Hillary Clinton is Coming to the Small Screen + More Industry News

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Clinton and Spielberg are teaming up to bring a new story to the small screen.
Hillary Clinton is gearing up for her next project: executive production of a new television adaptation. The former Secretary of State has partnered with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television to option Elaine Weiss’ book, “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.” The project will be shopped to both premium cable channels and streaming giants. (Hollywood Reporter)

Top CBS exec is accused of sexual assault, fate is still unclear.
Six women have come forward alleging that Leslie Moonves, the CEO of CBS Corporation and an ardent supporter of the #MeToo movement, harassed and intimidated them. Since the publication of the article in the New Yorker, reports have come in that Moonves will face an investigation that will dig into accusations of what has been described as decades of personal misconduct. CBS has also announced that their CEO will step down from a position on their Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. (Deadline)

A new film and TV studio grows in Brooklyn.
A brand new television and film studio is coming to Brooklyn. The city and the New York City Economic Development Corporation are looking for a developer who’s able to construct a massive film and television sound studio complex on the waterfront Bush Terminal Campus in Sunset Park. The city is seeking proposals to develop the 200,000 square feet of the property that will transform it into a mammoth “Made in New York (MiNY) Campus.” (Backstage)

MoviePass attempts to thwart their downward spiral into bankruptcy.
Following what the movie subscription service publicly called a “service interruption” on July 26, MoviePass announced that it had run out of money. After borrowing more than $5 million and announcing that blockbuster films and bigger releases will be blacked out from its services, the company also unveiled a last-ditch effort to stay afloat: hiking prices. (Forbes)

Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Ian McKellen will star in “Cats” adaptation.
Working Title and Universal will partner to produce a movie version of the Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats.” The adaptation will be directed by Tom Hooper (“Les Miserables”). There is no word whether the movie will incorporate CGI felines or put its actors in cat costumes like the highly successful stage musical. (The Daily Mail)

“Supergirl” to feature the first transgender superhero.
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the cast of CW’s “Supergirl” welcomed its newest member onstage and made TV history. Nicole Maines, a transgender rights activist, announced to the crowd that she would join the show’s fourth season as Nia Nal, also known as Dreamer. Maines is well-known for winning a landmark 2013 lawsuit in which the Maine Supreme Court ruled it unlawful for her school to bar her access to the girls’ bathroom. (io9)

Michelle Williams to star in Fosse series—and earn equal pay for it.
Williams and Sam Rockwell will play real-life couple Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse in an upcoming FX limited series. Williams will earn the same amount as Rockwell, a considerable achievement considering the fact that it was reported back in January that Williams earned a paltry $1,000 for lengthy reshoots of Ridley Scott’s “All The Money in the World,” while co-star Mark Wahlberg took home $1.5 million. In other excellent news, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Fosse’s daughter Nicole Fosse are attached to executive produce, with “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail to helm the first episode. (The Muse)

Female actors come together to call out stereotypical roles in new short.
On Thursday, Watson announced a Rebel Parks Productions short, “Leading Lady Parts.” The tongue-in-cheek short unpacks and criticizes the thin parts that exist for women to play, and was inspired by Time’s Up. Many of the group’s members appear in the film, which stars Emilia Clarke, Felicity Jones, and Catherine Tate in an ensemble array. Check it out below.