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‘From Devil’s Breath’: Docu Short From Oscar Winners Orlando Von Einsiedel & Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Trevor Noah Docuseries ‘The Tipping Point’

Oscar winner Orlando von Einsiedel’s (The White Helmets, Virunga) latest documentary short, From Devil’s Breath, will air as part of The Tipping Point, the upcoming docuseries from Time Studios, Trevor Noah’s Day Zero Productions, Sugar23 and P&G Studios announced back in July, which is focused on the rapidly shifting developments that are promising to reshape our world.

Sugar23 Takes Stake In Experiential Firm Blue Revolver

A little more than a year after teaming up with experiential firm Blue Revolver on technology for virtual events, Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 has bought a stake in the company.

Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Principals in the deal told Deadline it is intended to help deliver more multi-faceted and immersive offerings as the media and entertainment industry emerges from the long shadow of Covid-19.

Time Studios & Sugar23 Team To Launch Scripted Division

Time Studios has partnered with Sugar23, the management and creative platform from Oscar winner Michael Sugar, to launch a joint scripted division focused on developing and producing scripted projects for film and TV.

For the Emmy-winning documentary and immersive division of global media brand Time, the partnership marks a first major push into the scripted space.

Sugar23 and Mariner Books Partner To Publish Abi Morgan’s Book ‘This Is Not A Pity Memoir’

Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has acquired North American rights to This Is Not a Pity Memoir, the first book by award-winning screenwriter and playwright Abi Morgan. The book, part of collaboration with the publishing arm of Michael Sugar’s Sugar23, is set to be published June 2022.

Trevor Noah Teams With Sugar23, TIME Studios And P&G Studios On New Documentary Series ‘Tipping Point’

TIME Studios, Trevor Noah‘s Day Zero Productions, Sugar23 and P&G Studios are teaming on the new docuseries The Tipping Point, which explores the rapidly shifting developments across our culture that are promising to reshape our world.

Sugar23 Hires Douglas Rushkoff as Futurist in Residence

Sugar23, the company founded by Oscar-winning producer and manager Michael Sugar, is looking to the future.

In a bid to have an edge in the media space, the banner has hired thought leader Douglas Rushkoff to act as futurist in residence, the company announced Tuesday.

Jason Alexander & Lance Bass Lead Scripted Podcast ‘Bedtime Stories Of The Ingleside Inn’ For Audio Up & Sugar23

Palm Springs circa 1975 is the setting for a new scripted podcast starring Jason Alexander and Lance Bass.

The pair, along with Richard Kind, and Michael McKean, are voicing characters in Bedtime Stories of the Ingleside Inn, a new series for podcast firm Audio Up and Sugar23.

Bedtime Stories of the Ingleside Inn is inspired by the memoir of Melvyn Haber, the irrepressible owner of the infamous Melvyn’s Restaurant and Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, CA. Alexander stars as Mel.

Jack Amiel & Michael Begler Ink Big Overall Deal With HBO, Join ‘Perry Mason’ As Showrunners

The Knick creators, executive producers and showrunners Jack Amiel and Michael Begler are returning to the HBO fold with a rich three-year overall deal. Under the pact, said to be in the eight-figure range, the duo have been tapped as writers, executive producers and showrunners for Season 2 of HBO’s drama series Perry Mason starring Matthew Rhys.

‘The Real Magic Mike’ Competition Series From Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh Set at HBO Max

Is there still some magic in that Mike? HBO Max (https://variety.com/t/hbo-max/) will soon find out: The streamer has ordered “The Real Magic Mike (https://variety.com/t/magic-mike/),” a reality competition from the producers of the “Magic Mike” movies. Eureka Productions, the prolific unscripted producers behind “Holey Moley” and “Dating Around,” and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, will bring the show to HBO Max later in 2021.

On the show, 10 men who’ve “lost their magic,” as the logline says, will compete for a cash prize and a spot in the “Magic Mike Live” show in Las Vegas. As with the 2012 “Magic Mike” movie — inspired by Channing Tatum (https://variety.com/t/channing-tatum/)’s experiences as a stripper, and directed by Steven Soderbergh — the show appears to have an emotional heart. The logline says, “they will bare their souls and more as they evolve their bodies,” as they learn their routines and “develop a new level of self-confidence.” Casting is currently underway.

Authors Guild, HMH, Sugar23 Books Partner to Publish Benefit Collaborative Novel

The Authors Guild Foundation, the charitable arm of the Authors Guild, has reached a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to publish Fourteen Days: An Authorized Gathering, a collaborative novel edited by the acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood, that will feature the writing of more than a dozen notable authors.

The book will be published by HMH’s Sugar23 Books imprint in spring 2022 and all proceeds will go to the Authors Guild Foundation. HMH editorial director Millicent Bennett acquired world rights to the project for the Sugar23 Books imprint, which is directed by Angela Ledgerwood. The imprint is also a division of Sugar23, an entertainment media company founded by Academy Award-winning film producer Michael Sugar. The guild was represented by Dan Conaway of Writers House, who waived his commission for the project.

Sugar23, Professional Fighters League Partner on New Studio

The Professional Fighters League and Sugar23 have partnered together on a new studio. The partnership will focus on two main areas — producing mixed martial arts (MMA) content that will not air live, as well as creating entertainment opportunities for the league’s star fighters.

The new content collaboration will include both long and short-form content, designed to be featured on various media platforms.

Alena Smith’s Subversive “Dickinson”

“Dickinson,” which premiered in 2019, is now the breakout hit from Apple’s slate of original television shows. The series might have climbed from the brain of a woke English grad student on an acid trip. In the pilot, Death, played by the rapper Wiz Khalifa, whisks Emily away on a carriage ride, during which he promises her immortality and foretells the carnage of the Civil War. (Spoken by a Black actor, the warning carries a retributive chill.) Another episode, drawing on actual Dickinson scholarship, explores Emily’s erotic awakening as a function of her relationship with Sue, the fiancée of her brother, Austin. The episode is called “I Have Never Seen ‘Volcanoes’”; the series gives pride of place to real Dickinson verses, which materialize, onscreen, in a golden scrawl.