Industry News: Viacom, Emily Blunt, Rachel Bloom and More!
VIACOM AND CBS CREATE INTEGRATION OFFICE: The merger of Viacom and CBS will be managed internally by Viacom Chief Transformation Officer Jose Tolosa and CBS EVP, Strategic Planning and Development Gautam Ranji, Deadline reports. Plus, Viacom and CBS are forming an Integration Management Office (IMO). It “will draw from the support of many of you across our organization to ensure that ViacomCBS is ready to operate effectively as a combined company on Day 1,” Viacom CEO (and soon to be ViacomCBS CEO) Bob Bakish wrote in a memo to employees. Tolosa and Ranji, he added, “bring a wealth of experience to their new roles, and they’ve already started working together to make sure this process is thoughtful and balanced.” The $30B merger is expected close end-of-year.
EMILY BLUNT AND JON HAMM BOARD WILD MOUNTAIN THYME: Emily Blunt and Jon Hamm are joining John Patrick Shanley’s Irish romance Wild Mountain Thyme, alongside Jamie Dornan, Dearbhla Molloy and Christopher Walken. The film is an adaption of the Pulitzer-, Tony- and Academy Award-winner Shanley's Broadway hit Outside Mullingar.
ADAM DEVINE, RACHEL BLOOM & MORE, SIGN ON FOR EXTINCT: The voice cast for Extinct will include Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Zazie Beetz and Ken Jeong. The film is being helmed by David Silverman, with Simpons vets Joel Cohen, John Frink, and Rob LaZebnik penning the script. The story follows the adventures of donut-shaped animals called flummels who time-travel from 1835 to modern-day Shanghai, where they learn they are extinct.
THE QUANTUM SPY DEVELOPED FOR SERIES: The Boies/Schiller Film Group won a bidding war to David Ignatius’ CIA thriller novel The Quantum Spy. The Film Group will team up with Anonymous Content and Tony Krantz’s Flame Ventures on the project, which will aim to adapt the ripped-from-the-headlines story of the U.S.-China quantum computing tech war into a TV series. Casting is underway.