×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TV News Roundup: Sibongile Mlambo Joins Cast of Freeform’s ‘Siren’

In today’s roundup, Sibongile Mlambo has joined Freeform’s “Siren” and Fusion TV launched a new non-profit organization.

CASTING

“Teen Wolf’s” Sibongile Mlambo has been added to the cast of Freeform’s new original drama series “Siren” as a series regular. The ten-episode, hour long drama takes audiences inside Bristol Cove — a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.  Mlambo will portray Donna, a mysterious and deceptively powerful mermaid. The series also stars Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun, and Rena Owen.

DIVERSITY

Fusion TV announced the launch of Creative Thread Foundation, a non-profit organization that stems from a partnership between Fusion and over 60 other companies, public interest groups, and associations. Creative Thread aims to break down barriers of entry for underrepresented content creators and those working behind the scenes in media and entertainment. The Foundation will aim to create talent pipelines and mentorship opportunities for uncovering and promoting talent and projects that reflect the new American reality, as well as encouraging coalitions of corporations, industry associations, universities, and public interest groups to work together to provide better opportunities for underrepresented creative talent. The Foundation will also facilitate opportunities for sharing best practices to allow for better recruitment, retention and awareness of diverse content creators.

 

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Lynn Sadofsky has joined Scripps Networks Interactive as the vice president of programming and development for Food Network, Cooking Channel, and Travel Channel. Sadofsky will work with programmers to develop new series, manage show production and cultivate new talent. She also will serve as one of the senior liaisons for the networks’ talent and production partners, and report to Courtney White, senior vice president of programming for the three networks. Most recently, Sadofsky served as vice president of production and development for National Geographic, where she produced and developed over 100 hours of programming including ratings hits “Wicked Tuna” and “Brain Games.” She was also director of development and executive producer at Planet Green/Discovery Fit & Health.

SPECIALS

El Rey Network‘s “The People’s Network Showcase: Suspense” will premiere July 30 at 8 p.m. ET. The latest installment of “The People’s Network Showcase” will feature 12 short films over two hours that highlight the best in indie thriller filmmaking, as well as interviews with filmmakers from around the world. The special will be released both on air as well as on El Rey Network’s YouTube page. BMX legend and host of “Baja Desert Championship” Mike Escamilla will host. See the full list of films included below:

DILEMMA
Directed by Ian Tierney
A man wakes up in a strange room with two strangers who are bound and gagged.
Digital Premiere on July, 7

RED MAZE
Directed by Thomas Gaunt
A down and out man resorts to burglary, but gets more than he bargained for.
Digital Premiere on July 14

UP ROUTE
Directed by Jordan Wippell & Brandon Scott
An unnerving tale about a hitchhiker and a strange plant.
Digital Premiere on July 21

IN TREES
Directed by Casandra Wasaff
While driving through backwoods, a father tells his children a scary tale about spirits in trees that feed on humans at night. Upon arrival at a mysterious location, he leaves the children alone in the truck… where their fears manifest.
Digital Premiere on July 28

INCARNATE
Directed by JorDan Fuller
During a hunting trip in the remote islands of Southeast Alaska, two old friends discover an abandoned World War II bunker; the home of an evil spirit that corrupts their minds with violent impulses to murder each other.
Digital Premiere on August 4

INVITATION
Directed by Franklin Killian
When a man breaks into another man’s home, the line between perpetrator and victim becomes blurred.
Digital Premiere on August 11

KONG’S
Directed by Ian Schiller
When a low criminal makes his move against an old friend, it thrusts him into the deep end of a criminal world where his next move could be his last.
Digital Premiere on August 18

THE DEVICE
Directed by Conrad Lihilihi
A mysterious device sends two thieves on a horrific and unexplainable journey.
Digital Premiere on August 25

Digital Exclusive Shorts

HANK AND HONEY
Directed by Robert Neilson
Hank just wants to spend his Christmas watching TV… a mysterious visitor has other plans.
Digital Premiere on September 15

WHEN BAD MEETS EVIL
Directed by Alex Brady
A young burglar is forced to break into a house but when the owner shows up he has no other choice than to break out.
Digital Premiere on September 22

DEATHLY
Directed by Mike Williamson
After the tragic death of his wife, a man is unsettled by chilling events in their house.
Digital Premiere on September 1

AN ENTANGLEMENT
Directed by Dylan Sanford
A woman’s world comes crashing down when a stranger reveals he’s been hired to kill her. What follows is a dark proposition: pay double, and she can turn the hit back on her murderous husband.
Digital Premiere on September 8

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • THE BACHELORETTE - "The Bachelorette: Season

    'The Bachelor': ABC Reality Boss Talks Ratings Success, Diversity Backlash

    Last night, Peter Weber was unveiled, perhaps unsurprisingly, as the next Bachelor during the season finale of “Bachelor in Paradise.” Weber’s selection coincided with a season-high rating for “Paradise,” and caps a solid ratings summer for the “Bachelor” franchise. As ratings have been in decline across the board this summer, “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in [...]

  • Raising Dion

    TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases 'Raising Dion' Trailer

    In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix releases “Raising Dion’s” trailer and announces a number of premiere dates for its original series. DATES Netflix announced the premiere dates for several of its new and returning original series: Season 2 of “Carmen Sandiego” will launch Oct. 1; Deon Cole’s standup special “Deon Cole: Cole Hearted” will launch [...]

  • Jim Parrack

    '9-1-1: Lone Star' Adds 'True Blood' Alum Jim Parrack

    Fox’s “9-1-1: Lone Star” continues to round out its main cast. Jim Parrack has joined the upcoming drama in a series regular role. He joins previously announced series leads Rob Lowe and Liv Tyler. In the series, Lowe stars as Capt. Owen Strand, a sophisticated New York fireman who, along with his adult son, re-locates [...]

  • AT&T Time Warner Merger

    AT&T Considers Selling DirecTV (Report)

    Telecom giant AT&T is considering off-loading satellite TV subsidiary DirecTV, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. The company has also mulled spinning off DirecTV into a separate company, as well as merging DirecTV’s assets with satellite-TV company Dish Network, said the outlet. AT&T declined to comment. Shares of AT&T, which trade under the [...]

  • Norman LearVariety Showrunners Dinner, Inside, Los

    Norman Lear Accepts Creative Conscience Award at Variety Showrunners Dinner

    Norman Lear accepted Variety’s Creative Conscience Award Tuesday night at the publication’s annual Showrunners Dinner. The award honors Lear for his work promoting important causes both inside and outside the entertainment industry. Lear, who appears on the current cover of Variety, recently renewed his overall deal at Sony Pictures Television. Speaking at the Showrunners Dinner [...]

  • Maria Bartiromo

    Maria Bartiromo Renews Pact With Fox News Media

    Maria Bartiromo will be on Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel for a while longer, after striking a new multi-year deal with Fox News Media. “Her exceptional insights and incredible work ethic have been of tremendous value to Fox Business and Fox News and we’re thrilled to have her continue anchoring each of her [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content