Endemol Studios, Endemol North America’s scripted studio operation based in Los Angeles, has signed its first pod deal, bringing in Christina Wayne and her Assembly Entertainment shingle to develop and produce scripted projects for cable and other TV distribution platforms. “Christina’s taste in material, her relationships with top talent and her experience as a writer, director, producer and as a network and studio executive will be incredibly valuable as we expand our development slate,” said Endemol Studios CEO Philippe Maigret. Former AMC senior development executive Wayne most recently served as president of Cineflix Studios, Cineflix’s scripted television arm, since its 2010 launch, but the division was recently dissolved after the cancellation of its BBC America drama Copper as the unscripted producer decided to retreat from scripted series.
Under Wayne’s deal with Endemol Studios, she will develop existing and new projects, including MDX, an international medical disaster drama produced with Tony Krantz‘s Flame Ventures. ER alum Carol Flint will write the script and serve as executive alongside Jonathan Klein, Krantz and Wayne. “MDX is a dramatic series nod to the classic disaster films of the ’70s and ’80s, but done real,” Krantz said. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Endemol Studios has closed a deal to develop and produce an English-language adaptation of the hit French crime thriller series Engrenages. The original series follows a murder investigation and reveals the cooperation, conflict, transgression and corruption within the French legal system from the perspective of the lead characters: a police captain and her two lieutenants, a judge, a prosecutor, and a defense lawyer. (trailer with English subtitles below) “Engrenages offers a hyper-realistic take on the French judicial system”, said Endemol Studios CEO Philippe Maigret. “The show’s masterfully complex storylines and layered characters give us the right blueprint to further explore society’s ever-changing codes of justice and develop a distinctive, un-apologetic, gripping television drama set against the backdrop of today’s U.S. legal system.” Engrenages premiered on French pay-TV net Canal+ in December 2005. The fifth season is set to air in 2014, with work on Season 6 already underway. The show, a Son et Lumière production in association with Canal+ for U.S. television that is produced by Vassili Clert and Daniel Dubois, has sold in more than 60 territories including in the UK where the series airs on BBC4 under the title Spiral. In North America, Engrenages‘ first three seasons are available on Netflix. Endemol Studios is Endemol North America’s LA-based scripted studio operation that has produced AMC’s Hell On Wheels and Low Winter Sun and ABC’s Red … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that DirecTV is close to picking up its third original series. I hear the satcaster is finalizing the deals for a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Navy St., an hourlong drama from Byron Balasco (Detroit 1-8-7) and Endemol Studios, the Los Angeles-based scripted TV producing operation of Endemol USA. Written on spec by Balasco, Navy St. is described as a gritty family drama set against the backdrop of a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym based in Venice, California. It deals with survival, ambition, self-destruction and love in all of its messy iterations. Balasco is attached to serve as showrunner on the series, which I heard has begun preliminary casting, with production start eyed for early next year. Navy St. is said to be in the vein of acclaimed family/football drama Friday Night Lights, which ended its run on DirecTV. This would mark the third original series to launch on DirecTV, following Rogue, which was recently renewed for a second season, and the upcoming Full Circle. At Endemol Studios, Navy St. would join two other gritty drama series, AMC’s Hell On Wheels, which returned for a third season on Saturday, and Low Winter Sun, which premiered last night. Balasco’s first stab at creating a series, drama Westside which also was set in Venice, CA, attracted McG as director and executive producer last season when … Read More »
Endemol Studios has signed a deal with French fiction producers Tetra Media Studio and Macondo to adapt the French political-themed, character-driven hit series Les Hommes De L’Ombre for U.S. television. Les Hommes De L’Ombre was created by Dan Frank (co-writer of Carlos), Frédéric Tellier, Charline de Lépine, Emmanuel Daucé and stars Nathalie Baye, Bruno Wolkowich and Gregory Fitoussi. The political thriller pulls the audience into the center of a tension-filled campaign between two political communications advisors who will do anything to see their candidate win. The acquisition builds further momentum for Endemol with the recent primetime series pick up for Red Widow at ABC and a pilot order for Low Winter Sun at AMC – both Endemol-scripted adaptations. Les Hommes De L’Ombre will be adapted for the U.S. by Endemol Studios under the working title Kingmakers.
EXCLUSIVE: Melissa Rosenberg has teamed with ABC and Endemol Studios for an U.S. adaptation of Endemol’s Dutch drama format Penoza. The Twilight scribe will write and executive produce the project, one of two dramas based on international Endemol formats that Endemol Studios has set up at ABC and ABC Studios, along with Spirited, which will be written by Chris Black (Desperate Housewives) and Henry Alonso Myers (Chuck). These are the first 2 sales for Endemol Studios, which was launched by Endemol USA in August. For Rosenberg, this is the second project this TV development season. She also executive produces Afterthought, a murder mystery drama at NBC written by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman).
The Rosenberg-penned Penoza centers on a widow of an assassinated criminal who is suddenly forced to adopt her late husband’s role in order to protect her family. Rosenberg, who will serve as showrunner, is executive producing with Alon Aranya (The Naked Truth) and Howard Klein. Penoza was originally created by Pieter Bart Korthuis for Endemol’s NL Film & TV and producer Alain de Levita. The series is now filming its second season for KRO in the Netherlands. Rosenberg is the second highest-grossing female screenwriter of all time, having written all movies in the blockbuster Twilight franchise based on the novels by Stephanie Meyer, including Breaking Dawn Part 1, which opens tomorrow. … Read More »
Reality heavyweight Endemol USA is expanding its scripted TV operations with the launch of Endemol Studios, a Los Angeles-based TV independent TV studio. It will be headed by CEO Philippe Maigret, formerly EVP, North America Acquisitions, who will serve as CEO of the studio, reporting to Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg. Former Fox head of comedy Jeremy Gold, who launched Endemol USA’s scripted TV development division in 2008 and has been overseeing the company’s scripted efforts as SVP scripted programming, will serve as head of creative affairs of the new studio.
When the first project developed by Gold to get to pilot, Hell on Wheels, received the green light by AMC, Endemol didn’t produce it, with the network bringing in Entertainment One instead. Now the company says that the new operation will have the resources to finance the development of scripted projects and, most importantly, to deficit-finance the production of pilots and series. Read More »