EXCLUSIVE: Halle Berry and producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas have christened a new company that has come out of the Oscar-winning actress’ decision to star in the CBS series Extant. They’ve hatched 606 Films, a shingle that will be housed at CBS Television Studios and is named for the anti-paparazzi bill that Berry championed to keep over-aggressive shutterbugs from harassing the children of celebrities. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law last fall after testimony by Berry, Jennifer Garner and others.
Berry and Goldsmith-Thomas have hired Kathryn Tyus-Adair to be SVP of 606 Films. She moves from Don Cheadle’s Crescendo Productions where she spent five years working on TV and film projects including the upcoming St. Vincent. She has also worked as development exec for Robert Redford, Curtis Hanson and George Tillman Jr in projects that include The Horse Whisperer, A Civil Action, Barbership and the Showtime series Soul Food. CAA reps the new company.
The production deal came as part of the deal for Berry to be co-executive producer and star of Extant, a new series that will premiere July 2 on CBS, a co-production between CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. The series is exec produced by Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher (who wrote the pilot), Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Read More »
This time, it’s personal. In May, Brian Schornak filed a breach of contract complaint against Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions that accused Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas of pushing him out of the company. At the time, the former senior producer at JLo’s company didn’t actually cite Goldsmith-Thomas as a defendant, even though most of his complaint was about her behavior and treatment of him. Today that changed. On Wednesday, Schornak filed a new complaint (read it here) against the former manager and producer in LA Superior Court for damages over intentional infliction of emotional distress. “Plaintiff seeks to impose liability against Elaine for her intentional infliction of emotional distress that no person should endure, and which Elaine has a history of doing in the entertainment industry. Elaine yelled and berated Plaintiff in ways that no person (with human dignity) should be forced to endure,” says the four-page complaint. Calling Goldsmith-Thomas “the manager of Jennifer Lopez,” the complaint requests a jury trial and seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as interest, legal fees and the usual “such other and further relief as the Court may deem proper.” Of course, today’s filing doesn’t mean the May complaint is dead. Read More »
A former senior producer at Jennifer Lopez‘s Nuyorican Productions is taking the company to court for breach of contract. In a five-claim complaint filed today in LA Superior Court, Brian Schornak is alleging that he was removed from the company’s shows like The Fosters and South Beach Tow and eventually forced out. And Schornak is very specific about who is to blame for that: former manager and producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas who was brought on board Nuyoricann in March but is not a defendant in the lawsuit, however. The complaint (read it here) claims she accused him of stealing from Nuyorican and relentlessly tried to get rid of him. ”Elaine demoted Plaintiff and attempted to push Plaintiff out, or get him to quit,” the complaint claims. Schornak says he was “compelled” to resign from Nuyorican earlier this year. In addition to breach of contract, the complaints claims breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as violations of the California labor code. Schornak is seeking unspecified compensatory, general and special damages in a 3-day jury trial. He is represented by Stephen Kernan of Santa Monica’s Kernan Law Firm.
EXCLUSIVE: Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern has put together the comedy Hot Mess with Selena Gomez in talks to star and Dave Meyers in discussions to direct. Based on the Black List script by Jenni Ross, Hot Mess revolves around four girls desperately trying to avoid becoming the hot messes they are destined to be. Young actresses are mobilizing for the other roles. Stern and Endgame’s Julie Goldstein are producing with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Marisa Yeres. Gomez last starred in Monte Carlo and will next be seen in The Muppets. While Meyers’ first feature was the genre remake The Hitcher, he works in this youth demo as a top video director who has teamed with Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Pink and just won a Video Music Award for Katy Perry’s Firework.
EXCLUSIVE: Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas is joining 3 Arts as a manager/producer, returning to the rep business after 11 years. Once a high-powered dealmaker at ICM best known for guiding Julia Roberts from unknown to $20 million a picture as the world’s biggest female star, Goldsmith-Thomas left ICM in 2000 to run Revolution Studios East for Joe Roth and supervise films under Roberts’ production deal there. She has been a full-time producer since Revolution folded. An agent for more than 15 years at WMA and ICM, Goldsmith-Thomas also repped Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Connelly, Madonna and Darren Star.
The obvious question is whether she will be rejoined by Roberts, who went to CAA not long after Goldsmith-Thomas left. Goldsmith-Thomas said she comes to 3 Arts without any clients. While producing, she continued to give career advice when asked, but referred talent to agencies and management companies for years even as people asked why she wasn’t building a client list. She decided months ago to explore a return but was reticent to resurface as an agent. It would be hard returning to a job she left behind, and she never liked the poaching part of that game. She also didn’t want to give up producing, which agents can’t do. After meeting with 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff, Goldsmith-Thomas felt she’d found the right fit. She will operate out of the management/production company’s New York base, where Richard Abate manages authors and runs the book department and Avi Gilbert manages stand-up comics.
“I’ve always loved the architecture of careers, and I missed working with colleagues in breaking down walls that have gotten thicker,” Goldsmith-Thomas told me. “I think it’s a mistake when people try to re-create the same career they had. I love what I’m doing now, and I see this as a complement.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Less than a week after new CW president Mark Pedowitz indicated that the network will be open to comedies this development season, the CW has made its first half-hour buy, Todd Graff’s summer camp comedy Acting Out, executive produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. This is a multicamera half-hour version of the project that CW originally developed as a an hourlong musical dramedy last season when it was described as Glee meets Bad Santa. Acting Out is now being retooled as a workplace comedy with performance pieces. It will explore relationships of counselors and staff of a down-on-its-luck summer camp whose new owner, a young curmudgeon in the vein of Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa, runs afoul of the camp’s general manager, a sexy but wound-too-tight former actress. Bandslam writer-director Graff will adapt his original script and executive produce with Goldsmith-Thomas for CBS TV Studios. Goldsmith-Thomas Prods executive Marisa Yeres is also expected to get a producing credit. This is a familiar setting for Graff, who also wrote and directed the 2003 film Camp, about a burnt-out Broadway songwriter who goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. At TCA last week, Pedowitz said the network will develop comedy “very slowly, very smartly — baby steps, selectively.”
With Fox’s Glee topping the rating and music charts, CW has teamed with Bandslam writer-director Todd Graff and the film’s producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas to develop its own musical and dancing dramedy. Titled Acting Out, the project is described as Glee meets Bad Santa and explores relationships of counselors and staff of a down-on-its-luck summer camp whose new owner is a young curmudgeon in the vein of Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa. In addition to writing, Graff is executive producing with Goldsmith-Thomas and may direct. This is a familiar setting for Graff, who also wrote and directed the 2003 film Camp, about a burnt-out Broadway songwriter who goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. It’s been a busy selling season for Goldsmith Thomas who has 5 projects set up at various networks, including a drama at Fox with writer Jason Smilovic.
Writer Jason Smilovic has set up a drama project at Fox. The project, titled The Detail, landed a script commitment with penalty after interest from multiple networks. It is executive produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, with Michael Dinner on board to direct. Produced by Sony TV, it is described as Ocean’s Eleven meets Revenge of the Nerds. It centers on a private detective, who, after being released from jail for a crime he didn’t commit, assembles a group of rejects, each with a unique talent, to form a detective agency and bring down his old business partner who framed him. Read More »