JORDAN PEELE & TIFFANY HADDISH AMONG WINNERS OF NAACP IMAGE AWARDS: The winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards in the non-televised categories were announced Sunday night during a gala dinner fete at the Pasadena Conference Center. Winners included Jordan Peele’s film Get Out, Tiffany Haddish for her work in Girls Trip and Idris Elba for his star turn in Thor: Ragnarok. The ceremony was hosted by The Real’s Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley and winners for 47 categories were announced, honoring outstanding representations and achievements of people of color in motion pictures, television, music and literature.
BBC FIGHTS BILL COSBY LAWSUIT: The BBC and the production company Sugar Films are set to fight a lawsuit filed by The Cosby Show producer Carsey-Werner claiming they infringed copyright protection in their documentary, Bill Cosby: Fall of an American Icon. In a new filing, Sugar Films notes: "Because Plaintiff’s The Cosby Show made Cosby an international celebrity, Fall naturally references that television series and uses short clips to illustrate his once iconic image as the quintessential family man before the recent allegations surfaced." Carsey-Werner alleged previously that the BBC and Sugar Films used too many clips of The Cosby Show in their film.
ER IS BACK ON HULU: NBC’s hit medical drama ER is being revived for the streaming era on Hulu. Megastar author Michael Crichton created the series, which follows the doctors and medical staff at Chicago’s County General Hospital circa 1994-2009. The show earned 23 Emmys and a record-busting 124 noms. "It was such an honor to be a part of this show. I was lucky to have worked with so many writers, actors and directors all at the top of their game," ER star George Clooney told Variety. "Most importantly I’ve made friends for a lifetime. I’m excited it will finally be streaming on Hulu." Will you tune in?
BBC LAUNCHES BBC IDEAS: The BBC has launched BBC Ideas, a long-in-the-works digital factual service that aims to be "more rewarding than stalking your ex’s ex’s ex on Facebook," according to Deadline. The service is now live and targets audiences ages 25-55 with "intelligent" audio, video and writing drawn from the BBC and third-party producers. "What would the world be like if everyone could write Chinese? Should we make sure driverless cars have a ‘conscience’ before they hit the roads? And how did David Bowie know the internet was going to be so big, way before (almost) everyone else? These are some of the questions that have been bouncing around our office in recent months, and if one of your New Year’s resolutions was to spend your time on the internet a bit more wisely, you’re in luck," said Executive Editor Bethan Jinkinson of the service.
PEAKY BLINDERS TRIO TO LAUNCH MOONAGE PICTURES: Will Gould, Matthew Read and Frith Tiplady are teaming up to launch a dramatic indie production house Moonage Pictures. The trio exec produced the BBC crime series Peaky Blinders, and expect to roll out other shows of its ilk. "The past 12 years at Tiger Aspect have been the time of my life, and I am very proud to have been part of the team that built the company’s drama department into the strong division it is today," Gould said in a statement. "But it’s time to return to my core passion: program-making. Moonage Pictures has been created to ensure that we provide the right creative environment to explore ideas and opportunities without limitation." Their first commission will be announced shortly.