Kristoffer Nyholm To Direct Tom Hardy Event TV Series ‘Taboo’
EXCLUSIVE– Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm, who directed the acclaimed Scandinavian series The Killing, has boarded the Tom Hardy event TV series Taboo. Nyholm, credited with playing a major part in the rise of so-called Nordic Noir, will direct the first four episodes of the eight part series. Hardy stars as James Keziah Delaney, who returns to London in 1813 after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father. Driven to right… Read
Time Warner Cable Strikes Out In Securing More Distribution For Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers fans who currently can’t watch games on SportsNet LA are out of luck for now. It “doesn't look like we'll get additional distribution for the Dodgers network this season,” Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus told analysts this morning in a call to discuss Q2 earnings.
This has been a problem for the No. 2 cable operator, which has agreed to sell itself to Charter Communications. TWC committed $8.35 billion for a 25-year hold on Dodgers rights. But most… Read
Amazon Lands New Jeremy Clarkson Car Show
After weeks of speculation, Jeremy Clarkson has confirmed that his new car show has landed at Amazon, reuniting him with his former Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond. The series will air on Amazon Prime.
Clarkson, whose BBC contract was allowed to expire after he assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, confirmed the news on his Twitter feed. “I’m very excited to announce that Hammond, May and I have signed a deal with @AmazonVideo,” tweeted the outspoken… Read
ProSiebenSat-Axel Springer Merger Talks End Without Deal
The proposed mega merger between German TV giant ProsiebenSat and leading print group Axel Springer is off after talks between the two companies broke down. It is believed that concerns over anti-competition regulations. The deal, which would have been worth up to $16 billion, would have seen a daunting multi-media titan emerge. Worth over $10 billion, ProSiebenSat has a 28.9% share of Germany's free-TV market. Axel Springer, worth more than $5 billion, owns the country's… Read
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