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Warner Bros, 3 Arts Set Script-Ment For 7-Film Arabian Nights Franchise

By | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 1:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Warner Bros, 3 Arts Set Script-Ment For 7-Film Arabian Nights FranchiseIn a most unusual spec script deal, Warner Bros has preemptively acquired an untitled “script-ment” from tyro screenwriter David Weil. Essentially, the studio bought the blue print for a 7-part movie franchise featuring interconnected stories contained in The Arabian Nights. 3 Arts is the sole producer.

The script-ment is 90 pages long, and I’m told that Weil’s vision is for a period reinterpretation of very familiar stories from a public domain tale, with modern tropes and themes that lend themselves to the big tent pole CGI-driven element that is vital in fantasy fare. It is the bible for what the scribe envisions as a long running franchise. It came to Warner Bros because that is where 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff has made numerous films that include the Doug Liman-directed Tom Cruise-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow.

Chantal Nong and Julia Spiro will oversee the project for Warner Bros. Weil is repped by CAA and Jessica Moresco at Unified Management.

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PILOT SEASON 2014: The Overachievers

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 4:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

overachieversHere is Deadline’s annual list of The Overachievers Of Pilot Season. For anyone, landing a pilot is a major accomplishment. These selected few individuals/production companies took that achievement to the next level.

Related: Primetime Pilot Panic!

3artslogoWith marquee comedy clients including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Kevin Hart, 3 Arts has been building a strong TV production business. The management/production company has set a new personal record this season with nine greenlights. That includes one straight-to-series order for the Tina Fey/Robert Carlock comedy Tooken at NBC, one pilot/series track order at Fox for Cabot College, from Matt Hubbard, Fey and Carlock, and five more pilots: the comedies untitled Kevin Hart project at ABC, Amy Poehler’s Old Soul and Love Is Relative at NBC and Tom Papa’s More Time With the Family at CBS, plus untitled Richard LaGravenese drama at ABC. Additionally, three 3 Arts pilots from last season, Mulaney and Mr. Robinson, recently received series orders for next season.
AmblinTVAmblin TV has one pilot/series track order at Fox for drama Red Band Society, starring Octavia Spencer, and pilot orders for drama The Visitors at ABC and comedy The Money Pit at NBC. Additionally, the company scored a straight-to-series order this season for sci-fi drama Extant, which landed Halle Berry as the lead, for a summer launch.
Related: PILOT SEASON: How Many Orders Is Each Broadcast Network Eyeing This Year
Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly‘s Timberman-Beverly has a straight-to-series order at ABC for untitled David O. Russell/Susannah Grant drama and three pilots at CBS, comedy The Odd Couple starring Matthew Perry and untitled John Cusack and David Marshall Grant drama projects.
kapitalAaron Kaplan‘s one-man indie shop Kapital Entertainment landed a pilot order with series penalty at ABC for Secrets & Lies, toplined by Ryan Phillippe, and pilot orders for drama The Mysteries of Laura starring Debra Messing at NBC and comedy Dead Boss starring Jane Krakowski at Fox. Read More »

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3 Arts Signs KTTV Anchor Maria Sansone

By | Friday June 14, 2013 @ 5:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Maria Sansone, co-anchor of Good Day LA on KTTV Fox 11 in Los Angeles, has signed with 3 Arts Entertainment. Sansone was named co-anchor of Good Day LA alongside Steve Edwards in September after four months of tryouts following the departure of original co-host Dorothy Lucey. She is a former field reporter for WNBC 4 New York who appeared daily on New York’s LX TV. She has contributed to Access Hollywood, Extra, ABC, NBC, MTV, TV Guide Network, Yahoo!, CBS Sports, NESN and ESPN. Sansone, who didn’t have prior management representation, is repped by Ken Lindner and Assoc.

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3 Arts Signs ‘Bachelor’ Host Chris Harrison

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 2:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Chris HarrisonChris Harrison has signed with 3 Arts Entertainment. The host of ABC’s The Bachelor did not have previous management representation and will continue to be repped by WME on the agency side. In addition to his duties on The Bachelor franchise, Harrison also is hosting Miss America for the next 3 years and leads TVGN’s red carpet coverage. Outside of TV, he recently closed a major book deal, launched his own clothing line and is soon to launch a line of his own wine.

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PILOT SEASON 2013: The Overachievers

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 9:26am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Here is Deadline’s annual list of The Overachievers Of Pilot Season. For anyone, landing a pilot is a major accomplishment. These selected few took that achievement to the next level.

Related: PILOT SEASON: The Overachievers 2012

Aaron Kaplan. Proving that his fast start as a producer was not just beginner’s luck, the former WMA agent has become a force to be reckoned with during pilot season. This year he landed five pilot orders, one more than last year and a new personal best. All five are comedies — ABC’s Pulling, Bad Management and the untitled Cullen brothers project, CBS’ Friends With Better Lives and NBC’s The Gates — as are Kaplan’s on-air series, ABC’s The Neighbors and Nick at Nite’s Wendell & Vinnie, as well as another Nick pilot, Instant Mom. On the drama side, he has pilots Terminals, which is nearing a series pickup at ABC Family, and HR at Lifetime, which is casting. In a world of vertical integration, Kaplan operates as an independent one-man shop.

Another independent, management/production company 3 Arts, has four pilots, also all comedies: NBC’s untitled Greg Daniels/Robert Padnick, untitled Owen Ellickson & Craig Robinson and untitled John Mulaney/Lorne Michaels projects, as well as Fox’s untitled Dan Goor/Mike Schur project.

Writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky are having a banner year. The Office alums and writers of the 2011 feature Bad Teacher are behind three broadcast comedy pilots — ABC’s Pulling, which they wrote and executive produce, as well as ABC’s Trophy Wife and CBS’ Bad Teacher adaptation, which they executive produce. Additionally, their HBO comedy pilot with Stephen Merchant, Hello Ladies, was picked up to series. Read More »

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De Angelis, Tandem In Worldwide Distribution Pact on $30M ‘Titanic’ Mini

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 7:13am PST

Italy’s De Angelis Group has reached a worldwide television distribution agreement with event miniseries specialist Tandem Communications on the $30 million Titanic: Blood And Steel. Chris Noth, Neve Campbell, Kevin Zegers and Derek Jacobi star in the 12-part series directed by The Tudors’ Ciaran Donnelly and slated to coincide with this year’s 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famed liner. The mini is a co-production from De Angelis and Tandem along with RAI TV, LA’s 3 Arts, Canada’s CBC, the UK’s Artist Studio, Ireland’s Epos Film and Spain’s Antena 3. Separate rights agreements were concluded in the UK, Ireland and Canada. France’s Studiocanal recently acquired a majority stake in Tandem, which is also co-producing the miniseries World Without End with Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions. Here’s the release: Read More »

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Fox Buys Jonah Hill/Hannibal Buress Sitcom With Penalty

By | Tuesday October 11, 2011 @ 8:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox has bought a comedy project to be co-written by Jonah Hill and standup comedian/writer Hannibal Buress with a blind script commitment plus penalty. The project, whose concept and format — single- or multi-camera — will be determined in the coming weeks, will star Buress. It will be produced by 20th Century Fox TV and 3 Arts, with Hill and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky executive producing and Buress serving as a producer. “From the first time I saw Hannibal perform, I started banging down the door to be the person to help guide his unique voice and material to television,” Hill said. “I feel lucky he chose me and my bosses at Fox.” Hill co-created, executive produces and voices the title character on the upcoming Fox animated comedy series Allen Gregory, also from 20th TV. This would mark the first starring role for Buress, whose writing credits include Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. “My initial dream was to write a show for Fox News, but Jonah convinced me we’d have a slightly better shot at normal Fox,” he said. Buress’ standup comedy has been featured on several Comedy Central programs and latenight talk shows, including The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Additionally, ICM-repped Buress, who is based in New York, hosts a free weekly stand-up comedy show … Read More »

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3 Arts & Sander/Moses Sell Drama Projects

By | Monday September 26, 2011 @ 6:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox has bought Pandemic, a medical thriller from Mystic Pizza writer Amy Holden Jones, 3 Arts Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. WME-repped Jones is writing the project, which follows an epidemiologist who is facing difficult adversaries as he fights to stop a catastrophic pandemic. She will executive produce with 3 Arts’ Oly Obst and partner Erwin Stoff, who has been leading a push in the drama area for the management/production company this season. Stoff is executive producing for 3 Arts two other hourlong projects, a cop drama with magical elements from Michael Green and 20th TV, which recently landed a put pilot commitment at ABC, and CIA drama Secret America at NBC from writer Peter Landesman, Imagine TV and 20th TV.

Meanwhile, ABC has bought Puzzle Master, from ABC Studios and studio-based Sander/Moses Prods. Written by Gwendolyn Parker (Without a Trace), the project centers on a quirky puzzle master who uses her unique acuity and distinctive way of perceiving the world to help the San Francisco Bay Area’s Special Investigations Division solve crimes. The project is inspired by the work of prolific puzzle and computer game designer Scott Kim. Paradigm-repped Parker and UTA-repped Ian Sander and Kim Moses will executive produce. This is the second project at ABC this season for Ghost Whisperer executive producers Sander and Moses, who also have the circus-themed … Read More »

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Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Returns To Rep Biz As Manager/Producer At 3 Arts

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas is joining 3 Arts as a manager/producer, returning to the rep business after 11 years. Once a high-powered dealmaker at ICM best known for guiding Julia Roberts from unknown to $20 million a picture as the world’s biggest female star, Goldsmith-Thomas left ICM in 2000 to run Revolution Studios East for Joe Roth and supervise films under Roberts’ production deal there. She has been a full-time producer since Revolution folded. An agent for more than 15 years at WMA and ICM, Goldsmith-Thomas also repped Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Connelly, Madonna and Darren Star.

The obvious question is whether she will be rejoined by Roberts, who went to CAA not long after Goldsmith-Thomas left. Goldsmith-Thomas said she comes to 3 Arts without any clients. While producing, she continued to give career advice when asked, but referred talent to agencies and management companies for years even as people asked why she wasn’t building a client list. She decided months ago to explore a return but was reticent to resurface as an agent. It would be hard returning to a job she left behind, and she never liked the poaching part of that game. She also didn’t want to give up producing, which agents can’t do. After meeting with 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff, Goldsmith-Thomas felt she’d found the right fit. She will operate out of the management/production company’s New York base, where Richard Abate manages authors and runs the book department and Avi Gilbert manages stand-up comics.

“I’ve always loved the architecture of careers, and I missed working with colleagues in breaking down walls that have gotten thicker,” Goldsmith-Thomas told me. “I think it’s a mistake when people try to re-create the same career they had. I love what I’m doing now, and I see this as a complement.” Read More »

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Tom Gormican/Jake Kasdan Ensemble Comedy Lands At CBS With Penalty

By | Monday September 19, 2011 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a three-way bidding war, single-camera comedy pitch On The Verge of Greatness has landed at CBS with a significant penalty. The twentysomething ensemble comedy, from 3 Arts and 20th Century Fox TV, will be written/executive produced by feature writer Tom Gormican, with Jake Kasdan on board to direct and executive produce through his overall deal at 20th TV. Also executive producing are 3 Arts’ Howard Klein and Oly Obst, with Melvin Mar producing. 20th TV pitched the comedy to the Big 4 broadcast networks last Tuesday, with 3 of them — ABC, NBC and CBS — buying it in the room, thus sparking a bidding war. Gornican’s script Are We Officially Dating? landed on the 2010 Black List. He has romantic comedy Save the Date in the works at Sony with Neal Moritz producing and is co-producing Relativity’s upcoming Farrelly brothers movie. Kasdan is coming off directing the pilot for the upcoming Fox/20th TV comedy New Girl.

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Tom Gormican & Jake Kasdan Comedy Project Sparks Major Bidding War

By | Wednesday September 14, 2011 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Comedy’s white-hot selling season continues with another half-hour project sparking a big bidding war. Titled On The Verge of Greatness, the single-camera twentysomething ensemble comedy hails from 3 Arts and 20th Century Fox TV. It will be written/executive produced by feature writer Tom Gormican, with Jake Kasdan on board to direct and executive produce through his overall deal at 20th TV. Also executive producing are 3 Arts’ Howard Klein and Oly Obst. 20th TV pitched the comedy to the Big 4 broadcast networks yesterday. Three of them — ABC, NBC and CBS — bought it in the room and are now in a bidding war. Gornican’s script Are We Officially Dating? landed on the 2010 Black List. He has romantic comedy Save the Date in the works at Sony with Neal Moritz producing and is co-producing Relativity’s upcoming Farrelly brothers movie. Kasdan recently directed the pilot for Fox’s upcoming comedy New Girl.

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Lit Manager Oly Obst Joins 3 Arts

By | Friday June 10, 2011 @ 6:50am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Oly Obst is leaving Underground Films & Management to join 3 Arts. Obst, who had been at Underground for four years, will bring clients that include Matt Robinson (The Invention of Lying), Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne (Raindrops All Around Me), Nichole Beattie (Prime Suspect), Davd King (Parks and Recreation), Craig DiGregorio (Chuck), Tom Donnelly & Josh Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian), Tom Gormican (Are We Officially Dating?), Andrew O’Connor (Peep Show), Charly & Vlas Parlapanides (Immortals) and Ricardo Do Montreuilo (The Raven).

Obst leaves Underground on amicable terms with partners Trevor Engelson and Nick Osborne. “In the four years we’ve worked together, Oly has become a very close friend to both of us. He’s a great manager and we wish him the best.”

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Jonathan Berry Joins 3 Arts Entertainment

By | Friday November 19, 2010 @ 2:28pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TV producer/executive Jonathan Berry has joined 3 Arts Entertainment as a manager and producer based out of the company’s Los Angeles office. “Jon is excellent at identifying talent and developing material, and we feel he’ll be just as strong advancing careers,” said partner David Miner who has known Berry for awhile. Berry spent ten years at DreamWorks Television working on such series such as Spin City, Father of the Pride and Oliver Beene. For the past 2 years, he ran television for Bob Yari, developing shows for network and cable.  He will continue to do so at 3 Arts where he will focus on the TV lit side. Berry said that, as an executive and producer, he always enjoyed working with writers. “In the back of my mind, I have always had a desire to work in management so I could work more closely with these talented individuals and be involved in their careers long-term,” he said, adding that, when he did make the decision to transition, 3 Arts was his “first choice of a home.”

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3 Arts & Untitled Talk Management Merger

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Management/production companies 3 Arts and Untitled Entertainment are in merger talks. I’m not certain they are going to join forces, but they are exploring it seriously. The potential mix of assets of the two companies is intriguing. 3 Arts — run by Erwin Stoff, Michael Rotenberg, Howard Klein, David Miner and Dave Becky – is particularly strong in the producing department. On the TV side, that includes 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, HBO’s Bored to Death, and the FX comedy Louie. Among the features is I Am Legend, Street Kings, and All You Need Is Kill, the latter a priority project at Warner Bros that just got Doug Liman aboard to direct.

Untitled, which is run by Jason Weinberg, Stephanie Simon, Guy Oseary, Gene Parseghian and Johnnie Planco, has a strong talent list that include Daniel Day-Lewis, Hilary Swank, Alex Rodriguez, Madonna, Naomi Watts, David Caruso, Penelope Cruz, Ashton Kutcher, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Chris O’Donnell, Taylor Kitsch, Demi Moore, Blake Lively and Simon Baker.

The 3 Arts talent list includes Keanu Reeves, Tina Fey, director Francis Lawrence, Robert Pattinson, Chris Evans, Steve Coogan, Mike Judge, Greg Daniels, Jeff Garlin, Howie Mandel, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler, Jason Bateman and Cuba Gooding Jr.

I’m told the principals continue talking, mindful of the challenge in meshing cultures and forging a new power structure. Word about the possible union has begun to spread around Hollywood and I’m told that if a trip to the altar is going to … Read More »

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Warner Bros Exec Switches To Manager

By | Wednesday June 23, 2010 @ 8:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

Jairo Alvarado, who stepped right out UCLA and stepped into a job as a Warner Bros creative exec 18 months ago, is leaving next month to become a manager at 3 Arts. The 24-year old Alvarado said he wasn’t thinking of a career change before a general meeting with 3 Arts’ Tom Lassally, another Warner Bros exec who made the career transition after he exited the studio. “We discussed all the short films I advocated and spread around to agents, and it turned into a three-hour conversation with Tom saying, `You’ve got to meet Erwin,” Alvarado said. He spent another two hours with 3 Arts chief Erwin Stoff, and walked out with a job offer.

Alvarado traveled a charmed path to get to Warner Bros. He’s a local kid who was recruited in high school by the studio, which provided a scholarship that included summer industry internships. After graduation, he met with former production president Kevin McCormick, and got the job offer for a CE position. While there isn’t much glamour in those entry level executive posts, Alvarado said he said he’s helped about a dozen young directors get signed during his 18 month Warner Bros stint. He was an early advocate of Fede Alvarez’s short Panic Attack, which was acquired by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures, and Ricardo De Montreuil’s The Raven, which is also in deal talks. “I’ve discovered I like finding new talent the town responds to,” he said. Stoff said the management company has made it a … Read More »

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