Producers Guild Awards James Cameron

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 22, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA), a national non-profit trade group committed to protecting the rights and credits of producers in film, television and new media, announced today that the legendary Oscar award-winning producer, director, writer James Cameron will be honored with the 2011 Milestone Award. The award will be presented to Cameron at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The Milestone Award is the Guild’s highest honor that recognizes an individual (or team) who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. The Producers Guild has paid tribute to such luminaries as Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Howard & Brian Grazer, and Walt Disney, among others.

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Paula Wagner To Produce PGA Awards

Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 5, 2010) – The 22nd Annual Producers Guild of America Awards will be produced by veteran producer Paula Wagner, announced today by PGA Presidents Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch. This will be the first

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EMMYS: Producer Credits Still Controversial

By | Thursday July 29, 2010 @ 12:01am PDT

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage:

It’s an anxious annual guessing game – the vetting of producers for the outstanding series Primetime Emmy Award nominees. Now it’s nearly complete inside the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences, with those who are ruled ineligible notified sometime this week. The Academy has aggressively cracked down on the producer lists submitted by nominated series contenders since about 2000, with the joint goals of weeding out the undeserving and capping the producing team’s size. Though there appears to have been a certain moderating of its stance by the Academy over the past couple of years.

Previously, the caps on the number of individual producers who can be nominated for a comedy series (11) and drama series (10) were viewed throughout the industry as arbitrary and punitive. This year, the program producer maximums are based, according to the 2010 Primetime Emmy Rules and Procedures, on “the average team size of eligible producers in the category over a prior five-year period.” But that still seems too random. Read More »

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Akiva Goldsman Asks For Privacy

By | Wednesday July 7, 2010 @ 1:04pm PDT
Mike Fleming

I have been asked to convey the tragic news that Rebecca Spikings-Goldsman, wife of screenwriter and producer Akiva Goldsman, died of a heart attack at age 42 on July 6th. The family has asked for privacy at this difficult time.

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Wilmer Valderrama Signs Deal With 20th TV

Nellie Andreeva

WilmerValderramaEXCLUSIVE: Wilmer Valderrama has inked a talent holding/development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, That ‘70s Show alum Valderrama will star and executive produce a series project for the studio. The deal solidifies Valderrama’s ties with 20th TV. Two … Read More »

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‘CSI’ Showrunners Carol Mendelsohn & Ann Donahue Sign New Deals With CBS Studios

By | Monday June 28, 2010 @ 2:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ann Donahue Press Photo.jpgCSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATIONCSI mavens Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue are staying at the helm of CBS’ veteran crime drama franchise. Each has inked a new four-year eight-figure overall deal with CSI producer CBS TV Studios. Medelsohn will continue to executive produce and showrun the mothership CSI series, which anchors the CBS Thursday schedule at 9PM. She also is executive producing the new CBS/CBS Studios drama The Defenders. Donahue will continue to executive produce and run CSI: Miami, which moves to Sundays 10PM this fall. The new pacts succeed Mendelsohn and Donahue’s previous four-year eight-figure deals with CBS Studios, which expired in mid-June. Both have been under overall pacts at the studio since 2001. “Every studio dreams of having producers with this kind of passion and leadership on the set and in the writer’s room,” CBS TV Studios president David Stapf said. “It was very important to us that Carol and Ann remain not only part of CSI, but the CBS family too.”

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ZelnickMedia Buys ‘Gossip Girl’ Producer

By | Thursday June 24, 2010 @ 9:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Geraldine_LeybourneAlloy, producer of such series as Gossip Girls and The Vampire Diaries, is being purchased by ZelnickMedia, with former Nickelodeon CEO Geraldine Laybourne tapped as chairman of the board. An investor group led by ZelnickMedia has agreed to acquire Alloy for … Read More »

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’24′ Alum Jon Cassar Joins ‘Terra Nova’

Nellie Andreeva

Jon_CassarEXCLUSIVE: It will be an even larger 24 reunion on Fox’s upcoming prehistoric drama Terra Nova, which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin. Long-time 24 director-executive producer Jon Cassar has joined the 13-episode midseason series as an executive producer … Read More »

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83rd Oscar Telecast Producers Announced

Osc2This is surprisingly early for such a big decision to be made. In fact, the earliest that the producers and director of the Academy Awards telecast have been chosen in recent years. But Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences President Tom Sherak just told me that he made up his mind last year to fill the two positions early before any of his candidates were already committed to other gig. Sherak did have a conversation with last year’s producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman  but “they wanted time off… that show is tough,” Sherak noted. As for the reasons behind his selections, well, Don Mischer has won 15 Emmys, and Bruce Cohen “knows what he wants to do, and wants to do it badly,” Sherak told me. So now the producing pair will put together a list of hosts they want for the Oscars and get that set as soon as possible. As long as they include a woman this year! (We were up first with this but our Deadline email alerts were not working…):

090202a_0395Beverly Hills, CA (June 22, 2010) — Academy Award®-winning producer Bruce Cohen and acclaimed television producer/director Don Mischer will produce the 83rd Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced this evening. Mischer will also serve as the telecast’s director. This will be the first involvement with the Oscar® telecast for both men, though the two worked together on the Academy’s inaugural Governors Awards event in November of 2010.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic that Bruce and Don have accepted my invitation to produce and direct the 83rd Academy Awards telecast,” said Sherak. “Their work in producing the Academy’s inaugural Governors Awards was exceptional and I am confident they will bring their creative vision and extraordinary talent to produce/direct a most memorable Oscar show.”

Dons_Headshot-p“I fell in love with the Oscars as an eight-year-old kid, the night my grandmothers let me stay up to watch for the first time,” said Cohen. “It is a dream come true for me to now be producing the show with the phenomenal Don Mischer, whom I’ve had an incredible time working with in the past. We hope to create a show that celebrates what people around the world love about the Academy Awards year after year – the excitement, glamour and tradition of Oscar Night itself.”

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Will Clarke Cashes Out From Optimum

By | Tuesday June 22, 2010 @ 9:51am PDT

Optimum_ReleasingThe founder and CEO of Optimum Releasing is leaving to become a producer with long-time business partner Paul Higgins. It was Higgins who bankrolled Clarke in the first place, setting up Optimum on £13,000 back in 1999. Optimum’s turnover last year … Read More »

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‘Carter Beats The Devil’ Regains Magic Mojo

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 8:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

carter-beats-the-devilWarner Bros is giving the Glen David Gold novel Carter Beats the Devil another chance to beat death by development hell. The studio has optioned the novel, and set Michael Gilio to write the script. Jon Shestack will produce, and Ginny … Read More »

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Phil Keoghan Goes Sailing With New Series

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 6:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

philkoeghanPhil Keoghan, host and producer of CBS’ realty series The Amazing Race is taking on hosting and producing duties for another unscripted series about a race. Keoghan has teamed with Exodus Film Group, which has secured North American rights to the … Read More »

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Shed Holds Out For $135M From Warner

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 5:05am PDT

Shed-Media-300x234Managers of the UK production company hope Time Warner will end up paying £90 million ($135 million) for Shed Media. They own 65% of the company between them. Analysts say that Shed may go for up to £85 million. Time Warner … Read More »

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It’s Official: O’Mara To Star in ‘Terra Nova’

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 5:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jason O’Mara in talks to star in Terra Nova

omaraJason O’Mara is finalizing his deal to star in Terra Nova, Fox’s midseason series produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin. The pact had been in the works for the past two weeks.
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WGA Approves Credit Revision Proposals

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 4:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming



WGAE president Michael Winship and WGAW president John Wells announced that members overwhelmingly approved amendments to the Screen and Television Credits Manuals that make it easier for hyphenates to get screen credit. On the movie side, 85.7% of membership (1237 … Read More »

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Judd Apatow Makes Another Film With Wife

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 1:21pm PDT
Mike Fleming

juddandleslie1249320967The project is called Business Trip and it was set up a while ago at Universal Pictures. But now mogul Judd Apatow has come on to produce with Benderspink, and Judd’s actress wife Leslie Mann (who also was in his Funny Read More »

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Demi Moore Tapped For ‘Margin Call’

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 8:53am PDT
Mike Fleming

demi-moore-20061202-184839Demi Moore just joined the cast of Margin Call, an indie drama that begins filming Monday. She’ll  play the chief risk management officer at a firm. The film tracks the desperate maneuverings of eight people in a 24-hour period during the … Read More »

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UK Producers Scrap Open Letter to Times

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 6:51am PDT

Independent producers have cancelled writing an open letter highlighting their plight for fear of upsetting UK broadcasters. Indie producers were about to publish a letter in the Times newspaper this Monday. A minority has intervened, killing the letter for fear of upsetting the BBC and Channel 4.

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Reality Producer RDF USA Signs With WME

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 1:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

RDFUSA1EXCLUSIVE: Wife Swap producer RDF  USA has signed with WME after more than 4 years without agency representation. The American branch of U.K.’s RDF Media, which was recently acquired by Zodiak Entertainment, is prepping 8-10 new unscripted projects … Read More »

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