2013 Produced By Conference: JJ Abrams, Tom Cruise, Gale Anne Hurd On Speaker List

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 9:23am PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 27, 2013) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the initial slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 5th annual Produced By Conference (PBC). Director and producer J.J. Abrams, producer Mark Burnett, actor and producer Tom Cruise and producer Gale Anne Hurd will participate as featured speakers joining a prestigious list of acclaimed producers and industry leaders in entertainment and digital media. The 2013 Produced By Conference will be hosted by 20th Century Fox Studios on June 8-9.

2013 PBC speakers include some of the entertainment and digital industries’ most renowned producers and visionaries. In alphabetical order:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Here’s yet another trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, this time with an extra dose of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain. The film is set for a May 17 release in the U.S. with IMAX 3D screenings starting May 15. The UK release was just moved up by … Read More »

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Karl Urban Set To Star In Fox’s J.H. Wyman/ J.J. Abrams Futuristic Drama Pilot

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After very lengthy negotiations, Karl Urban has closed a deal to star opposite Michael Ealy in Fox‘s untitled J.H. Wyman/J.J. Abrams drama pilot (formerly Inhuman). The project reunites Urban, who plays Bones in the Star Read More »

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Warner Bros, Atlas And Jay Roach Plan Bike Doping Scandal Pic; Acquire Life Rights To Lance Armstrong Teammate Tyler Hamilton

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 10:20am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The doping scandal that enveloped the Tour de France and led to the downfall of 7-time champion Lance Armstrong is now the focus of movies being developed by two major studios. Warner Bros has just acquired an untitled project from Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner that will be scripted by Side Effects scribe Scott Z. Burns to be directed by Jay Roach. Roach, coming off the Emmy-winning HBO pics Game Change and Recount, will produce with Roven and Gartner. The package includes the life rights of Tyler Hamilton, the former professional bike racer who was in Armstrong’s inner circle on the US Postal Service Team.

A former Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion, Hamilton was one of the first insiders to testify under oath and come forward publicly–on 60 Minutes—to break the code of silence. Michael Radutzky, an executive producer at CBS News and senior producer for 60 Minutes, is also in talks to produce. The studio is in talks to acquire confidential rights of other key individuals involved in the story, and all of this creates the tapestry to explore the biggest and most sophisticated doping scandal in the history of sports. Read More »

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Should We Be Excited That Carrie Fisher Is In ‘Star Wars’ Mode?

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 8:07am PST
Mike Fleming

My kids constantly bring up a quote they attribute to Benjamin Franklin, which is, roughly, “don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” I continue to be less than dazzled about the casting progress made so far on a relaunch … Read More »

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UPDATE: Disney Confirms J.J. Abrams To Direct New ‘Star Wars’ Movie For Disney

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 8:56pm PST

UPDATE, 8:56PM TODAY: Disney has just confirmed J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII. Screenplay is written by Michael Arndt. Abrams, his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are producing along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney/Lucasfilm banner. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are consulting. Kasdan was screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Read More »

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Paramount, JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Target Lance Armstrong Cheat Scandal For Pic

By | Friday January 18, 2013 @ 11:02am PST
Mike Fleming

Lance Armstrong Movie JJ AbramsEXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot partners JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk are going to make a movie about the epic rise and fall of doping bicyclist Lance Armstrong. They’ve just closed a … Read More »

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Paramount Showing Nine Minutes Of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ On IMAX Screens December 14

By | Wednesday November 14, 2012 @ 3:22pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Paramount Pictures will release the first 9-minutes from J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness on 500 IMAX 3D screens beginning December 14 on runs of the Peter Jackson-directed The Hobbit. That’s way before the film’s release … Read More »

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JJ Abrams To Receive Producers Guild’s Norman Lear Award

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 9:42am PST

The Producers Guild Of America will honor JJ Abrams with its 2013 Norman Lear Award For Television, which it will present during the 24th Annual PGA Awards on January 26. The writer-producer-director started out in television with the WB drama Felicity, which he co-created. He went on to create ABC’s Alias and co-create Lost. Abrams is the founder and president of Bad Robot, which he runs with producing partner Bryan Burk. The company has three series on the air Fox’s Fringe, which Abrams co-created; CBS’ Person Of Interest; and this year’s breakout hit for NBC Revolution. “J.J. Abrams has produced some of the most iconic and highest-rated television shows of the past decade and longer, series that have changed the landscape of television,” said Producers Guild Awards chair Michael DeLuca. “His talent is astonishing, and through his commitment to ingenious storytelling, compelling characters and television programming of the highest quality, he truly lives up to this award’s namesake.” Read More »

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Alfonso Cuarón-J.J. Abrams Drama Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 6:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

J.J. AbramsAlfonso CuaronEXCLUSIVE: In his foray into American television, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón has teamed with J.J. Abrams for a high-concept  drama, which just landed at … Read More »

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Geoff Boucher Joining EW And JJ Abrams

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 1:59pm PDT

Entertainment Weekly announced today that Geoff Boucher is coming to the official magazine of receptionists to join the Movies team as a senior writer. This is after the Los Angeles Times moronically let him walk out on its … Read More »

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CAA Signs Filmmaker-TV Titan J.J. Abrams

By and | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 5:29pm PDT

JJ AbramsBREAKING: CAA has signed JJ Abrams, the impresario behind such TV series as AliasLost, Fringe, Alcatraz, Person Of Interest, and the upcoming Revolution, and the feature director of Mission: Impossible 3 (and producer of 4), the rebooted Read More »

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Paramount Hangs A Title: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Is Next Enterprise Voyage

By | Monday September 10, 2012 @ 7:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

Paramount Pictures has firmed up the title Star Trek Into Darkness for the JJ Abrams sequel that brings back Chris Pine and the rest of his Trek cast. The Paramount/Skydance film will be released May 17, 2013.

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J.J. Abrams/J.H. Wyman Drama Lands At Fox With Pilot Production Commitment

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 6:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With Fringe heading into its final season, the series’ JJ Abrams and J.H. Wyman have set up a new futuristic drama at Fox.

In a competitive situation, the network has nabbed … Read More »

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Universal, JJ Abrams Set ‘Milk’ Scribe Dustin Lance Black For ‘Earthquake’

By | Friday July 27, 2012 @ 12:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black has been set to script Earthquake, a big scale disaster film for Universal that is being produced by JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk and their Bad Robot banner. While Universal made … Read More »

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Edgar Wright To Direct Paramount’s ‘Collider,’ Mark Protosevich To Write

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is mobilizing a sci-fi film called Collider, and it is a collision of several of the top guys in the genre. Edgar Wright will direct the film, and he is co-writing the script with I Read More »

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Elizabeth Mitchell Joins J.J. Abrams-Eric Kripke NBC Series ‘Revolution’ As Regular

By | Saturday June 30, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lost alumna Elizabeth Mitchell is reuniting with the ABC drama’s co-creator/executive producer JJ Abrams. Mitchell is joining Abrams/Eric Kripke’s upcoming NBC series Revolution as a regular. The action drama, which landed NBC’s marquee post-The Voice time slot, follows … Read More »

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Paramount Paying $1 Million For Jonathan Tropper Novel ‘One Last Thing Before I Go’

By | Friday May 4, 2012 @ 1:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount is wrapping up a seven-figure deal for screen rights to the Jonathan Tropper novel One Last Thing Before I Go. The film will be produced by JJ Abrams through the Bad Robot banner. The book will be published in August by Dutton. The deal was made in an competitive situation with multiple studios involved. The deal includes Tropper writing the script.

Here’s the logline: Book focuses on Silver, a man in full midlife crisis. He has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected, with his ex about to marry a  guy too nice for Silver to hate. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant — because he’s the one she cares least about letting down. With the wedding looming and Casey in crisis, this broken family struggles, bonds, and comes together only to risk damaging each other even more. Silver has another major complication: he discovers he could die at any moment without an operation he refuses to have. Read More »

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JJ Abrams/Mark Schwahn’s CW Pilot ‘Shelter’ Finds Its Lead

By | Friday March 30, 2012 @ 1:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After an extensive search, the last pilot lead this season has been cast. Zachary Abel (Make It Or Brake It) has landed the lead role in the CW’s Mark Schwahn/J.J. Abrams drama pilot Shelter. Also cast in the Warner … Read More »

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