Starz has partnered with the BBC on the British broadcaster’s eight-episode limited drama series The Missing. Starz will co-produce the project, starring James Nesbitt (The Hobbit trilogy), which has begun filming in Brussels. Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, the thriller will air on BBC One in the UK and Starz in the U.S. in fall 2014. It is produced by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Colin Callender’s Playground. All3media International has funded development of The Missing and retains all U.S. rights not obtained by Starz. Missing reunites the auspices behind The White Queen limited series, which was a success for Starz; it also hailed from BBC One, Company Pictures, Playground and all3media.
EXCLUSIVE: Objective Productions, the All3Media-owned, London-based production company behind Channel 4’s hit comedy series Peep Show and TLC’s Secret Princes, is ramping up its U.S. operation, bringing in Electus’ Head of Creative Development Jimmy Fox to run it. Fox has been named EVP of Objective USA, overseeing all aspects of unscripted and scripted development and reporting to Objective Productions founder Andrew O’Connor. He starts in February and will be based at All3Media America‘s offices in Los Angeles. “Jimmy Fox has a proven record of success in delivering outstanding programming across a variety of genres,” O’Connor said. Added Eli Holzman, president of All3Media America: “Jimmy is one of the most talented creative executives working in television today. He is exactly the kind of producer we have been looking to recruit to lead the U.S. operation of the brilliant and prolific Objective Productions.”
Fox joins Objective from IAC-owned Electus, where he had been since the company’s 2009 launch, following founder Ben Silverman after working for him at NBC. As Head Of Creative Development, Fox oversaw Electus’ scripted and unscripted portfolio. He co-created and executive produced hit TBS reality series King Of The Nerds, ABC’s Bet On Your Baby – which just got renewed …
Hulu will premiere its new supernatural comedy Deadbeat on April 9. Directed by Troy Miller, the series is Hulu’s first co-production with Lionsgate TV. Hulu also announced today it is re-upping teen drama East Los High for a second season and will distribute reality TV satire The Hotwives Of Orlando from Paramount Digital Entertainment. Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal, Tymberlee Hill, Danielle Schneider, and Andrea Savage star as six of Orlando, Florida’s hottest housewives who are ready to drink, fight, and cry, sometimes all at the same time. In addition, Hulu will release the original Scandinavian version of the drama series The Bridge, recently adapted for U.S. audiences by FX, as well as the Canadian reality-style dance drama The Next Step, acquired from BBC Worldwide North America. And the second season of Chris O’Dowd’s semi-autobiographical comedy Moone Boy will make a return in the spring.
In the second half of 2014, Hulu will release second seasons of Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker’s animated The Awesomes, Josh Greenbaum’s docu-series Behind The Mask and John Lehr and Nancy Hower’s Western comedy Quick Draw. Tom Hollander also returns in season three of Rev. Click over for the full lineup:
TBS successfully paired a reality series, game show King Of The Nerds, with its prized off-network comedy The Big Bang Theory. USA Network is looking to do the same with its marquee off-network comedy, Modern Family. The cable network has given an eight-episode order to Chrisley Knows Best (working title), a half-hour original reality series. Described as a real-life family comedy, it follows Atlanta-based self-made multimillionaire Todd Chrisley, his devoted wife Julie, and their five children who live a seemingly picture-perfect Southern life with everything money can buy. (Watch a promo below.) The series, produced by Maverick TV and All3Media America, is slated to premiere with two back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, March 11 at 10 PM, immediately following Modern Family. In a synergy move, USA sibling E! will air repeats of each episodes on Sundays at 10:30 beginning March 16. “Chrisley Knows Best is a broad family comedy that is a modern version of Father Knows Best with the volume turned way up,” said Heather Olander, SVP, alternative programming for USA Network. “While their lifestyle is over-the-top and their personalities are larger-than-life, the Chrisleys are a very close-knit family who are refreshingly honest and genuinely funny.” The series is executive produced by Adam Greener, Jim Sayer, and Stephanie Chambers.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Egypt Extends Canadian Filmmaker’s Detention; Helen Flint Launches Little Island Productions; More
Egypt Extends Detention Of Canadian Filmmaker Held Since August
Egyptian authorities have extended the detention of Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and his colleague Tarek Loubani, who have been held since August without being charged. Officials say they are being held during an investigating of items found in the men’s hotel room, including a camera attached to a small plane. The Canadian government has called for the release of Greyson and Loubani, who have been on a hunger strike in jail for the past two weeks. There also were several shows of support during the Toronto Film Festival. They were en route to Gaza on a humanitarian mission August 14 when they asked Cairo police for directions and were arrested. Amnesty International says scores of those arrested since have been deprived of their basic legal rights.
Helen Flint Launches TV Company Little Island Productions
Former Company Pictures exec Helen Flint has formed Little Island Productions with a view to producing scripted drama for the UK and global markets. Flint spent eight years with All3Media’s Company Pictures (The White Queen) and produced 2006 award winner Longford. Company’s Alex Protherough is joining Flint at Little Island as Production Executive. Little Island will also sport a production services arm to aid international and UK domestic companies seeking to benefit from the new UK TV tax credit.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Rome Fest Adds Four To Competition Lineup; ‘The Returned’ Sells To Canada, Australia; More
Rome Fest Adds ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ 3 Others To Competition Lineup
The Rome Film Festival last week scored a Continental premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and now has added four high-profile indie titles to its competition roster. Isabel Coixet’s Another Me, Matthew McConaughey starrer Dallas Buyers Club, Spike Jonze’s Her and Scott Cooper’s Out Of The Furnace are the first films to be unveiled in the competition section. Rome runs from November 8-17.
Zodiak Sells ‘The Returned’ To Canada, Australia
Zodiak Rights has closed new deals for its popular French supernatural series The Returned (aka Rebound). Canada’s Bell Media has taken broadcast rights to the drama that first aired on France’s Canal Plus. Also picking it up is SBS in Australia, where it will air at the end of the year. Universal Pictures just released the DVD in the UK. Produced by Haut et Court, The Returned was the highest-rated original drama of all time on Canal Plus. Since then, it has aired in the UK on Channel 4 and recently was acquired for the U.S. by Sundance Channel and Music Box. It’s also getting an English-language remake courtesy of Paul Abbot.
HBO, ‘Behind The Candelabra’ Lead Creative Arts Emmy Awards; Bob Newhart, Dan Bucatinsky, Melissa Leo, Carrie Preston, Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, ‘Undercover Boss’, ‘South Park’ & Tony Awards Among Winners
The first 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out this afternoon at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. HBO led with 20 Emmys, followed by CBS with 15 and NBC’s with 11. HBO’s Behind the Candelabra was the most awarded program with 8 Emmys. CBS’ Undercover Boss won best reality show, South Park was named best animated show, while Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn took best reality hosts. The Guest Actor/Actress categories were the highlight of the ceremony with emotional wins for comedy great Bob Newhart, who snagged his first Emmy for The Big Bang Theory, Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Melissa Leo (Louie) and Carrie Preston (The Good Wife). A new 45-second rule imposed on winners’ walk to the stage and acceptance speeches created quite a stir at the ceremony, which still ran for almost 4 hours, clocking in at 3 hr 49 min. A two-hour, edited version will air Saturday, September 21st on FXX.
Diane Haithman, Ray Richmond and Anthony D’Alessandro were on the scene at the Nokia for Deadline: Balmier weather than last year’s 100-degree heat made for a livelier Red Carpet. Matt Weiner, whose Mad Men suffered a historic shutout last year with 17 nominations and no wins, was optimistic heading into the ceremony. “Ya know what, anything would be great,” he said. “I would love to see one of our (guest) actors recognized. Linda (Cardellini), Harry (Hamlin), Robert Morse. None of our actors have been recognized (with wins). We’ve never won an editing or cinematography award.” Asked whether Mad Men would possibly do a Season 8 if the price was right, Weiner said: “No, no, it’s not about the deal. I want to wrap the show up. I have a good vibe for what we’re doing in this last piece and that’s the way to go. Will there be more TV and film in my life? I hope so. I’ve written a play. I don’t expect this (the Emmy sensation) to happen again. That would be greedy.”
Some 88 awards were given away today. To try to get it done in a reasonable time, Creative Arts Emmys producer Spike Jones Jr. appeared onstage before show time to urge winners to keep it short, announcing a 45-seconds limit from the moment the winner’s name is announced. “You have 45 seconds to get from your seat all the way down the aisle, up the steps, and do your acceptance speech. I’m not kidding. Forty-five seconds. We’ve found that you can say a lot in a very short period of time. Everybody in this room will thank you for it.”
2013 Creative Arts Emmy Winners
The never-shy Community showrunner Dan Harmon and star Joel McHale set an outrageous tone at the outset as presenters of the first four awards, channeling infamous Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais. “Tonight we honor all of the people in primetime television who are contractually obligated not to make eye contact with me,” said McHale. Harmon, the combative fired and then reinstated boss of Community, then made a quip about how he’d soon be fired by FXX, the new network telecasting a truncated edition of the ceremony. “We’re going to show those frauds (in TV) that these people (here tonight) are the real celebrities,” he said.
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Laray Mayfield, CSA, Casting Director
Julie Schubert, CSA, Casting Director
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special
Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films
Carmen Cuba, CSA, Casting Director
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Jennifer McNamara-Shroff, Casting Director
Blichfeld + Daniels, Casting Directors
EXCLUSIVE: Bravo Media has greenlighted limited half-hour unscripted series The People’s Couch to air Sundays at 11:30 PM on October 6, October 13 and October 20. Based on the UK show, Gogglebox (trailer below), The People’s Couch features real people watching and commenting on popular shows and news from the past week. The series will focus on the Fall television season by showcasing avid TV watchers in their homes, as they laugh, cry, talk, gasp, and scream at their TVs watching the network’s new and returning shows. Each episode will feature the same homes — whether it is a group of sorority sisters doing their nails or grandparents watching with their technology-obsessed grandchildren. “The People’s Couch is a funny, unfiltered comment on America’s current TV viewing habits,” said Bravo’s VP development Lara Spotts. The People’s Couch is produced by Studio Lambert and All3Media America with Executive Producers: Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, Tania Alexander and Aliyah Silverstein.
Building on the success of its international hits Lost Girl and Continuum, Syfy has acquired the first two seasons (23 episodes) of New Zealand scripted series The Almighty Johnsons from All3Media International. Season 1, consisting of 10 episodes, will premiere on Syfy in 2014. The Almighty Johnsons follows the Johnson boys, four typical fun-loving guys – who have inherited the power of Norse Gods. But these four brothers are no flashy superheroes. Everyday Gods have everyday struggles – searching for love, overcoming sibling rivalry and fulfilling their God-like destiny – while still enjoying a few beers with their mates. The Almighty Johnsons is a production of South Pacific Pictures.
When Britain’s All3Media in December exercised its option to buy out Stephen Lambert’s Studio Lambert after backing it financially at the 2008 launch, it launched All3Media America. All3Media America absorbed the Eli Holzman-run Studios Lambert USA, which ceased to exist as a separate company. (UK-based Studio Lambert remained autonomous, becoming an All3Media company whose US programming was to be produced by All3A, now headed by Holzman as president with Lambert serving as chairman.) The plan was to split Studio Lambert USA into two groups rebranded as AllMedia America. The producing and business infrastructure would be shared by all the different All3-owned production companies when they produce in the U.S., including Studio Lambert, with direct creative guidance from format originators and creative executives at each individual All3-owned outfit. Holzman’s former Studio Lambert USA creative team, headed by Aaron Saidman, took over the creative aspects, overseeing all shows, both Stephen’s UK formats produced in America and home-grown series and pilots, including CBS’ Undercover Boss and NBC’s upcoming Million Second Quiz.
However, under that arrangement, on the creative side, Studio Lambert UK didn’t have anyone on the ground in the U.S. coming up with new shows that Studio lambert would own, as the team that used to do that was All3Media’s and no longer under Studio Lambert’s management. That’s why a decision was made to hire someone to create American Studio Lambert shows once again, with Greg Goldman, formerly of …
BREAKING… The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcement took place at 5:40 AM PT live at Emmys.com. All the nominees will be named here. Kate Mara Host Neil Patrick Harris wound up joining Aaron Paul and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman/CEO Bruce Rosenblum for the announcement at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast will air live coast-to-coast on Sunday, September 22nd (8 PM ET/5 PM PT) on CBS from the NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
Nominations cover the eligibility period of June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013. This year featured the first ever Emmy nominations in the series and performer categories for programs delivered to television viewers online with the nomination for House of Cards in the Outstanding Drama Series category and performer nominations for both House of Cards and Arrested Development. Emmy rules were amended in 2007 to allow qualified broadband programming to submit along with cable and broadcast programming in all categories. But this is the first year that online programming has been recognized in such highly visible categories.
Programs receiving 10 or more nominations are American Horror Story: Asylum (17), Game Of Thrones (16), Behind The Candelabra (15), Saturday Night Live (15), Breaking Bad (13), 30 Rock (13), Downton Abbey (12), Mad Men (12), Modern Family (12), Homeland (11), Phil Spector (11) and Boardwalk Empire (10).
This year’s Outstanding Drama Series performer categories (lead and supporting) feature a mix of first time nominees as well veteran performers in new roles, including: Morena Baccarin in Homeland, Jonathan Banks in Breaking Bad, Connie Britton in Nashville, Bobby Cannavale in Boardwalk Empire, Emilia Clarke in Game Of Thrones, Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom, Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel, Mandy Patinkin in Homeland, Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, Kerry Washington in Scandal and Robin Wright in House of Cards.
Similarly, the Outstanding Comedy Series performer categories (lead and supporting) have new nominees as well as several performers who are back in the Emmy race this year, including: Jason Bateman in Arrested Development, Anna Chlumsky in Veep, Laura Dern in Enlightened, Adam Driver in Girls, Tony Hale in Veep, Jane Krakowski in 30 Rock, Matt LeBlanc in Episodes and Jane Lynch in Glee.
Additionally, this year’s nominations recognize new writing and directing talent some primarily known for their work in film. A total of 537 separate nominations were made:
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Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 65th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations
Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Game Of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, TV 360, Startling TV and Generator Prodns with HBO Ent
Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Prods, Cherry Pie Prods, Keshet, Fox 21
House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Prods with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions with Warner Bros Television
Girls • HBO • Apatow Prodns and I am Jenni Konner Prodns with HBO Entertainment
Louie • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.
Modern Family • ABC • Picador Prodns & Steve Levitan Prodns with 20th Century Fox Television
30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger with Universal Television
Veep • HBO • Dundee Prodns with HBO Entertainment
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Prodns, Cherry Pie Prodns, Keshet, Fox 21
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody
House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Prods with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood
Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Jon Hamm as Don Draper
The Newsroom • HBO • HBO Entertainment
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
Global Showbiz Briefs: India’s Epic TV Gets Deep-Pocketed Backer; Portion Of France’s Tough Anti-Piracy Law Overturned; More
India’s Richest Man Backs Start-Up Channel Epic TV
India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, is backing Epic TV, a new Indian start-up channel. Due to start broadcasting next month, the high-def channel will have content based on the nation’s history, folklore and mythology in a contemporary format, Indian press reported. Former Walt Disney India managing director Mahesh Samat is leading the channel. Ambani, who is the chairman of Reliance Industries, has taken a more than 25% stake in the group via his Reliance Ports & Terminals. This is his second broadcasting venture; he already owns a stake in the Network18 Group. Ambani is the brother of Anil Ambani, who heads DreamWorks partner Reliance Entertainment.
Portion Of France’s Anti-Piracy Law Overturned
A section of anti-piracy law that France spent millions on developing has been overturned. The controversial Hadopi legislation was introduced in 2009 as a three-strikes program that would begin with warning letters sent to suspected online pirates and end with the suspension of their Internet access. But the Culture and Communications Ministry said today that the last leg has been overturned and French judges no longer will be able to impose suspensions. Rather, people who illegally download copyrighted content will be faced with fines that could increase gradually. This is the first measure adopted following a comprehensive report that was led by former Canal Plus chief Pierre Lescure. Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti tweeted her support, saying, “Cutting off Internet is over. Change is now. We will fight relentlessly against sites that make money on the backs of creators.”
Completing the succession process that began last fall when Farah Ramzan Golant was appointed CEO, All3Media founder and executive chairman Steve Morrison is segueing to the role of non-executive chairman as of July 1. UK-based All3Media owns more than a dozen production companies including Company Pictures (The White Queen) and Gordon Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato. Earlier this year, it set up All3Media America whose scripted division is run by former Bad Robot executive Eric Lehrman. Morrison founded All3Media 10 years ago and the company says he will continue to play “an important role to leverage his undoubted experience, energy and creative standing in the industry.”
The Monte-Carlo Television Festival wrapped in Monaco tonight with the Golden Nymph Awards handed out at the Grimaldi Forum. Hungarian coming-of-age TV movie Aglaja, directed by Krisztina Deák, was the big winner with four prizes. Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Borgen and Fresh Meat were also singled out. The festival has been attracting an increasing number of high-profile talent to the principality with cast members and execs in attendance this year from such shows as The Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad, Crossing Lines, Dallas, Grimm, Hatfields & McCoys, Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Revolution and Scandal. Donald Sutherland received a Crystal Nymph Award earlier this week. Below is the full list of tonight’s winners for excellence in international television:
Best Television Film
M-RTL ZRT, Hungary
Krisztina Deák, Aglaja
M-RTL ZRT, Hungary
Arsher Ali, Complicit
Many Rivers Films, UK
Spike TV today announced promotions for a pair of execs in its original series division and the hiring of two others. Chris Rantamaki was upped from VP to SVP Original Series, reporting to EVP Sharon Levy, and Justin Lacob from Director to VP. Hayley Lozitsky and Kevin Bartel both join Spike as VP Original Series, with Lozitsky coming over from Ellen Rakieten Entertainment and Bartel from All3Media. SVP Tim Duffy is leaving Spike after nine years to launch a production company with his twin brother Mike.
All3Media Launches Scripted Division Run By Eric Lehrman, Inks Deal With Reality Producer Omid Kahangi
EXCLUSIVE: All3Media America, the recently launched U.S. branch of the UK’s All3Media, is formally starting a scripted division. It will be run by former Bad Robot executive Eric Lehrman, named VP Scripted Television. The move reflects the company’s desire to enter the U.S. scripted business and build on All3Media’s slate of international scripted formats, including shows from Company Pictures (Shameless, Skins, The Village, Secret State), Lime Pictures (Hollyoaks), Objective Productions (Peep Show, Fresh Meat), South Pacific (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons), and Bentley (Midsomer Murders). All3Media America principals Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert said that getting into scripted is something they had been looking to do since the two launched Studio Lambert USA in 2008.
TNT has given a green light to six episodes of Inside Job, an unscripted series that puts executive job candidates through a unique screening process that includes being spied upon by a company insider in order to find the most suitable exec. The series is from All3Media America/Studio Lambert (Undercover Boss, The Million Second Quiz), with creator Stephen Lambert and Eli Holzman executive producing. TNT plans to launch the series in 2014. Each week on Inside Job, a company will invite four qualified job candidates to compete for a six-figure position. For a week, they’ll live together, work together and play together as part of the interview and hiring process. What the candidates don’t know is that one of their fellow candidates is already a management executive at the company watching their every move.
NBC this fall will be mounting one of the most ambitious unscripted efforts ever attempted. The network has ordered The Million Second Quiz, a new live competition that combines trivia knowledge and endurance. The contest, where time equals money, will last 1,000,000 seconds or 12 days (11.57 days to be precise.) It comes from All3Media America (formerly Studio Lambert USA), the company behind CBS’ Undercover Boss, and Universal TV. Created by Stephen Lambert, The Million Second Quiz will air live in primetime and on NBCUniversal’s digital platforms the rest of the time in a type of coverage reserved for major sporting events like the Olympics. The Million Second Quiz will originate from a gigantic hourglass-shaped structure built in the heart of Manhattan. Its walls will be made out of glass so the contestants and the game play is visible from the street, somewhat in the vein of David Blaine’s stunts.
The four players who have remained in the game the longest at any time serve as reigning champions and get to live in the hourglass. To avoid being unseated in the primetime show where one of the reigning champions gets challenged, the four must continue to play 24 hours a day, taking strategic breaks to rest and sleep.
AMC Confirms ‘Talking Bad’ After Show; Sets ‘Breaking Bad’ Return Date; Renews ‘Talking Dead’ & ‘Comic Book Men’; Unveils Development Slate, Rolin Jones Overall Deal
AMC is making a slew of announcements at its upfront today. The cable network confirmed it will launch Talking Bad, a live companion after show to the final installment of Breaking Bad. It announced premiere dates for several new and returning series, including the last eight episodes of Breaking Bad, which will kick off August 11, a slew of scripted and unscripted projects in development, including Ballistic City and Ashland, an overall deal with writer Rolin Jones, and renewals of after show Talking Dead and reality series Comic Book Men and Freakshow. Here are the details:
AMC will air a special weekly, half-hour live after show to accompany the conclusion of its Emmy Award-winning series, Breaking Bad. Talking Bad will analyze and dissect every detail of Breaking Bad’s final eight episodes beginning Sunday, August 11. Talking Bad will air at 11 PM, and will be produced by Michael Davies’ Embassy Row with Sony Pictures Television serving as the studio partner.