Rebecca Eaton To Pull The Curtain Back On Masterpiece
Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton will publish a memoir this fall. Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind The Scenes Of Masterpiece Theatre And Mystery! PBS releases October 29 via Viking in the U.S. Eaton has presided over PBS’ Masterpiece, which airs such British and international hits as Downton Abbey and Sherlock, for 25 years. Eaton says, “As an Anglophile who loves books and great acting, I’ve had the perfect job.” For the book, she interviews actors, writers, directors and producers and is expected to share stories about Downton’s Maggie Smith, Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Radcliffe whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield. Under Eaton’s leadership, Masterpiece has earned 44 Emmy Awards, 15 Peabody Awards, four Golden Globes, and two Oscar nominations. She’s writing the book with Patricia Mulcahy.
Endemol To Distribute AMC’s Non-Scripted Fare
Big Brother producer Endemol and AMC have entered an agreement that names Endemol Worldwide Distribution to handle international distribution on several of its unscripted programs. The series include Comic Book Men, Small Town Security and Immortalized. Endemol and AMC have previously collaborated in producing non-scripted series Freakshow as well as drama series Hell On Wheels and Low Winter Sun. Comic Book Men, in its second season, follows Kevin Smith’s New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. Immortlized centers on competitive taxidermy and Small Town Security is a workplace series set in a private investigation company that’s billed as a cross between the films of Christopher Guest and The Office.
‘Draw It’ Heads To Channel 4
UK’s Channel 4 has ordered Draw It! a game show based on the Draw Something app. Ryan Seacrest Productions and Sony Pictures Television-based Embassy Row created the show with app developer Zynga. Channel 4 and Victory Television are developing the series. Two teams, made up of one contestant and one celebrity, test their artistic skills, going head to head in several rounds of drawing challenges for a cash prize.
Alice Englert Joins ‘Boys In The Trees’
Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) has landed the female lead in Boys In The Trees, an Australian drama which will mark the feature debut of writer-director Nicholas Verso. Harrison Gilbertson (Beneath Hill 60, My Mistress) will play Corey, a teen skater who’s unable to communicate with his widowed father and sets off on a surreal journey on Halloween night in 1997. Englert, the daughter of Jane Campion and filmmaker Colin Englert, will play Romany, Corey’s romantic interest. The cast includes Neighbors alum Toby Wallace and Justin Holborow. Boys In The Trees is the first feature from Mushroom Pictures, a joint venture between music impresario Michael Gudinski and Morrissey Molloy Entertainment. It’s due to shoot in Melbourne late this year or in early 2014. – Don Groves.