Comedians D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black have signed on to host the TBS original series from Mark Burnett’s One Three Media and London-based Monkey. Trust Me, I’m A Game Show Host has a bit of a twist in which the two hosts duel to deceive contestants. “This is a game show where a host is legitimately trying to convince a contestant to choose the wrong answer,” said Burnett. “D.L. and Michael’s comedic styles are perfect for pulling this off”. Hughley and Black will each present the single contestant with a bizarre and seemingly implausible fact, one of which is true, the other of which is not. The contestant must then choose the true fact to be rewarded in the game. The players who prove themselves to be super-human lie detectors will go home with a cash prize. Burnett and Monkey founders Will MacDonald and David Granger serve as executive producers. Trust Me, I’m A Game Show Host is slated to premiere in late 2013. READ MORE »
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:
The miniseries from Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey is scoring in the ratings for History, drawing 13.1 million viewers in its premiere episode and holding strong ahead of its final episode Sunday. But that makes The Bible fair game for The Colbert Report host, who …
UPDATE: ‘The Bible’ Producers Call Controversy Over Satan’s Resemblance To President Obama “Utter Nonsense”
UPDATE, 10:15 AM: History and The Bible executive producers, husband and wife Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, just addressed the Obama-Satan controversy. “History channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” the network said in a statement. “The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History’s The Bible is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.”
Burnett and Downey used stronger language in dismissing the connection, suggesting that the actor playing the Devil may have been simply type cast. “This is utter nonsense,” they said. “The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics — including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.” Added Downey: “Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”
PREVIOUS 7:15 AM: History’s hit miniseries The Bible had its 3rd installment last night. It’s already been taken to task for its use of beautiful actors in all key roles. Now the project’s casting choice for the role of Satan has come under fire for the apparent resemblance of Moroccan actor Mehdi Ouazzani to President Barack Obama.
Turner’s major expansion into unscripted series continues. After TNT greenlighted two new reality series in the past two days, sibling TBS today also picked up two new shows: Deal With It, executive produced by Deal Or No Deal alum Howie Mandel, and Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host, executive produced by Mark Burnett, the hottest reality producer at the moment with The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank and Celebrity Apprentice. Trust Me was originally ordered to pilot by ABC in 2010. Both series are slated to premiere on TBS in late 2013.
History has announced that its five-part docudrama series The Bible will premiere on March 3 at 8 PM. The 10-hour special, executive produced by Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey (who plays Mary), combines live action and CGI to tell the best-known stories of the word’s most popular book. Keith David narrates the series, which Burnett has been working on for two years and which was greenlighted in May 2011. Also in the cast is Portugal’s Diogo Morgado as Jesus and UK-based actors including Sean Teale (Skins), David Rintoul (My Week with Marilyn), Amber Rose Revah (The Borgias), Peter Guinness, Greg Hicks and Simon Kunz (Matchpoint).
Former CBS Television Distribution president of creative affairs and development Terry Wood is returning to the executive ranks as president of unscripted and original syndication for One Three Media, the joint venture between Mark Burnett and Hearst Corporation that produces hit reality series The Voice on NBC and Shark Tank on ABC. “I have known and admired Terry for many years,” Burnett said. “She is a personal friend and a top-level producer with an unparalleled track record of success with quality programming — which is very important in differentiating television storytelling today.”
Wood left CBS TV Distribution at the end of 2010 after 12 years. There she oversaw such first-run syndicated shows as Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, The Insider, and The Doctors. She was also in charge of production of Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Judge Judy, and Judge Joe Brown. One Three Media’s unscripted series portfolio also includes Celebrity Apprentice on NBC as well as Survivor and the upcoming The Job on CBS. “I’ve been looking for the perfect place to start the next chapter of my career and this is absolutely the right fit because I care about producing quality shows,” Wood said.
Layne Leslie Britton says that Mark Burnett’s former partner Conrad Riggs owes him more than $14 million from the profits from Survivor and other shows. In a complaint (read it here) filed today in LA Superior Court, the former CBS and NBC Business Affairs VP says Riggs has not paid him properly for the advice and consulting he provided to Burnett and Riggs when Survivor debuted on CBS in mid-2000. It was only during Rigg’s own $70 million litigation with Burnett, which was settled earlier this year, that Britton claims that he learned “what Riggs consistently told him for years amounted to little more than lies and deceit.” Rigg’s Cloudbreak Entertainment signed a formal agreement with Britton in October 2000, as Britton says he helped the relatively green producers through some of the tricky and costly waters of the network TV business. For this guidance, Riggs informed the mentoring Britton that he would pay him out of his deal to receive 10% of what Burnett made from Survivor or other projects. “Britton would receive 35% of what Riggs received pursuant to his contract with Burnett for all future cycles of Survivor and 40% of all other monies received from Burnett or his companies pursuant to Riggs’ contract with Burnett,” the complaint claims the two agreed.
Dallas-based Big Headz Entertainment filed suit today in Los Angeles Superior Court against JMPB Inc. (aka MBP) and One Three Television, both of which have ties to prolific reality show producer Mark Burnett. The complaint alleges failure to properly account for revenues of the MTV show entitled Bully Beatdown. (You can read it here.) It claims MBP is controlled by Burnett and One Three TV also is controlled by Burnett as well as the assignee of MBP’s rights to Bully Beatdown.
One Three Media, reality heavyweight Mark Burnett’s joint venture with Hearst, is expanding into scripted television. It has hired HBO veteran Anne Thomopoulos to start a new scripted division for drama series and miniseries and run it. Thomopoulos has executive produced such series/miniseries as Rome, Camelot and Generation Kill as well as Tom Fontana’s European-financed and produced Borgia, on whose second season season she is working at the moment. “Our scripted division will be producing domestically and internationally, using both traditional models and new business models,” Thomopoulos said.
Burnett’s first scripted project through his new company, a 10-hour miniseries for History based on the Bible that he’s executive producing alongside his wife Touched By An Angel star Roma Downey, is currently in production for a spring 2013 premiere. It is co-financed by Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, and Fox has worldwide home video distribution for it. One Three International (the international sales division of One Three Media) is handling distribution for initial TV release outside the U.S. Thomopoulos cited Borgia and the Bible series as examples of the type of non-traditional business models One Three scripted will pursue. “Neither series is being produced under a standard network model,” she said. “Networks are great partners, but sometimes certain types of series require different approaches.” Burnett dabbled into scripted TV via his previous company, Mark Burnett Prods, with several series projects, including semi-autobiographical WB comedy Commando Nanny.
McDonald’s is prepping the rollout of McDonald’s TV, the latest and possibly biggest move in in-store networks. The initial push is projected to reach 18 million-20 million viewers a month in its pilot Southern and Central California market — making it one of the largest daytime audiences in the region. The L.A. Times is reporting that Mark Burnett’s Vimby digital production outfit, BBC America and local KABC-TV Eyewitness News will provide content to the network, which will be customized to specific communities and include local news and entertainment features. A rollout led by ChannelPort Communications is set to be up in 800 restaurants in the region soon; a successful launch here almost certainly will result in a nationwide push. “The intention is to catch and engage the customer, and then enhance their experience,” Leland Edmondson, founder of ChannelPort, told the Times. “The McDonald’s customer is everyone, and we want not to be passive viewers but to be active and participatory with this network.”