November 2011 Archive


ReelzChannel Picks Up Steven Seagal Drama Series

ReelzChannel, which entered original programming earlier this year with the high-profile acquisition of the miniseries The Kennedys, has acquired its first original scripted series — drama True Justice starring action movie star-turned-TV reality star Steven Seagal. The series, slated for a March 2012 launch, stars Seagal as Elijah Kane who leads a hardcore undercover team of Seattle based cops who take on gangs, drug lords and crime syndicates as they fight to clean… Read


Trio Of Agents Leaving CAA

BREAKING: CAA agents Mike Nilon, Jessica Matthews and Shari Smiley are leaving the agency. Nilon is in the feature talent department, Matthews is feature lit, and Smiley was part of the book department. They follow by days the exit of Rand Holston. There has been a flurry of conjecture today about the imminent exit of a number of agents. CAA insiders denied those names are involved. The list is limited to the above three agents. No word yet on where Nilon, Matthews and… Read


UTA Hires BBC Worldwide Prods. Executive As TV Lit Agent

UTA has gone outside of the agency world for its latest agent hire. Lucinda Moorhead, Manager of Development at BBC Worldwide Prods., is joining UTA as an agent in the TV Literary Department. She will start at the beginning of the year. Moorhead, who has some agency experience (she started off as an assistant at CAA), spent the last 3 years at Los Angeles-based BBC Worldwide Prods.. There, she worked on the development of scripted series, including Starz's Torchwood: Mirac… Read


Adam Shankman To Helm 'The Nutcracker'

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Shankman will be set by New Line Cinema to direct The Nutcracker, a new take on the classic fairy tale that is being eyed as a tent pole family holiday film for late 2013. The script was written by Darren Lemke, who just worked with New Line on Jack the Giant Killer, and whose credits include Shrek Forever After. This version of The Nutcracker goes back to the original 1815 book by E.T.A. Hoffman, about a young girl and a wooden toy soldier who comes alive… Read


The Kardashians Most Fascinating People Of 2011?!

When talking about the Kardashian family, a lot of adjectives come to mind, but fascinating is probably not high on the list. However, that is what Barbara Walters calls the E! stars, or as she brands them, “American Reality Royalty”. The semi-retired news interviewer features the Kardashians front-and-center on her list of the most fascinating people of 2011. And they are not the only odd choices on the list, which will be showcased at the 19th annual Barbara Walters Pre… Read


VIDEO: Brian Williams Vs. NBC Fire Drill

You have to give Brian Williams credit for his the-show-must-go-on effort when his opening on last night's NBC Nightly News was interrupted by a fire alarm inside the newscast's new studio. Luckily for East Coast viewers, the story on the American Airlines bankruptcy called for a toss to reporter Tom Costello in Washington DC, where the alarm wasn't a factor. Williams retaped the segment for the West Coast, which didn't get to share in the… Read


Trio Cast In TBS And USA Comedy Pilots

Barry Bostwick and Julie Hagerty have joined the cast of TBS' half-hour comedy pilot BFF, from Conan O'Brien's production company and Warner Horizon. It centers on Mark (Jay Malone), a family man who quits his day job and returns to the neighborhood where he grew up. There, he reunites with his quirky childhood best friend Roland (David Neher), who still lives with his parents (Bostwick, Hagerty), who have lived in the same suburban house for 40 years. The… Read


Disney Ups Annual Dividend Citing Record Financial Results

Shareholders can consider this an early holiday gift: Disney declared an annual dividend of 60 cents a share — 20 cents more than it paid last year. The cash will go out on January 18 to shareholders of record as of December 16. The company says this is the 56th consecutive year of dividend payments to shareholders. CEO Bob Iger says the payout follows “a great creative, strategic and financial year in fiscal 2011 with record revenue, net income and earnings per share."… Read


Steve Burke Likes To “Scramble The Jets” (Plus Other Stuff About The NBCU CEO)

I regularly scoff whenever out-of-town media aim their powder puffs at Big Media moguls. So it is with Philadelphia Magazine's new profile of NBC Universal boss Steve Burke which compares him to Superman and Jason Bourne among other fictional heroes.  The article is a big wet smooch to Philly-based Comcast, and among other hilarity suggests that, if Burke succeeds, he could lift Comcast “into the lofty ranks of Apple and Google”. Huh? There's no doubt that Burke is still… Read


Publicists Name CBS TV Studios' David Stapf Television Showman Of The Year

CBS Television Studios president David Stapf will receive the Television Showman of the Year award at the ICG's Publicists Awards Luncheon, set for February 24 at the Beverly Hilton. Stapf was SVP Advertising, Publicity and Promotion at Warner Bros Television before landing at CBS in 1999 and rising to his current post, where he oversees the studio's development and production. He began his career in 1985 as a unit publicist for Embassy Television. “The fact that David… Read


2012 Sundance Film Festival Sets Competition Slate

BREAKING: The Sundance Institute has unveiled the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary competition slate for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival that runs January 19-29. There is a total of 110 features. At the Gotham Awards earlier this week, both agents and distributors felt there would a bounty of promising films with no distribution. That could make for a lot of dealmaking, which is certainly the way it went down last January in Park City. Here are the… Read


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