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ABC/Untitled Dan Fogelman NBA Comedy Project Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Production Companies: Kapital Entertainment, Mandalay Sports Media, Rhode Island Ave. Productions Executive Producer(s): David E. Windsor, Casey Johnson, Dan Fogelman, Peter Guber, Michael Tollin Writer(s): David E. Windsor, Casey Johnson Logline: Set in the world of the NBA, the story is about a rookie who doesn’t speak English and a translator who doesn’t speak basketball. SSN Insight: ABC has given an initial put pilot commitment to the untitled half hour comedy series.Previous to this project Fogelman created ABC’s The Neighbors and Galavant.
All About Sex Network: TLC Writer(s): Margaret Cho, Heather McDonald, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry Logline: Half hour show with segments to include the week’s craziest sex-related news, open discussions about love and relationships, viewer questions regarding relationship challenges, and answers to questions people may be too embarrassed to ask otherwise. SSN Insight: The network has given a six-episode order of the half-hour weekly show, set to air Saturdays at 11pm starting January 10 to be co-hosted by Margaret Cho, Heather McDonald, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry.
Atlanta Network: FX Networks Studio: FX Productions Production Company: Schiff Company Executive Producer(s): Donald Glover, Paul Simms, Dianne McGunigle Writer(s): Donald Glover Logline: Revolves around two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy. Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks, a college drop-out who reconnects with his long buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a sudden star. SSN Insight: The comedy was originally developed at FX in 2013, and FX has now ordered a pilot. In addition to starring in NBC’s Community, Glover has also written on 30 Rock. Black Gold Network: Starz Production Company: FremantleMedia North America Executive Producer(s): Benjamin Percy Writer(s): Benjamin Percy Logline: A war-haunted mercenary and an idealistic rookie cop battle industrial and criminal forces to reclaim the North Dakota town that has been transformed overnight by the oil boom into a new Wild West of fast fortunes and shallow graves. SSN Insight: James Ponsoldt, whose past credits include The Spectacular Now and Smash will direct the pilot. Percy’s book Red Moon is currently being developed as a Fox TV series with Akiva Goldsman. His other book, The Wilding is being adapted for filmmaker Tanya Wexler.
Beowulf Network: ITV Studio: ITV Executive Producer(s): James Dormer, Tim Haines, Katie Newman Writer(s): James Dormer Logline: Scandinavian warrior Beowulf returns to his home to pay respects to his recently deceased father, but when the palace is attacked by the monster Grendel, he must hunt it down. Details: Based on the famous eighth century poem "Beowulf" which was written in Old English. SSN Insight: ITV has ordered the 13 part epic drama. ITV has gotten into the game this year with other ambitious period dramas by ordering The Frankenstein Chronicles and Jekyll & Hyde. Shooting is to take place in County Durham and Northumberland for Beowulf and scheduled for April.
The Cuckoo's Calling Network: BBC One Studio: BBC Worldwide Production Companies: Bronte Film and Television, The Blair Partnership Executive Producer(s): J.K. Rowling, Neil Blair Logline: War veteran Cormoran Strike turns private investigator after losing a leg in Afghanistan. Details: Based on the novels, "The Cuckoo's Calling" and its sequel "The Silkworm" written by J.K. Rowling (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) and published by Mulholland. Rowling chose to write under a pseudonym after facing scrutiny for her novel The Casual Vacancy, written after her Harry Potter series. SSN Insight: Rowling previously collaborated with BBC and HBO for a three-hour miniseries adaptation of her novel The Casual Vacancy, which will air on BBC One in February.
Fall of Giants Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Companies: No Production Company Available. Executive Producer(s): Ann Peacock, Michael De Luca, Stephanie Germain Writer(s): Ann Peacock Logline: A tale of love and war told through the lives of five families that become entangled by the first World War. An earl falls for a coal miner's daughter, a British heiress for a German spy and a young American on the fast track to the White House falls for a Russian bootleggers's daughter. Set against the backdrop of a catastrophic war, the characters rise to the challenge of new realities of social class, gender equality and economic collapse and every one of them is irrevocably changed by it. Details: Based on the first book in the Century Trilogy, "Fall of Giants," written by Ken Follett and published by Dutton in 2010. SSN Insight: Planned as a 10-episode limited series.
Freezing Hot Network: Netflix Studio: Netflix Writer(s): Iliza Shlesinger Logline: Comedy special based on Iliza Shlesinger’s life. SSN Insight: Shlesinger was not only the woman to win NBC’s Last Comic Standing but also the youngest in its history to be named champ. She has since been hosting VH1’s Excused and taped a special for Netflix called War Paint before Freezing Hot. She is also writing ABC’s called Forever 31 in which she will star. The special will be released on Friday, January 23, 2015.
My Transparent Life Network: ABC Family Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Ryan Seacrest Media Executive Producer(s): Ryan Seacrest, Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam, George Moll, Paul Barrosse Writer(s): none, unscripted documentary Logline: A teenager named Ben learns his parents are not only getting a divorce but also that his dad is becoming a woman. The series will follow Ben, his family and his friends as they support one another through this unexpected journey and watch Charlie slowly become Carly, as she experiences the many stages of her transition from male to female. SSN Insight: Ordered straight to series by ABC. “Trans visibility on TV is at an all-time high,” noted the Washington Blade, especially given Amazon’s Golden Globe nominated Transparent, Netflix’s Orange is the New Black starring Laverne Cox, and the following upcoming shows: documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word for MTV and Logo, VH1’s TransAmerica produced by Tyra Banks, Lena Dunham’s documentary for HBO, and Univision and Pivot’s Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity.
Professionals Network: Showtime Executive Producer(s): David J. Rosen, Marc Webb Writer(s): David J. Rosen Logline: Comedy about two partially-broken mid-level employees become ensnared in a dangerous game of corporate espionage. SSN Insight: Showtime has given aninitial commitment of three scripts. Professionals is Webb's second comedy developed for Showtime, as also exec producing and directing Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Showtime will have room on the schedule as Nurse Jackie wraps up.
The Real Women Of Telenovelas Network: WE TV Production Companies: Matador Writer(s): none, unscripted Logline: Set in Miami, the series will center on the lives of up-and-coming actresses and actors in the uber-competitive world of telenovelas. SSN Insight: Telenovelas were largely produced in Mexico and Latin America but recently South Florida has become the genre’s new headquarters with Miami nicknamed “Telenovela Tinseltown”. Untitled Entertainment teamed with TV production company Matador to form Untitled/Matador. The joint venture enables both companies to develop, package and produce material for TV and digital outlets. The Terrestrial Network: USA Studio: Fox 21 Television Studios Production Company: Fabrik Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Gary Dauberman, Mikkel Bondesen, Henrik Bastin, Kristen Campo Writer(s): Gary Dauberman Logline: After his estranged teenage daughter goes missing, a schizophrenic man is forced to confront his troubled past as he begins to believe his daughter’s kidnappers are the same as the ones that abducted him 10 years prior: aliens. SSN Insight: Following its initial success with The 4400,USA has recently revived its push to develop alien dramas and is also filming the Carlton Cuse-produced pilot Colony, about an alien occupation. Dauberman’s past feature credits include Annabelle and Crawlspace for New Line.
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Awards 2015: Swedish Director Ruben Östlund Talks ‘Force Majeure,' “When Survival Comes In, Culture Goes Out”The Swedish film tells the story of a family’s vacation at a ski resort in the French Alps. When the patriarch’s reaction to an oncoming avalanche is not what his wife expects, family dynamics get shaken up. (SSN)
TV Development For 12/16/14: BBC Producing J.K. Rowling’s ‘Cuckoo Calling,’ ITV Revives ‘Beowulf,’ and MoreOther projects that get rolling include Dan Fogelman’s NBA comedy, Donald Glover’s Atlanta, and Gary Dauberman’s The Terrestrial on USA Network, among a host of others. (SSN) (HP)
The Department Of Homeland Security Says No Credible Evidence To Support Upcoming Movie Theater ThreatFans and theater owners alike had been warned by the group that conducted the Sony hack that anyone who went to see The Interview would face a potential terror attack. (DH) (THR) (EMP) (VAR) (TVL) (COL)
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CAA: Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson has signed with CAA. Benson plays Hanna on the ABC Family hit, and she starred alongside James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in Spring Breakers. She was previously with WME.
ICM: ICM Partners has signed British actress and singer Eliza Bennett. She is best known for her role opposite Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany in Inkheart. Bennett is set to appear opposite James D'Arcy on the upcoming second season of ITV’s Broadchurch.
WME: Canadian video platform WatchMojo has signed with William Morris Endeavor. The company produces and publishes short-form online videos that focus on the people, places and trends that are shaping pop culture.
The Green Room: The Green Room has signed YouTube sensation Jimmy Wong. The actor and musician stars in the Streamy Award-winning web series Video Game High School, which set multiple crowdfunding records and has been nominated for a Producers Guild Award.
The Green Room: Sons of Anarchy alum McNally Sagal has also signed with management company The Green Room. Sagal played St. Thomas Hospital administrator Margaret Murphy on the just concluded FX drama. Sagal’s credits include SLC Punk!, Chicago Hope, Boy Meets World, Murder One and The X Files.
WME: WME has signed actor/writer/director, Chris O'Dowd. He stars opposite Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in Golden Globe-nominated St. Vincent. Previous film credits include Bridesmaids, This Is 40 and The Sapphires. O'Dowd received a Tony nom this year for his performance in Broadway's Of Mice And Men.
ESA: Gina Gershon (House of Versace, Bound, How To Make it in America) is now a client of Rachel Sheedy’s at Equitable Stewardship for Artists (ESA). Gershon follows Sheedy from Resolution.
WME | IMG: The agency has signed tennis player Genie Bouchard to a worldwide marketing and management deal. The Montreal native is ranked No. 7 in the world, and she won her first career WTA title in May, at Nurnberg, and qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore in October.
UTA: Online personality Flula Borg has signed with UTA. The German musician and comedian has more than 55 million views on his YouTube channel.
WME: William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has signed four-time Grammy nominee Joe Nichols. The country artist collected his sixth career Country Airplay No. 1 over the summer with his single, "Yeah," off his album Crickets. He is managed by George Couri at Triple 8 Management.
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BELOW THE LINE: ‘BIRDMAN’
Awards 2015: Filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu Speaks On ‘Birdman’s Phenomenal Below the Line TalentThe director of Amores Perros and 21 Grams not a filmmaker who is afraid to take chances. His films are uncompromising, but none of them would ever be considered a dark comedy. And then, Birdman came along. (SSN)
Rep Moves For 12/17/14: Ashley Benson Picked Up By CAA, The Green Room Signs YouTube Sensation Jimmy Wong, and MoreJust about all the major agencies get in on the action, including WME, UTA, ICM and the above-mentioned CAA and The Green Room, as well as ESA, to boot. (SSN) (VUL) (VAR) (THR) (DH)
There’s Been a Lot Of Talk About a Potential ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel, and Now Tim Burton Says Winona Ryder Is On BoardThe Big Eyes director has said there is a new script that he likes, and that Michael Keaton will do it if Burton comes back to direct, and now comes word that Ryder is interested, as well. (WF) (ITV) (COL) (GL)
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Suicide Squad Logline: A team of supervillains is given one last shot at redemption by taking on missions that will most likely get them killed. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Production Company: DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment Producers: Charles Roven, Richard Suckle Writer: David Ayer Director: David Ayer Cast: Viola Davis, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney SSN Insight: Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer were both also rumored as being considered for the role of “Waller” that went to Davis.
The BFG Logline: After orphaned Sofy is kidnapped by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), the two find in each other the families they never had as they work together to stop some bad giants from eating the world’s children. Studio/ Distributor: Dreamworks Studios, Walt Disney Pictures Production Company: Kennedy/ Marshall Company, Amblin Entertainment Producers: Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg, Samuel L. Mercer Writer: Melissa Mathison (most recent) Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance SSN Insight: After a long casting search, Spielberg’s adaptation of the beloved Roald Dahl novel has found its “Sophie” in newcomer Ruby Barnhill.
Every Exquisite Thing Logline: A straitlaced student-athlete begins to explore her wild side after reading a cult classic novel. Studio/ Distributor: The Weinstein Company Writer: Ted Melfi Director: Ted Melfi SSN Insight: The St. Vincent writer director re-teams with the Weinsteins to adapt the Matthew Quick novel (Silver Linings Playbook), which the studio optioned back in October.
Kong: Skull Island Logline:Based on the mythic origins of King Kong on his home Skull Island, which is ruled by mutant giant creatures. Studio/ Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Company: Legendary Entertainment Producers: Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull Writer: John Gatins Cast: J.K. Simmons, Tom Hiddleston Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts SSN Insight: The King Kong reboot isset for release on March 10, 2017.
Antarctica Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Company: Gulfstream Pictures Producers: Mike Karz, Bill Bindley Writer: Michael Werwie SSN Insight: The idea for the action-adventure project was developed internally at Gulfstream, the company headed by Mike Karz and Bill Bindley with a first look deal at Warner Bros.
Dogs of War Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Studio/ Distributor: Universal Pictures. Producers: Joe Roth, Zack Roth, Dennis Stratton Writer: Chris Parker Director: Randall Wallace SSN Insight: Based on the novel "Trident K9 Warriors" written Mike Ritland and published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 14, 2014.
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Awards 2015 Spotlight: What ‘Wild’ Author Cheryl Strayed Learned From Nick Hornby On the Art Of the AdaptationNot every author has a stellar experience when their book is taken over by Hollywood. The story they poured their blood, sweat, tears, and time into could either be beautifully translated to the screen, or be dumbed down, unrecognizable, and stripped of its essence. Strayed lucked out. (SSN)
Awards 2015 Spotlight: Screenwriter Anthony McCarten On Adapting Jane Hawking’s Memoir Into ‘The Theory of Everything’Already a fan of Stephen Hawking and his work, McCarten was determined to bring the duo’s story to the big screen, a process that took nearly a decade. Now, McCarten’s adaptation is getting critical buzz in numerous categories across the board. (SSN)
Film Development For 12/18/14: Viola Davis Joins the ‘Suicide Squad,’ Ted Melfi Re-Teams With the Weinsteins, and MoreMelfi is making Every Exquisite Thing, while the BFG and Kong: Skull Island also add new cast, and Antarctica and Dogs of War get rolling as new projects. (SSN) (MF)
In Case You Were Wondering, the Indie World Would Have Handled This ‘Interview’ Mess Quite DifferentlySeveral esteemed and veteran indie distributors and executives weigh in on how they would have dealt with the situation. “Independent filmmakers wouldn't find themselves in this position,” says Mark Urman. (IW)
On a Lighter Note, Evangeline Lilly Has Provided Us With New Details About Next Summer’s ‘Ant-Man’ FlickThe actress, who also stars in this weekend’s The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, calls the Marvel movie, “very much a heist film.” It hits theaters on July 17th. (COL) (DH) (EMP) (VAR) (ITV)
Cancellation Contagion: Paramount Refuses To Allow ‘Team America’ Screenings In Place Of ‘The Interview’Several theaters around the country, including the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin and George R.R. Martin’s theater in New Mexico, had planned to show the film, but now the studio behind it is forbidding theaters from doing so. (CB) (DH) (VAR) (HP)
It Was Only a Matter Of Time, But Now We’re Looking At Our First Premium Theater Subscription PackageAMC Theaters and Stacy Spikes’ MoviePass are launching a pilot program, to test in Boston and Denver, that would allow theatergoers a way to see all the movies they want to view in any format, including premium presentations, for one monthly fee. (SAA) (SF) (TP) (THR) (COL) (SM)
21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management have merged Endemol, Shine Group and CORE Media. The newly created joint venture will at first operate under the name Endemol Shine Group, starting on January 1.
21st Century Fox has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire true[X] media, a video advertising company that specializes in consumer engagement and on-demand marketing campaigns.
Aspire Entertainment announced that Campbell McInnes will be joining as the Senior Vice President of Feature Production and Development and will be overseeing the company’s film division. McInnes comes to Aspire Entertainment with a strong background in production and development as a Production and Development Executive at Lotus Entertainment, where he was involved with a slate of films including The Grey and Killing Them Softly.
Millennium Entertainment has named Vincent Scordino to the newly created position of SVP Marketing. He’s returning to the company after a stint at Cinedigm. Scordino will report to EVP Marketing Brooke Ford and will head traditional and day-and-date marketing campaigns for the company.
Multiplatform distributor Cinedigm uppedDirector of Theatrical Releasing Kristin Harris to a newly expanded Senior Director position. Harris will focus on acquisition titles and will also help develop Cinedigm's slate of co-productions with label partners like Great Point, VMI and Rapid Eye Studios.
The Company, which Charlie Ebersol founded with Mike Lanigan, has named veteran corporate strategist Austin Katz COO. He will be responsible for strategic planning, business development and operations at the production outfit.
Sonar Entertainment CEO Gene Stein has made a move into the long-form world by recruiting Tom Patricia as SVP Limited Series, Miniseries and Movies.
Comedy Central vet Ian Friedman has been promoted to VP Original Programming and Development. He will continue to be based in the network's Santa Monica office, reporting to EVP Jim Sharp.
Syfy announced that Chris Regina, one of the key players behind the network's acquisitions strategy, with projects like Sharknado, has been promoted to Senior VP Program Strategy, Syfy and Chiller. Regina now will report to Dave Howe, President, Syfy and Chiller. He will oversee Syfy and Chiller's program planning and strategy, original-movie development and production, and scheduling.
Brad Siegel has been named president of TV One network, and will lead all business and creative aspects with chairman and CEO Alfred C. Liggins III.
BET Networks vet Stephen Hill has been promoted to the Viacom cabler’s top programming post. Hill fills the spot left earlier this year when Loretha Jones left after six years as head of programming.
In his first exec move since the merger of Fox 21 and Fox TV Studios, president Bert Salke has promoted Tara Flynn to VP Creative Affairs. She will work on the development of comedy and drama cable projects and will assist in the oversight of the company's current series.
ABC News has tapped chief national correspondent Byron Pitts to replace Dan Abrams as one of Nightline’s three co-anchors. Abrams will remain chief legal analyst, but ABC News prexy James Goldston said in a memo that Abrams intends to return to full-time work on his Abrams Media Network digital business.
WE tv continues to grow its original programming team following recent promotions of Lauren Gellert to the newly created position of EVP development and original programming. Suzanne Gladstone Murch has been upped from executive producer to the newly created role of VP original programming, overseeing all unscripted production. David Stefanou joins WEtv as VP development, overseeing the network’s ongoing search for fresh, new unscripted series. WE tv has appointed Angela Molloy as VP development.
AMC has brought on veteran business affairs executive Rick Olshansky as head of business affairs. He will report to AMC president Charlie Collier. Olshansky succeeds Marci Wiseman, who earlier this year moved to a new role of executive-in-charge of owned content distribution and strategy for AMC Networks.
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Julie Chappell and Monica Delamater are the newest account executives at Falco Ink. Both have been with the PR firm for three years and have worked on campaigns for films like The Skeleton Twins, Fading Gigolo, The Cosmopolitans and To Be Takei.
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Awards 2015: Director Jesse Moss On HIs Doc, ‘The Overnighters’ — “They Dropped Their Guard In Ways You Didn’t Expect”The director spent 18 months traveling back and forth to North Dakota to film his powerful documentary, and in the process found a completely different movie than the one he envisioned. That movie has now been shortlisted for a potential Oscar nod. (SSN)
Awards 2015: Chaz Ebert Reflects On Documentary ‘Life Itself’ — “Something About This Almost Seems Predestined”Roger Ebert’s widow discusses the making of the movie, working with director Steve James, the process of creating the film while her husband was dying of cancer, and how she has healed since his death. The film is a frontrunner for an Oscar nod. (SSN)
Exec Shuffle For 12/19/14: Endemol Shine Group Lauched, Campbell McInnes Joins Aspire Entertainment, and MorePeople change companies, companies merge, and there are other hirings, promotions and acquisitions in this week’s edition. (SSN)
President Rebukes Sony, While CEO Michael Lynton Responds, Says Studio Still Hopes To Release ‘The Interview’After President Obama said that he thought Sony should not have caved to hacker demands, the studio’s chief shifted blame to theater owners not wanting to showcase the film, and said “it is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.” (DH) (THR) (SAA) (VAR) (EMP) (TP)
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Note- There were not any films scheduled to start production this week mainly due to the holiday season.
A Patch of Fog 12/21/2014 Logline: A thriller in which a celebrated novelist and TV personality finds his reputation on the line and his life invaded by a lonely security guard when he is caught shoplifting. Production Company: The Fyzz Facility Director: Michael Lennox Executive Producer(s): Nick Quested, Simon Lewis, Arnaud Lannic, Natascha Wharton Producer(s): Robert Jones, Wayne Marc Godfrey, David Gilbery Cast: Stephen Graham, Conleth Hill, Arsher Ali, Ian McElhinney Writer(s): Michael McCartney, John Cairns SSN Insight: This marks the directorial debut for Michael Lennox whose short Back of Beyond was nominated for best short film at the European Film Awards and won awards at the Royal Society of Television Awards. The film is shooting in Northern Ireland. The screenplay was developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme.
Bastille Day 12/17/2014 Logline: A meddlesome and allegedly nefarious young American and the washed-up CIA agent tasked with making him disappear must work together as they attempt to stop a massive terrorist attack in Paris. Production Companies: Anonymous Content, Vendome Pictures Director: James Watkins Producer(s): Philippe Rousselet, Steve Golin, Bard Dorros, David J Kanter Cast: Idris Elba, Adele Exarchopoulos, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly Writer(s): Andrew Baldwin SSN Insight: Pierre Morel was previously attached to direct. Morten Tyldum was previously attached to direct. Baran bo Odar was previously attached to direct
Bleed for This 12/17/2014 Logline: After a 1991 car crash, world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza did not know if he would walk again, but against doctors’ orders he trained and returned to the ring about a year later. Production Companies: Sikelia Productions, Bruce Cohen Productions, Verdi Films Director: Ben Younger Executive Producer(s): Noah Kraft, Martin Scorsese, Joshua Sason, Pamela Thur, Michelle Verdi Producer(s): Bruce Cohen, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Ben Younger, Chad Verdi Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Miles Teller, Ciaran Hinds, Katey Sagal, Amanda Clayton Writer(s): Ben Younger SSN Insight: CAA, packaged and readied financing for film and will jointly represent the film’s domestic distribution rights with WME. Meanwhile, Synchronicity, a division of The Solution Entertainment Group launched in 2012, will be handling foreign sales.
Colonia 12/18/2014 Logline: A young German couple is swept up in the violence of the Chilean military coup of 1973. Production Companies: Majestic Filmverleih, Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Iris Productions Deutschland Director: Florian Gallenberger Producer(s): Benjamin Herrmann Cast: Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist Writer(s): Florian Gallenberger, Torsten Wenzel SSN Insight: Locations for the film include Luxembourg, Munich, Berlin and South America. The film is supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), FFA German Federal Film Board, Luxembourg Film Fund and the MEDIA program of the EU.
Cook 12/22/2014 Logline: When a young girl and her dying mother are joined by a black, male cook who comes to live with them, little do they know that their lives are about to change forever. Inspired by true events and set in New Orleans, Cook tells the story of a most unique friendship built not on the color of one's skin but on the unconditional love within one's heart. Production Companies: Atmosphere Entertainment MM LLC, After Dark Films, Envision Media Arts, Cinelou Films Director: Bruce Beresford Executive Producer(s): Brad Kaplan, Yu Wei-Chung Producer(s): Lee Nelson, David Buelow, Courtney Solomon, Mark Canton Cast: Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Natascha McElhone, Lucy Fry, Xavier Samuel Writer(s): Susan McMartin SSN Insight: David Anspaugh previously attached to direct. Samuel L. Jackson was previously mentioned to star. Uma Thurman and Juno Temple were previously mentioned as cast members.
Go With Me 12/20/2014 Logline: When a young woman returns to her hometown in the Pacific Northwest, she is harassed by a sociopathic stalker and turns to an ex-logger and his friend to help her fight back. Production Companies: Gotham/Principal, Enderby Entertainment Director: Daniel Alfredson Producer(s): Rick Dugdale, Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Gregory Jacobs, Anthony Hopkins Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Ray Liotta Writer(s): Joe Gangemi, Gregory Jacobs Details: Based on the novel "Go With Me" written by Castle Freeman, Jr. and published by Steerforth Press in 2008. SSN Insight: Electric Entertainment and Enderby Entertainment co-financed the film with Electric handling the international rights sales at AFM. Shooting took place in British Columbia.
Paper Towns 12/19/2014 Logline: A teenager embarks on a miraculous journey to find a friend who has gone missing. Studio: Fox 2000 Production Company: Temple Hill Entertainment Director: Jake Schreier Producer(s): Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Scott Neustadter, Michael Weber, John Green Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Jesse "Justice" Smith Writer(s): Scott Neustadter, Michael H Weber Details: Based on the novel "Paper Towns" written by John Green and published by Dutton Juvenile on October 16, 2008. SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Mandate Pictures and Mr. Mudd Productions with Nathan Kahane and John Malkovich producing.
Same Kind of Different as Me 12/19/2014 Logline: Inspired by real events, it’s about the unlikely friendship forged between Hall, an international art dealer and a Moore, a homeless former Louisiana sharecropper, as Hall works to save his fraught marriage. Studio: Paramount Pictures Production Company: Disruption Entertainment Director: Michael Carney Executive Producer(s): Chris Bancroft, Hans Graffunder, Michael Carney, Alex Foard Producer(s): Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Darren Moorman, Stephen Johnson, Ron Hall Cast: Renee Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Olivia Holt Writer(s): Michael Carney, Alex Foard, Ron Hall, Bruce Taylor, Roderick Taylor Details: Based on the book "Same Kind of Different as Me" written by Denver Moore & Ron Hall and published by Thomas Nelson in 2006. SSN Insight: Ralph Winter was previously attached to produce through Winter Road Entertainment. Samuel L. Jackson was previously attached to star and executive produce.
Skiptrace 12/15/2014 Logline: A Hong Kong detective is given the job of tracking down an American gambler who is on the run, and the two men form an unlikely partnership to catch a notorious criminal. Production Company: Talent International Film Company Director: Renny Harlin Executive Producer(s): Yang Zhenhua, Liu Xiaolin Producer(s): Jackie Chan, David Gerson, Charlie Coker, Esmond Ren, Damien Saccani Cast: Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing, Johnny Knoxville Writer(s): Rodney Rothman, Derek Elliott, Jack Donaldson, Geoff Moore, David Posamentier SSN Insight: Sam Fell was previously attached to direct. Seann William Scott was previously attached to co-star in the role played by Johnny Knoxville. Previously in development with Exclusive Media.
The Blunderer 12/16/2014 Logline: A husband becomes a suspect in his wife's murder and tries to clear his name while on the run. Production Companies: Killer Films, Sierra/Affinity Director: Andy Goddard Executive Producer(s): William Boyd, Nicolas Meyer, Marc Schaberg, Kelly McCormick, Stephen Hays Producer(s): Ted Hope, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa Cast: Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Toby Jones, Haley Bennett, Eddie Marsan Writer(s): Susan Boyd Details: Based on the novel "The Blunderer," written by Patricia Highsmith and published by Howard-McCann in 1954. SSN Insight: Imogen Poots was previously attached to co-star.
The Condemned 2 12/17/2014 Logline: A bounty hunter serving time turns fugitive when he is recruited for a tournament in which convicts must fight each other to the death for televised entertainment. Studio: Lionsgate Production Company: WWE Studios Director: Roel Reine Producer(s): Michael Luisi Cast: Randy Orton, Wes Studi, Eric Roberts Writer(s): Alan McElroy Details: Sequel to "The Condemned" (2007) directed by Scott Wiper and starring Stone Cold Steve Austin. SSN Insight: WWE Studios and Lionsgate previously joined forces on “The Condemned” and “See No Evil”. Next year they will release the "Action Six-Pack", starring WWE Superstar Paul “Big Show” Wight and “Lockdown” with WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose. Bradley Buchanan, SVP of Business Affairs, negotiated the deal for WWE Studios, and Wendy Jaffe, EVP of Business & Legal Affairs, negotiated on behalf of Lionsgate.
The Last Witch Hunter 12/18/2014 Logline: Tormented by the loss of his family and cursed with immortal life, the last witch hunter (Vin Diesel) is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history Studio: Summit Entertainment, LLC Production Companies: One Race Films, Goldmann Pictures, Atmosphere Entertainment MM LLC, Aperture Entertainment Director: Breck Eisner Executive Producer(s): Adam Goldworm Producer(s): Bernie Goldmann, Mark Canton, Vin Diesel, Samantha Vincent Cast: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, Lotte Verbeek Writer(s): Melisa Wallack, Dante W. Harper, Cory Goodman SSN Insight: Timur Bekmambetov previously attached to direct and produce. Summit Entertainment acquired the pitch from Cory Goodman for mid-six figures. Lakeshore Entertainment was previously involved as co-production company and co-financier.
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax 12/15/2014 Logline: No Logline Available. Studio: Miramax Films Production Companies: Brightlight Pictures, AntColony Films Director: Alexandre Aja Executive Producer(s): Rosanne Korenberg Producer(s): Max Minghella, Tim Bricknell, Shawn Williamson, Alexandre Aja Cast: Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Barbara Hershey Writer(s): Max Minghella, Anthony Minghella Details: Based on the novel "The Ninth Life of Louis Drax" written by Liz Jensen and published by Bloomsbury January 10, 2005. SSN Insight: Max Minghella's father, Anthony Minghella, was previously attached to direct and had been developing the project prior to his death in 2008. Project was previously in development at Levantine Films with Donna Gigliotti attached to produce.
Voice From the Stone 12/20/2014 Logline: A psychologist tries to help a young boy who made a promise to not speak until his dead mother's spirit returns. Production Companies: Zanuck Independent, K5 Film, Code 39 Films Director: Eric D Howell Executive Producer(s): Mark Wheaton, Tannaz Anisi Producer(s): Dean Zanuck, Stefano Gallini Cast: Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas, Edward Dring, Caterina Murino, Remo Gironi Writer(s): Andrew Shaw Details: Based on the novel "La Voce Della Pietra" by Silvio Raffo and published by Il Saggiatore in 1996. SSN Insight: Hideo Nakata was previously attached to direct. Maggie Gyllenhaal was previously attached to star.
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BEST LIVE ACTION/DOCUMENTARY/ANIMATED SHORTS
Awards 2015: Short-Listed Short Filmmakers Patrick Osborne, Mat Kirkby & Lucy Walker Take SSN Behind the Scenes, Plus VideoThe shorts categories awarded by the Academy of Arts and Sciences representare broken down into three categories, including animated, live-action and documentary. SSN Spoke to a trio of potential nominees, whose films all carry the hope can always emerge out of a dark moment. (SSN)
On the Set For 12/22/14: Emilia Clarke Wraps ‘Voice From the Stone,’ Idris Elba Finishes Up ‘Bastille Day,’ and MoreWith no new shoots begun, thanks to the holiday season, instead there are a whole bunch of shoots that come to an end, including A Patch of Fog, Bleed For This, and the Eddie Murphy film, Cook. (SSN) (DH) (AS) (VAR) (BC) (WAH)
The Producers Guild Of America Is Going To Honor Selma Producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy KleinerThe trio, also known as The Plan B Team, will receive the Producers Guild of America 2015 Visionary Award at this year’s ceremony, which is scheduled for January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. (TOH) (THR) (TP)
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The ‘Today’ Show Really Wanted To Ask Amy Adams About the Sony Hack, and When She Resisted, They Booted HerDespite the fact that the actress, who was there to promote her new film, Big Eyes, was unaffected by the information dump that came from the hack, and was actually in the green room, the program dumped the interview when she said she was uncomfortable discussing the situation. (DH) (VAR)
An Interesting Case To Be Made For Why It Might Just Be Inevitable That ‘Spider-Man’ Returns To MarvelAfter all, what usually happens when rumors of a struggling head coach being put on the chopping block, or a star player being put on the trade market begin surfacing in the sports media? Those rumors often have a way of becoming true. (NSA) (VUL) (PW) (IW)
Untitled Navy SEALs Drama Network: Fox Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: Thunder Road Television Executive Producer: Wendy Mericle, Kent Kubena Logline: The series, set on Coronado Island, is about the first group of female U.S. soldiers vying to earn a spot in the world’s harshest boy’s club: the Navy SEALs. SSN Insight: Arrow co-executive producer Mericle has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television. The Navy Seals has been closed to female members until the Pentagon revealed in summer 2013 that it would open the Naval Base Coronado to women beginning in 2016.Troy: Street Magic Network: SyFy Production Companies: Zig Zag Productions, GroupM Entertainment Limited Executive Producer(s): Danny Fenton, Rob Hyde, Abigial Adam Logline: Follows British magician Troy Von Scheibner throughout the streets of London as he does a blend of close-up magic and awesome stunts. SSN Insight: SyFy has slated the series for ten episodes, to premiere on January 13. Scheibner was previously recognized as England’s top young magicians and stunts include causing money to rain down on London’s financial quarter. A Better Bushwick Network: Fox Broadcasting Company Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Production Company: 3 Arts Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Marcus Wiley, Michael Rotenberg, Avi Gilbert Writer(s): Christian Lander, Keith Lucas, Kenny Lucas Logline: Identical twin brothers drop out of law school to become community organizers. Details: Inspired by the life story of Keith and Kenny Lucas. Based on an an idea by Christian Lander. Divorce Network: HBO Production Companies: Pretty Matches Productions, Merman Films, Kapital International Executive Producer(s): Sharon Horgan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alison Benson, Paul Simms, Aaron Kaplan Writer(s): Sharon Horgan Logline: The story of a very, very long divorce. SSN Insight: The project has a pending pilot order as HBO is still finalizing deals. HBO recently picked up a comedy pilot starring Sarah Silverman. This is Parker’s first major TV acting commitment since Sex and the City. Horgan previously co-created and starred in the UK series Pulling, Bad Management and Dead Boss. High Profile Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Kerner Entertainment Company Executive Producer(s): Gwendolyn M. Parker, Jordan Kerner Writer(s): Gwendolyn M. Parker Logline: Shauna McDaniel, the survivor of a high-profile crime as a child, is now a tough but tormented FBI agent heading up a nationwide unit dedicated to investigating "crimes of the century", all while juggling a push-pull attachment to an ex-husband who might be the love of her life and a present girlfriend who seems to accept that Shauna might be too damaged for love. Sexy, impulsive and fearless, Shauna has an instinctive approach to the interviewing of witnesses, potential suspects and the press. SSN Insight: ABC has given an initial script commitment. Parker previously created Windfall and has scripted episodes of Law & Order: SVU and Without A Trace. This project makrs the first time Kerner has worked for ABC since the 80s. Human Resources Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Production Companies: Teakwood Lane Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Tom Gormican, Howard Gordon, Hugh Fitzpatrick, Oly Obst Writer(s): Tom Gormican Logline: An unlikely group of heroes come together to save their co-workers, their jobs and, ultimately, themselves. SSN Insight: The half-hour single-cam project has been called 24-meets-Die Hard. It’s no wonder as Teakwood Lane previously co-produced 24 and Homeland, along with Tyrant and Legends. This will be Teakwood Lane’s first foray into comedy. Living On Video Network: HBO Production Company: No Production Company Available. Executive Producer(s): David Fincher, Rich Wilkes Writer(s): Rich Wilkes, Bob Stevenson, David Fincher Logline: Set in 1983 Los Angeles, centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. Revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs through the eyes of the newcomer. SSN Insight: Fincher is on a hot streak with HBO with dramas Utopia and Shakedown. The project has not received an official green light, although the script is finished and preliminary casting has begun. Fincher has history with music videos, having directed several notable ones including Madonna’s Express Yourself and Vogue. (You can read about his other music videos here.) Midsummer's Nightmare Network: A+E Studio: A+E Networks Production Company: Prospect Park Executive Producer(s): Anthony Jaswinski, Josh Barry Writer(s): Anthony Jaswinski Logline: Inspired by Shakespeare’s a midsummer nights dream, we follow a group who are staying in the remote northern California redwoods, that turns from a search for romance and escape to a desperate and terrifying tale of survival from an unexpected danger lurking in the woods. SSN Insight: A+E has given an initial script commitment. Script commitment is on the heels of news of Prospect Park’s other sold projects including Hearts and Clubs, an hourlong soap set in Las Vegas, executive produced by Christina Aguilera at ABC Family, Patriarch, a thriller mystery at Fox from creator Adam Milch, a half-hour dramedy at Amazon titled Tough Love, a comedy at CBS based on the Twitter feed of @WeFoughtAbout, and an action adventure series titled Relic by creator Mike Werb for Sony International Networks. Mr. Robot Network: USA Studio: Universal Cable Productions Production Company: Anonymous Content Executive Producer(s): Sam Esmail, Steve Golin, Chad Hamilton Writer(s): Sam Esmail Logline: A young programmer who suffers from a debilitating antisocial disorder decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect those he cares about from those who are trying to hurt them. He will find himself in the intersection between a cyber-security firm he works for, his alter ego hacking exploits at night and the underworld hacking organization trying to recruit him to help bring down the one percent. SSN Insight: Initially ordered to pilot in July, this week USA ordered ten episodes to be shot. Given the recent Sony hack, "Mr. Robot could not be more timely and relevant," USA Network president Chris McCumber said in a statement. Recovery Road Network: ABC Family Production Company: Pilgrim Studios Executive Producer(s): Danielle von Zerneck, Beth Miller, Craig Piligian, Bert V. Royal, Karen DiConcetto Writer(s): Karen DiConcetto, Bert V. Royal Logline: Centers on Maddie, a party girl who doesnâ€™t think she has a problem until sheâ€™s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor and is forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Maddie makes the difficult decision to live with other recovering addicts at a rehab facility, while facing the daily pressures of her teenage life. Details: Based on the popular young adult novel "Recovery Road," written by Blake Nelson and published by Scholastic Press on March 1, 2011. SSN Insight: The drama was originally picked up to pilot in March and then redeveloped in the fall. Per The Hollywood Reporter, though, the show has been picked up to series by ABC Family, but it will be restructured, including most likely the cast. Shakedown Network: HBO Production Company: FX Productions Executive Producer(s): David Fincher,James Ellroy, Joe Roth, Clark Peterson, Steven Hoban, Palak Patel Writer(s): James Ellroy Logline: Set in the tabloid world and underbelly of Los Angeles circa the late 1950s and centers on the city’s top informant/operator/wire tapper/fixer, Fred Otash, who lives and works where the glamour and the grime intersect. Details: Inspired by the life of legendary 1950s Hollywood police officer-turned-private detective Fred Otash. SSN Insight: Along with Utopia and Living on Video, this is the third project Fincher has at HBO. Ellroy is well versed in the 1950s Hollywood crime scene having previously authored the novel L.A. Confidential along with the fictionalized novella Shakedown in 2012, although this project will not be an adaptation of that novella.
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BELOW THE LINE: ‘THE IMITATION GAME’
Awards 2015: Composer Alexandre Desplat, DP Oscar Faura and Other Below the Line Artists On Solving ‘The Imitation Game’Production designer Maria Djukovic, costume designer Sammy Sheldon and editor William Goldenberg all weigh in on the project, which as gone from being put into turnaournd by Warner Bros. to being one of this year’s frontrunners for a Best Picture nomination. (SSN)
SSN’s 2014 End Of Year Industry Poll: Jason Blum, Julianne Moore and Others Pick Surprise Standouts In Film, TV, Books and MusicAs 2014 draws to a close, no one can say there hasn’t been a shortage of pop culture entertainment that have touched people in various capacities from movies to music, book to bands, stage plays to social media. (SSN)
TV Development For 12/23/14: Fincher Developing ‘Living On Video’ and ‘Shakedown’ For HBO, USA Orders Hacker SeriesMeanwhile, Fox moves forward with a Navy SEALs drama, Syfy green lights a street magic series, ABC is taking a High Profile look at a female fed, and NBC likes the look of Human Resources, among others. (SSN)
A Small Victory, But a Victory Nonetheless: Sony Authorizes Smaller Theaters To Show ‘The Interview’ On Christmas DayThe Plaza Atlanta theater and Alamo Drafthouse announced via social media that Sony Pictures has authorized them to show the film despite major exhibitors canceling screenings in the wake of a cyber attack that debilitated the studio. (VAR) (HE) (DH) (CB) (TVW) (SF) (MF)
And So the List Of Theaters Planning To Show ‘The Interview’ Starting Tomorrow Has Risen To Over 300The total includes most major cities — including Houston, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Phoenix, Dallas and New York — and more theaters than anyone expected considering the late notice and the fact Sony is finalizing plans to simultaneously release The Interview via a VOD/streaming strategy. (DH) (VAR)
Studio Heads Are Denying That George Clooney and Bryan Lourd Circulated Any Petition To Support SonyTHR quotes several execs, none of whom would go on the record, that the first they’d heard of it was when they read about it last week. Clooney heatedly responds, “I'm not going to be baited into naming names. If The Hollywood Reporter has a list of heads of studios that would sign on in support of the release of this film then they should in fact get them to start a petition.” (THR)
Now That Paramount Has Set Justin Lin To Direct ‘Star Trek 3,’ the Studio Grabs July 8th, 2016 For a Release DateLin was named to direct the film on Monday, replacing Roberto Orci, who had been set to make his feature directorial debut with the third film in the franchise. Orci, in return, was replacing J.J. Abrams, who directed the first two films but left to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (NR) (SI)
If It’s the End Of the Year, Then It Must Once Again Be Time For Forbes Magazine’s “Ten Most Overpaid Actors” ListAdam Sandler tops the list, again, while other names like Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Ryan Reynolds and Tom Hanks round out the top five. The bottom five includes some surprising names, like Sandra Bullock. (FM)
With ‘American Sniper’ Coming Out Tomorrow, a Behind the Scenes Story of Jesse Ventura’s Lawsuit Against Chris KyleVentura sued the late Navy SEAL — whose memoir became the basis for the movie, starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood — for slander over a specific chapter in the book that accused former SEAL Ventura of treason. (UR) (GL) (EMP) (DS)
ICM: Australian natives Gulliver and Zen McGrath have signed with ICM Partners. Gulliver, 16, played the younger version of Michael Stuhlbarg’s character in Hugo, and then nabbed a role in Dark Shadows. He also played the president’s son in Lincoln. Next up he plays a teenage version of Ryan Reynolds’ character in the dark comedy The Voices.
UTA: Eastbound & Down co-star Steve Little has signed with UTA. He played Stevie – Danny McBride’s BFF - throughout all four seasons of the HBO comedy. Little is a main company member of Los Angeles’ Groundlings improv troupe, and he won an Emmy as a writer on Cartoon Network’s Camp Lazlo! Other credits include Identity Thief, Tammy, 30 Rock, The Office, Reno 911, The League, Garfunkel and Oates, Suburgatory, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Drunk History.
APA: Falling Skies’ Will Patton has inked with APA. He was with Paradigm. He appeared in Relativity’s espionage thriller The November Man, and past credits include Remember the Titans, Armageddon, The Mothman Prophecies, The Postman and No Way Out. He is still repped by Kate Edwards of Grand View Management and attorney Bill Skrzyniarz of Skrzyniarz & Mallean.
CAA: Gabrielle Union has signed with CAA. She appears in Chris Rock’s Top Five and also stars as the titular talk show host in the BET drama Being Mary Jane, which won NAACP Image Awards for both the show and Union last February, and has scored four nominations this year.
Colleen: Santa Monica-based management company Colleen has signed cinematographer Dannel Escallon to its roster for exclusive commercial representation.
WME: Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has signed with WME. Once called the Tiger Woodsof motor sports, Hamilton gained fame in 2007, winning his first pole and race in that debut season and at one point becoming, at 22, the youngest driver to lead the points standings for the world championship.