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TCA: Pivot Greenlights Eco-Warrior Series, Renews ‘Please Like Me’

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 12:44pm PDT

TCA: Pivot Greenlights Eco-Warrior Series, Renews ‘Please Like Me’Pivot said this afternoon it has greenlit The Operativesan original series spotlighting an elite team of conservationists that takes on the world’s worst eco-offenders. The series stars Pete Bethune, who is described by Pivot as an “adventurer, author and eco-warrior.” He and his team of “extreme conservationists” travel the world to “take on and expose the offenders who are harming vulnerable wildlife, natural resources and ecosystems around the world.” In the first of eight one-hour telecasts, Bethune and his team set out to film the Namibian seal pup kill that results in the deaths of 90,000 annually, the network said. The Operatives is an acquisition from Zodiak Rights.

Additionally Pivot will debut two new half hour series on October 17: Welcome To Fairfax and Freestyle Love Supreme. Network president Evan Shapiro also announced a third-season pickup for its coming-of-age comedy Please Like Me – created, written and exec produced by 27-year-old comic Josh Thomas –  in advance of its second season debut on August 8. Meanwhile, Fortitude, an original drama series about the small Arctic town of Fortitude, whose peaceful existence is shattered after a brutal murder, will debut in January 2015, Shapiro said. Stanley Tucci plays a detective who is flow in to investigate the murder. Read More »

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Starz Pulls Out Of Sky Atlantic Series ‘Fortitude’, To Fast Track Internal Projects

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 4:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Starz_logoBack in April, Starz committed to Sky Atlantic’s upcoming drama series Fortitude to air on the U.S. pay cable network in Q4 next year. That is no longer the plan. “Due to changes in the Sky Atlantic production of Fortitude, Starz will not be licensing the series in the US,” the network said in a statement. “The series will now be a fully funded Sky project for Sky Atlantic.” I hear that with the new filming schedule, there was a possibility that Fortitude could not meet the delivery dates needed by Starz. The network  still plans to launch a new original series in Q4 of 2014 but will fast-track projects from its own development slate with the goal to pick up one of them to series. The network’s projects now in development include ballet drama Flesh and Bone, which already has been casting and has hired a choreographer, Survivor’s Remorse, exec produced by LeBron James, and WonderWorld, set in Ronald Reagan’s America. “Starz and Sky continue to discuss other projects, and very much look forward to collaborating again in the future,” Starz added. The 13-episode Fortitude, from Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect, was written by Simon Donald, creator of the 2006 British miniseries Low Winter Sun, which was remade by AMC, with Colin Callender exec producing for Starz through his deal at the network. Also executive producing Fortitude are Donald and Patrick Spence for Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect.  The … Read More »

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Don Buchwald & Associates & Fortitude Split After Two Years

By | Saturday April 27, 2013 @ 9:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Exactly two years after Don Buchwald & Assoc. partnered with Michael McConnell and Ben Press’ Fortitude, the two talent agencies are going their separate ways. “Our ability to move forward together was hampered by a difference in business cultures,” Don Buchwald wrote in a memo to the agency’s clients sent out this morning. “We blame no one.” According to the 2011 arrangement between DB&A and Fortitude, Fortitude founders/partners Ben Press and Michael McConnell  and DB&A EVP Julia Buchwald served as co-heads of Don Buchwald & Associates/Fortitude’s West Coast operations. Julia Buchwald and her team will continue to oversee DB&A’s Los Angeles-based clients after the split. “We thought this new direction would be helpful for our company,” Don Buchwald told Deadline. “Certainly wish everyone well and good fortune.” He wouldn’t elaborate on the reasons for the breakup though there had been rumors that the relationship between the two outfits wasn’t harmonious. I’ll update with reaction from McConnell and Press when I hear back. According to sources, the two were blindsided by the move, which appears to be unilateral, instigated by DB&A. DB&A, whose New York office is run by Don Buchwald, has a client list that includes top radio and TV personality Howard Stern. Fortitude’s clients include Elle Macpherson.

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Starz & Sky Atlantic Order 13-Episode Drama Series ‘Fortitude’ For 2014 Premiere

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 9:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

On the heels of collaborating with the BBC on the upcoming period drama The White Queen, Starz has teamed with another British network for a a drama project with a straight-to-series order. Starz and Sky Atlantic HD have given a 13-episode order to Fortitude. The drama, from Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect is written by Simon Donald, creator of the 2006 British miniseries Low Winter Sun, which is being remade as a series by AMC. Executive producing for Starz is Colin Callender, who has a deal at the pay cable network and also exec produces The White Queen. Also executive producing Fortitude are Donald and Patrick Spence for Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect. This marks the first partnership between Starz and Sky. The series, described as a dark adult drama which mixes multiple genres, is set in the sleepy Arctic town of Fortitude, whose close-knit community is shaken up by the brutal murder of a British research scientist. Leading the investigation is local Sheriff Dan Anderssen, who is joined by British detective DCI Milton Caldwell. The series will be shot on location this year and is eyed to premiere on Starz in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Former Don Buchwald President Tim Angle Joins Shelter Entertainment

By | Friday July 15, 2011 @ 4:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tim Angle, the former president of Don Buchwald & Associates who exited the talent agency in the fallout of the merger with Fortitude in early May, is switching to management. Angle, who spent 19 years at Buchwald, has joined Shelter Entertainment Group. “I am pleased to be able to begin my career as a manager with such a well-established and stable company and to be able to work with such smart, experienced and well-respected colleagues,” Angle said. At Shelter, Angle will work alongside president Alan Iezman and the company’s other managers, including Ray McKigney, Andy Howard and Debbie Miller.

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Howard Stern’s Agency Don Buchwald & Associates Teams With Fortitude

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Don Buchwald President Tim Angle Exits In Fallout From Merger With Fortitude

EXCLUSIVE: Don Buchwald & Associates, the agency best known for repping Sirius XM Radio’s signature star Howard Stern, is joining forces with West Coast based talent agency Fortitude. Fortitude founders/partners Ben Press and Michael McConnell  and DB&A executive vice president Julia Buchwald will serves as co-heads of Don Buchwald & Associates/Fortitude. The consolidated companies will operate out of DB&A’s existing space at 6500 Wilshire Blvd.

DB&A will remain in its Gotham offices, where it has its broadcast, commercial, voiceover, theater, legal and business affairs departments and talent and lit departments. Formed four years ago, Fortitude has lit and talent clients that include Joss Stone, Angela Lansbury, Peter Iliff, Julia Jones, Crispin Glover, Daisy Lowe, Mario Van Peebles, Elle Macpherson, Cymphonique Miller, Cybill Shepherd, Jordan Bridges, Sean Patrick Flanery, Loren Dean, Lolita Davidovich, Romeo Miller and Kathleen Quinlan.

DB&A, which is 35 years old, has a talent list that includes Ethan Suplee, Ralph Macchio, Paz de la Huerta, Norman Reedus, Fairuza Balk, Kathleen Turner and Shannen Doherty. Don Buchwald remains CEO/President, and continues to be the exclusive agent for Stern, who just re-upped at Sirius XM.

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