Global Showbiz Briefs: Shine International Brings Digital Business In-House; Miso Film Orders Crime Drama ‘Acquitted’; More

Shine International Taps Kerry Ball As SVP Digital Business Development
Kerry Ball
Shine International, the sales and distribution arm of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group, is bringing its digital business in-house. The indie has appointed Kerry Ball to the newly created post of SVP Digital Business Development. Ball will lead digital sales strategy and manage day-to-day sales to digital and home entertainment platforms for Shine International represented properties. Prior to Ball’s appointment, the business was managed on a consultancy basis by Gordon Synn, who brokered VOD deals of The Hour to Amazon, multi-title agreements with Netflix, library deals with Hulu and an output partnership with China’s Youku Tudou. Synn will hand over to Ball when she takes over later this month. Ball will be based in London. She joins from Canada’s Stingray Digital, where she was VP for Europe. Prior to Stingray, she spent eight years at NBCUniversal. Shine International properties include The Bridge, Broadchurch, The Face and MasterChef. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Rising Star’ Heads To Greece, Ukraine; ‘Broadchurch’ Leads Royal Television Society Awards; More

‘Rising Star’ World Tour Continues In Greece, Ukraine
Keshet International
’s interactive talent search format Rising Star has made further sales, heading to Greece’s Mega and Ukraine’s 1+1. Keshet says the deals make Rising Star the world’s fastest-Rising Starselling talent show ever, according to researchers at the WIT. Since its launch at Mipcom in October, it has sold to more than 25 territories. Greece and Ukraine will launch their local versions later this year. 1+1 has made a multi-season deal beginning with a 15-episode first series to be produced by Studio Kvartal 95. Mega has commissioned an initial 14 episodes, with a local producer to be confirmed. The first international version of Rising Star will premiere April 6 on Globo Brazil. ABC’s U.S. version of the show will air in the summer and is available to buyers at Mip-TV as a finished 10 episode tape.

Related: Big Ratings For ‘Rising Star’ Finale In Israel

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TNT Eyes ‘The Librarian’ Series; Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart & Jane Curtin May Return

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 7:33pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

librarianA long-gestating series offshoot from TNT‘s successful The Librarian original movies is inching closer to a green light as a 10-episode, straight-to-series at TNT. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, which was behind the three Librarian movies, would be back as producer, partnering with the movies’ star Noah Wyle, who is in early talks to serve as an executive producer as well as reprise his role as Flynn Carsen in several episodes as he has a full-time job on TNT’s hit series Falling Skies. Also eyed to reprise their roles from the movies in guest starring/recurring capacity are Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin. Tentatively titled The Librarians, the proposed series would revolve around a group of younger men and women eager to become Flynn’s successor as the protector of secret artifacts. The green light for the series is cast-contingent, hinging on finding an actress for the lead role of a strong, ass-kicking woman. I hear the character is conceived as British, with actresses like Melissa George and Rhona Mitra as prototypes.

Related: TNT Orders Six Extra Episodes Of ‘Cold Justice’
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Sundance: Electric Entertainment Takes Int’l On John Slattery Debut ‘God’s Pocket’

gods pocketThe directorial debut from Mad Men‘s John Slattery is going global with Dean Devlin‘s Electric Entertainment, which acquired international rights to the Sundance drama following its in-competition premiere last week. Slattery directs Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Caleb Landry Jones in the buzzy film about a man who tries to cover up the accidental death of his stepson in a blue collar neighborhood in South Philadelphia. Slattery, who previously got behind the camera for episodes of Mad Men, adapted the pic with Alex Metcalf from the 1983 novel by Pete Dexter (The Paperboy). Electric Entertainment won the title in Park City where Devlin was in hot pursuit following its world premiere, while IFC is taking U.S. rights.

Related: Sundance: IFC Near Deal On ‘God’s Pocket’ By ‘Mad Men’s John Slattery

God’s Pocket marks the first pickup for international for Electric Entertainment’s international sales division, which launched at AFM last year. Read More »

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AFM: Vertical Entertainment Acquires U.S. Rights To ‘Boys Of Abu Ghraib’

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 1:29pm PST

Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz executive produced the military thriller Boys Of Abu Ghraib, which Vertical Entertainment now plans to release in March 2014 after landing North American rights at AFM. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment is … Read More »

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Dean Devlin Sets Next Directorial Effort As Electric Entertainment Picks Up 2 Projects

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 2:11pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin‘s Electric Entertainment has acquired a new pair of feature projects, and I’ve learned the Independence Day producer will be directing one of them. As his second directorial effort, Devlin will helm Critical Hour, a … Read More »

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Toronto: Electric Entertainment Launches International Sales Arm With ‘The Wannabe’

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 5:47am PDT

Former Global Screen exec Sonia Mehandjiyska has been tapped to head the new international sales divison at Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment. The outfit debuts at this week’s Toronto Film Festival and will work with Electric’s original productions as well as third-party film and TV content. The first project on the slate is The Wannabe, Nick Sandow’s film about a man obsessed with mob culture. Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli are starring. Martin Scorsese will exec produce. Electric is fully financing and executive producing along with Traction Media. Full details follow: Read More »

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Electric Entertainment COO Kearie Peak To Depart

By | Friday September 30, 2011 @ 11:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Kearie Peak, COO of Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, will be departing the company where she has been for eight years. Peak was one of four key executives at Electric along with chairman and CEO Devlin, Marc Roskin and Rachel … Read More »

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ION Picks Up Off-Net Rights To ‘Leverage’

By | Wednesday September 7, 2011 @ 7:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ION Television is adding a TNT drama to its mix of CBS and USA off-network shows. The network has acquired off-network rights to TNT’s drama series Leverage from Electric Entertainment. Leverage will begin airing on ION in summer 2012. … Read More »

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