January 2013 Archive


Sundance Update: Radius-TWC Buys ‘Inequality For All’

BREAKING: The Weinstein Company's Radius-TWC label has acquired Inequality For All, which is playing in the U.S. Competition at Sundance. It's the fourth pickup in Park City for Radius, which overnight nailed down Lovelace starring Amanda Seyfried and also acquired Twenty Feet From Stardom and Concussion here. In Inequality, noted economic policy director Robert Reich distills the topic of widening income inequality and addresses the question of what effects this… Read


NBC Picks Up Multi-Cultural Family Comedy Pilot

NBC has given the green light to another comedy pilot, single-camera Welcome To The Family (formerly Chuey & Me). The project, written and executive produced by Rules Of Engagement executive producer Mike Sikowitz, chronicles how cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy. Sony TV, where Sikowitz is under an overall deal, is producing. For those keeping… Read


‘The Selection’ & Taylor Hackford Military Drama Get CW Pilot Orders

The CW today got on the pilot board with its first orders, a Selection redo and Taylor Hackford's Company Town. They join The Originals, the planted Vampire Diaries spinoff, which will air as an episode of the hit drama in April. The CW brass has been high on the concept for the Hunger Games-esque The Selection since the project was pitched in 2011. The network first ordered a pilot for the adaptation of the book by Kiera Cass last year. The project, written by Elizabeth… Read


Randi Zuckerberg Signs With WME

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Zuckerberg Media CEO and Start Ups: Silicon Valley executive producer Randi Zuckerberg in all areas. Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is currently casting Start Ups: NYC and will continue to develop television programming that combines technology and pop culture. Zuckerberg Media's two stage, 12,000-square-foot state-of-the-art production studio opened this month in Silicon Valley and will create and distribute… Read


Lifetime’s ‘Prosecuting Casey Anthony’ Draws 3.3 Million Viewers

The Saturday premiere of the Lifetime original movie Prosecuting Casey Anthony starring Rob Lowe couldn't quite top the numbers of the network's Liz & Dick back in November. But the pic, billed as the first movie to chronicle the lightning-rod murder trial, did rank as the No. 1 telecast across ad-supported cable among total viewers and the key demos, according to Nielsen. It drew 3.3 million total viewers (compared with Liz & Dick's 3.5 million), 1.3 million adults 18-49… Read


Rosario Dawson Cast In Atom Egoyan’s ‘Queen Of The Night’

The thriller Queen Of The Night stars Ryan Reynolds as the father of an abducted daughter who uncovers a series of disturbing clues eight years later that suggest she is still alive. Rosario Dawson will play the detective in charge of the investigation, and they race against time to rescue the imprisoned girl before the trail goes cold. Dawson joins Scott Speedman and Mireille Enos in the pic, which Atom Egoyan co-wrote with David Fraser and is directing. Principal… Read


Shine America Launches Spanish-Language Division

Shine America is launching Shine Hispanic & Latin America, a new division that will develop and produce original Spanish-language content for the U.S. and Latin American marketplaces. Veteran Colombian TV producer and executive Cristina Palacio has been named president of the new division, reporting to Shine America CEO Rich Ross. Palacio, most recently the founder and President of Colombian-based TV production company BE-TV, will oversee new Shine America offices in… Read


Sundance: Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘Prince Avalanche’

Park City, UT - January 23, 2013 - The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to PRINCE AVALANCHE after its rapturously received Sunday premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The new film from writer/director David Gordon Green, PRINCE AVALANCHE stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, and was produced by Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng, Craig Zobel (director of Magnolia's 2012 release Compliance), James Belfer and… Read


UPDATE: Inauguration Viewership Down Almost 50% From 2009; 20.5M Watch Swearing In

UPDATE, 9:45 AM: President Obama's second inauguration pulled in almost half the viewership that watched his 2009 swearing-in. Monday's ceremony and celebrations drew 20.552 million viewers overall between 10 AM and 4:30 PM for a 7.1 rating, accord to Nielsen data released today. The January 20, 2009 inauguration had 37.793 million watching over almost the same time period — good for a 13.2 rating. This year's inaugural was broadcast, in various forms, by ABC, CBS, NBC… Read


Neo-Nazi Drama Produced By Robert De Niro & Jane Rosenthal In The Works At Showtime

EXCLUSIVE: Living up to its “Brace Yourself” slogan, Showtime has put in development another provocative project, neo-Nazi drama The 4th Reich. The project, executive produced by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, is described as American History X meets The Town. It is a high-octane crime thriller delving into race, religion, and politics through the lens of a dogmatic faction of the neo-Nazi movement in South Boston. When a former leader is sprung from jail by agreeing… Read


RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Taste’ Debuts Solid, ‘Private Practice’ Ends Down, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Hit Series Lows

Tuesday saw the two-hour debut of ABC's competitive blind-taste cooking reality series The Taste (2.2/6) With chef and soon-to-be CNN host Anthony Bourdain, UK cooking guru Nigella Lawson, Lubo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey as judges/mentors, the show pits teams of professional and amateur chefs against one another. Pulling 6.04 million viewers, The Taste was up 5% from Dancing With The Stars' Season 15 premiere rating on ABC in the same time slot on September 25. After six… Read


‘Army Wives’ To Kick Off Season 7 On March 10

Lifetime said the new season will premiere March 10 at 9 PM and serve as a lead-in to the Season 2 premiere of drama The Client List. Army Wives went through a creative mini-revamp after last season, with four new characters — played by Ashanti, Torrey DeVitto and Elle McLemore — added as regulars. Original cast member member Kim Delaney departed and Sally Pressman is scaling back from series regular to… Read


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