Lionsgate Standing Strongly Behind ‘Nashville’ And Looks To ‘Power Rangers’ As Long-Lasting Franchise
Lionsgate threw very strong support behind its country music drama Nashville which was cancelled by ABC earlier this month after four seasons, telling analysts this morning that “the fans and everyone else is clamoring for many more seasons … our near-term plan is to get another season.” They said they are “getting a lot of inbound inquiries” and that they are concentrated on Season 5 with Marshall Herskovitz (and Ed Zwick) as the show-runner and that “they hope to talk… Read
Is Apple Interested In Making A Bid For Time Warner Or Netflix?
It would be a major strategic shift for Apple to buy a producer of traditional media content. But Wall Street’s intrigued by that possibility this morning following a Read
Vice News Taps BBC’s Neil Breakwell As London Bureau Chief
Vice News has hired BBC’s Neil Breakwell as its new London Bureau Chief, amid the ramping up of its TV operations.
Breakwell moves to Vice News from the BBC where he served as Deputy Editor of Newsnight. Vice says he will oversee the organization’s newsgathering across Western Europe, as Vice expands its digital news footprint across the region. He starts his new job in July. Additionally, this fall, Vice will launch TV network Viceland, in the UK and France, which will… Read
Amazon Unveils New Pilots & Confirms Dramas ‘Interestings’ & ‘Last Tycoon’
Amazon today announced the lineup for its next pilot season. They include hourlong dramas The Interestings, adapted from Meg Wolitzer’s bestseller, directed by Mike Newell and starring Lauren Ambrose, and The Last Tycoon, written and directed by Oscar-nominated Billy Ray and starring Kelsey Grammer, Matt Bomer and Lily Collins. Both are co-produced by TriStar Television and will be available in 4K Ultra HD and HDR. Six kids pilots also are on the lineup, the live-action Si… Read
‘The Boxcar Children’ Series Of Books To Be Produced As Family Films
Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics have entered into a long-term production and distribution partnership for a slate of new family movies based on several classic and contemporary children's book series, which will begin with The Boxcar Children. The other titles are not yet known, however the films based on the properties will be either animation or live-action. The plan is to produce a minimum of four feature-length movies over the first two years with the first wave to… Read
Chelsey Summey Upped To VP Corporate Communications At Fox Films
Chelsey Summey has been promoted to VP Corporate Communications at 20th Century Fox Film. She had been executive director since joining from Paramount in January 2012, and handles trade and business press in addition to overseas awards, where last year she helped spearhead efforts for Fox’s pics The Martian, Joy and The Revenant. She also handles filmmaker relations and corporate events.
She will continue to report to Chief Communications Officer Chris… Read
Bravo Media Beefs Up Development Slate With Seven Reality Projects
Bravo Media has added seven unscripted shows to its upcoming development slate. Among the new projects, a game show, a real estate sales competition, an unorthodox relationship series, and a new series with Watch What Happens: Live host Andy Cohen that span a variety of genres and formats. "With this development slate we are building on Bravo’s robust and successful tradition of buzzy, unique format shows," said Bravo Media Senior Vice President of Development Lara… Read
DHX Media Boards ‘Mega Man’ Animated TV Series Based On Classic Video Game
Dentsu Entertainment USA and DHX Media have struck a global deal to develop, co-produce, distribute and jointly manage licensing for the new Mega Man animated series which was originally announced last summer. Man of Action Entertainment (Ben 10, Generator Rex, Big Hero 6) is executive producing the series that’s based on the classic video game franchise.
Under the terms of the deal, Dentsu Entertainment USA and DHX (Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, the Degrassi franchise)… Read
Broadway’s Miller Time Continues With Roundabout Revival Of ‘The Price’
Broadway’s Arthur Miller revivalfest continues next season with the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Arthur Miller's 1968 drama The Price, directed by Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney.
Last seen on Broadway in 1999, the new staging will begin previews February 16, 2017 and open March 16 at the American Airlines Theatre for a limited engagement through May 7.
When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz gave up his dream of an education… Read
‘Paramour’ Lands On 42nd Street, One Small Step For Broadway, One Giant Leap For Cirque Du Soleil, Inc. – Review
The lovestruck heart doesn’t merely leap in Paramour. It flips, flies, frolics, flits, flounces, trips to the moon on gossamer wings, beats like a boogie and jumps like a bean — everything exactly as one should expect from romance as filtered through the prism of Cirque du Soleil. Officially starting the 2016-2017 season, this is the show with which the Montreal-based global franchise plants its standard on Broadway, promising — and, in spades, delivering — a mashup of 42n… Read
‘Peaky Blinders’ Renewed For 4th & 5th Seasons Amid Host Of BBC Drama Orders
The Shelby clan is set to return for two more seasons with Peaky Blinders receiving a double order from BBC Two. Season 3 is currently running in the UK with the epic crime saga created by Steven Knight and starring Cillian Murphy due to bow Stateside on Netflix on May 31. There’s currently no word on Netflix’s role in Seasons 4 and 5, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see it follow suit on picking up the popular drama.
Each new season will be six episodes, all… Read
Bernie Sanders Steps Up Attack On Disney Over Disneyland Wages
Despite the company’s rebuttal on social media, Bernie Sanders isn’t letting up on his criticism of Disney over wages at Disneyland as he seeks to shore up support in California in advance of the state’s June Democratic primary election. Sanders slammed the Mouse House tonight at a rally in Lancaster, California, telling the crowd that "The company makes billions of dollars in profit, but they are paying workers… wages that are so low that many of the workers cannot find… Read