Global Showbiz Briefs: Wesley Snipes, ITV’s ‘The Chase’, Unifrance, Syfy’s ‘Defiance’, Berlin Retro, BBC-Fremantle, ‘The Raid 2′

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 10:58pm PST

Wesley Snipes Comeback Effort Kicks Off With ‘Gallowwalkers’
Wesley SnipesIn advance of the former action star’s impending release from federal prison, Wesley Snipes is trying to get back into the game with the announcement that Gallowwalkers, the long-in-development action/sci-fi/horror film directed by Andrew Goth, will be shown to international buyers at the 2013 Berlin film market. Gallowwalkers features Snipes in the role of Aman, a cursed gunslinger whose victims return from the dead to torment him. The film, which began production in 2006, will have its market premiere February 8. Gallowwalkers also stars Riley Smith, Tanit Phoenix and Patrick Bergin. It is executive produced and produced by Jack Bowyer (Dark Hearts, Private Peaceful) and produced by Courtney Lauren Penn (Dark Hearts), and Brandon Burrows (Darks Hearts) of Boundless Pictures. VMI International is handling sales at Berlin. - Ross Lincoln

ITV Orders 300 More Episodes of ‘The Chase’
The UK’s ITV has renewed popular daytime game show The Chase with what is believed to be the network’s biggest order ever — more than 300 episodes over 2 seasons. The ITV Studios-produced show, which this week was named Broadcast magazine’s Best Daytime Programme, airs daily at 5 PM and has boosted the time-slot average by 1.1 million viewers, a 39% gain vs. last year.
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Fremantle Reboots ‘Universal Soldier’; Hires ‘National Treasure’ Creator To Pen Treasure Caper TV Series

By | Monday October 3, 2011 @ 3:03am PDT

MIPCOM: Those of you who cheered when Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren went mano-a-mano in Roland Emmerich’s 1992 sci-flick Universal Soldier will be pleased to know that it is being rebooted as a TV series. Damian Kindler (Stargate, Sanctuary) … Read More »

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NBC & Fremantle ‘Catch’ Game Show Hosts

By and | Thursday January 13, 2011 @ 4:31pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: NBC and Fremantle have chosen their hosts for their big budget game show pilot, Catch. NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and comedian Michael Kosta will host along with newcomer, Rob Gleeson. The unscripted project, which involves contestants playing a complex version of the game “catch”, could be aimed … Read More »

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Now Chorion Wants To Buy Thomas, Too

The British children’s rights company, whose kids’ properties include the Nick Jr show Olivia, is set to bid for Thomas the Tank Engine. The bidding process has yet to begin though. Apax Partners, the private equity company which hopes to sell Thomas by spring 2011, wants $700 million (£440 million) for Thomas, according to the Daily Telegraph. That’s double what Apax paid for the children’s property back in 2005, I’m told. When Apax last tried to sell Thomas to Disney it wanted $800 million for the little engine, one insider tells me. Disney walked away. Other potential buyers include Disney (again) or a big independent TV producer/distributor like Fremantle, which wants to get into the children’s TV market. Read More »

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Geffen Coulda (Shoulda) Been ‘Idol’ Judge

EXCLUSIVE: Fox, Fremantle, and 19 Entertainment are locking in their American Idol judges with each passing day. But I’ve learned that the show really wanted but didn’t snag the best judge possible — David Geffen. My sources say that, about 4 months ago, … Read More »

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