Irish Tale ‘Brooklyn’ Lands $9 Million Fox Searchlight Deal: Sundance
EXCLUSIVE: Two nights ago, Fox Searchlight was in the middle of an auction for Me and Earl and the Dying that had reached a record $12 million–until FSL instead made a different deal with lower upfront and more upside in success. Now, Searchlight is closing up another deal that is one of the biggest for Sundance, paying $9 million for rights to Brooklyn, the John Crowley-directed period drama that stars Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, and Jim… Read
‘Strange Inheritance’ Bestows Record Ratings On Fox Business Network
Last night’s unveiling of Strange Inheritance with Jamie Colby clocked Fox Business Network’s biggest premiere ratings yet.
The first of two back-to-back episodes, about the Black Swamp baseball card find, clocked 289,000 viewers at 9 PM – 44K in the news demo. An average of 315,000 viewers – 49K in the demo – watched the second episode, about a guy who left his farm to two retired TV actors who did not know him.
FBN announced in December that Jamie Colby was set to host S… Read
Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler On ‘Exchange Of Value’ And Financing Sundance Films
Kickstarter’s CEO Yancey Strickler sat down with me at the DeadlineNow studios at the Sundance Film Festival this week to talk in the video above about the booming business of crowdfunding, “exchange of value” and the millions of dollars that have been raised through his company to finance thousands of movies, including 10 percent of this year’s Sundance offerings.
It’s been a great year for even name-brand filmmakers to tap Kickstarter and its crowd-funding competitors… Read
Brianna Brown Returns To ‘Devious Maids’ As Series Regular
Original Devious Maids cast member Brianna Brown is returning to the Lifetime series as a regular, reprising her character as beautiful trophy wife Taylor Stappord. Brown co-starred in the pilot and on Season 1 where her character was ultimately shot and lost her baby. Brown made a guest appearance in Season 1, in which Taylor revealed that she and her husband were moving to Washington… Read
‘The Huntsman': No Snow White, What About The Dwarves?
EXCLUSIVE: It’s not just Snow White who’ll be missing from Universal’s The Huntsman. Most of the seven dwarves won’t be in the film either, Deadline has learned.
Nick Frost (Cuban Fury), Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) won’t be reprising their roles as the pint-sized companions from 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman. That’s partly due to the fact that The Huntsman will only feature two dwarves, and… Read
‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Teaser: First Look At Netflix Series That Reunites Movie’s Cast
As the East Coast freezes and starts to dig out, Netflix figures it could use a little Wet Hot American Summer. The streaming service has unwrapped the first teaser for its upcoming series adapted from the 2001 summer-camp comedy. It doesn’t reveal much — other than a 15-star ensemble of folks who were in the 1981-set movie: Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, et al. And it’s all set to that “Higher… Read
Did Fox News’ Blackout On Dish Help CNN Ratings In January?
Did Dish Network give CNN a helping hand this month? CNN posted a hefty 48% total viewer gain (602,000 viewers) in primetime for the month of January compared with January 2014, and a 72% primetime news demo gain (225,000). Nielsen’s January ratings period (December 29-January 25) will be remembered in cable news circles as the month in which Fox News Channel was blacked out of Dish customers' homes for nearly three weeks (the blackout started before the ratings period… Read
Jerry Ferrara To Co-Star In Starz’s ‘Power’ Season 2
Jerry Ferrara has landed a co-starring role in the upcoming second season of Starz's drama series Power, from CBS TV Studios and executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton and Randall Emmett. Created/executive produced by Courtney Kemp Agboh, Power centers on wealthy New York City nightclub owner James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Hardwick), who is living a double life as a kingpin. Ferrara, repped by WME and Leverage Management, will play Joe Proctor, a successful… Read
Studio 8, Bona Film Group Join TriStar’s Ang Lee ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’
Deadline revealed last fall that Ang Lee would be directing Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk for TriStar. Now, Jeff Robinov's Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group, have become partners with Tom Rothman's Sony shingle and Film4 on the adaptation of Ben Fountain's acclaimed novel. Sony will release the film worldwide, except for Greater China, which Bona Film Group Ltd will handle. Film 4 will have UK free television. The film is… Read
Apple Q1 Earnings Wallop Expectations, Shares Skyrocket After Hours
Apple had a whale of a Christmas quarter, thanks to record sales of its latest iPhones, and Wall Street took notice, sending shares jumping 5 percent in after-hours trading after it handily beat analyst expectations.
The company reported earnings of $3.06 a share on revenue of $74.6 billion for the quarter ending Dec. 31, up $13 billion from 2014, despite the serious complications of significant currency exchange “headwinds,” the company’s CFO Luca Maestri said. That far… Read
Trio Exit Circle Of Confusion To Form New Management/Production Company
Literary managers Britton Rizzio, Noah Rosen and Greg Shephard have split from Circle of Confusion to form their own management and production firm, Writ Large. They still are locking in clients who will follow them to the new firm.
"We are extremely grateful for our time at Circle of Confusion," the three said in a statement. "Forming Writ Large came from the desire to create a community of artists and to unite our skills as managers and producers."
Rizzio began her… Read
Kim Kardashian Lets ‘Conan’ Unveil Her Super Bowl Ad Plugging T-Mobile – Video
NBCUniversal’s E! star Kim Kardashian West — nee Kim Kardashian — stopped by Conan O’Brien’s late night show last night to unveil her new T-Mobile ad that will air during the first quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl which, in one of those incredible coincidences, is being broadcast on NBC and other networks of NBCU. West’s ad plugs T-Mobile’s new “data stash” offering.
T-Mobile’s CMO Mike Sievert has explained modestly that KKW’s 30-second spot, is a “social media event,”… Read