Dylan McDermott To Star In CBS’ Kevin Williamson Drama Pilot
By Nellie Andreeva – Hostages‘ Dylan McDermott is set as the male lead in another CBS/Warner Bros TV drama project, the untitled Kevin Williamson pilot.
Disney To Film Marvel Series For Netflix In New York As Part Of Multimillion-Dollar Incentive Package
By David Lieberman – New York was “our first choice” to film four NYC-based Marvel “Defenders” series and a miniseries planned for Netflix beginning in 2015, Disney CEO Bob Iger said today during a press event in NY announcing the deal.
WGA East Slams ITV Studios America For Not Paying Overtime & Stalled Contract Talks
By Dominic Patten – Profits may be up 20% at its UK parent company, but ITV Studios America today found its relationship with the Writers Guild of America East taking a steep fall.
LA Film Czar: Governor Not Yet “Committed” To Expanding Film & TV Tax Credit
By Dominic Patten – “I believe the Governor and his staff are very interested in the progress of this legislation — I don’t think they’ve committed one way or another nor would I expect them to them to at this point in the progress, ” new LA Film Czar Ken Ziffren said today about the proposed expansion to California’s current $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program.
Discovery Redistributes Networks Among Group Presidents Eileen O’Neill, Marjorie Kaplan, Henry Schleiff
By Lisa De Moraes – In a re-alignment of its U.S. network portfolio, Discovery Communications has named Eileen O’Neill to be Group President of the Discovery Channel and has been given oversight of Science Channel and Velocity — two networks seen to have tremendous growth opportunity.
David O. Russell Exits ABC Drama Project, Which Continues As Series, Casts 1st Actor
By Nellie Andreeva – American Hustle writer/director David O. Russell has departed the ABC drama series he was to executive produce with Susannah Grant.
Viola Davis To Topline ABC Drama Pilot ‘How To Get Away’ Produced By Shonda Rhimes
By Nellie Andreeva – In one of the highest-profile pilot castings this season, Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt) is set as the lead of ABC‘s drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder, from ABC Studios and Shondaland.
Matthew Perry’s ‘Odd Couple’ Comedy Reboot Gets CBS Pilot Order
By Nellie Andreeva – Neil Simon’s classic The Odd Couple is getting closer to a primetime return with a pilot order by CBS to the multi-camera version starring, co-written and executive produced by Matthew Perry.
UPDATE: Netflix Agrees To Pay Comcast For Broadband Access; Public Knowledge Calls For FCC, DOJ Action
By Jen Yamato – There may be smoother streaming ahead for Netflix subscribers as Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast for direct broadband access. Comcast had previously denied Netflix’s request to connect to its broadband network free of charge, sending Netflix users’ streaming content through third party internet providers to access Comcast’s network.
Taraji P. Henson To Star In Lee Daniels’ Hip-Hop Fox Pilot ‘Empire’
By Nellie Andreeva – Taraji P. Henson is reuniting with her Hustle & Flow co-star Terrence Howard for another drama project set in the hip-hop world, this time in TV.