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TCA: Starz CEO Chris Albrecht Nearly Announces Third Season For ‘Black Sails’

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 3:13pm PDT

TCA: Starz CEO Chris Albrecht Nearly Announces Third Season For ‘Black Sails’Starz CEO Chris Albrecht gave a virtual third-season pickup to Black Sails, his swashbuckling pirate adventure series/Treasure Island prequel from Michael Bay, when he addressed the press this afternoon at the TCA Summer TV Press Tour. “I looked at the final episode [of Season 2] the other day, and when I finished it … I thought to myself, ‘I need to find out what happens next.’” But he quickly added, “That’s certainly not an official announcement,” noting the press has taken jabs at his network for picking up shows early.

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Image (1) Black Sails_STARZ_coming_2014.jpg for post 476428Participating recently in a panel with FX Networks CEO John Landgraf and Showtime chief David Nevins, Albrecht said he listened to the two men discuss how a series does not find its audience until its third season in this market. “I’m actually doing this wrong,” Albrecht said he concluded. “If we like the first season should we pick up the next two. … I’m actually beginning to think that, in this world of increased competition, I should worry less about what other people think and more about our belief in … people doing the show. Like I said, when I looked at the end of the second season, I wanted to know what happens next. So I’m optimistic.”

Asked about the state of his network, Albrecht said: “I’m at a little bit of a loss to understand why really good shows we put on haven’t created more buzz with you. … We’ve been thinking about, talking marketing-wise, spending more money on a series’ second season than less money — which is the way networks historically think. Maybe we need to lean into these things we believe in, in a big way.” Read More »

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Primetime Emmys: Full List Of Nominees

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 5:53am PDT

Primetime Emmys: Full List Of NomineesThe 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. Netflix fared well with Best Series nominations in both comedy and drama categories, with Orange Is The New Black in the former and House Of Cards in the latter. HBO fared well with noms for rookie Silicon Valley and Veep on the comedy side and Game Of Thrones and True Detective on the drama side. Both of that series’ stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson, received nods in the actor category, as did Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. The AMC show is back in the drama race with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey rounding out the category. On the comedy side, the top category includes reigning champ Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s Louie.

Here’s the full list of noms:

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Louie
FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions

Modern Family
ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Orange Is The New Black
Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix

Silicon Valley
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment

Veep
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Downton Abbey
PBS • A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association with NBC Universal

Game Of Thrones
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions

House Of Cards
Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Mad Men
AMC • Lionsgate Television

True Detective
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Neon Black, Anonymous Content, Parliament of Owls and Passenger Read More »

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Daniel Dae Kim’s 3AD Adds Development Duo

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 2:03pm PDT

Daniel Dae Kim’s 3AD Adds Development DuoLindsay Goffman is joining the Hawaii Five-O actor’s production company as Head of Development and Keo Lee has been hired as a Development Executive. Daniel Dae Kim‘s CBS TV Studios-based 3AD was launched in October with a two-year first-look deal to develop and produce projects for network and cable. Goffman comes to the company after a stint as VP Development at Gross Entertainment, and before that she was a development exec  at FremantleMedia. Lee worked at CJ Entertainment as a creative executive in its international production and financing unit.

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Australian Drama ‘Neighbours’ Heads To U.S. Via Hulu

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT

Australian Drama ‘Neighbours’ Heads To U.S. Via HuluAustralia’s longest-running drama Neighbours will make its U.S. debut July 14 on Hulu and Hulu Plus, the TV-network-backed streaming service announced today. New episodes will debut daily, Monday through Friday, airing four weeks after the Australian broadcast. Read More »

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Starz Adapting ‘American Gods’, ‘Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller & ‘Heroes’ Michael Green Will Showrun

By | Tuesday July 1, 2014 @ 1:03pm PDT

Starz Adapting ‘American Gods’, ‘Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller & ‘Heroes’ Michael Green Will ShowrunStarz will develop an adaptation of FremantleMedia North America’s Neil Gaiman urban fantasy novel American Gods. Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller and The River and Heroes executive producer Michael Green will write the pilot and showrun the series. The 2001 novel, which has been translated into more than 30 languages, and centers on a looming war between the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots and the upstart pantheon of gods who stand for society’s fixation with money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. The story’s main character, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman and older god. Both set on a cross-country mission to gather forces in preparation to battle the new deities. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: CBC To Lay Off 20% Of Staff By 2020; Sony Pictures TV Acquires UK’s CSC Media Group; More

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 10:00pm PDT

CBC To Lay Off 20% Of Workforce By 2020
CBC_Radio-CanadaThe CBC will trim its staff by 20% in the next five years. The cuts will include sharp reductions during the next year as it segues to a mobile-first strategy aimed at cutting costs. The plan calls for cutting 1,000-1,500 job cuts by 2020, scaling back some local evening newscasts from 90 minutes to 30, and shifting more resources from TV and radio to web broadcasting. The Canadian pubcaster’s President and CEO, Hubert Lacroix, announced the layoffs Thursday during a heated town hall with employees in Toronto. Read More »

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NBC Developing Supernatural Limited Series From Bob Cooper & Gina Matthews

By | Friday June 20, 2014 @ 5:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC Developing Supernatural Limited Series From Bob Cooper & Gina MatthewsNBC has in the works Wasteland, an hourlong limited series executive produced by Bob Cooper of Landscape Entertainment and Gina Matthews of Little Engine. Feature scribe Mick Davis, who penned the pilot and executive produced the CBS version of British sci-fi drama Eleventh Hour, is staying in the genre space with Wasteland. The supernatural crime-drama, produced by Sony TV, follows a hardened US Marshal, who in the wake of a massive prison break, is charged with hunting down fugitives with supernatural powers, while unlocking the mystery of his past. The project was originally set up as a drama series at TNT three years ago with Davis writing and Cooper and J.J. Jamieson executive producing through FremantleMedia North America. Davis, Cooper and Jamieson are back for the NBC limited series version, joined by Matthews and Sony. NBC has another miniseries in the works about people with supernatural powers, Heroes Reborn, a reboot of the 2006 superhero series, which is now casting and recently tapped Heroes alum Jack Coleman to reprise his role.

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Global TV Biz Consolidation: Shine-Endemol-Core Would Create Mega Indie

Reality Check is a Deadline feature series covering the players, programs and trends in reality television.

21st_century_fox_logo_newIn mid-May, 21st Century Fox surprised industry watchers when it announced its intent to form a joint venture with Apollo Global Management that would include the Shine Group, Endemol and CORE Media Group. Apollo had been known to be contemplating a tie-up of Big Brother producer Endemol and American Idol parent CORE Media, but the Shine element was new. What was unsurprising was this further move towards consolidation in the TV production sector which has seen myriad companies – big and small — acquired by the likes of Discovery, Warner Bros, ITV, Sony and Red Arrow to name a few, in the past year and a half. Folks caution that it’s still early days for a potential combined Shine-Endemol-Core, but that the desire is there to see such a deal come to fruition. If it does, it will create a so-called Mega Indie that would be one of the world’s biggest independent production companies working across both scripted and non-scripted. 21st Century Fox and funds managed by affiliates of Apollo would co-own and manage the new joint venture. Read More »

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Reality Check: Trish Kinane On ‘American Idol’ Ratings, Simon Cowell & Harry Connick Jr & The Next Big Thing

Trish Kinane Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FOXSome people truly love a challenge. When FremantleMedia named Trish Kinane the President of Entertainment Programming, North America in July 2012, the Brit reality veteran not only took over executive producer duties on Fox’s American Idol but also The X Factor and NBC’s America’s Got Talent. In short, mega-properties each. Since then Idol has gone through a number of changes, Simon Cowell’s X Factor has closed up shop in the U.S., and AGT has come back this season solid.  Formerly Fremantle’s president of worldwide entertainment and based in the UK, Kinane comes from both the indie and network world with tenure at Action Time and Channel 4. The EP of two of the heavyweights of reality TV believes Idol took a hit from the Winter Olympics on NBC, that honestly is the best policy for judges, and that tech made Idol possible. She also has something new cooking, maybe the next big thing.

DEADLINE: Last year at a speech at NAB, you spoke of Idol as being the gold-standard show in terms of format and how the series was one of the first to adapt interactivity with viewers since it debuted in the summer of 2002. A lot has changed since Idol premiered.
TRISH KINANE: I think Idol is the, sort of, classic gold-standard format, in terms of these music shows, and I still do. It’s the simple story, it’s the simple transition of a kid from nowhere who comes through the process, and ends up, hopefully, not always, but often, in the case of Idol, having a career. AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Logo.Having said that, you know, you’ve got to do things, you’ve got to keep it fresh, you’ve got to try to keep it relevant. Last year, there were problems with the panel, which I think were fairly public, so we put a new panel in place. The panel for the last season has been incredibly successful. We wanted people who knew what they were talking about, people who had a right to be there, people who could offer genuine advice to these kids, people who really cared about these kids, and I think in Harry, Keith, and Jennifer, we’ve absolutely got that.

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Reality Check: Gordon Ramsay On ‘MasterChef Junior’, His Gentler Side & Taking Nothing For Granted

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 2:31pm PDT

Reality Check is a Deadline feature series covering the players, programs and trends in reality television. 

Grand Tasting At Vegas Uncork'd By Bon AppetitThe title “hardest working man in show biz” is a hotly contested one but certainly Gordon Ramsay has his name in the mix. With a mini-empire on Fox, the chef is no wallflower in either his opinions or his work ethic with five shows on the network. The most recent Stateside offering of the Order of the British Empire recipient is MasterChef Junior, which debuted in September last year with Ramsay will again be joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot joining Ramsay judging would-be chefs between the ages 8-13.  Produced by Shine America and Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato, the series served up strong ratings in its Friday slot and has been renewed for both a second and third season. Shooting in Spain for the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay reflected on the other side of him that MasterChef Junior revealed, how to stay at the top of your game and the need to refresh.

DEADLINE: Gordon, you’re a big picture guy, what’s the state of unscripted TV today?
GORDON RAMSAY: The state of unscripted television right now is edgy.  It’s compulsive viewing. I think it is about jeopardy in unscripted drama, which is something that a lot of producers fail to spot.  For me, the essence of Reality TV is all about drama.   So, I think bringing pressure is healthy whether it’s a professional chef or a domestic chef. Because the only way ever to really identify the true purpose of how good they are is submerging them under pressure.  So I say it’s no different than a live football game because it’s about the intensity.

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Tandi Wright Joins ‘The Returned’, Samira Wiley Upped On ‘Orange Is The New Black’

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 3:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TandiWrightNew Zealand actress Tandi Wright (Jack The Giant Slayer) will co-star in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E Network drama series The Returned. The adaptation of the acclaimed French series, from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear. Wright, repped by Silver Linings Entertainment, Lisa Mann Creative Management in Australia and Johnson and Laird Management in New Zealand, will play Claire, the estranged wife of Jack (Mark Pelligrino) and mother to Lena (Sophie Lowe).

Samira WileyOrange Is the New Black standout Samira Wiley has been promoted to regular for the Nerflix/Lionsgate TV series’ recently ordered third season. Wiley, who has appeared in almost all episodes of OITNB‘s first two seasons, will continue as lovable inmate Poussey Washington. She is repped by Innovative Artists.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead To Star In A&E Drama Series ‘The Returned’, 2 Others Cast

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 12:24pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

winsteadEXCLUSIVE: One of the most hotly pursued actresses this past pilot season, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, has been tapped as one of the leads in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E Network drama series The Returned. Also cast in the adaptation of the acclaimed French series are Sandrine Holt (House Of Cards, Hostages) and Agnes Bruckner (24). Returned, from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. Winstead plays Rowan, the girlfriend of late musician Simon SandrineHoltbruckner copy(Mat Vairo) who had a very difficult time getting past his death 10 years ago and now will have to adjust to his return. Holt, repped by D2 Management and Innovative, plays Julie, a competent compassionate doctor who is struggling in her personal life. Bruckner, repped by APA and Radius, plays the sheriff’s chief deputy.

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Jeremy Sisto To Co-Star In A&E Series ‘The Returned’

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 4:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

jeremysistoEXCLUSIVE: Coming off a three-season starring turn on the ABC comedy Suburgatory, Jeremy Sisto is returning to his drama roots with a lead role opposite Mark Pellegrino and Kevin Alejandro in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E drama series The Returned. An adaptation of the acclaimed French series, Returned, from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. Sisto plays Peter, a psychologist who runs a grief support group for people in the town who are struggling with the loss of loved ones from a bus accident four years ago. Law & Order alum Sisto, repped by Gersh and the Schiff Co., will segue to Returned after wrapping Fox International’s genre movie The Other Side Of The Door. He recently co-wrote, produced and starred in the indie Break Point, which premiered at SXSW.

Related: Carlton Cuse’s Adaptation Of ‘The Returned’ Gets Series Order At A&E

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Kevin Alejandro To Co-Star In A&E Series ‘The Returned’; Two Others Cast

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 3:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

alejandrokevinEXCLUSIVE: Kevin Alejandro is set as a regular opposite Mark Pellegrino in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E drama series The Returned. Also co-starring in the project, an adaptation of the acclaimed French series, are Once Upon a Time in Wonderland star Sophie Lowe and Mat Vairo (Revolution). Keith Gordon (Dexter) will direct. The Returned, from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long sophielowevairopresumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. Alejandro will play the town’s authoritative but accessible Sheriff Tommy Moran. Lgordonowe plays Lena, one of Jack’s (Pellegrino) two daughters. Vairo plays one of the returned, Simon, a musician who comes back 10 years after his death. Alejandro, repped by Gersh and Main Title, was a regular on True Blood, Southland and Golden Boy. Vairo is with Gersh, Gartner/Green and Mitch Smelkinson.

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India Ennenga Joins A&E’s ‘The Returned’, Keith Powell Added To ‘The Newsroom’

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 8:27pm PDT

India EnnengaTreme alumna, India Ennenga, will play opposite Mark Pellegrino in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E drama series The Returned. Ennenga will portray Camille, one of the twin daughters to Pellegrino’s Jack, a rugged father who loses his girls in a school bus crash four years prior. The Returned, from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia, is an adaptation of the acclaimed French series, which focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. Ennenga, repped by Innovative and Invictus Entertainment, will next be seen in Sun Belt Express and Scout.

Keith Powell30 Rock alum Keith Powell has been cast on the final season of HBO’s The Newsroom in the recurring role of Wyatt Geary, the new Human Resources Vice President for AWM. Powell, repped by SMS and Leverage, had a recurring part on NBC’s About a Boy and was a series regular on 30 Rock for seven seasons.

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Mark Pellegrino To Star In A&E Drama ‘The Returned’ For ‘Lost’ Reunion With Carlton Cuse

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 4:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

pellegrinoEXCLUSIVE: Lost alum Mark Pellegrino, who played Jacob on the hit ABC series, is reuniting with Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. Pellegrino has been tapped as a lead in Cuse’s 10-episode straight-to-series A&E drama The Returned. Cuse wrote the first episode, and he and Raelle Tucker will write and executive produce the supernatural/suspense drama, an adaptation of the acclaimed French series. The Returned, from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia North America, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. Pellegrino will play the rugged Jack, father of 20-year-old twin girls Lena, and Camille, who died in a school bus crash four years ago at age 16 and are now coming back. Pellegrino, repped by Domain and Framework, co-starred on the CW’s The Tomorrow People this past season, and his series credits also include Supernatural, Revolution, Being Human, The Closer and Dexter.

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Warner Bros. TV Slapped Over Similarity Of New ABC Series ‘Forever’ To Best-Selling Novel Of The Same Name

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 6:00pm PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGEEXCLUSIVE: The show about an immortal living in NYC hasn’t even hit the air yet, but ABC’s drama Forever already is getting some potential legal pushback. Today RadicalMedia sent a pointed Forever-ABC-TV-Series-logo-key-art-320x180letter to producer Warner Bros TV claiming that the supernatural procedural unveiled last week at the upfronts “sounds rather similar” to the best-selling 2003 novel Forever by Pete Hamill about an immortal living in the Big Apple. “This claim is baseless,” said a WBTV spokesperson today in response.

FOREVER NOVEL COVERThe co-producers of docu Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, on the other hand, note that the titles are the same, the location is the same and that both the character in the novel and in the upcoming TV show from writer/EP Matt Miller, EPs Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, and director Brad Anderson are “seeking an answer concerning his immortality.” No legal action is in the cards yet, and even if it was, titles are not protected by copyright. However, Forever the novel rights holders RadicalMedia at least want a name change for the series set to debut on Tuesdays this fall. Read More »

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21st Century Fox & Apollo In Joint Venture Talks For Shine, Endemol And CORE Media

21st_century_fox_logo_newIn a move that would create a mega-indie, 21st Century Fox has confirmed its intent to form a joint venture with private equity firm Apollo Global Management which would combine the Fox-owned Shine Group and Apollo-controlled Endemol and CORE Media Group. Shine-Group-logo-Large1-300x80The deal would be the latest big step in the fever pitch consolidation that’s happening in the global TV production Core-Media-Group-logo-2012__130424013517-275x267sector. Apollo has been known to be contemplating an Endemol tie-up with American Idol parent CORE Media, and at one time there was a scenario of adding Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment to the mix. If a deal to combine Shine with Big Brother producer Endemol and CORE comes to fruitiion, it would follow such recent major media transactions as Discovery acquiring All3Media (at one time considered a purchase target of endemolFremantleMedia), and the continuous shopping spree by ITV which just last week bought Leftfield Entertainment for $360M. Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox today warned, however, “There can be no assurance that the proposed transaction will be completed.” The process is expected to continue several months. The full statement reads: “21st Century Fox confirms its intent to form a joint venture with funds managed by affiliates of Apollo … Read More »

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Discovery And Liberty Global Agree To $930M Deal For All3Media

Advanced wokingsThe price, at £550M is less than All3Media‘s majority shareholder Permira originally wanted. But the deal puts the UK production company in the hands of two formidable global TV providers who have created a joint venture for the purchase and vowed to let All3Media remain a stand-alone entity. Discovery and Liberty Global “come with a long-term view of the importance of building a leading global content company and appreciate All3Media’s distinctive philosophy of creative freedom and diversity,” says All3Media Chairman Steve Morrison. The partnership will help his company “to expand further through multiple avenues of growth around the world, including in the U.S. market, which has been a driver for our business for the past several years.” 

Related: Discovery CEO Says He’s Looking At Global Deals But Doesn’t Need To Buy

It’s the latest addition to a new breed of company that some refer to as “mega indies.” This also is a big step for Discovery and Liberty’s international expansion — endorsed by John Malone, who controls nearly 28% of the votes at Liberty Global and 29% at Discovery. Liberty bought Virgin Media in 2013 and earlier this year agreed to pay $9.4B in cash and stock for Dutch cable operator Ziggo. In January, Discovery fast-tracked its acquisition of a controlling stake in Pan-European platform Eurosport, and last year bought the SBS Nordic operations of Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1. The move also lays to rest long percolating rumors that FremantleMedia was poised to acquire All3Media.

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