Level 33 Pacts With Film Group To Offer Filmmakers Full Release Services: SXSW

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 10:45am PST

Level 33 Entertainment gave aspiring filmmakers at the South By Southwest Film Festival today reason to consider placing their projects with the upstart film distributor when it announced a deal with The Film Group to release select features at … Read More »

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Midseason Status Report: ‘Breaking In’ Stays Alive With Cast Options Pickup, ‘Common’ & ‘Album’ Keep Some Actors,’Smothered’ Dead

By | Tuesday July 5, 2011 @ 2:50pm PDT
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June 30 marked the deadline for TV studios to pick up the options on the casts of broadcast pilots and series whose fate was still in limbo. Good news for fans of Fox’s midseason comedy Breaking In: The options on the series’ actors have been picked up until Nov. 15. And, in a rare move, I hear the network, Fox, has pitched in, splitting the cost of the option extension with producing studio Sony Pictures TV. Fox’s decision to cancel the Christian Slater-starring comedy after a brief midseason run was one of the biggest surprises this past upfront season.

Among the pilots left in contention for midseason, Fox’s comedies Little In Common and Family Album remain in the running for Fox’s two-hour, four-show midseason Tuesday comedy block. But both projects will undergo some tweaking as reflected in their producing studios’ decision to pick up only parts of their casts. Read More »

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WHO IS STILL ALIVE? ‘Exit Strategy’ Taps Ken Olin As Co-Showrunner; ‘Family Album’ Eyes Midseason Order & More

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Between the VIP section of newly picked up series and the pilot of rejected pilots is the no man’s land of pilots that are neither dead nor picked up yet. Here is a rundown on what is still alive and which dead pilots are looking for life elsewhere:

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3RD UPDATE: Fox Orders ‘Finder’, ‘Alcatraz’, ‘Daughter’ & ‘New Girl’ To Series, ‘Council’, ‘Locke’, ‘Bellevue’, ‘Outnumbered’ & ‘Iceland’ Dead; ‘Exit’, ‘Album’ & ‘Common’ Still In Play

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UPDATE 9 PM: A Locke & Key limited series/miniseries was a stretch, and it seems that it is not happening. The show is now heading to the death pile. And yes, comedy Outnumbered is dead too. Surprisingly, multi-family comedy Little In Common starring Rob Corddry and Kevin Hart, which had … Read More »

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Primetime Pilot Panic: Screenings Updates

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The marathon pilot screenings at the broadcast networks are in full force. While they are rarely the deciding factor in the networks’ final series pickup decisions, they help solidify early standouts’ frontrunner positions and sometimes breathe life into pilots that might have been written off too soon. Here are some … Read More »

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PILOT SEASON: The Bad Boys Are Back!

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From Celebrity Rehab stars to pilot leads — that’s the career trajectory for Eric Roberts and Tom Sizemore, who landed major roles on pilots this season: Roberts is the star … Read More »

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Tom Sizemore, Eric Winter Join Fox Pilots

By | Friday March 11, 2011 @ 9:40am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In his first regular series role in almost a decade, Tom Sizemore is set to co-star opposite Ethan Hawke in Fox’s drama pilot Exit Strategy, a high-octane procedural about a team of five experts associated with the CIA … Read More »

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Megan Dodds, Orlando Jones Among Latest Pilot Cast Additions

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Megan Dodds has landed the female lead opposite Ethan Hawke in Fox’s drama pilot Exit Strategy, a high-octane procedural about a team of 5 experts associated with the CIA led by Eric Shaw (Hawke) who are deployed when a … Read More »

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Fox Picks Up ‘Exit Strategy’ Pilot Starring Ethan Hawke; Antoine Fuqua To Direct

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Fox has handed a pilot order to the Ethan Hawke-starring drama Exit Strategy. Antoine Fuqua, who directed Hawke in his Oscar nominated performance in Training Day, is on board to direct the pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV and Kurtzman … Read More »

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Ethan Hawke Eyes Fox Drama ‘Exit Strategy’

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EXCLUSIVE: In what would be his first major series gig, Ethan Hawke is in talks to star in  the Fox drama project Exit Strategy. In addition to starring, Hawke would also serve as producer on the show, which hails from … Read More »

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Fox Picks Up Drama Project ‘Exit Strategy’ Produced By Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are getting comfortable at Fox. The co-creators of the network’s sci-fi drama Fringe, have set up another high-profile drama project at the network, this time with writer David Guggenheim. Exit Strategy has received a put pilot commitment from Fox. Created by Guggenheim, it is described as a high octane procedural set in the world of CIA agents who are sent in to “fix” operations gone bad. Read More »

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