Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke Talks TV, Film Biz At USC Forum
Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who oversees film and TV series for the streaming service, isn’t shoveling dirt on broadcast TV.
"I don't think that it's on its deathbed," said Salke, speaking today at the Gould School of Law’s Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, a media summit at USC. "I think it is evolving quickly. But I still believe, knowing the amount of people we were reaching at NBC, that there's a huge audience that still comes."
Driving that traffic… Read
Sylvester Stallone To Star In ‘Samaritan’ & ‘Hunter’, Acquires FBI Memoir As His Balboa Productions Ramps Up Slate
EXCLUSIVE: Balboa Productions, the recently formed shingle led by Sylvester Stallone and producer Braden Aftergood, has solidified its project lineup, some of which will be starring vehicles for Stallone, who will also produce the projects with Aftergood.
Likely to be first in the pipeline is Samaritan, written by Bragi Schut, which is a dark, fresh take on the superhero genre that has Stallone attached to star. The aim is to start production next year.
Also in the works… Read
CBS Television City To Be Sold To LA Real Estate Firm Hackman Capital
CBS has selected LA real estate investment firm Hackman Capital Partners as the winning bidder for the company’s iconic Television City facility near the corner of Fairfax and Beverly, a source familiar with the deal tells Deadline.
The transaction is not yet final, but the value is said to be well north of $700 million. Word first surfaced last year that CBS was considering shopping the 25-acre site, where shows like All in the Family was produced and early television… Read
APA Ups Jules Urbanski To Music Agent; Triage Entertainment Partners With Terence Wrong, Hires Josh Poole As VP
APA has promoted Jules Urbanski to agent in the concerts department. Urbanski joined APA in 2015, working in the mailroom before joining the agency's Agent Training Program. He grew up on film and TV sets with parents Diane Wilk, executive producer of The Nanny, and Doug Urbanski, a Broadway producer, talent manager and Oscar-nominated film producer. Jules Urbanski works closely with APA partner and co-head of talent, Jim Osborne, with whom he shares crossover clients… Read
Zero Gravity Launches Film Slate With Ghost Story ‘Wraith’
Zero Gravity has secured $100 million in financing and announced a slate of films. First up for producer Mubina Rattonsey’s U.S. production shingle is Wraith, a modern ghost story from God Is Dead director Armaan Zorace.
Wraith follows a married couple that heads to a new town, only to find an evil presence that surrounds them. Now they have to fight forces from other dimensions to survive. Zero Gravity Motion Pictures said film will be shot in a yet-to-be-announced… Read
UTA And Valence Media’s MRC Form TV Production And Finance Venture Civic Center Media
Deepening the investment of Hollywood agencies in content production, United Talent Agency has teamed with Valence Media and its Media Rights Capital subsidiary on a joint venture to be called Civic Center Media.
The new entity, in which UTA will hold an undisclosed minority stake, will develop, produce and finance premium TV series. Financial terms were not revealed, and the announcement of the venture said a search is under way for an executive to lead it.
UTA Teams With MRC On TV Studio Joint Venture Dubbed Civic Center Media
UTA and indie studio Media Rights Capital parent Valence Media unveiled plans Wednesday to launch Civic Center Media, a joint venture that will develop, produce and finance premium TV series. The aim will be to give the talent agency’s clients access to resources for development and production via MRC, which has produced and/or financed series including Netflix’s House of Cards and Ozark and Starz’s Counterpart among others.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it… Read
Dwayne Johnson & ‘Jumanji’ Helmer Jake Kasdan Reteam For John Henry Family Action Movie Set At Netflix
In what was described as a competitive bidding situation, Netflix has nabbed the rights to the feature, John Henry and The Statesmen, with Dwayne Johnson attached as the star and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle director Jake Kasdan on board to direct. Johnson and his Seven Bucks Productions partners Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia are producing the project with Kasdan, and Seven Bucks frequent collaborator Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo.
The pic is based on an original pitch… Read
Former Benaroya Pictures Exec Prashant Shah Launches Bollywood Hollywood, Sets First Pic
Prashant Shah, formerly VP and head of production at Benaroya Pictures and a veteran Hollywood and Mumbai producer, has launched Bollywood Hollywood Production. The fully financed media company will focus on the acquisition, development and production of feature films in both the Hindi and English language, aimed at worldwide audiences. At launch, the company has in the works more than a half-dozen movies over the next two years with budgets between $5 million-$50… Read
Fox Family Sets Chris McCoy’s ‘The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion’ Pic
UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: Fox Family will develop a film based on the Chris McCoy young adult science fiction novel The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion. The author is adapting the novel, and Chernin Entertainment will produce. The book was published in 2015 by Knopf.
The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion follows high schooler Bennett, who lands the prom date of his dreams, Sophie, just days before the dance. Not long after, he witnesses Sophie being abducted by aliens in the… Read
CBS Plans Television And Film Production Facility Outside Toronto
CBS plans to establish a television and film production facility outside Toronto, with the production capacity to support large-scale production.
The media company said it signed a long-term lease on a 260,000 square-foot space located in the city of Mississauga, 18 miles from downtown Toronto, where it plans to establish CBS Stages Canada.
The new facility, with six sound stages, with provide additional production space to support CBS Television Studios' expanding roster… Read
Megan Ring to Lead Production for Viacom Media Networks
Viacom named Megan Ring its new executive vice president of production for Viacom Media Networks, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Sarah Levy.
In this newly created role, Ring will oversee domestic production for scripted, unscripted, short-form and live events across Viacom's brand portfolio – including Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, CMT, TV Land, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network and BET, and the studio production units launched by Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon – as… Read