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Endemol Shine Germany preps puppet singing competition

Look out, Masked Singer. Here come the puppets.

In the latest example of a singing competition with a twist, Germany’s Sat.1 has tapped Endemol Shine Germany for an entertainment format titled I Got You Babe. 

The program will challenge six plush puppet characters with “powerful singing voices” to perform a duet with a celebrity. The performances will be judged each week by a three-person jury.

Each episode will culminate with the viewers deciding which duet team has to leave the competition until a winner is crowned in the finale.

Four episodes will premiere this fall.

All3Media, BBC News Persian TV enter multi-title deal

UK-based distributor All3Media International has sold the rights to seven documentary specials and series to BBC News Persian TV.

Audiences in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan will have access to Swan Films’ The Last Igloo,a 90-minute BBC4 film capturing the craft of igloo-building via the work of an Inuit hunter in Greenland, and Lion TV’s 4 x 60-minute The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts.

In addition, the deal includes a number of Raw TV titles, including the hour-long specials Bollywood: The World’s Biggest Film IndustryNadiya: Anxiety and Me,Meat: A Threat to Our Planet?;  Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me; and the two-part environmental doc Drowning in Plastic.

WE tv, Off the Fence renew distribution agreement

AMC Networks-owned cable channel WE tv has renewed its decades-long partnership with Amsterdam-based producer-distributor Off the Fence.

The exclusive distribution agreement will see Off the Fence distributing more than 1,200 hours of content internationally and more than 1,000 hours on the domestic side for second window linear television.

WE tv’s original slate includes docuseries franchise Growing Up Hip Hop, Love After Lockup and Untold Stories of Hip Hop. 

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Biggest Moments from the 2020 Emmys

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The 2020 Emmys were full of surprises, history-making moments, and more.

The show kicked off like any other year, with host Jimmy Kimmel greeting a room filled with stars. In reality, however, it was just old footage from past shows!

Kimmel said, “Hello, and welcome to the Pand-Emmys! It’s great to finally see people again. Thank you for risking everything to be here, thank me for risking everything to be here. You know what they say, you can’t have a virus without a host.”

Jimmy soon revealed a studio of cardboard cut-outs, the actual stars were watching via Zoom!

The show did have a series of in-person presenters, starting with Jennifer Aniston.

Unfortunately, they had to “burn off” all the germs on the presenters’ card. The paper went up in flames and had to be dropped into a garbage can, and Jen had to grab a fire extinguisher to put it out!

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Shortly after, “Schitt’s Creek” began its history-making sweep! Catherine O’Hara, who played the family matriarch Moira Rose, won Outstanding Lead Actress and her TV husband Eugene Levy aka Johnny Rose won Outstanding Lead Actor. On-screen siblings Daniel Levy (David Rose) and Annie Murphy (Alexis Rose) took home the supporting Emmys… but it doesn’t end there!

Dan won Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and shared a win for Outstanding Director for a Comedy with Andrew Cividino. The show’s biggest win of the night, of course, was for Outstanding Comedy.

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The sweep started on Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmys, as the show nabbed Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes.

Meanwhile, “Succession” won Outstanding drama, and “Euphoria” star Zendaya took home Outstanding Actress and “Succession” star Jeremy Strong nabbed Outstanding Actor.

There were other surprises, too, like David Letterman presenting Outstanding Variety Talk Series. The video clip showed the former late-night titan dropped off in the middle of nowhere, claiming to be wearing the same tux he wore when he hosted the Emmys in 1986.

Conveniently, he found a list of old jokes in the pocket and there were some zingers, like this one: “What a great-looking crowd, so many stars, so much cocaine. Is this the Emmys or the Mets locker room?”

In another Emmy first, the winner of the category, John Oliver, was treated to an Emmy that popped out of a box!

Meanwhile, nominees Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington met up with friends for an outdoor viewing party… that doubled as a New Year’s celebration! Decked out in 2021 glasses and hats and armed with champagne, Reese told Jimmy, “We are ready for this year to be over.” As they counted down to the New Year, she added, “Who even knows what day it is?”

Reese and Kerry told each other, “I wish I could kiss you,” but when Kimmel quipped, “I wish I could kiss you, too,” Kerry joked, “We don’t want that!”

The Emmys also gave fans an inside look at what the stars have been up to at home during the pandemic, like Chris Harrison trimming roses and Tatiana Maslany making wine in her toilet. The segment ended with David Spade going full “Tiger King” as Joe Exotic behind bars!

Then there was the “Friends” reunion! Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow met up to watch the ceremony, joking with Jimmy that they’ve been roommates since 1994. They even had a Zoom crasher… Jason Bateman!

On a more serious note, Emmy winners Regina King and Uzo Aduba both wore Breonna Taylor shirts to honor the 26-year-old who was shot to death by police earlier this year. Anthony Anderson also gave a speech about Black Lives Matter, saying, “This was supposed to be the Blackest Emmys ever… but because of COVID, we couldn’t even get into the building… This isn’t what it should have been, but I’m still rooting for everybody Black because Black stories, Black performances, and Black Lives Matter!”

Tyler Perry also gave a moving speech as he accepted the Governors Award. Recalling how his grandmother gave him a quilt she’d made when he was 19 years old, he said that he initially saw no value in it. Years later, he came across a similar quilt in a shop and learned something that gave him some perspective. “It was made by an African-American woman who was a former slave,” he discovered, “and each patch in the quilt she had put in represented a part of her life.”

He went on, “As I was hearing this story, I became so embarrassed. Here I was a person who prized myself on celebrating our heritage, our culture, and I didn’t even recognize the value in my grandmother’s quilt. I dismissed her work and her story because it didn’t look like what I thought it should… We are all sewing our own quilts with our thoughts and our behaviors and our experiences and our memories.”

Relating it to a childhood memory, he said his mother once told him, “Don’t you ever stand by a door waiting for white folks to do nothing for you.”

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He explained, “My mother wasn’t a racist, but in her quilt… she couldn’t imagine me actually building my own door and holding that door open for thousands of people. In my mother’s quilt, she couldn’t imagine me owning land that was once a Confederate Army base where Confederate soldiers planned about how to keep Blacks enslaved. And now Black people, white people, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, ex-cons, Latin, Asian, all of us working, coming together to add patches to a quilt that is as diverse as it can be. Diversity at its best.”

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BET And Tracy Yvonne Productions Announce Winner Of ‘Project Cre8’

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On Monday (September 21), BET and Tracy Yvonne Productions announced the winner of its nationwide competition, “Project CRE8.” After a nine-month-long search and hundreds of submissions, Thaddeus McCants from Madison, WI was crowned the “PROJECT CRE8” winner. In partnership with powerhouse writer/director/producer Tracy Oliver (First Wives Club, Girls Trip, Little), “Project CRE8” gave aspiring and emerging TV writers the opportunity to develop an original comedy for the small screen. The contest culminated Thursday, September 17, where the five finalists pitched their original TV comedy to Tracy Oliver, Connie Orlando and a panel of successful TV executives. McCants’ original TV script, “Lit Lounge,” rose to the top of the heap and was selected the winning script. “Lit Lounge” is a satire on marijuana’s transition from Schedule-I drug to corporate commodity and follows a young Black man’s troubled climb to the top of the legal world of weed. BET will purchase McCants’ TV script for $25K and work with him to develop a comedy series with Oliver’s Tracy Yvonne Productions. 

“Project CRE8 is a program that showcases BET’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and its longstanding support of emerging talent from the creative community,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, BET. “I’m incredibly proud of our ongoing dedication to revealing the excellence of untapped producers, writers, and directors of color with a platform for them to be seen and heard. I am thrilled to partner with Tracy Yvonne Productions to tell a compelling original story and welcome Thaddeus’ fresh and comedic perspective to the BET family.”

“We loved Thaddeus’ fresh voice and script and are excited to bring it to life with our partners at BET,” said Tracy Oliver.

About the “PROJECT CRE8” Winner Thaddeus McCants:

McCants is a Brooklyn-based playwright and television writer originally from Madison, Wisconsin. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Playwriting at NYU, where he is a Tisch Graduate Scholarship Award Recipient; he also holds a BFA in Acting from Ithaca College. His Comedy pilot ‘Lit Lounge’ is a finalist for the 2020 Yes, And Laughter Lab partnered with Comedy Central and 3Arts; His Sci-Fi pilot about the Flint water crisis ‘What Doesn’t Kill Us…’ was a semi-finalist for the 2020 ATX Pitch Competition sponsored by Sundance and The Black List, and his 30-Minute Comedy ‘Fakers’ has won festivals on both coasts. As a performer, he was in the original cast of the Disney’s ‘Freaky Friday the Musical’, working with Tony winners Christopher Ashley and Sergio Trujillo and has worked with HBO, MTV, and was a member of UCB NY (RIP) where he performed with his Lloyd team The Hometown Tigers.

For more information on “PROJECT CRE8,” go to BET.com/Cre8. Join the conversation on social media by using and following the hashtag #ProjectCRE8.

 

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