Peter Lenkov Inks New Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios; Taps Sean Canino As Co-President Of His 101st St Entertainment
Peter Lenkov has emerged as CBS Television Studios’ most prolific writer-producer with four series on the air, Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver, Salvation and the recently picked-up Magnum P.I. reboot. He is now extending his relationship with the studio where he has been for the past decade, signing a new rich multi-year overall deal. Under the pact, Lenkov will continue as executive producer on the four drama series.
Additionally, he is ramping up his production company… Read
Felicity Huffman Takes On A New Role: Girl Boss
Felicity Huffman has portrayed overwhelmed mom Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives, the bigoted mother of a young war veteran who was brutally killed in a home invasion robbery in American Crime, and an astute headmaster Leslie Graham dealing with troubling allegations concerning the school’s basketball team in American Crime: Season 2.
Now she’s taking on a new role: “girl boss.”
Huffman acquired rights to The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats, the 2009 novel by Hesh Kestin… Read
Cannes Buzz Films ‘Girls Of The Sun’ And ‘Ash Is Purest White’ Set For US Distribution By Cohen Media Group
Cohen Media Group has acquired US distribution rights to director Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun, a drama focusing on the sisterhood of women taken prisoner by Kurdistan extremists, and director Jia Zhanqke’s Ash Is Purest White, a Chinese drama detailing a woman’s romance with a mobster.
Charles S. Cohen, the owner, chairman, and CEO of Cohen Media Group, announced the CMG deals in advance of the closing ceremony of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where both films had… Read
Bob Cooper Sets Michaelangelo Drama At Hulu Under First-Look Deal With FMNA
Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment has signed a first-look deal with FremantleMedia North America. Under the pact, Landscape will develop and produce scripted projects for the U.S. and international markets, starting with scripted drama Michelangelo, which is in very early development at Hulu.
Written by Richard Mason (The Drowning People), Michelangelo will detail the life of the brilliant and troubled artist, told through a modern lens that delves into the sexuality… Read
Gary Oldman To Star In, Direct, Write ‘Flying Horse’ For Tooley Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: Hot off his Oscar for Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman has been set to direct and star in Flying Horse, a fact-based story of a photographer who helped develop the moving picture, but whose own dark moments defined his life. The script was written by Oldman.
Flying Horse captures the story of Eadweard Muybridge, the photographer who was considered one of the true fathers of the moving image. In 1872, Muybridge was living the life as a successful photographer… Read
FilmNation Sells Out On Starry Spy-Thriller ‘355’ With String Of Multi-Million Dollar Deals — Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers have been ravenous for FilmNation’s starry spy-sisterhood thriller 355, which has sold out internationally, including a string of multi-million dollar deals.
Following the big deal for France with SND last week, major international pacts have now closed with Tele Munchen Group for Germany, Universal Pictures for the UK, Leone for Italy, Sun Distribution for Spain, Entertainment One for Canada, Sun Distribution in Latin America and Roadshow Films for… Read
Alex Walton On Adding Endeavor Content Muscle To Sales Company Bloom — Deadline Disruptors
Bloom became more than the average foreign sales company last fall when Endeavor Content acquired a majority stake from co-owners Alex Walton and Ken Kao. While agencies have held cozy relationships with different sales agents in the past, this was the first to be openly and directly connected to a holding company that also owns a major agency. It didn't take long to see the benefits for Bloom: The company teamed with Endeavor Content to make Sundance's biggest… Read
Netflix VP Of Content Bela Bajaria Introduces New Co-Licensing Model To Forge Deeper Studio Ties — Deadline Disruptors
When DVD-by-mail company Netflix reinvented itself as a video-on-demand service, broadcast studios quickly embraced it. They used the streaming platform as an alternative to the off-network syndication market for the growing-in-popularity serialized drama series and quirky single-camera comedies that were of little value to basic cable networks and local stations because they don't repeat well. The broadcast studios were soon joined by basic cable series producers, who… Read
How AGC Studios Founder Stuart Ford Used His IM Global Exit To Build A Better Model — Deadline Disruptors
Long a charismatic wheeler-dealer on the Croisette as IM Global's principal, Stuart Ford returns to Cannes with a new company and a different mindset on how to best use the shifting landscape.
Ford didn't plan to build AGC Studios until he left IM Global in an acrimonious exit last August. The dispute was with Donald Tang's Tang Media Partners, who a year earlier bought IM Global for $200 million. But now, thanks to backing from Latin America's MediaNet Partners… Read
Quietly And Carefully, Chinese Mega-Corporation Tencent Holdings Sets Sights On Hollywood — Deadline Disruptors
Tencent Holdings, based in Shenzhen, China, is Asia's most valuable corporation, and the world's biggest and most valuable gaming and social media company. In 2017 it reported a net income of $11.5 billion off revenues of $38 billion, and more than two-thirds of the Chinese population use its messaging services WeChat and QQ. Honor of Kings, which it owns, is the top-grossing mobile game in the world.
And yet most people would be hard pressed to give you the names of… Read
Youku Digital Platform Aims To Take Chinese Content To Another Level — Deadline Disruptors
Alibaba-owned SVOD service Youku is leading a content arms race in China and expects to spend billions of dollars on original programming and international co-productions over the next few years. The digital platform launched in 2006 has already disrupted the country's staid programming market, but its drive to create content at Hollywood standards should take it to a new level.
The service already has over 500 million unique users, a mixture of paid-for subscribers and… Read
How The Black List’s Franklin Leonard Is Rewriting His Screenplay Advocacy Role — Deadline Disruptors
After spending five years advocating for the best unproduced screenplays with The Black List, Franklin Leonard has taken a leap to become a moneyed backer who can now turn those gems-on-paper into feature films.
In April, Leonard, a former development exec for companies including Appian Way and Overbrook, struck a multi-year partnership with China-based Meridian Entertainment to turn three to five of his screenplay finds into English language films each year for budgets… Read