Imagine Television Inks New Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 4:26pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ImagineTVEXCLUSIVE: One of the longest production relationships in the TV business is staying intact. Imagine Television has signed a new two-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television, where the company, overseen by Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer, has been for the past 14 years. During Imagine’s most recent pact with 20th TV, the partners grazersuccessfully rebooted two of Imagine’s signature series: the Emmy-winning 24 and Arrested Development. A 24 follow-up, event series 24: Live Another Day, is slated to premiere on Fox in May, and a new season of Arrested Development was released on Netflix last year. And there may be more in store for both properties. Fox has indicated interest in making 24 an event franchise. Netflix had been in conversations with 20th TV, Imagine and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz about more Arrested Development, and that now appears very likely, in the form of an original movie or another season.

Related: Imagine’s Brian Grazer On ‘Arrested Development’ & ’24′s Comebacks, More ‘Development’ In Works & New Projects
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Manny Coto Joins ‘24: Live Another Day’ Team

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Add Manny Coto to the names of 24 team members who have been signed on to Fox’s real-time action drama’s event-series reboot. Coto has closed a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Read More »

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50 Cent Animated Comedy Nears Fox Pickup

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 2:05pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: 50 Cent is getting animated. I’ve learned that Fox is in negotiations for an animated comedy project from the rapper-actor (born Curtis Jackson), feature producer Randall Emmett, Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox … Read More »

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Fashion Erotic Thriller Drama From Imagine TV Gets Put Pilot Commitment At ABC

By | Monday September 24, 2012 @ 5:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Finding a series set in the fashion world remains a priority for ABC. After last year’s pilot Americana, the network has given a put pilot commitment to Dress To Kill, a drama from writer Jessica Sharzer (American Read More »

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Robin Gurney Joins Showtime As SVP Original Programming

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 9:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Veteran Imagine TV executive Robin Gurney, who recently left the company after a seven-year tenure, is reuniting with her former Imagine TV boss David Nevins at Showtime. Gurney is joining the pay cable network as SVP Original Programming, replacing veteran Pearlena Igbokwe, who is leaving the network at the end of her contract this month. She will develop and oversee original series, reporting to EVP Original Programming Gary Levine. “Robin and I had a great, creative working relationship for five years at Imagine,” Showtime’s entertainment president David Nevins said. “I am so thrilled to finally have an opportunity to work together here at Showtime.” Read More »

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IATSE Ends Strike Vs. TNT’s ‘Great Escape’, Producers To Negotiate Contract

By | Saturday June 9, 2012 @ 5:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 5:47 PM Saturday: Producers of the TNT competition reality series The Great Escape have reached an agreement with IATSE. The union called a strike this morning after declaring Profiles Television Productions unfair for interfering with IATSE organizing efforts. The crew is back at work after walking a … Read More »

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Imagine Television Looks To Expand Into Producing Live TV Shows And Events

By | Monday March 5, 2012 @ 1:03pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Imagine Television Brian Grazer Billy CrystalOn the heels of Imagine principal Brian Grazer producing last month’s Academy Awards, he is looking to get the company into the live TV arena. I hear that Imagine TV is actively looking for … Read More »

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NBC Picks Up Imagine’s Sarah Silverman Comedy To Pilot

By | Tuesday November 22, 2011 @ 10:54am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC continues its aggressive push this development season with early pilot orders. The latest project to get the green light is the comedy starring Sarah Silverman, which the network landed in August after a bidding war with a … Read More »

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Paul Greengrass Joins Fox CIA Drama As EP

By | Thursday November 17, 2011 @ 8:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Feature director Paul Greengrass has joined Fox’s untitled CIA drama project from writer Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies), Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV. This marks the first foray into U.S. television for British director-writer Greengrass, who will … Read More »

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Fox Buys CIA Drama From Imagine, Family Comedy From ‘Big Bang’ Recurring Duo

Nellie Andreeva

Fox has bought a CIA drama from writer Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies) and a multi-camera comedy from actor-writers John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman, best known for their recurring roles on CBS’ hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. The hourlong … Read More »

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Steven Bochco & David Milch To Create Legal Drama For NBC, 20th TV & Imagine

By | Thursday October 13, 2011 @ 7:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Almost 2 decades after they created ABC’s groundbreaking cop drama NYPD Blue, Steven Bochco and David Milch have reunited to create a new drama series, this time for NBC. The … Read More »

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The Coen Brothers Enter Television With Hourlong Comedy At Fox From Imagine TV

By | Tuesday October 4, 2011 @ 5:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In the highest-profile migration of feature talent to television so far this development season, Oscar-winning filmmakers Ethan Coen and Joel Coen are set to executive produce an hourlong single-camera comedy for Fox, which the two co-created with another feature writer, Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids). The project, titled HarveKarbo, has received a script commitment with significant penalty from Fox. It hails from Imagine TV, whose principal Brian Grazer is credited with luring the Coen brothers to television. (Ethan and Joel Coen did their 2003 feature Intolerable Cruelty with Imagine). HarveKarbo, which will be written by Johnston, features the type of quirky, offbeat characters that have become a staple of the Coen brothers’ movies. It follows the title character — an ill-tempered LA private investigator whose cases frequently involve the depraved doings of the Hollywood elite — and his deadbeat friends in Los Angeles’ El Segundo. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Johnston, Grazer and Francie Calfo are executive producing for Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV. Read More »

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‘Greek’ Creator Sells Drama Script To Fox

By | Tuesday September 6, 2011 @ 9:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has bought a drama script from Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith. Titled Wanderlust (not to be confused with the upcoming Jennifer Aniston-Paul Rudd feature comedy of the same name), the hourlong project is set in the world … Read More »

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Claudia Lonow Comedy From Imagine TV Lands At ABC With Put Pilot Commitment

By | Thursday September 1, 2011 @ 4:46pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy’s red-hot selling season continues with another half-hour project landing a major commitment after a bidding war. In a competitive situation that went down to the wire between ABC and NBC, ABC just snagged How to Live Read More »

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PILOT SEASON: The Year Of The Pods

Nellie Andreeva

Part of a series that takes an analytical look at the current broadcast pilot season and some of its trends and heroes.

It has been a big year for non-writing producers this pilot season, the biggest since the so-called “invasion of the pod people” in 2003 when the broadcast pilot season and May series pickups for the first time were dominated by shows developed via pods, i.e. companies run by non-writing producers based at major studios.

There are a lot of familiar faces – some of the overachievers of the 2003 season are back in full force: Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Brillstein Entertainment and Reveille as well as Imagine TV and Marty Adelstein. But Bruckheimer TV, a pilot season staple for the past decade and a top performer in 2003 with 3 pilots, all picked up to series, is without a pilot for the first time in years. (However, the company’s Fox project, a dramedy based on the life of music supervisor Kathy Nelson, has been pushed and remains in contention.)

But the big news this pilot season are the upstarts, companies formed in the past year-and-a-half, which have done very well. Leading the pack is the 20th TV-based Chernin Entertainment, which has had a dominating performance with 5 pilots this season: the Kiefer Suthaland starrer Touch, which is expected to get an episodic order at Fox, Stephen Gaghan’s cop drama S.I.L.A at NBC, Fox’s untitled Liz Meriwether comedy starring Zooey Deschanel, Fox comedy Outnumbered and NBC comedy Lovelives. The company already has 3 upcoming series, Fox’s Terra Nova - which it is co-producing with 2 of the other top performers this pilot season, DreamWorks TV and Kapital Entertainment – Fox’ animated comedy Allen Gregory and A&E’s Breakout Kings, which also started on broadcast.

Other recently formed TV companies that landed pilots this season include Aaron Kaplan’s indie Kapital Entertainment (ABC’s comedy Bad Mother, ABC dramedy Good Christian Bitches, NBC Western The Crossing), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s 20th TV-based K/O Paper Products (Fox’s Ethan Hawke starrer Exit Strategy directed by Antoine Fuqua and another Fox drama, graphic novel adaptation Locke & Key), Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Warner Bros.-based Fake Empire (ABC soap Georgetown starring Jimmy Wolk, the CW drama Hart of Dixie starring Rachel Bilson), Shawn Levy and Marty Adelstein’s 20th TV-based 21 Laps/Adelstein (ABC’s untitled Jack Burditt comedy starring Tim Allen), Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen’s ABC Studios-based Temple Hill (ABC’s drama Revenge directed by Phillip Noyce) and Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan’s UMS-based American Work (NBC’s untitled Lennon Parham/Jessica St. Clair comedy)

In another twist this year, three independent production companies that operate outside of the studio system are having a great year. DreamWorks TV, a strong performer in 2003 with 5 pilots, 2 of which, Las Vegas and Line of Fire, went to series, has 3 pilots this year, second only to Chernin Entertainment, and tied with two another indies, Reveille and Kapital, as well as the ABC Studios-based Brillstein Entertainment and CBS TV Studios-based Tannenbaum Co. DreamWorks has NBC’s Broadway-themed Smash starring Debra Messing, ABC’s horror thriller The River directed by Jaume Collet-Sera and Fox’s Locke & Key. Reveille, which in 2003 had its Coupling remake picked up to series, has NBC comedy pilot My Life As an Experiment, Fox comedy Tagged and CW drama Awakening. Read More »

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NBC Picks Up 1960s Playboy Drama To Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

NBC has made its first drama pilot order this development season and it has gone to Playboy, a period drama about Playboy bunnies in the Chicago club in the 1960s. The project, set against the background of the political … Read More »

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Zach Cregger Joins ‘Friends With Benefits’

Nellie Andreeva

Zach_CreggerEXCLUSIVE: Zach Cregger has landed a lead role on NBC’s midseason ensemble comedy series Friends with Benefits. The 20th TV/Imagine TV project, whose pilot was directed by David Dobkin, explores modern-day romance through the eyes of five friends, each looking for … Read More »

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Francie Calfo Named Imagine TV President

Nellie Andreeva

FrancieCalfoVeteran TV executive/producer Francie Calfo is joining Imagine TV as president after more than 20 years at ABC. Calfo will replace David Nevins who is leaving to become entertainment president at Showtime, replacing Robert Greenblatt. Calfo’s deal with 20th TV … Read More »

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DOUBLE SHOCKER! Imagine’s David Nevins Replacing Robert Greenblatt At Showtime

By | Thursday June 24, 2010 @ 6:39pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

showtime_logoI broke the news today that David Nevins suddenly is leaving Imagine TV after serving as president for 8 years because he couldn’t reach a contract with 20th TV and that he lined up a new job. He’s heading to Showtime as the new … Read More »

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