Check Out Our New Look

L.A. Film Czar Creator Mayor Eric Garcetti Wasn’t Always Production-Friendly

By and | Monday July 28, 2014 @ 2:03pm PDT

L.A. Film Czar Creator Mayor Eric Garcetti Wasn’t Always Production-FriendlySecond in a series

Some location managers still struggle to film downtown in front of developer Tom Gilmore‘s properties. But there’s a long history in Los Angeles of filmmakers being hit on for cash to secure film locations. And while Mayor Eric Garcetti is film friendly now, he was caught putting the squeeze on a major studio to film a movie in his district.

Related: L.A. Officials Probe Shakedown Claims On Downtown Shoots

As mayor, Garcetti created the position of Film Czar to cut red tape and re-invigorate local production, and he has lobbied Sacramento tirelessly to pass new state film incentives. But 12 years ago, as a member of the City Council, his requests for money contributed to a payoff culture that his own current deputy Film Czar Rajiv Dalal says has made Los Angeles “the extortion capital of the world for the film industry.”

Related: FilmLA: TV Production Soars In Q2 As Features Stay Steady With 2013

hollywood-homicideIn 2002, producers sought to close two blocks of Hollywood Boulevard for two days to film a scene for Sony’s Hollywood Homicide, which starred Harrison Ford and Josh Harnett. Garcetti, who represented the Hollywood area, told the studio he might not support the road closure unless they paid $10,000 to $25,000 for a study of traffic problems caused by filming in the area. He asked the studio to pay for the study, according to a Sony spokeswoman at the time. When asked by the media, however, then-Councilman Garcetti said he was going to get other studios to help cover the cost of the study; otherwise, he was going to withdraw all support from allowing crews to film on the famous boulevard. Read More »

Comments (0)

Comic-Con: MTV’s ‘Teen Wolf’ Renewed For 20-Episode Fifth Season

By | Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 3:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Comic-Con: MTV’s ‘Teen Wolf’ Renewed For 20-Episode Fifth SeasonMTV made the long-awaited announcement to a room full of screaming fans at San Diego Comic-Con. The 20-episode fifth season will be split in two parts, similar to the way the supernatural high-school series aired in Season 3, which also was super-sized (24 episodes). Seasons 1, 2 and 4 each have consisted of 12 episodes running continuously. (Teen Wolf‘s fourth season renewal also was announced at a fan convention, the New York Comic-Con.)

teen-wolfBased on the Michael J. Fox-starring MGM movie, Teen Wolf was developed by Jeff Davis who also serves as executive producer with Russell Mulcahy, Marty Adelstein, René Echevarria, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley and Ian Stokes. The show has become a hit online, where fan tweets about it routinely put it in the Weekly Top 10 of  Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings, one of only two or three scripted shows to grab one of those spots regularly.

Tyler Posey stars as Scott McCall, the title teen werewolf character. Posey, along with co-stars Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Shelley Hennig and Dylan Sprayberry, as well as Davis, were on hand for a panel Q&A in the show’s fifth consecutive showing at Comic-Con.

Comments (2)

Hollywood “Obsessed” With Human Torture, And Other TCA Highlights

By | Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 8:23am PDT

Hollywood “Obsessed” With Human Torture, And Other TCA HighlightsThe TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014 has wrapped its 16-day run. Here is what we learned:

Most Searing Description Of Hollywood
David LaChapelle, who famously became a photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine in his teens, has been called The Fellini of Photography, and has photographed the likes of Hillary Clinton, Lady Gaga, Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Eminem, Warhol, Lil’ Kim, Elizabeth Taylor,  Leonardo DiCaprio, and Muhammad Ali, was asked yesterday to discuss the “ebb and flow” of depictions of sex and nudity; he’s featured in PBS’ American Masters broadcast The Boomer List.

lisademoraescolumn__140603223319“Growing up in New York City, when I was very young, pre-AIDS, it was very hedonistic, and sexuality was, you know, the revolution. I remember working at [Studio 54] and straight guys would say they were bi, to pick up girls because it was cool. And then, AIDS happened, and everything changed. Things got very, very conservative and segregated. Now…we are sort of in this Dark Ages where the body is considered shameful…yet violence, and torture, and these films — the Saw series, The Hunger Games2014 Summer TCA Tour - Day 16you look at Netflix, what’s going on, and every other new show is extreme violence, and this is our entertainment. We applaud that. And our kids are playing these video games, but yet the human body is somehow shameful. And God forbid a kid sees a nipple, you know.”

TV programs such as HBO’s Sex And The City (Kim Cattrall also was a panelist), he said, have “been replaced by so much ultra-violence in this torture form. I find that really interesting because all our popular culture reflects the society in which it was created. So what does that say about us? Why are we so obsessed with watching other human beings suffering? We don’t get enough of it on the news that we — that’s our entertainment, too? I think that’s the real pornography. That’s the real evil, and that’s the real darkness.”

Most Changed Executive
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt — last Press Tour’s Mr. Flat Is The New Up — spoke happily this tour about Up Being The New Up: “We had a pretty great season so far this year. We’re No. 1 in the demo. We’re the only network up, year to year, almost 10% to date. Even if you take the Olympics out of our numbers, we would still be No. 1 for the year…We’re also leading in the 25-54 demo, and all key adult female demos as well. We also had a huge growth in total viewers where we’re running No. 2 season to date. In fact, we’re up 27% year over year, which is our strongest performance this far into the season in eight years.”

Biggest News
CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves, telling reporters after his Q&A for the network’s new Thursday night football that he’s interested in buying CNN should Rupert Murdoch prevail in his bid to by the cable news network’s parent Time Warner and spin off CNN. “We’ve always talked about doing things with CNN in the past… It’s something I’m sure we’ll look at if it becomes available,” Moonves said. Last month, when CBS took the final step in the spinoff of its billboard company, “that was our intent, to get rid of billboards and potentially buy more content,” Moonves said, adding, “We’re in a very advantageous position.”

Read More »

Comments (0)

Former UTA Agent Steven Fisher Joins Underground As Manager

By | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 5:49pm PDT

Former UTA Agent Steven Fisher Joins Underground As ManagerEXCLUSIVE: Former UTA and ICM talent agent Steven Fisher has joined management and production company Underground as a manager. Fisher exited UTA last month after working out of the agency’s NYC office for three years. Before that he was at ICM for seven years. Fisher’s making the move cross-country with his family to L.A., where he’ll work with Underground’s Trevor Engelson, Evan Silverberg, Chris Dennis, and Josh Turner McGuire while Noah Rothman works out of Underground’s NYC offices. “I wanted to get back to L.A. and roll up my sleeves, and most of my clients are writer-performers in L.A.,” said Fisher. He joins Underground with clients Desi Lydic (MTV’s Awkward), Jamey Sheridan (Homeland), John Phillips (Pittsburgh Heat, Dirty Grandpa), Liz Carey (Chelsea Lately, Walk Of Shame), Mike Zegen (Frances Ha, Boardwalk Empire, Girls), Miles Fisher (Bad Advice, J. Edgar, Final Destination 5), Rus Blackwell (Banshee), and Jessie Ennis (G.B.F., Shards). Read More »

Comments (5)

Syfy Partners With Nick Cannon On Sci-Fi Fantasy Improv Series

By | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 10:21am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Syfy Partners With Nick Cannon On Sci-Fi Fantasy Improv SeriesEXCLUSIVE: Syfy is adding a touch of improv comedy to its lineup. The cable network has teamed with Nick Cannon‘s NCredible Entertainment for a weekly one-hour sci-fi fantasy improv series. The show will be taped in front of a live audience and feature a “home” team consisting of 4-6 national comedians who each week will face off against a different improv squad in various sci-fi/fantasy-related sketches. Casting will begin later this summer for the “away” teams. Cannon and Michael Goldman will serve as executive producers for Universal Cable Prods.

NCredible Entertainment produces music video countdown show Teen Nick Top 10 which is wrapping its third season; Nickelodeon’s React To That; Wild ‘n Out, now in its sixth season on MTV2; and an upcoming Drumline 2 sequel, slated to air in October. Cannon also hosts NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

This marks another step in Syfy’s evolution under its new leadership. The network already returned to the serialized, space opera-type dramas in the vein of Battlestar Galactica that had put it on the map and jumped back into the long-form genre with several high-profile projects.

Comments (6)

Jon Stewart Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Buy CNN: Video

Jon Stewart Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Buy CNN: VideoBecause Rupert Murdoch wants to buy Time Warner, and journalists have reported Murdoch would sell off Time Warner‘s cable news network CNN, Jon Stewart last night launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10 billion in order to buy the network “and do…something with it. Not quite sure what yet.” ”CNN, America’s first 24-hour cable news network, has been terrible for many, many years. Does it have to be that way? Who knows, maybe it does,” The Daily Show host’s campaign explains. “So let’s find out for ourselves! This $10 billion, all-cash bid for CNN would secure control of a massive television network reaching over 100 million homes in the US alone, which we could then use to rebuild a news organization befitting this proud land. Or more likely we’d use it to make a lot more poop jokes. Either way, you get to watch!”

A mere $10 contribution gets your photo in an on-screen “21 box” of  talking heads. For $15,000 it’ll be just you and Carol Costello in a “2 box”, with 5 minutes of freestyling. And for $5 million, CNN will initiate a 24-hour, 2-week hunt for your lost car keys. Watch here:

Comments (3)

Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka Topline Own LA-Set Indie Dramedy

By | Tuesday July 22, 2014 @ 4:02pm PDT

Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka Topline Own LA-Set Indie DramedyEXCLUSIVE: Aly Michalka and AJ Michalka have wrapped on an untitled indie dramedy for first-time feature writer-director Stephen Pierce Ringer. The musician-actress siblings known as Aly & AJ, who perform together as the musical duo 78violet, produced and starred in the film as two sisters on the cusp of adulthood spending their last week in their LA hometown before embarking on their next tour. Read More »

Comments (9)

René Echevarria Inks Development Deal With Legendary TV

By | Friday July 18, 2014 @ 11:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

René Echevarria Inks Development Deal With Legendary TVVeteran showrunner René Echevarria has signed a premium two-script deal with Legendary Television. No concepts have been set yet, but I hear Echevarria may explore titles from Legendary’s movie library. He has background in shepherding big properties to the small screen with his tenure on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Echevarria also served as executive producer/showrunner on Fox’s Terra Nova and executive produced MTV”s Teen Wolf. Additionally, he co-created USANetwork’s The 4400 and worked on Medium and Castle.

Comments (1)

Jon Stewart Declares Hillary Clinton Declared Her Candidacy On His Program: Video

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 8:24am PDT

Jon Stewart Declares Hillary Clinton Declared Her Candidacy On His Program: VideoAfter giving her a Career Aptitude Test that included such questions as “Would you like (an) office to have corners, or would you like it not to have corners?” and “Do you enjoy constant, nonstop criticism?” —  and after observing how artfully she pivoted his question about her having said she and hubby Bill Clinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001 to talk about her concern that Stewart’s target demo can’t get ahead in this economy — Jon Stewart concluded last night his The Daily Show guest Hillary Clinton had just declared she was running for POTUS in 2016.
Read More »

Comments (10)

FilmLA: TV Production Soars In Q2 As Features Stay Steady With 2013

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 4:59am PDT

FilmLA: TV Production Soars In Q2 As Features Stay Steady With 2013They’re not quite ready to declare the production state of emergency in the City of Angels over, but today even the notorious pessimistic FilmLA saw things looking up – especially in the TV categories. A Q2 2014 report released by the nonprofit permitting group this morning said total on-location television production in LA County roared up 33.7% over the same quarter last year to 5,761 PPD. The report attributes the “ unseasonably strong” results to shifting production schedules as broadcasters get episode of shows like the upcoming TNT series, Legends in shape for summer airing. The news was nowhere near as good today when it came to feature film production in L.A. County this quarter compared to Q2 2013 but minimal ground was lost, which is a victory unto itself as the region as been hit so hard by runaway production in recent years. Quarter-to-quarter, year-to-year, Q2 2014 dipped 5.3% from Q2 2013 to 1,665 PPD. That reasonably steady result gets a bit sour when you look at Q1 2014. That quarter saw a 24.2% rise compared to the year before for features. However, this quarter, both features and TV production exceed their respective 5-year quarterly average with the former up a mere 0.1% while the latter rocketed up 34.0%.

filmla logo smallOf course, doing a little bit more math, those 5-year quarterly averages hold extra significance when they’re noted in this latest report. It was half a decade ago back in 2009 … Read More »

Comments (1)

Comic-Con 2014: Complete TV Schedule

Comic-Con 2014: Complete TV ScheduleWednesday, July 23 — Preview Night
6-10 PM, Ballroom 20
Warner Bros. TV Pilot Screening: Constantine, The Flash, iZombie, Teen Titans Go!

Thursday, July 24
10-11 AM, Ballroom 20
Fox’s 24: Kiefer Sutherland, EP Jon Cassar returns to Comic-Con to show off highlights from 24: Live Another Day.

10:30-11:30 AM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Legends Of TV Land: Betty White (The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) and other TV celebs will answer questions about their work and making history on television. Sneak peek of animated episode of Hot in Cleveland, airing July 30th.

Related: ‘Star Wars – Episode VII’ Not Presenting at Comic-Con 2014

Read More »

Comments (1)

TCA: Christopher Walken Cast As Captain Hook In NBC’s ‘Peter Pan’

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT

TCA: Christopher Walken Cast As Captain Hook In NBC’s ‘Peter Pan’Christopher Walken has been cast as Captain Hook in NBC’s live broadcast of Peter Pan.  “He might be the first tap-dancing Hook you’ve ever seen,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told TV critics this morning at Summer TV Press Tour 2014.

Walken, who is currently seen dancing in Clint Eastwood’s screen version of Broadway hit Jersey Boys, began on the Broadway stage in musicals, and has appeared in a number of film musicals, including Hairspray, and the Steve Martin film Pennies From Heaven. He’s well known to NBC’s audience, what with his having hosted  Saturday Night Live seven times — where he sometimes performed song-and-dance numbers.   Walken won the Academy Award for his role in the Oscar-winning The Deer Hunter, and is also known for his performances in such films as Sleepy Hollow,  Pulp Fiction, Wayne’s World, True Romance and Annie Hall. He did his own choreography for the memorable Fatboy Slim video Weapon of Choice, for which he won the MTV Video Music Award for best choreography.

NBC has yet to say who’s been cast in the lead role of Peter Pan, though Greenblatt admitted that they’d approached Kristen Bell who was not available. Last January, following the successful live staging of The Sound Of Music, NBC announced its followup musical — James M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, which will be broadcast Dec. 4. The Sound Of Music‘s exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron  will return in that role … Read More »

Comments (13)

TCA: VH1 Execs Talk ‘Dating Naked’; LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian Set The Record Straight (Video)

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 12:39pm PDT

TCA: VH1 Execs Talk ‘Dating Naked’; LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian Set The Record Straight (Video)Today’s TCA panels on new VH1 shows were preceded by EVP Original Programming and Production Susan Levison begging TV critics to approach VH1’s new series Dating Naked without “preconceived notions”. (Check out the clip below).

This was a tall order Image (3) vh1__140313203121-275x132__140329012648.jpg for post 706263since the executive also said that the show had not been screened for critics because the production team was still putting “the final blurs” over the daters’ genitalia. Still, the audience chuckled good-naturedly at a clip in which a naked male dater setting out on a date on the water said: “If I get excited, we’re going to need a big boat.”
Read More »

Comments (2)

TCA: ‘Virgin Territory’ Not Your Usual MTV Fare

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 12:02pm PDT

TCA: ‘Virgin Territory’ Not Your Usual MTV FareAt today’s TCA, MTV Head of Programming Susanne Daniels acknowledged that the channel deciding to air a series on virginity is a lot like “Snooki and JWoww on Meet The Press.”

But both the exec and the creative forces behind MTV’s new docuseries Virgin Territory (launching July 16) said they believe MTV is doing a public service by examining the young generation’s thoughts on virginity.
Read More »

Comments (0)

TCA: MTV’s ‘Happyland’ Q&A Derailed By Incest

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 10:49am PDT

TCA: MTV’s ‘Happyland’ Q&A Derailed By Incest“Incest is hot, and we’re going to have fun!” MTV‘s Happyland star Bianca Santos said this morning during the new series’ Q&A session at the TCA Summer TV Press Tour. “Now we have our lead!” responded journalists, in their heads — and one said out loud, in a follow-up question.

MTV logoRight before the Q&A started, critics were treated to a clip from the pilot episode of the soapy teen comedy exploring the underbelly of a popular theme park. At the every end of the clip, Santos’ character, Lucy — around whom this show’s universe revolves — makes out with the theme park’s new hottie, only to discover they’re siblings– oh, yeah, SPOILER ALERT.

Understandably, that informed the questions they asked of the show panel up on stage –  to the surprise, and weirdly, the annoyance of some panelists. Read More »

Comments (11)

TCA: MTV’s ‘Finding Carter’ Is “A Women’s Story”, Say Producers

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 10:23am PDT

TCA: MTV’s ‘Finding Carter’ Is “A Women’s Story”, Say ProducersMTV’s new original family drama Finding Carter centers on a teenager (Kathryn Prescott) who learns the woman who she thought was her mother actually abducted her as a toddler and must adjust to life with her biological family while looking for her on-the-lam “mom” (whew).

Finding CarterOne questioner today at TCA pointed out an unusual occurrence for the TV press tour: The 8-person panel of actors and executive producers included only one man. (The lineup: actors Prescott, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Milena Govich, Cynthia Watros, lone-guy Alexis Denisof and EPs Terri Minsky, Deb Spera and Maria Grasso.) Read More »

Comments (1)

TCA: MTV Renews ‘Catfish’ For Fourth Season

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 10:22am PDT

TCA: MTV Renews ‘Catfish’ For Fourth SeasonMTV has greenlighted a fourth season of docu-drama Catfish, the network announced today at TCA. Hosted by Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, the series is based on the 2010 documentary Catfish, which tracked the deceptive online romance in which Schulman became caught up. Catfish wrapped its third season earlier this week.

Comments (2)

MTV Moving Forward On ‘Shannara’ Series With Jonathan Liebesman Taking Directing Reins From Jon Favreau

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 9:16am PDT

MTV Moving Forward On ‘Shannara’ Series With Jonathan Liebesman Taking Directing Reins From Jon FavreauIn December, MTV gave a script-to-series commitment to Shannara, a drama series based on Terry Brooks’ massive fantasy book series. Jon Favreau was set to direct and Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar to write, marking one of the most ambitious moves on the network’s scripted side since since Susanne Daniels became president. Now the fantasy is a reality, with a twist: MTV has greenlighted 10 episodes of the series, but scheduling conflicts have forced Favreau to exit the director’s chair, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ director Jonathan Liebesman coming aboard to direct first two episodes. He also will have an executive producer credit.

shannaraFavreau will stay on as executive producer. Gough and Millar, who worked with Daniels at WB Network on Smallville, will write and executive produce along with Brooks and Dan Farah (The Crow remake), and Sonar Entertainment is producing with MTV and distributing worldwide. The greenlight is set to be announced today at MTV’s session at TCA.

Shannara features plenty of young-adult adventure and romance to suite MTV’s target demographic (it would be compatible with MTV’s only successful drama series so far, Teen Wolf, which also has supernatural elements). The books — originally set up as a feature film at Warner Bros — are set in our world, thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization. The story centers on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world.

Producers plan to base the show’s first season on The Elfstones Of Shannara, the second title in the series and credited with setting the series’ place in the fantasy world. The first book in the series came out in 1977 and has spawned sequels, prequels and graphic novels, with the time-shifting and complexity of the series great enough that there’s even a page on Brooks’ website suggesting the best order in which to to read them. Read More »

Comments (12)

Rick Holzman Upped To Animal Planet GM And EVP

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 11:50am PDT

Rick Holzman Upped To Animal Planet GM And EVPDiscovery Communications announced this morning Holzman will oversee strategy and all day-to-day operations for Animal Planet. Previously, Holzman served as EVP Programming and Scheduling for Animal Planet and Science Channel. He will continue to report to Marjorie Kaplan, Group President of TLC and Animal Planet.

From today’s announcement:

“Rick Holzman is one of the most brilliant minds in the media industry and a key driver of Animal Planet’s significant growth as an entertainment destination over the last several years,” said Kaplan. ”His leadership, knowledge and incredible passion for this brand make him the perfect General Manager for Animal Planet.”

Holzman has been with Animal Planet since November 2007, during which time he has been instrumental in the network’s rebrand and breakthrough growth, guiding Animal Planet’s programming by overseeing the network’s commissioning, acquisitions, co-productions and scheduling strategy. The best-performing series in network history – including RIVER MONSTERS, TREEHOUSE MASTERS, WHALE WARS, FINDING BIGFOOT and CALL OF THE WILDMAN – have all come to fruition during his strategic tenure, as did MONSTER WEEK, the week-long programming event that propelled Animal Planet to rank among the top-five, ad-supported cable networks.

Prior to joining Animal Planet, Holzman served as Vice President, Programming and Scheduling at Discovery Channel from 2004 to 2007. Under his guidance, the network launched a Tuesday-night slate of programming which included two of Discovery’s most popular franchises ever, DEADLIEST CATCH and DIRTY JOBS. He also commissioned the network’s first-ever game show, the Emmy®-winning CASH CAB, as well as the popular series, STUNT JUNKIES and

Read More »

Comments (2)
More Deadline | Hollywood »