GLSEN TO HONOR AMAZON: GLSEN, a leading education organization working to create safe schools for LGTBQ youth, announced Monday that it will honor Amazon Studios with the Visionary Award at the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards in L.A. Amazon’s studio chief Jennifer Salke will accept the honor. “Amazon Studios is humbled and awed by GLSEN honoring us with the Visionary Award,” said Salke. “We firmly believe that content should reflect our global society and that representation brings about understanding, acceptance and the valuing of different perspectives. Allowing authentic voices the opportunity to reach a broad audience is key to changing the narrative for many underrepresented groups and we feel privileged to work in a place that supports that for storytellers.”
EMMA STONE AND DAMIEN CHAZELLE PROJECT CIRCULATING: Multiple studios have received the script for Babylon, Damien Chazelle’s next project. Deadline reports that Lionsgate, which distributed the 14 Oscar-nominated La La Land, is considered the front-runner to land the project, which will also (once again) star Emma Stone. The film is being described as a period piece, but this time, not a musical.
SABRINA CARPENTER TO STAR IN, PRODUCE THE DISTANCE: Sabrina Carpenter, star of Disney’s Girl Meets World and Netflix’s upcoming Work It, has signed on to star in and exec produce a big screen adaptation of the YA novel The Distance From Me to You. The story follows two teens who meet and fall in love on the Appalachian Trail.
NETFLIX BOARDS THE SERPENT: The BBC drama The Serpent will now be co-produced by Netflix. Tahar Rahim will star as the French serial killer Charles Sobhraj, whose crimes were discovered in Southeast Asia in the 1970s.