NBC’s ‘Today’ To Launch Sir Richard Branson And Offspring Into Space

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 7:44am PST

While CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was over at CBS This Morning, apologizing for 60 Minutes’ botched report on the Benghazi attack this morning, over at NBC’s Today show they were announcing a three-hour live … Read More »

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NBC Picks Up Mark Burnett And Richard Branson’s Space Travel Reality Series

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 10:41am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With the broadcast reality space in a rut of late, NBC continues to take big swings. Following the expensive two-week Million Second Quiz stint, the network has bought another even bigger-budget show — the space travel reality series that Survivor and The Voice producer Mark Burnett had been pitching with British mogul Richard Branson. This marks a reunion, as 12 years ago NBC outbid several other networks for Burnett’s Destination: Mir, which was later scrapped as the Russian space station that was to be the series’ destination was brought down shortly thereafter. Burnett later tried with Destination: Space, which also didn’t get off the ground. Both were in partnership with the Russian space program and to use Soyuz rockets. The new NBC series, titled Space Race, is done with Branson’s Virgin Galactic, advertised as the world’s first commercial spaceline. The premise is the same — everyday people compete for a trip into space — in this case on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. (The first flight of the new spaceline is reportedly already fully booked, dominated by celebrity travelers.) The training of the contestants will be done at Virgin Galactic’s home in Spaceport America in New Mexico.

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Richard Branson Buys Rolling Stones Book For Film Drama

EXCLUSIVE: The Rolling Stones and Richard Branson are teaming up again. Having released three Stones albums back in the 1990s on Virgin Records, Branson’s Virgin Produced has now acquired the rights to Robert Greenfield’s 2008 book Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones.Read More »

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Entertainment One Inks Development Deal With Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 11:09am PDT

Indie studio Entertainment One and Virgin Produced — the production unit of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group — have signed a two-year, first-look development deal in which eOne will … Read More »

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Wayne Kramer To Next Direct ‘Ecstasia’ For Relativity Media

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media has optioned Ecstasia, a futuristic drama that was written and will be directed by The Cooler helmer Wayne Kramer. Kramer became available after he exited the Sylvester Stallone-starrer Headshot, and he expects this to be his next … Read More »

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E! In First-Look Deal With Virgin Produced

By | Wednesday January 19, 2011 @ 7:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

E! Entertainment TV has signed multiyear first-look deal with Virgin Produced, the recently launched production arm of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. The pact is for reality programming. Virgin Produced’s unscripted development will be overseen by CEO Jason Felts and Chief Creative Officer Justin Berfield who were previously active in TV … Read More »

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Space Pioneer Richard Branson Discovers McG’s ‘Columbus’ For First Spec Buy

By | Sunday October 17, 2010 @ 3:05pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Branson, the entrepreneur who says he is two years away from launching the commercial space travel company Virgin Galactic Airways, wants to make a movie about a guy who could certainly relate to the ambition. Branson, who  this summer launched the Virgin Produced banner as a joint venture with Relativity Media, is negotiating to acquire Columbus, a script by T.S. Nowlin that has McG attached to direct a 300-style film about Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America. The script went out last week and a deal’s in the works, sources said. The pic will be produced by McG, who’s currently directing the 20th Century Fox comedy This Means War with Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine. Read More »

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Richard Branson Venture’s Virgin Film Has Raunchy Laughs, Lotta Stars

Mike Fleming

The first film that gets Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced film shingle off the tarmac–it was innocuously mentioned as an untitled Peter Farrelly film in the announcement of Branson’s joint venture with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity–has a bigger concentration of first class … Read More »

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Who Says There Are No Second Acts?

Mike Fleming

Richard Branson’s Virgin Group announced that it launched Virgin Produced, a joint venture with Relativity Media for TV development, packaging and production. What the company didn’t say is that it chose as its chief creative officer and overseer of development … Read More »

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