Paramount Hires John Glenn For Sci-Fi Thriller 'Abducted'
EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter John Glenn has been brought on to re-imagine Abducted, a science fiction thriller that was originally acquired by the studio as a spec by John Heffernan. Disruption Entertainment's Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce. JC Spink, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are exec producers. The story centers around an alien abduction of a group of average Americans who decide to take on the aliens and battle their way off the extraterrestrial craft. Glenn… Read
FX Renews 'American Horror Story' for Second Season
Very appropriately for Halloween, FX's breakout new horror drama American Horror Story today was renewed four episodes into its freshman run. The series, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, has received a 13-episode second-season order. "It's one thing to have the ambition and guts to reinvent a genre in a way that makes it captivatingly fresh for a broad audience — it's something else entirely to have the craft to back that ambition up," said FX president John… Read
Anchor Bay Dates Director's Cut Of 'The Divide'
Anchor Bay made probably the biggest-ever deal at the South By Southwest Film Festival when it acquired Xavier Gens' postapocalyptic thriller The Divide this year for the U.S. in a seven-figure deal. Now the distributor said it is releasing the film as a director's cut on January 13, 2012 — a different cut than the one shown at SXSW. The plan is for a platform rollout in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Denver, with more markets to be announced… Read
James Murdoch's Succession Prospects Dim As He Prepares To Testify Again About Hacking Scandal
James Murdoch isn't going to succeed his father Rupert as CEO of News Corp — if you don't believe that yet, then wait for November 10 when he's due to testify again before the parliamentary committee investigating the News Of The World phone-hacking scandal. Media execs and close News Corp watchers tell me that James would have to perform a PR miracle to enhance his already tarnished reputation: He's on the defensive after former NOTW legal affairs manager Tom Crone and… Read
OSCARS: Melissa Watkins Trueblood Named Talent Producer; Danette Herman To Consult
Beverly Hills, CA - Melissa Watkins Trueblood has been named talent producer for the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced today. This will be her first association with the Oscar telecast. In addition, Danette Herman has signed on to consult for the 84th and 85th shows. Trueblood has served as a co-producer or talent producer on numerous awards shows, recently serving as co-producer for “The 63rd Primetime Emmy® Awards.” Her… Read
Pamela Levine Joins HBO As Head Of Marketing
HBO is expected to make the announcement shortly. Pam Levine, a 16-year veteran of 20th Century Fox, was longtime co-president of marketing at Fox Filmed Entertainment before stepping down in December. At HBO, she will replace Courteney Monroe, who exited last month. This is the second major hire of a feature executive at HBO following the August appointment of Michael Ellenberg as head of drama. UPDATE: Here is HBO's release:
Pamela Levine will join HBO as Executive… Read
Warner Bros, Joel Silver Revive Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer Novel Series With 'The Galton Case'
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros acquired rights to the Ross Macdonald mystery series about private detective Lew Archer. The studio will launch a franchise, starting with the 1959 novel The Galton Case, which was the eighth book in the series. Paul Newman played Archer in the 1966 Warner Bros film Harper and 1975 film The Drowning Pool.
Silver Pictures' Joel Silver will produce and Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will be executive producers. Silver will partner with Random House… Read
RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC's 'Once Upon A Time' Holds, 'Allen Gregory' Soft In Debut
It looks like ABC has a hit on its hands with Once Upon A Time. In its second airing, the fairytale drama drew a 3.9 rating/10 share in 18-49, matching the fast national for its series premiere last week. (It was adjusted up to a 4.0, which will likely happen this time, too.) Once Upon A Time has emerged as the breakout broadcast drama hit this fall and is certain to land a full-season order shortly. It has been a big fall for series with fairytale elements with NBC's Grim… Read
Turner's Linda Yaccarino Named President of Cable/Digital Ad Sales For NBCUniversal
This is a move that has been rumored since last Monday, when within a few hours Dave Cassaro was pushed out as president of cable advertising sales at NBCUniversal and Linda Yaccarino left her post as EVP and COO of Turner Entertainment Ad Sales & Marketing and Acquisitions for a "new professional opportunity." A week later, Yaccarino has been named President, Cable Entertainment & Digital Advertising Sales at NBCUniversal. She will replace Cassaro and report jointly to… Read
Don Mischer To Receive PGA's Norman Lear TV Award
Don Mischer, the longtime live-event TV guru who is producing the Oscars in February for a second consecutive year, has been tapped to receive the Producers Guild of America's 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. It's the first time the guild has awarded the Norman Lear to a live-events producer. The honor will be bestowed January 21 during the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Mischer's credits include everything from The Kenn… Read
'Avengers' Director Joss Whedon Launches Next Film Under Bellwether Pictures Banner
EXCLUSIVE: After wrapping their first film Much Ado About Nothing, Joss Whedon and Kai Cole's micro-studio Bellwether Pictures has set a follow-up. It's the supernatural romance In Your Eyes. Whedon wrote the script and Brin Hill will direct. Cole will produce with Night & Day Pictures' Michael Roiff. Whedon will be executive producer and David Rothenberg will be co-producer. Whedon, who just wrapped Marvel's The Avengers, also directed Much Ado About Nothing and shot it… Read
Fox Gives Back-Nine Order To Animated Series 'Bob's Burgers'
Fox has given animated comedy Bob's Burgers a back-nine order ahead of the series' second-season launch in January. Bob's Burgers premiered in midseason and its initial second-season renewal was for 13 episodes. "Last season, Bob's Burgers infused our Sunday lineup with a fresh new voice that was fully embraced by our Animation Domination fans," Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. "Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive and the team have done an amazing job with the… Read