September 2011 Archive


Toronto: Sony Pictures Landing 'Hysteria'

EXCLUSIVE: I'm told that Sony Pictures Classics is near a deal to distribute Hysteria, the Tanya Wexler-directed romantic comedy based on the surprising truth of how Mortimer Granville came up with the world's first electro-mechanical vibrator as an advance in medical science. The film created a — wait for it — buzz when it premiered September 15 at Roy Thomson Hall. Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett and Felicity Jones star in the film. Samuel… Read


ABC Buys Multi-Camera Comedy Starring Jim Breuer

ABC has bought a multi-camera comedy starring Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer. Former According To Jim executive producers Judd Pillot and John Peaslee will write and run the project, which originated at ABC Studios. It is a multi-generational comedy that follows Breuer and his wife living under the same roof with his father and three daughters. Levity Entertainment Group, which manages Breuer, is attached to executive produce. Breuer, who is a regular guest on the T… Read


'One Life To Live' Head Writer, Key Cast Members On Board For Online Launch

Prospect Park has been busy securing talent in front of and behind the camera for its relaunch of One Life To Live, which it acquired with All My Children after the soaps were given the boot by ABC Daytime. It also has given its online network a name. All of the deals are pending WGA agreement, which is expected, but the company is being careful not to ruffle any guild feathers on the matter. Here's the release: LOS ANGELES, CA - September 30, 2011 - Below is a statement… Read


Danny Masterson Cast As The Lead Of TBS' Comedy Pilot 'Men At Work'

EXCLUSIVE: Danny Masterson has landed the lead in TBS' pilot Men At Work, a multi-camera sitcom created by Breckin Meyer. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Jamie Tarses' studio-based Fanfare, is an ensemble multi-camera comedy that centers on Milo (Masterson), a nice guy recently dumped by his girlfriend who enlists the help of his friends to reactivate his manhood. Meyer, Tarses and Julia Franz are executive producing. That '70s Show alum Masterson, repped by UTA… Read


Starz Signs Overall Deal With 'Spartacus' Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight

Starz has signed a rare overall deal with Spartacus co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. Under the exclusive two-year pact, DeKnight will continue to serve in his current role on Starz's flagship series which will premiere its second season in January. "Steven is a rare talent who we want to stay in business with," said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. Added DeKnight, "It is a rare, wonderful opportunity to collaborate with an… Read


CBS Films In Deal For Martin McDonagh's 'Seven Psychopaths' With Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell And Chris Walken

EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films is negotiating to co-finance Seven Psychopaths, the next film by In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh. CBS Films will distribute the film in the United States. The film reunites McDonagh with his In Bruges star Colin Farrell, who plays a screenwriter who struggles to find the handle on his script, called Seven Psychopaths. He gets drawn into the dognapping escapades of his friends (played by Rockwell and Walken). Once the beloved Shih Tzu owned… Read


Electric Entertainment COO Kearie Peak To Depart

EXCLUSIVE: Kearie Peak, COO of Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment, will be departing the company where she has been for eight years. Peak was one of four key executives at Electric along with chairman and CEO Devlin, Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. She was involved in transforming the company from a studio-based production entity to an full-fledged indie that is financing its series, including TNT's Leverage, which is in pre-production on Season 5. Peak, who served as… Read


'Warrior' Director Gavin O'Connor Takes On 'The Samurai' And Stage Version Of 'The Hustler'

BREAKING: In a high-six-figure deal, Warner Bros has acquired The Samurai, a spec script that will be the next film directed by Warrior helmer Gavin O'Connor. The intention is to get it into production quickly, because O'Connor is also working on a stage play adaptation of The Hustler, the Walter Tevis novel that was turned into the 1961 pool hustler film that starred Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. O'Connor secured the rights from the author's estate and Fox and is… Read


'Reaper' Creators Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters Sell Projects To CBS And CW

EXCLUSIVE: In the first year of their overall deal, Reaper creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters have sold projects to both networks the studio is supplying: CBS and the CW. At CBS, the duo has Notorious, a character-based procedural that follows an attention-loving LAPD detective who has become famous after solving a murder that made national headlines. Thriving in the spotlight and not bothered by the fact that his personal life is fodder for TMZ, he tries to… Read


Analyst: Studios Have “Little Chance” Of Winning Fight Over 3D Glasses

Sony's warning that it will stop subsidizing 3D glasses is “bluster over substance,” Lazard Capital Markets analyst Barton Crockett says today. He's struck that the National Association of Theatre Owners is vigorously opposing the idea while he's heard no word — publicly or privately — about whether Warner Bros or Paramount might back Sony. “With theaters united and studios split, we see little chance of a studio victory,” Crockett says. What's more, there's “little… Read


Relativity Makes Tucker Tooley Co-President, Ups Robbie Brenner To Production Boss

Relativity Media has promoted worldwide production president Tucker Tooley to co-president of Relativity and upped Robbie Brenner to take his spot. Tooley will oversee day-to-day operations at the company alongside current president Steve Bertram while also continuing to oversee Relativity's film output. He will report to Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh; the two have worked together since 2007 to guide Relativity's slate, and most recently Tooley has worked on the studio's T… Read


TBS Orders Pilot Starring Comedian Steve Byrne And Produced By Vince Vaughn

TBS has ordered a half-hour comedy pilot Sullivan And Son, which stars comedian Steve Byrne and is executive produced by Vince Vaughn and producer-director Peter Billingsley. Warner Horizon TV and Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show banner are producing. Written by Byrne and comedy veteran Rob Long (Cheers), who serves as executive producer/showrunner, Sullivan And Son takes place in a popular and legendary neighborhood bar in a working-class neighborhood in Pittsburgh. It… Read


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