Kerry Foster Takes Film Post At Chernin Entertainment

By | Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 11:19am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Kerry Foster has joined Chernin Entertainment as an executive. She will work on the film side of the production company and report to Executive Vice President Jenno Topping. All eyes are on the top slot at Chernin Entertainment, … Read More »

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Dylan Clark Shifts To Producer Slot At Chernin Entertainment

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 6:38pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Clark, who three years ago transitioned from an exec veep post at Universal Pictures to become president of the film division of Chernin Entertainment, is in the process of transitioning out of that post to produce … Read More »

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Peter Chernin’s Company Leaves WME

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 8:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After two years at WME, Peter Chernin’s production company has left the agency, which represented its TV division. WME represented former NBC executive Katherine Pope in her deal to become Chernin Entertainment’s president of television and took in Read More »

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‘Parks And Rec’s Katie Dippold Sells Untitled Female Buddy Cop Script To Chernin

By | Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 5:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment dipped into its discretionary fund to spend mid six figures to option an untitled female buddy cop action comedy written by Katie Dippold, the writer and producer on Parks And Recreation. Dippold most recently sold an untitled … Read More »

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Focus Features Hires Chernin Entertainment’s Josh McLaughlin As SVP Production

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 1:05pm PST

LOS ANGELES, March 9th, 2012 – Josh McLaughlin is joining Focus Features as senior vice president, production at the worldwide film company. Focus president of production Jeb Brody made the announcement today. Mr. McLaughlin begins work this month. Reporting to Mr. Brody, he will be based in Focus’ West Coast offices and will work with the global Focus production team in New York, London, and Los Angeles.

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‘Miss Bala’ Helmer Gerardo Naranjo In Talks For Fox Drama ‘The Mountain Between Us’

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 1:39pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment are negotiating with Gerardo Naranjo to direct The Mountain Between Us, an adaptation of the Charles Martin novel. Naranjo is coming off Miss Bala, Mexico’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission, about an … Read More »

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Fox Buys Russell Brand Animated Comedy

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 10:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

It’s been a busy day for Russell Brand. Fox has picked up an an animated comedy co-created and voiced by the British actor-comedian, the same day cable sibling FX announced that Brand signed a deal for an unscripted late-night … Read More »

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Tim Burton Circles ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a match that seems ideal, Tim Burton is in early talks to come aboard Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, the Ransom Riggs novel that 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment acquired last spring. Burton is in talks to develop the book as a potential directing project, and he would be involved in setting a writer to adapt the tale.

It involves Jacob, a 16-year-old whose childhood was filled with stories his grandfather told him about an orphanage for unusual children. Among the residents: a girl who could hold fire in her hands, another whose feet never touched the ground, and twins who communicated without speaking. When his beloved grandfather dies unexpectedly but leaves a message behind for his grandson, the teen heads off to his grandfather’s home on an isolated island off Wales. There he discovers the abandoned remains of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It is in great disrepair and as Jacob explores its bedrooms and hallways, he can see the children were more than peculiar, they might have been there because they were dangerous. And he can’t shake the feeling they are still lurking around. Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping are producing. Read More »

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NBC To Reboot Stephen Cannell’s ‘Wiseguy’

By | Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 5:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen J. Cannell’s 1980s series Wiseguy is getting a contemporary reboot at NBC. The peacock network has bought a new take on the crime drama, which will be written by Alex Cary (Homeland). The project, from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, has received a script commitment with penalty.

A re-imagening of the original series, which Cannell co-created with Frank Lupo, Wiseguy centers on a disgraced former cop who, while serving time in prison, cuts a deal to work undercover for time off his sentence. The show begins as he’s being released — now he’ll put the connections he made behind bars to good use in the field as he helps the police take down a criminal organization. Cary, who is under an overall deal at 20th TV, will executive produce with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. The original series, which ran on CBS for 4 seasons from 1987 to 1990, starred Ken Wahl as Vincent “Vinnie” Terranova, an undercover agent of the Organized Crime Bureau, a fictional division of the FBI, whose cover was working as syndicate enforcer after a stint in the New Jersey penitentiary. The show, which had a lead change in the final season with Steven Bauer replacing Wahl and featured a standout performances by Kevin Spacey and Jerry Lewis, was an early pioneer in the introduction of serialized elements to a crime procedural, with each season consisting of several arcs, and in the use of runaway production for cutting costs. Read More »

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Fox Buys Sibling Comedy From Feature Writer Dana Fox With Penalty

By | Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has bought Ben Fox is My Manny, a single-camera comedy project from feature writer Dana Fox (Couples Retreat, What Happens in Vegas). The project, produced by Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV, has received a script commitment with … Read More »

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Fox Buys Wyatt Earp Western From Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, Dating Comedy

Nellie Andreeva

Fox is joining the Western trend this development season with an untitled drama project from producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who co-wrote this summer’s big-screen Western with a sci-fi twist Cowboys & Aliens. Written by The Shield alum John Hlavin, the project is described as a Western that tells the origins of Wyatt Earp, chronicling both the well-known incidents in his life such as the Gunfight at the OK Corral and lesser-known details of Earp and his brothers bringing order to a lawless frontier. UTA-repped Hlavin, who has a feature Western, The Gunslinger, in development at Warner Bros, brought the project to Kurtzman and Orci. The three will executive produce with Heather Kadin for 20th Century Fox TV and Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products. Read More »

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Fox’s Breakout Comedy ‘New Girl’ Gets Full-Season Pickup

Nellie Andreeva

ANALYSIS: Behind ‘New Girl’s Surprisingly Big Opening And The iTunes Experiment

After two highly rated airings, Fox’s new comedy series New Girl is getting an early back-nine pickup — which in this case is a back-11 pickup — bringing the order to the show starring Zooey Deschanel to 24 episodes. The 20th TV/Chernin Entertainment series, which gave Fox the elusive first live-action half-hour comedy hit in a decade, launched with a big 4.8 rating among adults 18-49 last week. Last night, it logged a 4.5, topping all Tuesday competition in the demo both weeks.

New Girl was created by Liz Meriwether who is executive producing with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and helmer Jake Kasdan, who directed both the pilot and last night’s second episode. “We love the charming Zooey Deschanel and the entire cast, we’re knocked out with the work that Liz Meriwether and the whole staff is doing and we are really psyched about the upcoming episodes in the pipeline,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. “It’s great that audiences have responded so positively so far and we’re confident that even more people will embrace the show — and more comedy on Fox — this season.” New Girl is the first new fall series to get a back-nine order. Read More »

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Peter Chernin And Gore Verbinski Landing Futuristic Pitch

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment is near a deal to acquire an untitled pitch by scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce with Blind Wink’s Gore Verbinski and John Krauss. Chernin will buy it … Read More »

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Lee Daniels To Adapt ‘Valley of The Dolls’ Into Series For NBC, Chernin Entertainment

By | Monday September 26, 2011 @ 12:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jacqueline Susann’s classic 1966 novel Valley of the Dolls is getting a series treatment by Oscar-nominated Precious director Lee Daniels. NBC has bought the period project, from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, with a script … Read More »

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Fox’s Kevin Reilly Hyping ‘Touch’ At MIPCOM

Fox just picked up Touch last week and already Entertainment President Kevin Reilly is unveiling the new drama series with star Kiefer Sutherland and executive producer Tim Kring at his side for a Q&A after his MIPCOM 2011 keynote on October … Read More »

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Nick Stoller Comedy Close To Landing At CBS With Put Pilot Commitment

By | Saturday September 10, 2011 @ 8:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Feature writer director and Undeclared alum Nick Stoller is returning to television with Hot Mess, a single-camera project that attracted multiple bidders and is now in negotiations to go to CBS with a rich put pilot commitment. Stoller is … Read More »

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Fox Orders Demetri Martin Animated Presentation From Chernin Entertainment

By | Thursday August 11, 2011 @ 10:12am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is finalizing a deal for a presentation order to an animated comedy project from comedian Demetri Martin, Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. The pickup came shortly after the project, a family workplace comedy set Read More »

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NBC Lands Karaoke Comedy Project; Adam Levine To Produce, Jake Kasdan To Direct

By | Sunday July 31, 2011 @ 6:51pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC is expanding its relationship with The Voice star Adam Levine to the scripted side. After a bidding, NBC has nabbed a single-camera comedy project, with the Maroon 5 frontman executive producing and Jake Kasdan attached to executive produce and direct. The ensemble comedy set at a karaoke bar, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. I hear at least three networks wanted the project, which is said to organically blend comedy with a musical element, but NBC was very aggressive, largely because of the involvement of its reality star Levine. This marks the first major NBC buy from 20th TV since the studio’s former EVP Jennifer Salke was named NBC entertainment president earlier this month. Read More »

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Writer Chris Levinson Signs Two-Script Deal, Joins ‘Touch’ As Consultant

Nellie Andreeva

Law & Order alumna Chris Levinson has signed a two-script deal with Chernin Entertainment — one for broadcast through 20th Century Fox TV, where Peter Chernin’s company is based, and one for cable through Fox TV Studios, which she will … Read More »

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