Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Robert De Niro to Be Honored with 2019 SAG Life Achievement Award

Robert De Niro to Be Honored with 2019 SAG Life Achievement Award

56th Annual Accolade to be Presented During the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
Simulcast Live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 19, 2020
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 12, 2019) – Robert De Niro – Academy Award®-winning actor, producer and director – has been named the 56th recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.  De Niro will be presented the performers union's top accolade at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS onSunday, Jan. 192020 at 8 p.m. (ET)7 p.m. (CT)6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT).

The SAG Life Achievement Award is given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession." De Niro will add the award to his extraordinary catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes two Academy Awards®, a Golden Globe® Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award®, a Silver Berlin Bear, a Kennedy Center Honor, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a GLADD Excellence in Media Award and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award.  He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Brown University.

“Robert De Niro is an actor of extraordinary depth and ability. The characters he creates captivate our imaginations. From the smoldering inferno of young Vito Corleone to the raging bull Jake Lamotta and everybody’s grandpa Ben Whittaker, he continues to touch our hearts and open our minds to new and exciting worlds of understanding and emotion,” said Gabrielle Carteris, President of SAG-AFTRA.  “It is my great privilege to announce that SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor will be presented to one of the most singular talents of our generation, Robert De Niro.”

“I have been a member of this union for over 50 years. It’s an honor to receive this award from SAG-AFTRA,” says De Niro. 

A Lasting Impact Through Film

De Niro is the recipient of a SAG Award® for his work as a member of the cast of American Hustle.  He received Screen Actors Guild Awards cast nominations for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, for which he also earned an individual nomination, and Marvin’s Room. De Niro is a seven-time Academy Award nominee, a six-time BAFTA nominee and a nine-time Golden Globe nominee.  De Niro, who made his directorial debut in 1993 with A Bronx Tale, in which he also starred, can currently be seen in Joker.

De Niro’s breakthrough role was in the 1973 film Mean Streets, where he began the first of nine collaborations with director Martin Scorsese.  Other films created out of their special partnership include GoodfellasCape FearCasino and the recently released Netflix film, The Irishman.

De Niro’s incredible repertoire of films includes his Academy Award®-winning roles in The Godfather II and Raging Bull, as well as Oscar®-nominated turns for his work in The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, Awakenings, Cape Fear and Silver Linings Playbook.  De Niro has proven his versatility with his memorable dramatic roles inThe Untouchables, Jackie Brown and Backdraft, and several successful comedies in his career, including Meet the ParentsMeet the FockersLittle FockersAnalyze This and the dramedy Midnight Run.

Accomplishments in Television

De Niro’s career has spanned into television where he has received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and four EMMY® nominations for his work both on- and off-screen.  For his performance as disgraced financier Bernie Madoff in the HBO miniseries The Wizard of Lies, De Niro received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series, as well as EMMY and Golden Globe nominations.  He won a Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for his portrayal of Madoff.
   
He also earned EMMY nominations for his work as an executive producer on The Wizard of Liesand, again this year, as executive producer alongside Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Jonathan King, Jane Rosenthal, Jeff Skoll and Berry Welsh, on the Netflix drama When They See Us, based on events surrounding the 1989 Central Park jogger case.

De Niro served as an executive producer for the NBC series About a Boy, starring Minnie Driver.

Philanthropist and Activist

New Yorkers know him as one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of downtown Manhattan into a center for the film industry. In 1989, he and Jane Rosenthal founded the Tribeca Film Center, the first commercial space in Tribeca dedicated to housing film, television, and entertainment companies.
 
After the attacks of 9/11, De Niro and Rosenthal co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to breathe new life into their neighborhood and spur economic development through the arts. Now welcoming its 19th year, the festival brings hundreds of thousands of visitors downtown each year and is a prominent cultural event not only for New Yorkers, but for the entire film industry. Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal were the 2011 recipients of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership.
 
He is also co-founder and co-chair of the Tribeca Film Institute, which supports the work and stories of underserved filmmakers. 
 
In addition to his entertainment and philanthropic work, De Niro is involved in several capital ventures including part ownership of restaurants Nobu and Tribeca Grill, as well as The Greenwich Hotel in New York City and the Locanda Grill, located inside the hotel.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season The Lies Continue To Haunt As the DVD Becomes Available On January 7, 2020 Coming to Blu-rayTM via Warner Archive Collection


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Did You Ever Want It? Did You Want It Bad?

Big Little Lies: 
The Complete Second Season 
 
The Lies Continue To Haunt As the DVD Becomes Available On
 
Coming to Blu-rayTM via Warner Archive Collection
 
BURBANK, CA (November 7, 2019) – HBO's smash-hit Big Little Lies returns for more drama, secrets, and seduction then ever before with the release of Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on January 7, 2019. Iconic actress Meryl Streep joins the all-star cast in season two, along with Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and ZoŃ‘ Kravitz. Fans can purchase the DVD with all 7 exhilarating episodes from the second season and go behind-the-scenes with an all new featurette titled, “The Lies Revealed: A Conversation with the Cast.” Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Seasonis priced to own on DVD at $29.98 SRP ($34.99 in Canada), and is also available to own on Digital via purchase from all major digital retailers.
 
Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season will be available on Blu-rayTM courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-rayTM release includes all the same content on DVD and is also arriving January 7, 2020. Warner Archive Blu-ray releases are found at wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer.
 
Fall in love with the “Monterey Five” again and again, as you relive the whole series, with the Big Littles LiesSeason 1 and 2 twin-pack. The DVD set will also be available on January 7for the low price of $49.99 SRP ($57.99 in Canada).
 
In season two, on the surface, everything seems the same in the seaside town of Monterey, CA: mothers continue to dote, husbands support, children are adorable, houses are beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the "Monterey Five" bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Meanwhile, Perry's grieving mother Mary Louise Wright (Streep) comes to town in search of answers after son's death. 
 
“With an all-star cast of this caliber, along with the plot twists and reveals in Season 2, you will be glued to the screen on the edge of your seat until the very end of the season,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “Like and ocean wave that comes and goes so quickly– so will these DVDs off the shelves – so get your orders in today!”
 
Big Little Lies is a critical and awards success, garnering 16 Emmy® nominations and eight wins, including Limited Series, Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Kidman), and Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Dern). The series also garnered four Golden Globes®, including acting wins for Kidman and Dern.
 
DVD BONUS FEATURES
  • The Lies Revealed: A. Conversation with the Cast’ Meryl Streep, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon,Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern share laughs and mimosas as they look back at Season 2 
 
7 ONE-HOUR EPISODES 
1.   What Have They Done?
2.   Tell-Tale Hearts
3.   The End of The World
4.   She Knows
5.   Kill Me
6.   The Bad Mother
7.   I Want To Know
 
DIGITAL
The second season of Big Little Lies is currently available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others. 
 

Doctor Sleep Theatrical Release Review


Doctor Sleep is the theatrical feature film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen King. While the book served as a sequel to The Shining, the movie is presented as a sequel to the Stanley Kubrick feature film from 1980 and picks up shortly after the events of the original. After this brief prologue which sets up the aftermath and introduces the new villains led by Rose, The Hat (Rebecca Ferguson), we jump more or less to the present and learn that Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) has suffered deep psychological and emotional trauma that has lead to him drinking to suppress his shining abilities while trapping the ghosts from the Overlook Hotel that have relentlessly pursued him in the decades since. Danny is also visited by the spirit of Dick Hollerann (Carl Lumbly), who informs him that there is a debt he owes to a child with the same ability as his only far stronger. Just as Dick has mentored him even after the events of the first film, now is the chance for Danny to face his demons head on as he struggles to keep safe a girl from a group of quasi immortal beings that feed upon the shining of children to cheat death. This culminates in a battle at the Overlook Hotel.

 Doctor Sleep is a terrific sequel to The Shining that pays respect to the book it is adopted from while offering a surprisingly potent sequel to Kubrick’s horror masterpiece. The casting is impeccable, the tone is set pitch perfect and the villains are truly horrible and deserve the fate they have coming. Doctor Sleep has already opened abroad a week ago and opens here in the States on Friday, November 8, 2019. Top shelf entertainment. See it on the big screen.

(C) Copyright 2019 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Timely - Halloween Flicks

Redbox asked...                                                                                                                          

 

What is your favorite scary movie? 

 

1.       The Shining

2.       A Quiet Place

3.       Halloween

4.       The Exorcist

5.       Nightmare on Elm Street

Source: A survey of 748 highly engaged Redbox Customers, 8/27 – 9/8.

 

What is your favorite family Halloween movie? 

1.       Hocus Pocus

2.       Beetlejuice

3.       It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

4.       The Nightmare Before Christmas

5.       Ghostbusters

Source: A survey of 936 highly engaged Redbox Customers, 8/27 – 9/8.

 

What is your favorite Halloween candy? (Halloween)

 

One-quarter responded that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were their favorite Halloween Candy, followed distantly by:  

 

1.       Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

2.       Snickers

3.       Candy Corn

4.       Peanut M&M’s

5.       Almond Joy

 

Source: A survey of 1095 highly engaged Redbox Customers, 9/3 – 9/15

 

What is your favorite Halloween tradition? 

 

Not surprisingly, going trick or treating and handing out candy are the favorite Halloween traditions, followed by:

 

1.       Going trick or treating

2.       Handing out candy

3.       Watching a scary movie

4.       Carving pumpkins

5.       Putting up Halloween decorations

 

Source: A survey of 1095 highly engaged Redbox Customers, 9/3 – 9/15

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

WarnerMedia Unveils HBO Max

Launching May 2020 With 10,000 Hours of Premium Content for $14.99/Month
 
Incredible Breadth of Content With More New Originals from Ridley Scott, Greg Berlanti, Mindy Kaling, Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae, Conan O’Brien, Looney Tunes,
Cartoon Network Studios and More
 
HBO Gives Series Order to HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, Co-Created By Ryan Condal and George RR. Martin; Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik to Partner as Showrunners 
 
Existing AT&T HBO Customers and HBO Now Direct-Billed Subscribers to get HBO Max at No Additional Cost 
 
Customers Who Subscribe to AT&T’s Premium Video, Mobile and Broadband Packages Will be Offered Bundles at Launch with HBO Max at No Additional Costs
 
Elevated, Highly Engaging Entertainment Experience with 
Personalized Features and Functionality

Burbank, CA – October 29, 2019 – WarnerMedia today unveiled significant new details about its HBO Max direct-to-consumer strategy on the company’s iconic Warner Bros. lot, revealing a comprehensive offering of programming options for every audience, product features and functionality, and its go-to-market plans.
 
“With this entire company coming together, we will have one of the most robust collections of premium streaming content that will appeal to all demographics in the household, and be able to achieve incredible scale and reach right out of the gate,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. “We couldn’t achieve this without AT&T’s unprecedented and enthusiastic support. When you live in a world with ‘dragons’ — it feels very good to have one of your own in the game!”
 
Launching in May of 2020, WarnerMedia will be making HBO Max available to customers in the U.S. for $14.99 per month. The company is targeting 50 million domestic subscribers and 75 - 90 million premium subscribers by year-end in 2025 across the U.S., Latin America and Europe. At launch, AT&T will immediately offer HBO Max to the roughly 10 million HBO subscribers on AT&T distribution platforms, at no additional charge. HBO Now direct-billed users who subscribe directly through HBONow.com will also have access to Warner Media’s HBO Max product. AT&T customers on premium video, mobile and broadband services will be offered bundles with HBO Max included at no additional charge. We are in active discussions with our distributors and look forward to offering their customers seamless access to this great product.  
 
“We’ve positioned HBO Max in a way that makes sense for our Company, our distribution partners and our customers,” said Tony Goncalves, CEO of Otter Media. “We are creating a company-wide ‘membership-model’ that taps into AT&T’s 170 million direct-to-consumer relationships, 5,500 retail stores and 3.2 billion annual customer touchpoints to achieve scale and reach at launch.”
 
HBO Max will launch with 10,000 hours of curated premium content including the entire HBO service, bundled with new HBO Max Originals that expand the breadth of the offering targeted at young adults, kids and families.  HBO Max will pull from WarnerMedia’s deep library of fan favorites in its 100-year content collection, including library content from Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. HBO Max will also offer a robust selection of third party acquired series and movie titles that will rival any other streaming offering in the marketplace.
 
New Max Originals announced today include:

  • The Fungies!, from Stephen Neary and Cartoon Network Studios, is a prehistoric comedy that explores Fungietown through the whimsical quests of Seth, a young student at Fungietown Elementary.
     
  • Tig N’ Seek from Myke Chilian and Cartoon Network Studios is about 8-year-old Tiggy and his gadget-building cat, Gweeseek, as they search for the lost items of Wee Gee City. With Tiggy’s cheerful attitude and Gweeseek’s exceptional inventing capabilities, the duo humorously navigate day-to-day dilemmas at the Department of Lost and Found.
     
  • Tooned Out, executive produced by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump; Cast Away; Back to the Future), is a half-hour, hybrid live-action and animated comedyThings get a little cartoony for Mac when he starts seeing iconic cartoon characters in his life, but they’re not just there for laughs, they’re helping him get through a very rough patch in his life.
     
  • Looney Tunes Cartoons, an all-new series of 80 eleven-minute episodes and holiday-themed specials from Warner Bros. Animation starring the cherished classic Looney Tunes characters for today’s kids. Iconic characters will include Bugs BunnyDaffy DuckPorky PigElmer FuddTweetySylvesterGrannyYosemite SamFoghorn LeghornMarvin the MartianTasmanian DevilRoad Runner, Wile ECoyote and many more.
     
  • Jellystone, a new animated children’s comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation that will welcome viewers to the town of Jellystone, where their favorite Hanna-Barbera characters live, work, play, and stir up trouble together.
     
  • DC Super Hero High is a half-hour comedy series executive produced by Elizabeth Banks (Charlie’s Angels, Pitch Perfect, Shrill), which follows a group of students experiencing the fun and drama of adolescence at a boarding school for gifted kids. These teens are just trying to navigate the pressures of high school, but none of them realize that someday they will become legendary DC Super Heroes.
     
  • Rap Sh*t (working title) from Issa Rae (Insecure; A Black Lady Sketch Show) is a half-hour comedy series that follows a female rap group from outside of Miami trying to make it in the music industry.
     
  • College Girls (working title), the latest series from Mindy Kaling (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Late Night, The Mindy Project, The Office), is a 13-episode half-hour, single-camera comedy following three 18-year-old freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont who are equal parts lovable and infuriating.
     
  • Strange Adventuresa DC Super Hero anthology series executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Titans, Doom Patrol), will feature characters from across the DC canon. This one-hour drama series will explore close-ended morality tales about the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans.
     
  • Green Lantern inspired series from Berlanti Productions that will finally introduce characters from this iconic comic in Berlanti’s biggest series yet.
     
  • A Series of Stand Up Specials presented by Conan O’Brien will feature five new comedy specials. O’Brien will host two specials, featuring short sets from multiple up-and-coming comics while also curating one-hour sets from three comedians. In addition HBO Max has purchased the rights to a one-hour special from comedian James Veitch.
     
  • Raised by Wolvesan epic serialized sci-fi series executive produced and directed by Ridley Scott (The MartianBlade RunnerAlien: Covenant) centering on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet.
     
  • Bobbie Sue is a feature-length film starring Golden Globe® winner Gina Rodriquez (Jane the Virgin) following the story of a headstrong young lawyer who lands a career-making case with an upper crust law firm, only to realize she’s been hired for optics and not her expertise.
 
New HBO original announced today:
  • House of the Dragon, a 10-episode, straight-to-series order “Game of Thrones” prequel. Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series, which is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen. Co-created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal. Emmy award winning director Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal will partner as showrunners and will also serve as executive producers along with George R.R. Martin and Vince Gerardis. Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes of the series, which will be written by Condal.
 
Newly Acquired and Library Titles:
  • In addition to the new original titles mentioned above, HBO Max also announced today a number of classic and library titles that will be coming to the streamer in its first year of launch, including: South ParkRick & MortyThe O.C.Aqua Teen Hunger ForceRobot ChickenSpace Ghost Coast to CoastThe BachelorImpractical JokersThe CloserRizzolli and IslesMajor CrimesThe AlienistThe West WingUnited Shades of America with Kamau BellThis is Life with Lisa Ling, and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
     
  • In addition, a collection of classics from the libraries of Looney TunesMerrie Melodies and Hannah Barbara will be available at launch.
 
“We are attracting top talent to bring in a wide variety of original ideas, curating the rich library assets of this company, and acquiring the most compelling third-party programming available,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max, president, TNT, TBS and truTV.
 
DEPTH AND BREADTH OF PROGRAMMING
 
HBO Max, anchored by HBO and its iconic shows, movies, documentaries and specials, will build on HBO’s legacy and offer something for every demographic – from dramas, comedies, sci-fi, and anime to children’s, unscripted, films, documentaries, comedy specials, late-night shows, blockbuster movies and library content – ensuring that everyone in the household has thousands of hours of entertainment at their fingertips.
 
In addition to series, specials and docs, HBO Max will have 1,800 film titles at launch that will cover every genre, taste and fan interest, including HBO’s vast collection/library of new theatrical hits and beloved classics. Global blockbuster franchises from Warner Bros. including The MatrixThe Lord of the RingsThe HobbitGremlins and the Lego movies will be available in the first year, along with every DC film from the last decade including Aquaman and Joker, and every Batman and Superman movie from the last 40 years.
 
“We work with an unmatched roster of innovative artists and we couldn’t be happier to be bringing them to HBO Max next year and well into the future,” said Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of Warner Bros. “HBO Max will have the pick of the litter here at Warner Bros.”
 
For a complete list of titles coming to HBO Max please visit here.
 
FEATURES AND FUNCTIONALITY
 
Throughout the year after its initial launch, HBO Max will roll out a variety of new features and functionality not found on any other streaming platforms today, including:
  • Recommended By Humans – HBO Max will combine Human Powered Discovery and analytics in novel ways to make it much easier for viewers to quickly find the content they are passionate about.  Here, talent and influencers will make recommendations to our users about content they love, in the form of short, authentic videos to talk about how they’ve fallen in love with it and why.
  • Co-Viewing – Research shows that many viewers are aware of how viewing with others can throw off their recommendations. HBO Max is solving this co-viewing challenge by allowing viewers to create shared homepages that are completely separate from their personal homepages, but tailored to the group’s likes and needs. They can create shared watch lists and view with members of their household without impacting their personal profiles.
 
HBO Max will also offer standard direct-to-consumer features, such as:
  • Content Hubs – Content hubs feature clusters of content from recognizable brands that attract passionate audiences.
  • Personalized Profiles & Homepages 
  • Kids’ profiles and Parental PIN usage
  • Downloads for offline viewing

 
ADDITIONAL DETAILS
 
HBO Max’s leading quality and breadth of content will be fueled by AT&T’s continued investments and resources to ensure the offering is attractive to every household.
 
Within the first year of launch WarnerMedia plans to expand the service to include an AVOD option, offering consumers access to even more content, with more flexibility to manage the overall price value options on the platform.
 
The company also announced plans in the future to provide subscribers with unique live, interactive and special event programming as it continues to build out and differentiate HBO Max.
 
AT&T intends to expand HBO Max beyond the U.S., initially prioritizing Latin America and Europe where the company currently has ownership interest in or operates premium HBO networks, and has over-the-top services.
 
AT&T intends to invest significantly in HBO Max, with an incremental investment of $1.5 to $2 billion in the partial year of 2020 and continued investment in following years.  That investment includes spending for new content, foregone licensing revenue of our content, operating expense for the technology platform, and marketing.
 
“To build, launch and grow the best streaming platform available requires a major investment and total support,” said John Stankey, AT&T Chief Operating Officer and CEO of WarnerMedia. “We’re making that commitment and putting the strength of our entire company behind this.”
 
The replay of today’s webcast will be available at WarnerMediaday.com. More information is available at HBOMax.com.
 
For all HBO Max press releases, videos and photo assets please visit here.
 
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
 
Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
 
This news release may contain certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations between the non-GAAP financial measures and the GAAP financial measures are available on the company’s website at https://investors.att.com.

Ridley Scott’s Raised by Wolves Coming to HBO Max Sci-fi Project Marks Scott’s Series Directorial Debut

Ridley Scott’s Raised by Wolves
Coming to HBO Max

Sci-fi Project Marks Scott’s Series Directorial Debut 

Los Angeles, October 29, 2019– Announced today at the HBO Max WarnerMedia DayRaised by Wolvesa serialized sci-fi series from master storyteller and filmmaker Ridley Scott (The MartianBlade RunnerAlien: Covenant) will premiere on the direct-to-consumer offering.
 
The epic serialized sci-fi series is executive produced and directed by Ridley Scott (The MartianBlade RunnerAlien: Covenant). Acclaimed writer Aaron Guzikowski, the visionary behind the highly lauded film Prisoners, created the 10-episode series and serves as showrunner and writer for the project, which recently wrapped production in Cape Town, South Africa. The series centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.  
 
“As we strive to set a high creative bar for HBO Max, there’s no better person to set that bar than Ridley Scott as he delivers his first season of yet another incredible vision realized," said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president TBS, TNT, and truTV.
 
“The breathtaking worlds, compelling characters and intricate storylines that Ridley, Aaron and team have created for this project are mesmerizing,” added Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max.
 
The cast includes Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Amanda Collin (A Conspiracy of FaithA Horrible Woman), Abubakar Salim (Fortitude, Jamestown), Winta McGrath (Aloft, Red Dog: True Blue), Niamh Algar (The Virtues, Calm With Horses), Matias Varela (Narcos, Point Break), Felix Jamieson(Game of Thrones, The Ghost), Ethan Hazzard (The Long Song, Damned), Jordan Loughran (The Infiltrator, Emerald City), Aasiya Shah (Call the Midwife, Unforgotten) and Ivy Wong (Star Wars: Rogue One, Maleficent 2). 
 
The series is produced by Scott's Scott Free Productions, with Scott, Guzikowski, David W. Zucker (The Man in the High Castle), Jordan Sheehan (The Terror), Adam Kolbrenner (Prisoners) and Mark Huffam (The Martian) serving as executive producers.