FD News: Chris Long departs; Drake revives; Ratner accuser speaks out
So long, farewell auf Wiedersehen, goodnight. Chris Long leaves Audience Network
Chris Long is to exit his role as head of programming for AT&T’s Audience Network, stating that he wishes to “pass the baton” and “move on to a new challenge”. His departure comes ahead of Time Warner’s acquisition of AT&T, dubbed by Long as “one of the most unique TV networks on the landscape today”.
During Long’s time with AT&T’s Audience Network, he helped to develop such shows as Mr. Mercedes, an adaption of Bill Hodges trilogy from Stephen King, and Condor, based on Sydney Pollack‘s film Three Days of the Condor.
The programming team at the Audience Network of which Long was a critical part of, has at least 10 projects in various stages of development, with Long wishing “them all the very best moving forward—because I’ll be watching.”
Drake buddies up with Netflix, revives short-lived British crime drama Top Boy
The original creative team behind the show is set to return, with Ronan Bennett (Gunpowder) set to write and serve as executive producer alongside Drake and his long-time business partner Adel “Future” Nur.
The series was dropped by Channel 4 in 2014, with star Ashley Walters (Get Rich or Die Tryin’) commenting it was “just the nature of the beast”. The news came as a blow to Drake, who loved the show so much that he offered to fund a third series himself.
The third season, expected to debut on the streaming platform in 2019, will pick up where the second left off, as Dushane (Walters) returns from exile to London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market.
Scared and shocked Ratner accuser speaks out in defiance
The Hawaii native, in a since-deleted Facebook post, claimed that the Hollywood producer preyed on her while drunk at a nightclub. Discussing her reason for removing the post from the social media platform, Kohler stated that she was “scared and shocked”, with Ratner’s lawyer threatening to sue her for defamation.
Speaking out in defiance, Kohler has said, “If I have to risk my life and what I’ve worked so hard for in my life in Hawaii to be the voice that helps other women come forward, then I am prepared to do that.”
Kohler’s claims of sexual assault came more than a week before the Los Angeles Times published an explosive report which detailed the accounts of six women, including Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Natasha Henstridge (Ghosts of Mars), who have all claimed that they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Ratner.