Cinemax Greenlights ‘Transporter’ Series Executive Produced by Luc Besson

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 10:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cinemax is teaming with Luc Besson for a TV series based on his popular Transporter film franchise. After lengthy negotiations, HBO’s sibling pay-cable channel has committed to 12 episodes of  the action drama, produced by French company Atlantique and executive … Read More »

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NBC Orders Betty White Reality Series

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 9:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has picked up Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, a new hidden-camera comedy show hosted and executive produced by Betty White. The series of 12 half-hour episodes will be produced by Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content.

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Gulliver McGrath To Play ‘Dark Shadows’ Kid Role; Will Michael Sheen Play His Dad?

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 9:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

Tim Burton has set Gulliver McGrath to play the role of David Collins in Dark Shadows. It was a coveted role on the pint-sized set, and I’ve heard Burton has his sights on Michael Sheen to play his father, Roger … Read More »

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ICM Merges Film And TV Talent Into One Department And Names Troika To Run In

By and | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 9:16am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: ICM is centralizing its talent leadership. Lorrie Bartlett, Dar Rollins and Adam Schweitzer are being named co-heads of talent for the agency this morning. The new structure covers talent spread across all areas, including film, TV, theater, branding and … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Freshman Series & ‘Survivor’ Hit Lows, Univision Third Again

Nellie Andreeva

A two-hour American Idol (7.5/21 in adults 18-49, 23.6 million viewers) delivered another dominating Wednesday win for Fox. The Top 11 performance show (redux) was down 5% from last week’s Top 11 performance episode and 1% in total viewers. But in the apples-to-apples comparison to last week’s fast national numbers … Read More »

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SAG, AFTRA Reach Tentative Agreement On Corporate/Educational Contract

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 9:15am PDT

LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2011) – Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists today announced that the Joint AFTRA and SAG Non-Broadcast/Industrials Negotiating Committee have reached a tentative agreement with industry representatives on terms for three-year successor agreements to the SAG Industrial and Educational

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Sony Animation Acquires ‘Muncle Trogg’

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 9:15am PDT
Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures Animation has bought screen rights to the Janet Foxley children’s novel Muncle Trogg. It is the first acquisition made by Michelle Raimo-Kouyate since she joined as president of production. She made the deal with Sony Pictures Digital Productions … Read More »

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Sundance Film ‘The Convincer’ Nears ATO Distribution Deal

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The impressive volume of distribution deals for 2011 Sundance Film Festival fare is about to expand again. I’m told that ATO Pictures is wrapping up a deal for US rights to The Convincer, the Karen Sprecher-directed dark comedy that … Read More »

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Humanitas’ ‘New Voices’ Program Lands First Script Orders For Emerging Writers

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 8:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Four-and-a-half months after it was announced, Humanitas’ New Voices initiatives for emerging TV writers has received its first four script orders from participating studios/networks. Back in November, 20th Century Fox TV, NBC Universal, CBS, ABC Studios, Lionsgate and HBO each made blind commitments to buy two scripts written by up-and-coming writers under the supervision of a Humatitas’ Trustee or Board member. Since then, FX has joined the group, bringing the total number of blind script commitments to 14.

And now, 20th TV, its cable division Fox 21, CBS TV Studios and ABC Studios has each ordered one pilot script, with a fifth script deal pending. 20th TV has bought a pilot script for Mambo Palace, a single-camera comedy by Luisa Leschin, with Humanitas Trustee Ali LeRoi, creator of Everybody Hates Chris, supervising. CBS Studios has ordered Neil Cohen’s single-camera script Judge School, which is being supervised by Trustee Gary David Goldberg. Fox 21 has ordered a pilot script for the one-hour drama Majestic from Will Pascoe with Trustee and Bones creator Hart Hanson supervising. ABC Studios ordered a script for Christian Trokey’s one-hour drama Map, Myth, Bone, with Trustee Marc Guggenheim (No Ordinary Family) supervising. Read More »

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SAG Nominating Committees To Be Drawn Friday

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 8:35am PDT

Submissions for next year’s SAG Awards open July 11.

LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2011) – The 4,200 Screen Actors Guild members who will determine the nominees for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for this year’s outstanding performances in film and primetime television will be drawn by

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Peabody Winners: ‘Good Wife,’ ‘Men Of A Certain Age,’ HBO Among Honorees

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 8:26am PDT

The 70th annual Peabody Awards, recognizing the best in electronic media, unveiled a record 39 recipients today, with broadcast network show The Good Wife (CBS) and cable series Men Of A Certain Age (TNT) and Justified (FX) among those honored. HBO won several awards, including for The PacificTemple Grandin and several documentaries. Also included was ESPN’s documentary series 30 For 30, which was commissioned to commemorate the all-sports network’s 30th anniversary.

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Universal/Illumination Easter Bunny Film ‘Hop’ Springs 92 Promo Partners

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 7:53am PDT
Mike Fleming

When Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment launch the live action/CG-animated Hop in theaters tomorrow, the film will be aided by a total of 92 promotional partnerships and licensing deals around the world. Illumination Entertainment head Chris Meledandri’s recent addition of … Read More »

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Steven Maeda Inks Deal With ABC Studios

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Steven Maeda has inked a premium two-script deal with ABC Studios. Under the pact, Maeda will have an office on the Disney lot and, in addition to writing 2 scripts for the  studio, he may also executive producer/supervise other … Read More »

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Survey: ‘Blue Bloods’ Most Commercial Of This Season’s New Series

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 6:59am PDT

It might not be the sexiest of this year’s new U.S. shows, but Blood Bloods has proved the most commercial at home and internationally combined. The Tom Selleck cop show has topped a chart of how this season’s freshman shows … Read More »

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UPDATE: HBO’s ‘In Treatment’ May Continue In Different Format

By | Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ 7:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: It’s the end of the road for HBO’s psychiatry drama series In Treatment. And it isn’t. While there will be no fourth season of the half-hour drama series in its current form, it may continue on the pay cable … Read More »

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Margo Martindale Joins CBS’ Susannah Grant Drama Pilot, More Pilot Castings

By | Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ 6:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In a recasting, Margo Martindale has been tapped for a co-starring role in CBS’ untitled Susannah Grant supernatural medical drama pilot. Jonathan Demme is directing the pilot, which centers on Michael (Patrick Wilson), an ultra-competitive surgeon … Read More »

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Hot Clip: ‘Thor’ Taser Scene

By | Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ 6:48pm PDT

This expands on the first portion of the original trailer, in which Thor crashes to Earth and is first discovered by Natalie Portman and company. The Paramount/Marvel Studios movie is due out May 6.

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Geoffrey Rush Voicing Tomar-Re In ‘Green Lantern’

By | Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ 5:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

He’s not in the Green Lantern cast list, but I’m told that Oscar-nominated The King’s Speech star Geoffrey Rush plays an important role in the Martin Campbell-directed Warner Bros film … Read More »

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CONFIRMED: Arnold Schwarzenegger To Become Cartoon Superhero

By | Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ 4:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reps declined to comment last week for our story that the former California Governor may be doing an animated series with producer Andy Heyward based on a superhero character created in partnership with comic book icon … Read More »

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