Hesse won the Nobel prize for literature and became the most widely read and translated European author of the 20th century with approximately 150 million copies of his works in circulation around the world. His other books include "Steppenwolf" and "Siddhartha."” />
Producers Eric Kopeloff and Philip Schulz-Deyle have optioned Hermann Hesse’s "Demian" and plan to adapt the novel into a feature film. Nick Kreiss ("Afraid") has penned a screenplay with cinematographer Andre Lascaris ("About Alex") and under the supervision of the Hesse estate.
Hesse initially published the book under pseudonym of Emil Sinclair, before later being revealed as its author.
Kopeloff and Schulz-Deyle worked together on "Snowden." Kopeloff's other credits include "Monster’s Ball," "Savages" and " Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." Schulz-Deyle was a line producer on "The Aviator" and "RV."
The book was a bestseller in the U.S. Kopeloff thinks the time is ripe for a new generation to rediscover "Demian." It found favor with the likes of Timothy Leary and Colin Wilson, who became enthusiastic boosters of the Hesse canon. and its story of spiritual enlightenment and self-discovery resonated first with readers in the post-World War I period and then later with members of the American counterculture of the 1960s, who embraced the novel yet again.
The novel focuses on a young boy named Emil Sinclair, who is struggling to find himself until he crosses paths with a young outcast called Demian, who challenges Emil’s core beliefs about sexuality, identity and friendship.
"We're living in a digital age, where a lot of our lives are dictated by social media," he says. It's about introspection and that's a welcome kind of journey for people to embark upon." This story is a fresh contrast. "There's an externalization of identity.
"That makes this feel as relevant to this time as it was 100 years ago." "During the pandemic, a lot of people have been forced to reexamine ourselves and to look inward," Kopeloff adds.

Founded in 2013, BondIt has posited over $150 million of capital into over 325 film, TV and other media projects. These include "Honest Thief" (starring Liam Neeson), "Midway" (a Roland Emmerich-directed WW2 film), "Loving Vincent" (the 2018 Oscar-nominated animated film) and "Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street" (an upcoming documentary on HBO Max).
Unlike other media industry financiers, BondIt offers in-house production and post-production infrastructure, designed to serve the unique needs of producers and their various projects, regardless of budget or profile.
BondIt works closely with sister companies Buffalo 8, which handles production, post-production and distribution, and ABS Payroll, which offers accounting and other financial services in the entertainment industry.
“Over the past three years we’ve formed a deep partnership with the team at Revere, leading to a meaningful expansion of BondIt’s financing capacity and executive production pipeline," BondIt CEO and co-founder Matthew Helderman said in a statement.
"We’re excited to extend our partnership with Revere to build off of that momentum together." “BondIt has nearly doubled in size since June 2020 when film and TV production activities began to ramp up following a pandemic-related slowdown," Helderman said.
The deal was structured by BondIt CFO Don McGreal and BondIt co-founder and COO Luke Taylor with Revere Capital’s Suman Mallick and Chris Gilker.” />
This news comes just days after BondIt closed the full financing and started production on "National Champions," directed by Ric Roman Waugh and produced by Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road production company.
BondIt Media Capital has increased its credit facility with Revere Capital by up to $70 million.

"The Good Doctor" has proven to be a very strong performer in delayed viewing, rising 397% above its live+same day audience in adults 18-49 for a 2.98 rating this season across all platforms after 35 days of playback. In the same time frame, it also averaged 12.1 million viewers per episode thus far in Season 4.
Morgan Reznick, Will Yun Lee as Dr. Audrey Lim, Fiona Gubelmann as Dr. Aaron Glassman, Christina Chang as Dr. Claire Browne, Hill Harper as Dr. Along with Highmore, the series also stars Antonia Thomas as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Richard Schiff as Dr. Alex Park, and Paige Spara as Lea Dilallo.
This marks ABC's first scripted renewal for the 2021-2022 season going into upfronts. Given the lingering effects of the pandemic on pilot season, Variety previously reported that broadcasters like ABC are largely expected to renew the majority of their current lineups rather than pick up new shows. "The Good Doctor" was predicted to return as are fellow ABC dramas “A Million Little Things,” “Big Sky,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Rebel,” “Station 19,” and "The Rookie."” />
David Shore developed the series, which is based on the South Korean medical drama of the same name. Sony Pictures Television and ABC Signature produce. Daniel Dae Kim, Erin Gunn, David Kim and Sebastian Lee are also executive producers. Shore also serves as executive producer and showrunner.
"The Good Doctor" has been renewed for Season 5 at ABC.
Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, who continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts at St. The popular medical drama Dr.

He is repped by CAA, United Agents and Anonymous Content.
It is based on the Keshet Broadcasting series "When Heroes Fly" created by Omri Givon and inspired by the eponymous novel by Amir Gutfreund. "Echo 3" was originally ordered at Apple in July 2020. The series will be shot in both English and Spanish.
Luke Evans has been cast in one of the lead roles of the upcoming Apple action-thriller series "Echo 3," Variety has learned.
When she goes missing along the Colombia-Venezuela border, her brother, Bambi (Evans), and her husband — two men with deep military experience and complicated pasts — struggle to find her in a drama set against the explosive backdrop of a secret war. The 10-episode series, which hails from Mark Boal, is set in South America and follows Amber Chesborough, a brilliant young scientist, who is the emotional center of a small American family.
The series will be produced by Apple and Keshet Studios, with Keshet Studios’ Peter Traugott serving as executive producer alongside Boal, Horwitch, Stan Wlodkowski, Omri Givon, Eitan Mansuri, Jonathan Doweck, Avi Nir of Keshet Media Group, Alon Shtruzman of Keshet International, and Karni Ziv of Keshet Broadcasting.” /> Boal created "Echo 3" and will serve as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Jason Horwitch.
Evans is known for starring in films like "The Three Musketeers," "Immortals," "Beauty and the Beast," and multiple entries in both the "Fast & Furious" and "The Hobbit" franchises. He has starred in a number of TV shows in recent years as well, including "The Alienist" at TNT and the upcoming "Nine Perfect Strangers" at Hulu.

At Amazon’s first NewFronts presentation for advertisers Monday, IMDb TV announced unscripted series with country star Luke Bryan and famed interior designer Jeff Lewis ("Flipping Out"). In addition, IMDb TV has ordered "On Call," a new half-hour drama from prolific producer Dick Wolf and Wolf Entertainment, Universal Television and ATTN:, following a pair of police officers on patrol in Long Beach, Calif., with each episode tracking the duo as they respond to a new radio call, arriving on the scene to resolve an incident.
Other IMDB TV upcoming series include a spinoff of Amazon Studios’ “Bosch”; the second season of “Alex Rider”; the comedy series “Sprung” from Greg Garcia; and an untitled Judge Judy Sheindlin show.
Those will join a growing slate of originals at IMDb TV, the two-year-old AVOD service that competes with the likes of the Roku Channel, Fox's Tubi, NBCU's Peacock and ViacomCBS's Pluto TV.
Overall, the company said, Amazon's over-the-top video services now reach over more than 120 million monthly viewers of ad-supported OTT content. In addition to IMDb TV, that number includes Twitch, the game-centric live-streaming service; live sports like the NFL's "Thursday Night Football" on Prime Video (whose exclusive rights to the games will kick in starting with the 2022 season, one year earlier than previously announced); third-party network and broadcaster apps; and Amazon’s News app.
The untitled Jeff Lewis series for IMDb TV will showcase his home design aesthetic and celebrity clientele. The series is executive produced by Jeff Lewis, Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan in association with Fly on the Wall Entertainment; Billy Taylor serves as the series showrunner. In each episode, Lewis is put to the test balancing high-maintenance celebs and ambitious home design projects while juggling his staff and personal life.
And IMDb TV has ordered a second season of "Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers," the original docuseries from LeBron James and Maverick Carter's Uninterrupted, following a new mecca of high school athletics just outside of Los Angeles.
IMDb TV, Amazon's free-streaming video service, has ratcheted up its spending on original content — and more broadly, the e-commerce giant is trying to make the case to Madison Avenue that it has amassed a huge audience for ad-supported video content.
The forthcoming "Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary" series will follow the multiplatinum country music superstar as he experiences triumphs and tragedies along the road to success using original home videos and interviews. The five-part docuseries from director Michael Monaco is set to premiere this summer on IMDb TV. Luke Bryan and Kerri Edwards serve as executive producers in association with Endeavor Content.
"We are trying to build a modern broadcast network," said Lauren Anderson, who is IMDb TV's co-head of content and programming with Ryan Pirozzi. We're looking at what people are fans of and bringing that to streaming." "We are being daypart-agnostic.
Most of IMDb TV's viewing is generated from licensed content. But execs see a rich opportunity to reel in more viewers with exclusive originals. Also Monday, IMDb TV announced five originals in development, including coming-of-age comedy “Primo” from “The Good Place” creator Michael Schur and author Shea Serrano.
IMDb TV has experienced a 138% increase in viewership year over year, although execs aren't revealing more specific metrics. According to Amazon, 62% of IMDb TV viewers are 18-49 and they spend 5.5 hours per week on average on the free streaming service. During the presentation, IMDb TV announced that it will continue expanding the distribution of its standalone app by launching this summer on iOS and Android devices.
Meanwhile, IMDb TV is bringing out "Bug Out," a true-crime docuseries about the theft of $50,000 worth of rare live insects from a bug zoo in Philadelphia and the cast of bug-runners, dealers and collectors involved in the bizarre crime. From The Cinemart, "Bug Out" is executive produced by Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason and Michael Gasparro; directed by Ben Feldman.
Among other announcements: IMDb TV said original heist drama series "Leverage: Redemption" will premiere Friday, July 9. Kate Rorick is showrunner and executive producer alongside Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson of Electric Entertainment; John Rogers and Chris Downey are consulting producers. (Watch the teaser trailer at this link.) The show stars Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf, Christian Kane, Aldis Hodge, Noah Wyle and Aleyse Shannon. The crime drama will debut with eight new episodes this summer followed by an additional eight episodes in the fall.
Those include licensed titles like "Schitt’s Creek," "Lost," "Mad Men," "Chicago Fire," "Columbo, "Murder She Wrote," and "Little House on the Prairie." The company touts IMDb TV as having half the ads of traditional linear TV.” /> IMDb TV — originally launched in January 2019 as "Freedive" — is Amazon's free streaming video service with thousands of movies and TV shows.

"Told through a backdrop of '90s grunge and rave culture, the series weaves between parallel and discordant memories of twin sisters growing up down the hall from one another." "'High School' is a story about finding your own identity — a journey made even more complicated when you have a twin whose own struggle and self-discovery so closely mimics your own," according to the working description of the series.
Vaughan’s best-selling graphic novel. Plan B's projects for Prime Video include "The Underground Railroad" from Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins, premiering May 13; series "Outer Range" created by Brian Watkins; and "Paper Girls," with Legendary Television, based on Brian K. "High School" is part of an overall TV deal between Plan B and Amazon Studios.
Other series coming to the AVOD service include a spinoff of Amazon Studios’ “Bosch”; the second season of “Alex Rider”; the comedy series “Sprung” from Greg Garcia; and an untitled Judge Judy Sheindlin show.” /> IMDb TV’s lineup of originals include two recently launched docuseries — “Moment of Truth” and “Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers,” which has been renewed for a second season.
The show, announced as part of Amazon's first-ever NewFronts presentation Monday, will be executive produced by identical twins Tegan and Sara and writer-director-actor Clea DuVall.
Twin music duo Tegan and Sara's best-selling memoir "High School" will be adapted as an original series for Amazon's IMDb TV free, ad-supported streaming service.
News of the Tegan and Sara project for IMDb TV comes after IMDb TV also announced orders for a half-hour crime drama from Dick Wolf, docuseries "Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary" and a home-design series with interior designer Jeff Lewis; and five originals in development, including coming-of-age comedy "Primo" from “The Good Place” creator Michael Schur and author Shea Serrano.
"High School" is a coming-of-age scripted series described as "a transcendent story of first loves and first songs." The series, to stream exclusively on IMDb TV, is produced by Amazon Studios and Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment.
Tegan and Sara Quin said in a joint statement, “We are incredibly excited to be working with Lauren, Ryan, and the fantastic IMDb TV team to bring 'High School' to life and apologize in advance to our mother for forcing her to relive this period of time with us again. We’ve made casting suggestions on her behalf to the incomparable Clea DuVall and our wonderful partners at Plan B.”
In addition to executive producing, DuVall will write and direct multiple episodes, including the pilot. DuVall recently directed and co-wrote holiday comedy "Happiest Season" on Hulu and co-created, executive produces and voices the character of Elsa in Fox’s new animated comedy "HouseBroken." She also is known for her on-camera roles in "The Handmaid’s Tale," "Veep," "Argo" and other movies and TV series.
DuVall commented, “I am grateful to Plan B, Amazon Studios and IMDb TV for their partnership in bringing Tegan and Sara’s beautiful and complex memoir to life."
“Tegan and Sara’s honest, vulnerable and deeply engaging memoir has captivated readers and we look forward to their authentic voice and Clea’s unique perspective being brought to life in this adaptation,” said Lauren Anderson and Ryan Pirozzi, co-heads of content and programming at IMDb TV, in a statement.

I received a lot of press, (including a page 1 story in Variety!) as word spread to thousands of independent artists who then joined NARAS, hoping to get their shot.
A couple of months later, I received feedback from Bill informing me that the powers-that-be thought the system was just fine the way it was. He said he'd pass it along to the proper chain of command. Oh well. In 2018, I took a crack at another petition addressing the awards process, and this time over 100 Recording Academy voting members signed it. I presented it in person to Bill Freimuth, senior VP of awards at the Recording Academy, who was very nice and receptive to our suggestions.
"Linda! I received another phone call from inside. My reaction was of genuine excitement and optimism for the future of music — an emotion and faith I haven't felt in relation to the Grammys in nearly a decade. Fast forward to April 30, 2021. The Trustees voted out the Nomination Review Committees!" Holy Shit.
One can only hope. Bravo! All of our votes actually count now? The world might discover a brilliant melody, arrangement, or lyric without auto-tune that moves our very souls? Could we see more nominated performers playing actual instruments in next year's show?! Until then, and hopefully forever more, may the Nominee Review Committees rest in peace.
There was no NRC in American Roots. I'm not sure how the major labels feel about the Recording Academy finally eliminating the Nomination Review Committees (NRC), but I can promise you that independent artists like me are doing back flips, just like I did the day I was nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for best Americana album — the first in the category without a label, publicist or manager. I, and the other four nominees received the most votes — period. How the fuck did that happen?
Then the following year, another indie, Al Walser, was nominated in the electronic dance music category, and magically, a NRC was added there, too. So I reached out to fellow members, and few were willing to rock the boat. and growing. During an interview, I mentioned my disappointment in the undisclosed rule change and was encouraged to start a petition opposing it. Perhaps it was a coincidence, but after the release of my book, which included these undisclosed new committees, the Recording Academy created and shared a chart with members showing which categories had NRCs. And then another and another. The column was long…
Not so fast.
And then I made the movie — "When I Sing," available on Amazon Prime. (Yes, we indie artists constantly have to self-promote and make no apologies for it.) I thought to myself, "Why are all of these people telling me this stuff? (May the hopes and dreams of Americana indie artists rest in peace.) I also received other calls about deep dark secrets about the business. Do they think I'm going to write a freaking book?" So I did. After the 54th annual Grammys in 2012, where I had the honor of losing to the late great Levon Helm, I received a phone call from "the inside." A pissed off Louis Meyers, co-founder of South By Southwest and executive director of Folk Alliance, introduced himself and informed me that because of my nomination, the big boys lobbied hard to add a Nomination Review Committee for American Roots, and succeeded — without transparency.
Former Recording Academy president Neil Portnow responded to these accusations about my controversial nod, telling the Associated Press, "It shows everybody has a shot; That really is the truth." Then the big label boys tried to break me. They made up and circulated a story that I cheated.
I was able to present my sixth album, "Emotional Jukebox," on a NARAS-hosted in-house social networking site called Grammy 365 (may it rest in peace), where members shared music for consideration. Because of that platform, and after playing in bars for 30 years, I finally got my break: a Grammy nomination.
When I found out about this new committee, I obviously took it personally, remembering Portnow's quote. It broke my heart that the struggling artists out there — who are that good — had no chance of grabbing the brass ring now. What happened to everybody having a shot? More like a firing squad aimed at the indies.
Linda Chorney is a singer-songwriter, noted filmmaker, author, public speaker and rebel who's spent four decades making music and performing all over the world. In addition to sharing the stage with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, the Beach Boys, Michael McDonald, Train, Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon and Jackson Browne, among others, she produced, wrote and starred in the docudrama "When I Sing" and has been a featured speaker at such industry gatherings as TEDx, Sundance and NAMM.” />

Jessica Williams and Chris "Comedian CP" Powell have joined "Love Life" Season 2 at HBO Max.
The pair joins William Jackson Harper, who will star in Season 2 of the anthology series. In addition, Rachelle Williams has come onboard as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Sam Boyd and Bridget Bedard, while Janet Hubert, Jordan Rock and Maya Kazan have joined the show as well.
Season 1 star and series executive producer Anna Kendrick will also appear in Season 2 along with Zoë Chao, Peter Vack and Nick Thune.
Rock (“Love,” “Big Time Adolescence,” The After Party”) will recur as Trae Lang, a confident, young writer who is resistant to Marcus's notes and feedback on his debut novel. Hubert (“Fresh Prince,” “The Last O.G.”) will appear in a recurring role as Donna Watkins, Marcus’s mother. Kazan (“The Knick,” “Mosaic”) guest stars as Emily Hexton, Marcus’s well-meaning and supportive wife, whom he met in grad school before the two of them moved to New York together.
Jessica Williams is repped by UTA, B. Powell is repped by CAA, Artists First and Morris Yorn. Hubert is repped by DGRW. Rachelle Williams is repped by Kaplan-Stahler Agency, Echo Lake Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Kazan is repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment. Company and Morris Yorn. Rock is repped by APA, Artists First and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
Powell (“Ole Bud's ANU Football Weekly,” “Detroiters,” “Oaklandia”) will play the charming and gregarious Yogi, who is committed to his girlfriend and two children, but lives vicariously through Marcus's exploits, offering unsolicited advice.
Rachelle Williams, Sam Boyd, and Bridget Bedard serve as co-showrunners and executive producers, with Kendrick, Harper, Paul Feig and Dan Magnante also executive producing. "Love Life" is produced by Lionsgate Television and Feigco Entertainment.” />
The rug pulled out from under him, he is plunged back into the search for the romantic fulfillment that he thought he had already found. Season 2 focuses on Marcus Watkins” (Harper) as he comes out of a years-long relationship with the woman he thought was going to be his person.
Williams (“2 Dope Queens,” “Booksmart,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3”) will star as Mia Hines, the beautiful, intelligent and somewhat unknowable object of Marcus’s affection. After forming a connection early in the season, she challenges Marcus’s ideas about himself and how he moves through the world.

NBC announced that the final two episodes of "Saturday Night Live" for its 46th season will welcome first-time hosts Keegan-Michael Key and Anya Taylor-Joy alongside respective freshman musical guests Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X.
Rodrigo, who will appear on the May 15 episode, is currently boasting the hit single "Drivers License" from her forthcoming debut album "Sour." The track debuted at No. It will be one of 11 songs featured on "Sour," which releases on May 21. 1 across major streaming services and broke the Spotify record for the most single-day streams for a non-holiday song.
Taylor-Joy, who recently took home Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her Netflix limited series "The Queen's Gambit," will host the season finale on May 22. Key, who rose to fame alongside Jordan Peele by creating and starring in the "Key and Peele" comedy series and will soon appear alongside "SNL" cast member Cecily Strong in Apple TV Plus' "Schmigadoon!", will host on May 15.
1 on the Billboard Global Excl. On May 22, Lil Nas X will take the Studio 8H stage at "SNL" to perform his viral single "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," and he will also perform a brand-new song. This week, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" officially rose to No. singles chart and two global charts. U.S.
While this will mark the SpaceX CEO's first appearance on the show, Cyrus will be making her sixth visit as a musical guest. The late-night sketch comedy series has been on hiatus for a few weeks, but these two newly-announced episodes are following the May 8 episode, which will welcome Elon Musk as host and Miley Cyrus as musical guest. Her most recent album, “Plastic Hearts,” bowed last November.
This season's musical acts have included the likes of Megan Thee Stallion, Jack White, Justin Bieber, H.E.R., The Strokes, Foo Fighters, Morgan Wallen, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Due Lipa, Machine Gun Kelly, Phoebe Bridgers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bad Bunny, Jack Harlow, St. Vincent and Kid Cudi.” />
Additional hosts this season have included Chris Rock, Bill Burr, Issa Rae, Adele, John Mulaney, Dave Chappelle, Jason Bateman, Timothée Chalamet, Kristen Wiig, John Krasinski, Dan Levy, Regina King, Regé-Jean Page, Nick Jonas, Maya Rudolph and Daniel Kaluuya.

“Whether you believe the decision [to suspend Trump] was justified or not, many people are understandably uncomfortable with the idea that tech companies have the power to ban elected leaders,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s VP of global affairs and communications, wrote in a blog post in January.
Echoing Zuckerberg’s past calls for clear government regulations that govern social media, Clegg wrote, “It would be better if these decisions were made according to frameworks agreed by democratically accountable lawmakers. But in the absence of such laws, there are decisions that we cannot duck."” />
Now, nearly four months later, Facebook's Oversight Board said it will issue a ruling on whether he'll be allowed back. 6 attack on the U.S. President Donald Trump was suspended from Facebook or Instagram over his role in the Jan. Former U.S. Capitol seeking to overturn the 2020 election.
Under the Oversight Board’s charter, the decisions it makes are binding and, allegedly, cannot be overruled by Zuckerberg or anyone else at Facebook. Facebook established the Oversight Board, which some have referred to as "Facebook's Supreme Court," to take that responsibility out of the hands of the social giant's executives.
Two weeks later, Facebook said the company was referring the decision about whether Trump's accounts would be reinstated to its Oversight Board, a 20-member organization established to adjudicate questions about content.
ET. Now the Oversight Board — which received more than 9,000 public comments about Trump's status at Facebook — said it would announce its decision in the matter on Wednesday, May 5, at around 9 a.m.
7 through at least President Biden's inauguration, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg citing the potential for ongoing violence for the decision. 8, while other internet companies have taken similar actions to “deplatform” him. "We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," Zuckerberg said at the time. Twitter banned Trump permanently on Jan. Facebook temporarily froze Trump's accounts on Jan.
Conservatives have blasted moves to deplatform Trump as infringing his political speech. Critics have long called on Facebook and other platforms to ban Trump to stop the spread of misinformation and inflammatory rhetoric.