NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour, January 11, 2020 -- USA's "Briarpatch" Session -- Pictured: Rosario Dawson -- (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBCUniversal)
Photo: NBCUniversal/Evans Vestal Ward/NBCUniversal
Photo: NBCUniversal/Evans Vestal Ward/NBCUniversal

Briefs: Rosario Dawson in Atlanta for HBO pilot ‘DMZ,’ Mami Chula on ‘Bad Boys for Life,’ new PBA hires

Originally posted Friday, January 24, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

A new HBO Max pilot starring Rosario Dawson will be shooting in metro Atlanta called “DMZ.”

The drama is adapted from the Brian Wood comic imagining a second American Civil War in the near future where the federal government is in shambles.

Ava Duvernay ( “When They See Us,” “Queen Sugar”) will direct the pilot. Robert Patino, the showrunner, has shows such as “Sons of Anarchy” and “Westworld” on his resume. 

Dawson will play a medic on the island of Manhattan (now a demilitarized zone, thus the name of the series) who is trying to help keep residents alive while trying to find her lost son. In the process, the determined medic - in the midst of gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords - proves a source of hope in an America that has lost all sense of the idea, according to Deadline.com

The actress also stars in an upcoming USA Network drama “Briarpatch.” Her lengthy credits include “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage” and Georgia-produced “Zombieland: Double Tap.”

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Mami Chula, a former jock on Hot 107.9, 95.5/The Beat and Wild 105.7 who was once featured on billboards around town, makes a cameo appearance on last weekend’s No. 1 movie “Bad Boys for Life.”

But she’s not just DJing behind turntables. She does it as an aerialist. Yes, she has combined two of her passions and had Will Smith and Martin Lawrence oohing and aahing during the film. 

In an interview Friday, she said they shot the scene over two days right after the Super Bowl last February at Pink Pony South. She and three of her troupe spent 12 to 14 hours a day in rigging. But having Smith come up to her and compliment her as “cool and unique,” she said, was a thrill of her life. “I’ll be riding that until the wheels fall off!” she said. 

She said she’s been so busy she hasn’t even had a chance to see the film yet but will  do so this weekend. 

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Photo: Scott Woelfel. CR: LinkedIn

Public Broadcasting Atlanta has finally filled two key posts: the newly created chief content officer job goes to Scott Woelfel, leading multi-platform news and entertainment content across TV, radio. podcast and digital. 

Woelfel, who was co-founder and original editor in chief of CNN Interactive, started January 15. He also created Armchair, a strategic consulting and interactive design firm.  

Emily Pelton has been named vice president of development and will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising efforts. She starts Feb. 4. She previously worked as CARE’s director of policy, planning and resource mobilization for the advocacy team.

During the 1990s, Pelton worked in the Clinton Administration in the Office of Management and Budget and on the international affairs team of the President’s Science Advisor.

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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