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May 27th: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Kat Graham Toplines Tammi Terrell Biopic

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EXCLUSIVE: The woman who teamed with Marvin Gaye on a string of 1960s Motown hits before dying of a brain tumor at age 24 is getting her own biopic. Tammi Terrell will be played by The Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham, who also is working her debut album with producer Babyface. Maryam Myika Day wrote the untitled project, which marks Graham’s feature debut and is being produced by Robert Teitel, Rose Ganguzza and Hilary Shor. Shooting is set for next year.

The film follows the brief but memorable career of Terrell, who started out as a backup singer in the James Brown Revue before scoring a few minor pop hits as a solo act. But she struck gold after being paired with hitmaking singer Gaye in early 1967, a teaming that produced such Motown classics as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Your Precious Love” and “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing.” In October 1967, Terrell collapsed onstage while performing with Gaye, and doctors diagnosed her with a brain tumor. She continued to record with Gaye and scored a few more solo hits before dying in 1970.

“I immediately connected to Tammi and her story in many ways and have felt the incredible need to tell it,” Graham said. “Tammi Terrell defined passion and soul itself. … Getting lost in the music enabled her to override life’s punishments — for when she sang, she could use the hurt to create greatness and give the world hope that maybe they could overcome their pain as well.”

The biopic is the first full-length feature through Graham’s Panthera Pictures production company. It is packaged through WME in conjunction with Charles Kings’ Macro.

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May 14th: The CW Boss On ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ & Future Of ‘Vampire Diaries’, ‘Supernatural’

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May 8th: CW Alum Claire Holt To Star In Thriller ’47 Meters Down’

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EXCLUSIVE: The Vampire Diaries and The Originals star Claire Holt has landed the co-lead role opposite Mandy Moore in 47 Meters Down, the Dimension Films underwater thriller that the label picked up last spring. Production is now set to start in June with Mark Lane and James Harris producing via their The Tea Shop and Film Company, the outfit behind Cockneys Vs. Zombies and Tower Block.

Moore boarded earlier this week. The two will play sisters on a dream vacation to Mexico who become trapped in a shark observation cage at the bottom of the ocean, with oxygen running low and hungry great whites circling nearby. They have less than an hour of air left to figure out how to get to the surface. Johannes Roberts is directing the pic and he co-wrote it with Ernest Riera. The picture is set to shoot in the UK and also at Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios’ new exterior water tank for the extensive underwater scenes which comprise the majority of the pic.

The Aussie-born Holt played Rebekah Mikaelson on Vampire Diaries and the spinoff Originals, and she’s ramping up her post-CW career in a big way with this as well as a role on NBC’s summer series Aquarius starring David Duchovny, which premieres May 28. She is repped by CAA, Affirmative Entertainment and Doug Stone.

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Feb 24th: Julie Plec’s CW Pilot ‘Cordon’ Casts Leads

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CW drama pilot Cordon has set its leads, casting David Gyasi (Intestellar), Christina Moses, Chris Wood and Kristen Gutoskie. Written by The Vampire Diaries and The Originals showrunner Julie Plec based on a Belgian format and directed by David Nutter, Cordon chronicles the aftermath of a deadly epidemic outbreak in Atlanta.

Gyasi and Moses will play the central characters, making the first time the CW has had a black leading duo. Gyasi plays Atlanta police major Alex “Lex” Carnahan, a resolute, loyal and good-hearted police officer who’s responsible for maintaining the cordoned area. Moses plays Jana, Lex’s capable girlfriend, who’s trapped inside the Cordon in an Atlanta office high-rise.

Plec has recruited The Vampire Diaries recurring player Wood to play Jake, a former renegade turned cop and Lex’s best friend who finds himself trapped inside the cordon. Gutoskie plays Katie, a twenty-something grade-school teacher and single mother who’s trapped inside the walls of Atlanta Midtown Hospital.

Gyasi is repped by Management 360; Wood isrepped by CAA and Brookside Artist Management; Gutoskie is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, manager Rob Gomez, and Canadian agent Sandra Gillis at Premiere Artists.

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Sep 16th: Nathan Parsons To Topline Amazon Pilot ‘Point Of Honor’

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True Blood alum Nathan Parsons is set as the lead in Point Of Honor, Amazon’s Civil War family drama pilot from Carlton Cuse and Randall Wallace. It centers on best friends and brothers-in-law, John Rodes (Parsons) and Robert Sumner, who find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. Australian-born Parsons, is repped by Creative Partners Group and Innovative Artists, played vampire Jackson on HBO’s True Blood and has been recurring on the CW’s The Originals as werewolf James.

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Aug 5th: IFC Films Bringing ‘Before I Disappear’ To North America

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Shawn Christensen wrote, directed and stars in the pic, which had its world premiere at SXSW and won the Audience Award for narrative feature. IFC Films has snagged North American rights to Before I Disappear, in which a guy at a low point in his life gets a call from his estranged sister asking him to take his 11-year-old niece (Fatima Ptacek) for the night. Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Richard Schiff and Ron Perlman co-star in the film based on the 2013 short Curfew. Before I Disappear will have its international premiere in the Venice Days sidebar at the Venice Film Festival before IFC opens it stateside in November. Arianna Bocco, SVP Acquisitions & Productions at Sundance Selects/IFC Films, and Manager of Acquisitions Sean Berney negotiated the deal with ICM Partners and Verve repping the filmmakers.

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Mar 27th: Julie Plec Inks New Overall Deal WIth Warner Bros. TV

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. TV is making sure one of the studio’s most prolific writer-producers, Julie Plec, is staying in the fold with a rich new three-year overall deal. Plec serves as showrunner on two WBTV series, The Vampire Diaries and its spinoff The Originals, both of which already have been renewed for next season. She developed The Vampire Diaries, based on the Alloy books, with Kevin Williamson and created The Originals. Additionally, she executive produces the CW/WBTV freshman drama The Tomorrow People, giving her three series on the air this season, the most for a writing producer on broadcast TV. Under the new pact, Plec will continue as showrunner on The Vampire Diaries, the CW’s highest rated series, as well as The Originals, the network’s top freshman series, and will develop new projects in addition to executive producing The Tomorrow People if it goes to a second season. After a stint as an executive at Williamson’s company, Plec segued to a writing career. She was a quick study – making her writing debut on ABC Family’s cult series Kyle XY before teaming with Williamson to develop The Vampire Diaries. Plec is with WME and attorney Eric Suddleson.

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Apr 23rd: XLrator Media Acquires ‘Warhouse’ Starring CW’s Joseph Morgan

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Joseph Morgan (CW’s The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) stars in Warhouse as a Royal Marine who awakens imprisoned and is forced to fight to the death against inhuman opponents again and again. XLrator will release the psychological thriller later this year. Director Luke Massey co-wrote the pic with producer Benjamin Read. Gordon and Lea Flome of XLrator Media and Jason Moring of Double Dutch International negotiated the deal.

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