Kurt Wimmer At Center Of Feature Deal For Wired Magazine Article ‘See No Evil’

Mike Fleming

seenoEXCLUSIVE: Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Condé Nast Entertainment have partnered on the drama feature See No Evil, an adaptation of a Wired magazine article published in April. Kurt Wimmer has been set to turn the article into a fictionalized drama based on Alfred Anaya, a car stereo installer in California who became in demand because of ability to design traps, or secret compartments that often are used to conceal everything from drugs to cash and weapons.

The article was written by Brendan I. Koerner and the film will be produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald with Marc Resteghini exec producing. CNE’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler also will produce, in the latest deal for a movie and TV property based on product from the Condé Nast magazine stable. Wimmer, whose credits include Salt and Law Abiding Citizen, most recently scripted Point Break for Alcon, the remake that will star Gerard Butler, and the Charlize Theron starrer Agent 13 for Universal.

Once Anaya’s skill was discovered by the DEA, the feds tried to turn him as an informant. Terrified that informing on his clientele would put his family in danger, Anaya refused. He was arrested and charged as a conspirator in a drug ring that spanned from California to Kansas.
Parkes said the twists and turns of Anaya’s clash with DEA was a strong match for Wimmer in what he said was “this remarkable story of car hacking, drug smuggling, and what happens when you go toe-to-toe with the American justice system from written word to the big screen.” Read More »

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UTA’s Joe LaBracio To Head Alternative Programming For Condé Nast Entertainment

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

joe_labracio_2010_a_pEXCLUSIVE: Joe LaBracio, co-head of UTA’s alternative TV department, is leaving the agency for a top executive job at Condé Nast Entertainment. LaBracio has been named EVP, alternative programming and will oversee the development and production of unscripted programming for the … Read More »

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Hot Web Trailer: ‘Casualties Of The Gridiron’

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 2:04pm PST

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. … Read More »

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CBS Nabs Female Crime Drama From Eva Longoria And Conde Nast With Penalty

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 1:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Conde Nast Entertainment’s Michael Klein Takes Oversight Of Digital Channels

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 12:46pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Conde Nast Entertainment‘s EVP of alternative programming Michael Klein is transitioning to a new role at the company. He has been named EVP, program and content strategy, digital channels, overseeing program development, production and content … Read More »

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Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski To Script John McAfee Film For Warner Bros

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 1:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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. Read More »

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Conde Nast Introduces Video Channel For Vanity Fair

By | Wednesday July 10, 2013 @ 7:06am PDT

(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.

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Gina Marcheschi Joins Condé Nast Entertainment As Head of Scripted Series

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 1:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.” Read More »

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Conde Nast Entertainment Ramps Up Digital With SVP Hire

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 12:08pm PDT

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 … Read More »

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