Sony Profits Swell In Q1; Film Unit Suffers Loss
Sony beat analyst estimates with a 38.8% increase in operating profit for the first quarter of 2015, but its pictures division incurred a $96M loss with no breakout hits released during the period. Revenues overall were flat, largely down to a decrease in smartphopne and LCD TV sales which were offset by foreign exchange rates. Net income for the corporation rose more than 207% to $665M.
The movie and TV division saw an 11.9% drop in sales and operating revenues to $1.4B… Read
Melina Kanakaredes To Topline & Produce Drama Series For Dynamic Television
CSI: NY alumna Melina Kanakaredes is attached to star in a new drama series project, which she also is co-writing and executive producing with Immortals scribes Vlas and Charlie Parlapanides. The series, Stolen For Good, is for indie production company Dynamic Television.
The project, which has Saving Grace creator Nancy Miller on board as executive producer/showrunner, centers on the mysterious “Hermes Thief” (Kanakaredes), a renowned international thief whose true… Read
Nat Geo ‘Explorer’ Host Bryan Christy Recalls Run-In With Tanzanian Authorities – TCA
National Geographic Magazine investigative journalist Bryan Christy was so determined to expose the international ivory trade network on the first episode of NatGeo’s returning documentary series Explorer, he wound up being arrested in Tanzania when he was attempting to ship fake tusks through the country’s borders.
The episode entitled, Warlords Of Ivory, was an 18-month investigation for Christy and his producer J.J. Kelly whereby they traced the smuggling of elephant… Read
Kate Walsh Signs With WME
Kate Walsh has signed with WME. She was previously at CAA. Walsh is probably best known for playing Dr. Addison Montgomery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and toplining spinoff Private Practice which ran for six seasons. She is coming off a starring role on the short-lived NBC comedy series Bad Judge and a recurring role on the first season of Fargo on FX. On the film side, she can currently be seen in Lorne Michaels’ Staten Island Summer. Her other feature credits include Kicking… Read
DGA Second VP Jace Alexander Arrested On Child Porn Charges
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore says frequent Law & Order director and former Blacklist co-EP Jason “Jace” Alexander was arrested today for "possessing and file-sharing illegal and obscene performances of sexual conduct by children less than seventeen years of age." The journeyman helmer, who was recently elected Second Vice President of the DGA, faces up to seven years behind bars for the felony charges. He was released on $10,000 bail today and is… Read
Nat Geo Sets Projects With Ron Howard & Brian Grazer, Alex Gibney And Tom Fontana – TCA
National Geographic Channel has set three separate projects with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Alex Gibney and Tom Fontana, the network announced today during its panel at the Television Critics Association summer tour.
Red Planet (wt), an event series which tells the epic story of the quest to colonize Mars, is executive produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and Dave O’Connor of RadicalMedia. A hybrid of scripted and unscripted elements, Red Plane… Read
Vincent Kartheiser Of Nat Geo’s ‘Saints & Strangers’ On Playing Plymouth Colony Governor
Vincent Kartheiser, Mad Men’s Pete Campbell, plays the English separatist who served as Plymouth Colony’s governor for about 30 years in Nat Geo's first scripted miniseries Saints & Strangers. He says he had been looking to do a very different role than that he’d played the last seven or eight years.
And, he told TV critics this afternoon at TCA, he knew “Nat Geo would honor and bring historical accuracy” to the story.
On the heels of the record-breaking ratings for Killin… Read
Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger Ink Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
Comedy writer-producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger (The Neighbors) have signed a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV Studios. Under the agreement, they will develop projects with the studio and join Fox’s fall comedy Grandfathered as supervising producers.
It’s a reunion of sorts for the pair, who got their first professional writing gig at 20th on the Fox show Friends With Benefits and spent two seasons working with Grandfathered EP Dan Fogelman on ABC’s… Read
‘Little Women’ Series Produced By Michael Weatherly In Development At CW
EXCLUSIVE: The CW is taking on a literary classic in one of its first script buys of the 2015-16 development season. The network has put in development Little Women, a drama from rising writer Alexis Jolly, NCIS co-star Michael Weatherly and CBS TV Studios.
Written by Jolly, Little Women is described as a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, in which disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy band together in order to survive the… Read
‘Manhattan’ Cast Discuss The Moral Atomic Fallout Heating Up In Season 2 – TCA
At this afternoon’s TCA panel for WGN’s Manhattan, the cast provided some hints in regards to where season 2 was headed for the World War II period drama which returns on Tuesday, October 13 at 9PM.
Manhattan follows the residents and scientists at "The Hill" in Los Alamos, New Mexico during World War II. Frank Winter plays the brilliant physicist who designed the A-bomb and “his ambivalence this season comes more into play than ever” said actor John Benjamin Hickey… Read
Ellen Barkin & Scott Speedman To Star In John Wells’ TNT Pilot ‘Animal Kingdom’
Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love) and Scott Speedman (The Strangers) have been cast as leads in TNT’s drama pilot Animal Kingdom, from John Wells Prods. in association with Warner Horizon Television. The pilot, which is set to begin shooting next month in Los Angeles, centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody who moves in with his wild, freewheeling relatives — grandmother (Barkin) and uncles — in their Southern California beach town when his mother ODs. He is pulled into their… Read
Fidel Castro Special Teams American Heroes Channel, Discovery Latin America
On the heels of Discovery Channel’s recently debuted Cuban Chrome, following antique American car enthusiasts in Cuba, and the first American TV series filmed entirely in Cuba, Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic and American Heroes Channel have lined up a global programming initiative to present Castro: The World’s Most Watched Man.
The one-hour documentary looks at the life of Cuban leader Fidel Castro through the eyes of intelligence workers who observed him… Read