TV Land To Remake ‘Candid Camera’ With Peter Funt & Electus

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 9:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

candid_cameraClassic hidden camera reality series Candid Camera is returning to television with a new incarnation at TV Land from the series’ long-time host, Peter Funt, son of creator and original host Allen Funt, and Electus‘ Ben Silverman. … Read More »

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Electus’ Jimmy Fox To Run U.S. Division Of ‘Peep Show’ Producer Objective Productions

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 1:58pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

foxEXCLUSIVE: Objective Productions, the All3Media-owned, London-based production company behind Channel 4’s hit comedy series Peep Show and TLC’s Secret Princes, is ramping up its U.S. operation, bringing in Electus’ Head of Creative Development Jimmy Fox to run it. Fox … Read More »

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ABC Renews ‘Bet On Your Baby’ For Second Season

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 8:30am PST

ABC has ordered eight episodes of Bet On Your Baby forpeterman__130130085244 Season 2. Baby Daddy‘s Melissa Peterman hosts the game show that challenges parents to try to predict their child’s next move in an effort to win money for … Read More »

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Electus Forms Electus Digital With IAC Sibling CollegeHumor

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 11:28am PST

electus logoMultimedia studio Electus is teaming with fellow IAC property CollegeHumor Media to form Electus Digital. Drew Buckley, Electus’ COO, will oversee the new division, which will encompass website properties CollegeHumor.com, Dorkly.com and WatchLOUD.com; YouTube channels WatchLOUD, Nuevon and Hungry; and production companies dumbdumb … Read More »

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TV Land Fast-Tracks Workplace Comedy From Jon Sherman & Electus

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 11:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After making its first ever single-camera comedy pilot order last year to I’m Not Dead Yet, written by Frasier alum Jon Sherman and produced by Electus, the cable network is re-teaming with Sherman and Electus for a new comedy project, which has been put on fast-track development. The untitled workplace comedy revolves around a 30-something woman as she navigates the executive ranks among her old-school male counterparts while her 20-something male assistant tries to make it amid his female-dominated peers – two fish, a big corporate pond, and very little water. “Jon’s contemporary take on a workplace comedy is a universal concept that we are really excited to explore,” said TV Land EVP Keith Cox. “With him and the Electus team at the helm, we can’t wait to see the uncomfortable situations the characters will face and what comedic boundaries they will push.” Sherman executive produces the project with Electus’ Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox. Read More »

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Fox Nabs Immigrant Comedy From Sofia Vergara, Ben Silverman, Andrew Lenchewski

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 5:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Sofia Vergara and Luis Balaguer’s Latin World Entertainment and Ben Silverman’s Electus have teamed with Royal Pains co-creator Andrew Lenchewski and writer Benjamin Brand for Speak American, a half-hour comedy that has been sold to Fox. Universal Cable Prods, where Lenchewski is under an overall deal, is producing. Written by Brand (IFC’s Bollywood Hero), Speak American centers on America Aviles, a young accent-reduction teacher of Latin descent who hires a stranger with unconventional methods to teach her class. Brand and Lenchewski originally developed Speak American at USA with the lead of European heritage. The two then changed direction and approached Silverman and Modern Family star Vergara, who have extensive experience in Latino-themed projects. Silverman executive produced ABC’s Ugly Betty, based on a Colombian telenovela, and he and Vergara executive produce ABC’s upcoming drama Killer Women, based on an Argentine series. They also have partnered on their premium YouTube channel, NuevOn along with an Electus/LatinWE partnership to bring programming formats to the U.S. Read More »

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Zoo Prods.’ Barry Poznick Launches Company, Partners With Electus

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 7:04am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Barry Poznick, co-founder and co-CEO of Zoo Prods, is going out on his own, launching Barracuda Television Prods. The new production company has entered a partnership with Electus to develop and produce unscripted programming. Poznick spent the last two decades at Zoo Prods., which he co-founded with … Read More »

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Corie Henson Joins Electus As EVP Unscripted Television

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 7:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Corie Henson was previously VP Alternative Series at ABC Entertainment, where she oversaw production for such series as Dancing With The Stars, Shark Tank and the Extreme Makeover franchise. In the newly created position, she will oversee all of … Read More »

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

Did you miss some of Deadline’s top TV stories of the week? Check them out here:

CW In Talks For ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Drama By ‘Heroes” Creator Tim Kring
By Nellie Andreeva - EXCLUSIVE: The summer of Wizard Of Oz continues with another sale of a high-profile Oz-themed drama project.

Ryan Seacrest Booed By Broncos Fans During NBC’s NFL Pregame Show: Video
By Lisa De Moraes - NBC continues its Overexposing Ryan Seacrest campaign — this time the network had The Man Who Can’t Say No open NBC’s regular-season NFL football franchise kickoff last night, in which he got loudly booed by Broncos fans in Denver’s Sports Authority Stadium.

Were Consumers The Biggest Losers In The CBS-Time Warner Cable Dispute?
By David Lieberman - It sure looks that way. Millions of Time Warner Cable customers lost CBS-owned stations and channels for a month, and will still probably see their monthly rates rise to accommodate the deal that the companies made last night.

Fired ‘Storage Wars’ Star Scores A Win Over A&E In Lawsuit
By Dominic Patten – Dave Hester can move forward with the wrongful termination portion of his wide-ranging lawsuit against A&E and the producers of Storage Warsa judge ruled today. Read More »

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NBC & Electus Ink 3-For-1 Series Deal For Telenovelas To Air Multiple Nights A Week

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has inked a deal with Ben Silverman’s IAC-owned company Electus to develop three telenovelas with an eye toward airing one as a 13-episode series — with multiple episodes running each week, following telenovelas’ traditional air pattern. That would mark a rare stripped primetime run for an original scripted series on a U.S. English-language network. “We believe there is huge potential for telenovelas to be adapted and developed for American viewers,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “These stories clearly have resonance across all cultures and nationalities.”

NBC and Electus have identified the first project to be developed under the pact, The Black Widow, from writer Sri Rao (General Hospital: Night Shift). It is an adaptation of the hit Venezuelan telenovela La Viuda Joven, which premiered in 2011 and aired 142 episodes around the world. (See the Spanish-language trailer below.) Created by Martin Hahn, it centers on the stunning Rojas aka Baroness, who is investigated in the mysterious deaths of all four of her husbands. Read More »

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Weinstein Co. & Electus’ ‘Marco Polo’ Series Eyes Move To Netflix

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

 

UPDATED: The Weinstein Co. and Electus‘ Marco Polo series is on the move. I’ve learned that Netflix has made an offer for a 9-episode order to the original drama about the 13th century explorer. According to sources close to the negotiations, there is no deal in place yet because Harvey Weinstein also is considering a feature version of the project, which is fully financed, and is deciding between the two options. Marco Polo originally was set up at Starz, which gave it a 10-episode straight-to-series order in January 2012. The series was supposed to film in China, something no other U.S. show has done, which proved a complex and difficult proposition. I hear the potential series will film in Malaysia. Seven scripts already have been written, with casting on track to begin right away for a production start in the first quarter. The Weinstein Co. and Electus took out the project after it was released to them by Starz, the pay cable network confirmed.With the delays caused by the efforts to film in China, Starz has built a full slate for 2014 with 50 hours of original programming, making it difficult to find space for another series. Read More »

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CW To Adapt Venezuelan Telenovela ‘Juana La Virgen’ With Writer Jennie Snyder Urman And Producers Ben Silverman & Gary Pearl

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 3:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In one of the first buys for this coming season, the CW has put in development Jane The Virgin, a drama based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana La Virgen. Jennie Snyder Urman, creator of the CW’s drama series Emily Owens, MD, is set to write the adaptation for CBS TV Studios, where she is under an overall deal, and Ben Silverman’s Electus. Urman, Silverman, Gary Pearl and Jorge Granier executive produce. The CW project centers on Jane, a hard-working, religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated.

Juana La Virgen, created by Perla Farias, was a hit in its original run on Venezuelan broadcaster RCTV in 2002 where it drew an average of 39.1% share, topping the competition by a wide margin. It also did very well in Brazil, Spain, Colombia and Mexico and has been translated into 9 languages. In the U.S., Juana aired on Univision and is available on Hulu (get a glimpse of the first episode below). Read More »

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Electus Invests In TV Producer Hud:sun

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 7:24am PDT

New York, NY (May 6, 2013)–Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced a strategic investment in Hud:sun Media, a production and entertainment company founded by Michael Rourke and MDC Partners in 2010. Helmed by CEO Rourke, Hud:sun Media will work closely with Electus to develop and produce programming for television, digital and content marketing, both domestically and internationally.

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Mipcom: NBC Orders Bear Grylls Adventure Competition Reality Series For Summer 2013

By | Monday October 8, 2012 @ 6:05am PDT

NBC Greenlights Bear Grylls' 'Get Out Alive'The erstwhile Man Vs. Wild host will headline and co-produce extreme adventure competition series Get Out Alive with Electus via his Bear Grylls Ventures. NBC has ordered eight episodes for the primetime series that … Read More »

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Dog The Bounty Hunter Returns To TV With CMT Reality Series

By | Tuesday September 25, 2012 @ 11:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Dog The Bounty Hunter Reality ShowEXCLUSIVE: Dog The Bounty Hunter is back. CMT has greenlighted Dog (working title), a new unscripted series starring Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife Beth Chapman. CMT has ordered 10 hourlong episodes of the project, from Ben Silverman’s Electus. Dog is set to begin production in early 2013 for a spring/summer premiere.

Dog showcases the next chapter in the lives of the Chapmans as they concentrate on helping other mom-and-pop bail bond agencies facing extinction due to bad legislation, untrained or ineffective bounty hunters, or just plain bad decisions. In what the producers describe as “action-packed, adrenaline-fueled adventure,” the duo will crisscross the U.S. training bounty hunters while looking for the most cunning, notorious and dangerous fugitive. CMT’s EVP Development and Programming Jayson Dinsmore called Dog “a game-changer for CMT,” adding, “We were aggressive in our pursuit of a show featuring Dog and Beth, one of the most bankable teams in television history.”

The duo were already game-changers for one basic cable network. Dog the Bounty Hunter, chronicling the Chapmans’ exploits chasing down fugitives, was a breakout hit for A&E when it launched in 2004 and helped establish the network as a place for docu-reality series. The show ended its run in June after eight seasons. “Dog and Beth are not only great television characters, they are the best bounty hunters in the world, and this show is a natural evolution of their life story,” Electus CEO Chris Grant said. Read More »

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Starz And Electus Team To Explore Premium Cable Unscripted Programming

By | Tuesday May 29, 2012 @ 11:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Starz has signed an exploratory deal with Ben Silvrman’s Electus to search together for premium network-suited unscripted programming that would compliment Starz’s original programing slate.

Electus sought the partnership with Starz after taking a look at the TV landscape and … Read More »

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TBS Pacts With Will Arnett And Jason Bateman’s Outfit For Branded Web Shorts

By | Friday May 11, 2012 @ 8:59am PDT

TBS Will Arnett Jason BatemanWill Arnett and Jason Bateman’s advertising and digital production company DumbDumb is behind the online talk show for Denny’s restaurants as well as campaigns for Orbit and Old Navy. They will produce up to six short-form comedy videos for TBS.com featuring sponsor integration and DumbDumb’s star power (Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Will Forte and Kristen Bell have appeared in ads in the past) to push the video virally via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube among other platforms. Read More »

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Dwayne Johnson, Electus On Hunt For ‘The Hero’ In New Competition Series

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 7:53am PDT

Ben Silverman’s Electus is teaming with Dwayne Johnson on TV and social media competition series The Hero. The show will lead a search for the next great hero by setting ordinary people on a high-stakes global adventure. Three teams will … Read More »

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National Geographic Signs 3-For-1 Deal With Ben Silverman’s Electus

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 7:08am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Reveille cohorts are back in business together. In one of his first major deals since taking the reins of National Geographic as president, Howard Owens has signed a three-for-one project deal with Ben Silverman’s Electus. It includes the development … Read More »

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