May 2011 Archive


Fox Picks Up Antiques Reality Series

A show about antiques on Fox?! The network has greenlighted Buried Treasure, a new unscripted series starring antiques experts and appraisers Leigh and Leslie Keno (identical twin brothers of Antiques Roadshow fame), who travel across the country to help people sell collectibles lying around their homes. The series, from ITV Studios America, was created by Joe Livecchi (What Not to Wear), who is exec producing with Paul Buccieri, Tim Miller, Leigh Keno, Leslie Keno and… Read


'Lincoln Lawyer' Contributes To Roaring 4Q Results For Lionsgate

Lionsgate Entertainment soundly beat analysts' profit estimates for the quarter that ended in March, helped by income from The Lincoln Lawyer, VOD showings of its movies and revenue from its interest in EPIX. The company reported net income of $46.1 million for its fiscal fourth quarter, up from a $22.3 million loss in the same period last year, on revenues of $376.9 million, down 6%. Profits, at 34 cents a share, contrast with the 18 cents average forecast by analysts… Read


FX Nabs TV Rights To 'Hangover Part II'

FX has landed the TV rights to The Hangover Part II on the heels of the movie shattering comedy box office records this past weekend. The Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures sequel posted the biggest three-day weekend comedy debut ever, $85 million, beating The Simpsons Movie's $74 million. And, with a five-day cume of $138 million, it shattered all R-rated comedy records, both weekend and even first-week numbers for Sex And The City. Hangover II will be available to FX in… Read


Critics' Choice Television Awards Land TV, Online Distribution, Tap Host

The inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards — from the newly established Broadcast Television Journalists Association, an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association — will be hosted by So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley. The ceremony, which will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on June 20, will be televised by ReelzChannel, which will run it on June 22. will live-stream the event. (VH1 is the long-time broadcast partner of the Critics'… Read


Post-Super Bowl Slot For NBC's 'The Voice'

After speculation that NBC's breakout hit The Voice may land the post-Super Bowl slot in February, NBC made it official today. Given its midseason launch, the singing competition appeared the leading contender for the biggest annual series showcase. Additionally, unscripted series tend to do very well after the Super Bowl as proven by CBS' Survivor and Undercover Boss. Here is NBC's release: UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (May 31, 2011) - NBC will broadcast a special hour-long… Read


Spanish-Language Channel Among Changes At Starz's Encore

Starz Entertainment announced today that its Encore premium network will add Encore Espanol to its lineup, making it the eighth channel in the family. There also will be name changes for existing channels (Encore WAM becomes Encore Family, and Encore Mystery becomes Encore Suspense), Encore Action and Encore Drama will launch in HD, and Movieplex will become a stand-alone commercial-free channel instead of simulcasting existing Encore feeds. All the changes will take… Read


Summit Will Put 'Source Code' On VOD Two Weeks Before Vid Release

Los Angeles, CA May 31, 2011 - Summit Home Entertainment announced today that its Sci-fi film SOURCE CODE will be available to consumers via VOD and EST on Friday, July 8, 2011, approximately two weeks prior to the film's home entertainment release date of Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Traditionally standard VOD and EST are available day and date with physical discs. This particular case will test the demand for viewing a bigger budgeted film digitally prior to the release… Read


Brillstein Reups With ABC Studios & Reorganizes TV Unit, Peter Traugott Exits

EXCLUSIVE: Brillstein Entertainment Partners has signed a new two-year deal with ABC Studios, which will bring the company's current tenure at ABC to eight years. Under the new pact, Brillstein Entertainment is reorganizing its TV division. Peter Traugott, who has run the TV unit for the past five years, will leave to form his own production company, which I hear will be based at NBC. Brillstein is coming off one of its strongest development seasons since setting up shop… Read


Paramount And Fake Empire Buy 'Let It Snow'

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures-based Fake Empire has acquired Let It Snow, a pitch package that includes rights to an anthology of three intersecting short stories by young-adult novelists John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. The script will be written by Jordan Roter, and the goal is to turn it into a teen Love Actually. It revolves around what a crippling snowstorm does to one town on Christmas Eve. The film will be produced by Paramount-based Fake Empire… Read


George Lucas Has 50 Hours Of Scripts For 'Star Wars' Series

George Lucas gave a long-winded explanation of why the re-release of the Star Wars prequel trilogy will be important, in an interview with G4's Attack of the Show. Personally, I was underwhelmed by the prequel and am not as sparked up for a 3D conversion as I would if The Lord of the Rings were being converted. But Lucas dropped a nugget that will have Star Wars fans salivating. He said that on his planned Star Wars TV series, he's got 50 completed scripts that are ready… Read


Universals Ups Nicholas Carpou To Co-President Of Distribution

EXCLUSIVE: Universal's legendary President of Distribution Nikki Rocco is promoting Nicholas Carpou from EVP/General Sales Manager in Distribution to Co-President of Distribution. “For recognition of his 25 years here and 34 years in the biz,” an insider tells me. “He's a tremendous right hand to Nikki. It's time.” Rocco, of course, has been President of Distribution at the studio since 1996 and remains the only top female in the male-dominated field (when she was… Read


'Kung Fu Panda 2' Kicks Up Anti-3D Sentiment On Wall Street

Investors are jumping on the anti-3D bandwagon as the weekend's lackluster sales of 3D tickets for DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 2 seemed to confirm that audiences are fed up with the higher prices exhibitors are charging for the immersive visual experience. Shares of 3D technology company RealD were down 12% in mid-day trading to $27 — amounting to a 23% decline over the last two weeks. Even with the drop, RealD shares are up nearly 40% from this time last year… Read


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