BBC Two Enters Court Of ‘Versailles’ With Anglo-French Drama Pick-Up – Edinburgh
In notable acquisition for BBC Two, the channel has taken UK rights to Anglo-French drama, Versailles. Zodiak Rights is handling international sales on the 10-part English-language series.
Set against a backdrop of power, love, betrayal and war, Versailles examines a defining period of French history. The year is 1667 and King Louis XIV is a 28-year-old monarch on the cusp of greatness. A ruthless leader, he will stop at nothing to achieve his vision of creating the most… Read
The Too-Much-TV Debate: FX’s John Landgraf Says “We’re Choking On Our Own Abundance” – Edinburgh
FX CEO John Landgraf rang a chime of doom at TCA earlier this month when he proclaimed that "There is simply too much television" and predicted a peak and decline in the next two years. He carried the conversation across the Atlantic this week to the Edinburgh TV Fest — and took it a step further. Of the amount of content currently available, he said, "It’s like winning a pie-eating contest every day… In some ways, we’re choking on our own abundance.” He also predicted… Read
Christopher Nolan Headlines LFF Connects; Fortissimo Weds ‘La Novia’ – Global Briefs
Christopher Nolan (Inception) will headline a new series of industry talks launched by eh BFI London Film Festival titled LFF Connects The events will aim to explore the future of film and how it engages with other creative industries such TV, music, art and games.Artist Tacita Dean, whose exhibitions include the grand-scale FILM at the Tate Modern, will join the Batman Begins director for the new series, which launches with a conversation event about the future of film… Read
Discovery, MTV Virtual Reality Stunts Gain Increasing Network Interest
Though we’re a long way from the kind of virtual reality getups predicted back in the 1990s, the technology has been steadily improving. Currently used primarily in video games, the tech nonetheless has interesting implications for entertainment in other mediums. So it goes that networks, keenly interested in drawing a bigger slice of the slivered viewer marketplace, are exploring VR-based gimmicks in multiple formats.
First up, Discovery Communications has announced… Read
SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Music Labels Over Online Payment
SAG-AFTRA and a consortium of recording industry players, including Sony, Warner affiliates, Universal, Capitol and Hollywood Records, have announced a tentative deal that, if passed, will include a payment formula for online streaming and non-permanent digital downloads that accounts for revenue generated outside the U.S.. Among new provisions is an agreement to make payments based on earnings worldwide from streaming services and non permanent download services like… Read
‘The Frankenstein Code’ Fox Drama Series Gets New Title
Fox’s midseason drama series The Frankenstein Code is dropping Frankenstein from its title. It will now be known as Lookinglass.
The name will make sense when watching the show. Written by Crisis and Life creator Rand Ravich and executive produced by Howard Gordon, Lookinglass centers on Jimmy Pritchard, a disgraced, 75-year-old ex-sheriff, whose life ends at the hands of corrupt cops. He is brought back to life and given a second chance by a pair of young tech scientists… Read
‘Urban Cowboy’ Fox Pilot Casts ‘The Voice’s Bryana Salaz As Series Regular
Bryana Salaz, a contestant on last fall’s Season 7 of The Voice, has landed a series regular role opposite Alfonso Herrera and Jim Belushi in Fox's drama pilot Urban Cowboy, a modern, Latin music-fueled reimagining of the 1980 Paramount movie starring John Travolta and Debra Winger.
The project follows star-crossed young lovers Kyle aka Juan Miguel (Herrera) and Gaby as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line dancing in honky tonks, the grime of… Read
Jeff Daniels On ‘The Martian’s “Phenomenal” Set: “I Wanted To Take Pictures” – Emmys
Jeff Daniels has already won an Emmy and is currently on his third nomination for the role of Will McAvoy in The Newsroom–that's pretty good going considering the show only existed for three seasons. Daniels is cited this year for the show's finale episode, What Kind of Day Has It Been, in which MvAvoy deals with the death of his longtime mentor, becomes a father-to-be and sings and plays guitar. Daniels was surprised to get a nom this year, he says, because, "Newsroom… Read
Oscars: Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs On Governors Awards Winners’ Reactions – “They Always Take My Call”
When I talked to Cheryl Boone Isaacs today, she was excited about the list of the latest Oscar winners of the seventh annual Governors Awards that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this morning. The Academy president was particularly pleased to note that there was a real “independent spirit” running through the two choices for Honorary Oscars: Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands. And as for Debbie Reynolds, named this year’s recipient of the Jean Hersholt… Read
Entertainment Studios’ Justice Central.TV Expands To Verizon FiOS
Indie producer-distributor Entertainment Studios has reached an agreement with Verizon FiOS to carry its Justice Central.TV, which is billed as the only 24/7 dedicated legal and news cable network. The deal takes effect immediately. This is the first major new carriage deal for he upstart network, which launched in 2012 on AT&T U-Verse.
Justice Central.TV’s lineup includes Justice With Judge Mablean, America’s Court With Judge Ross, Justice For All With Judge Cristina Pere… Read
Jon Hamm in Talks For ‘Marjorie Prime’, Sci-Fi Drama Based On Pulitzer-Winning Play
Mad Men star Jon Hamm is in talks to costar in science fiction dramedy Marjorie Prime, an adaptation of the 2015 pulitzer prize finalist for drama by Jordan Harrison. The story delves into themes of accepting loss and growing older, following an elderly, arthritic former violinist named Marjorie, staring headlong into the decline of old age as her memories begin to fail her. Availing herself of a service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones as… Read
Faulty Connections Shower Sparks Across ‘Whorl’ & ‘John’ – New York Reviews
Sherie Rene Scott is beautiful, blond and busty, an inspired comic actress with an air of practiced innocence that makes her not only irresistible but also believable — a dangerous thing for an artist with larceny on her mind. In her new play, Whorl Inside A Loop, co-written with her creative partner Dick Scanlan (who also directs, with Michael Mayer), she plays The Volunteer, an inspired, etc., comic actress sent to a maximum-security prison to conduct 12 weekly… Read