‘Clown Fear’ Set for Feb. 18 Home Release by Lionsgate

Lionsgate has set a Feb. 18 release date for Clown Fear, an American horror feature film directed by Minh Collins and starring Sadie Katz, Douglas Farrel, Randy Wayne, and Augie Duke.

The Grindstone Entertainment film features a runaway bride and her bridesmaids, who find themselves stranded in a city run by sadistic clowns who don’t trust outsiders. Although seemingly normal at first, the clown cult has very particular set of rules — and the young women try to stay alive long enough to escape.

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Clown Fear is an adaption of the screenplay co-written by Katz and Collins, who is known for his work in Bottom Feeders (2009) and Hit List (2011).

It will be available for purchase on DVD, digital, and on demand at a suggested retail price of $19.98.


ESPN, CBS Launching Programming on Quibi Streaming App

In the ongoing gold rush to capture over-the-top video market share, former DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg is taking an alternative path through mobile video.

His start-up $5 monthly streaming app, Quibi, is targeting short-attention millennials and youth glued to portable media devices consuming “bite-sized” entertainment no longer than a few minutes in length.

Now Disney-owned ESPN and CBS have agreed to produce extensions of their programming for the platform.

ESPN will be the exclusive multi-sport content domestic provider for Quibi’s curated news and information programming, “Daily Essentials.” The new ESPN show, available only on Quibi, will feature daily episodes and breaking news covering the biggest stories in sports.

“We’re looking forward to taking the best of what we do and delivering it in a way that resonates with Quibi subscribers looking to be informed, entertained and engaged around the sports news of the day,” Connor Schell, EVP of content, ESPN, said in a statement.

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Katzenberg said the ESPN show would deliver the biggest moments in sports around the world in under 10 minutes.

“We’re excited to … deliver a daily curated sports highlight show that gives the audience on-the-go exactly what they want,” he said.

Meanwhile, CBS is producing, “60 in 6,” featuring a new six-minute version of “60 Minutes” on Quibi showcasing different stories and younger correspondents than the venerable news show.

“It’s going to be ‘60 Minutes’ in a shorter version,” Bill Owens, executive producer of the weekly show, told the Los Angeles Times. “We won’t change the reporting or the way we tell our stories. It’s just the platform that’s changing.”


Netflix Eyeing Current Events News Programming

Netflix reportedly is looking to launch a current event news program similar to “60 Minutes” on CBS and ABC’s “20/20.”

The program would cover both sides of the political aisle and feature field reports – the latter a dying feature among broadcast news organizations facing dwindling ratings and operating costs.

“Netflix [is] proceeding with caution over this because they’re well aware that most new current affairs shows underwhelm and are expensive,” an unidentified TV executive told MarketWatch.

The subscription streaming video pioneer, which is spending $8 billion on original content this year, has aggressively branched out from episodic programming to feature-length movies and high-profile talk shows.

Netflix reportedly is in negotiations with former President Obama and his wife Michelle for programming. It currently streams a periodic Q&A show with David Letterman (whose first guest was Obama), recently inked comic Norm Macdonald for a satirical look at news, in addition to “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale.”

The latter similar to McHale’s former show, “The Soup” on E! featuring cutting commentary on TV programs and popular culture.

Jeff Wlodarczak, analyst with Pivotal Research, questioned Netflix’s move into the news genre, whose shelf life is limited.

“All of their content generally has durability — you can watch in months or years later and it is still interesting. But I can see them doing something similar to ‘The Daily Show,’” he said.

While a Netflix rep wasn’t immediately available for comment, the service earlier this month began streaming “Flint Town,” an eight episode docu-series about the aftermath of the Michigan town’s public water crisis.

The documentary is in partnership with Vox Media, and includes upcoming (March 16) release, “Wild Wild Country,” about a guru who attempts to start his own utopian city in rural Oregon.