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FX News from TCAs: American Crime Story Topic Announced, Atlanta Renewed & More

  • TVfanatic
FX dropped a lot of news from the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour today.

From new series to renewals, there was action across the board.

Read on to discover what got renewed, scheduled, and more!

FX is jumping into the documentaries game with a slate of originals as part of their ongoing expansion into non-fiction programming.

Building on the success of The Weekly, FX's new narrative docuseries with The New York Times, Nick Grad and Gina Balian, Presidents, Original Programming, FX Entertainment made the announcement.

“FX has long sought to give artists a platform to showcase their individual, uncompromising vision and its new docuseries and features are an opportunity to extend that ambition in our collaboration with non-fiction talent,” said Grad.

“It’s been tremendously rewarding to partner with The New York Times and Hulu on The Weekly, which has excelled creatively and is hitting series-high ratings.

"Under the
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Tupac, Afeni Shakur Docuseries Headed to FX

FX announced a new slate of docuseries including a five-part project on Tupac and Afeni Shakur, as well as a six-episode investigation into a dying breed of old school hip-hop power brokers. The network announced five new docuseries in total, plus one feature documentary, though they have yet to share premiere dates for any of the programs.

Per a press release, Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur will tell the story of “the most inspiring and dangerous mother-son duo in American history, whose unified message of freedom, equality,
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FX Expands Docuseries Slate with Five New Projects, One Feature Documentary

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FX is continuing its push into the documentary business with the announcement of six new projects.

The cabler announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that they have ordered five new docuseries and one documentary feature. The move comes after FX launched the New York Times docuseries “The Weekly” back in June.

“FX has long sought to give artists a platform to showcase their individual, uncompromising vision and its new docuseries and features are an opportunity to extend that ambition in our collaboration with non-fiction talent,” said Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Entertainment. “It’s been tremendously rewarding to partner with The New York Times and Hulu on ‘The Weekly,’ which has excelled creatively and is hitting series-high ratings. Under the guidance of FX’s Jonathan Frank and J.J. Klein, we are now honored to partner with these new teams to create docuseries and features
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FX Ramps Up Non-Fiction Slate With Docuseries On Tupac Shakur, Lgbtq Rights & Zodiac Killer – TCA

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FX Ramps Up Non-Fiction Slate With Docuseries On Tupac Shakur, Lgbtq Rights & Zodiac Killer – TCA
Docuseries about Tupac Shakur and his mother, the fight for Lgbtq civil rights in America and the man who possibly was the Zodiac killer lead FX’s latest documentary slate.

FX is ramping up its non-fiction slate with five new docuseries and one feature documentary, building on its latest series The Weekly, with The New York Times.

The news was revealed by Nick Grad and Gina Balian, Presidents, Original Programming, FX Entertainment at the TCA summer press tour.

Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur, from The Defiant Ones director Allen Hughes is a five-part series looking at the mother and son. Told through the eyes of the people who knew them best, the series explores their message of freedom, equality, persecution and justice.

Pride is a six-part docuseries chronicling the fight for Lgbtq civil rights in America through the lens of history, pop culture and politics. Produced by
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FX Lands 5-Part Tupac Docuseries From ‘Defiant Ones’ Director Allen Hughes

  • The Wrap
FX has landed the five-part docuseries on Tupac Shakur from “Defiant Ones” director Allen Hughes, the network announced on Tuesday.

The five-part series, which Hughes is working on with The Shakur Estate, that will center on the late rapper and poet and his mother, Afeni, who was an activist. The series, “Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur” is described as “an intimate wide-angle portrait of the most inspiring and dangerous mother-son duo in American history, whose unified message of freedom, equality, persecution and justice are more relevant today than ever.”

Hughes closed a deal with The Shakur Estate in May, which gave him access to Shakur’s released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry.

Also Read: 11 Most Memorable 'Beverly Hills, 90210' Moments: From the Dress Incident to Donna and David's Wedding (Photos)

“Outlaw” is part of FX’s continued expansion into the non-fiction genre, which began with its New York Times series,
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FX Unveils Robust First Docuseries Slate

Six months after CEO John Landgraf revealed plans for FX to make a greater push into the unscripted space, the basic cable network is delivering on that promise.

On Tuesday, ahead of Landgraf's time at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, FX revealed its first-ever documentary slate, consisting of five shows and a feature doc, all of which are set to join The Weekly at the cabler.

Picked up to series are: a project exploring Tupac Shakur and his mother and activist Afeni Shakur from The Defiant Ones director Allen Hughes; a Blumhouse TV-produced six-party entry based ...
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Marta Fernandez Named President of Macro Television Studios

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It’s official: Marta Fernandez has been named President of Macro Television Studios, joining the financing and production company founded by former Wme Partner Charles D. King as it ramps up its TV operations. As we reported last month when Fernandez stepped down as Evp Original Programming at Starz, she had been in talks with Macro.

Macro’s TV series slate includes Gentefied, a half-hour bilingual dramedy from Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez for Netflix; Raising Dion, also for Netflix; Dawn, an adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s book from Ava DuVernay and Victoria Mahoney; a Tupac Shakur documentary series, with Allen Hughes directing; and documentary The Apollo, helmed by Roger Ross Williams.

Fernandez was a 12-year Starz veteran. In her most recent Evp role at the network, to which she was named in December, she expanded her leadership within the originals team while continuing to spearhead the network
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Former Starz Programming Executive Marta Fernandez Named MacRo TV Studios President

  • The Wrap
Former Wme partner Charles D. King’s media company MacRo has hired Marta Fernandez to serve as the president of MacRo Television Studios.

Fernandez will oversee MacRo’s television slate, which includes “Gentefied,” “Dawn,” and the Michael B. Jordan-produced “Raising Dion” for Netflix. Allen Hughes is also directing a five-part docuseries on Tupac Shakur with the full cooperation of the late rapper’s estate.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Marta join us to lead our television group. Her spot-on creative instincts, refined taste level and wealth of experience have made her a true force in our business. Additionally, she is a champion of storytellers and groundbreaking projects that align with our company’s overall mission. We are thrilled to be working with her,” King said.

Also Read: Charles King's Macro Inks First-Look Deal With Warner Bros

Fernandez was most recently with Starz as the executive vice president of original programming.
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Albert Hughes Makes Splashy TV Entry With Ethan Hawke-Led John Brown Series

Albert Hughes Makes Splashy TV Entry With Ethan Hawke-Led John Brown Series
Since Albert and Allen Hughes — known professionally as the Hughes brothers — split up around 2004 to direct solo projects, individual output has been uneven in terms of volume, acclaim and box office. Allen’s highlight was the 2017 HBO documentary series “The Defiant Ones,” about music producers Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. While Albert directed his first solo feature film in 2018, the historical adventure “Alpha.” While the former’s follow-up remains a mystery, the latter will make his first major foray into television, signing up to direct and executive produce Showtime’s limited series based on author James McBride’s 2013 book, “The Good Lord Bird,” replacing Anthony Hemingway.

A winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, the first person narrative follows Henry Shackleford, a mid-19th century slave in Kansas who accidentally encounters abolitionist John Brown and joins his movement. Ethan Hawke, who is also co-writing and executive producing the series,
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A docu-series on Tupac Shakur

Director Allen Hughes, who helmed the award-winning documentary "The Defiant Ones," has closed a deal with Tupac Shakur's estate for a five-part docu-series for which he will have full access to all of the late rappers released and unreleased recordings, writings, and poetry, according to an announcement from his representative.

The announcement says the series will be "the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate," reports variety.com.

A representative for the estate confirmed the deal.

Hughes will direct and is an executive producer with Lasse J?rvi and Charles D. King. A representative for Hughes declined to provide further information.

Hughes himself worked with Shakur in the early 1990s, directing a video for the rapper's early hit "Brenda's Got a Baby". However, the two got into a fistfight in 1993 that resulted in the rapper being sent to jail for 15 days.

The dispute
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‘Defiant Ones’ Director to Helm Docuseries on Tupac, Who Assaulted Him in 1993

‘Defiant Ones’ Director to Helm Docuseries on Tupac, Who Assaulted Him in 1993
Director Allen Hughes, who helmed the award-winning HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” has closed a deal with Tupac Shakur’s estate for a five-part docuseries for which he will have full access to all of the late rapper’s released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry, according to an announcement from his rep. The announcement says the series will be “the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate.” A rep for the estate confirmed the deal.

Hughes will direct and is an executive producer with Lasse Järvi and Charles D. King. Tom Pellegrini is a producer and the production companies are Interscope Films and MacRo. A rep for Hughes declined to provide further information.

Hughes himself worked with Tupac in the early 1990s, directing a video for the rapper’s early hit “Brenda’s Got a Baby.” However, the two got into a fistfight
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Allen Hughes Makes Deal With Shakur Estate For 5-Part Tupac Documentary Series

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Allen Hughes Makes Deal With Shakur Estate For 5-Part Tupac Documentary Series
Director Allen Hughes has closed a deal with the Shakur Estate that grants him full access to all of Tupac Shakur’s released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry. He will use all that to direct and exec produce a five-part documentary series on the late hip hop icon.

Hughes will make it his follow-up project to the superb HBO docuseries The Defiant Ones, on Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. The Tupac documentary aims to be the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate.

There is much terrain to cover even though he was only 25 when he was assassinated in 1996. Shakur blazed a trail in hip hop, social activism and movies before he was gunned down in Las Vegas.

Hughes will be exec producer alongside Lasse Järvi and Charles D. King. Tom Pellegrini will be producer in a co-production between Interscope Films & MacRo.

Hughes
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'Defiant Ones' Director Sets Tupac Shakur Docuseries as Follow-Up

'Defiant Ones' Director Sets Tupac Shakur Docuseries as Follow-Up
Allen Hughes has reached a deal with the estate of Tupac Shakur that will grant him full access to all of the late rap icon's recordings and writings — part of his plan to direct and executive produce a five-part docuseries on Shakur.

While there's not yet an outlet set for the project, this is the first time the Shakur Estate has offered its full cooperation on such an endeavor. Hughes, a prolific writer, director and producer, last helmed HBO's much-lauded docuseries The Defiant Ones, which chronicled the careers of and partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre....
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Tops as Asian-Americans Flock to Box Office

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Tops as Asian-Americans Flock to Box Office
Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros.) scored an impressive #1 box office position, topping $25 million for the three-day weekend and a five-day total of $34 million. Strong word of mouth and huge Asian-American audience interest fueled the box office.

Its appeal to an underserved niche audience was key, but more than 60 percent of its initial audience wasn’t Asian-American. It also pulled broad female interest (about two thirds of attendees) in a romantic comedy after a recent void in the marketplace; “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” opened a month ago.

Timing helped “Crazy.” Theaters were due for a comedy geared to the strong majority female audience in domestic theaters. But overdue doesn’t begin to describe how underserved the large and burgeoning domestic Asian-American audience is for films. They mark eight percent of frequent moviegoers. In the past quarter century, American studios have released only two wide pictures with Asian casts (1993 contemporary U.
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Doc Series Grow in Popularity, More Filmmakers Are Drawn to the Storytelling Format

  • Variety
Once upon a time, a feature-length documentary that did well theatrically was the holy grail of nonfiction film. But in 2015, the nonfiction world began to change. That year, HBO’s six-part series “The Jinx,” about murder suspect and real estate heir Robert Durst, aired to great acclaim and became a pop-cultural phenomenon.

Just months after the widespread success of “The Jinx,” Netflix’s true-crime 10-part series “Making a Murderer” was released and that also became a pop-cultural phenomenon. Both series officially reinvigorated the long-form, true crime docuseries format and primed audiences for ESPN’s “O.J.: Made in America.” That multi-parter premiered as a “special event” at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and drew instant acclaim. The seven-hour, 47- minute opus screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, and had a theatrical run that qualified it for an Academy Award, before airing on ABC and ESPN as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.
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Review: Alpha, Bold and Vital Big-Screen Adventure

Nowadays, it's rare to watch a movie that feels like it was expressly designed for the big screen. Oh, sure, some filmmakers know how to fill up the space with a constant blur of motion and movement and people and things and explosions. Far fewer, however, are sufficiently bold to compose images that take full advantage of the wide-screen experience. Albert Hughes is known for his work with his brother Allen Hughes. Together they made Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, crime films that were bursting with energy, as well as From Hell, an unusual period horror mystery that stands out in my memory more for its florid atmosphere than anything else. The Book of Eli is the clearest antecedent here; it followed Denzel Washington...

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“I Had It Killed For Two Or Three Years”: Jimmy Iovine Explains What Changed His Mind About Making ‘The Defiant Ones’

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“I Had It Killed For Two Or Three Years”: Jimmy Iovine Explains What Changed His Mind About Making ‘The Defiant Ones’
Many lessons can be drawn from the experience of Jimmy Iovine, the Italian-American son of a New York longshoreman who became a record industry mogul and co-founder of Beats Electronics.

One of them is how to deal with fear.

“When I was a kid, I was a guy in right field saying, ‘Don’t hit the ball to me,’” he tells Deadline. “And when I got in the [recording] studio, all of a sudden something happened, and fear became a tailwind. And I said, ‘Hit the ball to me. Give me the ball.’ I had fear my entire life. I still have fear, but it became an engine.”

Iovine’s rise represents half the story of HBO’s Emmy-contending documentary series The Defiant Ones—the other half being the equally astonishing ascent of Dr. Dre, the rap artist, producer and fellow founder of Beats. Allen Hughes directed the two-hander about men
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Jimmy Iovine ('The Defiant Ones')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Jimmy Iovine ('The Defiant Ones')
"If this movie does anything, I'm hoping it gets people to start companies with a white person and an African-American, because the cultures clashing and doing their thing is magical," says Jimmy Iovine, one of the most significant figures in the history of the music industry, in reference to Allen Hughes' acclaimed four-part Emmy-nominated docuseries The Defiant Ones, which chronicles Iovine's friendship with Dr. Dre, as we sit down at the offices of Beats Electronics on Apple's Culver City campus to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. "When you put those ...
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Tupac Murder Case: Las Vegas Police Reject ‘Inaccurate’ Reports of Imminent Arrest

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Tupac Murder Case: Las Vegas Police Reject ‘Inaccurate’ Reports of Imminent Arrest
No, there’s not about to be an arrest in the cold case from the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, Las Vegas police told TheWrap.

“We are aware of the statements made in the BET interview regarding the Tupac case. As a result of those statements we have spent the last several months reviewing the case in its entirety,” Lt. Ray Spencer, who heads up the Lvmpd Homicide Section, told TheWrap in a statement Thursday. “Various reports that an arrest warrant is about to be submitted are inaccurate. This case still remains an open homicide case.”

So what is this interview they are referencing that has led the Lvmpd to review the case “in its entirety” over the last few months? Well, there was an episode of BET's “Death Row Chronicles” docuseries that aired in February and featured interviews with Keffe D — a Southside Crips member and the late
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Rapper XXXTentacion Remembered by Kanye West, Travis Barker and More: ‘I’m at a Loss for Words’

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Rapper XXXTentacion Remembered by Kanye West, Travis Barker and More: ‘I’m at a Loss for Words’
XXXTentacion, the rapper who was killed in a shooting in South Florida on Monday at age 20, was remembered by his colleagues in the music world, with Kanye West, Travis Barker and others expressing their grief on social media.

Rapper Kanye West offered, “rest in peace … I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.”

Drummer Travis Barker, meanwhile, said that he was “at a loss for words.”

Also Read: XXXTentacion, Rapper and Producer, Killed in Drive-By Shooting at 20

“I’m at a loss for words… speechless #RIPXXXTentacion,” Barker wrote. “Loved collaborating with you. You were a true artist, one of the most fucking talented of our time.”

DJ and producer Diplo posted a photo with the rapper and wrote, simply, “Thanks for inspiring me.”

Hip-hop artist and producer J. Cole wrote that XXXTentacion had “limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person.
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