Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look Of Silence’ Documentary: Hot Trailer
Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look Of Silence is the follow-up to 2013's Oscar-nominated The Act Of Killing. It won the Grand Jury Prize in Venice this year and was jointly acquired by Drafthouse Films and Participant Media on the eve of that fest. At the time, I posted a clip from the film and above is the first trailer.
Act Of Killing, which had a Best Documentary Oscar nomination and won the BAFTA in the same category, saw Indonesian death squad leaders re-enact… Read
MTV Greenlights Unscripted Series ‘Broke A$$ Game Show’ & ‘Todrick’ For 2015
MTV has added two unscripted series to its slate for debut in 2015, comedy Broke A$$ Game Show and docuseries Todrick starring YouTube star Todrick Hall. The cable network has ordered eight half-hour episodes of Broke A$$ Game Show, which follows hosts Derek Gaines and David Magidoff as they hit the streets of NYC luring unsuspecting contestants to push their personal limits for cash. Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher are executive producing for B17 Entertainment, a… Read
Bunim/Murray Opens NYC Office, ‘Project Runway’ Producer Bagshaw To Head Ops
With some of its unscripted series, including Project Runway and Kardashian family spinoff Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons, already produced in New York City, Bunim/Murray Prods. said today it is opening a New York office. It will be headed by Rob Bagshaw, the showrunner/executive producer who helped launch Project Runway All Stars and Top Chef Masters. Bagshaw joins BMP as SVP Development and Production.
Bagshaw's resume includes more than 1,500 hours of live TV… Read
BAFTA Names Emma Baehr To New Director Of Awards Post
As film awards season gets underway, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has created a new post overseeing all five of its London-based prize ceremonies.
Previously the Acting Head of Film, Emma Baehr has been named Director of Awards and will be responsible for the ongoing development of the British Academy's kudos, including the BAFTA Film Awards that fall just ahead of the Oscars in February. She is charged with ensuring that output reaches a wide and… Read
China Format ‘Sing My Song’ Going Wide With Universal Music & ITV Studios Global
Eyeing what could be a new international breakout, Universal Music Group is partnering with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to bring China's Sing My Song to a worldwide audience. The format is a primetime entertainment show from Star China which is the first talent format to be exported out of the Middle Kingdom. ITVSGE is selling it overseas after a deal it entered at Mip-TV in April. This new pact will see UMG support local broadcasters by casting singer-songwriters as… Read
‘Hedwig’ Producer David Binder Attaches To London Stage Fest
David Binder, lead producer of the 2014 Tony-winning best musical revival Hedwig And The Angry Inch, has joined the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) as Artistic Associate. He'll develop international projects and collaborations from his New York base. Binder worked with LIFT this past summer to produce Deblozay, an immersive piece by the French company Rara Woulib inspired by Haitian funeral marches. The next LIFT is slated for June 2016.
On Broadway this… Read
BBC & Red Planet Form Pact; Gal-Raday Named At ProSiebenSat:Global Briefs
Tony Jordan's Red Planet Pictures has entered an exclusive development deal with BBC Worldwide that will see the commercial arm of the BBC provide investment, co-production expertise and global market support in return for the first-look on Red Planet's new content. Red Planet's credits as producer include Death In Paradise for BBC One which is moving into its 4th season, and The Nativity and By Any Means, both for BBC One. It's next producing The Passing Bells (photo… Read
‘Citizenfour’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On Chilling Edward Snowden Documentary
Watch my video review of Citizenfour, the chilling documentary by Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked tens of thousands of pages of classified documents about vast U.S. spying operations at home and abroad. The impact of those leaks continues to reverberate around the world.
Poitras, a filmmaker and journalist, previously was nominated for an Oscar for her film My Country, My Country. Here, she records the process that led to… Read
Fox Nabs Legal Drama From Alexandra Cunningham & Film 44 As Put Pilot
Frequent collaborators Alexandra Cunningham and Film 44's Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey are reuniting for another drama project, which has been set up at Fox with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.
Titled Expert Witness, the crime drama stems from the development deal Cunningham inked with 20th TV in June and falls under Film 44's pact with the Fox network.
Cunningham and Film 44 first worked together on the well regarded NBC remake of Prime Suspect,… Read
Ben Bradlee Dead At 93, Washington Post Editor During Watergate Era — Update
Update, 6:18PM: President Barack Obama reacts to Ben Bradlee's death with the following statement: “For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession - it was a public good vital to our democracy. A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told - stories that helped… Read
Jeremy Sisto & More Join ‘Love Is All You Need,’ Kea Ho Gets ‘Urge’
EXCLUSIVE: Reverse gay-bullying drama Love Is All You Need? has bolstered its cast as filming continues in LA. Suburgatory's Jeremy Sisto, Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz, Deception's Katherine La Nasa, Trophy Wife's Jenica Bergere, and Drumline's Leonard Roberts have joined Briana Evigan, Emily Osment, and Kyla Kennedy in the film set in a world where being gay is the norm and heterosexual persons are bullied. Director Kim Rocco Shields has also tapped Pretty Little Liars' Tyler… Read
PBS Names Don Wilcox VP Digital Marketing and Services
Online marketing veteran Don Wilcox will join PBS' digital team next week, working under Ira Rubenstein, the recently named SVP and GM of PBS Digital. Wilcox will oversee PBS.org and PBS Digital Studios, and oversee programs that help the public broadcaster's local affiliates drive membership.
Wilcox was most recently VP and General Manager of Branded Entertainment for Fox, where he oversaw operations and strategy for Fox.com, AmericanIdol.com and TheXFactorUSA.com. Like… Read