Diego Luna & Gael García Bernal To Produce Adaptation Of Mexican Series ‘Niño Santo’ For A&E & Amblin TV
A&E Network has teamed with Mexican actors Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal and Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV for Niño Santo, based on the Mexican spiritual medical drama series exec produced by Luna and Garcia Bernal. The project has been put in fast-track development with an order for multiple scripts. A+E Studios is producing with Amblin TV and the original show's producer Canana.
Niño Santo follows a group of young doctors who are sent to vaccinate the locals in a… Read
R.I.P. Publicist Bob Palmer
The veteran publicist whose clients included Anthony Hopkins, Dick Van Dyke and Faye Dunaway, died September 15 at his Pacific Palisades home after a brief illness. Bob Palmer was 85. Through his Bob Palmer Public Relations, he also repped actors including Peter Strauss, David Soul, Sada Thompson and Michele Lee.
The Alaska-born, L.A.-raised Palmer became Director of Publicity and Advertising for United Paramount at age 22 and helped create campaigns for the Bay Area… Read
Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer Developing HBO Comedy With French Twist
After successfully adapting British comedy Getting On for HBO, Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer are looking across the English Channel to get inspiration for their next half-hour project at the premium cable network where they are under an overall deal.
Olsen and Scheffer will write the comedy with French actress and writer Judith Godrèche, on whose experiences the project is based. It centers on a famous French actress who moves to the U.S. and, with savoir faire, goes to… Read
‘King Arthur’ Crowns Its Guinevere
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Guy Ritchie have set French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey to play Guinevere in Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. The casting comes after the studio set Sons Of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur.
Berges-Frisbey was in the cast of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. She was born in Spain, grew up in France and started on French TV in 2007. She had to learn English when she was cast as the mermaid Syrena in the Pirates… Read
Alexa Platt Returns To Open Road Films After Stint At AwesomenessTV
Alexa Platt has been named SVP Strategic Planning and business development of Open Road Films, reporting to chief financial officer Steven Andriuzzo. Platt moves to Open Road from AwesomenessTV, which was acquired by DreamWorks Animation in 2013. She had previously been at Open Road in 2011 as VP Financial Planning and Analysis, so is returning to her old stomping grounds.
At AwesomenessTV, she was responsible for the financial operations and strategic planning for the… Read
TNT Orders Cocaine Trade Drama Pilot From Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay & Michelle Ashford
TNT has officially given a pilot order to Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay's long-gestating cocaine drama project. It was one of three drama pilots with blinking green light at the network, whose official pickup had been delayed by the regime change at Turner. The other two are Titans and Lumen.
Written by Masters Of Sex creator/executive producer Michelle Ashford, the untitled serialized character drama is set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug… Read
Box Office Preview: ‘Maze Runner’ To Put ‘Tombstones’ In Ground; ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Debuts
Three new pictures bow this weekend with Fox's sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner leading the way. It opens tonight at 10 PM, having already made a strong bow overseas to heavily outpace Divergent and gross $8.5M so far. After this weekend's bow in the states, the picture will likely have grossed its production budget back — said to be around $35M+ but they got a tax incentive from shooting in Louisiana which brought the net cost down. That's not including marketing… Read
FX’s ‘Tyrant’ Renewed For Second Season
For cable series, the run is often not a sprint but a marathon, and FX's freshman drama Tyrant proved that in a major way. The cable network has given a 13-episode renewal to the Middle East-based political family series, increasing the order from 10 episodes in Season 1. Filming on Season 2 will begin next spring for a summer launch.
While Tyrant's Live+Same Day series premiere ratings were not spectacular — 2.1 million total viewers and 775,000 adults 18-49 — the series… Read
Screens Entertainment Association Launches For Multi-Multi-Platform Executives
The Screens Entertainment Association has launched, designed to help top industry executives navigate the proliferating distribution platforms for entertainment. The SEA is planning a conference called the Vidify Market and Summit. The conference likely will occur in the second half of the year, somewhere in Southern California.
The group's board includes a number of prominent entertainment execs, led by former Fox Broadcasting chairwoman Lucie Salhany, Sandy Climan of Ent… Read
ABC Picks Up Game Show From Mark Burnett & Mike Darnell For 2015 Launch
Fifteen years after Who Wants To Be A Millionaire ushered the new golden age of reality television on the broadcast networks, ABC is returning to the quiz show genre with a new series from top unscripted producer Mark Burnett and Warner Bros. Unscripted TV President Mike Darnell. ABC has given a straight-to-series order to 500 Questions (working title) to air in 2015. It is the brainchild of Barnett and Darnell, who previously worked together on hit quiz show Are You Smart… Read
Hooray For Hollywood! Gov. Brown Signs Film & TV Tax Credit Bill Extension
Look out Louisiana, Georgia and Canada, runaway productions are coming back to the home of Hollywood. At least that's the intention of the massive expansion to California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program. “California is on the move and Hollywood is a very important part of that,” said Gov. Jerry Brown just before signing the legislation into law today outside of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre — and behind a sign that read “Keep Cameras Rolling In… Read
CBS Entertainment Ups Karen Church & Fern Orenstein To SVP Casting
Karen Church and Fern Orenstein have been promoted to SVP Casting CBS Entertainment. They join fellow CBS Casting SVPs Lucy Cavallo in Los Angeles and Amy Herzig in New York. Both report to Peter Golden, EVP Talent and Casting.
In her new role, Church oversees casting of all series regular roles and guest star roles for current comedy series and comedy pilots including The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, Mom, The Millers and the upcoming The McCarthys… Read