Industry News

NETFLIX SUSPENDS SERVICE IN RUSSIA DUE TO WAR IN UKRAINE: Deadline reports that Netflix has halted its streaming service in Russia, citing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They join a long list of companies who have discontinued business there amid the ongoing crisis.

WILL SMITH AND MICHAEL B. JORDAN TEAM UP FOR I AM LEGEND SEQUEL: Variety reports that Will Smith and Michael B. Jordan will both star in and produce the sequel to I Am Legend. Smith posted a teaser photo to Instagram on Friday (March 4th), tagging Jordan.

ARIEL WINTER REPLACES DEMI LOVATO IN HUNGRY: According to Deadline, Modern Family star Ariel Winter will play the lead in NBC’s forthcoming comedy, Hungry. She takes the place of Demi Lovato, who had to step away due to scheduling reasons.

2022 INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED: On Sunday (March 6th), the 37th annual Independent Spirit Awards were held in Santa Monica, California, hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. The big winners of the night include The Lost Daughter and Zola.

See the full list of winners here:

Best feature
The Lost Daughter

Best director
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

Best female lead
Taylour Paige, Zola

Best male lead
Simon Rex, Red Rocket

Best supporting female
Ruth Negga, Passing

Best supporting male
Troy Kotsur, CODA

Best screenplay
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

Best first screenplay
Michael Sarnoski, Vanessa Block, Pig

Best first feature
7 Days

Best cinematography
Edu Grau, Passing

Best editing
Joi McMillon, Zola

Robert Altman Award Mass Best documentary
Summer of Soul

Best international film
Drive My Car

Someone to Watch Award
Alex Camilleri, Luzzu

Truer Than Fiction Award
Jessica Beshir, Faya Dayi

John Cassavetes Award (for best feature made for under $500,000)
Shiva Baby

Producers Award
Lizzie Shapiro

Best new non-scripted or documentary series
Black and Missing

Best new scripted series
Reservation Dogs

Best female performance in a scripted series
Thuso Mbedu, The Underground Railroad

Best male performance in a scripted series
Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game

Best ensemble cast in a new scripted series
Reservation Dogs