‘Masters Of Sex’ Creator Michelle Ashford Signs Overall Deal With FX Productions
Emmy winner Michelle Ashford, who created and exec produced Showtime’s period drama Masters of Sex, has signed an overall deal with FX Productions to develop TV series for FX Networks and other outlets. It’s the second overall deal this week for the production house, which inked Atlanta writer-producer Stephen Glover on Wednesday.
"We admire Michelle's ability to create great TV across so many different genres and know she will be a tremendous addition to the FX Networks… Read
‘S.W.A.T.’ Resumes Production As Southern California Wildfires Continue – Update
UPDATE, with S.W.A.T returning: CBS drama series S.W.A.T. resumed production Thursday in Santa Clarita after being sidelines for almost two days because of the Rye fire in the area. The fire, most recently at 7,000 acres, has been 15% contained. Cast and crews of S.W.A.T. and HBO’s Westworld were sent home Tuesday when the fire started ravaging the area. Westworld returned to production on Wednesday,
PREVIOUS, Wednesday PM: Production on CBS’ freshman drama S.W.A.T. has… Read
T Group Acquiring Big Boots Studios, Will Launch Digital Studio
T Group Productions said today that it is acquiring Big Boots Studios, one of the first studios dedicated to engagement platforms — entertainment and social media experiences rooted in the digital space. T Group President Jenny Daly said her company will establish its own digital studio, T Group Media.
Roger Mincheff, who founded Big Boots with Anthony Kaan last year, will serve as President of TGM and report to Daly. In his new role, Mincheff will oversee the studio’s… Read
‘Wonderstruck’ Production Designer Mark Friedberg On Crafting Film’s Memorable Miniatures Sequence
A “born and bred New York person,” production designer Mark Friedberg was a natural fit to design Todd Hayne’s latest, Wonderstruck. Having worked with Haynes on Far from Heaven and Mildred Pierce, Friedberg considers it his mission to tell New York stories. “I love the city. It’s in my blood,” the production designer says. “I am of it.”
Wonderstruck gave Friedberg the opportunity to explore New York in two periods—the ’20s and the ’70s—while pursuing other artistic… Read
Fox International Productions Shuttering; Tomas Jegeus Moves To Main Studio
EXCLUSIVE: Fox International Productions, the local-language production and acquisitions arm of 20th Century Fox, is being phased out from its perch as a separate entity, Deadline has learned. As a result, FIP President Tomas Jegeus is being brought into the main studio where he will continue to develop international projects and report to Vice Chairman/President of Production Emma Watts and President of International Theatrical Distribution Andrew Cripps.
The moves were… Read
WME Agent Lindsay Dunn Takes Exec Veep Production Post For Russo Brothers Studio
EXCLUSIVE: Lindsay Dunn has been named Executive Vice President Production at Russo Brothers Studio, the new production venture formed by Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo. She leaves WME, where she has been a longtime television agent. Dunn will oversee both film and television projects for the Russo Brothers and report to production president Mike Larocca.
"As longtime clients of WME, Lindsay has become one of the people in the industry who we most… Read
WWE Studios Expanding Into TV & Digital
WWE Studios is about to drop the big elbow on a multiplatform push. The pro wrestling titan's motion picture production arm is expanding into scripted, non-scripted, family and animated television and digital content.
Michael Luisi will continue to oversee the WWE Studios as president and also will oversee the new TV/digital directive. “Our new expanded focus on television and digital continues to push WWE Studios as a multi-platform production company, with the ability… Read
Tim Story’s The Story Company Taps Sharla Sumpter Bridgett As President Of Production
The Story Company, co-founded by Barbershop director Tim Story, has brought on veteran film and television producer Sharla Sumpter Bridgett as President of Production. Bridgett, who previously served as development executive/producing partner at Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street, will oversee Story Company's new slate of film, television and digital projects.
Prior to the new post, Bridgett also was partner and President of Production at Varsity Pictures and President of… Read
‘Daphne And Velma’: ‘Scooby-Doo’ Duo’s Live-Action Origin Tale Set From WB’s Blue Ribbon Content & Blondie Girl
The female members of Mystery Inc. are getting their own origins movie. Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital studio, Blue Ribbon Content, has begun production on Daphne and Velma, a live-action feature-length film focusing on the teenage Scooby-Doo duo.
The pic stars Sarah Jeffery (Shades of Blue) as the scarf-sporting redhead Daphne Blake and Sarah Gilman (Last Man Standing) as the freckled and bespectacled Velma Dinkley. Hailing from Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer… Read
Gotham Group & 1stAveMachine Form Strategic Partnership
EXCLUSIVE: The Gotham Group has formed a strategic alliance with commercial production company 1stAveMachine, which recently launched a talent management arm in an effort to expand its content production business. Ross Siegel, who was recently tapped as the head of 1stAveMachine Management, will oversee this new deal with Gotham Groups’ Peter McHugh.
Under the pact, 1stAve will be able to segue its roster of commercial directors into other platforms including film and… Read
‘Plus One’: Jack Quaid, Maya Erskine Lead Romcom From Ben Stiller’s Red Hour, Studio71
EXCLUSIVE: Production has begun in Los Angeles on romantic comedy Plus One from first-time feature directors Andrew Rhymer and Jeff Chan. Jack Quaid (Logan Lucky, The Hunger Games) and Maya Erskine (Casual, Man Seeking Woman) are starring in the pic from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and Studio71, the LA-headquartered global content studio of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group.
Rhymer and Chan have a long list of shared credits on shorts that include Post Party, Remember This Voice… Read
Circle of Confusion, Lightning Entertainment, Hindsight Media Form Genre Film Slate Pact
EXCLUSIVE: Circle of Confusion, the production company behind The Walking Dead, has joined forces with Lightning Entertainment and Hindsight Media for a multi-year suspense/thriller genre slate deal, which aims to produce two-three films a year. Circle, who will pull from its library of intellectual property, will oversee development and physical production, while Lightning handles worldwide sales/distribution and Hindsight finances the pics.
First film under this new… Read