LENA DUNHAM TO DIRECT & EXEC PRODUCE INDUSTRY: Lena Dunham is set to direct and exec produce HBO’s banking crisis drama Industry. The eight-episode series hails from writers Mickey Down and Konrad Kay. Dunham will direct the first episode with Bad Wolf producing. Jane Tranter, the co-founder of Bad Wolf said, “Mickey and Konrad’s talent, drive and commitment was obvious to us the moment we met them. The scripts for Industry have an energy and direction that comes from their first-hand experience of the trading floor and their ear for sharp dialogue immediately captured our attention. We’re excited to be making their first TV drama series with HBO – who are never afraid to make bold decisions and support new talent.”
LILI REINHART TO STAR IN CHEMICAL HEARTS: Lili Reinhart is set to star in Amazon Studios’ Chemical Hearts. The film is an adaptation of Krystal Sutherland’s novel, which centers on Henry Page, a teenager who has never been in love. “We are thrilled to work with this talented team to bring to life a beautiful story of first love and heartbreak,” said Julie Rapaport, Co-Head of Movies at Amazon Studios. “Krystal Sutherland’s novel captured the hearts of readers around the world, and we are excited to bring this film to our global Prime Video customers.”
ED HARRIS TO REPLACE JACK DANIELS IN TO KILL: The four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris is set to succeed Jeff Daniels in the iconic role of Atticus Finch in the Broadway version of Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Daniels will take his final bow on November 3rd. This will be Harris’ first return to Broadway in 20 years.
NBCUNIVERSAL REACHES 10-YEAR $500M PRODUCTION DEAL IN ALBUQUERQUE: NBCUniversal expects to hire 330 full-time year-round production workers in Albuquerque over the next 10 years, which will put more than $500 million into the local economy. “NBCUniversal has enjoyed a longstanding and productive relationship with New Mexico and Albuquerque and we are grateful for the opportunity to expand our presence in this community,” said Dawn Olmstead, president of Universal Content Productions and Wilshire Studios, and Pearlena Igbokwe, president of Universal Television. “We are thankful for the support of Gov. Lujan Grisham, Mayor Keller and their economic development teams that have helped make our long-term investment in Albuquerque a reality.”