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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.

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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.
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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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ABC Picks Up Alien Drama Pilot ‘The Visitors’ From Amblin TV

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 6:56pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

AmblinTVLooking to build on the success of its TNT drama Falling Skies, Amblin TV is teeing off another alien drama, which just received a pilot order at ABC. Titled The Visitors, the project is based on a Ray Bradbury short story called Zero Hour. Amblin TV is co-producing with Dawn Olmstead’s Grady Girl. Olmstead found the short story and brought it to Amblin TV, which Dawn Parouse Olmsteaddeveloped it with writer Soo Hugh, who has worked on Amblin’s The River and Under The Dome. The Visitors chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us. ABC Studios is producing.  Olmstead and Hugh are exec producing along with Amblin’s Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Steven Spielberg. Olmstead, who was just named head of development for Universal Cable Productions, has two other pilots: Bravo’s Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce and Lifetime’s The Lottery. Amblin TV recently received a series order at Fox for Red Band Society and has Ed Burns’ TNT pilot Public Morals.

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Hot Amblin TV Sci-Fi Spec ‘Extant’ Lands At CBS With 13-Episode Order For Summer ’14

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After making waves in the marketplace, the sci-fi drama spec Extant from new writer Mickey Fisher and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television has landed at CBS with a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes to air next summer. On CBS, Extant will join another serialized sci-fi drama from Amblin TV, Under The Dome, which was recently renewed for next summer after a breakout freshman run. Broadcast, basic and premium cable networks were all heavily pursuing Extant, which hit the market a couple of weeks ago. Most suitors offered production commitments, making the choice difficult, with the producers mulling whether to go lighter with the material on broadcast or darker on cable. I hear the winning pitch by CBS’ Nina Tassler was that the network successfully launched Amblin’s Under The Dome, which also was a 13-episode straight-to-series order, and that Extant could be paired with the Stephen King adaptation to form a Steven Spielberg night. Read More »

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Mom Comedy From Cheryl Holliday And Amblin TV Gets ABC Pilot Order

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 7:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has given the green light to Middle Age Rage, a single-camera comedy pilot from veteran writer-producer Cheryl Holliday, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and ABC Studios. Written by Holliday, Middle Age Rage reflects Holliday’s personal frustration about how the average middle-age woman is treated in the world today. It chronicles what happens when a middle-aged wife and mother is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she’s earned. Holliday executive produces with Amblin/DreamWorks TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. This marks the third pilot order for Holliday and DreamWorks TV. They also landed two cast-contingent pilot pickups in 2006.  King Of the Hill alumna Holliday’s credits also include DreamWorks TV’s NBC animated series Father Of The Pride as well as CBS’ Mike & Molly and Still Standing.

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ABC Buys Mom Comedy From Cheryl Holliday And Amblin TV

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 2:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has bought Middle Age Rage, a single-camera comedy from veteran writer-producer Cheryl Holliday, Steven Spielberg’s rechristened Amblin TV and ABC Studios. Written by Holliday, Middle Age chronicles what happens when a middle-aged wife and mother is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she’s earned. Holliday will executive producing with Amblin TV/DreamWorks TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Read More »

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Fox Developing Modern ‘Hamlet’ Drama Set In Washington DC

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 10:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Something is rotten in the District of Columbia…

Fox has bought America’s Son, a drama from writer Paul Redford, Amblin TV and Sony Pictures TV. Described as part juicy soap, part paranoid political thriller set in Washington DC, America’s Son is a sophisticated contemporary spin on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. When a beloved presidential hopeful dies in a tragic car wreck, a renegade JFK Jr. type returns home to D.C. to discover his father’s death was no accident — and he makes it his mission to untangle a complicated web of family secrets, expose the truth and ultimately avenge the murder. Redford has background in both dramas about the inner working of Washington DC — he spent five seasons on The West Wing, which he joined after the pilot — and soaps — he did a stint as a co-executive producer on ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money. Read More »

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