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 kids. Feiler, whose 2010 book The Council of Dads was adapted by Fox the same year and became a comedy pilot starring Kyle Bornheimer, will serve as consultant. Brownfield is the latest high-level TV executive to make an entrance into producing this season with a solid slate, joining David Janollari, Steve McPherson, Barry Jossen, Michael McDonald and Marcus Wiley. He was was writer/co-producer on ABC’s Boy Meets World before joining CBS where he served as head of current for nine years.
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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. … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 »
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 … Read More »
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 »