EXCLUSIVE: George R.R. Martin, on whose fantasy book series HBO‘s hit drama Game Of Thrones is based, has signed a two-year overall deal with the pay cable network. Under the pact, Martin will continue as co-executive producer on Game Of Thrones, whose Season 3 premieres March 31. Additionally, he will develop and produce new series projects for the network. Attached to Martin’s upcoming HBO development is his long-time representative, manager Vince Gerardis. In addition to co-executive producing Game Of Thrones, Martin has written multiple episodes of the fantasy series. His TV writing credits also include The Twilight Zone and the original Beauty And The Beast. He is with WME. READ MORE »
Last month they won an Emmy for HBO’s Game of Thrones, this month some of them lost their jobs. Deadline has learned that staff have been let go at CSS Studios’ Todd-AO, Modern Music and Soundelux facilities in LA. The postproduction company’s President Bob Rosenthal also has left. “Earlier this week, CSS Studios laid off 18 employees out of our workforce of more than 400. The layoffs impacted employees serving in a variety of administrative and support functions. Our facilities in Los Angeles are operating normally, and there will be no impact to our capacity to continue to service our clients and their projects,” said a company spokesperson.
Does the HBO prop department do all its shopping on Pennsylvania Avenue? Just a few weeks after controversy erupted over the head of President George W Bush appearing atop a pike on the network’s Games Of Thrones, Barack Obama showed up on True Blood last night. Actually it was several Obamas: On the episode, a truck full of gun-toting thugs in Obama masks pulled up firing at characters Sam Merlotte, Luna Garza and her daughter Emma. “True Blood’s production team purchased several Obama masks from us earlier this year, and we’ve been waiting in suspense for them to appear,” mask provider Costume Craze wrote today on its blog about the “pretty scary scene”.
Though the gang’s appearance was more like 1991′s Point Break – where bank robbers wore presidential masks in pulling their heists — than Games’ depiction of Bush, it was still an odd occurrence considering the timing of the Thrones controversy. “It’s a complete and utter coincidence and one show has nothing to do with the other,” an HBO spokesperson said today.
If you think Comic-Con is primarily for the big screen, think again. Television brings its heavy hitters and high hopes to the San Diego Convention Center too. This year’s mix goes for serial killers, science geeks, zombie plagues, misanthropes, drug kingpins, and fantasy warring kingdoms. There’s exclusive previews and premieres from Dexter, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, a Firefly anniversary panel with Joss Whedon and a full-court press from Game Of Thrones, to name a few. And that’s just if you stick to what’s going on in the ballrooms and halls. Some stuff will undoubtedly change, some will have to be skipped and some will pop up unexpectedly, but here’s a guide of what to look out for the first three days of the convention:
Wednesday, July 11
6 -9:45 PM — WBTV Sneak Preview Night
Wednesday night’s premiere screenings bring pilot episodes of five new shows for the 2012-13 season to Comic-Con. The evening starts with ABC’s elite Manhattan dark drama 666 Park Avenue, The CW’s Arrow and Fox’s The Following, produced by Kevin Williamson and starring Kevin Bacon. Eric Kripke, JJ Abrams and Jon “Mr. Comic-Con” Favreau’s post-apocalyptic Revolution, which will air on NBC, and CW’s midseason thriller Cult finish things off. There are also panels for The Following and Revolution on Saturday.
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage. This year’s event runs July 12-15.
Jodie Foster at Comic-Con? Absolutely believe it. She and Matt Damon will be part of a panel that day for Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9, which launched its initial ad campaign at Comic-Con (“this restroom is for humans only”) a year before actually showing footage there that really hyped things up. This is the biggest unknown quantity announced so far, the “we didn’t even know to be excited about it yet” item that could end up being the big-buzz item a la 300 (or, ahem, Sucker Punch). This news emerged today as Comic-Con continued its day-by-day rollout of what’s in store this year, releasing its schedule for Friday July 13. Elysium is surrounded on the Sony panel by Total Recall (they gave that a big push last year, and movies about to open seem less interesting to Con-goers) and Looper, which got a great reaction at Wondercon. Screen Gems’ latest Resident Evil sequel, which shared space with Looper and The Amazing Spider-Man at Wondercon, gets a panel all to itself, featuring all the usual regulars from the movies plus Michelle Rodriguez, somehow returning despite being killed in the first film.
U.S. series nominees at the 52nd Monte Carlo Television Festival in the drama category are Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Game of Thrones (HBO) and The Good Wife (CBS Studios International). Comedy series nominees are 30 Rock (NBC Universal), The Big Bang Theory (CBS Studios International) and Modern Family (Twentieth Century Fox …
Paramount’s Rango dominated this evening’s 10th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards with four wins in animated feature categories — Visual Effects, Animated Character, Created Environment and Virtual Cinematography. Hugo, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon took a pair of awards each in the feature categories. Boardwalk Empire and Game Of Thrones won two apiece in the TV categories. Stan Lee was honored with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull received the Georges Méliès Award. Ceremonies recognizing visual effects wizardry in 23 categories took place at the Beverly Hilton. The awards presentation will air at 7PM Pacific/10PM Eastern on ReelzChannel Sunday, February 19th. Complete list of winners follows:
Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Hugo: Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning, Rob Legato, Karen Murphy
Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Rango: Tim Alexander, Hal Hickel, Jacqui Lopez, Katie Lynch
Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie, or Special
Inside the Human Body: Phil Dobree, Sophie Orde, Dan Upton
Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Terra Nova – Occupation & Resistance: Kevin Blank, Colin Brady, Adica Manis, Jason Zimmerman
Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones – Winter is Coming: Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor, Angela Barson, Ed Bruce, Adam McInnes