CBS To Adapt Austrian Crime Drama With Producer Jamie Tarses

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 5:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS has put in development a crime drama based on the Austrian series Fast Forward (Schnell Ermittelt). Unforgettable co-exec producer Wendy Battles will write the adaptation, from Sony TV, Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare Read More »

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Son & Father Writers Team With Greg Malins For NBC Comedy Helped By Crowdfunding

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 7:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In a competitive situation, Half, a half-hour single-camera comedy from 22-year-old actor-writer Matt Angel, has been bought by NBC with Sony TV producing. Veteran Greg Malins (Friends) is set as showrunner, and Matt’s dad Dan Angel (TNT’s Door To Door) is attached to exec produce. Based on a true story, Half centers on the journey of Riley Young, a quirky 13-year-old conceived through artificial insemination, who convinces her dysfunctional family into embarking on a search for all of her half siblings.
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Anne Heche In First-Look Producing Deal With Universal TV

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 12:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Anne Heche has signed a multiyear first-look producing deal with Universal Television, which includes an acting component in the studio’s programs, Uni TV announced. The pact comes on the heels of Heche starring in the short-lived … Read More »

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CBS Re-Piloting ‘The McCarthys’ As Multi-Camera Comedy

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 5:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has ordered a new pilot for Irish-American family comedy The McCarthys, which will be converted from a single-camera to multi-camera. Talks are underway with cast members about joining the new pilot. Produced by Sony TV and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment, The McCarthys revolves around a big Irish Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. The project, written/co-executive produced by Brian Gallivan, was among the pilots in serious consideration for a series pickup at CBS this season, said to be one of the strongest on the comedy side at the network in years.

Related: Brian Gallivan In Overall Deal With Sony TV

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Sony TV’s ‘The Blacklist’ Lines Up International Sales

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 1:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

New NBC drama The Blacklist got a lot of attention at the upfronts, landing the network’s best fall launchpad behind The Voice on Monday, and was a hit at the LA Screenings. Now the Sony Read More »

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UPDATE: Dan Harmon Apologizes For Comments Slamming ‘Community’ Season 4 & Sony Bosses

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT

Dan Harmon CommunityUPDATE: Dan Harmon took to Twitter and his blog to apologize for the “very un-Community” comments in Sunday’s podcast rant. He offered a mea culpa to the show’s fans, its crew, and the writers on the fourth season that Harmon was absent for: “I’m sorry I pooped on your work.” Harmon also apologized for using language that “dehumanize[d] the developmentally disabled” and for “using the word ‘rape’ in a comedic context.” Harmon’s now back at work on Community Season 5.

PREVIOUS, MONDAY PM: At Sunday’s taping of his Harmontown podcast, returning Community creator and exec producer Dan Harmon unloaded on the show’s fourth season, which carried on under writers David Guarascio and Moses Port after NBC replaced Harmon as showrunner last year. “It’s very much like an impression and an unflattering one,” he said. “It’s 13 episodes of ‘I’m Dan Harmon!’ I’m going back to work tomorrow morning and I’m just like, do I talk like that?” Harmon, who is heading back for Season 5 with writer Chris McKenna, compared catching up on the Guarascio and Port-led fourth season to “flipping through Instagram watching your girlfriend blow a million [people].”

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‘Happy Endings’ Cancelled At ABC, Will USA Step In?

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 5:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

As expected, ABC has cancelled Happy Endings after three seasons. But not all is lost for the cult comedy. Sony TV, the leading studio behind the underrated comedy series, had reached out to a couple of networks, including USA, about the possibility of continuing the comedy there … Read More »

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Alexis Bledel To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Friends & Family’

By | Saturday March 2, 2013 @ 10:30am PST
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In her first series regular role since Gilmore Girls, Alexis Bledel is set as the female lead opposite Jason Ritter in Friends & Family, Fox‘s single-camera comedy pilot from writer David Rosen, Sony TV … Read More »

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Sony Pictures TV Promotes Sales Execs

By | Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 10:21am PST

Sony Pictures Television has upped Flory Bramnick to EVP U.S. Cable Sales and Philip Martzolf to EVP U.S. Syndication Sales, the company announced today. Bramnick, the SVP U.S. Cable Distribution since 2004, will run all sales ops for SPT and … Read More »

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NBC Buys Mystery Drama Penned By ‘Moonlight’ Co-Creator, Helmed By Michael Dinner & Produced By Sam Raimi

By | Wednesday October 19, 2011 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has bought Vanish, a mystery drama from Moonlight co-creator Trevor Munson, Sony TV and Sam Raimi and Josh Donen’s studio-based Star Road banner. Michael Dinner, who is under an … Read More »

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Fox Buys CIA Drama From Imagine, Family Comedy From ‘Big Bang’ Recurring Duo

Nellie Andreeva

Fox has bought a CIA drama from writer Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies) and a multi-camera comedy from actor-writers John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman, best known for their recurring roles on CBS’ hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. The hourlong … Read More »

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NBC Buys Comedies From ‘Chelsea Lately’s Sarah Colonna & ‘Weeds’ Stephen Falk

By | Tuesday October 18, 2011 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has bought two more single-camera comedy projects: Life As I Blow It, from Chelsea Lately and After Lately writer-panelist Sarah Colonna, and Satellites, a workplace comedy from Weeds writer-producer Stephen Falk.

Life As I Blow It is based on Colonna’s upcoming book and follows Colonna and her life in the Midwest surrounded by eccentric friends and family whose opinions and actions know no boundaries. Happy Madison and Sony TV are producing along with Colonna’s management company New Wave Entertainment, Lunch Bag Snail Prods and Universal TV. Colonna will write the script and executive produce with Danielle Sanchez, who will supervise, Doug Robinson, Abbey MacDonald, Michael Pelmont and Brian Volk Weiss. APA-repped Colonna recently performed on the Comedians of Chelsea Lately tour. Read More »

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Sony TV Taps Paula Askanas As EVP Communications

By | Tuesday October 11, 2011 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Longtime Sony Pictures TV top PR executive Paula Askanas has been promoted to EVP Communications. She oversees business and trade press and internal communication for the company worldwide, reporting to SPT president Steve Mosko. “Paula’s ability to understand both a … Read More »

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MTV Buys Krysten Ritter/Eric Garcia Drama, USA Buys Richard Murphy Dramedy

By | Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Krysten Ritter, star of ABC’s upcoming  comedy series Apartment 23, has sold her first TV project as a producer, the hourlong drama Cassandra French’s Finishing School For Boys based on Eric Garcia’s novel of the same name. Garcia (Matchstick Men) … Read More »

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‘Pan Am’ Takes Flight In France As TV Bigwigs Descend On Cannes For MIPCOM

Nellie Andreeva

Thousands of TV executives from around the world are en route to Cannes for the annual MIPCOM market, which starts on Monday. The great majority of them, who are flying into the nearby Nice airport, were greeted by a group of Pan Am stewardesses — a promotion for the new … Read More »

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Lifetime Renews ‘Drop Dead Diva’ For Fourth Season

By | Thursday September 22, 2011 @ 2:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Lifetime has picked up a fourth season of dramedy Drop Dead Diva with a 13-episode order. Along with Army Wives, the Sony TV-produced Diva has been a solid ratings performer for the network, most recently averaging 2.2 million viewers … Read More »

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Pod Script Sales: Koppelman/Levien Set Up First TV Project, Jamie Tarses Sells Drama

By | Friday August 26, 2011 @ 4:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Filmmakers Brian Koppelman and David Levien have sold the first project under their their first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the duo’s first formal TV deal. The project, drama Yard Dogs, which has received a script commitment from Fox, … Read More »

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TV Comedy Exec Scott Landsman Leaves Comedy Central To Go To Sony Pictures TV

By | Wednesday April 27, 2011 @ 5:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Scott Landsman, VP original programming and development at Comedy Central, is leaving the network. After fielding multiple offers, I hear he is in talks to join Sony Pictures TV as VP comedy development. There, he is expected to fill … Read More »

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Is Tal Rabinowitz Replacing Jeff Ingold As Head Of Comedy At NBC?

By | Friday April 22, 2011 @ 2:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt didn’t want to make major changes to his development team until after the upfronts next month. But I hear at least one move is already in the works: that NBC’s head of comedy Jeff Ingold is expected … Read More »

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