Bunim/Murray Extends Deal With EVP Scott Freeman, Ups Development Pair

By | Wednesday June 1, 2011 @ 2:31pm PDT

Bunim/Murray Productions announced today that it has extended its contract with EVP Scott Freeman, who leads the reality producer’s development team, and upped Erin Cristall to SVP and Rachel Speiser to VP in the department. The group has developed such formats as The Bad Girls Club (Oxygen), Love Games (Oxygen) … Read More »

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Comedy Writer Tad Quill Inks Deal At NBC

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former Scrubs executive producer Tad Quill has signed a two-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios. Under the seven-figure pact, Quill will develop new projects for the studio. He also will work part-time on UMS’ new comedy series for NBC Perfect Couples, from creators/executive producers Jon Pollack and Scott … Read More »

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Discovery Channel’s Gena McCarthy Becomes Lifetime’s New Head Of Reality

Nellie Andreeva

Gena McCarthyGena McCarthy has joined Lifetime as SVP reality & alternative programming. McCarthy will start on July 6, overseeing the development and production of unscripted series for the female-centered cable network and reporting to JoAnn Alfano, EVP entertainment. The top reality post at Lifetime has been vacant since the departure of Jessica Samet late last year. Lifetime has ventured into unscripted programming before, most notably with the acquisition of Project Runway under former CEO Andrea Wong. While scripted series will continue to be the focus, Lifetime’s reality portfolio is expected to grow under new president/GM Nancy Dubuc, who also runs the docu-driven History Channel. Read More »

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‘Carter Beats The Devil’ Regains Magic Mojo

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 8:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

carter-beats-the-devilWarner Bros is giving the Glen David Gold novel Carter Beats the Devil another chance to beat death by development hell. The studio has optioned the novel, and set Michael Gilio to write the script. Jon Shestack will produce, and Ginny … Read More »

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WHERE’S MY SCRIPT?! Warner Bros Cracks Down On Screenwriter’s Late Delivery Dates

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 1:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

barton_finkEXCLUSIVE: In a move that has writers and their reps buzzing, Warner Bros has just put out word that it will start to enforce delivery dates on first screenplay drafts. That means writers who signed contracts had better deliver on time, or risk the wrath of the studio. Deadlines are rarely enforced by studios, under the “better late and great” rationale. Writers function better under deadline, but scribes say procrastination isn’t the reason they fall behind on delivery dates. Low to mid-level writers are double-booking to make ends meet in an age when studios routinely slash writer quotes and offer one-step deals that leave scribes wondering if they’ll be jobless in three months. Some writers saw the Warner Bros move as another example of Read More »

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Shawn Levy And Marty Adelstein Form TV Company, Sign With 20th Century Fox TV And Tap Becky Clements As Prez

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 8:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Shawn_Levy2_-_Photo_Credit_Doane_Gregory(2)EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Brillstein Entertainment Partners TV executive Becky Clements is being tapped as president of the as-yet-unnamed new TV production company from Shawn Levy and Marty Adelstein. It will be based at 20th Century Fox TV with a 2-year overall deal … Read More »

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Bravo’s Cori Abraham Named Oxygen SVP Development

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Another Bravo development executive, Cori Abraham, is moving to sibling Oxygen. Abraham has been named SVP development for the female-centered channel. She follows Amy Introcaso-Davis, who moved from Bravo to Oxygen in early 2008, shortly after NBC Universal’s acquisition of Oxygen. Abraham, who will oversee network’s development on both coasts … Read More »

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UPDATE: Kevin Spacey Drama Still In Play

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 7:58pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

74177850EA006_Gotham_MagaziA new drama TV project that has Kevin Spacey attached to star as a charismatic cult leader has been stirring interest in the marketplace. So far, the project targeted for cable has not yet landed. Supposedly, there’s some interest from HBO, Showtime, Starz and … Read More »

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‘Narnia’ Director Sets Bedrock Studios Deal

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 11:21am PDT
Mike Fleming

Bedrock Studios partners Cary Granat and Ed Jones have made their first overall talent deal. They’ve signed Andrew Adamson and Aron Warner to a multi-year development deal to make films under their newly formed Strange Weather Films banner. Adamson worked with Granat when he directed for Walden Media  and Disney … Read More »

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Michael Dinner Inks New Deal With Sony TV

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 9:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

michaeldinner1EXCLUSIVE: Director-producer Michael Dinner has inked a new two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. He has been at Sony TV since 2005 under overall deals focused on developing and directing network and cable pilots. The new pact also includes writing series … Read More »

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FX And Matthew McConaughey To Develop ‘Kick Ass Militia’ Comedy

By | Monday June 7, 2010 @ 12:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

matthew_mcconaughey-1-we_are_marshallEXCLUSIVE: FX is teaming with Matthew McConaughey and his production company J.K. Livin for a comedy project.

Tentatively titled Kick Ass Militia, the single-camera comedy is based on source material by JR Reed, an old friend of McConaughey’s. It centers on two … Read More »

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Gretchen Berg And Aaron Harberts Sign Overall Deal At ABC Studios

By | Monday June 7, 2010 @ 11:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Seasoned drama writer-producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have inked an overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the two-year pact, the two are joining the studio’s new ABC drama series Off the Map as executive producers and will also develop new projects.

Berg and Harberts will serve as senior level writers … Read More »

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1492 Pictures And CJ Entertainment Scare Up Thriller Trio

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 2:14am PDT
Mike Fleming

Chris.Columbus1492 Pictures and South Korea-based CJ Entertainment unveiled their first slate this morning since signing a three-year development deal late last year to create family-friendly films with global appeal. 1492 partners Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe pick the projects, … Read More »

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E1 Entertainment Hires Hanway Exec

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 9:19am PDT

Charlotte Thorp is leaving the London-based sales agent today to become E1’s new London-based head of TV sales and business development for film, UK and Ireland. Thorp will begin work at E1, whose recent releases include The Twilight Saga: New Moon, on July 1. She joined Hanway from MTV Networks … Read More »

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Film4 Planning Movie of UK Cult TV Series

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 6:23am PDT

SkinsThe broadcaster is jointly developing a feature film version of Channel 4 TV series Skins with series producer Company Pictures and Stormdog Films. CinemaNX, the Isle of Man-based financier and distributor, is also on board.

Skins, which has finished its 4th season … Read More »

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Simon Andreae To Head West Coast Development For Discovery Channel

By | Tuesday May 25, 2010 @ 11:21am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Simon Andreae has been named SVP of development and production for Discovery Channel. Andreae, who will start on June 1 and will be based in Los Angeles, will head Discovery’s West Coast development and production of series and specials, working closely with Clark Bunting, president and GM of Discovery Channel and … Read More »

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MTV’s Heather Olander Joins CBS Television Distribution

By | Tuesday May 25, 2010 @ 11:20am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Heather Olander has been named VP programming and development for CBS Television Distribution CBS EXECUTIVEwhere she will be involved in developing new syndicated shows as well as overseeing current first-run strips. Olander joins CTD from MTV, where she was VP of … Read More »

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ABC Puts 5 Projects In Active Development

By | Monday May 24, 2010 @ 5:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: While gearing up for the upfronts over the past few weeks, ABC also opened a second, slower track for projects it wanted to spend more time on off-cycle. I hear five hourlong scripts are on the so-called spring development list, which is expected to yield two pilot orders this … Read More »

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Lauren Dolgen Upped At MTV

By | Monday May 24, 2010 @ 8:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lauren Dolgen has been promoted to SVP of MTV Series Development, West Coast for MTV. She will oversee west coast reality programming for the network and be responsible for managing west coast slate and staff, including the pending hire of several new executives. Dolgen created MTV’s hit reality series 16 & Read More »

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