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NBC Buys CDC Drama ‘Epidemic’ From ‘The Librarian’ Creator

Source: Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has put in development Epidemic, a drama from David Titcher, creator of The Librarian franchise, Great Big StoryNo Trace Camping (Room) and Universal TV.

Written by Titcher, Epidemic revolves around Nicole Summers and Daniel Golden, two superstar doctors within a special investigative division of the CDC who recruit the nation’s best medical students and travel the world solving diseases nobody can figure out.

Inspired by a four-minute short, Epidemic is the first scripted project sold into development for Great Big Story.

Titcher executive produces with Courtney Coupe and Kristina Sorensen for Great Big Story along with No Trace Camping’s Jeff Arkuss, Jesse Shapira and David Gross. No Trace Camping’s Josh Phillips is a producer. Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, is the studio.

Titcher is best known as creator The Librarian franchise, a series of adventure-fantasy movies starring Noah Wyle which aired on TNT. Titcher was a producer on The Librarians adventure drama series based on Titcher’s Librarian characters which aired for four seasons on TNT. He also co-created literary adventure drama series Houdini & Doyle, which aired for one season on Fox.

Indie production company No Trace Camping was behind the Oscar-nominated film Room. The company also produced the films Goon, The F Word and Goon: Last of the Enforcers.

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Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery & Utkarsh Ambudkar To Start In Natalie Krinsky’s Romantic Comedy ‘The Broken Heart Gallery’ – Cannes

Source: Deadline

Miracle Workers’ Geraldine ViswanathanStranger Things’ Dacre Montgomery and Pitch Perfect’s Utkarsh Ambudkar are to star in Selena Gomez-exec produced romantic comedy The Broken Heart Gallery. The feature is the directorial debut of Gossip Girl writer Natalie Krinsky.

Jesse Shapira, David Gross and Jeff Arkuss of Room producer No Trace Camping are producing with Juno and 500 Days of Summer producer Mason Novick, while Gomez and her mother Mandy Teefey, who are behind Netflix breakout 13 Reasons Why, are exec producing with Josh Clay Phillips.

Endeavor Content is to launch sales of the film at Cannes and are handling worldwide sales with Jamie Feldman of LGNAFC. Production starts in August.

The Broken Heart Gallery follows Lucy, played by Viswanathan, a born collector, who suffers a bad break up with her boyfriend, played by Ambudkar, who also happens to be her boss at the Whitney Museum. Unsure of what to do with the items love left behind, she curates The Broken Heart Gallery in the lobby of a kind stranger’s hotel, played by Montgomery. There, she finds her voice and learns to love by letting go.

Viswanathan starred in comedy Blockers alongside Leslie Mann and John Cena and Minhal Baig’s coming of age drama Hala, which was acquired by Apple and also featured in Simon Rich’s TBS series Miracle Workers alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi.  She will next be seen in Bad Education opposite Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney.

Montgomery recently starred in the second season of the Netflix series Stranger Things as well as Lionsgate’s Power Rangers. Ambudkar is the romantic lead opposite Jillian Bell in Brittany Runs A Marathon, which Amazon will release in August. He is currently in production on 20th Century Fox’s action comedy Free Guy with Ryan Reynolds and co-stars in Disney’s live action adaptation of Mulan.

Krinsky’s writing credits include Gossip Girl and Grey Anatomy. In features, she recently adapted Gillian Flynn’s The Grown Up for Universal Pictures and is producing The Mothers at Warner Bros.

Viswanathan and Montgomery are both repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment. Ambudkar is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts Entertainment. Krinsky is repped by WME and Gotham Group.

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Canadian Producers Take Production to Next Level in Hollywood

Source: Variety

As Hollywood converges in Toronto and things get noisy, some Canadian film production and financing companies are using the home-field advantage to talk up fresh ideas and announce new projects in a market milieu that feels both untethered and exciting.

“This is a frothy time for content — it’s a perfect moment in entertainment history to get in the game in a disciplined way,” says Unbranded Pictures co-founder Eddy Moretti.

Moretti capped off 20 years as Vice Media’s chief creative officer by greenlighting Vice’s investment in Scott Z. Burns’ political thriller “The Report,” and ended up stepping in to finance the other half after hatching his new company. Amazon bought “Report” at Sundance for $14 million; after Toronto, the film will have a short theatrical run before streaming on Prime Video in October.

“The options for distribution are growing, and the content marketplace has become a good place to invest money and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down,” continues Moretti, who is well-known to the Canadian investor community from his time at Vice and has leveraged connections to build investment in Unbranded and in a fund that allows the company to self-finance films coming out of development.