EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Lopez‘s Nuyorican Prods. has entered into a first look production deal with Universal Television to develop new scripted and reality projects. In conjunction with the deal, Priscilla Porianda, who joined Nuyorican last year, has been named Head of Development. “I am thrilled to have Nuyorican partner with NBC Universal and I am happy to announce Priscilla Porianda as our Head of Development,” Lopez said. “She will work closely with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina and I in expanding our brand into scripted and unscripted television. Our goal at Nuyorican has always been to create edgy, timely and relevant programming.” The company has breakout new ABC Family drama The Fosters, about a lesbian couple raising children, which was recently renewed for a second season. READ MORE »
Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods. Inks First Look Deal With Universal TV, Names Priscilla Porianda Head Of Development
EXCLUSIVE: Craig Borten has signed to rewrite/polish The 33, the survival struggle of 33 miners trapped far below the earth after a cave-in in Copiapo, Chile, in 2010. It is Borten’s first job since writing with Melissa Wallack on Dallas Buyers Club, the fact-based drama that generated strong Oscar buzz at the Toronto Film Festival.
In another development on the film, Jennifer Lopez has just dropped out of The 33, because of a scheduling problem that cropped up when she committed to a return to American Idol. The 33 will be directed by La Misma Luna’s Patricia Riggen, with Antonio Banderas and Martin Sheen committed to star in the rescue tale that is being produced by Mike Medavoy, Robert Katz and Edward McGurn. Carlos Eugenio Lavin and Leopoldo Enriquez will be exec producers.
This time, it’s personal. In May, Brian Schornak filed a breach of contract complaint against Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions that accused Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas of pushing him out of the company. At the time, the former senior producer at JLo’s company didn’t actually cite Goldsmith-Thomas as a defendant, even though most of his complaint was about her behavior and treatment of him. Today that changed. On Wednesday, Schornak filed a new complaint (read it here) against the former manager and producer in LA Superior Court for damages over intentional infliction of emotional distress. “Plaintiff seeks to impose liability against Elaine for her intentional infliction of emotional distress that no person should endure, and which Elaine has a history of doing in the entertainment industry. Elaine yelled and berated Plaintiff in ways that no person (with human dignity) should be forced to endure,” says the four-page complaint. Calling Goldsmith-Thomas “the manager of Jennifer Lopez,” the complaint requests a jury trial and seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as interest, legal fees and the usual “such other and further relief as the Court may deem proper.” Of course, today’s filing doesn’t mean the May complaint is dead.
The multimedia celebrity — in her new role as Chief Creative Officer of NUVOtv — spoke in broad terms at the cable industry confab this morning about plans for this summer to reignite the English-language network …
The news came during NuvoTV‘s upfront presentation in NY, where the English-language cable network targeting U.S. Latinos showed off its 2013-2014 programming lineup. Jennifer Lopez already had a business stake in the network, with her Nuyorican Productions pacting in September to contribute programming, work on strategy and assist in marketing. In exchange, she received a minority stake. She told advertisers today: “Latinos are a force in this country. We are an engine for growth — we have huge economic power and unprecedented political and cultural influence and it’s time for television to reflect who the modern Latino actually is — not who we are believed to be, not who we may have been, but who we are now”. Among NuvoTV’s offerings this year are several with Lopez ties, including a biography special and an unscripted series about the backup dancers on her world tour. Here are the network’s descriptions of the new shows:
Here’s the official trailer for Jason Statham’s newest action pic Parker also starring Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis. Statham plays Parker, a vengeful but honorable thief who never steals from those who need it. The film is directed by Taylor Hackford, John J. McLaughlin penned the screenplay. …
Global Briefs: Jennifer Lopez Joins NuvoTV, Virgin-VEVO Deal, Lionsgate-Summit In Spain, European Film Academy Noms
Jennifer Lopez Joining NuvoTV
Lopez and her Nuyorican Productions will contribute programming, work on strategy and assist in marketing the English-language cable network that’s aimed at Latino viewers, she told Bloomberg. In exchange, she’ll receive a minority stake. “I’m going to be a creative executive and part owner who will be very involved with every aspect of the network,” Lopez said. “Development, production, marketing, I’ll be involved on every side of it so we hit all the right points.” NuvoTV said last month it raised $40M from current investors Columbia Capital LLC and Rho Capital Partners and new investors Veronis Suhler Stevenson LLC and Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC. The money will be used for new shows and marketing, much of which will support Lopez’s efforts, CEO Michael Schwimmer said. NuvoTV is available in 30 million U.S. homes through pay-TV systems operated by Dish Network, AT&T, Verizon Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable.
Virgin Produced Partners With VEVO For In-Flight Programming
The deal provides the Virgin Produced Channel onboard Virgin America with VEVO music videos and original programming. Music videos from artists such as Katy Perry, Coldplay, Rihanna, will.i.am, Graffiti 6 and David Guetta are currently airing as well as an episode from the VEVO GO Shows series which features a live concert with Demi Lovato. “VEVO’s partnership with Virgin Produced brings our platform to new heights, quite literally,” said Doug McVehil, VEVO’s Senior VP, Programming, Talent & Content Operations. Each block of programming will feature a music-infused program titled VEVO Sound + City which takes Virgin Produced Channel viewers on a musical tour of one of Virgin America’s destinations. The city of San Francisco will be the first stop. The Virgin Produced Channel launched first onboard Virgin America in April.
Having just done the renewal/cancellation of its summer series, ABC Family is embarking on its next pilot cycle with the pickup of two new drama pilots, multi-ethnic family show The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Socio, about a teen psychopath.
Created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, who will serve as executive producers, The Fosters is a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Lopez will executive produce with her producing partner at Nuyorican Prods. Simon Fields as well as Greg Gugliotta. Nuyorican is producing with ABC Family’s in-house production arm Prodco, Inc.
Socio is a one-hour drama centered on a charismatic sixteen-year-old alleged sociopath, who recently reconnected with his two female best friends from childhood, and who becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is murdered. The project, which has Dexter Jr. vibe, was written by Adam Milch (Greek) who will serve as co-executive producer.
UPDATE: So what else is new? J-Lo over the years has disposed of more Hollywood agencies than boyfriends including CAA, ICM, Endeavor, and William Morris – sometimes more than once. So now she’s returned to CAA after a …