Freestyle Digital Media to Release Powerful WWII Documentary Across North American on TVOD/Digital on August 16th, 2022

Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group has acquired North American rights from Insanely Practical Productions the second documentary film directorial effort from filmmaker Stephen Edwards’ (acclaimed composer of “Requiem for My Mother”, and musical contributor to award-winning films such as “Nomadland”, “Dallas Buyer’s Club”), captivating new documentary “Syndrome K.” “Syndrome K” will be available to rent and own on U.S. digital HD internet, and satellite platforms on August 16th, 2022 through Freestyle Digital Media.

The last film to be narrated by acclaimed screen icon Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas,” “Field of Dreams”), “Syndrome K” shines a light on the truly amazing story of three Roman Catholic doctors, who created a highly contagious f ake disease during the Nazi Occupation of Rome to save Roman Jews in a Vatican-affiliated hospital from deportation to Auschwitz during WWII.

When Nazis invaded Rome in 1943, they immediately targeted the Roman Jews. Against Vatican orders, three doctors at Fatebenefratelli, the Vatican-affiliated Catholic hospital hid many Jews who had sought refuge, disguising them as sick patients infected with a wildly touted, highly contagious fake disease they dubbed Syndrome K to fool the Nazis, who were quite fearful of falling victim to disease. The doctors “quarantined” the “infected” Jews to protect them. As Nazi suspicions mounted, they were forced to elaborate and maintain this ruse to keep their countrymen alive until the Allied forces under Gen. Mark Clark began the harrowing fight to liberate Rome from the South. Syndrome K might be the only horrible disease in history that actually saved lives – because it didn’t really exist.
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‘Hacks’ and ‘Somebody Somewhere’ Lead Dorian TV Nominations

The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics has announced its nominees for its 14th Dorian TV Awards for the best in all of TV, mainstream to LGBTQIA+ content.

HBO comedy “Somebody Somewhere” and the HBO Max comedy “Hacks” leads the list of TV’s best, with five nominations apiece.

“Somebody Somewhere” received nod for best TV performance (Bridget Everett), supporting TV performance (Jeff Hiller) and best TV musical performance, best unsung TV show category, and the best LGBTQ show. “Hacks” received nods for best TV comedy along with ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” HBO’s “Barry” and HBO Max’s “The Other Two” and “Our Flag Means Death.”

Hit LGBTQ show “Heartstopper” is up for best LGBTQ show, best TV drama, while its actor Kit Connor has a best TV performance nomination.

BEST TV DRAMA
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Heartstopper (Netflix)
Yellowjackets (Showtime)
Severance (Apple TV+)
Succession (HBO)

BEST TV COMEDY
Abbott Elementary (ABC)
Barry (HBO)
Hacks (HBO Max)
The Other Two (HBO Max)
Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max)

BEST LGBTQ SHOW
Hacks (HBO Max)
Heartstopper (Netflix)
The Other Two (HBO Max)
Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max)
Somebody Somewhere (HBO)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

BEST TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Dopesick (Hulu)
The Dropout (Hulu)
Midnight Mass (Netflix)
Station Eleven (HBO Max)
The White Lotus (HBO)


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First ‘Gotham Knights’ Trailer Gives Audience A First-Look At The Series

Misha Collins from The CW Gotham KnightsA new trailer for The CW’s upcoming series “Gotham Knights” has been released, and it features the demise of Bruce Wayne aka Batman, among other surprises.

In the trailer, we see Misha Collins as Harvey Dent, breaking the news to Turner Hayes that Wayne has been murdered. It appears that Hayes, as well as three other teens are to be the suspects.

To be presented by CW in 2023, the series does not exist within the world of “Arrowverse.” And though the series centers around the Dark Knight, the series is not to be confused with the video game of the same name.

Olivia Rose Keegan, Navia Robinson, Fallon Smythe and Tyler DiChiara star alongside Misha Collins. “Gotham Knights” is written by Chad Fiveash, James Stoteraux and Natalie Abrams.

Here’s the official synopsis for ‘Gotham Knights’:

Batman is dead, and a powder keg has ignited Gotham City without the Dark Knight to protect it. In the wake of Bruce Wayne’s murder, his adopted son Turner Hayes (Oscar Morgan, “De Son Vivant”) is framed for killing the Caped Crusader, along with the children of some of Batman’s enemies: Duela (Olivia Rose Keegan, “Days of Our Lives”), an unpredictable fighter and skilled thief who was born in Arkham Asylum and abandoned by her father, Harper Row (Fallon Smythe, “grown-ish”), a streetwise and acerbic engineer who can fix anything, and her brother Cullen Row (Tyler DiChiara, “The Virgin of Highland Park”), a clever transgender teen who is tired of being polite and agreeable. With the charismatic and hard-charging District Attorney Harvey Dent (Misha Collins, “Supernatural”) and the GCPD hot on their trail, Turner will rely on allies including his best friend and formidable coder Stephanie Brown (Anna Lore, “All American”), and unlikely Batman sidekick Carrie Kelley (Navia Robinson, “Raven’s Home”). But our Knights will soon learn there is a larger, more nefarious force at work within Gotham City. This team of mismatched fugitives must band together to become its next generation of saviors known as the GOTHAM KNIGHTS.

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“Spider-Man: No Way Home” Leads Noms At MTV Movie & TV Awards

MTV Movie & TV AwardsThe MTV Movie & TV Awards are returning this year, with Spider-Man: No Way Home leading the nominations with seven. “Euphoria” followed closely with six nominations and The Batman with four noms.

This year, MTV will be combining the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards and Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted shows into a single event.

The MTV Movie & TV Awards has two new categories, which are best song and “Here for the Hookup” categories. New unscripted show categories include Best Reality Return, Best Music Documentary, Best Reality Romance, and Best Reality Star.

The show’s categories also continues to be gender-neutral, and most of the movie/TV categories have been merged.

Fans are ablee vote at vote.mtv.com through May 18, with the final results to be revealed during the award show’s live broadcast on Sunday, June 5 at 8/7c from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

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Trailer And Poster For Jennifer Reeder’s “Night’s End” Premieres On Shudder March 31st

shudder nights endShudder has just dropped the official poster and trailer for Jennifer Reeder’s latest film “Night’s End”. Directed by Jennifer Reeder (V/H/S/94, Knives and Skin) and written by Brett Nevue, Night’s End is set to debut worldwide on Shudder on March 31.

In Night’s End, an anxious shut-in unwittingly moves into a haunted apartment and hires a mysterious stranger to perform an exorcism that takes a horrific turn.

The film also stars Lawrence Grimm (Chicago Med), Daniel Kyri (Chicago Fire), Theo Germaine (The Politician), and Morgan Reesh (Blood Below the Skin).

Night’s End will premiere on Shudder on March 31st and will be available on Shudder US.

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“The Boys Presents: Diabolical” New Teaser

the boys presents diabolicalthe boys presents diabolicalToday, Prime Video revealed some of the all-star voice talent featured in The Boys Presents: Diabolical, the eight-episode animated anthology series set in the universe of the Emmy-nominated hit The Boys, which will premiere all episodes on March 4 exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

The Vought-A-Burger themed teaser introduces some of the characters featured in the anthology series. Among the voice cast revealed are Awkwafina, Michael Cera, Don Cheadle, Chace Crawford, Kieran Culkin, Giancarlo Esposito, Eliot Glazer, Jason Isaacs, Kumail Nanjiani, Justin Roiland, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Ben Schwartz, Elisabeth Shue, Christian Slater, Kevin Smith, Antony Starr, Nasim Pedrad, Simon Pegg, Kenan Thompson, Aisha Tyler, and Oscar-winner Youn Yuh Jung. Additional names will be revealed at a later date.

The fun-size episodes, running 12-14 minutes and each with its own animation style, will reveal unseen stories within The Boys universe, dreamt up by some of the most creative and bloody brilliant minds in entertainment today, including Awkwafina, Garth Ennis, Eliot Glazer and Ilana Glazer, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, Simon Racioppa, Justin Roiland and Ben Bayouth, Andy Samberg, and Aisha Tyler.

The Boys is based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson and was developed by executive producer and showrunner Eric Kripke.

The Boys Presents: Diabolical is executive produced by Simon Racioppa, Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Ori Marmur, Ken F. Levin, Jason Netter, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Michaela Starr, Loreli Alanís, Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski, and Ben Kalina. The Boys Presents: Diabolical is produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television Studios, with Titmouse, Kripke Enterprises, Original Film, and Point Grey Pictures.

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All-Star Cast Of Emmy Award-Winning Netflix Series Cheer Make Mat In First-Ever Live Tour

creative media cheer live 2022Announced today, CHEER LIVE 2022 Tour will break new ground in a first of its kind live performance touring across North America featuring athletes from Emmy Award-winning Netflix docuseries CHEER. Presented by Live Nation, CHEER LIVE will kick off its 38-date journey beginning June 1, 2022 in San Diego, CA, making stops at famed venues like New York’s Radio City Music Hall, before wrapping up July 17, 2022 in Raleigh, NC. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, February 4, 2022 at 10am local time at www.ticketmaster.com.

CHEER LIVE presenting sponsor Rebel Athletic is proud to offer access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 1 at 10am local time until Thursday, February 3 at 10pm local time. For complete details about presales and group sales for teams of ten (10) or more, visit www.cheertouroffical.com.

Citi is the official card of the CHEER LIVE tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 1 at 10am local time until Thursday, February 3 at 10pm local time through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

Bringing together fan favorites from the two most successful rival cheer programs in the country, Navarro College and Trinity Valley Community College, CHEER LIVE will feature 14x National Champion coach and best-selling author, Monica Aldama alongside cheer stars such as Gabi Butler and Morgan Simianer. The full cast features Maddy Brum, Angel Rice, Dee Joseph, James Thomas, Jeron Hazelwood, Gillian Rupert, Cassadee Dunlap, and more to be announced. The premiere athletes all make mat for an electrifying exhibition of never-before-seen stunts and stage performances that are sure to have fans on the edge of their seats. Without the restraints of score cards, judges, and time limits, CHEER LIVE will transform the nail-biting sport of competitive cheerleading into a first of its kind premiere athletic event staged with the epic production value of a live concert.
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“Love in War” (‘HEELS’ Main Title Theme) by Jeff Cardoni & Ben Bridwell Released

Love in War - Heels - Season 1The main title theme “Love in War” and select tracks from episode one of the upcoming Starz wrestling drama Heels—from writer and creator Michael Waldron (Loki, Rick and Morty) and showrunner Mike O’Malley (Shameless, Survivor’s Remorse)—are available for pre-save today, ahead of Sunday’s August 15th series premiere. Weekly episodic playlists featuring a combination of score and source music will be released on Spotify and Apple Music, in conjunction with the episode air dates.

For “Love in War,” series composer Jeff Cardoni (Silicon Valley, The Kominsky Method) collaborated with Ben Bridwell, frontman of the Grammy-nominated American rock group Band of Horses. The main musical theme wasn’t originally in the Cardoni’s line of duties, until music supervisor Jonathan Leahy suggested that he and Bridwell pair up. The artists wrote the song together and Ben lent his vocals, resulting in a soaring main title theme that is emotional, uplifting, and poignant.

Heels is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel. But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind.
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Epic “Xena” Reunion: Renee O’Connor Joins Lucy Lawless On Acorn TV’s My Life Is Murder

Acorn TV’s My Life is Murder is reuniting Lucy Lawless with her former castmate from the iconic Xena: Warrior Princess series, Renee O’Connor, in season two, which premieres on AMC Networks’ acclaimed streaming service Acorn TV on Monday, August 30. In an upcoming episode of the hit New Zealand mystery series, Alexa (Lawless) investigates the death of a self-help guru and finds herself in a cat-and-mouse game with the victim’s mysterious wife (O’Connor).

Season two will reunite Lucy with several former castmates from her most iconic series, including Anna Hutchison (Spartacus), Graham Vincent (Spartacus), Jay Ryan (Beauty and The Beast, It Chapter Two, Mary Kills People) and Bruce Hopkins (Lord of the Rings, Xena: Warrior Princess), as well as an array of previously announced guest stars including William Shatner (Star Trek, Haven), Martin Henderson (Grey’s Anatomy, The Gloaming), Michelle Ang (Fear The Walking Dead, Triple 9), Sara Wiseman (A Place to Call Home, Rake), Bill Bailey (Black Books, Ralph Spaced), Matt Whelan (Narcos: Mexico, The Sounds) and popular drag performers Kita Mean and Amanduh La Whore.

Alexa finds herself back in her home country of New Zealand for the first time in years and can’t help herself when she is asked to look into a bizarre unsolved murder. Joined again by her partner-in-crime-solving, Madison Feliciano (Ebony Vagulans), as well as series newcomers including the charismatic detective Harry (Rawiri Jobe) and café owner Reuben (Joe Naufahu), she quickly finds herself investigating other murder mysteries in surprising, glamorous worlds filled with intriguing characters who are hiding dangerous and deadly secrets.

Series executive producers are Rachel Antony, Claire Tonkin, Tim Pye, Lucy Lawless, Nicky Davies Williams, Pilar Perez and Don Klees. Producer is Mark Beesley. A Greenstone TV Production for TVNZ and Acorn TV and DCD Rights Ltd., in association with Network 10.

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Teaser Trailer For The Paramount+ Original Animated Kids’ Seriess “Star Trek: Prodigy” Debuts At Comic-Con@Home

Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, today debuted the official teaser trailer for the all-new animated kids’ series STAR TREK: PRODIGY. The teaser trailer was introduced by executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman during the series’ Comic-Con@Home virtual panel and featured a first look at the STAR TREK: PRODIGY starship.

Produced by the Nickelodeon Animation Studio and CBS Studios’ Eye Animation Productions, STAR TREK: PRODIGY will premiere on Paramount+ in the U.S. this Fall.

The STAR TREK: PRODIGY virtual panel was part of the overall “Star Trek” Universe panel, which kicked off Paramount+’s Comic-Con@Home “Peak” Animation programming block, showcasing the service’s upcoming animated series. The “Star Trek” Universe panel also included season two of STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS.

Moderated by Jerry O’Connell (STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS), the STAR TREK: PRODIGY panel featured a conversation with voice cast members Kate Mulgrew (“Hologram Janeway”), Brett Gray (“Dal”), Ella Purnell (“Gwyn”), Angus Imrie (“Zero”), Rylee Alazraqui (“Rok-Tahk”), Dee Bradley Baker (“Murf”) and Jason Mantzoukas (“Jankom Pog”) alongside executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman and director/co-executive producer Ben Hibon.

Developed by Emmy® Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (“Trollhunters” and “Ninjago”) the CG-animated series STAR TREK: PRODIGY is the first “Star Trek” series aimed at younger audiences and will follow a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.

STAR TREK: PRODIGY is from CBS Studios’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ new animation arm; Nickelodeon Animation Studio, led by President of Animation, Ramsey Naito; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers alongside co-showrunners Kevin and Dan Hageman. Ben Hibon directs, co-executive produces and serves as the creative lead of the all-new animated series. Aaron Baiers also serves as co-executive producer.

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