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Bryn Sandberg

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‘Daily Show’ Showrunner Reflects on 23 Years Spent Skewering (and Making) the News

Through more than two decades at The Daily Show, showrunner and executive producer Jen Flanz thought she had seen it all. Then 2020 hit. “I’ve been there through a lot of things on the show,” says Flanz, ticking off a series of unprecedented moments including the Sept. 11 attacks and a New York blackout. But […]

‘The Boys’ Showrunner Reflects on Pressures of Adapting Fan-Favorite Property

When Eric Kripke heard that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were turning Garth Ennis’ comic book Preacher into a TV series, he was filled with envy. He had long been obsessed with the Irish writer’s oeuvre and wanted badly to be the one doing the adapting. Intent on airing his frustrations, Kripke got together with […]

‘Hacks’ Co-Creator Reflects on Series’ Long Journey to Screen

Back in 2015, Jen Statsky took a road trip with her close friends Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello to a monster truck rally in Portland, Maine. Downs was shooting a sketch for a Netflix comedy special, and Statsky and Aniello tagged along to help pitch jokes. On the ride up, they got to talking […]

The New Hollywood A-List, From Anya Taylor-Joy to Rege-Jean Page

Survey the industry’s top star-makers and they’ll all tell you a version of the same thing: Hollywood stardom isn’t what it used to be. Sure, a fresh-faced actor can still burst onto the scene, captivating industry insiders and audiences alike (as Timothée Chalamet did with Call Me by Your Name a few years back). But […]

Netflix to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations on All U.S. Productions

Netflix is making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory on its U.S. productions — at least in Zone A, the part of the set with actors. The move makes the streamer the first major studio to institute a blanket vaccination policy. A source says Netflix is closely following the recently updated return-to-work protocols agreed upon by the guilds […]

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Adding $330M to Film and TV Industry

As expected, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that offers Hollywood a generous boost. The new bill, which was proposed by lawmakers earlier in July and signed by Newsom on Wednesday at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, gives the film and television industry an additional $330 million in funding. The handout comes courtesy […]

Hollywood Can Mandate Vaccinations on Sets, Say Studios and Guilds in Short-Term Deal

Hollywood’s major studios and guilds have come to a tentative, short-term agreement on new on-set COVID-19 protocols, finally taking vaccines into account. In a joint statement, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and the industry’s top guilds — including SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, the DGA and the Teamsters — say that they’ve agreed to […]

Julio Torres to Write, Direct and Star in A24 Film (Exclusive)

Julio Torres is plotting his film debut. Sources say the comedian will write, direct and star in his own A24 comedy. While the film is still in the early stages and the plot is being kept under wraps, Tilda Swinton is attached the star in the project. Torres will produce the currently untitled movie alongside […]

Jessica Walter Earns Posthumous Emmy Nomination For ‘Archer’

Jessica Walter has been nominated for a posthumous Emmy Award. The actress, who passed away in March, is up for her voice-over work in FX/FXX’s animated comedy series Archer. Walter voiced the toxic matriarch Malory Archer, the abrasive mother of H. Jon Benjamin’s Sterling Archer. She’s being recognized for her work in the sixth episode […]

California on Track to Increase Film and TV Tax Credits By $330M

Hollywood could be looking at a sizable new hand out. A bill that was unveiled in the California state legislature Sunday night would boost the Golden State’s film and television tax credits program by $330 million, should Governor Gavin Newsom sign it. The bill’s sponsors include Senator Anthony Portantino and assembly members Wendy Carrillo and […]

Next Big Thing: Whitney Peak on How ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Reflects “Today’s Society”

Growing up in Uganda, Whitney Peak didn’t watch much TV. That all changed when her family moved to Canada when she was 9 and she discovered the Disney Channel. “Lizzie McGuire, That’s So Raven — all of that was my shit,” she says. So when she was 13 and heard a radio ad offering kids […]

New Production Studio to Launch on South Side of Chicago

Chicago’s South Side is getting a production studio. Regal Mile Studios, a 220,000 square foot, 6-acre media campus with sound stages, will be built later this year. Industry agency Gersh led the negotiations with industry partners for the new development. “Chicago, like many other key markets has long been at capacity,” says Roy Ashton, partner […]