Will Free Tickets To ‘School Of Rock’ Spur Younger Broadway Audience?
EXCLUSIVE: A nonprofit coalition of Broadway producers and theater owners will funnel free tickets and offstage programming to shows — including fall newcomers School Of Rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of the Jack Black movie, and On Your Feet!, the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan — to Gotham teens in a program aimed at inspiring young artists and future theatergoers. The plan, called The Situation Project, has pledged funds to pay for five years’ worth of arts… Read
John Oliver Plasters Donald Trump, Ben Carson Over School Shooting Reaction
Updated with video: Last Week Tonight host John Oliver did not join fellow late-night comedian/show hosts by opening his first show following the latest school shooting with a few words about the tragedy. Late-night shows’ brief serious/sad openers have become part of that post-school-shooting routine President Obama talked about so angrily, hours after 9 people were murdered at Umpqua Community College, in his latest post-shooting news conference.
Instead, Oliver… Read
‘Macbeth’ Producer and Writer Re-Teaming On Event TV Series ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’
EXCLUSIVE– See-Saw Films and writer Michael Lesslie, who worked together to resounding effect on Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender, are re-teaming on an event TV series adaptation of Ray Celestin’s debut novel The Axeman’s Jazz. The book, which has been critically acclaimed, is based on the true story of a serial killer who terrorised New Orleans for more than a year after the First World War. Blending music, history and crime, Celestin’s 1919-set… Read
Lionsgate, Skydance Form Global TV Distribution Pact Launching Skydance International – Mipcom
During a keynote address this afternoon at Mipcom in Cannes, Lionsgate’s President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer proudly let slip the news that the company has entered a distribution pact with David Ellison’s Skydance Media. The deal comes in conjunction with the launch of the Skydance International label which will feature Skydance's current and emerging premium TV properties around the world following their initial U.S. broadcast. Packer… Read
EuropaCorp TV’s ‘Janus’ In Development At ABC; Thor Freudenthal To Direct Pilot – Mipcom
On the heels of deals for These Final Hours (Fox) and Taken (NBC), EuropaCorp Television Studios USA has set a third project at a U.S. network. Janus, an adaptation of the Austrian drama, has been put into development at ABC. The pilot is being written by Kevin O'Hare. Thor Freudenthal (Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Arrow) is attached to direct and co-exec produce.
Janus is a large pharmaceutical corporation that will stop at nothing to protect its image and maximize… Read
Netflix Orders ‘Suburra’; First Italian Original Hails From ‘Gomorrah’ Creators – Mipcom
Suburra is planned as a 10-episode drama made in partnership with Italy’s RAI. While Netflix has embarked on originals in France (Marseille), and elsewhere, this is the first time it’s moving into the space in Italy. A worldwide debut is set for 2017.
Described as a dark and gripping organized crime series set on the Roman coast, Suburra will be produced by Cattleya, the indie film and television company behind such series as Gomorrah and Romanzo Criminale.
The saga that… Read
SundanceTV Joins ‘The Last Panthers’ As Co-Producer; Sets Spring Air Date – Mipcom
Sky Atlantic and Canal Plus’ heist drama The Last Panthers is world premiering tonight here at Mipcom in Cannes. While the traditional opening night red carpet has been cancelled due to logistic issues brought about by the violent storms that battered the Riviera over the weekend, the show is going — and has a new co-producer aboard. SundanceTV is partnering on the six-part crime series with a spring 2016 air date planned in the U.S. Sky said last week that it would simulc… Read
‘These Final Hours’ TV Series Adaptation From EuropaCorp Set At Fox With Penalty
Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to These Final Hours, an apocalyptic drama project from EuropaCorp TV Studios USA. The series is inspired by the Australian feature that premiered at the Cannes Director Fortnight last year.
These Final Hours was one of the first projects put in development at EuropaCorp TV Studios USA, the U.S. outpost of French studio EuropaCorp (Taxi Brooklyn) launched last year with Matthew Gross as President.
The film's writer/director… Read
Major Sponsors Demand Immediate Resignation Of FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter
The money men are finally weighing in on the ongoing corruption drama at Soccer’s world governing body. Just over a week after Swiss authorities announced the opening of a criminal investigation against embattled FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, four of soccer’s biggest sponsors have called for his immediate resignation, rather than his planned stepping-down next year.
Coca-Cola, Visa, Budweiser and McDonald’s all issued their denunciations within hours of one… Read
Spielberg And Hanks Back In Oscar Game With Stirring ‘Bridge Of Spies’ – NYFF World Premiere
“If they dropped a bomb here we would have no one left to write about awards season,” one publicist joked about the eager and heavy turnout of bloggers, critics, and other mainstays of Oscar spitballing that showed up at today’s 1pm(pt) screening of Steven Spielberg’s much-awaited Bridge Of Spies at West Hollywood’s London Hotel. This screening was held by Disney (whose Touchstone label, along with Dreamworks, Amblin, Fox 2000 Pictures, and Participant Media along with… Read
Peter Kosminsky Slams Proposed BBC Funding Cuts
The Wolf Hall director isn’t holding back in his criticisms of the Conservative UK government’s plans to reduce funding for the BBC. Speaking with Radio Times, Peter Kosminsky slammed the plans, comparing them to similar actions affecting ITV in the 1980s under Margaret Thatcher’s government that, he says, turned ITV into a “politically toothless organisation”.
“It's hard now to imagine that ITV was like that once upon a time. Now it's united into one broadcasting… Read
‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Finale: Gale Anne Hurd On Season 2, ‘Walking Dead’ Season 6 & No Zombie Apocalypse Crossover
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's Season 1 finale of Fear The Walking Dead
EXCLUSIVE: The companion series to The Walking Dead wrapped up its ratings record breaking first season tonight with Liza Ortiz getting her ex-husband Travis Manawa to kill her after getting infected. The finale also saw Ofelia Salazar taking a non-fatal bullet from her tortured lover, the military seemingly abandoning the City of Angels and the core cast temporarily holding… Read