Universal Takes Producing Stake In Bill Condon’s Broadway ‘Side Show’ Revival
EXCLUSIVE: The much-ballyhooed Broadway revival of Side Show has a new above-the-title producer: Universal Pictures. Christopher Herzberger, Universal's executive, live theatricals, pushed the deal, which I'm told includes a financial stake in the tuner. Lead producers of the musical, imported from the Kennedy Center, are Darren Bagert, Martin Massman and Jayne Baron Sherman.
Based on the true story of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, the musical will begin… Read
Time Warner Cable Says “Sorry” After Overnight Outage
An issue during “routine network maintenance” overnight caused a nationwide outage of Time Warner Cable's VOD and Internet services, affecting an estimated 11 million subscribers before being restored around 6 AM Eastern time for most customers (though one complained on Twitter that her service didn't return for two more hours). The nation's No. 2 cabler, which is in the middle of a very controversial merger with No. 1 Comcast, tweeted an apology afterward:
TWC apologizes… Read
Former Discovery Exec Andrew Jackson Joins Grant Mansfield’s Plimsoll Productions
Former Discovery Channel EVP Andrew Jackson has joined Grant Mansfield's Plimsoll Productions as EVP International Production, the company said today. In his new role, Jackson will be responsible for developing a U.S. expansion strategy for Plimsoll and will work closely with Chief Executive Grant Mansfield, to whom he will report, and Plimsoll's newly appointed agents WME.
"Andrew is a leader in factual/non-fiction documentary filmmaking, has more than two decades… Read
NBC Buys ‘Assisted Loving’ Comedy From Claudia Lonow
Following pilot Old Soul last season, NBC again is exploring the comedy in the relationship between generations with Assisted Loving, from How To Live With Your Parents and Accidentally On Purpose creator Claudia Lonow and producers Aaron Kaplan and Tracy Katsky. The project represents Lonow's semi-autobiographical take on Rob Morris' book Assisted Loving, about dating alongside his 80-year-old father. The NBC comedy will center on two half-siblings taking care of their… Read
Drafthouse Films, Participant Pact On ‘Act Of Killing’ Follow-Up
Drafthouse Films and Participant Media have jointly acquired U.S. rights to The Look Of Silence, the latest film from Joshua Oppenheimer and a companion piece to his Oscar-nominated doc The Act Of Killing. Where The Act of Killing chronicled a generation of Indonesian death squad leaders basking in the legacy of their atrocities, The Look Of Silence examines one victim's journey as he searches for and confronts his brother's killers.
Oscar winner Errol Morris and Oscar… Read
Publishing: Penguin Random House Raises Claire Von Schilling, Praises Stuart Applebaum
Markus Dohle, CEO of Pearson plc's Penguin Random House, announced this morning a changing of the guard at the publishing giant, marking the end of one era and the transition to another. Key in the statement is the appointment of Claire von Schilling to the position of senior v.p. and director of corporate communications. She's been at the company for three years, following stints at Bertelsmann and Sony Music.
Stuart Applebaum — Von Schilling's colleague and a fixture… Read
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Crosses $500M In Global B.O.
Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy surpassed the worldwide box office milestone yesterday, Disney says. The latest Marvel franchise-launcher has grossed $255.2M domestically and $245.3M overseas — with key markets like Germany, Japan and China still to come. The summer's top-grossing U.S. release opened August 1 with a record $94.3M bow and reclaimed the top spot this past… Read
Gov. Brown Trims Expansion Of California Film & TV Tax Credit In Deal With State Pols
EXCLUSIVE, 9:59 AM: Hollywood will still be getting a lot more money from the Golden State but not the $400 million that was announced on August 14 in the state Senate. Last minute negotiations last night between Gov. Jerry Brown's aides and the state legislature leadership have trimmed the increase of California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program to somewhere between $300 million and $350 million, sources tell me. (UPDATE, 10:06 AM: The final figure is $330… Read
Stephen Colbert Changes His Show Name To Conform With Gwen Stefani’s Preferred Pronunciation
Stephen Colbert — whose Comedy Central program was named winner of the Emmy for best variety series at Monday night's ceremony (actually, presenter Gwen Stefani said the winner was The Colborg Report, but we figured it out when Colbert came on stage to accept) — is not doing original episodes this week, but found a way to mock Stefani's unfamiliarity with his show during his opening credits. (Stefani also tried to make a joke about her flub when she appeared on the series… Read
‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’s Jamie Dornan To Star In Miramax’s ‘The 9th Life Of Louis Drax,’ Alexandre Aja Directing
Miramax has tapped French director Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) to direct psychological thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax, with Fifty Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan in the lead role. The adaptation of Liz Jensen's bestselling novel follows young Louis Drax, who suffers a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday. In order to reveal the strange circumstances surrounding the boy's accident, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling… Read
Longtime Fox TV Sales Exec Jean Rossi Exiting
Jean Rossi, who joined Fox Broadcasting 27 years ago just after the the launch of the network, is not renewing her contract and will exit the company August 31. She currently is EVP Sales at Fox Broadcasting and president of integrated sales and marketing group Fox One. Rossi joined Fox's sales department in March 1987 as an account executive and by 1994 was promoted to SVP Sales. She become EVP Sales in 1996, and in 2002 was given additional responsibilities as president… Read
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady, ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Even, CW’s Maroon 5 Special Soft
The last days of summer aren't letting up when it comes to reality TV. While Fox and CBS were all encores last night, unscripted was in the ring last night on NBC and ABC and on The CW, in a way. The heavyweight was of course America's Got Talent (2.1/7). Heading toward the Season 9 finale on September 17, the first round of this year's Semifinals kicked off with the return of four acts that had been previously given the boot. With three of the four onstage on Tuesday the… Read