Sheldon Turner, Michael Dinner, Michael De Luca & Jennifer Klein Team To Adapt Book ‘The Buy Side’ As Wall Street Drama At Sony

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 5:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

buysideEXCLUSIVE: Wall Street continues to be a hot TV drama arena following the success of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, with another high profile project coming together. Sony TV has put in development The Buy Side, an hourlong project based on the best-selling autobiographical book by former Galleon Group trader Turney Duff. Oscar-nominated writer Sheldon Turner will write the adaptation, with Michael Dinner set to direct. The two are executive producing with Michael De Luca, whose involvement in the project predates his December appointment as Columbia Pictures president of sheldonturnermichaeldinner1production, and Turner’s producing partner at Vendetta Jennifer Klein.  The book was brought to them by Kate Di Mento, who works for Dinner. Both Vendetta  and Dinner are under deals at Sony TV. The project is in final stages of development and is expected to be taken out to the networks soon, after Dinner finishes work on the ABC pilot Clementine, which he is directing. Read More »

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WGN America Developing Eliot Ness Drama Series With Dennis Lehane & Michael Dinner

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 12:56pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

eliotnessEXCLUSIVE: Famous prohibition agent Eliot Ness wasn’t even 30 years old when hit the pinnacle in his career by taking down Al Capone with his law enforcement team dubbed The Untouchables. The following two decades of his life are the subject of Ness, a drama series in development at WGN America from The Blacklist duo of Sony Pictures TV and Davis Entertainment. The project is based on Douglas Perry’s biography Eliot Ness: The wgnnewlogoRise And Fall Of An American Hero, which is being published next week. The adaptation will be written by renowned crime novelist Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island; Mystic River; Gone, Baby, Gone), with Sony TV-based Michael Dinner (Justified) set to direct. The two are executive producing with Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox.

Ness’ 1929-31 heroics going after crime boss Capone in Chicago were chronicled in the 1959 ABC drama series The Untouchables starring Robert Stack as Ness and Brian De Palma’s Oscar-winning movie of the same name toplined by Kevin Costner. Ness will follow is the real (and untold) story of Ness lehanepost-Untouchables when he became the top cop in Cleveland, the most dangerous city in America during the 1930s. He spent the next decade fighting the mob, his own corrupt police department, and a serial killer on the streets. All while battling his alcoholism, serial philandering and the constant need for acclaim. (Ness was broke and an alcoholic when he died from a massive heart attack at 55 in 1957). Coincidentally, Sony TV is developing another project about Ness’ years in Cleveland on the longform side. Nemesis, an eight-hour miniseries for NBC, zeroes in on Ness’ hunt for the so-called Torso Killer, billed as America’s first serial killer. The mini is based on different source material, the book Nemesis: The Final Case Of Eliot Ness by William Bernhardt, with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron executive producing. Read More »

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Jace Alexander To Direct ABC Pilot ‘Agatha’; Michael Dinner To Helm ‘Clementine’

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 6:31pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

michaeldinner1jacealexanderJace Alexander (The Blacklist) is set to direct ABC drama pilot Agatha, while Michael Dinner will helm another ABC drama pilot, Clementine. Both projects hail from ABC Studios and … Read More »

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Trio Cast In Fox Pilot ‘Wild Blue’

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 6:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Josh Salatin, Will Rothhaar and Alano Miller have been cast in Fox’s drama pilot Wild Blue, written by Taylor Elmore and directed by Michael Dinner. The … Read More »

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Graham Yost & Michael Dinner Join Fox’s ‘Bridge’; Net Developing 2 Aircraft Carrier Dramas

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 10:38am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: It looks like Fox brass are determined to get an aircraft carrier drama on the air. Last season, the network put in development The Bridge, from writer Taylor Elmore (Justified), producer Mark Johnson and Sony Pictures TV. The project, described as a high-octane soap with a touch of Upstairs, Downstairs set on a Navy aircraft carrier, didn’t go to pilot but the network kept it in contention, rolling in to this season. Now Justified executive producers Graham Yost and Michael Dinner have boarded the drama to help with the rewrite, giving it additional clout. Both will executive produce, with Dinner also attached to direct. Elmore is still the writer, with Johnson and his Gran Via still attached, along with Sony TV.

Meanwhile, in August, Fox bought another drama from high-profile auspices with a similar setting, giving a script commitment with penalty to a project from House executive producers Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner and 20th Century Fox TV. Set on a naval aircraft carrier, the untitled show also has an upstairs/downstairs dynamic: the “downstairs” is filled with 18- to 20-year-olds, their coming-of-age stories heightened by the life-and-death nature of their everyday jobs; the “upstairs” is anchored by a female fighter pilot and her season-long quest to solve a murder that occurs onboard. Read More »

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Michael Dinner Inks New Deal With Sony TV

By | Wednesday July 11, 2012 @ 8:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Michael Dinner Sony TVEXCLUSIVE: Director-producer Michael Dinner has inked a new two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. He has been under overall pacts at Sony TV since 2005, developing and directing pilots for network and cable. Dinner executive … Read More »

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NBC Buys Mystery Drama Penned By ‘Moonlight’ Co-Creator, Helmed By Michael Dinner & Produced By Sam Raimi

By | Wednesday October 19, 2011 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has bought Vanish, a mystery drama from Moonlight co-creator Trevor Munson, Sony TV and Sam Raimi and Josh Donen’s studio-based Star Road banner. Michael Dinner, who is under an … Read More »

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FX Developing PI Drama From Charlie Huston And Michael Dinner

By | Monday September 26, 2011 @ 8:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: FX has bought Furlough, an original drama series pitch from crime novelist/comic book writer Charlie Huston and The Walking Dead producer Circle of Confusion. Michael Dinner is attached to … Read More »

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FX’s ‘Outlaw Country’ To Do Pilot Reshoots

Nellie Andreeva

FX’s pilot Outlaw Country is undergoing a retooling. The original script, written by Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz, has been given a rewrite by Goldin, Abramowitz and Outlaw Country‘s executive producer/co-showrunner David Manson. There will be substantial reshoots, which … Read More »

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Mosaic Manager Ann Blanchard Joining CAA

EXCLUSIVE (UPDATED BELOW): There’s been no announcement yet. But Ann Blanchard is already being accused of breaking Hollywood protocol by not first informing those agents repping her Mosaic Media Group’s TV management clients of her change of employment. Instead, she’s calling … Read More »

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FX Picks Up Comic-Based ‘Powers’ To Pilot

By | Saturday February 26, 2011 @ 9:27am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After lengthy development, FX has handed a pilot order to Powers, a drama based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. The project, written by Charles H. Eglee and to be directed by Michael Dinner, is … Read More »

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Jason Smilovic Working on TV Series & Film With Producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas

Nellie Andreeva

Writer Jason Smilovic has set up a drama project at Fox. The project, titled The Detail, landed a script commitment with penalty after interest from multiple networks. It is executive produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, with Michael Dinner on board to direct. Produced by Sony TV, it is described as Ocean’s Eleven meets Revenge of the Nerds. It centers on a private detective, who, after being released from jail for a crime he didn’t commit, assembles a group of rejects, each with a unique talent, to form a detective agency and bring down his old business partner who framed him. Read More »

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