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Joe Roth Becomes An Adviser At Revolution Studios As Private Equity Firm Takes Control

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 2:05pm PDT

Joe Roth Becomes An Adviser At Revolution Studios As Private Equity Firm Takes ControlIt’s a wrap for Joe Roth at Revolution Studios, which he founded in 2000. He’ll become a strategic adviser to the company with a first-look TV development deal, the company says today, after it received a major infusion of cash from Fortress Investment Group. The private equity firm says it intends to buy out Revolution’s original partners. Studio CEO Vince Totino and COO Scott Hemming will remain at Revolution. “The time is right for us to expand the Revolution brand through the development of original projects as well as those that are based on the valuable intellectual property in the Revolution library,” Totino says. “With Fortress’s financial resources and industry expertise and our continued partnership with Joe Roth, we plan to grow Revolution substantially in the coming years.”

Revolution became a financial disappointment after a promising start. Roth — a former studio exec at Disney and Fox — forged alliances with Sony, Starz and Fox, and stars including Adam Sandler and Julia Roberts. Roth also directed films including Christmas With The Kranks and Freedomland. But Revolution shuttered its film division in 2007 with a library of 50 titles as bombs including Gigli and Hollywood Homicide overwhelmed successes including Oscar winner Black Hawk Down and Maid In Manhattan. The TV production operation has continued with shows including Are We There Yet for TBS and Anger Management for FX.

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Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ Drops In Second Week

By | Friday July 6, 2012 @ 4:03pm PDT

Last night’s episode of Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management dropped significantly from its debut week on FX. Thursday’s 9:30 PM episode of Anger was down 35% in Adults 18-49. The former Two And A Half Men star’s new show’s third episode also dropped 38% in total viewers from last week’s double episode premiere. Thursday night’s Anger Management had 1.71 million viewers in the 18-49 demo as opposed to last week’s 2.65 million. In total viewers, the show pulled in 3.37 million in contrast to last week’s 5.47 million. On the upside, those are still very healthy numbers for cable and the new episode rose 44% in adults 18-49 and 55% in total viewers from its encore 9 PM lead-in. With all the hype and promotion around Anger Management’s debut it was inevitable the numbers would drop. The question is, when will they stabilize? For Anger Management that’s a question with a potential deadline. The series, produced by Lionsgate Television in conjunction with Revolution Studios, Evolution Entertainment, Mohawk Productions and Estevez Sheen Productions, has a 10-90 deal with FX. The network made a 10-episode initial order. If the show hits certain ratings targets, FX will make a 90-episode renewal that takes Anger Management to broadcast syndication levels.

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DONE: Bruce Helford Signs On To Write & Run Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’

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It’s official: The Drew Carey Show creator Bruce Helford will guide Charlie Sheen in his return to series television with Anger Management. I’ve learned that Helford has closed his deal with Lionsgate TV to come on board the project as writer/executive producer/showrunner. Helford, who has created two successful sitcom starring vehicles in the past — ABC’s Drew Carey and George Lopezwas one of several veteran showrunners that Sheen met with and someone the actor connected with right away. Based on the 2003 Jack Nicholson-Adam Sandler movie about a mild-mannered man (Sandler) ordered to attend group anger-management sessions led by a volatile therapist (Nicholson), Anger Management will star Sheen as an updated version of Nicholson’s character. The project is being produced by Lionsgate TV, Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios and Sheen manager Mark Burg’s production company Evolution Management. Read More »

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Deadline Poll: Which Showrunner Desperate Enough To Work With Charlie Sheen?

There’s a reason that moviemaker Joe Roth doesn’t produce much TV. Because he comes up with terrible ideas like casting Charlie Sheen in a sitcom version of Anger Management. His plan is to join with Lionsgate TV for a small-tube series based on the 2003 big-screen feature that was one of the few non-stinkers from his Revolution Studios. Now this is a long way from seeing daylight. But, seriously, which showrunner would be so desperate as to work with whack job Sheen? Much less any actor who’s currently embroiled in both a lawsuit and arbitration against the producer and studio who fired him off his last sitcom? I want names…

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