#Winning Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Universal Television Production Company: Working Title Television Executive Producer(s): Ben McMillan, Meredith Philpott, Josh Greenbaum, Gina Girolamo, Christine Conley Writer(s): Ben McMillan, Meredith Philpott Logline: A group of friends break up with by their sixth bestie once he becomes famous. SSN Insight: NBC has given an initial script commitment.
Cortes Network: HBO Studio: HBO Production Company: Sikelia Productions Executive Producer(s): Chris Gerolmo, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Bickford Writer(s): Chris Gerolmo Logline: The story of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who brought down the Aztec empire; Malinche, the Mayan girl who helped him do it; and Montezuma, the Aztec leader he befriended and finally put in chains. Details: Based on actual events involving the Spanish conquistador, Hernán Cortés. SSN Insight: Scorsese has worked with HBO beforeas he directed the pilot of Boardwalk Empire, for which he won an Emmy. He recently directed the pilot for an untitled Rock ‘N’ Roll drama for HBO, a collaboration with Mick Jagger and Terence Winter. Previously Del Toro played Latin American historical figures in Escobar: Paradise Lost and Steven Soderbergh’s Che.
Difficult People Network: Hulu Studio: Universal Cable Productions Production Companies: Marobru Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Amy Poehler, Dave Becky, Michele Armour Writer(s): Julie Klausner Logline: Billy Eichner and Julia Klausner star as frustrated comedians and pop culture-loving best friends living in New York City who hate everyone -- except each other. SSN Insight: This original series is the first team-up between Hulu and Universal Cable Prods. The project was previously shot as a pilot presentation for NBCUniversal’s USA Network.
Fox/ Untitled Rob Riggle Comedy Project Network: Fox Broadcasting Company Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Production Companies: Principato-Young Entertainment, Intrigue Executive Producer(s): Rob Riggle, Steve Hely, Tariq Jalil, Peter Principato, Paul Young Writer: Steve Hely Logline: The story follows the quirky inhabitants of a small struggling town whose mayor is prepared to do anything to save his community. Seriously. Anything. Details: Based on the Austrian series "Braunschlag," which aired on the ORF Network in 2012. SSN Insight: Jalil and WME first brought the format to Principato Young. When Riggle signed up with the comedy, the project entered into a bidding war. 20th TV teamed up with sibling Fox to win the pitch, and they then attached Hely as a writer, who is under an overall deal at 20th TV.
Future Shock Network: Nickelodeon Production Company: Katlin/Bernstein Productions Executive Producer(s): Mitchel Katlin, Nat Bernstein Logline: Two brothers get the shock of their lives when a girl from the future accidentally transports them with their mom to the year 2070. SSN Insight: Initial pilot commitment given by Nickelodeon with production set for January 2015.
I Like You Just The Way In Am Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Company: FanFare Productions Executive Producer(s): Jenny Mollen, Jamie Tarses, Karen Kehela-Sherwood Writer(s): Jenny Mollen Logline: Based on Mollen's memoir about her life as an actress and best-selling author (not to mention Twitter celeb and wife of Jason Biggs). Details: Based on the memoir, "I Like You Just The Way I Am," written by Jenny Mollen and published by St. Martin's Press in June of this year.
Lip Sync Battle Network: Spike Studio: Viacom Production Companies: Viacom, Inc., Sunday Night Productions, Matador Content, Eight Million Plus Productions Executive Producer(s): Jimmy Fallon, Rick Schwartz, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Jay Peterson Logline: Each episode will feature celebrities going head to head lip synching the song of their choice and battling for bragging rights. Details: Based on Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle skits on Late Night and later Tonight Show. SSN Insight: Former SNL director Beth McCarthy-Miller will direct the pilot episode to be filmed in front of a live audience in New York in January. It’s tentatively scheduled to premiere on April 2, 2015.
Luther Network: Fox Broadcasting Company Studio: 20th Century Fox Television Production Companies: Chernin Entertainment, BBC Worldwide Productions Executive Producer(s): Neil Cross, Idris Elba, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jane Tranter Writer(s): Neil Cross Logline: John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind canâ€™t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions. Based on the series. Based on the British series, "Luther," which aired on BCC One from 2010-2013. Initial Commitment: Put SSN Insight: Fox has greenlit a put pilot commitment with a hefty seven-figure penalty to the adaptation per Deadline. The original Luther series that aired in the U.S. on BBC America, garnered eight Emmy nominations for best miniseries, one for Elba for best actor, and best writing/directing.
Straight Up With A Twist Network: Oxygen Production Company: All3Media America Executive Producer(s): Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert, James Flint Writer(s): No Writer Available. Logline: Cameras will capture various groups of Millennial friends and their post-work bar debates. These hilarious conversations will be intertwined with quick-witted animations and sketches to give viewers one truly legendary Happy Hour. SSN Insight: One of five new series under the Oxygen rebrand “Very Real” focusing on developing projects with "authentic, proudly imperfect and diverse characters". Preacher of LA was the first series under the rebrand to get the greenlight, previously announced in September.
Survival of the Clickiest Network: Oxygen Production Company: Trium Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Mark Koops, Eric Day, Ronak Kordestani, Stephen Lentini Writer(s): No Writer Available. Logline: A group of young, budding online style stars each forge a path in the ultra-competitive world of vlogging. With no rules, no backup plans and plenty of haters, life outside the online bubble is never as glamorous as it seems as these emerging entrepreneurs juggle the demands of their followers, friends and family. SSN Insight: One of five new series under the Oxygen rebrand “Very Real” focusing on developing projects with "authentic, proudly imperfect and diverse characters". Preacher of LA was the first series under the rebrand to get the greenlight, previously announced in September.
Taboo Network: FX Network Studio: BBC One, FX Productions Production Companies: Scott Free Productions, BBC Worldwide Productions, Hardy Son and Baker Executive Producer(s): Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Liza Marshall, Kate Crowe, Dean Baker Writer(s): Steven Knight Logline: Set in 1813, Taboo follows a man who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds and seeking to avenge his father’s death. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America. Details: Based on an original story by Tom Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. SSN Insight: BBC One has ordered eight one-hour episodes. In a statement Hardy commented that, “We’re creating a flagship British drama for this generation. A hybrid of orthodox and unconventional story telling, packed with darkness and spirited characters. “
Teaching English Network: Oxygen Production Company: Relativity Television Executive Producer(s): Tom Forman, Brad Bishop Logline: Whether it be the spontaneous decision to teach English to children in Singapore or to work at an international school in Russia, this adventurous project will follow a group of young Americans living abroad in countries where English is rarely heard. Fortunately, there are other fellow expats to rely on when the idea of "taking off" proves to be more difficult than expected. SSN Insight: One of five new series under the Oxygen rebrand “Very Real” focusing on developing projects with "authentic, proudly imperfect and diverse characters". Preacher of LA was the first series under the rebrand to get the greenlight, previously announced in September.
The Dunes Club Network: Nickelodeon Executive Producer(s): Heather Flanders Logline: Set at a high-end beach club, the story centers on the unlikely friendship that forms between a sheltered, privileged boy and a street-smart local girl who takes a job for the summer to earn extra cash. SSN Insight: Initial pilot commitment given by Nickelodeon with production set for January 2015. Per Variety, Nickelodeon president Russell Hicks said this pilot along with “Future Shock” will exemplify Nick’s dedication to “relatable concepts with unique voices, bold, breakout characters and fresh humor with heart.”
The Long Gray Line Network: No Broadcast Network Available. Studio: No Studio Available. Production Company: Linson Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Phil Klay, Art Linson, John Linson Writer(s): Phil Klay Logline: A twenty-five-year saga of the West Point class of 1966. Details: Based on the book, "The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966," written by Richard Atkinson and published by Houghton Mifflin in 1989.
The Misty Copeland Project Network: Oxygen Production Company: Sirens Media Executive Producer(s): Rebecca Toth, Valerie Haselton, Misty Copeland Writer(s): No Writer Available. Logline: As talented hopefuls from diverse backgrounds descend upon New York to take on the next major step in their ballet careers, who better to train and mentor them than Misty Copeland â€” the renowned ballerina who herself has defied all odds and shattered boundaries by overcoming the cultural pressures of professional ballet. SSN Insight: One of five new series under the Oxygen rebrand “Very Real” focusing on developing projects with "authentic, proudly imperfect and diverse characters". Preacher of LA was the first series under the rebrand to get the greenlight, previously announced in September.
Vamp Network: ABC Entertainment Group Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Companies: Offspring Entertainment, A.B. Baby Productions Executive Producer(s): Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, Amy B. Harris Writer(s): Amy B. Harris Logline: A ballerina is torn between her mother - a woman who gave up her dreams for her family - and her mentor, a prima ballerina at the end of her career. Trapped between the hopes, desires and regrets of these two strong women, our young ingénue, finds her escape dancing at Vamp; New York City’s most decadent and outrageous nightclub. SSN Insight: ABC gave an initial script commitment plus penalty. This is Harris’ second sale this season, the first was a comedy for Fox based on the movie Monster-In-Law. Vamp will face competition as Starz also has a drama about a young ballerina in New York, Flesh And Bone, airing as a limited series in 2015.