Locomotive Taps Producer Alexis Alexanian As Production President
Locomotive, the film/TV production company re-launched in 2014 by Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Alexandra Kerry and Jonathon Kemp, has hired producer Alexis Alexanian as President of Production. The move comes after she co-produced Locomotive’s Maggie’s Plan, which was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics after its Toronto Film Festival bow.
The hire is also on the heels of Locomotive closing a jointly funded feature development deal with New Regency. In her new role, Alexanian… Read
WE TV Greenlights ‘Selling It: In The ATL’ For November Premiere
Building on the success of its Atlanta-focused franchise, WE tv has greenlighted new docu-series Selling It: In the ATL. The six-episode hour-long series, which comes on the heels of the freshman season of Cutting It: In The ATL, will premiere at 10 PM Thursday, November 5. Cutting It was recently renewed for a 10-episode second season.
Selling It: In The ATL follows seven diverse female professionals who are changing the face of Atlanta real estate. In an industry once… Read
‘MTP Daily’ Averages 529K Viewers And 73K News Demo Viewers In Week 1
MTP Daily averaged 529,000 total viewers in its first week on MSNBC at 5 PM ET, 73,000 in the news demo, and dropped by double digits in its timeslot compared to previous week. Specifically, MSNBC fell 19% in the news demo and 14% in overall audience, week to week.
The Chuck Todd-hosted weekday extension of NBC broadcast network’s Sunday Beltway show launched last week on Monday with the second part of Todd’s sit-down with Hillary Clinton after airing Part 1 on Sunday’s Me… Read
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. 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 premiere on Playstatio… 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
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.
‘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