly Bernard and Nike Kadri One Dollar have been added to the cast of Master, the Amazon Studios thriller starring Regina Hall. Zoe Renee and Amber Gray recently joined the film, which is written and directed by Mariama Diallo. Production is currently underway. The plot follows three black women who strive to find their place at the celebrated Ancaster College, an elite university in New England. It examines how each of these women will — or won't — survive in this space of privilege. Andrea Roa, Brad Becker-Parton and Joshua Astrachan will produce for Animal Kingdom with Hall and Terence Nance serving as executive producers. Bernard is repped by Innovative Artists and D2 Management. Kadri is repped by D2 and HCKR.
Patrick Duffy Dallas, You Again is set to appear in Lady of the Manor, the directorial debut film from Justin Long. Ryan Phillippe, Melanie Lynskey, Luis Guzman, and Judy Greer star in the pic, which was written by Long and his brother Christian Long. The plot centers on Hannah Lysnkey, an aimless, jobless, ne'er-do-well who stumbles into a gig as a re-enactment tour guide in a historic, antebellum estate. She soon discovers that she is not alone in her new home and winds up befriending the manor's resident ghost, the refined Lady Wadsworth Greer. With the help of college professor Max Long, this odd-couple must work together against the selfish ploys of the Lady's playboy descendent, Tanner Wadsworth Phillippe in order to right a centuries old injustice that has kept Lady's Wadsworth soul from rest. Tony Stopperan, Joseph Restaino, Dori Rath, Michael Brown, Nick Morgulis, Christian and Justin Long produced the project. Endeavor Content is handling worldwide rights.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is by one of the most successful movie franchises in history, though it does have its detractors, with some finding the movies the make up the series a little too similar to each other. Well, things could have been vastly different, as once upon a time, critically acclaimed auteur Quentin Tarantino had toyed with bringing Marvel superhero Luke Cage to the big screen himself.'There was a time before all this Marvel shit was coming out. It was after Reservoir Dogs, it was before Pulp Fiction, and I had thought about doing Luke Cage. Growing up I was a big comic book collector, and my two favorite [comic books] were Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, later Luke Cage: Power Man, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu. I also liked Werewolf by Night, that was a great one, and Tomb of Dracula was great, but my absolute hero was Luke Cage.'
Admittedly Tarantino's near-enticement to the comic book genre came very early in his career, just after making his seminal crime movie Reservoir Dogs, in fact. Tarantino stressed that he was the only white guy he know who read and collected Luke Cage comics over all the other superhero choices. The director did make sure to note that his Luke Cage adaptation would not have replaced Pulp Fiction as his second movie, rather the comic book caper would have been his third project instead of Jackie Brown. Ultimately, what stopped Quentin Tarantino from bringing the hero for hire to life was a struggle with casting.'What actually dissuaded me from doing it... was my comic geek friends talked me out of it. Because I had an idea that Larry Fishburne would've been the perfect guy to play Luke Cage. And I'm talking King of New York era Larry Fishburne. 'My name is Jimmy Jump.' ... But All my friends were like, 'No, no, listen, it's got to be Wesley Snipes.' And I go, 'Look, I like Wesley Snipes, but Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I think Fish is the man.' And they're like, 'Yeah, but he'd have to get in shape in a big way. Snipes is that way already!' And I go, 'Fuck that! That's not that important! Fuck you, you ruined the whole damn thing!''
So, we can blame Tarantino's opinionated friends for depriving us all of a Tarantino directed Luke Cage movie lead by Laurence Fishburne. Thanks a lot, guys. Of course, Wesley Snipes went on to find success in the comic book world playing the MArvel vampire-hunter Blade in all three Blade movies. As for Luke Cage, he was eventually played by actor Mike Colter in the 2 well-received Netflix seasons.
Tarantino was also asked about Martin Scorsese's recent comments regarding comic book movies, in which the Goodfellas director likened Marvel's output to being more like theme park rides than legitimate cinema.'Generationally does anyone think he is going to be a big fan of Captain Marvel or Doctor Strange and Ant-Man vs. the Wasp? You could've guessed THAT would've been his reaction.'
It is interesting to wonder...