The actor has been active on both the big and small screens and was pursued by multiple agencies. ICM Partners has inked Derek Luke, the Antoine Fisher star who most recently starred on the big screen in Baggage Claim and is in next year’s Ryan Reynolds starrer Selfless and the untitled Chris Messina movie. Other feature credits include Friday Night Lights, Glory Road and Catch a Fire. On the TV side, he starred in CBS’ drama pilot Second Sight and on the NBC paramedic drama Trauma. He also had arcs on FX’s The Americans and TNT’s Hawthorne. He is managed by Greenlight Management and attorneys Matt Johnson and Wendy Kirk.
The Contenders 2013: ‘Place Beyond The Pines’ Director Derek Cianfrance Details Ryan Gosling’s Dream To Rob A Bank (Video)
For much of 2013 Derek Cianfrance‘s complex drama, The Place Beyond The Pines was the number one grossing independent film of the year. But at one time after it was bought by Focus Features at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival where it was the hot acquisition title, producers had hoped that it would be released in time to be part of last year’s awards season run. Focus decided to wait and opt for a Spring release which turned out to be a good decision for the box office. Now it’s in the mix this awards season. Sitting on the Focus panel, Cianfrance shared some of the secrets of the film, particularly co-star Ryan Gosling‘s real-life plans to rob a bank, for an audience of AMPAS and Guild members at Deadline’s THE CONTENDERS event earlier this month.
EXCLUSIVE: Shine International has closed a deal with PBS on Will & Grace exec producer Gary Janetti’s British sitcom Vicious. The public broadcaster will air Vicious in the U.S. next year. The initial six-part series premiered on ITV in April and at the time was the highest-rated comedy launch on any UK channel in 2013. It went on to hold an average of about 3.4M viewers. Veteran British thesps Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi play a constantly bickering couple who’ve lived together in a small Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. But underneath all their vicious co-dependent fighting, they deeply love each other. Harry Potter‘s Frances de la Tour and Game Of Thrones‘ Iwan Rheon also star. The show was given a second-season order by ITV in August and Shine America has been exploring a U.S. version. Vicious is a Brown Eyed Boy production in association with Shine’s Kudos and Nickelby Inc. The deal was brokered by Matt Vassallo, Bill Gardner, and Jack Dougherty on behalf of PBS.
UPDATE: Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje Joins ‘Annie’; Agnes Bruckner Stars In ‘There Is A World Somewhere’; Derek Cianfrance To Helm ESPN Film
Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje has joined the cast of Annie, a reimagining of the Broadway musical. He will play Nash, the tough but lovable bodyguard and driver for Stacks (Jamie Foxx) and a good friend of Annie. He starts shooting tomorrow. Agbaje appears in the upcoming films Thor: The Dark World and Pompeii, and his credits include Bullet To The Head and G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. He is repped by APA and Kritzer, Levine, Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment.
Agnes Bruckner will star in and executive produce the indie drama There Is A New World Somewhere. She’ll play Sylvia, a struggling artist who returns to her hometown and meets an enigmatic stranger who becomes the catalyst for a road trip through the Deep South. She toplined Lifetime’s The Anna Nicole Story, and her feature credits include Breaking the Girls and Blood & Chocolate. She is repped by APA and Oren Segal of Radius Entertainment.
Derek Cianfrance will direct ESPN: Those Guys Have All The Fun for Focus Features. The film is based on James Andrew Miller’s 2011 oral history of the Disney-owned sports network. Cianfrance’s helming credits include The Place Beyond …
DreamWorks Studios has tapped Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines) to helm its post-WWI set lit adaptation The Light Between Oceans. Author M.L. Stedman’s debut novel and international bestseller is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a boat washed ashore on their remote Australian island with a dead man and a baby girl inside. They choose to bury the body and raise the child as their own, with devastating consequences. Harry Potter vet David Heyman will produce for Heyday Films with Jeffrey Clifford. Rosie Allen shepherded the project to Heyday and will exec produce. Said DreamWorks head Stacey Snider: “We certainly believe [Cianfrance] can make a modern epic from M.L.’s poignant novel and will be able to capture the great epic sweep and emotional honestly of this story.” Cianfrance is repped by CAA and Electric City Entertainment.
Netflix has unveiled a full trailer for Derek, its upcoming 30 minute comedy-drama starring Ricky Gervais as a naive retirement home caretaker. Karl Pilkington, David Earl, and Kerry Godliman co-star on the show which first ran last year on the UK’s Channel 4. Gervais stars in, wrote, and directed the series which begins streaming on Netflix on September 12:
Ricky Gervais writes, directs, exec produces, and stars in the original series about a naive man who works in a nursing home, which Netflix will debut at 12:01 AM PT on September 12. Derek already premiered in the UK via Channel 4. The show will launch stateside and in international Netflix territories including Canada, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics in seven 30-minute episodes launching simultaneously. A second season has already been renewed. David Earl, Karl Pilkington and Kerry Godliman star in the comedy-drama series as fellow care workers. Derek is produced by Derek Productions Ltd. for Netflix.
EXCLUSIVE: Attention on the long-term brain damage suffered by contact sports stars has primarily fallen on pro football because of the tragic suicides of superstars like Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, both of whom left behind their brains for study on how on-field collisions made retirement life too much to bear. But the problem reaches other sports, including hockey, and Focus Features and Peter Berg are tackling the issue by focusing on renowned enforcer Derek Boogaard. A shy, oversized player who learned to use his fists to make it to the National Hockey League, Boogaard became hooked on painkillers from years of damage, and was found dead at age 28 after mixing prescription drugs with booze.
Focus has made a deal with The New York Times for an eye-opening series of articles by John Branch entitled Punched Out: The Life And Death Of A Hockey Enforcer. Berg and Film 44 partner Sarah Aubrey are producing, and Berg hopes to direct. Ryan Condal is writing the script, and Josh McLoughlin will oversee the pic. The deal was made by ICM Partners, which reps the Times, and also reps Boogard’s estate and his mother and father, Len and Joanne Boogaard. All of the money they make will go to a charity set up for their son.
The subject matter here was somewhat covered in that gem of an indie movie Goon. This version clearly …
Derek Luke Cast In CBS Pilot ‘Second Sight’, Jane Lynch & Wilmer Valderrama Join Voice Cast Of Fox’s ‘Murder Police’
Derek Luke is set to co-star opposite Jason Lee in Second Sight, CBS‘ drama pilot from Michael Cuesta and Carol Mendelsohn. Based on the British series, Second Sight is a gothic psychological thriller about Tanner (Lee), the lead detective with the New Orleans Police Department who is hiding the fact that he has an ocular disorder that causes him to have horrifying hallucinations. Luke plays detective Paul Giroux who is new to the team.
Derek, Ricky Gervais’ comedy series about a naively simple middle-aged man who works in a nursing home, has been renewed by Britain’s Channel 4. The show’s first season finishes its run on March 6 with the early episodes drawing an average 2.1M viewers for a 9.9% share. Six new half hours have been ordered. In September, it was announced that Netflix had acquired the show for the U.S. where it will be made available later this year. Gervais calls the show “probably my favorite thing of everything I’ve done.” In Britain last year, there were concerns that the series mocked disabled people, but Gervais denied he was poking fun and noted, “The real risk with this is the people who don’t watch it and make assumptions. The idea that (Derek) is cruel follows you around. But some people don’t get it and some people don’t like it. Hopefully, there will be enough people who find it.” Last week, Gervais said he was bringing back his original Office character, David Brent, in a new mini-episode for the UK’s Red Nose Day telethon on March 15.
Dancing With The Stars professional dancers Julianne and Derek Hough have partnered with Starz to develop Blackpool, an original series set in the world of international competitive ballroom dancing. The siblings will executive produce and serve as head choreographers for the series, drawing on years of experience as competitors and world dance champions. The series revolves around the prestigious annual ballroom competition in Blackpool, England and will explore the dancer’s obsession with perfection and the darker side of the glamorous world of ballroom dance. “The world of ballroom dance has captivated millions of people around the world, and there are no more recognizable superstars in this arena than Julianne and Derek,” says Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. “Their experiences growing up in this highly competitive world are riveting and also shocking.”
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Fresh from his latest turn as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies, Ian McKellen is headed to the small screen. He’ll star with Derek Jacobi in ITV sitcom Vicious, from Family Guy and Will & Grace producer Gary Janetti. Janetti is scripting and co-created the comedy with playwright Mark Ravenhill. The British acting icons will play partners Freddie and Stuart, two men who have lived together in a small Covent Garden apartment for nearly 50 years. Freddie was a budding actor and Stuart a barman when they first met, but their careers are now pretty much over and their lives consist of reading books, walking their dog and bickering. Frances De La Tour (Hugo, Alice In Wonderland) plays the pair’s best friend. Vicious is produced by the Shine Group’s Brown Eyed Boy in association with Shine’s Kudos Film and TV. Brown Eyed Boy’s Gary Reich is co-producing with Janetti. Ed Bye is directing. Executive Producer is Jemma Rodgers. ITV will air the show in 2013.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Tony® Award-winning production designer Derek McLane will serve as designer for the 85th Academy Awards® telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This will be McLane’s first time designing an Oscar set.
“Derek is one of our most talented set designers, and we had a very successful collaboration with him on our recent Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” said Zadan and Meron. “We were very eager to reunite with him, and we believe he’ll bring a fresh perspective to the Oscar telecast.”
Over his career, McLane has designed sets for numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, several of which have been nominated for Tony Awards. He received four nominations and won Best Scenic Design of a Play in 2009 for his work on 33 Variations. McLane’s other Broadway credits include The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Follies, Anything Goes, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Grease and I Am My Own Wife.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and producer Scott Stuber have optioned the Derek Haas spy thriller novel The Right Hand. Haas and his right hand man, screenwriting partner Michael Brandt, are set to adapt the book as a feature, and they will produce with Stuber. The book was chased by multiple producers and financiers, who responded to a trailer generated for the book.
The scribes’ credits include Wanted, 2 Fast 2 Furious and 3:10 To Yuma, and Brandt and Haas just launched their NBC series creation Chicago Fire.
The Right Hand is the fourth novel that Haas has written, and it will be released November 13 by Mulholland Books. The novel focuses on Austin Clay, a spy whose work is so covert that the government won’t even admit he exists. And yet he executes necessary missions. Here, he is sent to track down a missing American operative, who was captured in the Russian countryside. This leads Clay into a conspiracy that involves a mole that has penetrated the top levels of U.S. government. Damien Saccani will be executive producer.
Said Haas: “I’m thrilled The Right Hand is in the hands of Scott Stuber and Universal, with whom Michael and I have had incredible movie experiences. We love that after readers get a chance to discover this spy thriller in November, we’ll get to bring it …
Ricky Gervais‘ British series Derek is coming to Netflix sometime next year. Netflix acquired rights to the comedy starring, written and directed by Gervais after the show’s run on Channel 4, the New York Times reported. Gervais plays the title character, a simple middle-aged man who works in a nursing home. The show also features Karl Pilkington, a Gervais regular and star of the travel series An Idiot Abroad. Gervais created the original British version of The Office plus HBO’s standup comedy specials The Ricky Gervais Show, Extras and Life’s Too Short. The irreverent Gervais also served three times as host of the Golden Globe Awards. In Britain there were concerns that Derek was mocking disabled people with one character in the pilot, but the comedian said the character was not disabled. Roughly 2 million viewers watched the episode which lead to a full series order. Regarding his decision to bypass broadcast or cable TV, “Netflix is the future” Gervais said in a statement. “People want their favorite shows on demand whether they are homegrown or not.”
This is a big deal. Chang has been at the center of DirecTV’s negotiations with broadcast and pay TV channels since 2006 — including the recent dust-up with Tribune — and is highly regarded throughout the industry. Before joining the No. 1 satellite company he was interim CFO at Charter Communications, a member of the original management team at the New York Yankees’ YES Network, and an exec at AT&T Broadband. CEO Michael White says that Chang wants to “take his career in a different direction.” Here’s the release:
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 29, 2012 – DIRECTV announced today that after more than six years of successfully leading its programming acquisition, original content, regional sports networks and ad sales groups, Derek Chang will leave his position as executive vice president of Content Strategy and Development at the end of the year. Succeeding him will be Dan York, former president of Content and Advertising Sales for AT&T, who will join DIRECTV in early July as executive vice president of Programming, and Chief Content Officer.
EXCLUSIVE: Ivana Milicevic has been cast as the female lead opposite Antony Starr in Banshee, Cinemax’s upcoming action drama series executive produced by Alan Ball and exec produced/directed by Greg Yaitanes. The 10-episode series, written by authors Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, centers on Lucas Hood (Starr), an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he had betrayed years earlier. Milicevic will play Carrie Hopewell, once a notorious jewel thief who now lives in Banshee under an assumed identity, with a husband and children who know nothing of her criminal past. Also cast in the series is Hoon Lee as a dangerous transvestite computer hacker who assists Lucas in his criminal enterprises.
Derek Richardson (Men In Trees) has joined Charlie Sheen’s upcoming comedy series Anger Management as a regular. On the show, which has received an initial 10-episode order from FX, Sheen stars as Charlie, a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. Richardson, repped by ICM and Anonymous, will play a patient in Charlie Sheen’s therapy group whose anger issue is that he has no anger. On the series, written/executive produced by Bruce Helford, Richardson joins Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, and Noureen DeWulf. The series reunites Richardson with FX where he recently guest starred …
Derek Luke has been set as the male lead in Sparkle, the Sony TriStar remake of the 1976 film. Luke plays Stix Warren, a songwriter and aspiring manager who becomes the love interest to Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), in a role that was originated by Philip Michael Thomas. The film also stars Whitney Houston, Mike Epps and Cee Lo Green and is being produced by Debra Martin Chase. Luke, who got his breakout turn at Sony in Antwone Fisher, just played Keira Knightley’s love interest in Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, the Lorene Scafaria-directed film that stars Steve Carell. He was most recently seen in Captain America: First Avenger. WME reps Luke.
UPDATE: Often described as one of the most prominent baseball player agents in sports, Casey Close was considered a real “get” for CAA Sports division when he arrived back in April 2006 from IMG when CAA raided several agents from there to set up its new division. So his departure when his 5-year contract expires next month has to be considered a real loss as well. SportsBusiness Daily first broke the news, which I’ve confirmed. Close is best known as the longtime rep to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, and just as there was financial sharing when Close left IMG, so, too, will there be the same arrangement when he leaves CAA. It’s not known where Close is heading. Last year, CAA Sports had quietly removed the baseball division from under Close’s management. But Close still reps the two biggest baseball clients CAA has. Insiders told me last year that CAA tried for a contract extension for Close because the agency didn’t want those most marketable stars to leave with Casey “so they gave him a back room office, which basically amounts to a desk job, to keep the business moving”. UPDATE: Before that, other sources told me, CAA Sports had an exclusive agreement with the New York Yankees to bring corporate sponsorships for the 2009 opening of the new Yankee …