The Morning Update for Monday, July 10, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, July 10, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) Imagine Inks First-Look Film and TV Deal With The Atavist MagazineIn a competitive situation with a number of studios and production companies pursuing, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine has made a two-year first-look deal with The Atavist Magazine for film and television. Under the pact, Imagine will develop film and television projects based on upcoming Atavist articles and also will have access to the digital magazine’s extensive archive. The Atavist Magazine, led by co-founder/editor in chief Evan Ratliff and executive editor Seyward Darby, publishes one nonfiction story a month with a focus on true stories featuring in-depth reporting by top journalists and writers. http://deadline.com/2017/07/imagine-film-and-tv-deal-the-atavist-magazine-1202125157/

(from Fri) Kristin Kreuk Starrer ‘Burden of Truth’ Loses Showrunners

Noelle Carbone and Adriana Maggs have stepped down from the Entertainment One, ICF Films and Eagle Vision legal drama. There’s no word yet on new showrunners to board the series. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/kristin-kreuk-starrer-burden-truth-loses-showrunners-1019415

(from Fri) ‘Castlevania’ Animated Series Renewed For Season 2 By NetflixOn the day of its Season 1 debut, Netflix has ordered a second season of its new original animated series Castlevania, based on the popular video games, from Wow! Unlimited Media’s Frederator Studios. http://deadline.com/2017/07/castlevania-animated-series-renewed-season-2-netflix-1202125024/

(review) Variety: ‘Will,’ TNT’s Punk Rock Take on William ShakespeareThe oddest assumption “Will” makes is in assuming that William Shakespeare, the OG of the English language, needs the patina of punk rock to make him cool. …The result is a wildly anachronistic historical drama with tons of flair, albeit flair that is neither original nor meaningful. In its defense, however, it manages to be fun — eventually. http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/tv-review-will-tnt-william-shakespeare-1202489775/

CASTING NEWS:

James Franco Reportedly Joins Coen Brothers TV SeriesJames Franco has reportedly lined up his next project. The actor is nearing a deal to star in the Coen Brothers anticipated TV series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. http://www.tvguide.com/news/james-franco-coen-brothers-ballad-of-buster-scruggs/

(from Fri) John Cho Joins The Exorcist Season 2 — Plus: New Plot and Setting Revealed
The Exorcist
has taken possession of John Cho, tapping the Sleepy Hollow vet to join the series’ second season as a regular. http://tvline.com/2017/07/07/john-cho-the-exorcist-season-2-fox/

(from Fri) ‘Misfits’ Reboot: Dave Foley & Charlie Saxton Cast In Freeform PilotDave Foley and Charlie Saxton are set as series regulars in the Freeform pilotMisfits, a supernatural drama from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire. http://deadline.com/2017/07/misfits-dave-foley-charlie-saxton-cast-freeform-pilot-1202125198/

(from Fri) ‘Supergirl’ Shake-Up: Erica Durance Replacing Laura Benanti‘Smallville’s’ former Lois Lane will take over the role of Supergirl’s mother. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/supergirl-shake-up-erica-durance-replacing-laura-benanti-1019448

(from Fri) ‘The Oath’: Katrina Law Cast As Female Lead In Crackle Drama SeriesFormer Training Day star Katrina Law is set as the female lead opposite Sean Bean in Crackle‘s upcoming drama series The Oath, executive produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television. http://deadline.com/2017/07/the-oath-katrina-law-cast-crackle-drama-series-sean-bean-1202125357/

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Star Randall Park Joins ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’
Randall Park
has come on board Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” to portray S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jimmy Woo. Park joins “Black Mirror” star Hannah John-Kamen, who was cast in a new role. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/ant-man-and-the-wasp-randall-park-1202489815/

NEW MEDIA / SVOD NEWS:

Starz Beefs up Programming With Focus on Kids, Spanish-Language ContentThe premium TV company, owned by Lionsgate, plans to grow its app, on-demand and OTT content offerings by 40 percent to 7,700 titles by year’s end. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/starz-beefing-up-programming-focus-kids-spanish-language-content-1018956

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Caitlyn Jenner to Guest Co-Host ‘The View’ This Week
Caitlyn Jenner
has been booked to guest co-host the chat show The View July 13-14. https://www.tvinsider.com/275939/caitlyn-jenner-to-guest-co-host-the-view-this-week/

Fusion to Rebrand Website as Splinter as TV Channel Broadens FocusThe shift comes as the Fusion TV channel plans more programming derived from digital properties owned by Univision, such as pop culture fare from the A.V. Club and the Onion and lifestyle material from Jalopnik and Gizmodo. The Fusion.net website will continue as the digital companion to the linear channel. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fusion-splinter-rebrand-univision-website-tv-1202489662/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Warner Bros. Digital Networks Adds Three Senior Management Execs
Warner Bros. Digital Networks
is bolstering its management ranks, adding senior executives in business development, strategic planning and marketing. Eric Besner has been named SVP Business Development; Greg Salter has been tapped SVP Business and Strategic Planning; and Katie Soo has been hired as SVP Marketing. http://deadline.com/2017/07/warner-bros-digital-networks-senior-management-execs-eric-besner-greg-slater-katie-soo-1202125866/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: Madison Avenue, NBC Wrangle Over $5 Million Super Bowl AdsAd buyers say they want to hold the line on the latest move to drive up the price of ads in the Super Bowl. With an audience that has soared consistently above 110 million since 2014, the Big Game has become one of the most reliable events on the media-industry calendar. But Madison Avenue seems eager to block TV networks from scoring more than $5 million for a 30-second TV ad in the pigskin classic. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/super-bowl-commercials-nbc-tv-advertising-1202489354/

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