What used to be shrugged off as “getting your bell rung” has become a national medical and legal issue. Now GQ Digital Network is set to premiere an eight-episode documentary series that looks at retired NFL players who struggle with complications of concussions suffered during their playing days. Casualties Of The Gridiron, from Condé Nast Entertainment and GQ, comes on the heels of last month’s PBS Frontline docu on the hot-button topic. Here’s a look at the series that premieres November 18:
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation with both broadcast and cable networks pursuing, Real Deal, a drama project produced by Eva Longoria and Conde Nast Entertainment, has landed at CBS with penalty. The project, based on a 2005 Glamour article (read it here), marks the first broadcast sale for Conde Nast. Written by Burn Notice veteran Craig O’Neill, Real Deal centers on two polar opposite women — an ambitious FBI agent and an uncontrollable criminal Confidential Informant — who must find common ground if they’re going to survive both the streets of Los Angeles and each other. CBS TV Studios is producing, with O’Neill executive producing alongside UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector and Conde Nast’s Dawn Ostroff. The article, “The FBI’s Secret Weapon: Women” by Emily Benedek, centers on the heroic exploits of FBI Special Agent Jennifer Coffindaffer as an example of the benefit of women in the agency’s ranks.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is making a deal with Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to script the feature on John McAfee, which John Requa and Glenn Ficarra hope to direct and produce with Conde Nast Entertainment, McAfee is the eccentric Silicon Valley entrepreneur who sold multiple estates and his possessions to move to the Belize jungle, arm and fund his own private police force, and who was arrested for suspicion of complicity in the death of a neighbor. That neighbor had complained about McAfee’s barking dogs, which the entrepreneur said subsequently were fed poison and died. The neighbor was found shortly after, killed by an execution-style bullet to the head. The movie is based on John McAfee’s Last Stand, a deliciously detailed article for Wired Magazine written by Joshua Davis which the studio bought previously for Requa and Ficarra, who helmed Crazy, Stupid, Love for Warner Bros. Davis will also be a producer.
McAfee got rich by creating anti-virus software for computers and marketing it cleverly enough that it widely became the program of choice for many corporations. The tone of the movie is essentially how an entrepreneur and former drug user whose fortune was built selling fear and paranoia, sold his estates and toys to build the equivalent of an armed compound in the Belize jungle and became consumed by the same kind of paranoia that others were out to get him.
The project was set up through Conde Nast Entertainment. While film head Jeremy Steckler and CNE president Dawn Ostroff normally use back-list and current magazine articles to serve as movie ideas, here they heard about the McAfee story before the murder and got Wired to finance Davis’ trip to Belize to shadow the entrepreneur for three weeks because they felt it might make a good movie. Davis came back with the goods — from stories about McAfee’s teenaged girlfriend trying to murder and rob him (he didn’t send her away), to photos of the tattooed McAfee holding a gun to his own head.
(New York, NY – July 10, 2013) Today Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) launched the Vanity Fair video channel, the fifth in CNE’s digital video network. At launch, programming for the channel will include four original series inspired by Vanity Fair. The line-up features a celebrity interview show hosted by Vanity Fair senior west coast editor Krista Smith, a show based on Vanity Fair contributing editor David Kamp’s popular features and book series “The Snob’s Dictionary,” a docu-series revolving around Manhattan’s most iconic addresses, and an animated “how-to” series. The content will be widely distributed across all platforms including the official Vanity Fair video site http://video.vanityfair.com and YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/VanityFair as well as through syndicated partnerships. American Express, Salvatore Ferragamo and Acura will sponsor the channel launch.
EXCLUSIVE: Condé Nast Entertainment has named development executive Gina Marcheschi as VP Scripted Television Series. Marcheschi will oversee the development and management of CNE’s scripted TV projects. She will be based in the company’s Los Angeles office, reporting to CNE president Dawn Ostroff. Marcheschi joins CNE’s EVP Jeremy Steckler, who oversees motion pictures, and EVP Michael Klein, who is in charge of alternative TV programming. “Gina has an extensive and entrepreneurial background in both television and film production,” said Ostroff. “Her knowledge and expertise in developing projects for both domestic and international television audiences makes her an invaluable asset to the CNE as we build our television business.”
Conde Nast Entertainment continues to expand its digital business, naming Whitney Hill SVP business development and strategy. The announcement was made today by Fred Santarpia, EVP and chief digital officer, Conde Nast Entertainment, to whom she will …