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DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Limelight and eOne have set an all-star cast for its upcoming drama Wildflower including Jean Smart, marking her the first film project she has signed on to since winning her Best Actress Emmy. Starring alongside Smart are Kiernan Shipka, Alexandra Daddario, Dash Mihok, Charlie Plummer and Samantha Hyde.

Limelight and eOne are fully financing with Matt Smukler directing and Jana Savage writing.

Dylan Sellers and Chris Parker of Limelight are producing along with Jamie Patricof and Katie McNeill of Hunting Lane Films and Ethan Lazar, Kyle Owens, Austen Rydell and Billie Lourd of Morning Moon Productions. Morning Moon has been developing the project since 2020, when it optioned Savage’s script. The company is in post-production on the doc Watershed.

Based on Smukler’s family, Wildflower is a coming-of-age dark comedy that follows Bea Johnson from birth to graduation as she navigates life with a parent with an intellectual disability and an extended family that can’t quite agree on the best way to help.

Jen Gorton and Jillian Share overseeing for eOne. CJ Barbato of Limelight will co-produce.

TV LINE – A chilling adventure is coming to Riverdale.

Kiernan Shipka, who starred on Netflix’s Riverdale spinoff Chilling Adventures of Sabrina from 2018 through to its 2020 series finale, is bringing her titular character to Riverdale in Season 6, TVLine has confirmed.

“We’ve been talking about having Sabrina visit Riverdale since season 1, so it’s thrilling that this is finally happening, as part of our Rivervale special event,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement. “It’s also perfect that she shows up to help Cheryl Blossom during her hour of greatest need. Everyone on set lost their minds — I think fans will, too. It’s really fun and special.”

In this week’s Season 5 finale, Cheryl invoked a centuries-old curse spoken by her ancestor Abigail while she was burned alive as a witch, and a cold wind blew through Riverdale as a result. The curse was originally on the ancestors of Archie, Betty and Jughead, so Cheryl’s curse could spell trouble for those three when Season 6 kicks off with a five-episode event, dubbed “Rivervale.”

Riverdale Season 6 is set to premiere on Tuesday (a new night!), Nov. 16 at 9/8c (a new time!) on The CW. Shipka’s Sabrina will turn up in Episode 4, titled “The Witching Hour(s),” where she’ll assist Cheryl as she performs a dangerous spell “that may mean the difference between life and death for a beloved member of the Blossom family,” per the official description.

VARIETY – Kiernan Shipka has signed on to star in supernatural thriller “Treat,” studio Cadence13’s first feature-length podcast — which the company describes as an “audio movie.”

“Treat” is in production now and is scheduled to premiere on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, timed for Halloween, available worldwide on all major podcast platforms. The project comes from C13Features, the new scripted audio movie division of Audacy’s Cadence13, in partnership with Endeavor Content.

Written by Nathan Ballingrud, “Treat” tells the story of a seemingly perfect American town whose residents make a deal with a mysterious outsider possessing supernatural powers to help it recover from social turmoil. When the town falls behind on its payments, a trio of teenagers — led by Allie West (Shipka) — must unlock the secret of his powers. Additional casting for “Treat” will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I’m thrilled to be playing Allie — she’s a strong-willed, complex young girl with a true weight on her shoulders: She has to be the adult in her family, but she’s still just a teenager coming of age, and being able to play her and navigate her world is really fulfilling,” Shipka said in a statement. “‘Treat’ is a one-of-a-kind thrilling audio movie and story, and I’m so excited to be part of this experience with C13Features.”

Shipka will serve as executive producer alongside Cadence13 chief content officer/co-founder Chris Corcoran. C13Features has enlisted Two & Two Pictures’ Babak Anvari and Lucan Toh as well as Best Case Studios to co-produce.

Shipka most recently played the title role of Sabrina Spellman in Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” and starred as Sally Draper in seven seasons of “Mad Men.” She also appeared in FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” and is starring in the upcoming HBO series “The White House Plumbers” and Roku limited series “Swimming With Sharks.” Shipka is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.

Cadence13’s bread and butter remains in traditional episodic podcast series. But the studio hopes the movie-like style of “Treat” and other C13Feature titles will generate blockbuster hits.

With “Treat” as its inaugural audio movie, “we are aiming for premium quality and excellence across all sides of each production for mainstream appeal, exceptional originality, innovation and storytelling,” Corcoran said. “Casting is one of the most critical and important elements of this new audio movie experience from C13Features, and we are so honored and excited to have Kiernan join us to play this incredible role of Allie — we can’t wait to see her bring this pivotal character to life and help take ‘Treat’ to the level we all believe it can go.”

So sad 🙁 I know these final episodes will be amazing.

TV LINE – It’s been a rough week for the Archieverse. Just days after The CW pulled the plug on Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, Netflix has gone and cancelled fellow sister series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina after two super-sized seasons (or four parts), multiple sources confirm to TVLine.

The Kiernan Shipka-headlined series’ final eight episodes (aka Part 4) will premiere later this year.

Working on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been an incredible honor from Day One,” said showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa in a statement to TVLine. “The cast, beginning with Kiernan as everyone’s favorite teen witch, has been an absolute joy. I am beyond thankful to the crew, writers, editors, assistants, and everyone for pouring so much love into this dark dream of a show. I’m also grateful to our partners at Netflix, Warner Bros., Berlanti Television and Archie Comics for letting us tell the story we wanted to tell, the way we wanted to tell it. We can’t wait for everyone to see Part Four.”

Originally in development at The CW as a companion to Riverdale, Sabrina eventually moved to Netflix, where it scored a 20-episode straight-to-series order. It premiered on the streamer in Oct. 2018. A second season of 16 episodes was subsequently ordered, the first eight of which dropped in January.

The cast of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina includes Shipka in the title role, Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman, Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman, Ross Lynch as Harvey Kinkle, Gavin Leatherwood as Nicholas Scratch, Chance Perdomo as Ambrose Spellman, Jaz Sinclair as Rosalind Walker, Lachlan Watson as Theo Putnam, Michelle Gomez as Madam Satan, Richard Coyle as Father Blackwood, Tati Gabrielle as Prudence Blackwood, Adeline Rudolph as Agatha and Abigail Cowen as Dorcas.

In the final eight episodes, “The Eldritch Terrors will descend upon Greendale,” per Netflix. “The coven must fight each terrifying threat one-by-one (The Weird, The Returned, The Darkness to name a few), all leading up to…The Void, which is the End of All Things. As the witches wage war, with the help of The Fright Club, Nick begins to slowly earn his way back into Sabrina’s heart, but will it be too late?”

THR – The series is based on George Huang’s 1994 movie about a Hollywood assistant.
Kiernan Shipka and Diane Kruger are going Swimming With Sharks at Quibi.

The pair will topline the shortform streaming platform’s update of the 1994 Hollywood satire. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Shipka will play Lou, a young assistant at a Hollywood studio full of manipulators and schemers — none of whom know she is poised to outwit them all.

Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, FX’s The Bridge) will play Joyce, Lou’s boss and the sole head of the studio.

Writer and actress Kathleen Robertson (Little Bee, Netflix’s Northern Rescue) is adapting George Huang’s cult-classic film, which starred Frank Whaley as an assistant who turns the tables on his abusive boss (Kevin Spacey). Robertson, director Tucker Gates (Homeland, The Morning Show) and Chris Cowles (Blockers) are producing the Lionsgate TV series. Dana Brunetti and Liz Destro are executive producing along with Jay Cohen and Stephen Israel, who were EPs on the film.

Shipka currently plays the title role in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, whose third season debuted in late January (it is renewed through its fourth cycle). The former Mad Men regular’s credits also include Feud: Bette and Joan and the Netflix movie Let It Snow. She is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Sloane Offer.

Kruger’s recent credits include Welcome to Marwen and JT LeRoy. She is set to star with Lupita Nyong’o and Jessica Chastain in the spy thriller 355, which is set for a 2021 release. Kruger is repped by UTA, UBBA, Untitled Entertainment, Altitude and Peikoff Mahan.

Quibi has not set a premiere date for Swimming With Sharks. The mobile-centric streaming platform is slated to launch April 6 and will offer scripted and unscripted entertainment series and daily news, sports and lifestyle programming for $5 a month with ads and $8 without them.

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Emily   – /   February 11, 2020

For Kiernan Shipka’s Next Trick, She’ll Make Sabrina Disappear
Her childhood was spent on Mad Men and her adolescence as lead of Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina. Now, a new era of Kiernan Shipka is dawning.

“I’m 20, so now I’m feeling old,” Kiernan Shipka says to a chorus of laughter during a press visit to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vancouver set in January. She knows what that sentence sounds like. She knows you’re probably rolling your eyes right now. She knows she’s not really old. But as she’s gone from being a 7-year-old alongside Jon Hamm and January Jones on Mad Men practically straight to leading the cast of cult Netflix drama The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, she can’t help but feel like a lot of life has already passed her by.

“When I started [filming CAOS] I was 18, and I was like, I’m supposed to be a freshman in college trying to figure out what to do with my life, and instead I’m doing this — and there’s nothing I’d rather do,” she quickly clarifies.

In the show’s third season, which was released on January 24, Sabrina Spellman has gone from being a reluctant half-witch to embracing who she is in all of her devil-worshipping, hell-traveling glory. Shipka’s own increasing self-confidence on set mirrors her character’s story — minus, you know, the regular visits to hell.

“Watching Kiernan come up as she has done since that first season has been absolutely thrilling,” CAOS co-star Michelle Gomez, who plays teacher Mary Wardwell, says during the visit. “And that girl is a phenomenal human being.”

“Not only is she masterful at everything she takes on, she also really knows how to drive a scene, which is something not all people know how to do,” Miranda Otto, who plays Sabrina’s Aunt Zelda, adds. “She keeps the energy of everything going. She really is a powerhouse.”

While Kiernan’s official role is that of Sabrina, her two years on set have resulted in her wearing a number of hats. For instance, she’s also the person responsible for throwing parties and get-togethers for the tight-knit cast, who can often be seen out and about together on the streets of Vancouver.

“We have game nights,” she tells Refinery29 on a later phone call from Vancouver. “We play running charades. And there’s a karaoke place here.”

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Kiernan Shipka Cooks Cacio e Pepe
Emily   – /   April 06, 2019

HEALTHYISH – “I feel like bringing a packed lunch to set gives me a lot of peace,” Kiernan Shipka tells me from the open kitchen at Gem, a Lower East Side restaurant run by her friend Flynn McGarry. “When you eat something homemade, preferably with ferments and a tahini drizzle, for a second you just feel like you have your entire life together.”

For nearly nine years, Shipka grew up playing Sally Draper, the beloved scene-stealer in Mad Men. She shared screen time with Susan Sarandon in Feud. And now she’s number one on the call sheet for Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. (Think: ’90s series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but with the same glam-noir filter as fellow Archie Comics phenomenon Riverdale.)

If you follow Shipka on social media, chances are you already know she loves food. A lot. “Jonathan Gold was such an influential person in my life,” she says. “I really found my love of food through his lists.” But when Shipka’s not eating at L.A.’s Petit Trois, Bavel, or Sqirl, you’ll find her seasoning the cast iron in her kitchen. “I know what I’m doing a little bit,” she says, laughing. “I love roasting broccoli or making a nice piece of salmon; meat and vegetables are my things.”

McGarry—who’s been darting back and forth between his cooks, peering into pans and adjusting knobs—joins us in his kitchen. He first arrived in New York from California a few years ago to run his pop-up eatery, Eureka, but started charging money to serve food out of his mother’s San Fernando Valley house when he was 13. The pair met in L.A. through a mutual friend (and some “aggressive Instagram stalking” on Shipka’s part), and have been close ever since.

(And maybe now is the time to mention that uber-successful Shipka and McGarry are 19 and 20 respectively.)

Shipka and McGarry begin cooking cacio e pepe, a favorite dish from their trip to Italy a few years ago. “We’re literally just going to watch water boil for a while,” McGarry says, filling a huge saucepan with water.

McGarry peers into the bubbling pot, now filled with spaghetti. “Can you taste it please?” he asks Shipka. “I have weird pasta anxiety and I’m terrified of overcooking it.” She forks out a strand and starts chewing before pronouncing it “still a little crunchy.”
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Kiernan is featured on the digital cover of Glamour UK. I have added the cover and outtakes to the gallery! I love this photoshoot.

Magazine Scans > 2019 > Glamour UK (April)
Studio Photoshoots > 2019 > Session 06 | Glamour UK

GLAMOUR MAGAZINE – “It’s 8am and I am wearing a novelty onsie. When you start loving yourself, life gets a lot more fun,” Kiernan Shipka tells me. This could be the life of any 19-year-old on the way to – or skiving from – university, but Kiernan is not like any other late teen you’ve ever met. She did, after all, make her TV debut at five months old in ER, before outshining her adult cast mates as Sally Draper in Mad Men, from the age of seven.

The star of The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina has called me while travelling to set for season two, where she’s been putting in 13-hour-days, up to six times a week for almost a year. Kiernan is in a reflective mood, talking about the realities of growing up in the public eye.

Kiernan continues, “By the end of Mad Men, I had been on the show for a longer period of my life than I hadn’t. When that wrapped, I was trying to figure out who I was in a lot of ways without the show… Growing up and being in the industry while trying my best to maintain a very normal life outside of it – which I’m lucky that I did. I definitely think my ‘growing up’ was in so many ways so unconventional. I didn’t go to a traditional school, I didn’t have a traditional route. I knew what I wanted to do really early on. I was lucky that I was in an environment that embraced growing up and let me figure out who I was. But there were moments when it was super hard, for sure. I was trying to figure out: what exactly does it all mean?”

On hand to help Kiernan find out, were Mad Men’s cast of formidable, fierce feminists including January Jones, who she remains close with. “I’m lucky that I grew up on a show that really championed women and portrayed them as multidimensional characters,” she reflects. “I wasn’t seeing one-dimensional female stereotypes being portrayed around me. I was seeing women who were going through a lot, being portrayed with so much depth, emotion, flaws, insecurities, power and strength. So, I feel like I grew up in a bubble that was very feminist by nature. It wasn’t until I started getting a little bit older, that I started looking around and realising that’s not the case everywhere. That’s the thing with , it actually highlighted the inequality that women were facing and still are facing today, in so many ways.”

But the internet provided Kiernan with a rather rude awakening to gender inequality. “Once I started using the internet in general, I started to see that a little bit more. I remember being in a course at school and they were highlighting the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s. That was when I was like, ‘Oh, women have been fighting for a long time!’”

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Kiernan has a new beautiful photoshoot for L’Officiel Paris! Check out the outtakes in our gallery and read her interview below. I’ll add scans soon!

Magazine Scans > 2019 > L’Officiel Paris (April)
Studio Photoshoots > 2019 > Session 04 | L’Officiel Paris

LOFFICIEL – Matthew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men, recently considered following up on his masterpiece by saying, “The only reason is to see what happened to Sally Draper. That I owe to Kiernan, she is the heart of this series.” By playing Sally, the impertinent daughter of advertising executive Don Draper, Kiernan Shipka, from 2007 to 2015, she was indeed made unforgettable. Her secret: to play this privileged little girl like a rebel, while showing that she remains a pure product of her conservative environment. Mad Men was also an opportunity for the actress to assert her style. Thanks to Sally Draper’s wardrobe, her performer, of Irish-Slovak origin, born in Chicago to parents totally foreign to the world of cinema and fashion, made the girls in Hollywood jealous, without having time to take the big head. Matt Weiner extended the scenes in which she appeared, and Kiernan built a golden reputation that allowed him to last in Hollywood, and to be today the star of Sabrina’s New Adventures. Second TV adaptation, this time quite dark, sometimes horrific, of an ultra-popular comic book, after the very kitsch one of the 1990s, this Netflix version is a modern rereading of Sabrina’s character, who must choose between two incompatible worlds: that of mortals and that of witches. Magic tricks, witty words about intersectional feminism, even Satan’s patriarchal authoritarianism… Kiernan dazzles Sabrina’s fans. “Sometimes you need an icon to play another icon,” says Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the showrunner of the series.

You play Sabrina, half witch, half human. Is it easy?

Kiernan Shipka: The real challenge is fourteen hours of shooting every day: laughing at one take, fighting a demon in the next, then sprinting, bursting into tears and solving a mystery by reciting two pages of Latin. Not to mention giving the answer to Salem, the black cat to whom I am allergic. In those moments, I could really use Sabrina’s superpowers.

Do you feel vulnerable?

I have been living in the film business for a long time. As I grew up, I fortunately managed to consider it as a profession. This hindsight allowed me to ask myself, “Do I want to make this my life?” It reveals the need to organize my existence. Besides, I love making project lists!

What was the best advice you received?

Finding the balance between fun and professionalism!

Sally Draper’s personality has it rubbed off on you?

The time of the show, yes, I was fashion addict like her. Then I had a period of withdrawal where I managed to cultivate my fascination for fashion while finding my own style of clothing.

And Sabrina, doesn’t she also take up a lot of space in your life?

His fan club is such that I have become the object of immense attention. But I keep in mind that Sabrina is a great source of inspiration for kids: shared between two worlds, she finally sets her own path, and I hope she will encourage her fans to be themselves.

So spending your life in the public eye has an advantage?

For a long time I was the only child on the set, but I never felt in danger. It’s invaluable, especially since at my age, the experiences are always new. But those around me make sure that I keep my head on my shoulders.

Is your collaboration with Fendi one of them?

The wide variety of their clothes touches me: with Fendi, I can be seductive, fun, fashionable or edgy. As for the glasses, I can’t do without them anymore.

You are active on social networks, yet your media rise has protected you from smear campaigns.

How can this miracle be explained?

If you dig in the depths of the internet, you will find pictures of me at 7 and 19 years old, so I never google myself. I only manage my Instagram account and I touch wood to protect it from trolls. I would prefer Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola to notice it, because I dream of touring with them.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD Hollywood is littered with tragic stories and cautionary tales about child actors. Then there’s Kiernan Shipka, the unaffected young actor who grew up in our living rooms, playing Don Draper’s precocious daughter Sally between the ages of eight and 15 in the TV series Mad Men.

Now 19, the sassy blonde has come into her own, starring in the titular role in the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the latest TV show to be based on the Archie Comics’ character Sabrina the Teenage Witch. This adaptation is a dark coming-of-age story, inspired by Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, that follows the half-mortal witch Sabrina Spellman as she struggles to reconcile her dual nature.

It’s been so much fun,” Kiernan says, giggling into the phone from a taxi in Toronto, Canada, on her way to a doctor’s appointment on her day off from filming the romantic comedy Let It Snow. She’s excited about the upcoming second season of Sabrina, in which her character struggles with a deal she’s made with the devil.

It was cool because we shot both the first season and the second all in one and I felt like there was this natural progression throughout,” she says. “Sabrina grew up mortal, so that’s a more dominant personality trait in the first season. But as she comes into her power, it’s about exploring the other side of herself and she really goes all in.

I really enjoyed playing her in the second season because her dark side is just so feisty and fiery and there’s a really powerful element to that.”

One of Sabrina’s more complex relationships is with her capricious Aunt Zelda, played by Australian actress Miranda Otto (the pair had just worked together on a horror film, The Silence, when they discovered they’d been cast as family in Sabrina).

I love her and we are very close in real life, nothing like the tumultuous relationship we have on the show,” Kiernan says warmly. “And I learnt so much from her professionally. She truly creates such a beautiful history for her character and has a lot of ideas for Zelda that come just from her, and that kind of extra care and thought put into the role really shows.”

Kiernan Brennan Shipka was born in Chicago to John Shipka, a real estate developer, and his wife Erin Brennan, a one-time queen of Chicago’s St Patrick’s Day parade. Kiernan was only five months old when she made her acting debut in the long-running medical drama ER.

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