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1. HBO greenlit "Storm Over Brooklyn," a documentary from filmmaker Muta’Ali about the killing of an African-American teen in New York's Bensonhurst neighborhood....

2. In her stage show "Nanette," which has been filmed for a Netflix comedy special, Hannah Gadsby uses stand-up to explore serious issues, such as homophobia and sexual violence....

3. Forbes spoke with DJ Tommie Sunshine, host of the docuseries "After the Raves," which debuted this week on Netflix....

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1. Nicole Kidman's company, Blossom Films, has signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios to create original theatrical films and streaming TV series....

2. "Star Trek: Discovery" showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg will leave the show and be replaced by Alex Kurtzman for Season 2....

3. Netflix is developing an interactive 5-episode animated series based on the game "Minecraft," in collaboration with Telltale Games....

4. The new documentary short "Detransitioned," presented by The Atlantic, profiles Carey Callahan, who was born a woman, transitioned into being male, and has now reversed her decision. ...

5. The film "Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1," about the history of Nike's Air Jordan sneaker, was written and directed by a Nike advertising executive, but isn't just an ad for the brand. ...

6. The upcoming documentary feature "Yours in Sisterhood" features contemporary women reading letters sent to the editors of Ms. Magazine in the 1970s....

10. RECOMMENDED: DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT FILMMAKING ON FILMSTRUCK...

4. According to Bloomberg, Apple is in discussions with Ireland-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon to potentially distribute a new animated film....

5. HBO announced that it will skip San Diego Comic-Con this summer, which means no big panels for "Game of Thrones" or "Westworld."...

6. Ellen DeGeneres will go out on her first comedy tour in 15 years, and record the last two shows for her first Netflix stand-up special....

10. RECOMMENDED: "MARVEL'S CLOAK & DAGGER" ON HULU...

1. A federal judge approved AT&T's $85 billion merger with Time Warner, a decision that could change how consumers access and pay for streaming services....

2. A long read from New York Magazine investigates how Netflix came to dominate the TV industry and the processes employed by the company to produce so much original content. ...

3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, new Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke plans to complete with Netflix by developing personal relationships with showrunners. ...

4. True Royalty, a new streaming service focused on programming about the British monarchy, will launch in the UK and US on Monday....

5. The Daily Beast covered the YouTube and Twitch phenomenon of "IRL Streamers," who accept payment from viewers to pull off sometimes terrifying real-world pranks....

6. Netflix and YouTube may soon be available to stream on the Nintendo Switch console, according to a product listing on the Best Buy website....

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