Brooke Karzen Upped To EVP Alternative Programming & Development At Warner Horizon TV
Warner Horizon Television has elevated veteran unscripted programming exec Brooke Karzen to the newly created position of EVP Alternative Programming and Development. The move was announced today by Warner Bros Unscripted and Alternative Television President Mike Darnell, to whom Karzen reports.
In her new role, Karzen will continue to work closely with Darnell and serve as WHTV's top unscripted executive, responsible for creative affairs, development, current programming… Read
‘Homeland’ & ‘The Affair’ Ratings Solid In Season Starter Stats
Homeland returned to solid numbers and The Affair climbed 61% versus last year’s premiere on Sunday night on Showtime. At 9 PM, the Season 5 premiere of Homeland delivered 1.66M viewers, a 3% climb compared to Season 4’s starting crowd of 1.61M. Over its various telecasts last night, the show clocked 2.1M viewers – a 5% increase compared to Season 4’s 1.99M.
Meanwhile, The Affair’s Season 2 opener outscored last year’s unveiling by double digits. At 10 PM, it kicked off… Read
Sonya McNair Leaving CBS News SVP Communications Post At Year’s End
Sonya McNair is leaving as SVP Communications at CBS News. Here is the internal memo sent out this afternoon by CBS News chief David Rhodes and CBS Corp. SEVP Communications Gil Schwartz:
Regrettably, Sonya McNair approached us recently to say she intends to leave CBS for personal reasons. Sonya has been our Senior Vice President for Communications since June 2011, having joined CBS News in 2009. Given the portfolio of duties Sonya has shouldered these past four years, we… Read
Tucker Tooley Leaving As Relativity President For “Creative Side” Of Business
Relativity Studios president Tucker Tooley has chosen to step down from the company, following a 30-day transition period. The announcement was made jointly by Tooley and Relativity chairman and CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Tooley joined the company in 2007. Ramon Wilson, general manager, who has been at the company since 2006, will become president in the interim.
The announcement of Tooley’s exit comes just hours after a hearing today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court that was to… Read
Callie Hernandez Joins Epix Comedy Series ‘Graves’; Showtime’s Lena Waithe Pilot Casts 2
Callie Hernandez has booked a series regular role opposite Nick Nolte in Epix original series Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. In Graves, 25 years after his presidency, former Commander in Chief Richard Graves (Nolte) has the epiphany that his policies have damaged the country for decades and so, with his young assistant (Skylar Astin), he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to right his administration's wrongs just as his wife, the… Read
Jamie Foxx To Star In, Produce Animated ‘Groove Tails’
Jamie Foxx has signed on as the voice of the lead character in Groove Tails, a new CGI animated family movie on which he will also serve as co-producer. The story, set in the world of competitive street dancing competitions, but for mice, follows “Biggz”, a mouse deep in debt to a local club hoping to clean up the streets from a group of menacing alley cats, and get the girl.
An AMBI Group presentation of an AMBI and Imprint Entertainment production, animation and… Read
Fox Buys Surfing Drama ‘The 808’ Written By Sheldon Turner
Fox is heading to Hawaii with The 808, an hourlong drama from Sony Pictures TV and Sheldon Turner & Jennifer Klein’s studio-based Vendetta.
Written by Oscar nominee Turner, The 808 — named after the Hawaii area code — is described as a provocative look beyond the idyllic Hawaii postcard into a world of sex, sand and sin; a sexy soap set against the backdrop of Maui surf culture, which centers on two feuding families. Turner and Klein executive produce.
Under Vendetta’s… Read
Phil Craig Exits Discovery Networks International After Eight Months As VP/Chief Creative Officer
Not quite a year after he was announced, and only eight months after assuming the job, Phil Craig is bowing out as VP and chief creative officer of Discovery Networks International. News broke as Craig was attending MIPCOM.
“Phil Craig has decided to step down from his role as EVP & Chief Creative Officer with Discovery Networks International, and go back to his roots as a leading independent producer,” DNI said today in a statement. “He enjoyed creative success at DNI… Read
Nicholas Sparks To Produce Semi-Autobiographical Comedy For ABC
Best-selling romance novelist Nicholas Sparks has sold his first half-hour comedy project. The Next Chapter, written by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl, The Sound Of Music Live!), hails from Warner Bros TV and Sparks’ studio-based Nicholas Sparks Prods. Loosely based on Sparks’ new life as a single man, The Next Chapter centers on top-selling romance novelist Ben Diamond who goes through a divorce and not only begins to question his belief in love, but he also must learn to… Read
‘Collateral Beauty’ Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Exits Project Over Creative Differences With Studio
EXCLUSIVE: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the director of New Line Cinema’s Will Smith-starrer Collateral Beauty, has departed the drama owing to creative differences with the studio. This comes less than a month after New Line acquired worldwide rights to the pic, which stars Smith as a New York advertising executive who experiences a personal tragedy and the subsequent unconventional plan from his colleagues to break him out of his depression.
Overbrook Entertainment came aboard… Read
Relativity Bankruptcy: Court Says It Needs More Time To Weigh Deal Terms
The Relativity Media bankruptcy sale isn’t done yet.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles scheduled a hearing for tomorrow after telling the company that he and others involved, including many creditors, haven’t had enough time to pour through the collection of agreements reached over the last few days to sell the TV operation — and leave other assets with CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.
“I applaud the efforts of everybody who worked so hard,” Wiles says. “But we have a bit of a… Read
Luke Wilson & Judy Greer Join ‘Measure Of A Man’
Luke Wilson and Judy Greer have joined the cast of Measure Of A Man, the independent adaptation of Robert Lipsyte's YA novel One Fat Summer. The project, which is now shooting in Rhode Island with Jim Loach directing, also stars Donald Sutherland, Blake Cooper, Liana Liberato, Beau Knapp, Danielle Rose Russell, Luke Benward, and Sam Keeley.
The 1970's coming-of-age story was adapted by David Scearce (A Single Man). Wilson and Greer will play Cooper and Liberato's parents… Read