‘Gotham’ EP On Tonight’s Joker Origin Shocker & Honoring The Batman Legacy
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's episode of Gotham
EXCLUSIVE: In a move that many shows would have saved for a season finale, the Batman backstory series tonight laid some new tracks for the origins of the Caped Crusader's archenemy. Having teased and toyed out the emergence of the Joker since the last half of Gotham's first season, Monday's third episode of the self-titled Rise Of The Villains second season of the Fox drama added a whole new twist… Read
How NRA Second Amendment Paranoia, Money, Cowed Pols Make Next Massacre Inevitable: Commentary
Days after nine people were massacred on an Oregon college campus, TV news people and politicians were doing the proverbial rearranging of deck chairs on the Titanic. CNN was refusing to name to killer to cut down on his notoriety; pundits went back and forth on the need for spending on mental health; and national politicians were silent on the need for meaningful gun control regulations, except for some like presidential aspirant Jeb Bush who said, simply, “Stuff… Read
Harvey Weinstein & BBC Debut ‘War And Peace’ Footage, Talk Future Collaborations – Mipcom
Akin to the previews The Weinstein Company does of its Oscar-caliber movies during the Cannes Film Festival, Harvey Weinstein held a special buyers-only screening of 20 minutes of footage from upcoming miniseries War And Peace tonight at Mipcom. In attendance for the showing were BBC exec producers Faith Penhale, Bethan Jones and writer/exec producer Andrew Davies.
Stars Lily James, Tuppence Middleton and Stephen Rea were also there to revel in the first time they’d seen… Read
Endemol Shine CEO Defends TV Business: “We Have Never Had It So Good” – Mipcom
In her first major speech since taking over the post of CEO of Endemol Shine Group, Sophie Turner Laing today sounded a defense of the TV business, and offered up considerations for the future of the fast-evolving landscape. In a talk that might have been just as suited for the UK’s prestigious MacTaggart Lecture, the former Sky exec spoke about changing times and the abundance of choice now available to viewers. But, she countered recent debate that there’s too much… Read
‘Kilo Two Bravo’ Director & Writer Ink With Verve
EXCLUSIVE: Kilo Two Bravo director Paul Katis and writer Tom Williams have signed with Verve, the lit agency said today. The war drama, BAFTA nominated this past year when it was known as Kajaki: The True Story, recounts the story of a platoon set out to disable a Taliban roadblock. On nearing the insurgents, one of the soldiers triggers a land mine, setting into motion a desperate rescue mission.
Katis is a British filmmaker who worked for years editing, producing, and… Read
‘Homeland’ & ‘The Affair’ Ratings Solid In Season Starter Stats
Homeland returned to solid numbers and The Affair climbed 61% versus last year’s premiere on Sunday night on Showtime. At 9 PM, the Season 5 premiere of Homeland delivered 1.66M viewers, a 3% climb compared to Season 4’s starting crowd of 1.61M. Over its various telecasts last night, the show clocked 2.1M viewers – a 5% increase compared to Season 4’s 1.99M.
Meanwhile, The Affair’s Season 2 opener outscored last year’s unveiling by double digits. At 10 PM, it kicked off… Read
Sonya McNair Leaving CBS News SVP Communications Post At Year’s End
Sonya McNair is leaving as SVP Communications at CBS News. Here is the internal memo sent out this afternoon by CBS News chief David Rhodes and CBS Corp. SEVP Communications Gil Schwartz:
Regrettably, Sonya McNair approached us recently to say she intends to leave CBS for personal reasons. Sonya has been our Senior Vice President for Communications since June 2011, having joined CBS News in 2009. Given the portfolio of duties Sonya has shouldered these past four years, we… Read
Phil Craig Exits Discovery Networks International After Eight Months As VP/Chief Creative Officer
Not quite a year after he was announced, and only eight months after assuming the job, Phil Craig is bowing out as VP and chief creative officer of Discovery Networks International. News broke as Craig was attending MIPCOM.
“Phil Craig has decided to step down from his role as EVP & Chief Creative Officer with Discovery Networks International, and go back to his roots as a leading independent producer,” DNI said today in a statement. “He enjoyed creative success at DNI… Read
‘Collateral Beauty’ Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Exits Project Over Creative Differences With Studio
EXCLUSIVE: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the director of New Line Cinema’s Will Smith-starrer Collateral Beauty, has departed the drama owing to creative differences with the studio. This comes less than a month after New Line acquired worldwide rights to the pic, which stars Smith as a New York advertising executive who experiences a personal tragedy and the subsequent unconventional plan from his colleagues to break him out of his depression.
Overbrook Entertainment came aboard… Read
Ellen DeGeneres Books Bernie Sanders For Post-Debate Appearance
The Ellen DeGeneres Show has booked Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders for its broadcast on Thursday October 15. It’s a bit of a booking coup, being the first TV talk show appearance his camp has booked so far to follow CNN’s first Dem debate on Tuesday, October 13. The dancing should be interesting.
The interview could be challenging for DeGeneres, having already had Sanders’ Dem rival Hillary Clinton as her guest on the show, during which DeGeneres… Read
‘No Men Beyond This Point’ Sci-Fi Comedy Lands At Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Canada) to writer-director Mark Sawers' sci-fi comedy satire No Men Beyond This Point, which just had its North American premiere in the Vanguard section at the Toronto Film Festival. The pic is set in a world where women no longer need men in order to reproduce and are no longer giving birth to male babies, leaving the male population on the verge of extinction. A 2016 release is in the works.
The movie… Read
Disney Racks Up Strong Sales For Shondaland’s ‘The Catch’ And ABC Studio’s ‘The Muppets’ – Mipcom
Disney Media Distribution has racked up strong sales on a clutch of projects. ABC Studios' latest Shondaland drama series, The Catch, has been licensed to broadcasters in 186 territories worldwide with deals in place for France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, China, South Africa and Nigeria among others. Executive produced by Shondaland's Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, The Catch is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin… Read