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Ex- HBO Execs Launch ‘May One’ Production Company




Former HBO Europe executives Johnathan Young and Ioanina Pavel have launched a new production company, called May One, which is aiming to develop and produce high-end TV drama in Romania for both local and international audiences, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The veteran executives have a long history in the space, and were involved in several high-profile HBO productions shot in Eastern Europe – such as the award-winning Polish series Wataha (The Pack), the Romanian-German thriller Hackerville, and HBO Max’s Cold War  drama Spy/Master.

Young, who served as VP of Original Production at HBO Europe, oversaw HBO’s slate of original local language series in the region.

Pavel began as a development executive at HBO Romania before moving to produce a variety of shows.

The new company will be based in Bucharest and has plans to develop, produce, and co-produce high-end series to film in Romania, with a purpose to work with both international and local talent.

“Romania is a hot-bed for creativity, and the country provides an enticing and fascinating backdrop for TV,” Young said. “With our knowledge and network in this vibrant, exciting space we want to be a hub for local talent, to attract collaborations, and create high-quality drama that brings a different flavor to international audiences.”

“Here in Romania we have ideas that won’t be found anywhere else, and the creative talent to back them up,” Pavel said. “Our aim is to elevate these for local and global audiences, tapping into our unique vision and landscape to create bold, genre shows that feel unique and distinctive, but have broad appeal.”


Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ Gets Massive Budget




Netflix is opening up the bank for the latest film from Joe and Anthony Russo.

According to World of Reel, Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ movie, which is going to be exclusively for the entertainment streaming platform, Netflix has topped the $300 million budget mark, costing $320 million to produce.

The cast for “The Electric State”, a sci-fi movie based on Simon Stålenhag‘s 2018 illustrated novel, includes Millie Bobbie Brown, Chris Pratt, Ke Huy Quan, Giancarlo Espostito, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander, Brian Cox, and Jenny Slate.

According to the official synopsis: ““The Electric State” is a coming-of-age tale that mixes sci-fi and western genres in a retro-futuristic past. Brown plays an orphaned teenager who traverses the American West with her robot friend and an eccentric drifter in search of her younger brother.”

Netflix won the bidding war for the rights to the film back in 2022, and now we will see if the ROI on the investment will reward their massive investment.


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Misty Copeland Talks Short Film ‘Flower’




Misty Copeland is hoping that her new short film ‘Flower’, which screened earlier this week at the Bentonville Film Festival, can help bring dance forms such as ballet to more people as she continues to break down barriers.

Copeland is the first African American woman promoted to principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre and now is looking to make an even bigger mark and impression in the world of film.

“Throughout my career, it’s really been about bringing dance to the masses. Bringing ballet to communities that wouldn’t otherwise have access to it,” Copeland said, during an interview with Variety.

“The stories have to evolve and they have to reflect the audience members that are coming to see it. To me, this is a modern ballet. This is a reflection of what’s happening in society, in so many communities across the country.”

‘Flower’ is 28 minutes long and is told almost entirely through the art of movement, with the only speaking parts being when living circumstances in Oakland are the topic of discussion.

The film is centered on Copeland’s character Rose, who is seen working two jobs to support her mother (played by Christina Johnson) who is battling dementia.

Rose’s life changes when she makes friends with the charismatic Sterling (Babatunji Johnson).

“I was houseless for most of my childhood, and wanted to give people a different lens into what that can look like, and who experiences it” Copeland said. “There’s no one face, and there’s no one story. I think we often lose that sense of empathy when we’re looking at people in this position.”

“We just felt like they are those who are often voiceless, so let’s give them the voice,” Copeland adds. “The one time you hear in the film, should be from those who don’t often have a voice.”

“I was introduced to ballet at my Boys and Girls Club. I took my first class at 13 years old on the basketball court. It took one teacher seeing something in me and giving me an opportunity,” she says. “To me, it’s really abut creating future leaders. Giving them the tools to go on and be excellent.”

You can watch the entire interview with Copeland over on Variety.

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‘Masters of the Universe’ Live Action Reboot Set to Arrive in 2026



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After many, many years there will finally be a live-action reboot of the classic ‘Masters of the Universe’ which is currently scheduled to hit theaters on June 5th, 2026 and will be directed by Travis Knight, according to Deadline.

Mattel Films’ Robbie Brenner, and Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch are producing while Chris Butler is working on the screenplay.

According to the reported synopsis: “The movie follows ten-year-old Prince Adam who crashed to Earth in a spaceship and was separated from his magical Power Sword—the only link to his home on Eternia. After tracking it down almost two decades later, Prince Adam is whisked back across space to defend his home planet against the evil forces of Skeletor. But to defeat such a powerful villain, Prince Adam will first need to uncover the mysteries of his past and become He-Man: the most powerful man in the Universe.”

While the film had been in limbo for several years with Sony initially attached and then Netflix, it is now coming to life at Amazon MGM.

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