Kevin Connolly To Star In Fox Fantasy Football Comedy From Matthew Berry
FX has had success with The League. Now Fox is tapping into the hot fantasy football world with a high-profile comedy package that has landed a put pilot commitment from the network. Titled Fantasy Life, the multi-camera/hybrid comedy, from 20th TV, has Kevin Connolly attached to star. Written by Tim McAuliffe (The Office), Fantasy Life is an office comedy centered on Mitch, a regular guy who lands his ultimate dream job working in the fantasy sports department at a major… Read
Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad & Justin Spitzer Sell Workplace Comedy To NBC
Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad and former The Office writer-producer Justin Spitzer have sold single-camera half-hour comedy The Greatest Love Story Ever Told to NBC via Universal TV, where Fleischer and Spitzer are under overall deals. Fleischer is attached to direct and will exec produce with Bernad and Spitzer.
Greatest Love Story Ever Told revolves around a disparate group of employees working at a big-box store in Middle America and the love stories that ultimately… Read
‘Fault In Our Stars’ Box Office To Cross $300M Worldwide On Modest Budget: How’d It Happen?
The modestly-budgeted The Fault In Our Stars (Fox has said it was $12M; others said it was $16 but more like $14M after the tax incentive) will gross over $300M worldwide by week's end for Fox. If ever there was a perfect storm in releasing a film, this was it. This picture slogged through the monsters, the superheroes and the animated dragons of the summer to become one of the most profitable pictures in recent memory.
How did it happen? It didn't hurt that the film was… Read
‘Simpsons’ EP Al Jean On Character’s Death In 26th Season Premiere: “When We Kill ‘Em, They Stay Dead”
Executive producer Al Jean is being tight-lipped until the very end regarding which The Simpsons character is going to be killed off in the Season 26 premiere on September 28. One promise he's keeping, “When we kill 'em, they stay dead.” Meaning, unlike Family Guy, which killed off Brian the dog for three weeks, don't expect this Simpsons character to be resurrected despite the fact that they're a cartoon. Speculation has swirled for some time by fans that it's cult… Read
Tech Titan Larry Ellison Steps Down As Oracle CEO
Larry Ellison, the founder and longtime CEO of one of the first major tech companies to become a Silicon Valley behemoth, is stepping down from that role. Its a major shift for one of the world's biggest tech companies, though maybe more important in that Ellison is father to two major Hollywood players: son David Ellison, who runs producer-financier Skydance Productions, and daughter Megan Ellison, who runs Annapurna Pictures.
Larry Ellison, who had been CEO since… Read
‘The Voice’ Dedicated App, ‘Tailgate’ Pre-Show Part Of NBC-Nissan Partnership
The Voice is launching a mobile app to allow viewers to vote on contestants during show episodes, among other functions. The app is part of a broader three-year integration of sponsor Nissan into NBC's hit singing competition as it heads into its seventh cycle. Nissan also will sponsor this cycle's version of The Voice's preshow “tailgate” event that provides fans behind-the-scenes looks at show preparations and was a big source of social-media buzz for the show in the… Read
Diego Luna & Gael García Bernal To Produce Adaptation Of Mexican Series ‘Niño Santo’ For A&E & Amblin TV
A&E Network has teamed with Mexican actors Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal and Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV for Niño Santo, based on the Mexican spiritual medical drama series exec produced by Luna and Garcia Bernal. The project has been put in fast-track development with an order for multiple scripts. A+E Studios is producing with Amblin TV and the original show's producer Canana.
Niño Santo follows a group of young doctors who are sent to vaccinate the locals in a… Read
R.I.P. Publicist Bob Palmer
The veteran publicist whose clients included Anthony Hopkins, Dick Van Dyke and Faye Dunaway, died September 15 at his Pacific Palisades home after a brief illness. Bob Palmer was 85. Through his Bob Palmer Public Relations, he also repped actors including Peter Strauss, David Soul, Sada Thompson and Michele Lee.
The Alaska-born, L.A.-raised Palmer became Director of Publicity and Advertising for United Paramount at age 22 and helped create campaigns for the Bay Area… Read
Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer Developing HBO Comedy With French Twist
After successfully adapting British comedy Getting On for HBO, Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer are looking across the English Channel to get inspiration for their next half-hour project at the premium cable network where they are under an overall deal.
Olsen and Scheffer will write the comedy with French actress and writer Judith Godrèche, on whose experiences the project is based. It centers on a famous French actress who moves to the U.S. and, with savoir faire, goes to… Read
‘King Arthur’ Crowns Its Guinevere
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Guy Ritchie have set French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey to play Guinevere in Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. The casting comes after the studio set Sons Of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur.
Berges-Frisbey was in the cast of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. She was born in Spain, grew up in France and started on French TV in 2007. She had to learn English when she was cast as the mermaid Syrena in the Pirates… Read
Alexa Platt Returns To Open Road Films After Stint At AwesomenessTV
Alexa Platt has been named SVP Strategic Planning and business development of Open Road Films, reporting to chief financial officer Steven Andriuzzo. Platt moves to Open Road from AwesomenessTV, which was acquired by DreamWorks Animation in 2013. She had previously been at Open Road in 2011 as VP Financial Planning and Analysis, so is returning to her old stomping grounds.
At AwesomenessTV, she was responsible for the financial operations and strategic planning for the… Read
TNT Orders Cocaine Trade Drama Pilot From Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay & Michelle Ashford
TNT has officially given a pilot order to Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay's long-gestating cocaine drama project. It was one of three drama pilots with blinking green light at the network, whose official pickup had been delayed by the regime change at Turner. The other two are Titans and Lumen.
Written by Masters Of Sex creator/executive producer Michelle Ashford, the untitled serialized character drama is set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug… Read