‘The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman’: EPs Talk Exploring Common Humanity In Upcoming Series – TCA
Morgan Freeman stopped by the TCA summer press tour to talk about his upcoming six-part docuseries The Story of Us, premiering in the fall on the National Geographic Channel. The series follows Freeman’s global journey to uncover the fundamental forces that keep our societies together, while revealing the common humanity that lies inside each of us.
“I've always been curious, some people call it nosy. That is the driving force of wanting to do and loving to do this type… Read
AT&T Says Time Warner Plans Are “Nearly Complete,” Talks Up DirecTV Now
AT&T is poised to “hit the ground running once we receive final approval” for its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner — expected by year end — CFO John Stephens told analysts today.
“We have the financing set up” for the deal with a migration team’s plans for the transition “nearly complete,” he says. AT&T spent $78 million in Q2 to advance the merger, and $119 million in the first six months of 2017.
He declined to offer specifics. But he reiterated AT&T’s denial of a… Read
Producer Danielle Gelber Inks First-Look Deal With Universal TV
Veteran TV executive and producer Danielle Claman Gelber has signed a first-look deal with Universal Television to develop and executive produce scripted and non-scripted series for broadcast, cable and streaming networks and platforms .
Gelber launched her own company, Acoustic Prods. in 2016, when she inked a first-look deal with NBC. Prior to that, she did a five-year stint as EVP and head of development for Dick Wolf's Universal TV-based Wolf Entertainment.
Peter Kosminsky Made ‘The State’ As Antidote To Simplistic Thinking About ISIS Recruits – TCA
“We researched about a year and a half; it’s difficult to speak about the details of that research,” Peter Kosminsky says of National Geographic Channel’s The State.
NatGeo and Channel 4 partnered on the four-part drama from writer/director Kosminsky (Wolf Hall) chronicling the fact-inspired fictional story of four British men and women who join ISIS in Raqqah, Syria. The series is based on research and first-hand accounts compiled by Kosminsky.
“Everything actually took… Read
Discovery & Michael Phelps Defend Shark Week Episode After Viewer Backlash
Discovery and Michael Phelps are defending a recent episode of Shark Week in which the Olympic gold medalist swam against a CGI shark. Some viewers reacted angrily, complaining that it wasn’t a real shark and they felt duped by promos for the episode.
“In Phelps Vs Shark we enlisted world class scientists to take up the challenge of making the world’s greatest swimmer competitive with a Great White,” the network said in a statement to Deadline. “The show took smart… Read
Mike Medavoy: ‘The Long Road Home’ Better Suited To TV “In Light Of What’s Happening To The Movies” – TCA
“Do you think television now is the cutting edge arena?” TV critics asked Mike Medavoy during the TCA panel for his National Geographic Channel eight-episode limited series The Long Road Home.
“There's no better way to tell this story, with the number of hours we got, than National Geographic,” he responded. “Television is a great medium today, especially in light of what’s happening to the movies.”
The project revisits the fight during the Iraq War when the First… Read
AT&T Lost TV Subs In Q2, But Still Beat Analysts’ Earnings Expectations
AT&T just sent a potentially worrisome signal about pay TV distributors’ performance in Q2 with a report saying that DirecTV and U-verse lost 351,000 subscribers in the period — more than many analysts expected.
DirecTV shed 156,000 subs to end the period with 20.9 million, while U-verse lost 195,000 ending with 3.8 million. But the telco says the numbers were somewhat offset by a gain of 152,000 DirecTV Now subscribers, bringing the streaming service to “nearly… Read
Nat Geo Teams With Leonardo DiCaprio To Adapt ‘The Right Stuff’ As Scripted Series
National Geographic has inked a development deal with Appian Way Productions and Warner Horizon Scripted Television for a series adaptation of Tom Wolfe's best-selling nonfiction book The Right Stuff. The scripted project is executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, with Will Staples (Call of Duty) serving as writer and executive producer.
The Right Stuff takes a gritty, anti-nostalgic look at what would become America's first reality show as the… Read
‘Broad City’ Stars On Censoring Trump & The Feminist Message Behind The Series – TCA
The creators and stars of Comedy Central’s Broad City, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, were on hand at the summer TCA conference to talk about some controversial topics thjat will be explored in the upcoming Season 4.
One thing that stood out during the discussion was the decision to bleep out the use of President Donald Trump’s name, a decision that came after the election.
“We didn't originally write it like that,” said Glazer. “This season we did more rewriting than… Read
Nat Geo Wild Greenlights New Series With Survivalist Les Stroud, ‘Road To Westminster’ Special; ‘Untamed’ Season 2 – TCA
Nat Geo Wild today announced the greenlight of new series Alaska’s Grizzly Gauntlet, featuring survivalist Les Stroud; two-part special The Road to Westminster, which goes behind the scenes in the months leading up to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show; and Season 2 of digital series Untamed. The news came during the network’s session Tuesday at the TCA summer press tour in Pasadena.
In Alaska’s Grizzly Gauntlet, Stroud takes on the rugged 49th state at the… Read
Nat Geo Sets Documentary Specials On Princess Diana, ‘Long Road Home’ & ‘Titanic’; ‘StarTalk’ Guest Cast – TCA
National Geographic announced three new documentary specials during its session Tuesday at TCA. One focuses on Princess Diana, another is a companion doc to upcoming scripted series The Long Road Home and the third is an event special marking the 20th anniversary of the blockbuster Titanic film. The network also revealed the guest star lineup for the upcoming fourth season of StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Diana: In Her Own Words stems from a series of secret… Read
TV One Names Michelle Rice Interim General Manager As Brad Siegel Exits As President
There’s a change at top of the leadership ranks at TV One. Effective immediately, TV One vet Michelle Rice will be the Interim General Manager of the 13-year-old entertainment and lifestyle network targeting Black adults. She succeeds Brad Siegel, who is exiting as President of TV One.
Siegel, who served in the role as President for two and a half years, recently informed the company of his departure and announced to the TV One leadership team today that he will be… Read