Kevin McKeon Joins The Firm As Creative Executive
EXCLUSIVE: Former Relativity Media exec Kevin McKeon has been tapped by The Firm’s new film president and partner Robbie Brenner as creative executive at the recently relaunched indie management and production company. This reteams the duo: McKeon and Brenner previously worked together at Relativity on projects including the adaptation of the Joy Nicholson novel Tribes Of Palos Verdes, the race drama Burden, and acquired the rights to the New York Times bestselling novel E… Read
‘Powers’ Adds Tricia Helfer To Season 2 Cast
Battlestar Galactica alum Tricia Helfer has joined the Season 2 cast of Playstation and Sony Pictures TV’s Powers in a recurring role. She will play FBI Special Agent Lange, who, like the comic book character, shares a history and palpable sexual tension with Detective Walker (Sharlto Copley). Lange walks a fine line between the Powers world and the government, and can be both ally and enemy when it suits her agenda. Production began on Season 2 last week in Atlanta for… Read
‘NBC Nightly News’ Logs Another Weekly Win
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt clocked another win, with its biggest audience since March and hit a five-week high in the news demo thanks to its 5% gain versus same week last year.
Holt’s newscast clocked 8.6 million viewers, besting ABC World News with David Muir’s 8.5 million and CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley’s 7.2M In the news demo, Holt’s 2.04M edged out Muir’s 1.96M and Pelley’s 1.64M.
ABC notes its newscast is delivering its strongest total-viewer start to… Read
‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Ratings Steady In Season 1 Finale
There was a lot of shooting by an overwhelmed military, a lot of walkers (though they don't call them that) on the streets of L.A., and the death of a core character Sunday on the Season 1 finale of The Walking Dead companion series. There was also 6.86 million total viewers and a 3.37 rating in the 18-49 demographic for the 9 PM season ender on AMC on what became a steady conclusion — at least ratingswise.
On a night that saw the New Orleans Saints beating the Dallas… Read
Tom Hiddleston Becomes Founding BFI Ambassador
Tom Hiddleston has been appointed the BFI’s first official Ambassador. The title will see The Avengers star advocate for British film and the BFI's vital work in building the next generation of film talent and film lovers in the UK. Hiddleston has balanced a career in studio tentpoles such as Thor and The Avengers with edgier British fare such as Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea and Ben Wheatley’s High Rise, which receives its European premiere at the BFI London Film… Read
R&B Artist Michel’le Teams With Thinkfactory Media On TV Movie
R&B Divas: Los Angeles star Michel'le is teaming with the series producer Thinkfactory Media on scripted TV movie Girl From The Hood (working title), and a documentary about her life.
The projects will detail her journey from the streets of Compton, including her experience with Death Row Records and her relationships with founders Dr Dre and Suge Knight, described as “one of fame, abuse and ultimately, survival and triumph”. No premiere dates were announced.
Sex, Rebellion & The Sexual Revolution Outed In ‘Cloud Nine’ – Review
Caryl Churchill’s early masterpiece Cloud Nine was mind-blowing when it opened in 1981 and it’s no less mind-blowing today, as revived at David Mamet’s off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company in a delicious revival staged by James Macdonald. British playwright Churchill would go on to write more masterpieces — Mad Forest, Top Girls and Serious Money among them — but Cloud Nine exceeds our prayer that what seemed outrageous, fun, timely and, yes, game-changing 34 years ago… Read
‘The Shannara Chronicles’: MTV Releases Key Art For Fantasy Drama Series
Thousands of years from now, three heroes will undertake a journey to save the human race from a demon army. And this is how it will look (see above), according to the just-revealed key art for MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles. Your saviors are Eretria (Ivana Baquero), a human rover; Amberle (Poppy Drayton), an Elvin princess; and Wil (Austin Butler), half-elf, half-human, all dreamy. Manu Bennett and John Rhys-Davies also star in the series, which MTV produced with Sonar… Read
John Woo To Exec Produce Neo-Noir Series ‘Cognition’ – Mipcom
UK-based Catalyst Global Media is partnering with John Woo and his team in Los Angeles on crime thriller Cognition. The eight-part series is based on an original idea by Alex Garcia Lopez (Utopia, Misfits). He is writing and will direct with production beginning in 2016.
Described as a neo-noir, Cognition will follow two serial killer investigations set in stylistically contrasting worlds — the vast and desolate lands of America's declining Midwest, and the thriving and… Read
‘Code To Zero’ Limited Series Reteams Tandem & Ken Follett – Mipcom
Following miniseries The Pillars Of The Earth and World Without End, Tandem Productions is getting back into the Ken Follett business. The Studiocanal subsidiary has optioned Code To Zero with the spy novel to be adapted as a limited series. Studiocanal will handle world sales.
Code To Zero was originally published in 2000 with the action taking place in 1958. The TV version will be set in the present day when a man awakens to find himself lying on the ground in a railway… Read
Fox International and Keshet Strike Global Deal For ‘False Flag’ – Mipcom
Fox International Channels has closed a global deal with Keshet International for exclusive first-window rights to Keshet’s Hebrew-language drama False Flag. This follows on from the existing format rights deal the two groups have on the show, whose English-language adaptation is in development at Fox International Studios. The acquisition of the Hebrew-language series firms up Fox International as the exclusive broadcaster across its 127-country footprint.
The show… Read
Mark Gordon Teaming With ProSieben On ‘Darkness Falls’ Procedural – Mipcom
EXCLUSIVE: While Mark Gordon-produced series are popular the world over, Darkness Falls marks the first time the prolific Mark Gordon Company is reaching into the international co-production space. MGC and Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland are in the final stages of negotiations for the development of the procedural that’s based on an original script by Erica Messer (Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The O.C.) and Janine Sherman Barrios (Criminal… Read