August 2011 Archive


Shocker! New Regency Co-Chairmen Bob Harper And Hutch Parker To Exit

EXCLUSIVE: A major shake up is taking place at Arnon Milchan's New Regency. Co-chairmen Bob Harper and Hutch Parker will not renew their contracts when they expire in December. I've confirmed with Harper that he and Parker are negotiating their exits. There had recently been a ripple of rumors about this, and there will be the inevitable speculation over whether the duo are jumping before being pushed. Harper didn't get into that, but said that he was confirming because… Read


CBS Nabs Bill Lawrence And Greg Malins Comedy With Pilot Production Commitment

EXCLUSIVE: In its first major comedy buy this season, CBS has handed out a pilot production commitment to a multi-camera comedy from Bill Lawrence and Greg Malins. With its great pedigree, coming from Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Lawrence and former Friends and How I Met Your Mother executive producer Malins, the project became an instant hot commodity when it hit the market but I hear it went straight to CBS, which bought it on the spot. Lawrence and Malins will write… Read


Cinemax Developing Action Vigilante Drama

On the heels of Strike Back and Transporter, Cinemax is developing another action drama series, Sandbox. It centers on a group of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who return to the Coachella Valley to discover their hometown has been overrun by criminals. The men decide to use the skills they learned in combat to clean up the town, with unexpected results. Feature writers Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore (Red Dawn, The World After) will write the script, with Steve… Read


HBO Boxing Pilot 'Da Brick' Casts Lead

After a long search, newcomer John Boyega (Attack the Block) has landed the lead in HBO's newly picked up drama pilot Da Brick, from Spike Lee, John Ridley, Doug Ellin and Mike Tyson. Boyega will play the central character, Donnie, in the ensemble drama, which was inspired in part by Tyson's youth and explores what it means to be a young, black man in supposedly post-racial America. Released from juvenile detention on his 18th birthday, Donnie begins an exploration of… Read


Software Firm MobiTV Files For $75M IPO

Banking on the smart phone  boom continuing, the 12-year-old maker of software that enables users to watch live TV today filed to raise as much as $75M in an IPO. The filing did not indicate how many shares it will offer or the price. CBS, Fox and Disney's ABC and ESPN all have content deals with MobiTV, which has seen its minutes streamed grow from 264 million in 2007 to 1.4 billion in 2010. Gefinor Ventures is the largest investor in MobiTV, along with Oak Investment… Read


Obama Speech In Flux Thanks To John Boehner … And MSNBC GOP Debate … And NFL Opener

UPDATE: President Barack Obama blinked in the staring contest with House Speaker John Boehner. Tonight, the White House agreed to move Obama's speech to Thursday, the night of the opening game of the NFL season. The time of the televised address is TBD.  PREVIOUS: President Obama's normally routine request to address a joint session of Congress has gotten pushback from Speaker of the House John Boehner, who took the rare step of asking the president to reschedule for the… Read


Scott Michael Foster Inks Talent Deal With ABC, Lands Recurring Role On 'The River'

Former Greek star Scott Michael Foster has signed a talent holding deal with ABC, reuniting with the network's president Paul Lee, who as head of ABC Family developed and launched Greek. In addition to being available for ABC pilots this coming season, Foster is joining ABC's midseason series The River as a recurring. On the horror drama chronicling a family and TV crew's efforts to locate a missing explorer in the Amazon, Foster will play a thrill-seeking, adventurous… Read


John Moore Last Man Standing In 'Die Hard 5' Directing Derby; Now Who'll Helm 'Red 2'?

EXCLUSIVE: After a long search process, 20th Century Fox and Bruce Willis have just chosen John Moore to direct Die Hard 5. The film will shoot in Russia, and the hope is to make it before Willis moves on to shoot a Red sequel for Summit Entertainment. In fact, Willis has just begun going through the same director search with Summit on a sequel to the 2010 hit Red. Robert Schwentke is busy helming Universal's R.I.P.D. with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. They've just… Read


'Romancing The Stone' TV Adaptation Lands At NBC With Penalty, Shawn Levy May Direct

EXCLUSIVE: The classic 1984 action-adventure romantic comedy Romancing the Stone is headed to the small screen. NBC has bought a TV series adaptation of the Robert Zemeckis movie, which was produced by 20th Century Fox and starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. The TV project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Shawn Levy and Marty Adelstein's studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods, has received a script commitment with penalty from NBC. The Forgotten creator Mark Friedman… Read


Greg Berlanti/Nick Wootton Cop Drama Gets Put Pilot Commitment At CBS

Greg Berlanti has taken a second project out this season, landing a second straight put pilot commitment. Following the sale earlier this month to Fox of a legal drama to be written by Berlanti's frequent collaborator Marc Guggenheim, Berlanti and Chuck executive producer Nick Wootton have sold a police drama to CBS. It centers on a young, ambitious police officer who quickly rises to detective -- maybe too quickly -- after breaking up a major drug ring and becoming a… Read


Michael McDonald To Be Named Head Of Drama Development For ABC Studios

EXCLUSIVE: After Paul Lee rearranged his top programming executives in June, ABC and ABC Studios have now made more tweaks to their teams. The biggest one — Michael McDonald is being promoted to SVP drama development for ABC Studios and will head the studio's drama department. The post had been vacant since June when previous drama topper Patrick Moran was elevated to Head of Creative Development for the studio as part of the executive restructuring. McDonald, whose deal… Read


Tobey Maguire's Material Pictures Taps Focus Exec Matthew Plouffe For SVP Post

EXCLUSIVE: Tobey Maguire's Material Pictures has hired Focus Features executive Matthew Plouffe to be its new SVP Production. Plouffe, who has spent the past six years in the New York headquarters of Focus, will move to Los Angeles and start the job Oct. 1. Plouffe is currently Focus' Director of Production and has worked on such Focus films as the Sam Mendes-directed Away We Go, Shane Acker's 9, the Ryan Fleck/Anna Boden-directed It's Kind of A Funny Story and most… Read


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