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Game of Thrones: Emilia Clarke reveals Kit Harington created Jon Snow spinoff series

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Game of Thrones alum Emilia Clarke recently revealed the existence of a Jon Snow sequel series starring Kit Harington, and that it is indeed happening.

By Justina Terhember

News of a ‘Game of Thrones’ sequel series centered on Jon Snow emerged but thus far has not been officially confirmed by HBO Max or any of its representatives. Audiences may be able to rest assured that the reports are accurate, thanks to series alum Emilia Clarke. In an interview with the BBC, Clarke, who remains friends with Jon Snow actor Kit Harington, was asked about the reports and she responded, “He has told me about it. And I know it exists. It’s happening.”

The series was reported to be in development at HBO, with Harington attached to the star. Clarke, however, revealed he is more involved in the upcoming project than he had been in ‘Game of Thrones’. “It’s been created by Kit as far as I can understand, so he’s in it from the ground up. So what you will be watching, hopefully, if it happens, is certified by Kit Harington.”

As mentioned, HBO has not officially confirmed the series, but it did acknowledge the news on social media, offering only a small response involving an image of Harington as Jon Snow from the first season of Game of Thrones, and the caption, “I know nothing.”

In the controversial final season of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow, previously revealed to be Aegon Targaryen, assassinated Daenerys and witnessed the destruction of the Iron Throne. Following the end of Daenerys’ conquest, the disappearance of Drogon, and the annihilation of the Night King and his White Walkers, Jon Snow was exiled from the remaining Six Kingdoms and headed North beyond the Wall, along with the Free Folk, as the new King in the North.

The Game of Thrones fanbase was vocal about its displeasure, criticizing the series for how far its characters had deviated from those depicted in both George R.R. Martin’s novels and earlier seasons of the show, as well as the unsatisfying conclusions to certain subplots, including that of Jon Snow.

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Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols dies at 89

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‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ star Nichelle Nichols, known for her iconic and historic role as Nyota Uhura, passes away at the age of 89. It was confirmed by her son Kyle Johnson on the actor’s official Instagram that Nichols died of natural causes in her home on Saturday, July 30. Johnson shared a photo of Nichols’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which she was awarded in 1992.

“I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years,” Johnson wrote. “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration.”

He continued, “Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all. I, and the rest of our family, would appreciate your patience and forbearance as we grieve her loss until we can recover sufficiently to speak further.” Nichols’ services will be held for family and close friends.

Nichols was born on Dec. 28, 1932, in Robbins, Illinois. Before her work on Star Trek, Nichols performed on the stage, making her acting debut in the 1961 musical Kicks & Co. by Oscar Brown. She’d go on to act, model and even sing for musicians like Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Nichols became a cultural icon for her role as Lt. Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series as one of the first black women to have a starring role in a major television series. The series first aired in 1966 and ran for three seasons, and Nichols would go on to portray the character in six subsequent movies with the rest of the original television cast.

Following Star Trek’s cancellation, Nichols founded Women In Motion, Inc. in 1977 as part of her campaign to bring diversity to NASA, inevitably helping to recruit thousands of women and minorities to the space agency. Among those recruits was Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut and Guion Bluford, the first African-American astronaut. In 2021, a documentary titled Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA was released, which explored Nichols’ efforts to diversify NASA. This was an effort the actor continued until 2015, which was the same year she suffered a mild stroke.

In recent years, Nichols was the center of a three-way legal battle over who would be her conservator. The three parties include her son, Johnson, who became her conservator in 2018, her former manager, Gilbert Bell, and her friend Angelique Fawcette.

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‘Iyanu: Child of Wonder’ animated series greenlit at HBO Max and Cartoon Network

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A 2D animated adaptation of ‘Iyanu: Child of Wonder’, a Dark Horse Comics/YouNeek Studios graphic novel series heavily influenced by the Yoruba people of Nigeria, has been announced by HBO Max and Cartoon Network.

By Justina Terhember

An animated TV series has been announced by HBO and Cartoon Network, to be based on the all-ages superhero graphic novel called ‘Iyanu: Child of Wonder’, which is set in a magical kingdom in Yorubaland. Created by Roye Okupe and Godwin Akpan, it tells the tale of the titular heroine, a teenage orphan who spends her days studying Yoruba history and ancient arts but yearns for everyday life. One day, responding to danger, she unknowingly triggers her divine powers, the likes of which have not been seen since the Age of Wonders. With newly discovered superpowers, she joins forces with two other teenagers as they embark on a remarkable journey to discover the truth about the evil lurking in her homeland.

Okupe will also write and direct multiple episodes. Lion Forge head of production Saxton Moore serves as supervising director, while Brandon Easton leads the writer’s room. Executive producers include Okupe, Doug Schwalbe, Carl Reed, Lion Forge’s David Steward II and Matt Heath, Impact X Capital’s Erica Dupuis and Forefront Media Group’s Ryan Haidarian.

“When I set out to create ‘Iyanu’ for a global audience, I wanted to develop a world that combined everything I love about the fantasy genre with the majesty and awe that is ancient West Africa,” said Roye Okupe.

Roye Okupe

“When I set out to create ‘Iyanu’ for a global audience, I wanted to develop a world that combined everything I love about the fantasy genre with the majesty and awe that is ancient West Africa,” said Roye Okupe. “On top of that, working with Godwin Akpan, who illustrated the books, as our art director and collaborating with a thoughtful studio like Lion Forge Animation that prioritizes authenticity and diversity, is beyond belief.”

The greenlight of ‘Iyanu: Child of Wonder’ is notable as it continues signaling the emergence of Africa as a player in global streaming. Much of this growth begins in the kids and family space — for example, Lupita Nyong’o became an equity partner in Nairobi, Kenya-based production company Kukua in 2021 and stars in its YouTube Originals animated series ‘Super Sema’.

“‘Iyanu: Child of Wonder’ has it all – vast world-building, authentic characters, a strong, African female hero at the center, and a first-class team of stellar creators and producers,” said ​​Amy Friedman, head of kids and family programming at Warner Bros. “While created for kids, the series will resonate with anyone looking for an adventure filled with surprise, magic, lore, and legend. We feel so lucky to be the home of ‘Iyanu’ and partnering with this team.”

“The authenticity of the ‘Iyanu’ story means everything to us and aligns perfectly with our mission to create and deliver inclusive content to global audiences,” said Stewart, founder of Lion Forge.

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Netflix confirms plans for less expensive ad-supported options

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Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos confirms at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, plans to introduce an ad-supported tier with a lower subscription cost. This article covers a developing story. Continue to check back with us as we will be adding more information as it becomes available.

Speaking at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, Sarandos said: “We’ve left a big customer segment off the table, which is people who say: ‘Hey, Netflix is too expensive for me and I don’t mind advertising.’ We adding an ad tier; we’re not adding ads to Netflix as you know it today. We’re adding an ad tier for folks who say, ‘Hey, I want a lower price and I’ll watch ads.'”

Reports of an ad-supported tier emerged earlier this year. When asked about plans, Netflix CFO Spencer Neumann said in March, “Never say never… It’s not like we have religion against advertising, to be clear. We lean into consumer experience, consumer choice, and what’s great for our creators and storytellers. [Advertising is] not something that’s in our plans right now. We have a great model in the subscription business. It scales globally.”

This came shortly after it was reported Netflix had failed to reach its subscriber target for Q4 2021. The streaming service had added 8.28 million subscribers, below the company’s 8.5 million projection and Wall Street’s 8.3 million estimate. It was also expecting a weaker performance in Q1 2022 owing to pandemic concerns and growing competition.

Commenting on the announcement, CEO and Co-Founder Ashwin Navin, an insights and analytics company, stated, “Netflix’s entry into the advertising game instantly changes the CTV landscape and signals a win for consumers, advertisers, as well as its own bottom line. Creating a new ad-supported tier provides consumers with greater choice and flexibility in the marketplace. This move is also a boon for advertisers, unlocking unprecedented amounts of new inventory while creating arguably the largest single influx of ad inventory in the history of television advertising. Finally, embracing an ad model is ultimately a win for Netflix, as it generates an entirely new revenue stream and monetizes password sharing.”

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