November 2010 Archive

TV

NBC Developing Sitcom With Peter Murrieta

NBC, which has 8 comedies on tap for this season – all single-camera – is mulling a return to the multi-camera genre. In one of the last comedy buys this season, the network went for a multi-camera project from sitcom veteran Peter Murrieta. It is one of several multi-camera comedies NBC has put in development this season, including Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, a sitcom based on Chelsea Handler's books, and a project by veteran Bob Kushell. The Murrieta project… Read

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TV TEASER: NBC's Drama Series 'The Cape'

Here is a new trailer for NBC's midseason superhero drama The Cape, which will premiere January 9 and air in The Event's Monday 9 PM time slot. The series, from BermanBraun, stars David Lyons as cop Vince Faraday who, after being framed by the villain Chess for crimes he did not commit, teams with a group of carnival misfits to take a new identity, fight crime and win his family back.  Read

Awards

'Winter's Bone' Wins Big At Gotham Awards

The winners for the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced tonight. The awards organized by the Independent Feature Project already announced the recipients of their honorary awards handed out this evening, including filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, actors Hilary Swank and Robert Duvall, and Focus Features CEO James Schamus. Tonight's marquee category awards at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC are considered the first major ceremony of the awards season: Best… Read

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Kevin Williamson Developing Potential 'Vampire Diaries' Companion Series

Vampire Diaries co-creator/ executive producer Kevin Williamson is working on a new supernatural drama project, envisioned as a potential companion for the CW's flagship vampire drama. The untitled project, which is in early stages of development at Warner Bros. TV for the CW, focuses on a group of people who investigate paranormal happenings. I hear that that Williamson's fellow Vampire Diaries co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec is in talks to come onboard and… Read

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CBS To Renew Daytime Drama 'The Bold And The Beautiful' For Two More Years

CBS is sticking with both of its daytime dramas for the foreseeable future. The network just gave top-rated The Young and the Restless a three-year renewal. Now I hear that it is also close to a deal for a two-year pickup of The Young and the Restless' companion The Bold and the Beautiful through the 2012-13 season. Both soaps were created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. The Bold and the Beautiful, which premiered in 1987, is the only half-hour daytime drama on… Read

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Terry Wood To Depart CBS TV Distribution

CBS TV Distribution this evening issued a statement confirming that Terry Wood, president of creative affairs and development at CBS Television Distribution, will be departing the company after 12 years. She most recently oversaw development of CTD's  Swift Justice with Nancy Grace, this season's highest-rated first-year show, and the hire of Nancy O'Dell to succeed Mary Hart  on Entertainment Tonight. “Over the past twelve years, Terry has made substantial and lasting… Read

3 Hollywood Marketing/PR Firms Join Up

Three Hollywood boutique marketing and PR agencies that include showbiz among their clients announced today they've formed a joint venture: Evolutionary Media Group (Jennifer Gross), Period Media (Matt Walker), and Platform Media Group (Henry Eshelman) have formed a joint venture, The Communications Partnership. While each division of the new venture will retain its brand identity, the new combo expects to cross-pollinate clients and pitches. Gross has more than 20… Read

TV

Comcast Accused Of “Putting Up Toll Booth” And “Take It Or Leave It Demands” For Online Movie Transmission By Rivals

This could potentially complicate Comcast's attempt to obtain FCC regulatory approval before the end of the 2010. Level 3 Communications, which delivers Netflix online movies among other products and services, issued this statement today from chief legal officer Thomas Storz: BROOMFIELD, Colo., November 29, 2010 — “On November 19, 2010, Comcast informed Level 3 that, for the first time, it will demand a recurring fee from Level 3 to transmit Internet online movies and… Read

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TV Land Picks Up Two More Comedy Pilots

EXCLUSIVE: TV Land has greenlighted two more comedy pilots from sitcom veterans:  Happily Divorced, written/executive produced by The Nanny co-creators, actress Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobsen, and Rip City, written/exec produced by Lizzy McGuire and Less Than Perfect creator Terri Minsky and executive produced by Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis (Reba, TV Land's upcoming Retired at 35). The two half-hours join the recently ordered comedy pilot Ex Men, from former… Read

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Eliza Dushku To Star In TNT Pilot 'Bird Dog,' D.B. Sweeney To Lead TBS Pilot 'Brain Trust'

EXCLUSIVE: Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku is returning to series television as the female lead in Mike Robe's TNT drama pilot Bird Dog, while  D.B. Sweeney has landed the lead in Dean Devlin's hourlong TBS pilot Brain Trust. Bird Dog is a mystery fashioned around an unlikely partnership of two cops who happen to be father and daughter. It centers on Gail McGrath (Dushku), who followed in her father's footsteps in becoming a police officer but had little else in common with… Read

Film

Sundance Institute: Film Forward 1st Slate

LOS ANGELES, CA - Following up on last month's announcement of the Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative, Sundance Institute announced today the ten films selected to participate in the inaugural year of this cultural exchange program. The first Film Forward slate includes five American and five international films which will be presented in collaboration with public and private partners. These films and their filmmakers will kick off the ambitious project… Read

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FULL CIRCLE: UK Government Hands Control Of Film Funding Back To BFI

Britain's Culture Ministry just handed leadership of the industry back to the British Film Institute. The organisation will take control of and devise strategy for £15 million (£23 million) of lottery funding each year, and administer the £100 million tax incentive. Ex-BBC boss and now BFI boss Greg Dyke  was understandably ecstatic. He immediately announced that the BFI hopes to increase lottery funding for film to £18 million in 2011/2012 - an increase of 20%. Dyke told… Read

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