It’s Official: NBC Announces Pirate Series From Neil Cross, Parkes/MacDonald And Reliance

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 9:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Neil Cross Crossbones NBCUPDATE, 1:15 PM: NBC said production will begin in the fall on Crossbones, which features “an unexpected moral center where one can’t be sure whether the pirates or the British crown are the villains,” … Read More »

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UPDATE: Reliance Starts U.S. TV Production Company, Nears Drama Series Order At NBC

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 11:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Reliance Republic Of PiratesEXCLUSIVE UPDATED: So far, Reliance has been known in Hollywood for its film investments, primarily as financier of Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios. Now the Indian media giant is venturing into American television, backing a new 10-episode pirate series for NBC eyed for a March premiere, which will likely be announced at the network’s upfront presentation Monday. I’ve learned that NBC is finalizing a deal for a straight-to-series order to the period drama, which will be produced by Georgeville Television, an independent TV studio formed recently by producer and former Heyday Films executive Marc Rosen (Harry Potter), and Motion Picture Capital, the finance arm of Reliance Entertainment. GVTV, which has operated quietly for the past three months, has the capability to fully-finance major network and cable scripted series, with Republic Of Pirates being its first project.

Neil Cross Republic Of Pirates

Luther creator Neil Cross is nearing a deal to write the project and executive produce it with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. The drama was originally set up at NBC last June under Parkes/MacDonald Prods’ first-look deal with the network. It became the first drama buy for then-new NBC chief Bob Greenblatt and his team last summer, with Jim Hart and Amanda Wells brought in to write it. Cross will now write the project under his recently inked overall deal with Universal TV. The series is based on the book The Republic Of Pirates by Colin Woodard. Set during the 10-year “Golden Age of Piracy” from 1715 to 1725, it follows some of the world’s most notorious pirates as they forge their own rogue nation, called New Providence, which became the first democracy in the Americas. Read More »

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‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross Signs Overall Deal With Universal Television

By | Monday March 26, 2012 @ 2:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Neil Cross LutherEXCLUSIVE: British novelist-screenwriter Neil Cross, creator of the BBC series Luther, is coming to American television. In his first formal U.S. TV pact, Cross has signed a two-year overall deal with Universal Television to develop new … Read More »

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‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross Takes On ‘Day Of The Triffids’ For Ghost House

By | Wednesday February 29, 2012 @ 10:22am PST
Mike Fleming

Neil Cross has been set by Ghost House Pictures to write The Day of the Triffids, based on the classic sci-fi horror novel written by John Wyndam and the 1962 film Invasion of the Triffids.

In the original film, a meteorite … Read More »

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