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May 2012 Archive


Gregg Mettler Signs Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins 'How To Live With Your Parents'

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy writer-producer Gregg Mettler has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the seven-figure pact, he will join the studio’s new ABC comedy series How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest of Your Life as a co-executive producer while also developing and supervising new projects. “Gregg’s reputation is that he is super smart and funny with a great comedic voice of his own,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “We believe that… Read


Disney Shifts 'Lone Ranger' and 'Thor 2' Release Dates On Heels Of Alan Horn Hiring

Disney just said that it is moving Lone Ranger to the Fourth of July holiday in 2013, securing a July 3, 2013 date for the update of the Western hero starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp. It originally was scheduled for May 31, 2013. The studio also said it is moving Thor 2 up a week to November 8, 2013. In addition, it confirmed that Disney-Fox-DreamWorks’ Steven Spielberg-directed Robopocalypse is moving to April 25, 2014, a move Fox announced earlier in the day. Relate… Read


'American Idol’s' Randy Jackson Sells Siblings Show To MTV

EXCLUSIVE: Randy Jackson has sold a siblings singing competition show to MTV. Basing itself off groups with siblings like the Jackson 5, the Beach Boys, Hanson and The Jonas Brother, the untitled series will feature groups with siblings in them competing against each other. The Jackson-produced show, which is early stages of development, is getting ready to start casting and looking for family bands and groups, a source said. The American Idol judge's Dream Merchant 21… Read


RealD Revenue Falls In Fiscal Q4 But Not As Much As Expected

Shares are up slightly in after market trading as the 3D technology company served up results that it sees as a win for the quarter that ended in March. It reported net income of $5.5M, up 32% vs the same period last year, on revenues of $50.0M, down 14.5%. The revenue decline is partly due to an $8.1M drop in international product revenue which the company says reflects how overseas movie goers are re-using their RealD 3D glasses. Still, revenues beat analysts… Read


Lionsgate/WWE Studios Sets Scribe For 'Leprechaun' Remake

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate and WWE Films are moving forward with their reboot of Leprechaun, the 1993 horror movie infamous for the vulgar green-tinged title character and for launching the screen career of Jennifer Aniston. Lionsgate and WWE Films have hired Harris Wilkinson to write the script. They already set the WWE wrestler Hornswaggle to play the creature when the project was unveiled as the first in a two-film deal between Lionsgate and WWE Studios. Wilkinson last year… Read

Sirius XM Says It's Talking To Liberty Media About Its Takeover Plans

The discussions, disclosed in a Sirius XM filing today at the SEC, suggest that CEO Mel Karmazin is concerned about Liberty’s renewed effort to control a majority of Sirius’ board seats. There’s no agreement yet, and Sirius XM says in its filing that it does not “expect to disclose developments with respect to these discussions.” But Karmazin’s determined to try to get John Malone’s Liberty, which owns preferred stock convertible into 40% of Sirius XM’s shares, to pay a… Read


Fox Sets 2014 Release Slate: 3D 'ID4', 'X-Men', 'Apes' Sequels, 'Robopocalypse'

Los Angeles (May 31, 2012) __ Twentieth Century Fox announced today some major additions to its 2013-14 release slate, along with some date changes. On the heels of the $344 million worldwide success of TITANIC 3D, the studio and director Roland Emmerich, in conjunction with Stereo 3D, which did the work on TITANIC, will produce a top quality 3D version of the iconic INDEPENDENCE DAY. ID43D will be released worldwide on July 3, 2013. The studio also staked its 2014 summer… Read


Alan Horn Named Disney Studios Chief

UPDATE: This statement from Warner Bros chairman and CEO Barry Meyer just came across: "Alan was a terrific partner in every sense of the word," said Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. "He has a profound understanding of the filmmaking process as well as the ability to bridge the creative and business sides of a studio. He's been a part of some of the most popular films produced in the last decade, and we're very happy for him. All of his colleagues at Warner… Read


Imagine Television's Robin Gurney To Depart

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Imagine TV executive Robin Gurney, Senior EVP Development & Production, is leaving the company after a seven-year tenure. At the 20th Century Fox TV-based company, Gurney developed and produced such shows as Friday Night Lights, Shark, Lie To Me, Friends With Benefits and The Playboy Club. “I am very proud of the work I have a accomplished while at Imagine and will truly miss this amazing company” said Gurney. “Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are incredibly… Read


Indian Paintbrush Makes First-Look Deal With Jeremy Renner's The Combine

EXCLUSIVE: Steven RalesIndian Paintbrush has made a two-year first-look deal with Jeremy Renner and writer-director Don Handfield, partners in the upstart production company The Combine. The financier/producer has deals with its Moonrise Kingdom helmer Wes Anderson and also with Jason Reitman, who is about to start Labor Day for Indian Paintbrush. This marks its first overall deal with an actor-producer. The deal comes at a time when Renner is soaring. After successive… Read


IFC's Violent New Comedy 'Bullet In The Face' Stirs Controversy, Will Make It To Air

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline's TV coverage. When IFC and Sundance Channel president Evan Shapiro departed his post in April, the forthcoming IFC original comedy Bullet In The Face lost its biggest champion. And champions are exactly what a show like Bullet needs considering that the broad, over-the-top half-hour may be the most violent comedy in television history. According to sources, when IFC execs screened the six-episode series, there was shock and… Read