specialty streamer Walter Presents, Russian creators “are going to get more and more people open and interested to want to watch more content,” he said. Through streaming hits such as the Netflix original sci-fi series “Better Than Us,” and the drama series “Russian Affairs,” which has sold to Amazon Prime and the U.K.
Kenneally appeared in conversation this week with Roskino head Evgenia Markova during the Key Buyers Event, which is taking place online June 8-10. The veteran agent spoke about how changes in the global film and TV biz have rewritten the playbook for discovering and developing foreign talent.
It took a pandemic, where people were home more, watching everything,” said Kenneally. “It just accelerated it.” “It’s crazy that it took the global streamers. The past year has spurred that process even more.
The veteran agent’s clients include Yorgos Lanthimos, Taika Waititi and Patty Jenkins, as well as notable Russian filmmakers Kantemir Balagov (“Beanpole”), Fedor Bondarchuk (“Invasion”), Kirill Serebrennikov (“Leto”) and Michael Idov (“The Humorist”).
That search has led him in the past few years to Russia and Eastern Europe, driven by the knowledge that “there’s a big and robust film business and TV business in [that] part of the world,” but “nobody in my end here knew how to navigate it.”
“Doing shows now that are with creatives from all over the world is becoming a much more prevalent business.” Today the job entails “identifying creators wherever they come from, whose voices tell stories that we can all connect with, and then involving them from the get-go,” he said.
If the world of film and TV has grown more global in recent years, driven in large part by the rise of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, the past year has only sped that process up. That's opening more doors than ever for foreign talent.
And there’s talent in every market,” said CAA agent Rob Kenneally. “The idea that it all starts and ends in Hollywood is such a forgotten memory.” “There’s a huge world out there.
Speaking during the Key Buyers Event, the world’s premier showcase of Russian content, Kenneally said that the current crop of emerging Russian talents “do want to work in a larger playing field than just in their region,” and noted that the industry was well on its way to proving that “the quality of [Russian] programming is every bit as good as anywhere else in the world.”
In the same way that VOD subscribers have grown accustomed to a streaming diet that spans the globe, agents like Kenneally are increasingly looking beyond borders. “We’re in one giant pot now.”” /> “I’m not going to be distinguishing Russia from Germany,” he said.
audience,” he said. He spent several years “doing my homework, watching films, trying to see if there was a filmmaker that had told a story that I thought would connect to a U.S. “I’m the first guy in the door, so it’s been fun,” Kenneally added. At the same time, companies such as Apple, Amazon and Netflix increasingly began to hunt for new talent from the region, as they upped their stakes in localized content strategies to grow their global subscriber base.
audiences, or packaged a promising international project with a mix of foreign and Hollywood stars. In years past, Kenneally explained, an agent might have bought the format rights of a successful foreign show in order to adapt it for U.S.

He will be based in the company’s Los Angeles office, where he will work with Latin artists including Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Becky G, Isabela Merced, Luis Fonsi, Mon Laferte, and others. Lopez Negrete began his career at the company in 2008. Rudy Lopez Negrete has rejoined CAA as an agent in the Music Touring department, specifically focused on leading brand partnerships for CAA’s Latin music clients.
He began his career at CAA as a trainee in the Music Touring department before transitioning to Lopez Negrete Communications, a Hispanic creative ad agency, where he was Head of Music and Content. He has also worked for entrepreneur Robert Earl. Most recently, Lopez Negrete was overseeing all multicultural efforts at Observatory Marketing, a CAA and Stagwell company.
“He’ll be a terrific addition to an already strong team focused on delivering the best in touring, marketing and brand sponsorships for today’s leading Latin artists.” “Rudy brings deep experience in building partnerships within the Latin music space,” said Darryl Eaton, CAA’s Co-Head of North America Contemporary Music.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be back at CAA working alongside the best in the business,” said Lopez Negrete. “Our Latin clients are pushing culture forward every single day and brands that partner with these artists will benefit from tapping into this incredible movement."” />

Highland Film Group will handle worldwide sales, which will launch at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. "Panama" will be produced by Michelle Chydzik Sowa and Michelle Reihel, with Barber also serving as executive producer.
Grillo's credits include the Captain America and Purge franchises. He's starring in the upcoming "Black and Blue," "Boss Level" and "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard."
 Grillo is represented by CAA and Management 360; Freeman is represented by CAA; and Adams is represented by Claire Best & Associates.” />
Barber. Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo are starring in the action movie "Panama" with Daniel Adams directing from a script he co-wrote with William R.
Freeman's been nominated for five Academy Awards and won for "Million Dollar Baby." Adams' directing credits include "The Lightkeepers," "The Golden Boys" and "An L.A. Minute."
Principal photography is set to commence in November. While navigating through the chaos of the local civil war, he must fight assassins, court femmes fatales and negotiate with the enemy in order to complete his mission. Inspired by true events and set in 1989 Panama, Grillo will portray a rugged, decorated ex-marine who is sent undercover by his former commander, played by Freeman, to execute a high-value deal with untrustworthy adversaries.

"For many of us, this election hinges on a single question: Do you want to negotiate a smart deal with the ATA now, or strike for no deal next year against the companies? Current leadership wants us to believe that our action will strengthen us in AMPTP negotiations, that our action against the agencies shows the companies that we mean business," Nagy said in her post.
It’s not for lack of paying packaging fees to agencies. "The truth is, the companies are not displeased with the action against the agencies," she said. That continues to happen — packages built around IP, directors, actors — but not around writers." "We’ve all heard the anecdotes from membership — studio execs praising direct access to writers —no gatekeepers, no middlemen — and yet we do not ask the pertinent question: why would they be happy about this?
Granted, in an election cycle where there is very little hard data being disseminated by current leadership, we are overly reliant on the anecdotal. "This is precisely what I’m hearing privately from dozens of members. "Could it be because when we largely rep ourselves we cut worse deals?" Nagy asked. Still, either we accept that our membership reports the truth to us, or we insist that every anecdote in contradiction to the current leadership narrative is anti-solidarity agency propaganda."
Nagy is the head of the Writers Forward Together slate with a platform that the WGA needs to get back to the bargaining table with the ATA after two months of staying away. The contest, which includes races for secretary-treasurer and eight board seats, is viewed as a referendum on the WGA’s hard-nosed approach — and how the WGA will handle upcoming negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
A negotiated solution with the ATA (Association of Talent Agents) now is what we truly believe gets us to the successful 2020 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement) negotiation we need and deserve. The risks against choosing the 'reasonable' course are simply too great to ignore," Nagy said in a post titled "Cutting to the Election Chase" on Wednesday. "After nearly a half year’s stasis, it’s necessary to recognize that a change in strategy is called for—and that’s what we offer.
Nagy also asserted the AMPTP's refusal in March to add an anti-packaging fee clause to the current master contract, citing concerns about possible violations of federal and state labor laws, means that the companies will exploit the current situation next year.
Phyllis Nagy, who is challenging Writers Guild of America West’s president David Goodman, is calling for a change in strategy in regard to the current stalemate between the WGA and Hollywood agents.
The guild is claiming that such fees are illegal and has sued CAA, WME, UTA and ICM Partners. That’s resulted in countersuits by CAA, WME and UTA, alleging that the guild is violating antitrust law.” /> The issue of packaging fees, under which agents are paid fees by the studio instead of commissioning their clients, is a critical part of the stalemate between the WGA and the agencies.
A trio of mid-size agencies — Verve, Buchwald and Kaplan Stahler — have signed agreements in recent months. Goodman announced on June 20 that the guild had called off negotiations with the ATA in favor of pursuing individual talks with nine top agencies as it enforces a total ban on packaging fees and affiliated production for agents representing guild members.
Ballots will be mailed on Aug. Election results will be announced on Sept. 29 to about 10,000 WGA West members. 16.

I’m thrilled to be joining the company and look forward to collaborating with the many talented teams across the organization as we continue to connect these iconic entertainment properties to the many communities of engaged fans around the world." Messinger commented, “I have a profound admiration for Activision Blizzard’s track record of developing enduring entertainment franchises.
Before joining Activision Blizzard, Messinger was briefly CEO of Verum Ventus, a strategic consulting company for C-level execs, which he joined in October 2018. Earlier in his career, Messinger led consumer marketing for Ticketmaster and held various roles at the Walt Disney Co. Prior to that, he spent more than 15 years at CAA, most recently as the co-head of marketing for the sports and entertainment agency. and marketing agency Leo Burnett Worldwide. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and a certificate in film and video from Duke University.
Activision Blizzard tapped David Messinger, a former 15-plus-year veteran of CAA, as its first corporate-wide chief marketing officer.
Messinger's "tenure in global entertainment and his expertise in strategic, award-winning marketing campaigns will help our communities to grow and further inspire our players to connect, compete and play,” Johnson said in a statement.
Activision Blizzard's titles include Activision's "Call of Duty" and "Spyro"; Blizzard Entertainment's "World of Warcraft," "Overwatch," "Hearthstone," "Diablo," "StarCraft," and "Heroes of the Storm"; and King's "Candy Crush."
For the quarter ended June 30, Activision Blizzard reported $1.40 billion in revenue, down 15% from $1.64 billion during the same quarter a year ago. The company attributed much of the user decline to its split with “Destiny” developer Bungie, which was announced earlier this year.” /> The company had 327 million monthly active users across all titles in Q2 — down 7% from 352 million in the year-earlier period.
In a separate management change, on Aug. 14, Brian Stolz shifted from serving as chief people officer (head of human resources) of Activision Blizzard to serving as a special adviser to CEO Bobby Kotick. Claudine Naughton, formerly AIG's chief human resources officer, has joined the company as chief people officer.
Messinger, based in Santa Monica, reports to Coddy Johnson, Activision Blizzard's president and COO. It's the first time the video-game company has appointed a CMO who will oversee the global marketing operations across all of Activision Blizzard brands.

LaBeouf can currently be seen in the feel-good film "Peanut Butter Falcon," and stars in the upcoming autobiographical drama "Honey Boy," which premiered at Sundance.
Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf will portray a father and son in the upcoming independent crime drama "After Exile."
LaBeouf will play an ex-con who, after being released from prison for killing an innocent man after a violent robbery, must re-enter his old life with his father (De Niro) in order to save his younger brother from a life of drugs and crime. De Niro will play another ex-con suffering from alcoholism and guilt.
Filming will start in Philadelphia in October. Anthony Thorne and Michael Tovo are writing the script. Joshua Michael Stern, whose credits include the Steve Jobs biopic "Jobs" and the Epix series "Graves," will handle directing duties.
In the meantime, De Niro is starring in Martin Scorsese's mob thriller "The Irishman" alongside Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel. He will also appear in Joaquin Phoenix's "Joker."
News was first reported by Deadline.” /> LaBeouf is represented by CAA, John Crosby Management and Matt Saver; De Niro is CAA and Stern is repped by MGMT’s Ken Stovitz.
Les Cohen will serve as executive producer, while Anthony Thorne and Steve Snyder of Pacific Shore Films are producing. Pacific Shore Films is financing the film.

Meredith Stiehm, co-chair of the Writers Guild of America's agent negotiating committee, has signed with Verve talent agency.
“Ninety-four cents for every dollar I earned is indefensible,” she added at the time.
Other notable WGA members repped by Verve include include Howard Deutch, Colin Trevorrow, Jac Schaeffer, Gil Bellows, Christopher Yost and Leigh Jankiak. Stiehm also served as an executive producer on Showtime's "Homeland," and co-created FX's adaptation of "The Bridge." She is working on an adaptation of Christina Alger's thriller novel "The Banker's Wife," produced by Federation Entertainment and starring Rosamund Pike.
Stiehm is also one of eight named plaintiffs in the WGA's April 17 suit against CAA, WME, UTA and ICM Partners, alleging the agencies have been acting illegally in collecting packaging fees. The WGA directed its members five days earlier to fire their agents following the major agencies' refusal to sign onto a new Code of Conduct, which bars the agencies from collecting packaging fees and from owning interests in production companies.
“Big Fish” screenwriter and WGA West board member John August announced on June 28 that he had signed with Verve, which had agreed to abide by the WGA's new rules governing talent agents on May 16. She's the second high-profile WGA leader to sign with Verve in recent days.
She said she was required to cut $500,000 from the budget of the show in order to get a final season on the air and discovered at that point that CAA was receiving a $75,000 per-episode packaging fee along with a profit participation that nearly matched her own. Stiehm spoke out during a March 12 news conference about her experiences while showrunner on “Cold Case,” noting that CAA had taken a packaging fee without informing her when “Cold Case” began its seven-season run.
Negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents have been futile, collapsing twice — first on April 12 and again on June 7. None of the agencies have done so, insisting that they will only bargain through the ATA.” /> WGA West president David Goodman announced on June 20 that the guild would only negotiate with WME, CAA, UTA, ICM Partners, Paradigm, Gersh, APA, Rothman Brecher and Kaplan Stahler.
Verve is by far the most prominent agency to sign on. The union argues that the fees create an unlawful conflict of interest and it's persuaded about 70 smaller agencies to sign the code.
The WGA has been hit by a trio of suits by CAA, WME and UTA alleging that the guild is abusing its collective bargaining authority. The WGA has brushed off the suits and sent a cease-and-desist letter on June 28 to the Association of Talent Agents and the top eight agencies, accusing them of having engaged in "collusive actions that constitute unlawful restraints of trade" under the Sherman Act including collusion and price-fixing. It asked for a response by July 15.

Prior to that, he worked at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for 22 years, handling labor and employment cases. Pete Wilson in 1998. He has presided over complex cases, including wage and hour class action suits, since 2008.” /> Highberger was appointed to the bench by Gov.
A judge on Wednesday ruled that the Writers Guild of America lawsuit against the major talent agencies is a "complex" case, likely postponing the day when it would get to trial.
Highberger of the L.A. Freeman granted the agencies' request on Wednesday, and reassigned the case to Judge William F. Judge Kenneth R. Superior Court's complex civil litigation program.
The WGA filed the lawsuit in April, seeking a ruling that would invalidate the agencies' decades-old practice of taking packaging fees. The agencies have accused the guild of fostering chaos and refusing to negotiate in good faith. The guild argues that the arrangement constitutes a breach of fiduciary duty. The guild has adopted a new code of conduct which bars packaging, and directed its members to fire their agents when the major agencies refused to sign it.
The case was initially assigned to Judge Marc Gross in the Santa Monica Superior Court. Judge Elaine Mandel was the next to get the case, and did not appear to have any conflicts. The case then went to Judge Craig Karlan, who agreed to step aside when both sides noted that he had once been a writer and had discussed a project with CAA. The WGA used a peremptory challenge to remove him because his wife used to work for the Endeavor Talent Agency. Highberger will be the fourth judge to oversee the case.
The legal maneuver suggests that the agencies believe they can outlast the guild in court. The agencies are still hoping to knock out the case early in the process, but appear to believe they can weaken the guild's position by driving up the cost of litigating the case to trial.
The WGA opposed the move. CAA and WME asked the court last week to make the designation, arguing that it will involve unusual legal theories and a review of thousands of writers' contracts. The designation means the case will be reassigned to a new judge and put on a slower track. Under court rules, civil cases are supposed to reach a disposition within two years, but complex cases are expected to take up to three years.

Screenwriter Max Landis is facing allegations of sexual abuse and psychological manipulation from eight women who told their stories to the Daily Beast.
Landis, 33, is the son of director John Landis. Known for writing the screenplay for "Chronicle," his most recent credit is the David Ayer film "Bright." Allegations against him have been aired on social media for the last year or more.
"To read about the terror he's inflicted on so many women since then makes me sick to my stomach."
Three of the women alleged that Landis choked them. Two more women described accounts of alleged sexual misconduct on movie sets. One woman alleged that Landis held her down and raped her, and would deliberately humiliate her because wanted to have sex with her while she was crying.
The Daily Beast also reported that, after a reassessment, Landis was removed as a producer from the upcoming Chloe Grace Moretz film "Shadow in the Cloud." The decision was made prior to the publication of Tuesday's report. Idris Elba was attached to star. "Deeper," a spec script Landis wrote and sold to MGM in 2016 has now fallen off the company's film slate, an MGM rep confirmed.
Do you understand what I’m saying? "He turned around and he put his hands around my throat and he got very close to my face and he said, ‘I will f—ing kill you. I will f—ing kill you,'" she told the publication.
She says that he continued to pressure her and coerced her into maintaining a sexual relationship. Ani Baker told the Daily Beast that she dated Landis for a while and then tried to end the relationship. At one point, she says Landis became enraged when she playfully slapped his rear end.
Landis did not respond to requests for comment on the report.
“He jokingly called me a ‘paint cat’ in reference to the ill-fated feline who tries desperately to escape the clutches of Pepe Le Pew,” she wrote in her statement. spokesperson had no immediate comment on the status of the project, but one studio insider said the project has been in turnaround for nearly two years, and is unlikely to ever come together. A Warner Bros.
Two of the women spoke on the record, and another five were identified by pseudonyms. The case was later dropped. An eighth women confirmed that she filed a police complaint against Landis in 2008, in which she alleged that he had sexually assaulted her while she was drunk and incapacitated.
"Chronicle" director Josh Trank posted on Twitter that he banned Landis from the set of the 2012 sci-fi film and that he "100% believe[s] every word of this article."
Finally, Landis has said he was hired by Warner Bros. to pen a standalone film for the cartoon character Pepé Le Pew in 2016 — a move cast in a different light by the allegations, which, according to the Daily Beast's report, included calling one woman "paint cat" while pursuing her.
While Landis signed with talent agency CAA in 2016, insiders told Variety he is no longer repped by the company. Landis has little on the professional horizon that could be compromised as a result of the accusations, a reactive measure Hollywood has used swiftly against men accused in the #MeToo era. It is unclear when they parted ways, and a CAA spokesperson had no comment.
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Lionsgate Television and FeigCo will produce. The series will follow a different protagonist’s quest for love each season, with each episode telling the story of one of their relationships. The series was created by Sam Boyd, who will also direct. Feig and Jessie Henderson will executive produce under the FeigCo Entertainment banner, with Bridget Bedard executive producing and Dan Magnante of FeigCo co-executive producing. Kendrick will executive produce in addition to starring.
Variety has learned that the upcoming streamer has ordered the romantic comedy anthology series "Love Life," the first season of which will star Kendrick with Feig executive producing. WarnerMedia has ordered a 10-episode first season of the half-hour series.
This marks the latest collaboration for Feig and Kendrick. She is known for her film work, including the "Pitch Perfect" and "Twilight" franchises, "Trolls," and "Into the Woods." She is repped by CAA and Morris Yorn. This will also be the first starring television role of Kendrick's career. The pair previously worked together on the 2018 film "A Simple Favor," in which Kendrick starred and Feig directed.
Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig are coming to the WarnerMedia streaming service
Feig has worked in both film and television, with his television credits including "Freaks & Geeks," "The Office," and "Arrested Development." He is repped by CAA and Sloane Offer.
Boyd is repped by Management 360.
He said that WarnerMedia will be looking to mine in-house properties to generate new content for the service but that not all originals would be based on WarnerMedia IP.” /> Kevin Reilly, the chief creative officer Turner and direct-to-consumer, said at the recent TCA winter press tour that a beta version of the service will not feature original content, with originals expected to begin launching in 2020.
The unnamed service currently has multiple projects in development, including a "Gremlins" animated series, which Variety exclusively reported on back in February. This also marks one of the first projects officially ordered to series at WarnerMedia's streaming service.

(TSPP), including a Chinese-language film together with Johnny Depp and his Infinitum Nihil partner Sam Sarkar. Salty Pictures, the production and finance company headed by Jonah Greenberg, CAA’s former head in China, has unveiled a five-picture production slate in tandem with Thailand’s The Studio Park Prods.
Studio Park is a leading facilities provider and property developer in Thailand, backed by the BBTV conglomerate. Its portfolio includes a recently built studio complex with five soundstages on the east side of Bangkok and equipment hire company Gearhead.
“Our objective with this agreement is to bring more movies to Thailand, to use our soundstages and properties,” said Kiki Narapimm Sundaravej, managing director of The Studio Park Thailand and TSP Production Services. Its maximum payout per film is $2.4 million. “We will also be facilitating [Thailand’s] production rebate scheme for our clients.” Thailand provides a 15% to 20% production rebate scheme open to films that spend $1.5 million (THB50 million) in-country.
Producers include Salty and Night Market Films, a company controlled by producer Desmond O’ Neill (“The Cave”). The first film under the Salty-TSSP deal is expected to be “Omeebo,” a sci-fi comedy thriller that marks the feature directing debut of renowned Bangkok-based vfx supervisor Stephan Zlotescu, from a script by Philip Gelatt (“Love Death & Robots,” “Rise of the Tomb Raider”). The budget is expected to be low enough to qualify for Thailand’s rebate.
The group is now launching TSPP as a production services company that will assist inbound international productions. The agreement with Salty does not call for TSPP to invest, but sees the company provide services at preferential rates.
Alan Greisman (“The Bucket List”) and Michael Shamberg (“Gattaca,” “Get Shorty,” “Erin Brockovich”) are producing, with Han Sanping, former head of China Film Group, set to executive produce.” /> A fifth project is “The Burma Road,” another war film. While no director is yet attached, the studio-level project is scripted by Bruce McKenna (“The Pacific,” “Band of Brothers”).
While the film is still in development, Chinese actor Liao Fan, who appears in Cannes competition title “Wild Goose Lake,” is already attached to star. “Taking Height 501” is an epic war film set in 1942 Burma (now Myanmar), and focusing on an incident when 800 Chinese troops rescued 7,000 British forces from Japanese control.
A third project is an English-Chinese adaptation of a story by Yan Geling. Yan is the acclaimed Chinese novelist who previously adapted “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” and who wrote the novel behind Zhang Yimou’s “The Flowers of War” and the screenplay of Feng Xiaogang’s smash hit “Youth.”
He is also an executive producer on Tom Waller’s “The Cave,” a Thai cave rescue film, which is now in post-production and being sold by Wild Bunch. Since leaving CAA, Beijing-based Greenberg has begun development of 15 film projects.
On a significantly larger scale, Depp and Infinitum Nihil partner Sarkar are joining Salty to produce their first Chinese-language film, “Year of the Rat.” It is a sci-fi action film depicting a war in the future.
This agreement both provides me with a regular partner, and makes those projects more cost-effective,” Greenberg told Variety. “As I put together my slate of projects, I found that several were connected to or could be filmed in Thailand. He will produce using a combination of Hong Kong-registered Salty Pictures and a related mainland Chinese entity.

Jake Gyllenhaal will star in and executive produce a limited series based on the Gary Shteyngart novel "Lake Success" that is currently in development at HBO, Variety has learned.
Shteyngart is the author of New York Times bestseller “Little Failure" and the novels “Super Sad True Love Story," “Absurdistan,” and “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook.” He is repped by CAA, Denise Shannon Literary Agency, and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Spezialy's past credits include shows like "The Leftovers," "Desperate Housewives," "Dead Like Me," "Manhattan," "Reaper," and "Castle Rock." He also co-developed the Starz series "Ash vs. He is repped CAA, Manage-ment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.” /> Evil Dead" and currently serves as executive producer on HBO's upcoming "Watchmen" series.
He will executive produce along with Riva Marker through their Nine Stories production banner along with Endeavor Content. Should the project go to series, it would mark Gyllenhaal's first leading role in a television series. Shteyngart will serve as co-writer and co-showrunner on the series along with Tom Spezialy.
Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, his brilliant wife Seema struggles to raise their autistic son and begins a tragicomic love affair of her own. In the series, narcissistic, self-deluded and hilariously divorced from the real world hedge fund manager Barry Cohen (Gyllenhaal) flees his family, his past, and the SEC on a cross-country bus ride in search of his college girlfriend and a last chance at romantic redemption.
“Gary’s novel is a beautifully executed character study highlighting the depth of human contradiction and complication, set against the timely backdrop of America today," said Gyllenhaal and Marker in a joint statement. "We are thrilled to partner with HBO, who has consistently been home to some of the most exciting and acclaimed premium content over the past two decades."
Marker is repped by WME and Paul Hastings LLP. Gyllenhaal and Nine Stories are repped by WME and Bloom Hergott.
Gyllenhaal is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, having earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for "Brokeback Mountain" and Golden Globe nominations for the films "Nightcrawler" and "Love & Other Drugs." He is also known for his roles in films such as "Donnie Darko," "Prisoners," and "Zodiac." Most recently, he starred in the films "Velvet Buzzsaw" and "The Sisters Brothers." He will also appear in the upcoming Marvel movie "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

"With a jaw-dropping mystery, stunning Southern setting, and endlessly fascinating female heroine at its center, I loved this book the moment I read it and am so excited to join forces with Elizabeth and her team to bring Delia's truly moving page-turner to the screen," Witherspoon said in a statement.
Gabler and Erin Siminoff will oversee production for Fox 2000.
Witherspoon's involvement is not a great surprise. The Oscar winner has been a champion of the book, selecting it for inclusion in her Reese's Book Club. Fox 2000 is also a natural home. "Where the Crawdads Sing," Delia Owens' debut novel, has been on the best-seller list for the past 12 weeks. Under the leadership of Elizabeth Gabler, the label has developed a knack for turning literary properties into movies, developing the likes of "The Fault in Our Stars" and "The Devil Wears Prada" into hit movies.
After her former boyfriend is found dead, Kya becomes the prime suspect in his murder. The book has been described as a mixture of a crime thriller and a coming-of-age tale. "Where the Crawdads Sing" is set in a small town in the South and focuses on a young woman named Kya who raises herself in the marshes after she is abandoned by her family. Witherspoon and her partner Lauren Levy Neustadter will produce the pic for Hello Sunshine.
Fox 2000 has acquired the best-selling novel "Where the Crawdads Sing" and has tapped Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine to produce a feature film adaptation.
"I knew and loved Delia's writing so when I saw that Reese's Book Club was recommending her new book, I started reading it right away. It is absolutely exquisite, so I immediately reached out to Reese and Lauren and said I wanted to bring it to life on film alongside them," Gabler said in a statement. "We at Fox 2000 have an incredible synergy with Reese, Lauren, and their team at Hello Sunshine, and I am elated that we can once again be partners in the creation of yet another extraordinary film from an outstanding literary property."
Other Hello Sunshine projects include a Hulu adaptation of Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller "Little Fires Everywhere" that will feature Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, and "Are You Sleeping," an adaptation of Kathleen Barber's novel of the same name that will be executive produced by and star Octavia Spencer. Witherspoon founded the company in 2016 with the goal of promoting female-driven projects. That fits in with "Where the Crawdads Sing," which is written be a female writer and has a female protagonist. The storyline is in keeping with Hello Sunshine's mandate.
They include "Cry of the Kalahari," "The Eye of the Elephant," and "Secrets of the Savanna." Owens is new to fiction writing, but she has literary experience, having co-authored three acclaimed non-fiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist.
G.P. Hello Sunshine is represented by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson. Owens is represented by CAA and Russell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. Putnam's Sons published "Where the Crawdads Sing" in August.” />

Ripa will executive produce along with Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini under their Milojo banner. Michael Ian Black will write and executive produce the series. Seacrest will executive produce via Ryan Seacrest Productions along with RSP's Nina Wass and Andrea Shay. ABC Studios will produce.
Black is known for acting in projects like "Wet Hot American Summer," "The State," and "Another Period." As a writer, he has written for "Another Period" and "The State" as well as the films "Wedding Daze" and "Run, Fatboy, Run!"
It is described as an ensemble comedy that explores the dynamics surrounding people's “work spouses,” who have very few boundaries with each other, and how that impacts their relationships with everyone else. The multi-camera series is titled "Work Wife" and has received a put pilot commitment at the network.
Black is repped by UTA and Schachter/Brown.” /> RSP is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobsen. Milojo Productions is repped by CAA and Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo.
Ripa and Seacrest currently co-host the syndicated ABC morning show "Live with Kelly and Ryan." Ripa has been with the show since 2001, with Seacrest joining as her permanent co-host last year. Seacrest also serves as the host of ABC's reboot of "American Idol." Both Ripa and Seacrest are currently under overall deals at ABC Studios.
ABC is developing a comedy series inspired by the real life friendship of Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

“Much like last year’s Film and Television Careers Summit, our goal is to provide these talented students with interactive and engaging programing that helps them take the first steps toward building a successful career in music, and create networking opportunities with industry leaders who are championing diversity and inclusion within their companies and the industry at large.” “Nashville is a dynamic city with a vibrant music community, making it the ideal setting for us to launch our first music industry-specific career event,” said CAA’s Ruben Garcia.
The event was named in honor of industry icon Barbara “Mother” Hubbard, Executive Director of the American Collegiate Talent Showcase (ACTS), whose program provides scholarships to students pursuing careers in the performing arts.
Among the participating industry leaders are Universal Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Mike Dungan; CAA Managing Partner and Head of Music Rob Light; Travis Myatt, Senior Director at music publisher Parallel Entertainment; Lou Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group; plus BMI songwriters/artists Cameron Bedell and Alex Hall, along with producer David Hodges, among others. As part of the event, participants will have the opportunity to learn from and meet with key executives representing a variety of business sectors; recruiters will also host workshops, providing attendees with insights into the tools and skills needed in today’s job market.
Additional sponsors include Concert Ideas, Pretty Polly Productions, How To Concerts, Babco Entertainment LLC, and More Music Group. Southwest Airlines and Lyft are the official airline and travel partner, respectively, of the event. The Hubb, hosted at CAA’s Nashville office beginning this past weekend, includes visits to Universal Music Group, Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group, and BMI.
In an effort to promote diversity in the music business, Creative Artists Agency today announced the Hubb, which is described as an invitation-only networking and professional development summit designed to provide diverse internship- and career-ready college students with the tools and resources needed to successfully enter the music business.
CAA says that in the past five years, roughly 43% of the interns in CAA’s global internship program have been ethnically diverse* and nearly 50% have been women.*” />

She is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary Management, Stone Manners Salners Agency, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Dreyfuss currently stars in the Broadway musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” as Zoe Murphy.
Boynton will next be seen starring opposite Rami Malek in "Bohemian Rhapsody," which explores the rise of iconic rock band Queen. She is repped by CAA and United Agents.
Jones will make her television debut in "The Politician."
Deutch can currently be seen starring in Netflix’s romantic comedy "Set It Up." She recently co-starred and produced "The Year of Spectacular Men," and appeared in Richard Linklater's "Everybody Wants Some." She is repped by CAA and Gilbertson Entertainment.
It is believed that there will be musical numbers in every episode. They join previously announced cast member Ben Platt, who will star. Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Laura Dreyfuss and Rahne Jones have been cast in the series, though the exact nature of their characters is being kept under wraps. The music-driven series is described as a satirical comedy revolving around a wealthy politician from Santa Barbara played by Platt.
The upcoming Ryan Murphy Netflix series "The Politician" has added four series regulars to its cast, Variety has learned.
The series hails from the “Glee” team of Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. Fox 21 Television Studios will produce for Netflix. Murphy will serve as writer, showrunner and executive producer, with Falchuk and Brennan serving as writers and executive producers. The streaming giant previously gave the series a two-season commitment.” />

Sources differed on how advanced the negotiations are; one said a deal is close to being finalized while another characterized the talks as nascent. CAA is packaging the series, to be produced by Matador Content and Religion of Sports, a sports-media firm founded by Gotham Chopra, Michael Strahan, Tom Brady and production company Dirty Robber.
Facebook has funded a few dozen original shows for Watch over the past year. With a price tag north of $10 million, the Ronaldo project would be the most aggressive bet so far to acquire high-profile content with worldwide appeal by the team headed by Ricky Van Veen, head of global creative strategy.
— Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.” />
Facebook is prepped to invest substantial coin in the project: The Portuguese footballer could get a paycheck of around $10 million for the 13-episode show, sources say. The social giant is in talks to bring the Ronaldo docu-series to Facebook Watch, its video platform for TV-style content, according to multiple sources.
Reps for Facebook, CAA and Religion of Sports declined to comment. Matador founder and CEO Jay Peterson did not respond to a request for information.
Ronaldo is the most popular athlete on Facebook — he has more than 120 million followers for his official page — and is among the most-recognized sports celebrities in the world. He plays for Spanish pro team Real Madrid and the national Portugal team, which was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup last Saturday after losing to Uruguay in the round of 16.
The company has ordered a scripted drama series from Ronaldo and Paul Lee’s newly launched studio, wiip, for Facebook Watch. That show is about a diverse high-school girls soccer team in upstate New York that inspires the local community to transcend racial, ethnic and class differences dividing it. Meanwhile, Ronaldo is already in business with Facebook.
Time,” which follows the 40-year-old New England Patriots QB both on and off the field in his 18th season in the NFL. According to sources, the Ronaldo reality show would be patterned on Tom Brady docu-series “Tom vs.
Facebook is in discussions for what could be its biggest original series deal to date: a reality show about global soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Variety has learned.
Time" debuted on Facebook Watch this past January just before Brady and the New England Patriots were defeated in Super Bowl LII by the Philadelphia Eagles. Episodes of the show, produced by Religion of Sports, have been viewed nearly 52 million times to date on Facebook. "Tom vs.
Sports-related programming in particular has done well out of the initial batch of Facebook Watch originals. The show, which has 1.5 million followers and is now in its third season, comes from Bunim-Murray Productions, the company behind such popular reality-TV fare as "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Those include “Ball in the Family,” following LaVar Ball, his wife, Tina, and his basketball-playing brood, including son Lonzo.

Alma Har'el is directing from LaBeouf's script. The producers are Automatik's Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold Features, and Christopher Leggett of Delirio Films. Stay Gold Features will finance the film. Automatik's Fred Berger is executive producing.
Jupe is repped by CAA, Grandview, and Hansen Jacobson.” />
Jupe's credits include the television shows "The Night Manager" and "Houdini and Doyle." He's appeared in George Clooney's "Suburbicon," opposite Jacob Tremblay in "Wonder," and with Sam Worthington in "Titan." He can currently be see on the big screen as the son of Emily Blunt and John Krasinski's characters in the hit horror movie "A Quiet Place."
Endeavor Content put together the financing and will co-represent worldwide rights with CAA.
"A Quiet Place" star Noah Jupe will play the young version of Shia LaBeouf in the independent drama "Honey Boy."
"Honey Boy" was LaBeouf's childhood nickname. The movie is about a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade. Lucas Hedges will portray the young-adult version of LaBeouf, while LaBeouf will play his own father. The project is loosely based on LaBeouf's life.

The movie was originally set up at Paramount, but Legendary quickly picked it up when the studio's rights to the pic expired.
Baird is represented by CAA, Independent Talent Group, and David Krintzman from Morris Yorn. Dinklage is repped by CAA and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein.” />
He most recently directed "Stan and Olie" starring John C. Baird has been a director on the rise after his dark comedy "Filth" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013. That pic is expected to bow in 2019. Reilly and Steve Coogan.
Dinklage is currently shooting the final season of his hit HBO series "Game of Thrones." He was recently seen in Fox Searchlight's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Dinklage will also star in the HBO film "My Dinner With Herve" and play a key role in Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War."
While Dinklage's deal is not done yet, he is on board to produce along with his business partner David Ginsberg through their production company Estuary Films. Andrew Dodge wrote the script.
The film follows a career con man who poses as a leprechaun in an elaborate scheme of vengeance.
Jon S. Baird has closed a deal to direct the Legendary Entertainment comedy "O'Lucky Day," with Peter Dinklage in negotiations to star.

Top hip-hop agents Caroline Yim and Zach Iser have left ICM Partners to join CAA, a source close to the situation confirms to Variety.
The source said that the competition for the bicoastal pair — who work together closely and rep Migos, Future, SZA, Kehlani, SchoolBoy Q, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Yachty, Anderson.Paak, Chris Brown and others — was fierce, with virtually every major agency in on the action. Ultimately, despite a strong proposal to keep the pair at ICM, they elected to join Rob Light at CAA. Yim is based in Los Angeles while Iser is on the East Coast in New York.
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That company is already a hip-hop powerhouse, with Cardi B, A$AP Rocky, Logic, Wu-Tang Clan and others.

As part of its investment, CAA will align its market-leading Premium Experience division under EBG's management, effective immediately. EBG will continue to lead the group's exclusive hospitality partnerships with MLB, NBA, and NHL, while amplifying the company's suite of service offerings including corporate hospitality, producing exclusive events, and private event management.
Broadway's largest theater owner and operator, the Shubert Organization, and EBG founder and chief executive officer Brett Reizen are also investors in EBG. EBG's distribution network also operates a group of consumer and B2B businesses, reaching more than 60 million users and selling over eight million admission tickets annually.
EBG serves more than 40,000 corporate clients with a combined reach of more than 50 million employees, providing access to book entertainment and travel through company-sanctioned perk programs.
CAA Premium Experience will also become part of EBG.” /> EBG will have access to CAA's resources and relationships within entertainment, sports, fashion, and culinary expand its offerings and services.
"Brett Reizen and his team at EBG have built a remarkable business that is unlike anything else in the marketplace," CAA president Richard Lovett said. "Providing its entertainment partners with unique access to its significant distribution pipeline, EBG's state-of-the-art technology integration with major ticketing and travel providers, combined with its direct-to-consumer relationships and data-driven approach, truly differentiates it from other organizations."
CAA has made an investment in Entertainment Benefits Group (EBG), one of the largest privately held travel and entertainment providers in the United States.
EBG's existing management team, led by Reizen, will continue to guide the efforts of the company's combined 470 employees based in offices in Miami, New York, Orlando, and Las Vegas.

The germ of the idea for Time's Up started with four female CAA agents: Maha Dakhil, Michelle Kydd Lee, Hylda Queally and Christy Haubegger, and then quickly expanded to include women from other prominent talent agencides including Nancy Josephson of WME, Blair Kohan of UTA and Lorrie Bartlett of ICM. Attorneys Tina Tchen and Roberta Kaplan spearheaded the launch of the defense fund.
The Time's Up effort came together in the wake of explosive reports from the New York Times and New Yorker about sexual assault and harassment allegations against indie film mogul Harvey Weinstein going back decades. The ensuing deluge of victims coming forward with stories of unwanted sexual advances and worse has impacted every corner of the economy, from politics, law, media and academia to culinary and hospitality world.
Time's Up also encompasses the entertainment industry-focused effort spearheaded by LucasFilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and Anita Hill.
The site features an open letter from "over 300 women who work in film, television and theater," although there are no signatures attached to the message that begins "Dear Sisters." The defense fund will be administered by the National Women's Law Center, according to the Time's Up website that went live today.
The website seeks donations from the public for the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund via the Go Fund Me platform. The Go Fund Me site lists the org's fundraising goal as $15 million.” /> As of early on New Year's Day, the effort has raised just over $13.4 million from 356 people, many of whom are boldface names.
Rhimes, Witherspoon, Universal Pictures chief Donna Langley and prominent showbiz lawyer Nina Shaw are among the key players. Contributors to the defense fund include Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Stacey Snider, Dana Walden, Regina King, Felicity Huffman, Megan Ellison, Kate Hudson, Viola Davis, Ava DuVernay, Alicia Vikander, Amy Poehler, Olivia Munn, Taylor Swift, Jessica Chastain, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, among many others. The New York Times reported the group was a loose coalition with numerous committees focused on various tasks but no central leaders.


"To every woman employed in agriculture who has had to fend off unwanted sexual advances from her boss, every housekeeper who has tried to escape an assaultive guest, every janitor trapped nightly in a building with a predatory supervisor, every waitress grabbed by a customer and expected to take it with a smile, every garment and factory worker forced to trade sexual acts for more shifts, every domestic worker or home health aide forcibly touched by a client, every immigrant woman silenced by the threat of her undocumented status being reported in retaliation for speaking up and to women in every industry who are subjected to indignities and offensive behavior that they are expected to tolerate to make a living: We stand with you. We support you," the letter read.
"No more silence. Time's Up," the org's website states. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse.


Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon and 300 other prominent women in the entertainment industry have launched an initiative dubbed Time's Up aimed at protecting women who are facing sexual harassment in all sectors of the workforce.
The Time's Up movement is also behind the call for women to wear black to the Golden Globe Awards in a sign of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment who have come forward in recent months with accusations against powerful figures.
The plan includes a legal defense fund seeded largely by donations from affluent women, a push for legislation to strengthen laws regarding workplace harassment and discrimination, and renewed backing for the "50/50 by 2020" push to bring parity to the executive suites at Hollywood studios and talent agencies.
Time's Up was also inspired by the open letter addressed to women in Hollywood sent in November by members of the National Farmworkers Women's Alliance pledging their support for victims who came forward against Weinstein and a host of other prominent men.
Rhimes and Witherspoon were among those spreading the word on Twitter.
Abrams and Katie McGrath have given $1 million. J.J. Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw's Wunderkinder Foundation and CAA have put up $2 million apiece. WME, ICM, and UTA have donated $1 million apiece to the effort. Paradigm donated $500,000.

David HarbourSeth Rogen will play legendary anchor Walter Cronkite in the upcoming film "Newsflash," centered on CBS' coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
David Gordon Green is directing the drama from Ben Jacoby's script. production president Greg Silverman is producing through his Stampede Ventures, along with Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment. Former Warner Bros.
Green is repped by CAA. "Newsflash" is being co-represented by CAA and UTA. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.” /> Jacoby is repped by Verve and Madhouse. Rogen is repped by UTA.
Rogen stars in James Franco's "The Disaster Artist." His dramatic roles include "50/50" and "Steve Jobs," portraying Steve Wozniak.
CBS returned to the soap opera, then interrupted it again with Cronkite's announcement of Kennedy's death: "From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official: President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time. 2 o'clock Eastern Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago." The network broke into its broadcast of "As the World Turns" for Cronkite to announce that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.
Green's credits include "Pineapple Express," "The Sitter," "Manglehorn," "Joe," and Jake Gyllenhaal's "Stronger." He's attached to direct the reboot of "Halloween" starring Jamie Lee Curtis.
Cronkite, who began working as a radio announcer in 1935, had been named the anchor of CBS' nightly newscast in 1962. The pic will also feature include Cronkite, newsman Dan Rather, producer Don Hewitt, and CBS network president James Aubrey.
Cronkite, 46 at the time, was referred to as "the most trusted man in America." He retired in 1981 and died in 2009.

Barris is the creator and executive producer of the ABC comedy "Black-ish," which is currently in its fourth season on the network. In addition, the series was nominated for two Golden Globe awards earlier Monday, including Best Television Series – Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for series star Anthony Anderson." Barris is also an executive producer on the "Black-ish" spinoff currently in the works at Freeform, "Grown-ish."
(Pictured: Kenya Barris, left; Alec Baldwin, right)” />
Her other credits include "NewsRadio" and "Gary Unmarried." Bean has served as a writer and co-executive producer on the ABC comedy "American Housewife," and also wrote for and co-executive produced the CBS comedy series "Mike & Molly," which starred Melissa McCarthy.
A multi-camera comedy series created by Kenya Barris, Alec Baldwin, and Julie Bean has landed a straight-to-series order at ABC, Variety has confirmed.
Deadline first reported this news
Baldwin is repped by CAA. Barris is repped by CAA, Principato Young, and attorney Gregg Gellman Yorn.
He currently hosts the revamped version of "The Match Game" for the network. Baldwin won two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and an six Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy "30 Rock." He most recently won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy for his portrayal of Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live." Baldwin set a first-look deal with ABC back in August to develop scripted and unscripted projects through his company El Dorado Pictures.
The untitled series follows a stuck-in-his-ways, opinionated, fading TV star who moves in with his progressive daughter, her girlfriend and the child they are raising together. ABC Studios, where all three creators have overall deals, will produce the series. Baldwin may also star in the series. All three will serve as executive producers on the project, with Barris and Bean also serving as showrunners and writers.

Gertner, who joined CAA in 1996, has helped guide the agency's motion picture literary business for nearly two decades, serving as co-head, along with Todd Feldman.
Risa Gertner, co-head of CAA's motion picture literary department, and Sherrie Sage Schwartz, the agency's global chief human resources officer, have joined CAA's management committee.
"Risa is not only a fantastically talented agent, but a proven and respected business leader with an acute understanding of our company, our clients, and the marketplace. Risa and Sherrie are extraordinary executives whose voices at the company leadership level will have lasting impact." "We are thrilled to welcome Sherrie and Risa to the management team, and are enormously excited about their important contributions in this new role," said CAA President Richard Lovett. Sherrie has been an outstanding leader of our people efforts companywide, building a first-class global human resources infrastructure and initiating successful strategic initiatives to improve hiring, training, development, benefits, and ways of working.
"Our company leaders have demonstrated exceptional stewardship and I am excited to play an even larger role in ensuring that CAA remains the best in the business." "I am proud to have held a leadership role at CAA for nearly 20 years, and to work with so many talented and smart colleagues in our department and around the agency," Gertner said.
Schwartz leads the agency's people efforts on a global scale, and has successfully implemented new programs tailored to support the agency's leadership needs.
They have been clear about, and enormously supportive of, the HR’s team's efforts to make sure CAA is always the best place one could choose to work, at all experience levels and from any background. We believe a diverse environment of intelligent, energized, thoughtful, and empowered employees brings out the best in everyone and creates the finest possible service for our clients."” /> Schwartz added, "I've been fortunate in my role to work with a superb management team who lead the agency with vision, purpose, and dignity.
The agency has also created a pair of operational groups, called finance and people & culture, to advise and propose initiatives to the agency's management committee.

Dark family secrets, a complicated social structure they don’t understand, old mistakes, and messy new relationships threaten to tear the Campbell family apart, even as they struggle to find their way back to each other. They move their two teenage kids to the island of tourist fantasies, but the reality of paradise is not all sun, surf, and sex on the beach. The untitled one-hour soap would follow a couple who, after twenty years of marriage, tries to reignite their passion and strengthen their family by starting over in paradise in Hawaii.
Kasdan and Mar are repped by WME, while Kasdan is also repped by repped Sloss Eckhouse LawCo.” /> Lavender and  Ulin are repped by CAA and attorney Todd Rubenstein.
Lavender and Ulin will write and executive produce. Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar will also executive produce. 20th Century Fox Television will produce.
Lavender and Ulin most recently collaborated as writers and executive producers on "Nashville." Prior  to that, they worked as co-producers and writers on "Missing" and as producers and writers on the reboot of "Charlie's Angels." Among their many other TV credits, both Mar and Kasdan currently serve as executive producers on the ABC comedies "Fresh Off the Boat" and "Speechless."
Fox has given a put pilot commitment to a family drama from "Nashville" alums Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin, Variety has learned.