Richard Shepard To Direct & Executive Produce WGN America Drama Series ‘Salem’

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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Richard Shepard, Bryan & Sean Furst’s Company Olé Signs Deal With 20th TV

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 4:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Fox Searchlight Acquires Jude Law-Starrer ‘Dom Hemingway’

Mike Fleming

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. Read More »

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Jude Law In ‘Dom Hemingway’: First Photo

By | Sunday October 14, 2012 @ 11:30pm PDT

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 … Read More »

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Richard Shepard To Direct CBS Pilot ‘Golden Boy’, Miguel Arteta To Helm ‘Carrie Diaries’

By | Monday February 6, 2012 @ 8:36am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Greg Walker Teams With Olé For CBS Detective Drama, Richard Shepard To Direct

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 3:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former Without a Trace and The Defenders showrunner Greg Walker has sold a second drama project to CBS this season. Red on Red, from CBS TV Studios and Richard Shepard and Sean Furst and Bryan Furst’s Olé, is based … Read More »

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Richard Shepard, Bryan & Sean Furst’s TV Company Olé Inks Deal With CBS Studios

By | Tuesday June 21, 2011 @ 10:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Emmy-Winning Directors Back On Pilot Duty

Nellie Andreeva

Richard Shepard, who won an Emmy for directing the pilot of ABC’s Ugly Betty, has come on board to direct another hourlong pilot with a female lead, CBS’ Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Ringer, written on spec by Eric Charmelo … Read More »

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Rosalie Swedlin Joins Anonymous Content

By | Monday October 11, 2010 @ 12:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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 … Read More »

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The CW Greenlights Legal Dramedy Pilot For Midseason Based On German Format

Nellie Andreeva

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 Read More »

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Richard Shepard Forms TV Company With Bryan & Sean Furst, Makes Showtime Sale

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Writer/director Richard Shepard has teamed with producers Sean Furst and Bryan Furst to launch television production shingle Olé. The new company has already set up two series projects, including Corkscrew at Showtime, which Shepard is writing and directing. Both projects … Read More »

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Girl Power: Writing Duo Sells 2 TV Projects

Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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