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Kerry Washington Taps 'Django' Producer to Head Development (Exclusive)


3:40 PM PDT 3/28/2017 by Lesley Goldberg

Pilar Savone will head development for the ‘Scandal’ star’s Simpson Street production company.

Kerry Washington is adding to her development team.

The Scandal star has tapped Django Unchained producer Pilar Savone to head development for her ABC Studios-based Simpson Street production banner. Savone will serve as executive vp production and development for the company.

The deal marks a reunion for Washington and Savone, who worked together on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

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Kerry Washington Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Washington inked the overall deal with ABC Studios last year and will develop broadcast, cable and streaming projects for the producers of Scandal as well as its cable arm ABC Signature. The first project under the pact was the Emmy-nominated HBO TV movie Confirmation, which Washington starred in and exec produced.

Washington’s Simpson Street shingle also is developing feature films based on the books The Perfect Mother, which is set up at Tri-Star, and The Mothers, which is in the works at Warner Bros.

Savone’s credits include Inglorious Basterds and Death Proof and serving as an assistant director on Jackie Brown before working as Tarantino’s assistant on the Kill Bill features. Her career started as an assistant director with credits including Spy Game, Company Man, Arlington Road, The Minus Man and Nowhere. Savone is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Universal Lands ‘City Of Saints & Thieves’; Will Packer, Kerry Washington Produce

by Mike Fleming Jr      February 15, 2017 3:31pm

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has optioned City Of Saints & Thieves, the bestselling debut novel by Natalie C. Anderson. Will Packer’s Will Packer Productions and Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street production company are in negotiations to produce. James Lopez, Packer’s Head of Motion Pictures, will also produce. They are moving quickly on this project: Melina Matsoukas, exec producer and director of the HBO series Insecure is being sought as director.

The protagonist is Tina, a girl who has been living on the streets of Kenya since her mother’s murder. Recruited by a gang of orphans and street kids, Tina gets closer to exacting revenge for her mother’s death but soon discovers that she may not have all the facts. This is the second book that Scandal star Washington has come involved in; last week TriStar preempted The Perfect Mother, a thriller novel by Aimee Molloy that will be crafted as a star vehicle for Washington, who’ll produce with Amy Pascal.

CAA reps the author along with Faye Bender at The Book Group; Packer is CAA and Ziffren Brittenham LLP, and Washington is CAA, Washington Square Films and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.

Kerry Washington Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Scandal star Kerry Washington has signed an overall deal with the studio behind the ABC drama series, ABC Studios, and its cable/digital division ABC Signature Studios, for her recently launched production company,Simpson Street. Under the two-year pact, Simpson Street, named after the street where Washington’s mom grew up in The Bronx, will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively for ABC Studios and ABC Signature.

As part of the deal, Washington has brought in Sharla Sumpter Bridgett as development executive/producing partner at Simpson Street.

Simpson Street’s first project, which preceded the overall deal, was the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas HBO movie Confirmation, which the company produced with ABC Signature as well as Groundswell Productions and HBO Films. The movie, in which Washington starred alongside Greg Kinnear and Wendell Pierce, premiered earlier this month to strong reviews.

“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table which makes starting this production company thrilling for me,” Washington said. “It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary, and truly reflect the world around us. I’m grateful to be on this journey with ABC, a network that remains unparalleled in its commitment to inclusive storytelling.”

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Laser- Tag and Ruins (SICWOP Chapter Ten)

All Chapters —>   1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9

A/N: This is part one of a double update! I’m taking us back to the beginning of Kerry and Tony’s relationship for a few reasons. This chapter is very fluffy, but the next chapter changes a lot of things in the story. So get ready! And happy reading!

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Here’s a photo-op to paste next to John McCain’s in the ‘U.S. supports neo-Nazis’ scrapbook: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry alongside Svoboda fascist Oleh Tyahnybok (second from right) and other members of the Kiev coup regime. 

From left, head of the Ukrainian UDAR (PUNCH) party and candidate in Ukraine’s early presidential election Vitali Klitschko, Secretary of State John Kerry, Ukrainian member of parliament and businessman Petro Poroshenko, head of the Ukrainian nationalist Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok, and Ukrainian member of parliament for the Regions Party Sergiy Tigipko stand during their meeting in Kiev, March 4, 2014 

Why Is the US Sending $1 Billion to Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Ukraine today to show support for the country’s new government amid mounting tension from Russia — and he showed up with a pretty big gift, too. 

Kerry brought news of a $1 billion aid package the U.S. is giving Ukraine to help it get through the next few months of turmoil, according to U.S. Treasury Department. 

The aid is made up of a $1 billion loan guarantee as well as technical and financial experts to help the Ukraine’s bank and finance ministry with its financial affairs and help prepare the country for national elections in May. 

News of the $1 billion loan guarantee was met with skepticism in this country. 

It would be met with much MORE skepticism if people knew what it was actually going for: to prop up a neo-Nazi regime that promises to impose austerity on the Ukrainian people, hand over oil and gas pipelines to Western imperialism, and serve as a NATO base against Russia.