Sundance Channel‘s drama Rectify will return for its season season on Thursday, June 19 at 9 PM. The first season of the network’s first original scripted series followed one week in the life of a man (Aden Young) after his release from prison and a Death Row sentence into a world he no longer understands. Production is underway on Season 2 in Georgia on the series, created and written by Ray McKinnon and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Luke Kirby, Clayne Crawford and Adelaide Clemens co-star. Sundance Channel renewed the series for 10 episodes a week after the drama premiered. The network’s second scripted series, Red Road, debuted February 27.
Sundance Channel‘s second original scripted series The Red Road debuts Stateside on February 27. In a move that dovetails with the launch of the Sundance London film and music festival, and as Sundance ups its international profile, the six-part series will premiere simultaneously on Sundance Channel on April 24 in Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, and European territories including France, Iberia, Benelux, Poland and CEE. AMC/Sundance Channel Global acquired the rights from eOne which is handling international for all original scripted series from AMC and Sundance under a pact signed in September. The Red Road revolves around a local cop (Martin Henderson) struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities. Jason Momoa, Julianne Nicholson and Tamara Tunie also star. Writer Aaron Guzikowski and Sarah Condon are exec producing and Bridget Carpenter is executive producer/showrunner. James Gray directed the first episode.
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The X Factor’ Musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ Pushes Back Previews; Quentin Tarantino To Present Honorary Cesar To Scarlett Johansson; More
‘X Factor’ Musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ Delays Previews By Two Days
Previews of Simon Cowell‘s The X Factor musical, I Can’t Sing, have been postponed by two days at the London Palladium. Stage Entertainment and Syco Entertainment are producing the show and say they’ve decided to start previews on March 1 as opposed to February 27 due to “technical issues caused by the ambitious staging of the new musical comedy.” Rebecca Quigley, producer for Stage Entertainment, said, “As audiences will soon see, the production is hugely ambitious, and the volume of installation and scale of the set means that technical work has taken slightly longer than could have been anticipated to make the show audience-ready.” Nigel Harman (EastEnders, Downton Abbey) is playing a character based on Cowell in the musical that’s directed by Olivier Award-winner and Tony nominee Sean Foley. British comedian Harry Hill wrote the show.
Quentin Tarantino To Present Scarlett Johansson’s Honorary Cesar
Quentin Tarantino has been enlisted by France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma to present Scarlett Johansson with this year’s honorary César Award. The director will hand the award to Johansson this Friday at the 39th César Awards ceremony in Paris. Tarantino himself received the prize in 2011.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Vice Media, FremantleMedia Team On Food Platform; ‘Rectify’, ‘Mr Selfridge’ Headed To France & Germany; More
Vice Media, FremantleMedia Team On Food Platform
Vice Media and FremantleMedia are teaming to create a create a multi-channel food platform aimed at a millennial audience. The companies will develop and produce digital content for the yet-unnamed Vice food vertical, which FremantleMedia will take to TV around the world. The venture will offer original video content, editorial features, articles, how-tos, recipes and events, providing a perspective on the intersection where humans and food connect. Recurring franchises will focus on subjects ranging from the politics of food to world travel and cuisine to an irreverent look at home cooking. Content will be available on multiple platforms, including Vice.com, Noisey and Motherboard.
NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2014 — AMC Networks Inc. announced today it has completed its acquisition of substantially all of Chellomedia, the international content division of Liberty Global, for EURO750 million (approximately $1.0 billion USD).
The nation’s LGBT media advocacy group has revealed the nominees for its 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards. In the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category, Sundance Selects’ Blue Is The Warmest Color will go up against Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club, Sony Pictures Classics Kill Your Darlings, Sony Pictures’ The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones and The Weinstein Company’s Philomena. On the TV side, nominees for Outstanding Drama Series are The Fosters (ABC Family), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Orphan Black (BBC America), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) and Shameless (Showtime). The Comedy Series hopefuls are Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), Glee (Fox), Modern Family (ABC), Orange Is The New Black (Netflix) and Please Like Me (Pivot). The MSNBC leads all networks with four noms, followed by ABC with three. Sony Pictures, The Weinstein Company and Breaking Glass Pictures are the only multiple nominees on the film side. The honors recognize media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. Here is the full list of nominees in 29 categories:
Under the pact, Entertainment One will handle El Rey Network‘s slate of original scripted programming worldwide. The deal was announced today by John Morayniss, CEO, eOne Television, and Scott Sassa, Vice Chair, El Rey Network. The first project under the pact is El Rey’s upcoming series Matador, a scripted thriller from K/O Paper Products’ Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. EOne will also handle DVD and EST rights in the U.S. and Canada for El Rey’s new supernatural crime saga From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, set to premiere March 11. This deal comes on the heels of eOne’s partnership with AMC Networks to exclusively distribute AMC and Sundance Channel’s original scripted series internationally announced in September.
Beginning in February, Sundance Channel will be known as SundanceTV, leading up to the premiere of the network’s newest original scripted series The Red Road. The rebrand supports Sundance’s commitment to creating fresh and daring original programming, Sundance Channel said today in a statement. The new design will feature a streamlined logo in a modern sans serif font and neutral palette. Additionally, the network is introducing a new website, www.sundance.tv.
Rob Miller’s New York-based entertainment agency Peleton, whose clients include Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars) and Paper Route (Yukon Men), has acquired Creative Media, founded by entertainment and marketing exec Todd Berger, Miller announced today. Berger will lead Peleton’s expansion into scripted TV and animation, feature film and branded entertainment sector. Concurrently, Peleton agent Dan Pine heads to Los Angeles to open Peleton’s West Coast offices.
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Time In Between’ Finale Sets Records; Fox Int’l Channels Airing Super Bowl Live In Europe; More
‘The Time In Between’ Finale Sets Records In Spain
Deadline readers who follow international closely will know that I’ve been high on Spanish period miniseries The Time In Between. The 11-part mini debuted in Spain in October as the best local drama premiere of the last eight years. It concluded its run on Antena 3 on Tuesday night with an all-time record high of over 5.5M viewers and a 27.8% share. It also hit a peak of 5.88M viewers. The series overall averaged 5M viewers and had a 25.5% average share. Produced by Boomerang TV for Antena 3, it led among over 35s with a 25.2% share, and reached a 37.7% share among audiences aged 55-64. Based on María Dueñas’ novel, The Time In Between is set during the Spanish Civil War and the run-up to World War II. It’s the story of a woman raised by a poor single mother and taught to be a seamstress. When she falls for a handsome young man, she moves with him to Morocco and spends months living the high life. But when the money runs out and she falls pregnant, he leaves. She ultimately builds a new life and becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers. She also begins working for the British government, passing information to the Secret Service. Interest from abroad has been high: The series already is running in Romania and offers on remake rights and/or the original are in from the U.S., Canada, Italy, France, Portugal, the former Yugoslavia, Russia, Croatia, and several territories in Latin America and Africa.
Fox International Channels Airing Super Bowl Live In Europe
While Europeans eagerly await this summer’s World Cup, they’ll be able to check out the biggest game of the year for the other kind of football in just a few weeks. Fox International Channels is bringing the Super Bowl to the continent. When the Seattle Seahawks face off with the Denver Broncos on February 2 in East Rutherford, N.J., NFL fans in Europe will be able to watch the full Fox coverage beginning at 12:25 AM on February 3. More than 12 million households in Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia will have access to the game. This will be the first time the Super Bowl is broadcast live on the FIC channels in Europe. Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers are the halftime act. Separately, Fox International Channels said today that it has appointed Fabrizio Salini to managing director of its Italian operation, effective February 17. Salini was VP Entertainment Channels for FIC Italy from 2003 and 2011, and returns after a two-year stint serving senior management roles at SKY Italia, Discovery Communications Italia and Switchover Media.
Plans are coming together for a biopic of Mother Teresa, with Keir Pearson tapped to write a the screenplay for I Thirst. Tony Krantz‘s Flame Ventures is producing the project with Origin Entertainment and The Mother Teresa Center. Pearson most recently co-wrote another biopic, the Diego Luna-directed Cesar Chavez: An American Hero starring Michael Pena as the California labor leader and civil rights activist. Lionsgate releases it on March 28. “Keir’s presentation and his Oscar-nominated script of Hotel Rwanda and his sensitive script for Chavez made him the perfect choice,” said Krantz in announcing the project, which he will produce. “I Thirst is the first and only authorized film about the life of Mother Teresa on the big screen. We couldn’t be more excited for this movie about a woman who stood for total commitment, faith, charity and love.”
The plan is for Pearson to complete a research trip in India and Mexico and begin writing by the end of next month. Producer Jamey Volk said the goal is to begin production by the end of 2014 and release the pic during 2015. The Mother Teresa Center, the legal trustees of her estate, will serve as technical consultants. Flame Ventures’ Reece Pearson will executive produce with Origin’s Dick Lyles.
Microsoft has hired Ari Mark as head of unscripted programming for Xbox Entertainment Studios in Santa Monica, CA, joining Nancy Tellem’s team overseeing unscripted for the studio. Mark previously worked at AMC, where he helped launch the network’s foray into unscripted programming developing the series The Pitch, Small Town Security, Talking Dead and Comic Book Men. He is also responsible for the upcoming Game Of Arms, and yet to be announced series for 2014-2015 including AMC’s first docudrama, a series about the creation of the Mob. Before that, Mark worked at Embassy Row as director of development and manager of development at The Sundance Channel.
Park City, UT — Sundance Institute, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today announced a new project that will harness the power of independent film to create a global conversation about extreme hunger and poverty. The Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge will spur the production of documentary and narrative films – through a global open call for three-to-eight-minute submissions – that will celebrate imaginative solutions real people are creating to overcome the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty.
The project supports Sundance Institute’s mission to empower independent storytellers and connect their work to communities around. The Institute is working with Tongal.com to manage the online call for entries. Winning films will receive a $10,000 grant and premiere at a private event at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Users can submit through July 1, 2014. There is no fee to apply. More information can be found at www.tongal.com/sundance.
There are plenty of people working on more than one movie at the Sundance Film Festival this year, but only one musical act pulled double duty Sunday. On a packed party night in Park City, Damon Albarn played a 5-song set at the Sundance Channel HQ in the evening in front of Maggie Gyllenhaal and more. He then hustled down the block to the YouTube On Main Street storefront for a slightly longer show in front of 150 guests at 11 PM. At the two invite-only SRO events, the Blur and Gorillaz frontman performed ballads from both his bands and his upcoming solo album. In both gigs, a string quartet and a keyboardist backed up Albarn, who played acoustic guitar.
The ill-timed consolidation of the best TV movie and miniseries Emmy categories will likely be short lived. The TV Academy has started a procedure for the two longform categories to be restored for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, putting an end to the category’s two-year merger. “The recommendation has been made to split Outstanding Miniseries or Movie into separate program categories,” a TV Academy spokesperson said in a statement. “This is on the agenda to be discussed at the February 4th Awards Committee meeting.” The move, first reported by TVLine, is the first in a two-step process, with a recommendation first going to the awards committee and then to the Board of Governors for a vote. It was triggered by the so-called “rule of 14″ where more than 14 submissions in a category prompts a discussion of creating a new category and fewer than 14 opens a consolidation conversation. The dramatic drop in miniseries production at the end of the last decade — which resulted in only 2 getting nominated in the best miniseries Emmy category in both 2009 and 2010 — invoked the rule of 14, leading to the February 2011 vote to merge the best TV movie and miniseries categories.
One can argue that when made, that decision was already outdated because by early 2011 the miniseries genre was already coming out of the collapse with a number of solid Emmy contenders that year, including the opening installments of PBS’ Downton Abbey, which started off as a limited series; PBS’ Sherlock and BBC America’s Luther; as well as HBO’s Mildred Pierce, ReelzChannel’s The Kennedys, Sundance Channel’s Carlos and Starz’s The Pillars Of The Earth. But the TV Academy continued combining longform categories.
EXCLUSIVE: Cinetic Media has hired longtime indie film marketing and publicity exec Ryan Werner, giving him the title of Senior Executive. Werner takes the post after working New York and building campaigns for indie films for the past 17 years. The move was confirmed by Cinetic founder John Sloss. He said that this doesn’t presage a further move into distribution by PDA, which does multi-platform releasing of a film per year (last year was the unauthorized Disney theme park-shot Escape From Tomorrow). Rather, Werner comes aboard to provide an extra set of services in a company designed to find ways for its clients and films to exploit a changing marketplace. Marketing savvy is just one part of that.
WINS BY NETWORK
AMC – 2
Fox – 2
HBO – 2
NBC – 1
Netflix – 1
Showtime – 1
Starz – 1
Sundance Channel – 1
Golden Globes TV: Rookie ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Surprises With Two Wins, Departed ‘Breaking Bad’ Gets Its Due
Television has always taken a back seat to film at the Golden Globes. That was quite literally the case tonight. Many TV winners had to walk a long way to the stage from the back of the room as the tables down were reserved mostly for film stars. But, like Christine Lahti did in 1998 when she was in the bathroom while being called to the stage for her best drama series actress award, it was a TV winner, British actress Jacqueline Bisset, who produced probably the most memorable acceptance moment of the night with her rambling, incoherent, expletive-laden speech.
In selecting the TV winners, HFPA mostly followed its longtime strategy of recognizing new shows, like Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Netflix’s House Of Cards and Showtime’s Ray Donovan, with one big exception. The Golden Globes did something I can’t remember ever seeing — they gave Breaking Bad its first ever awards for its final season. HFPA, which prides itself in first spotting shows that would go on to become a pop culture phenomenon — like they did with HBO’s Sex And The City and The Sopranos — completely missed the boat with Breaking Bad. They rectified the glaring omission tonight when, in its final shot, the acclaimed AMC drama scored two statuettes, for best drama series and best actor, three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston.
HFPA still kept the tradition of recognizing mostly newcomers as Parks & Recreation was the only returning series besides Breaking Bad to earn a Golden Globe for the ceremony’s co-host Amy Poehler. Leading the rookie parade was Fox’s comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The cop show was a surprise double nominee and became an even more surprising double winner tonight, for best comedy series and best comedy actor, Andy Samberg. (Both Brooklyn and Parks & Rec are produced by Universal TV, making it a clean sweep on the comedy side for the studio.) While not very accommodating to freshman broadcast dramas, which have not scored a best series nomination in seven years, HFPA has given warm welcome to new broadcast comedies. Three years ago, the best comedy series Golden Globe went to another freshman Fox series, Glee. Unlike Glee, which was a breakout hit, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been ratings-challenged but HFPA loves underdogs — one of its biggest success stories was helping another struggling first-year Fox comedy, Ally McBeal, turn its ratings fortunes around with a surprise double win for best series and its star, Calista Flockhart. It is shaping up to be a great month for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which also is getting a special airing after the Super Bowl.
Deadline’s Dominic Patten contributed to this report
How many Deadline Hollywood staffers does it take to live blog the Golden Globes? Well, it used to be one, but this year it will be two. It won’t be the same razor sharp trademark snark, but hopefully we will have fun just the same with Mike Fleming Jr and Anita Busch providing some color commentary.
The 71st Golden Globes take place this year on NBC, yet again, under a legal cloud as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and producer Dick Clark Productions are forced to work together while behind the scenes they are fist to cuffs as the lawsuit over who owns the lucrative TV rights for one of broadcast’s biggest nights is still in appeal and the digital and pre-show rights are still unresolved. Last year, the telecast drew 19.7 million viewers, up 17% from a year earlier, thanks, in part to co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who return again this year for the gala inside the Beverly Hilton. They are contracted for 2015′s show as well. This year there are a number of firsts — a new HFPA president, photojournalist Theo Kingma presides; in the motion categories there are 16 contenders who have never been nominated before, including two actors from 12 Years A Slave which (along with American Hustle) led the nominations this year with seven each. One of those never given a nom is, surprisingly, Matthew McConaughey, who is a first-timer for Dallas Buyers Club. This year also sees Meryl Streep — one of the most if not the most Golden Globe nominated actresses, with 28 noms and 8 wins — up against actresses who have never won for a motion picture and Bruce Dern, not nominated for an acting Globe since 1979 (Coming Home). Woody Allen will be given the Cecil B. DeMille Award but will not be on hand. The 79-year-old Allen has only attended one awards show in his career, in 2002 at the Oscars, after 9/11.
Related: Photos From The 71st Golden Globes
FLEMING: The Golden Globes have largely been relevant primarily because of its proximity to Oscar season. You know the jokes, that this is the day you can’t find a waiter because they are all here to see if their votes lead to winners. The Globes have really become an important pseudo event in the past several years after Ricky Gervais hosted and ripped the proceedings to shreds. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were more politically correct. This year all the hard work has been done for them because there is a level of negativity in the air that gives them plenty to talk about. There has been plenty of debate about The Wolf Of Wall Street, mostly regarding the character or lack of it of Jordan Belfort; there was 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen, getting heckled so badly by one douchebag critic at the New York Film Critics Circle that the group had to apologize; Lena Dunham bristling about a rude reporter questioning why she doesn’t wear clothes much on HBO’s Girls. A New York Post critic hammered Philomena as a Catholic bashing exercise that the real subject of the film was moved to respond. Even Meryl Streep–who sometimes doesn’t even show up for these things–slagging Walt Disney as a woman hater and anti-Semite as she extolled the virtues of the film’s star and her Oscar competitor Emma Thompson. What a perfect backdrop to have a bit of fun during this pseudo-awards show, one that got off to a flying start with a sewage leak on the red carpet.
BUSCH: The Golden Globes, traditionally is the one awards show were nominees can drink heavily and then get up on stage and are bound to say anything. It’s one of the more fun awards show for talent to attend. Studio marketing executives salivate for the awards and then dread tomorrow morning when they are up at the crack of dawn cutting new TV spots and devising new marketing strategies to capitalize on the wins their pics receive. The Golden Globules (as many of us have called them) are voted upon by a small group of ‘journalists” who sometimes moonlight as real estate agents or taxi drivers. (Not kidding about the real estate agents and wouldn’t be surprised about taxi drivers). As far as goes and the character or lack thereof of Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street), I think his prison sentence speaks for itself, don’t you, Mike?
BUSCH: What’s with the 80′s intro music and the Match Game show back drop? Bobby and Bobby and Bobby and Danny … uh, Uma Oprah … Yeah, “explosion at the wig factory” is right for American Hustle. Good bit between Julia Louise-Dreyfus and Reese Witherspoon. “The tiniest man with the biggest glasses” … “George Clooney would rather float away and die than spending time with a woman his own age” … good bits.
FLEMING: Tina and Amy have already exceeded the good joke quota that it took Seth MacFarlane five hours to achieve in last year’s Oscars. Wait, why are they not hosting the Oscars?
BUSCH: Agreed. They even were able to find a joke with 12 Years a Slave. “I will never think of slavery the same way again.”
FLEMING: Was Sandra Bullock’s dress made by UnderArmour?
Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence of Sony’s American Hustle
BUSCH: Jennifer Lawrence just did her best Taylor Swift surprise face. Not a surprise.
Best Supporting Actress – Miniseries/TV movie: Jacqueline Bisset, Starz’s Dancing on the Edge
FLEMING: They gave Jacqueline Bisset the Bob Uecker seats and she is so tired from walking that she is crying.
BUSCH: Catch your breath, Jacqueline. This award means nothing. Really. Thank God, the walk off music.
FLEMING: Bisset is channeling her inner Melissa Leo. Yikes.
DEADLINE TEAM: The censors missed Bisset’s sh*t comment. They bleeped it too early.
FLEMING: Overheard in the booth: Fuck, we missed that shit comment! How much is that going to cost?
FLEMING: Prediction: Mark Ruffalo will be back next year for Can A Song Save Your Life? Just saying…
Best Miniseries or TV movie: HBO’s Behind The Candelabra
FLEMING: Worth noting that this was originally meant to be a feature film. Steven Soderbergh smartly moved it to the small screen and HBO. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon killed it, and it is another big quality score for TV over film, and Soderbergh is now making a series for Cinemax. Any wonder movies are not that good?
Best Actress – Miniseries/TV movie: Elisabeth Moss, Sundance Channel’s Top Of The Lake
FLEMING: Somebody get those TV nominees Google Maps! Just saw The Edge, or was that Mike “Wool Hat” Nesmith?
BUSCH: It’s become a sh*t show. At least they caught that one. Someone give that woman a blood transfusion. She looks more like a character from Twilight than an ex-member of The West Wing.
FLEMING: We just got a text of Jackie Bisset’s acceptance speech, and the Enigma code was easier to comprehend.
DEADLINE TEAM: The Hollywood Foreign Press Club names … Are those really names of the members? Only Theo knows.
Related: Backstage At The Golden Globes
BUSCH: Margot Robbie and Jonah Hill looked for a moment like they were going to have a Michael Bay moment. Oh no, The Wolf of Wall Street, the most ridiculously over the top movie of the year. Someone should have said no to Scorsese or at least get him into therapy.
FLEMING: Is Paula Patton channeling Robert Blake and Baretta with a cockatoo on her shoulder, or is that the dress?
BUSCH: Paula Patton takes flight.
Best TV Series – Drama: AMC’s Breaking Bad
BUSCH: Cranston barely got off stage before Breaking Bad won another one. Looks like the curse is truly broken. They didn’t even try to censor him on ‘bitch.’ No sh*t.