EXCLUSIVE: TBS‘ comedy pilot Tribecais becoming a family affair, with Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton set to portray the parents of the series’ lead, played by Jones and Lipton’s’ real-life daughter, Rashida Jones. Also set for a guest starring/potential recurring role in the pilot is Alfred Molina, with Lisa Kudrow in talks for a cameo. Directed by Steve Carell from a script he wrote with his wife, Nancy Carell, Tribeca is a satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca (Rashida Jones), a 10-year veteran of the LAPD. The single-camera comedy explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served. Molina will play Dr. Edelweiss, a solemn and serious handwriting expert who also has a penchant for toys.
Deon Cole (Barbershop, FX’s The League) has joined TBS‘ comedy pilot Tribeca, directed by Steve Carell. Co-written by Carell and his wife, Nancy Carell, Tribeca is a satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca (Rashida Jones). Cole, repped by APA and Kirsten Ames Management, will play Officer DJ Tanner, head of the K-9 unit. He most recently hosted his own TBS series Deon Cole’s Black Box.
Edi Gathegi (Justified) and Caroline Rose Kaplan have signed on to TNT‘s pilot Proof, a supernatural medical drama executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick. Written by Rob Bragin and directed by Alex Graves, Proof centers on a skeptical, hard science, female surgeon who is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation.
Jere Burns (Justified) in in final negotiations and AndréeVermeulen (CollegeHumor Originals) is set to co-star opposite Rashida Jones in TBS‘ single-camera comedy pilot Tribeca, directed by Steve Carell. Co-written by Carell and his wife, Nancy Carell, Tribeca is a satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca (Jones), an outspoken 10-year veteran of the LAPD’s elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit). The project explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served…sort of. Read More »
Departing Parks & Recreation original cast member Rashida Jones has lined up her next series vehicle, signing on to play the lead in TBS‘ single-camera comedy Tribeca, co-created and directed by Steve Carell. Co-written by Carell and his wife, actress Nancy Carell, Tribeca is a satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca (Jones), an outspoken 10-year veteran of the LAPD’s elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit). The project explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served…sort of. A lone wolf, Angie is not thrilled when told she has to work with a partner. The Carells are executive producing the pilot through their Carousel TV, with production tentatively scheduled for February/March. Jones had been in high demand since word leaked in that summer that she would be leaving Parks & Recreation. The actress, repped by UTA and attorney James Adams, had been very busy as a producer via her shingle with Will McCormack Le Train Train. In its first year under a deal at Warner Bros TV, the company has sold six project and recently landed its first pilot order for comedy A to Z at NBC. Picking a starring vehicle outside of her deal was somewhat surprising but I hear Carell actively pursued her, and she sparked to the premise of … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In his first season as a CBS TV Studios-based producer following his June exit as CBS’ head of current programming, David Brownfield has sold two projects to the network. An untitled drama, from Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s CBS TV Studios-based Tribeca Prods., is written by former Brothers & Sisters and Smash executive producer David Marshall Grant. It centers on a counter-insurgency expert who comes back from Afghanistan to his old police precinct and begins to use techniques he employed overseas to try to control gang violence at home. Grant, De Niro and Rosenthal executive produce with Brownfield; Berry Welsh co-exec produces. Last year, Grant — repped by CAA and Untitled — developed two projects for CBS TV Studios, one of which, The CW’s Blink, went to pilot. He also has upcoming HBO series Looking. Tribeca is with CAA.
Brownfield’s other CBS project is comedy Secrets Of Happy Families, based on the latest book by best-selling author Bruce Feiler, a collection of recommended practices for modern-day parents. Written/exec produced by Owen Ellickson (The Office), the adaptation centers on a blue-collar family that has their patience tested when a parenting expert moves in next door with his wife and … Read More »
Thom Hinkle is relying on his own development for his first pickup as head of scripted development at TBS. The network has greenlighted half-hour pilot Tribeca, written and executive produced by Steve Carell and Nancy Carell and to be directed by Steve Carell, whose company Carousel Television is producing. Hinlke ran Carousel and developed and sold Tribeca to TBS before joining the network as VP Comedy last month. Described as the brainchild of Steve and his wife, actress Nancy Carell, Tribeca is a satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca, a 10-year veteran of the LAPD’S elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit). This single-camera comedy explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served…sort of. These dedicated men and women are more than counter-intuitive; they are non-intuitive. The project seems in the same milieu as Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV:: and Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Robert De Niro is the latest Hollywood figure eyeing a bite of China’s booming economy. But the star is not prepping a movie on the mainland, instead he’s developing Project 179, an 850,000-square-foot complex in the heart of the Shanghai financial district. De Niro and his BD Hotels partners Ira Drukier and Richard Born are teaming with Empire Global Ventures, Amerasia S&T Corp, Douglas Elliman and Tribeca Enterprises to establish a major hospitality, dining and cultural destination on Nanjing Road in the waterfront Bund area. The complex, designed to reflect classic 1920’s Shanghai, will include a five-star boutique hotel, retail space, multiple restaurants led by well-known U.S. chefs, a cultural performance center and a multiplex. It’s due to open in 2016. De Niro’s new venture will be a neighbor of entrepreneur Bruno Wu’s Pinewood Chinawood studio base which will also be housed along the Bund.
EXCLUSIVE: Nikohl Boosheri (Circumstance) stars in writer-director Meera Menon’s debut feature as a young woman who hits the road with girlfriends to stump for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Along the way, Farah hopes to lose her virginity. The coming-of-age road movie premieres at Tribeca on April 19. Laura Goode produced and co-scripted with Menon, with Kandis Erickson, Kiran Deol, and Michael Steger co-starring. Here’s the film’s trailer:
Director Nicholas Wrathall landed the iconic writer and essayist’s final on-camera interview for this docu profile which world-premieres next month at Tribeca. The Spotlight selection also features Burr Steers, Christopher Hitchens, Jodie Evans, Tim Robbins, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sting, David Mamet, Bob Scheer, William F. Buckley, Jay Parini, Norman Mailer, Nina Straight and Dick Cavett.
EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Prods. continues a strong selling season with deals at Showtime for The Good Shepherd and at CBS for a family medical drama from TV writer/playwright Diana Son (Law & Order: Criminal Intent). Both projects are produced by CBS TV Studios where Tribeca is under an overall deal. Rosenthal and De Niro executive produce, with Tribeca’s Berry Welsh serving as producer.
Showtime is developing The Good Shepherd, a period drama based on the characters from the 2006 Cold War feature spy thriller directed by De Niro and co-produced by Tribeca. The film’s writer, Oscar winner Eric Roth, will write/exec produce the series adaptation, with De Niro set to direct, the first time the Oscar winner has been attached to direct a Tribeca TV project. The series will follow the family of a CIA operative.
Producers originally planned to do a Good Shepherd feature sequel but opted to pursue pay cable for an opportunity to delve deeper into the characters in a serialized format. The 2006 movie starred Matt Damon as a senior CIA officer, with Angelina Jolie, William Hurt and Alec Baldwin, De Niro co-starring.
This would mark the first series created by CAA-repped Roth in two decades, since the 1992 Fox musical drama The Heights, which he co-created. He spent the last two decades mostly in features, earning four Academy Award writing nominations and winning for Forrest Gump. He is currently an executive producer on Netflix’s House Of Cards and served as co-executive producer on HBO’s Luck. Read More »
New York, NY – April 16, 2012 – The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding partner American Express, today announced its jurors – a diverse group of 39 individuals, including award-winning filmmakers, writers and producers, acclaimed actors, respected critics and global business leaders. Irwin Winkler has been named President of the Jury. The Jury will be divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the TFF Awards Night ceremony, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg on April 26, which will stream live on TribecaFilm.com. The 2012 Festival runs from April 18 –29.
Marvel Studios’ and Disney’s summer tentpole The Avengers has been tapped to be the closing-night film at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28 — a week before the film opens wide May 4. Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson star in the superhero movie directed by Joss Whedon. The movie wrapped production in New York.
The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival revealed its panel series as well as six new titles that will world premiere at the upcoming event. Narrative films Freaky Deaky and Future Weather as well as documentaries Portrait Of Wally and Once In A Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story will screen as part of the “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” series, the documentary Wagner’s Dream will premiere as part of the festival’s new “Beyond the Screens: Globalize Your Thinking” series, and the narrative Knife Fight will have a screening with an extended Q&A. Read More »