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‘Black-ish’ star Marsai Martin sets a record for the youngest Hollywood executive producer

While her peers may still be learning to drive, Marsai Martin has reached a different kind of milestone.



Marsai Martin posing for the camera: Marsai Martin was finally awarded a Guinness World Record for her 2019 film "Little," which she executive produced at age 14.


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Marsai Martin was finally awarded a Guinness World Record for her 2019 film “Little,” which she executive produced at age 14.

Martin, who is known for playing Diane on ABC’s “Black-ish,” has broken a Guinness World Record as the youngest Hollywood executive producer to work on a major production.

“It feels crazy, honestly,” Martin said in a video of her certificate presentation. “A world record? That’s insane.”

Although Martin is now 16 years old, she technically broke the record in 2019, as a result of her work on the film “Little.” She just wasn’t presented with this award — and officially declared a record-breaker by Guinness — until now.

Along with producing, Martin also played a lead role in the film alongside actors Regina Hall and

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Netflix’s Teresa Moneo, Producer Matteo Rovere Talk Italian Original Film ‘Rose Island’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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In 1968, idealistic Italian engineer Giorgio Rosa founded an independent micro nation on a tiny island he built on a platform supported by steel pylons off the coast of Rimini, Italy, outside Italian territorial waters. He named the platform — which had its own bar/restaurant, post office and radio station — the Republic of Rose Island.

This anarchic act is the subject of “Rose Island,” a dramedy rooted in real history marking the first Netflix International Original film out of Italy. The streaming giant worked closely with director Sydney Sibilia and production company Grøenlandia (“The First King”) to shepherd the picture, conceived from the outset for an international audience. The film stems from Netflix’s stepped-up drive under David Kosse, vice president of international film and Teresa Moneo, director of international film, to produce and acquire significant non-English language titles with worldwide appeal.

Partly

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I thought I’d take this opportunity with Thanksgiving taking place in the USA, to look back at my professional life thus far and be grateful for everything I’ve received to this point and share some of my story with others, in the hopes that it possibly inspires some of you in regards to your own goals.

When I was completing my MBA in my mid-20s, all of my classmates were applying for business jobs in the fields of finance and pharmaceuticals, pretty much a bunch of stuff that didn’t interest me all that much. One day, I remember one of my teachers saying something that stuck with me: “You guys will have top-end degrees after this. If you want to live a happier life, try to apply to companies whose main engine is a product/service that interests you. If you like flowers,

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Women in Film and TV U.K. Appoints Producer Katie Bailiff as CEO

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Film and TV advocacy body Women in Film and TV (WFTV) U.K. has appointed award-winning producer Katie Bailiff as CEO.

Bailiff’s credits include Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning “Feltham Sings,” BBC Two’s RTS and Grierson-winning “The Secret History of Our Streets” and BBC Three’s “Abused by My Girlfriend.”

For the last two decades, Bailiff has worked at independent producer Century Films, where in her most recent role she was creative director. Working together with managing director and co-owner Brian Hill, she developed a company with a reputation for producing high-quality documentaries and dramas for all the major U.K. channels and platforms.

“I am enormously excited and honored to be taking on the role of CEO at WFTV and continuing to build on the hard work and success of the last 30 years,” said Bailiff (pictured, left). “It is such a privilege to lead an organization

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Made in Chelsea Producer Monkey Developing Lifetime, Disney Plus Shows

NBCUniversal-backed “Made in Chelsea” producer Monkey may have had to cancel its 20th anniversary celebrations this year, but that didn’t stop the London and Los Angeles-based outfit from getting seven shows over the line during the pandemic.

Formed by David Granger and Will Macdonald in 2000 and acquired by NBCUniversal International in 2010, the company is best known for reality hits like “The Real Housewives of Cheshire” and juggernaut “Made in Chelsea,” as well as quiz show “The Question Jury” and variety series “The Charlotte Church Show.”

Like much of the industry, the pandemic has tested the business to its limits, particularly when all production — including season 19 of “Made in Chelsea” — came to a crashing halt in March. But the minute the company saw a “glimmer of light” in easing lockdown restrictions over the summer, it leapt at the opportunity to get cameras rolling, as well as

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‘Breaking Bad’ Exec Producer Mark Johnson Teams With The H Collective & ‘Love Guaranteed’ Director For Coming-Of-Age Movie ‘The Vineyard’



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The H Collective (Brightburn) is teaming with Breaking Bad exec producer and Rain Man producer Mark Johnson on coming-of-age film The Vineyard, which will be directed by Mark Steven Johnson (Love Guaranteed) from Tory Kamen’s script.

“Foodie drama” The Vineyard will follow an American teenager whose life is uprooted when she unexpectedly moves to Italy to live with a grandfather she never knew existed. Pic is due to get underway in Italy in mid-2021.

Oscar-winner Johnson will produce with Tom Williams under their Gran Via Productions banner alongside The H Collective, who will also finance. Kent Jianhui Huang will produce for The H Collective with Tessie Groff overseeing the project for the company.

The Vineyard will be The H Collective’s second collaboration with Gran Via, following their partnership on Christopher Cantwell’s thriller The Parts

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Lance Heflin Dead: ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Executive Producer Was 67

Lance Heflin, former executive producer of “America’s Most Wanted,” died Nov. 15 after a brief hospital stay, his representative confirmed to Variety. He was 67.

Heflin’s work on “America’s Most Wanted” led to the arrest of more than 1,000 fugitives, including 17 from the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Criminals list. During his 22 years as executive producer, the investigative series also reunited over 30 abducted children with their families. At the time of the show’s cancellation in 2012, it was the longest-running series with 25 seasons, a record that has since been surpassed by “The Simpsons.”

Born and raised in Independence, Mo., Heflin — son of late Missouri State Sen. Clarence Heflin — attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he found his love for television as the managing editor of the school’s news station, KOMU.

Heflin spent his early career in Miami, as a photographer at

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‘America’s Most Wanted’, ’48 Hours’ Producer Was 67

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Lance Heflin, most known for producing various America’s Most Wanted iterations and 48 Hours, has died.

The producer’s wife, Jan Evans and sons Patrick and Walker, confirmed Heflin’s death on Facebook. His family shared that Heflin died Sunday, November 15 and that his death was not connected to the COVID-19 virus.

“Lance was special to each of us in his own way, bringing joy and laughter to our lives,” the Facebook post from Heflin’s family read.

Born in Independence, Missouri on November 21, 1952, Heflin started his producing career with the TV series 48 Hours in 1988. The CBS series, created by Howard Stringer, highlighted various true crime stories and shocking criminal cases. Heflin served as a producer on 48 Hours until 1989.

1994 marked the beginning of his work for America’s Most Wanted. Like 48 Hours, the Fox crime

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Herb Solow Dead: Producer Brought ‘Star Trek’ to NBC

Herbert F. Solow, a longtime television executive who pitched the original “Star Trek” series to NBC while he was at Desilu Studios, along with “Mission Impossible” and “Mannix,” died on Thursday, his wife, Dr. Harrison Solow, confirmed. He was 89.

In later years, he and his wife wrote several books on the “Star Trek” series, including “Inside Star Trek: The Real Story” and “The Star Trek Sketchbook.”

Solow was brought in by Lucille Ball after her divorce from Desi Arnaz to help revive Desilu Studios, where he helped develop and sell “Star Trek” to NBC — after CBS originally turned it down because it already had “Lost in Space” — as well as “Mission: Impossible” and “Mannix” to CBS.

Solow helped guide “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry on their pitch to the network, and continued to champion the series until Ball herself got behind the effort.

Solow told the publication

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Inside The Covid-Era Creation Of The World’s Largest Independent TV Producer

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EXCLUSIVE: It was October 2019 and, in this different world, French millionaire Stéphane Courbit had just realized a years-long ambition in seizing control of Endemol Shine Group. His plan was simple: combine his company Banijay with his new $2.2BN asset to create a globe-straddling super producer. Sources at the time described it to us as a “patient pursuit,” but Banijay chairman Courbit would be forced to wait just a little bit longer to finally get his deal over the line.

A six-month regulatory process was stretched out to eight months as the coronavirus pandemic exploded across the world, with every one of Banijay/Endemol Shine’s 200 business units caught within the blast radius. As competition officials deliberated over the new entity’s potential market dominance, the two groups had to work through unprecedented times while remaining in something of a limbo.

There were crisis

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