IFC just announced a development slate featuring eight original series – scripted and non-fiction from such auspices as Thom Beers (Ice Road Truckers, Deadliest Catch); Reveille Prods. (The Biggest Loser); Alan Spencer (Sledge Hammer!) and David Wain (Role Models), among others. “This development slate represents our long-term commitment to comedy programming that is sharp, cool and twisted,” said Debbie DeMontreux, IFC’s SVP of original programming. “Originals like these live alongside current series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, the upcoming Onion News Network and Portlandia in 2011, and acquired series Arrested Development and Freaks and Geek.” Here are descriptions of IFC’s series in development:
It didn’t take long for new Shine Group Americas CEO Emiliano Calemzuk to put his stamp on Reveille with a major executive move. Calemzuk, who joined Shine last month, has reshuffled the top management at the Shine-owned company: co-managing director Howard T. Owens will now run the company solo as managing director, while co-managing director Mark Koops is leaving. Additionally, executive producer Robin Ashbrook has been promoted to the newly created role of Head of Non-Scripted Entertainment. Koops is pursuing a new venture, which will be announced shortly, Shine said. “This is a re-structure that will equip Reveille for the next period of its growth,” Calemzuk said. In a similar fashion, 3 weeks after taking over Fox TV Studios as president in 2007, Calemzuk shook up the company’s top management by axing 3 department heads.
Fox TV Studios president Emiliano Calemzuk is leaving the company after 3 years to head Shine Group’s operations in North and South America, including Reveille. He is being named to the newly created position of CEO Shine Group Americas. I hear EVP David Madden, who runs FtvS’s successful cable business and is well liked within News Corp., is in line to succeed him as head of the company. He shepherded the development of such hit FtvS series as USA’s Burn Notice and White Collar.
EXCLUSIVE: Reveille and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Prods. have optioned the TV rights to journalist/author A.J. Jacobs’ best-selling non-fiction book My Life As An Experiment for a potential half-hour comedy series. This marks one of the first projects under Black’s two-year exclusive production deal with Reveille inked in April. The book, whose full title is My Life As An Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest To Improve Himself By Living As a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, And Other Radical Tests, is being released by Simon & Schuster in paperback today.
Esquire Editor-at-Large Jacob is known for immersing himself in a self-improvement project and then writing about it. In My Life As an Experiment, he provides a humorous account of his 10 month-long exercises in self-improvement—from assuming the identity of a beautiful young woman to outsourcing his life to a couple of Indian assistants, to living a life of Radical Honesty. ”I’m being radically honest when I say I’m thrilled to be working with Reveille and Jack Black, and I’m looking forward to helping them transform these stories from my life into a series,” Jacobs quipped. Reveille’s EVP scripted TV Carolyn Bernstein called the stories “tailor-made for television,” noting that they “chronicle A.J.’s real-life adventures in immersion journalism and their unexpected comedic impact on his domestic life.” Search is underway for a writer to adapt the book.
ICM-repped Jacobs previously spent a year reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica and another year following every rule …