Warner Bros. Eyeing Dutch TV Producer Eyeworks: Reports

eyeworksWarner Bros isn’t talking, but Dutch media is reporting today that the company is in talks to acquire Netherlands-based TV producer Eyeworks, Reuters said. Warner Bros International Television Production already has a majority stake in UK production group Shed Media and in BlazHoffski Holdingan, an indie producer that operates in The Netherlands and Belgium. Eyeworks produces and distributes unscripted programs in 16 countries including many in Europe as well as the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and Latin America. Among its shows are Celebrity Splash, Extreme Weight Loss, Test The Nation and I Know What You Did Last Friday. European production companies have been increasingly attractive acquisitions targets in general over the last year, with ITV taking majority stakes in the UK’s Big Talk, The Garden and So Television while Modern Times Group bought Nordic outfit Nice Entertainment and FremantleMedia took controlling interest in Denmark’s Miso Film. Also, NBCUniversal owns Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films. Read More »

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The Renewal Drama Of Fox’s Top Dramas

By | Friday April 15, 2011 @ 3:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It looks like no renewal deal is coming today for Fox’s veteran medical drama House. Or Bones. The network’s two longest-running and strongest drama series are in a similar position: … Read More »

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Ed Decter & John Strauss Sign Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television

By | Friday April 15, 2011 @ 6:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Ed Decter and John Strauss, creators/executive producers of Sony Pictures TV’s hourlong pilot for A&E Big Mike, have signed a two-year overall deal with Sony. Outside of the deal, which starts in June, the co-writers of There’s Something About Mary serve as executive producers on In Plain Sight. They joined … Read More »

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Playtone Setting Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ For HBO Series

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: As HBO prepares to unveil its epic-sized series adaptation of George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones this Sunday, the payweb has begun talks to acquire the Neil Gaiman novel American Gods to be developed into another fantasy series. The … Read More »

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TNT Gets Off-Net Rights To ‘Hawaii Five-0′

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 3:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Underscoring the dearth of repeatable new procedurals on the broadcast networks, another CBS crime drama has landed a rich cable syndication deal very early into its run. TNT has nabbed off-network rights to CBS’ freshman Hawaii Five-0 for a … Read More »

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Adult Swim Renews Conan O’Brien-Produced ‘Eagleheart’ For Season 2

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 1:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has picked up a second season of the live-action comedy Eagleheart, starring Chris Elliott. The quarter-hour series, a parody of butt-kicking crime dramas like Walker, Texas Ranger, hails from Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Prods. It was set up … Read More »

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Nickelodeon Greenlights Fifth Season Of Hit Comedy ‘iCarly’

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 10:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Nickelodeon has greenlit a fifth season of its flagship live-action series iCarly. After locking in star Miranda Cosgrove with a new deal, the network has ordered 13 new episodes of the comedy, which will begin production in 2012 for … Read More »

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Mark Verheiden To Co-Write, EP NBC’s ‘Dark Tower’ Series With Akiva Goldsman

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TV, film and comic book writer Mark Verheiden has been tapped to co-write with Akiva Goldsman the NBC TV series The Dark Tower. The project is part of a massive joint deal Universal Pictures and NBC Universal TV … Read More »

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TruTV Renews 4 Shows, Acquires ‘Wipeout’, Sets Projects From Ridley & Tony Scott, JLo

By | Tuesday April 12, 2011 @ 10:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TruTV, which has been on a ratings upswing, got an additional boost last month when it launched its first high-profile sports franchise, sharing with TNT, TBS and CBS the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship coverage. At its second annual upfront today, the network announced a slew of series renewals and projects in development. The network has renewed Hardcore Pawn and Black Gold for a fourth season, Full Throttle Saloon for a third season and has ordered additional episodes from freshman Lizard Lick Towing, a spinoff of All Worked Up. Additionally, truTV has picked off-network rights to ABC’s reality series Wipeout to start airing in the fall. Here is a list of TruTV’s projects in development, including shows from NFL Films and producers Tony and Ridley Scott and Jennifer Lopez: Read More »

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Mike Sikowitz Signs Deal With Sony TV

By | Tuesday April 12, 2011 @ 8:21am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Comedy writer-producer Mike Sikowitz, executive producer on the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement, has inked a two-year overall deal with the series’ producer Sony Pictures Television. Under the seven-figure pact, which starts in June, Sikowitz will continue as an exec … Read More »

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Style Orders 3 Reality Series, Puts 10 More In Development

By | Tuesday April 12, 2011 @ 7:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Style Network today held its first upfront presentation since the channel was put under the purview of NBCU’s Lauren Zalaznick following the NBCU-Comcast merger. Style announced it has picked up Big Rich Texas with a 10-episode order. The docu-series, set to premiere in July, explores the ultra-exclusive world at the top of the Dallas social scene. It is produced by Fly on the Wall, with Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan exec producing. Two years ago, the network shot a similar series, Divas and Daughters, about Dallas socialite mothers and daughters. Also announced today are How Do I Look?, a search for the country’s worst fashion offenders hosted by Jeannie Mai, which will premiere in September; and makeover series Glam Fairy, a spinoff of Style’s flagship series Jerseylicious. The Endemol USA show, which follows New Jersey makeup artist Alexa Prisco, will premiere in October. Style also announced a development slate of 10 unscripted series. Here are the descriptions: Read More »

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Alan Poul Inks Overall Deal With HBO, Joins Aaron Sorkin’s Cable News Pilot As EP

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Six Feet Under alum Alan Poul is back at HBO with an overall deal. As part of it, the producer-director is set to executive produce Aaron Sorkin’s HBO pilot. Tentatively titled More As This Story Develops, the project centers … Read More »

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‘Desperate Housewives’ Stars Finalizing New Deals, Paving Way To Season 8 Pickup

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After months of negotiations, I hear the four stars of ABC’s Desperate Housewives– Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria — are finalizing deals to return to the dramedy series next fall. The deals are for one year, with an option for a second. With the quartet on board, ABC will renew the show for an eighth season, though it is unclear whether that will happen right away or closer to the May upfronts.

As for Hatcher, Huffman, Cross and Longoria, I hear their new base salary would be around $325,000 per episode, up from about $275,000 under their most recent deals. (Reports have erroneously pegged their previous salaries at $400,000.) With additional compensation, including back-end and bonuses, the actresses’ paychecks are expected to go up as high as $375,000 per episode. If their options for Season 9 are exercised, their base salary is slated to go up to around $350,000, plus other incentives. If Desperate Housewives goes to nine seasons, which has been creator Marc Cherry’s vision for the show, the four leading ladies’ entire compensation package for the next two seasons is valued at close to $18 million for each. Read More »

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Comedy Central Developing ‘Geniuses’ Comedy With Adam Nee And Ryan Judd

Nellie Andreeva

Comedy Central has signed up-and-coming comedians Adam Nee and Ryan Judd to develop, write, direct and star in a half-hour project. Titled Geniuses, it is based on a spec pilot Nee and Judd did last year and took to the cable network. It centers on two hapless friends, Johnny (Nee) … Read More »

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Warren Leight To Run ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Nellie Andreeva

Warren Leight is returning to the Law & Order franchise as executive producer and showrunner of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Leight is finalizing a deal to succeed Neal Baer, who, after 11 year at the helm of SVU, is leaving the crime drama at the end of the season to segue into a rich three-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. With an experienced showrunner like Leight in place, NBC and Dick Wolf have solved one of the two issues SVU faces in its quest for a 13th season. The other is re-signing stars Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni, whose deals are up at the end of the season. The two have just started talks with the network, with the pace of the negotiations expected to pick up during the next couple of weeks. Read More »

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HBO GO Now Available On DirecTV

By | Monday April 11, 2011 @ 10:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO’s new authenticated online video services, HBO GO and MAX GO, will be available to DirecTV customers  beginning tomorrow, April 12, free for HBO subscribers. The services, which offer more than 1400 programs online (current and library titles), have been expanding their reach and will soon be available on iPad, … Read More »

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STAYING IN BUSINESS: Kelly Ripa To Produce TV Special Starring Regis Philbin

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: They may be preparing to say goodbye as co-hosts of Live with Regis and Kelly, but Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin  are planning a new collaboration beyond the syndicated daily talk show. I hear Ripa and her husband Mark … Read More »

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Hearst, Mark Burnett Hatch Joint Venture

By | Monday April 11, 2011 @ 7:51am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After trying for find a buyer for his Mark Burnett Prods. for the past several years, Mark Burnett has formed a “long-term media, production and events-based joint venture” with Hearst Corp., the two sides announced this morning. Under the deal, … Read More »

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Adult Swim Orders Bob Odenkirk Pilot

By | Friday April 8, 2011 @ 6:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has ordered Regal Productions, a live-action comedy pilot created, directed, produced and starring Bob Odenkirk. Odenkirk developed the project with Brian Jarvis and Jim Freeman, who will co-star in the pilot with him. The comedy, executive produced … Read More »

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