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Stand Up to Cancer Sets Live Pre-Show to Air Across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (EXCLUSIVE)

Stand Up to Cancer is expanding its biennial TV fundraising special with a live pre-show that will air Sept. 7 in a roadblock across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and iHeartMedia’s social platforms. Max Greenfield, “Teen Wolf” alum Tyler Posey, and actress Brenda Song will co-host the hourlong program, “It’s #Up2Us: Stand Up To Cancer | Digital  Full Article…

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Cobie Smulders Comedy ‘Alright Now’ Lands at Gravitas Ventures (EXCLUSIVE)

Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights to the Cobie Smulders comedy “Alright Now,” Variety has learned exclusively. Jamie Adams, whose credits include “Black Mountain Poets,” directed from her own script. “Alright Now” is produced by Unstoppable Film & Television and Dignity Film Finance through its Fivelanes label. The film will be released in  Full Article…

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Be For Films Snags Rights on San Sebastian Player ‘Midnight Runner’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Belgian-French sales company Be For Films has announced the pickup of international sales rights for debut Swiss director Hannes Baumgartner’s “Midnight Runner,” set to play as part of San Sebastian’s New Directors. The true-story feature turns on Jonas Widmer, one of Switzerland’s top long-distance runners, who dreams of one day participating in the Olympics. When not  Full Article…

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Twitter Names New Heads of U.S. News, Sports Content Partnerships (EXCLUSIVE)

Twitter has filled some key roles in its reorganized content partnerships group in the U.S. — promoting company insiders instead of outside hires. In June, Twitter’s global content partnerships group, led by VP Kay Madati, shifted to a regional management structure rather than one organized around content verticals. With the reorg, global video-partnerships head Todd  Full Article…

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NBCU Sees Primetime Ad Gains in TV’s Upfront Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Advertisers increased the amount of money they were willing to commit to NBC’s primetime schedule, the latest signal that Madison Avenue is continuing to earmark ad dollars for traditional TV despite a host of attractive digital-video alternatives. During a call with investors Thursday morning, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said this year’s “upfront” session, an annual  Full Article…

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‘The Sisters Brothers,’ ‘Suspiria,’ ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Look Set for Venice Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

Amazon’s “Suspiria,” Netflix’s “Roma” and HBO’s “My Brilliant Friend” look set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival, in a lineup expected to showcase the event’s embrace of streaming platforms as well as of traditional Hollywood fare such as Universal’s “First Man” and indie movies like Annapurna Pictures’ “The Sisters Brothers.” Less than a week  Full Article…

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Serbian Trucking Thriller ‘The Load’ Bought by Grasshopper Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Grasshopper Film has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the thriller “The Load,” the debut feature from filmmaker Ognjen Glavonića, Variety has learned exclusively. “The Load,” which debuted at the Directors Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival in May, centers on a truck driver hired to deliver a mysterious cargo across a dangerous, war-torn landscape.  Full Article…

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