WEEK IN WOMEN: Anna Fishko is on ORPHAN BLACK: ECHOES for AMC – Brandy McDonnell reports

AMC Networks is working on Orphan Black: Echoes, a long-awaited new series set in the world of the landmark series Orphan Black, to appear on AMC+ and the company’s linear networks in 2023. Anna Fishko (Pieces of Her, The Society, Fear the Walking Dead) is creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer with John Fawcett, the co-creator of the original series who also directed 17 episodes across all five seasons, on as director and executive producer.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Laura Dern stars in Susannah Grant’s LONELY PLANET – Brandy McDonnell reports

Academy Award and Primetime Emmy nominee Susannah Grant is writing, directing and producing Lonely Planet, a love story set in Morocco, for Netflix. The film is to star Oscar winner Laura Dern, currently to be be seen in the blockbuster Jurassic World Dominion.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Laysla De Oliveira joins Zoe Saldaña in Taylor Sheridan’s LIONESS -Brandy McDonnell reports

Laysla De Oliveira is starring opposite Zoe Saldaña in the upcoming Paramount+ original series Lioness, from Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan.
Saldaña also is serving as executive producer alongside Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and her production company, Blossom Films. Lioness is based on a real-life CIA program and follows Cruz Manuelos (De Oliveira), a rough-around-the-edges but passionate young Marine recruited to join the CIA’s Lioness Engagement Team to help bring down a terrorist organization from within.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kathryn Bigelow to direct AURORA – Brandy McDonnell reports

Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow is directing a feature film adaptation of Aurora for Netflix. The film will be based on David Koepp’s upcoming novel, to be published June 7 by HarperCollins. The story follows characters who are coping with the collapse of the social order, set against a catastrophic worldwide power crisis.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Tribeca FF 2022 opens with JLo docu HALFTIME – Brandy McDonnell reports

New York’s 2022 Tribeca Film Festival will launch June 8 with the world premiere of Halftime at the United Palace in Washington Heights. Halftime is a new Netflix documentary film by director Amanda Micheli that follows global superstar Jennifer Lopez as she reflects on her milestones and evolution as an artist and navigates the second half of her career continuing to entertain, empower and inspire

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WEEK IN WOMEN: NY Human Rights Watch Film Fest features 70% women- directed films – Brandy McDonnell reports

New York’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 33rd year, will present a full edition of 10 groundbreaking new films, including seven directed by women. The films will be available both in-person and online nationwide in the U.S. from May 20-26. For the first time in two years, the New York festival will be back with a full program of in-person screenings at Film at Lincoln Center and IFC Center, with in-depth discussions with filmmakers, film participants, activists and Human Rights Watch researchers. New York’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 33rd year, will present a full edition of 10 groundbreaking new films, including seven directed by women. The films will be available both in-person and online nationwide in the U.S. from May 20-26.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Mary J. Blige receives Billboard Icon Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

A nine-time Grammy Award winner, Blige joins just 10 other artists to ever receive the prestigious Billboard Icon Award, which recognizes outstanding musicians who have achieved excellence on the Billboard charts and have made an indelible mark on music itself. Since the award’s inauguration in 2011, past recipients include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks and P!NK.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Netflix, Shondaland prep BRIDGERTON preq focused on Queen Charlotte – Brandy McDonnell reports

Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton, will reprise her role in the as-yet-untitled prequel. With the continued success of the period series Bridgerton, Netflix and Shondaland recently announced the cast of the limited series based on the origins of the historical figure Queen Charlotte. While the project is untitled, the series centers on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte. It will also focus on Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sonía Sebastian directs THE KISS LIST – Brandy McDonnell reports

Award-winning The Virgin of Highland Park helmer Sonía Sebastian is directing the LGBTQ+ coming-of-age story The Kiss List. Screenwriter Ximena García Lecuona adapted Sara Jo Cluff’s young-adult book of the same name. The movie wrapped filming earlier this month in and around Louisville, Kentucky. MarVista Entertainment developed the feature film under the direction of the company’s Head of Creative Affairs Hannah Pillemer from Cluff’s 2019 book from Monster Ivy Publishing.

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