Christopher & Heather McQuarrie Ink TV Deal With Gaumont; Set Drama Series Based On ’36 Quai des Orfèvres’ Feature
Oscar-winning filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie and his producing partner Heather McQuarrie have signed a first-look deal with Gaumont (Narcos). Under the pact, Christopher McQuarrie will write, direct and produce multiple scripted drama projects for the independent studio. The duo’s first project under the deal is STL (working title) a TV drama series adaptation of Gaumont's César-nominated feature film, 36 Quai des Orfèvres (36th Precinct), with Ben Ripley (Source Code, Fl… Read
Macau’s Studio City Files For IPO; ‘Hamlet’ Stage Production Headed To BBC2; Siobhan Finneran Joins ‘Cold Feet’ – Global Briefs
Macau's Studio City, the Hollywood-inspired cinematically themed casino resort that was opened in 2015 by the likes of Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and others, has confidentially filed for an IPO in the U.S. While numbers have not been disclosed, the proposed IPO is expected to commence "as market conditions permit," according to an announcement by Studio City Int'l Holdings on Monday. Macau-based casino operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment, a… Read
‘Pretty Little Liars’ Alum Shay Mitchell Inks Pod Deal With Warner Bros. TV; Set To Co-Star In ‘You’ Lifetime Series
Another star of Warner Horizon’s Pretty Little Liars is staying in the Warner Bros. TV fold following the series’ seven-season run on Freeform. Shay Mitchell has formed production company Amore & Vita Productions and has signed an exclusive multi-year pod deal at WBTV.
Under the pact, Mitchell and producing partner David Dean Portelli will develop ideas for new scripted and non-scripted programming for broadcast, cable, on-demand/streaming and digital platforms via Warner… Read
MarketCast Acquires Social Analytic Company Fizziology
In a move that sees as strengthening the market research company, MarketCast has acquired Indianapolis-based social insights and analytic company Fizziology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fizziology will now join under the MarketCast umbrella with New York-based research and strategy agency, Insight Strategy Group, which MarketCast acquired in 2015. MarketCast’s mission has been to acquire and grow to a point that it can provide insights and client service across… Read
Wanda’s HK-Listed Arm To Manage Theme Parks & Hotels In $1B Restructure
Shares of Wanda Hotel Development surged sharply in Hong Kong trading on Thursday, following word that the HK-listed division of China’s embattled Dalian Wanda Group would undergo what it termed “a major restructuring.” Wanda Hotel Development is to pay about $1B to acquire two businesses controlled by Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin and his family, while also disposing of offshore properties. The transactions will result in Wanda Hotel Development becoming “a strategic… Read
Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King’s Macro & Victoria Mahoney To Adapt Octavia E. Butler’s Sci-Fi Novel ‘Dawn’ For TV
EXCLUSIVE: A new dawn on the small screen is coming for Octavia E. Butler's Dawn.
The classic 1987 science fiction novel by the Nebula- and Hugo Award-winning author has been picked up by Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King's Macro and director-writer Victoria Mahoney for adaption into a television series, I've learned.
In what remarkably is the first time that Science Fiction Hall of Famer's Butler's work has been adapted for TV, Mahoney will pen the series about an… Read
Safehouse Pictures Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV
Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell's Safehouse Pictures, which is currently under a production deal with Warner Bros. for film, is expanding its relationship with the studio into television. The company has signed a multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. TV to develop new television projects for broadcast, cable and streaming services.
In addition, Safehouse Pictures development exec Matt Schwartz has re-upped as Vice President, overseeing film and TV for the company.
Fox-Sky Deal Faces More Delays As UK Government Seeks Further Advice From Ofcom
Rupert Murdoch's attempt to buy the long-coveted remainder of pay-TV giant Sky has hit another bump in the road as the UK government has asked media regulator Ofcom to probe further into the mogul's company after receiving "new evidence and comments."
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has written to Ofcom asking for extra input before culture secretary Karen Bradley decides whether the deal should be subjected to a full competition probe.
The "new… Read
Rob Friedman Named Chairman/CEO Of Donald Tang’s TMP Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: Rob Friedman, the former co-chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, former vice chair of Paramount Pictures and a former longtime exec at Warner Bros., is taking the reins of TMP Entertainment — the combined company Tang Media Partners has formed with IM Global, Open Road Films and IM Global TV. He starts in the post immediately.
Last week, TMP took hold of Open Road Films from AMC and Regal after months of negotiations as part of a larger overall… Read
BeIN Media Scores Multi-Year Content Deal With CBS International
BeIN Media, the pay-TV platform that operates in the Middle East and North Africa, has signed a multi-year content deal with CBS Studios International for CBS and The CW programming.
It will see such programs CBS' action-drama MacGyver, The Good Fight, Bull, Salvation and The Late Late Show with James Corden air on the platform for viewers in the MENA region.
The agreement also will cover the first-window rights to a selection of CBS and The CW's slate of new series… Read
India’s Eros Eyes $1B Library Sale; Apple, Amazon & Netflix Said In Mix (Reports)
Suitors are said to be lining up for a crack at the film and music content library of India's largest movie producer, Eros Group. According to reports out of India, Apple is in early stage talks with the prolific company that's had a hand in such recent Bollywood hits as Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Bajirao Mastani. Amazon and Netflix are also said to be kicking the tires in what would be a potential $1B deal that could include Eros' streaming platform Eros Now, per The Economic… Read
Paramount TV & Anonymous Content Extend & Expand First-Look Deal
Just months after its 2013 launch, Paramount Television in May 2014 inked a first-look deal with True Detective producer Anonymous Content in one of the company’s first major programming partnership as it was ramping up operations. The three-year alliance has been very successful, yielding four series currently on the air and a slew of others in the pipeline.
Now the two companies have extended their deal through the end of 2019. Under the agreement, Paramount TV will… Read