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Tribeca to premiere Sweetbitter, Cobra Kai


Starz’s Sweetbitter, YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai and Paramount Network and Jay-Z’s Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story are among the shows set to premiere at Tribeca in New York next month.

Sweetbitter, which stars Ella Purnell, Caitlin FitzGerald, Tom Sturridge and Paul Sparks, revolves around New York’s upscale restaurant industry; while Cobra Kai, from exec producer Will Smith, sees actors Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprising their star-making roles from iconic film franchise The Karate Kid.

Meanwhile, Rest In Power, from exec producer Jay-Z, promises to depicts the life and legacy of the late Trayvon Martin, and will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20.

The news comes as the event unveiled its Tribeca TV and N.O.W. (New Online Work) selections for the 2018 festival, which runs from April 18-29.

Among the other shows tapped for the Big Apple fest, the previously reported four-part docuseries Bobby Kennedy for President will have its world premiere on April 25, two days before it hits Netflix globally. The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Dawn Porter and Ambassador William vanden Heuvel.

Tribeca will also host the New York premiere of HBO’s hit sci-fi drama Westworld, screening the first episode of the second season on April 19, three days before it hits US TV screens.

Other TV selections include the midseason premiere of season five of Comedy Central’s Drunk History; and the world premiere of Nat Geo’s Genius: Picasso, examining the life and craft of the famed artist, as the series enters its second season.

The fest will screen PBS’s Little Women, followed by a conversation with exec producers Colin Callender and Rebecca Eaton, on April 27; Fox Sports’ Phenoms, which follows soccer players on their quests to represent their respective countries in the 2018 Fifa World Cup, on April 25; and Amazon Prime’s series Picnic at Hanging Rock, on April 28.

This year’s event will also see the return of the festival’s Pilot Season, showcasing five independently produced TV pilots (four American, one Israeli) from up-and-coming creators.

As previously announced, Showtime docuseries The Fourth Estate, from Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus, will be Tribeca’s closing night selection. The series examines the inner workings of the New York Times during President Trump’s first year in office.

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