Don Cheadle to Star in Quibi Sci-Fi Drama ‘Don’t Look Deeper’

Don Cheadle is the latest A-list name to throw his hat into the Quibi content ring.

The “Avengers” and “Black Monday” star has joined the cast of sci-fi drama “Don’t Look Deeper,” which is in the works at the short form content platform founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg.

“Don’t Look Deeper” is set in Merced, Ca. fifteen minutes into the future, and centers on a high school senior who can’t seem to shake the feeling that something about her just isn’t right. She’s not human, not one of us. This revelation sets in motion a series of events that suddenly puts her entire life in jeopardy.

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Max McGonigle
"F2 Finding Football" Receives Daytime Emmy® Awards Nomination

The YouTube Original series "F2 Finding Football," starring soccer skill pioneers Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch of The F2, received a Daytime Emmy® Awards Nomination for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program. Bringing together the best in football talent and celebrity guests, The F2 takes viewers along a global adventure to explore the beautiful game and unique pitches around the world in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, France, Thailand and more.

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Ryan Davis
Facebook is paying 12 publishers for Watch shows starring video creators

Facebook is recruiting publishers, including BuzzFeed, Condé Nast and Complex Networks, to produce new Facebook Watch shows starring video creators, celebrities and other influencers.

Facebook has confirmed a new program through which it will fund and license new shows for Facebook Watch. Facebook describes this program, which has no official name but is referred to by some executives as “Facebook match,” as a video incubator to fund collaborations between publishers and video creators.

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Ryan Davis
Whistle Acquires New Form

Whistle, a rising sports and entertainment content entity repped by CAA, has set a deal to acquire New Form, the content outfit launched in 2014 with backing from investors such as Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Discovery.

The companies declined to reveal terms of the deal, but said it involved a cash investment by New Form in exchange for equity in the combined company. Howard, Grazer, Discovery and other stakeholders such as ITV and agency vet Jim Wyatt, will have equity in Whistle, and a majority of them invested cash into the new entity.

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Ryan Davis
‘Benedict Men’ Set At Quibi

Benedict Men, a new docuseries executive produced by Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media and produced by Whistle, is set at Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s Quibi, the new mobile subscription service, which launches next year. The project, among the first for the mobile video startup, was announced today by Katzenberg and Quibi CEO Whitman during Variety’s Innovate: AI and Data Science in Media summit.

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Ryan Davis
Whistle, Soon After Securing $28M In New Funding, Signs With CAA

Not long after raising $28 million in additional funding through a Series D round, sports video and branded content player Whistle has signed with CAA.

The deal will give Whistle access to the agency’s resources across TV, motion pictures, digital media and sports. CAA has been building a major presence in sports for more than a decade, making Whistle a logical client.

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Ryan Davis
Whistle Sports Raises $28 Million Series D

Digital entertainment startup Whistle Sports has raised $28 million as part of an ongoing Series D fundraise, the company announced Thursday. The new round of funding is being led by Aser, a global investment company that also counts British soccer club Leeds United as part of its portfolio.

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Ryan Davis