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February 2012 Archive


Natalie Zea Cast In Kevin Williamson's Fox Pilot, Robert Wisdom Joins ABC's 'Nashville'

Justified alumna Natalie Zea has joined Fox's untitled Kevin Williamson drama pilot. The project, from Warner Bros TV, is a thriller about ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) who leads the search to catch diabolical serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) who has created a cult of serial killers. Zea will play Claire Matthews, Carroll’s ex-wife who finds herself in the middle of a nightmare when he escapes from prison. Zea, repped by UTA and manager Robert Semon,  has… Read


Former NBC Executives Elisa Roth & Marc Hirschfeld Join Katie O'Connell At Gaumont

EXCLUSIVE: With two drama series orders under its belt, Hannibal at NBC and Hemlock Grove at Netflix, five-month-old Gaumont International Television is staffing up. The company, a Los Angeles-based TV production division of French movie studio Gaumont, has hired veteran executives Elisa Roth, Marc Hirschfeld and Andy House in top executive positions under Gaumont CEO Katie O'Connell and COO Richard Frankie. This marks a reunion for O’Connell, Roth and Hirschfeld who… Read


Weinstein Co's Radius In Talks For Ryan Gosling-Nic Refn Pic 'Only God Forgives'

EXCLUSIVE: Radius-TWC, the upstart distribution company that The Weinstein Company started with Tom Quinn and Jason Janego at the helm, is in negotiations to acquire U.S. distribution rights to Only God Forgives, the re-team of Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling that is getting underway in Thailand. I’m hearing that the negotiation is in the range of a $2.5 million minimum guarantee. It is the second recent deal that Quinn and Janego made that involved… Read


Former Showtime Exec Dianne Hatlestad Joins NBC As VP Talent Management

In his first executive hire, NBC Entertainment’s EVP Communications Richard Licata has brought in a former member of his team at Showtime. Dianne Hatlestad, who exited Showtime in the recent restructuring of the network’s communications department under new head Trisha Cardoso, has joined her old boss as VP Talent Management, NBC Entertainment. She will oversee the integration of program-related  talent throughout all promotional arms of NBC Entertainment. Hatlestad, who… Read


Where Did Sacha Baron Cohen Go Oscar Night After Being Grabbed By Security? Dinner At Vanity Fair!

Sacha Baron Cohen Signs First Look With Paramount; Studio Gets His Next Pic If you were watching the Oscar Red Carpet arrivals on Sunday, you saw Sacha Baron Cohen’s character from The Dictator get handled roughly by two burly security guys after dumping what he said were the ashes of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il over Ryan Seacrest’s tuxedo. It looked like he was going to be carted off in handcuffs, but what happened after? Baron Cohen wasn’t removed. He was merely… Read


Kevin Zegers To Star With Laurence Fishburne And Bill Paxton In 'The Colony'

EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Zegers has been cast as the lead in the independent film The Colony, directed by Jeff Renfroe. Renfroe co-wrote the script with Patrick Tarr and Pascal Trottier. Zegers, Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton star in the feature about a small group of survivors in the aftermath of a future Ice Age who live underground fighting for their lives in a society that disintegrates into cannibalism and violence. Paul Barkin will produce. Zegers recently completed… Read


GoDigital Picks Up Rights to 'You, Me & The Circus'

The deal with GoDigital includes North American VOD and digital distribution rights for the film starring Anita Briem (The Tudors), Melonie Diaz (Hamlet 2) and Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie) and directed by Ty Hodges. Produced by Omar Epps (Scream 2), You, Me & The Circus centers around four young Angelenos who are simultaneously dealing with the verge of a break-up and the spark of a fresh romance. Mulvey and Premjit Panicker of Panicker Law negotiated on behalf of… Read


'Justified's Margo Martindale To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot 'Counter Culture'

Justified alumna Margo Martindale has been cast as one of the leads in ABC's multi-camera comedy pilot Counter Culture. Additionally, Martindale has been taped for a guest-starring role in the Showtime pilot Masters Of Sex. Written and executive produced by writer-actress Stephnie Weir and executive produced by Claudia Lonow, Counter Culture revolves around three sisters running their family diner together in West Texas who find that sibling dynamics are always getting in… Read


Inside The Summit And Lionsgate Merger: Layoffs Are The Order Of The Day

BREAKING: This is the week when the pain from the Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment merger gets felt, as the pieces are being mixed and matched, and layoffs rule the day. It sounds a lot like the plot of Highlander, a high profile remake that comes in through Summit. They are taking heads, and when it comes to mashing together departments in film and home video and choosing an exec to run it, there can be only one. Besides eliminating one major maker and buyer of… Read


DreamWorks Animation Shares Hammered Amid Growing Concerns About 2012

The stock closed down 12.2%, to $17.26, after analysts piled on the production company for its soft year-end results, a warning that costs in 2012 will be higher than expected, and broad concerns about the market for animated films. “Although the studio can control the quality and genre of its movies, it cannot prevent competition in the crowded animation space, or combat 3D fatigue and lofty ticket prices,” says Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. Janney Capital… Read


Sacha Baron Cohen Signs First Look With Paramount; Studio Gets His Next Pic

BREAKING: Paramount Pictures has signed Sacha Baron Cohen and his Four By Two Films banner to an exclusive three-year first-look deal. Four By Two Films will be headed by Sir Todd Schulman, who worked on the Baron Cohen films The Dictator and Bruno. Deal comes after Baron Cohen’s memorable stunt on the Oscar Red Carpet, where he dumped what he said was the ashes of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il over emcee Ryan Seacrest’s tux jacket. All this as the star and studio… Read