EXCLUSIVE: Alex Winter has sold his Midwestern militia pitch to AMC. The former Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure star will pen the hour-long drama with his writing partner Steven Pearl. Tentatively titled Rights Of Bill, the show centers on a Sheriff who forms his own militia in Wisconsin, becoming both the law and an outlaw simultaneously. As an actor, Winter has just finished filming Grand Piano with John Cusack and Elijah Wood. He has also appeared on Fox’s Bones and Adult Swim’s Saul Of The Mole Men and Robot Chicken in the past few years. As a director, Winter recently completed the documentary Downloaded to come out in 2013. The doc, about the rise and fall of Napster, will play theatrically next year before being broadcast on VH-1. Alex Winter is repped by APA, Forward Entertainment, Hollander Entertainment and attorney Jackie Eckhouse.
Ben Silverman’s IAC-owned Electus has acquired Engine Entertainment to form a new in-house global distribution arm, Electus/Engine Distribution. The new division will handle worldwide sales for Electus’ content including television, motion picture and digital. Engine Entertainment CEO Chris Philip will assume the role of president of Electus/Engine Distribution with offices in London, Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Electus and Engine already co-produce and distribute Thumb Wars, a Smart Phone game show. Electus previously inked a distribution partnership with Elizabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group, which will continue international distribution under existing deals for Cuckoo’s Nest, Master of the Mix, P.I. Moms and Hiccups. As part of the partnership between Electus and Guy Hameiri’s Israeli-based Abbot Reif Hameiri Production Co., Electus/Engine Distribution now serves as the international sales team for the company’s programming.
MTV is looking to launch a series starring Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio, signing a series option deal with the Jersey Shore cast member. In September, Delvecchio starred in a pilot presentation produced by 495 Prods., the company behind Jersey Shore. The new project would explore Delvecchio’s “life away from the shore,” MTV’s EVP of programming and head of production Chris Linn said. “At the heart of Jersey Shore is the unique and genuine cast and Pauly D. truly embodies both qualities,” Linn said. “He’s distinguished himself onscreen as the fun-loving, well-coiffed and dependable guy you can’t help but want to hang out with.”