Matt Phelps Tapped For Ubisoft Motion Pictures Development VP
Former Gulfstream Pictures Exec Matt Phelps has moved on to Ubisoft Motion Pictures as the studio’s new Vice President of Development. He is heading up the opening of the company’s LA offices as selected staff relocate to Southern California from Paris.
Starting out in the UTA mailroom, Phelps worked as an assistant in Motion Picture Literary before joining the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Creative group, assisting in the development and production of Teenage Mutant N… Read
Kevin Pereira To Host Celebrity Passion Series ‘Super Into’ For TruTV
TruTV has ordered 12 half-hour episodes of Super Into, a series in which celebrities take us inside their private passions, with Kevin Pereira (Attack Of The Show!) as host. It’s set to premiere on October 26.
With guest stars including Michelle Rodriguez, Rob Corddry, Kesha, Margaret Cho and Nick Young, Super Into lets viewers see how each celeb geeks out on everything from sneakers to marijuana to motorcycles. Each episode is packed with short animations and stylized… Read
Alchemy Expands Exec Roles For Brooke Ford & Jeff Deutchman
Indie distribution outfit Alchemy has promoted Brooke Ford to EVP Marketing, Acquisitions & Productions, and Jeff Deutchman to SVP Acquisitions & Productions. Ford, who had been EVP Marketing, will now also oversee Alchemy's film acquisitions team. Deutchman, formerly VP Acquisitions, will report to her and continue to fine-tune the the company's project pipeline. Ford will report to CEO Bill Lee.
Ford has been at the company — formerly known as First Look, then… Read
‘The Leftovers’ Opens Season 2 With Early 713K Tuned In To Premiere In L+SD
With a good-ish portion of Season 1’s cast gone, and a somewhat sunnier reboot, the Season 2 opener of HBO’s rapture-drama The Leftovers averaged 713,000 total and 413,000 demo viewers Sunday in Live+Same Day ratings for its time-slot premiere.
On June 29, 2014, the series premiere of the high-concept post-rapture drama pulled in 1.8M viewers in its 10 PM slot on a Sunday. (Damon Lindelof's The Leftovers originally had been set to debut June 15 of that year, following the… Read
‘The Last Kingdom’ First-Look Clip: Uhtred’s Life-Changing Moment
BBC America has dropped some pretty intense footage from the series premiere of The Last Kingdom. The historical drama from BBC America, BBC Two and Carnival Films debuts October 10 in the U.S. setting up the adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series of books, The Saxon Stories.
The eight-part drama follows young warrior and outsider, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), on a fierce mission to reclaim his birthright, while re-telling the history of King Alfred the Great… Read
Hilary Swank Moves To WME
EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has joined WME. This is a big get for the agency, with the versatile actress capable of moving between multiple genres and ready to return to the heights of a career that saw her win two Best Actress Oscars by the age of 30. Swank joins from CAA. Her most recent film, The Homesman in which she starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones, John Lithgow, James Spader and Meryl Streep premiered at Cannes last year.
Swank memorably… Read
Chantal Akerman Dies: Pioneering Belgian Filmmaker Was 65
A director, cinematographer, writer, editor and sometime actress, Belgian-born filmmaker Chantal Akerman has died. The death was confirmed by French film industry organization ARP. Le Monde has reported that Akerman committed suicide Monday night. She was 65.
Akerman began making movies at age 17 with her first short, 1968’s Saute Ma Ville. Among her oeuvre are such films as Je, Tu, Il, Elle in which she starred with Niels Arestrup; Les Rendez-Vous D’Anna and The Captive… Read
ABC Family To Be Renamed As Freeform
ABC Family is changing its name. Starting in January 2016, the Disney-owned TV network targeting younger viewers will be known as Freeform. The network will begin promoting the new branding right away, while the new logo will be unveiled in a few months.
This will be the first time in 27 years that the cable channel won’t have “family” in its name. Launched in 1977 by Pat Robertson, it was named the CBN Family Channel in 1988 and kept the word in as it went through… Read
‘Scorpion’ Ratings Inch Up While ‘Minority Report’ Slips To 0.7 In Adults 18-49
Snapshot: New series Week 3 retention – Blindspot (2.5 in 18-49, 96%), Life In Pieces (1.9, 100% in fast nationals, may be adjusted down in the finals), Minority Report (0.7, 78%). Most other series were on par or off by a tenth while CBS' Scorpion was up a tenth.
We may see the first scheduling change this fall after Fox freshman Minority Report posted a 22% Week 2-to-Week 3 drop to hit the dreaded 0.7 rating in adults 18-49. No series has been able to recover and stay… Read
Bob Saget Will Preach The Gospel of Broadway’s ‘Hand To God’
Broadway’s Tony-nominated puppet show (well, the one that didn’t win) will go out with a bang: Bob Saget will step into the role of Pastor Greg in Hand To God as it enters the last months of its run at the Shubert-owned Booth Theatre. Producer Kevin McCollum says the television personality and stand-up (whose version of “The Aristocrats” is considered by comedy connoisseurs to be the nastiest version of the word’s nastiest joke) will take over for Marc Kudisch… Read
Fox’s Jim Gianopulos To Receive PGA’s Milestone Award
20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos will be honored with the 2016 Milestone Award at the 27th annual PGA Awards ceremony on January 23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
The Milestone Award is the PGA's highest honor, recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. Previous recipients include Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ron Meyer, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Bob Iger… Read
Locomotive Taps Producer Alexis Alexanian As Production President
Locomotive, the film/TV production company re-launched in 2014 by Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Alexandra Kerry and Jonathon Kemp, has hired producer Alexis Alexanian as President of Production. The move comes after she co-produced Locomotive’s Maggie’s Plan, which was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics after its Toronto Film Festival bow.
The hire is also on the heels of Locomotive closing a jointly funded feature development deal with New Regency. In her new role, Alexanian… Read