ABC Head Of PR Hope Hartman Departs To Do Docus, Starting with ‘The Judy Effect’
After a decade at ABC, Hope Hartman, who has overseen communications for the network and ABC Studios as SVP Communications for ABC Entertainment, is leaving. Her last day is today.
Hartman now plans to focus on documentary-making full time. During her stint at ABC, which she joined as VP Media Relations in 2006, Hartman directed her first documentary, Book Club, which she completed in 2012. It screened at festivals, was optioned for development as a series at the CW and… Read
Sarah Carter Scores High In ‘Business Ethics’ As Comedy Rounds Out Cast
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Carter has signed on as the female lead opposite Larenz Tate in Business Ethics, the indie dark comedy from Innis Lake Entertainment and Skylight Picture Works. Jessica Parker Kennedy, Laysla De Oliveira have also joined the cast, as has Gil Bellows, who starred in the original short film. Nick Wernham is directing the pic from his short, about a man who sets out to run a Ponzi scheme.
Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick & Angus Macfadyen have already joined… Read
Can CBS And Viacom Investors See Eye-To-Eye On Merger Numbers?
Sumner Redstone is accustomed to lavishly overpaying executives who work for him. But board members at CBS and Viacom may justify their compensation if they can figure out terms to unite the companies that will satisfy the mogul and his daughter, Shari — who control 80% of the votes — as well as independent shareholders.
Investors have widely disparate ideas about how much the companies are worth. That suggests any deal terms will displease some owners who might argue… Read
NBC Buys ‘A Year To Remember’ Drama From Telefe USA & Kapital Entertainment
NBC has given a script plus penalty commitment to A Year to Remember, a drama based on the Telefe telenovela Un Año Para Recordar, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Telefe USA. This marks the first network sale for Telefe USA since the LA-based outpost of Argentina’s largest broadcaster, Telefe, was launched in March.
The adaptation, written by Michael Foley (How to Get Away with Murder), is a crime procedural that centers on a Boston homicide detective who's… Read
‘Dynasty’ Reboot Set At the CW With Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage
The CW is returning to the primetime soap arena in a big way, taking a shot at rebooting one of the iconic series in the genre, the Aaron Spelling-produced Dynasty. The network has put in development the high-profile project, which hails from the duo behind one of the CW’s biggest soaps, Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, in their return to the network.
They have teamed with Revenge writer-producer Sallie Patrick and the original series’ creators… Read
Gloria Reuben To Adapt Dean Koontz Novel ‘Dark Rivers Of The Heart’ For TV
Mr. Robot‘s Gloria Reuben is teaming with Cathy Konrad's Tree Line Film and Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Television to adapt Dean Koontz's bestselling book Dark Rivers of the Heart for television.
The psychological thriller centers on an ex-Marine, haunted by a tortured past, who is on the run with a mysterious, troubled woman who witnessed the murder of her husband and parents. The lethal servant of a black ops government agency, corrupt in mind and deed, is their… Read
‘Notorious’ & ‘Pitch’ Hold Steady In Week 2 With No ‘TNF’ On CBS, ‘Grey’s’ Stays Hot
Snapshot updated with finals: New series Week 2: ABC's Notorious (even), Fox's Pitch (1.1, down -0.1), The Good Place (1.3, down -0.1, adjusted up from 1.2); Returning series all down, with the exception of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (2.4, even with its premiere fast national) and Fox’s Rosewood (0.8, up +0.1); Chicago Med (1.3) hits new series low; Grey's Anatomy (2.4, 8.34 million viewers) is night’s highest-rated and most-watched program.
Rookies Notorious and Pitch and… Read
Orion Pictures And Gunpowder & Sky Nab Robert Schwartzman Pic ‘Dreamland’
EXCLUSIVE: Orion Pictures and Gunpowder & Sky have acquired world rights to the Tribeca Film Festival film Dreamland in the first deal since Gunpowder & Sky’s purchase of FilmBuff earlier this month. Orion Pictures and Gunpowder & Sky will release the pic in U.S. theaters and on demand on November 11.
The film marks the directorial debut of Robert Schwartzman, front man for the rock band Rooney, who also produced and wrote the score and original song "Sad But True" — the… Read
Fox Orders Gordon Ramsay Live Food Variety Show ‘The F Word’
Fox has ordered a new series from its biggest reality star, Gordon Ramsay. The network has picked up live food variety show The F Word from the popular chef, TV personality for premiere in 2017. This marks the first series for Studio Ramsay, the independent production company Ramsay launched earlier this year, and hails from the company’s joint venture with All3Media.
Like other Ramsay shows on Fox, The F Word is based on his hit UK series of the same name. The F Word is… Read
New Regency Production President Pam Abdy Exiting
Pam Abdy, New Regency's president of production, is leaving her post, exiting after she finishes helping to ready the Michael Fassbender-starrer Assassin’s Creed for its December release. She came in while Brad Weston was running the company for Arnon Milchan. Insiders said her exit was amicable, and New Regency chairman Yariv Milchan and COO Jonathan Fischer will set her replacement in the coming weeks.
"We have loved working with Pam over the past three years. She is a… Read
Viacom’s New Directors Will Lead Committee Weighing CBS Deal
Viacom board members recently picked by Sumner and Shari Redstone to join the governing body dominate the Special Committee of Independent Directors that will look into a potential merger with CBS, the company says.
Eversource Energy Chairman Thomas May and former Sony Entertainment President Nicole Seligman will be co-chairs. Others exploring the matter include tech investor Kenneth Lerer, former Discovery President Judith McHale, Avis Budget Group Executive Chairman… Read
Donald Trump’s Mic Really Did Have Issues, Says Debate Commission
Until now, the 84 million-plus viewers of Monday’s presidential debate mostly had to take Donald Trump’s word that his microphone was glitchy. Aside from those amplified sniffles, the sound seemed unremarkable during the broadcast.
But now the Commission on Presidential Debates has Read