FOOD NETWORK SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH INA GARTEN: The Food Network has signed a new multi-year deal with celebrity chef Ina Garten. The Barefoot Contessa guru has agreed to new seasons of her hit show, and several hour-long seasonal specials. "Our audience adores Ina – she is truly a culinary legend and embodies everything Food Network viewers crave," said Courtney White, president of Food Network, in a statement. "Her one-of-a-kind personality, warmth and food expertise have made Barefoot Contessa a long-running hit and we are thrilled to confirm brand-new seasons." The bestselling author and host’s latest book, "Cook Like a Pro," was released in October 2018.
NETFLIX SHARES FIRST LOOK AT RUSSIAN DOLL: Mega-streamer Netflix has set a February 1st premiere date for Russian Doll, a comedy series starring Natasha Lyonne. Amy Poehler, Leslye Headland and Lyonne created the comedy, which follows Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey through an inescapable party on a crazy night in NYC.
CBS HANDS OUT $20M TO ANTI-HARASSMENT GROUPS: CBS is awarding $20 million earmarked for ousted CEO Leslie Moonves to 18 different organizations designed to eliminate workplace sexual harassment (of which Moonves was famously accused). CBS explained in a statement: "These organizations represent different critical approaches to combatting sexual harassment, including efforts to change culture and improve gender equity in the workplace, train and educate employees, and provide victims with services and support. CBS’ support of these endeavors ties into the Company’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture." The organizations include: Catalyst; Collaborative Fund for Women’s Safety and Dignity (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors); Free the Bid; Freedom Forum Institute – Power Shift Project; Futures Without Violence; Girls for Gender Equity / ‘me too.’ Movement; International Women’s Media Foundation; National Women’s Law Center; New York Women’s Foundation; Press Forward; Producers Guild of America Foundation; RAINN; STRIVE International;Sundance Institute’s Momentum program; TIME’S UP Entertainment; TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund; Women in Film Los Angeles; Women’s Media Center.
NETFLIX SNAPS UP RIGHTS TO LET IT SNOW: The rights to the new Christmas rom-com in development from Planet of the Apes producer Dylan Clark have been snapped up by Netflix. The streaming giant will put Let It Snow in production in 2019. Luke Snellin is set to direct the film, which is based on best-selling YA novels by John Green.