Richard Shepard has boarded WGN America‘s first scripted series, drama Salem, as director and executive producer. Shepard will serve as director and executive producer on the project, part of his deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Salem, from Brannon Braga, Adam Simon and Fox21, is set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts and explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. Salem has a 13-episode order and is slated to begin production in the fall in Louisiana for a 2014 premiere. Shepard, repped by WME, Anonymous Content, and Karl Austen, has directed the pilots for Criminal Minds, Ugly Betty (for which he won both an Emmy and a DGA Award), and most recently Golden Boy. His movie Dom Hemingway will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Olé, the TV production company of director Richard Shepard and producers Sean Furst and Bryan Furst is setting shop at 20th Century Fox TV after a two-year stint at CBS TV Studios. “Richard is a fantastic and versatile director with whom every network wants to be in business, and Sean and Bryan are incredibly talented producers known for smart and distinctive projects,” 20th TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said. “They share our passion for bold, creatively adventurous television and we think this deal with Olé is going to be an enormously successful partnership.” Added the Fursts, “We are extremely excited and energized as we begin this new alliance with 20th Television, which has produced some of the most compelling television in recent years.”
At CBS Studios, Olé produced the newly picked up CW series Star-Crossed and is developing the family real estate business dramedy Hot Property for ABC Family. Under the new deal, Olé’s Meredith Ditlow has been elevated to Director of Development.
BREAKING: Fox Searchlight, which was uncharacteristically quiet at Cannes, has just made a buy. Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley have closed a deal for North American and a few other territories on the Richard Shepard-directed Dom Hemingway. The darkly comic crime saga stars Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir and Emilia Clarke. Jeremy Thomas produced through Recorded Picture Company and the film will be released next year. “We were so attracted to this film, with its rich array of characters and sharp dialogue. Jude Law’s clever and outrageous performance as Dom is completely transformative, unlike anything you have seen him do before,” said Utley and Gilula.
Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Co. released this photo of Jude Law and Richard E. Grant on location in the South of France shooting writer-director Richard Shepard’s black comedy Dom Hemingway. Law plays a notorious safecracker looking for payback from …
Emmy-winning director Richard Shepard is set to direct and executive produce the CBS pilot Golden Boy. The drama, written and executive produced by Nicholas Wootton and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, hails from Warner Bros TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods. It is a show about the making of a man — it tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to Police Commissioner. In addition to directing, Shepard will executive produce the pilot. He has been loaned out from CBS TV Studios, where Olé, his production company with Sean and Bryan Furst, is under a deal. Shepard, an Emmy winner for directing the pilot for ABC’s Ugly Betty, most recently directed the pilot for the CW’s Ringer. He also directed the pilots for Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
EXCLUSIVE: Olé, the TV production company launched in September by director Richard Shepard and producers Sean Furst & Bryan Furst, is putting down roots at CBS Television Studios with an exclusive two-year deal. The studio had been handling Olé’s development under Shepard’s overall deal there. Now the two sides have formalized their relationship with a pod agreement. Shepard, an Emmy winner for directing the pilot for ABC’s Ugly Betty, most recently directed the pilot for Ringer, the upcoming CW series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar produced by CBS Studios. He also directed the pilots for the CBS Studios co-produced Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. “I’ve had a great run at CBS Television Studios,” says Shepard. “And the fact that they are so supportive of all my interests makes continuing and expanding the relationship with our producing company Olé a no-brainer.”
Shepard and the Fursts met on the Pierce Brosnan-starring film The Matador, which the Fursts produced and Shepard wrote and directed, and then worked together again on the HBO documentary I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale before forming Olé. Within weeks, the company set up two projects, including the Shepard-written Corkscrew, which was sold to Showtime. Under the new deal, the Olé partners will “focus heavily on getting entertaining, character-driven shows on the air,” Sean and Bryan Furst said.
BREAKING: Rosalie Swedlin has left an 11-year run at Industry Entertainment to join Anonymous Content as manager and producer. Current clients making the move with Swedlin include David Frankel, Richard Shepard, Lynn Shelton, Nigel Cole, Kirsten Sheridan, Gary Winick, Michael Engler, Tommy Schlamme, Jane Anderson and John Riggi. Swedlin will …
EXCLUSIVE: The CW is finalizing a deal to pick up Danni Lowinski, an hourlong dramedy pilot based on the German series of the same name. Jennie Snyder Urman (90210) has been enlisted to write the adaptation, which is being produced by CBS TV Studios. While the script is yet to be written, the project is being fast-tracked for midseason consideration with a pilot order based on extensive source material
Brothers & Sisters writer-producers Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin left the long-running ABC drama to focus on development. And this summer, they inked a two-script deal with CBS TV Studios. In a development season in which the medical genre has been hot, Cooper and Levin are now 2-for-2. They’ve sold two medical dramas: one to CBS with director-producer Richard Shepard attached, and another to the CW with Carol Mendelsohn on board as executive producer.