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‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’, and On Your TV: Paramount and Anonymous Content Developing Memoir For the TubeThe two are teaming to get behind Caitlin Doughty’s memoir, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From The Crematory as a pilot and potential series, with Nurse Jackie co-creator Evan Dunsky attached as writer and showrunner. Book takes a behind-the-scenes look at a twenty-something mortician with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre who takes a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. (DH) (CS) (EMP) (CB) (VAR) (THR) (TP)
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Following the Netflix Strategy, NBC Will Throw the Entire Season of Aquarius Online After its PremiereThink digital networks are the only ones breaking the rules? Think again. NBC will release the entire 13 episode season of David Duchovny’s new series Aquarius on NBC.com after the show’s two-hour premiere on the peacock on May 28. (DL) (THR) (HL) (VAR)
Why Maybe You Do Want to Call Hawkeye if You're Need of a Rescue & Jeremy Renner's Own Mysterious SkillsSo if Hawkeye isn't the first Avenger you'd call if you're in a bind, Jeremy Renner has some words for you that just might change your mind. Not to mention the reasons why he loves being a man of mystery in the Mission Impossible franchise. (MF) (DL) (NYT)
The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Part 1 Logline: In the first part of the last story of the trilogy, the characters are no longer in the gated community of Chicago, but in the world of commerce and big business, devoid of factions and comprised of only two groups: the "genetically pure" and the "genetically damaged." Only GPs can be scientists and researchers, which the GDs claim they are totally accepting of...until they aren't. Studio/ Distributor: Lionsgate Production Company: Red Wagon Entertainment Producers: Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shahbazian Writer: Adam Cooper & Bill Collage Director: Robert Schwentke Cast: Jeff Daniels, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, SSN Insight: Daniels was recently announced as joining the cast of the successful YA franchise for both parts 1 and 2 of Allegiant. Daniels will play David, the leader of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare.
Michelle Darnell Logline: A former corporate bigshot attempts to rebuild her image after a prison stint for insider trading, but many of her victims are unwilling to let bygones be bygones. Studio/ Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Company: On the Day Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions Producers: Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy Writer: Melissa McCarthy, Steve Mallory, Ben Falcone Director: Ben Falcone Cast: Cecily Strong, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Tyler Labine, Timothy C. Simons, Kristen Schaal, Annie Mumolo SSN Insight: Strong is a Saturday Night Live cast member on the rise, also starring in Relativity’s The Bronze, Paramount’s Staten Island and the Lorene Scafaria directed film, The Meddler. Barbershop 3 Logline: In this sequel, with the neighborhood changing, Calvin considers shuttering the barbershop and moving uptown. Studio/ Distributor: MGM Studios, New Line Cinema Production Company: Cubevision, State Street Productions Producers: Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr., Ice Cube Writer: Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver Director: Malcom D. Lee Cast: Common, Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj
Six Billion Dollar Man Logline: The adventures of Steve Austin, a US astronaut who is badly disfigured in an accident and re-constructed with $6 million dollars worth of bionic equipment, turning him into a cyborg. Studio: Dimension Films Production Companies: Film 44, Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Management Producers: Bob Weinstein, Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, Stephen Levinson Writer: Damian Szifron Director: Peter Berg Cast: Mark Wahlberg SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at Collision Entertainment, Lawrence Gordon Productions and Green Hat Films with Todd Phillips directing, Jim Carrey starring and Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Scott Faye producing. The project has had no less than seven previous writers, so it’s hoped that the hiring of Wild Tales writer/ director will be the last.
Robotech Logline: When an alien spacecraft crashes in the South Pacific, the people of Earth develop giant robots from the alien technology in order to fend off a wave of alien invasions. Studio: Columbia Pictures Production Companies: Hollywood Gang Productions, Atmosphere Entertainment Producers: Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton Writer: Michael Gordon Directors: James Wan SSN Insight: Project was previously set up at Warner Bros. in development at Weed Road, Material Pictures and Supercool Hollywood Big Time Productions with Tobey Maguire attached to star, Akiva Goldsman, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell attached to produce. Nic Mathieu was previously attached to direct.
Den of Thieves Logline: A thief plans a heist but gets trapped between two sets of criminals. Studio/ Distributor: Relativity Media Production Company: Benderspink, Atmostphere Entertainment, G-Base Producers: Mark Canton, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Alan Siegel Writer: Christian Gudegast & Paul T. Scheuring Director: Christian Gudegast Cast: Sam Worthington, Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson SSN Insight: Project was originally developed as a feature film at New Line with BenderSpink attached to produce and Peter Berg attached to direct. When it proved too costly to make as a feature, Benderspink re-imagined the project as a television series with writer-directors Glen Morgan and James Wong, produced by 20th Century Fox Television and New Line Television. The pilot never aired and was developed once again as a feature project
Good Times Logline: An African-American family lives in a Chicago housing project during the 1960s. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Company: Scott Rudin Productions Producers: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush Writer: Kenya Barris Notes: Based on the television series "Good Times" (USA/1974) created by Mike Evans and Eric Monte. SSN Insight: Project was previously in development with Creative Production Group.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Logline: Two hard-partying brothers try to get dates for a wedding by placing an ad on Craigslist. Studio/ Distributor: 20th Century Fox Production Companies: Chernin Entertainment Producers: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, David Ready, Jonathan Levine Writer: Andy Cohen, Brendon O’Brien Director: Jake Szymanski Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick Notes: A book, "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates…and a Thousand Cocktails" written by Mike and Dave Stangle will be published by Gallery Books on May 19, 2015. SSN Insight: Jonathan Levine was previously attached to direct.
Mena Logline: The true story of pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the 1980s. Studio/ Distributor: Universal Pictures/ Cross Creek Pictures Production Companies: Quadrant Pictures, Imagine Entertainment Producers: Doug Davison, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson Writer: Gary Spinelli Director: Doug Liman Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Jayma Mays SSN Insight: Gleeson is the 31 year old Irish actor son of Brendan Gleeson. He also starred in the A24 release Ex Machina.
Death Note Logline: A high school student, after discovering a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim's name, attempts to cleanse the world of evil by using the book. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Companies: Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Witten Pictures, Mobius Productions, VIZ Productions Producers: Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Jason Hoffs, Masi Oka Writer: Anthony Bagarozzi Director: Adam Wingard Notes: Based on the manga series "Death Note" created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata and published by Shueisha in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from December 2003 to May 2006. SSN Insight: Shane Black was previously attached to direct, but now Adam Wingard signs on after he finishes shooting The Woods for Lionsgate.
Untitled A24 Drama Logline: The film is based on the true story of Oregonian father and son Joe and Jadin Bell. After Jadin, an openly gay 15-year-old, took his own life Joe is plunged into a depression and in an attempt to work through his grief, he sets out on a walk across America to promote awareness about the consequences of prejudice. Studio: A24 Production Company: Parliament of Owls Writers: Larry McMurty, Diana Ossana Director: Cary Fukunaga SSN Insight: This will be A24’s first original film from script to screen, previously they acquired films from the festival circuit. Fukunaga previously helmed all eight episodes of True Detective while scribes McMurty and Ossana are credited with the script to Brokeback Mountain. Dukes of Oxy Logline: A pair of high school wrestlers from Florida build a multimillion-dollar business smuggling painkillers. Studio/ Distributor: New Line Cinema Production Companies: Michael De Luca Productions Producers: Michael De Luca, Ansel Elgort, Emily Gerson Saines Writer: Guy Lawson Cast: Ansel Elgort Notes: Based on the article "Dukes of Oxy" written by Guy Lawson and published in Rolling Stone on April 23, 2015. SSN Insight: Project returns producer De Luca to New Line where he served as president in the late ‘90’s and only a short time after he signed a producing deal with Universal. A Meyers Thanksgiving Logline: An estranged family spends their first Thanksgiving together after their patriarch dies. Studio/ Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Companies: Will Packer Productions Producers: Will Packer Writer: David E. Talbert Director: David E. Talbert SSN Insight: Spec script acquired for mid-six figures upfront, but will be seven figures for script and directing if the movie gets made.
Controller Logline: A captured young woman has the power to control people and uses her powers to control her boyfriend to rescue her. Studio/ Distributor: 20th Century Fox Production Companies: 21 Laps Entertainment Producers: Shawn Levy Writers: Alev Aydin Director: Saman Kesh Notes: Remake of short film "Controller" (USA/2013) written and directed by Saman Keshand starring Susan Hsu, Luka Lu, and Kent Chu. SSN Insight: Kesh shot the short film in Taiwan in the effort of proving his story and directing abilities. His efforts paid off as he not only set up the project but scored the gig of directing it. 21 Jump Street Spin-off Logline: Storyline under wraps but is said to be a female spin-off. Studio/ Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Companies: Original Film Producers: Neal H. Moritz, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum Writer: Lucia Aniello, Paul W Downs SSN Insight: The all female spin-off film was also announced with speculation of a franchise crossover with the studio’s Men In Black films.
Film Development for 4/30/15: Jeff Daniels Joins Divergent Franchise, Sam Worthington in for Den of ThievesIf you can't beat em' join em' as Jeff Daniels joins the YA craze with the next film in the Divergent franchise. Sam Worthington, meanwhile will team up with Gerard Butler and Woody Harrelson for Den of Thieves, not to mention A24's first original film is in the works. (SSN) (SSN)
TODAY’S HEADLINESLeVar Burton. There's also news of the cable trio airing a miniseries on War and Peace. (THR) (DL) (Collider) (DL)
A VIP Seat in the Audience for Your Favorite Show or Concert Without Leaving the House is a Reality, Well a Virtual OneSpike has already shot 10 episodes of Lip Sync Battle for virtual reality headsets. Push that concept out a bit, and it will be revolutionary for the possibilities for concerts or live sporting events. Better than a flat screen or 3D TV, VR will make you feel like you're sitting in the audience, in the best seat of course. (WIRED)
Hulu, Amazon, YouTube and Netflix Aren't the Only Stars in the Digital Galaxy Anymore - Here's Your New MapWith new video platforms launched every other week around the nebulous web, here's a handy and beautifully designed infographic to chart the known universe. Sort of a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Digital Galaxy if you will. (VAR) (GW)
Why Having Amy Poelher as Your BFF is Awesome (Or Reading Between the Lines- How to Make Friends in Hollywood)Amy Poehler sounds like a good friend to have- she's a patient listener, will compliment you on your outfit and will even laugh when you admit perhaps she's not your favorite SNL cast member. This might be just a list, but take note, it's also filled with tips on making and keeping friends in Hollywood if you read between the lines. (VUL) (RoS)
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Company Launches, Partnerships & Deals
Joel Silver is joining Canadian entrepreneur Daryl Katz to form Silver Pictures Entertainment, a new venture that will develop, produce and provide or arrange financing for its own slate of feature films, TV and digital projects. Hal Sadoff has been named the CEO; he was previously head of International & Media Finance at ICM Partners, before leaving in 2012. Under the deal Silver will continue with the projects previously set up at Warner Bros. including a third Sherlock Holmes film, a sequel to Project X, Logan’s Run and The Nice Guys which will release on May 20, 2016. Katz’s Katz Group which covers sports, entertainment and real estate will assist in expanding SPE’s entertainment platform. Veteran indie filmmaker Cassian Elwes, has teamed up with Pelican Point Capital Partners' media arm Pelican Point Media to launch Golden Gate Media. They plan to produce 2-5 films per year in the $2 million-$15 million budget range. Formerly he headed William Morris Independent.
NBCUniversal is partnering with AOL and will provide video clips from its networks including NBC and USA to AOL’s streaming platform starting this summer. They plan to co-develop original videos for both of their Web platforms and potential weekly live programming as well.
Vice Media will be getting their own cable channel as A+E Networks rebrands their channel H2 into Vice. A+E has a 10% stake in Vice Media in a $250 million valued deal, led by A+E Networks topper Nancy Dubuc.
Weinstein Co-president of acquisitions Mark Gooder and former Focus Features International head Alison Thompson have partnered to create Cornerstone Films, a production-finance and sales company with offices in LA and London. The company will make its sales debut at Cannes this year and focus on both wide releases and indies. As part of the deal, Cornerstone partnered with Potboiler Films in London and X Filme in Berlin to begin filling the pipeline with up to two films a year for financing and sales.
Comedy writer-producer Kristin Newman has inked a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. She’s the current EP/showrunner on ABC Studio’s comedy pilot, Delores and Jermaine. She’s served as co-EP on ABC Studios comedy series The Neighbors and Galavant.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has inked a deal with Monumental Television for a minority stake in the company and to exclusively distribute all their television productions. The indie production house was formed last fall and founded by Oscar nominated producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.
Scott Bedno has been named VP of International Sales & Distribution, Voltage Pictures. He was previously president of international at Spotlight Pictures. John Fremes will be President of International Sales & Distribution at Voltage, he was previously president of International Sales & Distribution at Nu Image / Millennium Films.
Andrew Walter is in a newly created role at MGM as EVP of Corporate Development. He previously worked with MGM and other entities as managing director at investment company Evolution Media Partners. He will report to chairman and CEO Gary Barber and handle corporate and business development, acquisitions, investments and strategic transactions in film and TV.
Sarah Bremner will become an executive of Original Film Group at Netflix in early May, she was previously director of Creative Affairs at A+E Studios.
Jeffrey Greenstein takes over as president of International Sales & Distribution, Nu Image / Millennium Films, upped from the VP position.
Kate Ritter has been upped to creative executive at Bold Films, from the assistant level.
Taylor Zea has been promoted to the creative executive position at Thunder Road Pictures, up from assistant.
Mitra Darab is the new SVP of marketing for Capitol Music Group, he moved from the VP position of marketing at Warner Bros. Records.
Chip Sullivan has been named EVP of communications at NBC Entertainment. He left DreamWorks Animation where he was head of global brand integration & publicity.
Matthew Wiseman has been upped to COO of BAFTA LA, he was previously director of operations.
Craig Cegielski has been named the Co-CEO of FremantleMedia North America, upped from his EVP of Scripted Programming position there. He will be joined by Jennifer Mullin who’s also been named a Co-CEO, she was previously the EVP of Current Programming. Colleen Mende has been named director of research, upped from manager.
Danny Feldheim has been promoted from manager to director of Drama, development and programming at FOX Broadcasting Company.
Jonathan Goldberg has been upped from VP to Director of Post Production at A. Smith & Co. Productions.
Jamie Horowitz will be in a newly created post as President of Fox Sports National Networks. Previously he was an ESPN executive. In the new role he will handle programming, marketing and scheduling for Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 and oversee management and development of original programming and day-to-day operations for Fox Sports 1’s news and studio programs.
Sharoan R. Harris has been promoted from VP to SVP of Pricing & Planning at Fuse Media, Inc. in New York.
Michael Maniaci has been named the director of programming and development at DiGa (NY), he was a development executive at CMT previously.
Zola Mashariki will be the EVP and head of original programming of BET Networks. She was snagged from Fox Searchlight where she was the SVP of production.
Ken Segna has been upped to SVP of original programming at Starz where he was the VP.
Management, PR, Agencies
CAA promoted the following trainees to the agent level: Olivia Blaustein/Hannah Kuzniecky/Matt Olson (TV), Sam Bringardner (Motion Picture Talent), Rhys Broussard/Josh Rahm (Motion Picture), Tommy Bruce/Ben Coles/Caitlin Davidson/ Kasey McKee/Spencer Sherman/ Emily Wright (Music), Roman Di Somma/Matt Elefant/ Heather Grosz (Sports), Kevin Lin (Theatre), Adam Paulsen (Film Finance). In addition Sylvia Friedel, Farrell Ulrich and Chris Yenn have been promoted to executive levels in marketing. Giselle Leon has been promoted to Executive in CAA’s Lifestyle department.
Luke Esselen has been swooped up by CAA and named an agent in their Motion Picture Talent department, he was previously an assistant at Mosaic.
Harold Frogét is the latest to make the move from CAA to UTA. She will be in the touring department, which was her department at CAA.
Jennifer McCann has been named VP of Operations for Forefront Media Strategies, she was previously the sr. coordinator at TNT Originals.
Music, Digital, Publishing, Misc.
Erik Huggers has been named president and CEO of online music-video distributor Vevo. With 20 years experience in digital media, his most recent role was as senior VP at Verizon Communications. He takes over for Vevo founding CEO Rio Caraeff, who left late last 2014.
Jordan Bortolotti has been named the new Executive Vice President, Collective Digital Studio in their Toronto offices. She was previously the director of digital solutions at Blue Ant Media in that city.
Warner Bros. Blue Ribbon Content in charge of creating new live-action, short-form content for digital outlets has added to its team. Peter Girardi has expanded his role as SVP of creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation to include Blue Ribbon Content. He will report to Blue Ribbon president Sam Register. Zoe Friedman will be named SVP of Development and handle development and production of comedy series. Lance Sloane will be the VP of development and production, shifting from WB’s home entertainment department. Alexandra Davis will be the director of development & production, she was previously a producer at DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV
Ben McLean is the new SVP of digital enterprises at NBCUniversal, snagged from business affairs at Xbox Entertainment Studios where he was also SVP.
Andy Schuon has been named partner of Ocho, a social video startup. He will assist in shaping the company's content strategy and expand entertainment industry relationships in LA as their headquarters are in New York. Ocho is funded by investors that include Mark Cuban and the company debuted last winter. The app allows people to share eight-second videos that play in a continuous stream on their homepage.
Dan Silver is joining ABC News as Executive Producer of ABC News Digital. He will oversee the digital editorial team and work closely with Colby and Subrata to create, produce and develop new forms of journalistic storytelling and further engage our growing digital audience.
Peter Hamby will be heading the news department at SnapChat. He was previously a CNN national political reporter. He will still be featured on CNN, but now as a head at SnapChat.
Exec Shuffle For 5/1/15: Silver Pictures Ent Launches, CAA Promotes Trainees To Agents, Vice To Get Cable Channel, and MoreAnother big week in Hollywood, with tons of action in all different sectors of the biz. Some highlights include Cassian Elwes’ new venture, Warner’s Blue Ribbon Content news, and some big hires in both the film and TV world. Click on the link to get the full skinny. (SSN)
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Fans Of Kristen Wiig Will Love This Feature About How She Became Hollywood’s Most Interesting ActressShe could’ve been the female Will Ferrell. Instead, she capitalized on Bridesmaids to carve out an unexpected career. She now has Welcome To Me in theaters and is about to go make a new Ghostbusters movie. Her career is unlike anyone else’s. Read how it happened. (TDB)
Six Characteristics of Great Storymaking: Takeaways From Brands That Illustrate the Art of StorymakingIt's easy to call storytelling a cliché, but how exactly can one move beyond it when storytelling is entrenched as the epitome of what defines great marketing? Storymaking has kept coming up as a way to describe the shift away from the broadcast-era mentality of storytelling to a new approach where marketers build on stories that people share with each other. (AA) (DH) (SM)
Custody 4/30/2015 Logline: A judge presides over a custody case that takes a powerful emotional toll on everybody involved. Production Company(s): Lucky Monkey Pictures, JuVee, Mustard & Co, Greenlight Group Director: James Lapine Executive Producer(s): Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Daryl Roth, Sandy Robertson, Gregory P Shockro Producer(s): Lauren Versel, Katie Mustard, James Lapine, Roy Furman Cast: Viola Davis, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Hayden Panettiere, Ellen Burstyn, Tony Shalhoub Writer(s): James Lapine SSN Insight: Lapine has won three Tony Awards and been nominated for 12 times. He was nominated for an Emmy and won a Peabody for his HBO documentary “Six by Sondheim”.
Good Humor 5/4/2015 Logline: A love story of Kenny Parker and Lolita Nowicki, each struggling with their own brand of demons, who first meet by chance in Chicago and form a pact to travel across country to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide together. Production Company(s): Mockingbird Pictures Director: Rob Spera Producer(s): Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis Cast: Chris Messina, Abigail Spencer Writer(s): Jared Rappaport SSN Insight: Part of JuntoBox Films’ Feature Film Incubator co-chaired by Forest Whitaker. The Incubator is an in-depth story development and production readiness program for narrative feature film projects with budgets of $2.5 million or less.
Independence Day 2 5/4/2015 Logline: Enemy aliens return to Earth. Studio: 20th Century Fox Production Company(s): Centropolis Entertainment, Electric Entertainment Director: Roland Emmerich Executive Producer(s): Ute Emmerich Producer(s): Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser Cast: Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher Writer(s): James A Woods, Nicolas Wright, Carter Blanchard, James Vanderbilt, Dean Devlin Notes: Sequel to "Independence Day" (1996) directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith and Bill Pullman. SSN Insight: Will Smith was previously mentioned to star. Michael B. Jordan was previously in discussions to join the cast.
Inferno 4/29/2015 Logline: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is drawn into the nightmarish world of Dante's "Inferno" when he follows its clues to stop a worldwide plague. Studio: Columbia Pictures Production Company(s): Imagine Entertainment Director: Ron Howard Executive Producer(s): Anna Culp, Todd Hallowell Producer(s): Ron Howard, Brian Grazer Cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Sidse Babett Knudsen Writer(s): David Koepp Notes: Based on the novel "Inferno" written by Dan Brown and published by Doubleday on May 14, 2013. The Robert Langdom novel series includes Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), The Lost Symbol (2009) and Inferno (2013). SSN Insight: The previous film in the series, Angels & Demons, based on the first book in the series, grossed $486 million worldwide.
Nine Lives 5/4/2015 Logline: After a terrible accident, a workaholic businessman finds himself trapped in the body of the family cat. Production Company(s): EuropaCorp Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Cast: Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken, Malina Weissman, Robbie Amell, Jennifer Garner Writer(s): Daniel Antoniazzi, Ben Shiffrin, Gwyn Lurie SSN Insight: Project marks the first time Christopher Walken and Kevin Spacey have acted together onscreen in feature film.
The Birth of a Nation 5/4/2015 Logline: The true story of Nat Turner, the educated slave and preacher who led a violent slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831. Production Company(s): Phantom Four Director: Nate Parker Producer(s): Kevin Turen, Nnamdi Asomugha Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Aunjanue Ellis, Colman Domingo Writer(s): Nate Parker SSN Insight: This film marks the feature directorial debut for Parker who was last seen in the cast of the film Beyond the Lights.
The Lake 4/30/2015 Logline: A group of Navy SEALS try to solve a long-forgotten mystery while theyâ€™re looking for treasure in a lake in war-torn Serbia. Production Company(s): EuropaCorp Director: Steven Quale Producer(s): Luc Besson Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, J.K. Simmons, Charlie Bewley, Clemens Schick, Diarmaid Murtagh Writer(s): Richard Wenk, Luc Besson SSN Insight: Besson is also a producer on Tell No One (Remake) awaiting release, Warrior’s Gate in preproduction, Shut In in production and The Transporter Refueled, and Underground in active development.
The Tree House 5/4/2015 Logline: A group of neighborhood friends find themselves at war with some bullies who want to take their tree house away from them. Production Company(s): Bottomed Out Entertainment Director: David Mickey Evans Executive Producer(s): Teresa Walker Producer(s): Scott Walker, Brett O’Keeffe, Carlo Peter-Andrew Dall’Olmo, Jay W. Lee Cast: Chris Noth, C.J. Adams, Erika Bierman, Garret Ryans Writer(s): Scott Walker, Brett O’Keeffe SSN Insight: Noth recently wrapped on the feature film Chronically Metropolitan and has been cast in Attachment and Sea Isle which are in active development.
Warrior's Gate 5/4/2015 Logline: A teenager magically appears in China to transform into a Kung Fu warrior and save a princess from danger. Production Company(s): EuropaCorp, Fundamental Films Director: Matthias Hoene Producer(s): Luc Besson, Mark Gao Writer(s): Robert Kamen, Luc Besson SSN Insight: Besson is also a producer on Tell No One (Remake) awaiting release, The Lake in preproduction, Shut In in production and The Transporter Refueled, and Underground in active development.
Katie Says Goodbye 4/30/2015 Logline: A teenage waitress prostitutes herself while chasing her dreams in San Francisco. Production Company(s): Relic Pictures, Parallell Cinema Director: Wayne Roberts Executive Producer(s): Sean Durkin, Antonio Campos, Josh Mond Producer(s): Eric Schultz, Jacob Wasserman, Kimberly Parker, Carlo Sirtori Cast: Olivia Cooke, Mireille Enos, Christopher Abbott, James Belushi, Mary Steenburgen Writer(s): Wayne Roberts SSN Insight: This marks Cooke’s first deal since her breakout performance in the Sundance hit, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Durkin also directed and wrote the indie hit Martha Marcy May Marlene
Manchester-by-the-Sea 4/30/2015 Logline: A slacker who is working as a plumber in Boston returns to Manchester after his brotherâ€™s death, where he finds him in the care of his 16-year old nephew and is devastated by a past tragedy. Production Company(s): Pearl Street Films, The Media Farm Director: Kenneth Lonergan Executive Producer(s): Declan Baldwin Producer(s): Gigi Pritzker, Chris Moore, Matt Damon Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler Writer(s): Kenneth Lonergan SSN Insight: Pre-production was scheduled to start on September 8, 2014. Matt Damon was previously attached to star. Previously in development at OddLot Entertainment.
Money Monster 5/3/2015 Logline: After a man loses all his money in the stock market by following the advice of a Wall Street TV host, he takes the money adviser hostage on live television. Studio: TriStar Productions Production Company(s): Smokehouse Pictures, The Allegiance Theater Director: Jodie Foster Executive Producer(s): Timothy Crane Producer(s): Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine, George Clooney, Grant Heslov Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Caitriona Balfe, Dominic West Writer(s): Jamie Linden, Jim Kouf, Alan DiFiore SSN Insight: IM Global was previously attached to finance with Stuart Ford attached as a producer.
Pete's Dragon (Remake) 5/1/2015 Logline: Pete, following the death of his parents in a car crash when he was four, escaped to the forest and became best friends with a dragon, who raised him - but Pete and the dragon now face unprecedented threats to the way of life they've come to know and love. Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production Company(s): Whitaker Entertainment Director: David Lowery Producer(s): Jim Whitaker Cast: Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley, Michael C Hall Writer(s): David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks, Pete Chiarelli Notes: Remake of the film "Pete's Dragon" (1977) directed by Don Chaffey and starring Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy and Jim Dale. SSN Insight: David Lowery wrote and directed the gritty Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and has signed on to direct To Be Two, The Yellow Birds and the Old Man and the Gun all in active delopment.
Silence 5/4/2015 Logline: Two 17th century Portuguese missionaries return to Japan to minister to Christians, who've been outlawed. Production Company(s): Winkler Films, Sikelia Productions, Cecchi Gori Pictures, FM Films, LLC Director: Martin Scorsese Executive Producer(s): Dale Brown, Matthew Malek, Tyler Zacharia, George Furla, Chad Verdi Producer(s): Irwin Winkler, Gaston Pavlovich, Randall Emmett, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff Cast: Andrew Garfield, Issey Ogata, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano Writer(s): Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks Notes: Based on the novel "Silence" written by Shusaku Endo and published by Tuttle Publishing 1969. SSN Insight: Graham King was previously attached to produce for GK Films. Daniel Day-Lewis, Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio Del Toro were previously in discussions to star.
Table 19 4/30/2015 Logline: A story told from the point of view of the collection of strangers grouped together at a wedding's "singles table". Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures Production Company(s): 21 Laps Entertainment, 3311 Productions Director: Jeff Blitz Executive Producer(s): Mark Roberts, Jennifer Dana Producer(s): Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty Cast: Anna Kendrick, Mark Duplass, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant Writer(s): Jeff Blitz, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass SSN Insight: Jay & Mark Duplass were previously attached to direct.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe 5/2/2015 Logline: When father and son coroners investigate the death of beautiful "Jane Doe" they find increasingly bizarre clues. Production Company(s): 42, Impostor Pictures Director: Andre Ovredal Executive Producer(s): Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson, Ben Shields Catlin Producer(s): Fred Berger, Eric Garcia, Rory Aitken, Benjamin Pugh Cast: Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox Writes(s): Ian Goldberg, Richard Naing SSN Insight: Screenplay was included in the 2013 Blood List Martin Sheen was previously attached to the role played by Brian Cox. Goldcrest was previously involved as financier and distributor.
The Infiltrator 4/28/2015 Logline: A customs and excise agent goes undercover as a money launderer and helped orchestrate one of history’s most elaborate stings, getting to the bankers behind the Medellin drug cartel. Production Company(s): Good Films Director: Brad Furman Producer(s): Miriam Segal Cast: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt Writer(s): Ellen Brown Furman, Alex Holmes Notes: Based on the book "The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel" written by Robert Mazur and published by Arcade on April 15 2009. SSN Insight: Previously in development at 2929 Productions.
The Meddler 4/30/2015 Logline: An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away. Production Company(s): Anonymous Content Director: Lorene Scafaria Executive Producer(s): Steve Golin, Susan Sarandon, Shea Kammer Producer(s): Joy Gorman, Paul Green Cast: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Michael McKean, Lucy Punch Writer(s): Lorene Scafaria SSN Insight: Scafaria previously directed Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. Production begins in Los Angeles. The film was jointly packaged by CAA and UTA, which is coordinating financing and handling domestic rights.
The Neon Demon 4/30/2015 Logline: An aspiring model finds herself in a terrifying predicament with her survival hanging in the balance. Production Company(s): Space Rocket Nation Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Producer(s): Lene Borglum Cast: Elle Fanning, Abbey Lee, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone Writer(s): Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws SSN Insight: France’s Gaumont and Wild Bunch will co-finance and co-distribute the film. They previously partnered on Refn’s 2013 film, Only God Forgives.
On the Set For 5/4/15: ‘Independence Day 2’ Stars Shooting While Directors Jodie Foster and Martin Scorsese Wrap Their FilmsIt’s a busy week for shooting, as a host of new projects get up and running, including two new Luc Besson productions, Barry Sonnenfeld’s Nine Lives with Kevin Spacey, and the new Robert Langdon film, Inferno. Meanwhile, the Pete’s Dragon remake also completes principal photography, as does Bryan Cranston’s The Infiltrator. (SSN)
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After Hillary Clinton’s Logo Broke the Internet, Moving Brands Considered a New, Logo-Less Approach In a Five Day Design SprintWhen Hillary Clinton announced her bid for the 2016 presidential election, the Internet freaked out — mostly over her campaign logo. Rumored to be designed by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut, the logo was called everything from an ode to the hospital sign to an Easter egg revealing Clinton’s true, right-leaning agenda. (FCD) (EW) (FSR)
101 Ways To Kill Your Ex Network: IFC Executive Producer(s): Erin Simon Berenson, Kimberly Karp Writer(s): Erin Simon Berenson, Kimberly Karp Logline: Jilted by their respective partners, a woman and a man team up to exact down and dirty revenge on the lovers who did them wrong. SSN Insight: The duo is also behind the spec script The Incredible True Story of Jessica & Drew Who Accidentally Boned On The Way To The Wedding, which sold in 2012 to Fox 2000. They’re repped by WME and Madhouse Entertainment
Blindspot Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company(s): Berlanti Productions Executive Producer(s): Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Mark Pellington Writer(s): Martin Gero Logline: A beautiful, mysterious woman with no memory of her past is found naked in the middle of Times Square, her body covered in fresh tattoos - including the inked name of an FBI agent on her back. The FBI becomes involved in the case, using the tattoos on her body as a road map of clues to unlock a conspiracy and discover her identity. SSN Insight: NBC originally gave a script plus penalty commitment in August, ordered the pilot in January. On May 1 Blindspot was given a series order.
Brothers In Atlanta Network: HBO Production Company(s): Field Entertainment, The Story Company Executive Producer(s): Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, Tim Story Writer(s): Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin Logline: After some time apart, two old college friends reunite in the black mecca of the New South, Atlanta. Both determined to make it big, their unique perspectives on the quirks of both Atlanta and the black community inevitably lead to personal and professional conflicts. SSN Insight: HBO ordered the pilot in January and gave a series order on April 30. The writing duo previously worked on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Chicago Med Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Universal Television Production Company(s): Wolf Films, Inc. Executive Producer(s): Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Matt Olmstead, Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski Writer(s): Derek Haas, Michael Brandt Logline: Storyline under wraps, it’s a spinoff to the NBC series Chicago Fire. SSN Insight: The characters for the potential spinoff are introduced in episode 319 of Chicago Fire. Law & Order 16 year strong alumna S. Epatha Merkerson is set to work again with EP Wolf and will star in the series. NBC ordered the series on May 1.
Untitled Female Basketball Team Comedy Project Network: Comedy Central Production Company(s): Electric Dynamite Executive Producer(s): Jeremy Konner, Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci, Angela Trimbur, Jack Black Writer(s): Amanda Lund Logline: A group of misfit women in Los Angeles find new leases on life through their less-than-stellar all-girls basketball team. SSN Insight: Konner is on a role at Comedy Central as her last two projects went to series: Drunk History and the upcoming Another Period.
Damien Network: A+E Studio: Fox 21 Television Studios Production Company(s): Fineman Entertainment, 44 Strong Productions, Pancho Pictures Executive Producer(s): Glen Mazzara, Ross Fineman, Pancho Mansfield, Shekhar Kapur Writer(s): Glen Mazzara Logline: Follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 feature who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny - that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages. Based on the film. Details: Based on the film, "The Omen," directed by Richard Donner and released in 1976. SSN Insight: Project was originally set to air on Lifetime, but will now air on A&E.
Gigi's Bucket List Network: IFC Production Company(s): Grandma's House Entertainment Executive Producer(s): David Krumholtz, Tim Gibbons, Ricky Mabe, Ben Newmark, Dan Newmark Writer(s): No Writer Available. Logline: Gertrude Rotblum, aka "Gigi," just lost her beloved husband Harold, but has gained a new lease on life with the help of an unknown bank account discovered in his will. With her dead husband’s secret millions, this 76-year-old yenta with a heart of gold and a razor-sharp tongue sets out to experience everything she deprived herself of in her younger years. Details: Based on the character, Gigi, who first appeared on the website "weatherfrom.com". SSN Insight: Network has ordered 8 half-hour episodes to shoot this June in LA with a premiere later this year.
Green Eggs and Ham Network: Netflix Studio: Warner Bros. Animation Production Company(s): A Very Good Production, Gulfstream Television Executive Producer(s): Ellen DeGeneres, Jared Stern, Jeff Kleeman, Mike Karz, David Dobkin Writer(s): Jared Stern Logline: A animated series based on the Dr. Suess book "Green eggs and Ham". Details: Based on the children's book "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss. SSN Insight: Netflix has ordered 13 episodes. It will take three years to produce the series with production to start in May for a 2018 premiere.
Untitled Harriet Tubman Project Network: HBO Production Company(s): Amblin Television, JuVee, Halyard Park Executive Producer(s): Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Doug Ellin, Jim Lefkowitz, Cliff Dorfman Writer(s): Kirk Ellis Logline: Tells the story of Harriet Tubman. Born a slave, she escaped and, via an intricate escape network of secret routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad, she led more than 300 slaves to freedom in the North and later fought with the Union during the Civil War. Details: Based on the book, "Bound For The Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero," written by Kate Clifford Larson and published by Ballantine Books in 2003. SSN Insight: Viola Davis is set to star as Harriet Tubman. Doug Ellin created the Entourage series, the film based on the series will be released in summer.
Heartbreaker Network: NBC Entertainment Studio: Universal Television Executive Producer(s): Jill Gordon, Brad Silberling, Amy Brenneman, Robert Duncan McNeill Writer(s): Jill Gordon Logline: Follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere, one of the rare female heart-transplant surgeons, who brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. Details: Based on the memoir, "Heart Matters: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon," written by Kathy E. Magliato, MD and published by Crown Archetype on January 26, 2010. SSN Insight: NBC ordered the pilot in January and gave a series order on May 1.
Home Free Network: Fox Broadcasting Company Production Company(s): Relativity Television Executive Producer(s): Mike Holmes, George Verschoor, Trice Barto, Brad Bishop, Andrew Marcus Logline: Nine couples are challenged to revive one run-down house every week. During each episode, Mile Holmes will present the couples with tasks designed to test and challenge the skills of these do-it-yourself enthusiasts. Not only must the couples work together to restore the home, they all must live together 24/7 in the same dilapidated home. The final two couples remaining will fight to the finish to win their ultimate dream home. SSN Insight: Fox ordered 8 episodes on April 29.
Living On Video Network: HBO Production Company(s): Panic Pictures Executive Producer(s): David Fincher, Rich Wilkes, Josh Donen, CeÃ¡n Chaffin, Bob Stevenson 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: HBO has given a series order of 10 episodes. Tyler Ross was previously attached to star but was recast. Charlie Rowe, Jason Flemyng, and Corbin Bernsen have been cast in the series.
Paradise Pictures Network: USA Studio: Universal Cable Productions Executive Producer(s): Rick Muirragui, Aaron Korsh Writer(s): Rick Muirragui Logline: Ambitious people strive to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood, when the dream factory was at its peak. Little do they know the challenges they’re about to face: the end of studio monopolies, the blacklist and the new disruptive technology of television. SSN Insight: USA ordered the drama pilot on April 28. Korsh has an overall deal at Universal Cable Productions.
Roots Network: A+E, History, Lifetime Studio: A+E Networks Production Company(s): The Wolper Organization, Toberoff & Associates, P.C. Executive Producer(s): Mark M. Wolper, Marc Toberoff, William Packer Writer(s): Mark D. Rosenthal, Lawrence Konner, Alison McDonald, Charles Murray Logline: The dramatization of Alex Haley's chronicle of his family history from his ancestors' life in tribal Africa of the eighteenth century to their emancipation in the post-Civil War South Details: Based on the book, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," written by Alex Haley and published by Doubleday in 1976. SSN Insight: The network plans to make the miniseries 8 hours. The series will broadcast on History, A&E and Lifetime simultaneously. LeVar Burton who previously starred in the original series will produce.
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Studio: Paramount Television Production Company(s): Anonymous Content Executive Producer(s): Evan Dunsky, Kerry Kohansky Roberts, Rosalie Swedlin, Alex Goldstone Writer(s): Evan Dunsky Logline: The show is a behind-the-scenes look at Caitlin Doughty, a twenty-something mortician with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre who takes a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters Caitlin learns to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased. Details: Based on the memoir, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From The Crematory," written by Caitlin Doughty and published by W. W. Norton & Company on September 15, 2014.
Snowfall Network: FX Production Company(s): Underground Executive Producer(s): John Singleton, Eric Amadio, Michael London, Trevor Engelson, Evan Silverberg Writer(s): John Singleton, Eric Amadio Logline: Told through the eyes of a young black kid from Compton, a Mexican wrestler and a CIA agent charged with running money to the Contras, Snowfall will examine the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. SSN Insight: Previously in development at Showtime. FX ordered the pilot on May 1.
Spiral Network: Showtime Studio: Endemol Studios Production Company(s): Levinson/Fontana Company Executive Producer(s): Tom Fontana, James Yoshimura, Steve McPherson, Barry Levinson Writer(s): Tom Fontana, James Yoshimura Logline: Follows a murder investigation and reveals the cooperation, conflict, transgression and corruption within the French legal system from the perspective of the lead characters: a police captain and her two lieutenants, a judge, a prosecutor, and a defense lawyer. Details: Based on the French crime thriller series "Engrenages." SSN Insight: The show is the longest-running and highest-rated original series on Canal Plus in France and is heading into its sixth season.
The Arrangement Network: E! Studio: Universal Cable Productions Production Company(s): Objective Productions, All3Media America Executive Producer(s): Jonathan Abrahams, Jimmy Fox, Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman Writer(s): Jonathan Abrahams Logline: Megan Morrison is a beautiful young actress who auditions for the female lead in a summer blockbuster playing opposite Kyle West, the hottest actor of the moment. After an amazing audition segues into a dream-like first date, Megan’s Cinderella story takes a turn to the bizarre when she is presented with a contract that details an entire relationship with Kyle. Megan must weigh her options and the benefits and consequences to her career and her life overall and decide whether or not she will accept "the arrangement." SSN Insight: E! ordered the pilot on April 30.
The Magicians Network: SyFy Studio: Universal Cable Productions Production Company(s): Groundswell Productions Executive Producer(s): Sera Gamble, John McNamara, Michael London, Janice Williams Writer(s): John McNamara, Sera Gamble Logline: Disaffected Quentin feels out of sync with his beautiful, accomplished friends, and is often dangerously depressed. His abiding interest since childhood has always been a series of novels set in the magical land of Fillory -- but when Quentin is recruited as a new student at the mysterious Brakebills academy, he soon realizes that "magic is real," and that it is a craft as deadly as it is fascinating. Details: Based on the book series, "The Magicians," written by Lev Grossman and originally published by Plume in 2009. SSN Insight: Project was previously being developed by Fox in 2011 with writers Ashley Miller & Zach Stentz and Michael London producing. SyFy ordered the pilot in July and picked up the series May 4.
The Unauthorized Full House Story Network: Lifetime Entertainment Television Production Company(s): Front Street Pictures Executive Producer(s): Stephen Bulka, Harvey Kahn Writer(s): Ron McGee Logline: When this situation comedy goes on the air, it becomes an unexpected hit. The actors cast in the show soon find they are overnight sensations. Despite the ups and downs in their professional and personal lives, over the next eight years the cast becomes one of America's most beloved fictional families. In the process, the disparate actors who star in the show bond closely and form an almost surrogate genuine family. SSN Insight: Bulka and Kahn teamed up previously on The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.
War and Peace Network: History, A&E, Lifetime Production Company(s): The Weinstein Company , Lookout Point, BBC In House Productions, BBC Cymru Wales Executive Producer(s): Andrew Davies, Faith Penhale, Bethan Jones, George Ormond, Simon Vaughan Writer(s): Andrew Davies Logline: Adaptation of Tolstoy's novel centers around the lives of several families leading up to and during Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia. Details: Based on the novel, "War and Peace," written by Leo Tolstoy and published in 1869. SSN Insight: Network has ordered six 1-hour episodes, which will air as eight 44-minute episodes internationally. The series will broadcast on History, A&E and Lifetime simultaneously.
Cat’s Cradle Studio: IM Global Television Production Company(s): Elkins Entertainment Executive Producer(s): Brad Yonover, Sandi Love Writer(s): Brad Yonover Logline: Based on the novel that explores issues within science, technology, and religion. It also satirizes the arms race and other targets during the story. Details: Based on the novel "Cat's Cradle" written by Kurt Vonnegut published by Holt Rinehart 1963. SSN Insight: Comes on the heels of news that IM Global is developing Darkover, Den of Thieves starring Carla Gugino, Horrorshow (working title), miniseries 1906, and Anchorage.
Darkover Studio: IM Global Television Production Company(s): Kahn Power Pictures Executive Producer(s): Elizabeth Stanley, Ilene Kahn Power Logline: Based on the The Darkover series, a science fiction-fantasy set in the fictional world of Darkover, the only human-habitable of seven planets orbiting a red giant star settled by a lost colony ship of Spanish and Scots Gaelic speakers. Details: Based on the novel series, The Darkover, by author Marion Zimmer Bradley. SSN Insight: The series contains over 25 books. The books were written between 1958 and 1996, upon the author’s death she left plans for future novels.
Horrorshow (Working Title) Studio: IM Global Television Executive Producer(s): Guy Busick, R. Christopher Murphy Writer(s): Guy Busick, R. Christopher Murphy Logline: A serialized drama in the vein of classic horror films in the 1970’s and 80’s. The story takes place in real time during an intense night during which a psychopath is loosed upon an unsuspecting town. SSN Insight: Comes on the heels of news that IM Global is developing Cat’s Cradle, Den of Thieves starring Carla Gugino, miniseries 1906, and Anchorage.
1906 Studio: IM Global Television Production Company(s): White Wolf Productions Executive Producer(s): David S. Ward, Mark R. Harris (producer), Julie Ruthenbeck (producer), Susan Lee Smith (producer) Writer(s): David S. Ward Logline: Chronicles one of the worst disasters in modern history, the cataclysmic San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. SSN Insight: The project is packaged by CAA and IPG. Martin Cambell, who directed Casino Royale will direct. It will be a six hour miniseries.
Anchorage Studio: IM Global Television Production Company(s): Court Five Executive Producer(s): Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky Logline: A crime procedural based on the true story of Sgt. Kathy Lacey and her experiences as head of the Vice division in Anchorage, Alaska, one of the most dangerous cities in America. SSN Insight: Mark Ordesky was an EP on The Lord of the Rings franchise as well as The Golden Compass. Lacey will be on board as a consulting producer.
Franchise Wars: Delving Behind the Super-Sized Grosses Of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and the Marvel Cinematic UniverseAfter last week’s look at the Fast & Furious franchise, it’s time to take a gander at the MCCU, especially in light of this past weekend’s mammoth opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Starting with 2008’s Iron Man, Marvel Studios has become one of the most successful ventures in Hollywood, even after it was purchased by Disney in 2009. (SSN) (SSN)
TV Development For 5/5/15: Cable Trio To Air ‘Roots’ and ‘War and Peace’ Miniseries, Viola Davis Will Be Harriet Tubman, and MoreIt’s an especially busy week on this front, as lots of new projects get off the ground, including an adaptation of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, a new spinoff from NBC’s Chicago world, several big specs, and a couple big projects from HBO and other cable nets. Click on the link for the full story. (SSN)
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Martin Freeman Becomes the Latest To Join the Already Enormous Cast Of ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’Marvel has not released any information about what character the actor might be playing, but he certainly has major franchise experience, having just played Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. Freeman joins Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Bozeman, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, Jeremy Renner and many others in the film, which will hit theaters May 6th, 2016. (CBR) (CB) (VAR) (HV) (EW) (EMP) (SF) (GR) (GITS)
PMK•BNC: Multi-platinum recording artist and tech entrepreneur Kevin Jonas has signed with PMK•BNC. In addition to being an established musician and actor, Jonas is the creator and developer of the app, Yood!, a food-on-demand discovery application for IOS and Android that launched last November.
UTA: Sarah Silverman is another that has shifted from CAA to UTA following the 12 agents who made teh shift in weeks prior. Silverman has an untitled comedy pilot in development at HBO and she's wrapped on the following films: Supermarket, Ashby and Still Punching the Clown with I Smile Back awaiting release. She will continued to be repped by Thruline and Ziffren Brittenham.ICM Partners: X-Men and Taken franchise star Famke Janssen, who is wrapping up the third and final season of Netflix’s Hemlock Grove, has left CAA and will now be repped by ICM Partners. In addition to acting, Janssen wrote and directed the comedy Bringing Up Bobby in 2011. She continues to be repped by Brookside Artist Management and Morris Yorn.
CAA: Youtube star Jenna Marbles, aka Jenna Mourey, has signed with CAA for representation in all media, personal appearances, publishing, etc. She’s the most-watched comedy personality on YouTube with 14.9 million subscribers and counting and more than 1.7 billion views. Across social media she has over two million fans on Facebook and Vine and over three million on Instagram. She also executive produces Collective Digital Studio’s digital series Maximum Ride.
ICM Partners: Screenwriter Tim Talbott has left CAA and signed with ICM Partners. This year he garnered the Sundance Film Festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for The Stanford Prison Experiment, which IFC is releasing in July. Previously he was an executive story editor on Chicago Fire and a staffer on Medium. He continues to be managed by Anonymous Content.
CAA: Kate Beckinsale has left UTA and signed with CAA which she was with back in 2009. Beckinsale next stars in Relativity’s The Disappointments Room. The Whit Stillman-directed Love And Friendship along with Absolutely Anything produced by Mike Medavoy.
Rep Moves For 5/6/15: CAA Scoops Up Kate Beckinsale and YouTuber Jenna Marbles, Sarah Silverman To UTA, and MoreIt’s a light week in this section of Hollywood, though ICM and CAA both have big weeks, and PMK*BNC lands a Jonas to its rolls. To get the full skinny regarding this week’s moves, click on the link and all will be revealed. (SSN)
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The Lost Laughs Of Letterman: The Departing Host and His Former Writers Share the Greatest Jokes He Never ToldAs we get ever closer to David Letterman’s retirement, a former writer for the show writes this hilarious piece that picks the brain of a bunch of other former writers about their favorite bits that never made it to air. Letterman himself comments on many of these bits he shot down, giving a real insight into the show in its final days. (VUL)
Why Tinseltown and Adland's Relationship Is Stronger Than Ever: From Lincoln to Dior, Agencies and Stars Are Capitalizing on Trend With Huge VenturesThe plot of Sofia Coppola's 2003 film, Lost In Translation, follows a movie star played by Bill Murray as he films a commercial in Tokyo to avoid lowering his status in Hollywood. That ploy certainly wouldn't work today -- and it certainly wouldn't be necessary. Matthew McConaughey's Oscar-winning turn in "Dallas Buyers Club" coincided with a series of TV commercials for Lincoln. Charlize Theron is the face of Dior. In other words, adland has the keys to Hollywood. (AA)
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The Magnificent Seven (Remake) Logline: A group of seven tough gunslingers are hired by a village to put a stop to the vicious bandit and his gang who have been pillaging it for years. Studio/ Distributor: MGM Pictures Production Company: Roger Birnbaum Productions Producers: Roger Birnbaum Writer: John Lee Hancock, Nic Pizzolatto Director: Antoine Fuqua Cast: Jason Momoa, Wagner Moura, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio SSN Insight: Momoa is also signed on to star as the DC character Aquaman in a series of tentpole films for Warner Bros.
Captain America: Civil War Logline: Tony Stark and Steve Rogers go head to head in battle over the Superhero Registration Act, which governs that those with superhuman abilities must reveal themselves as such to the United States government and pledge to enforce law in conjunction with government agencies Studio/ Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Production Company: Marvel Entertainment Producers: Kevin Feige, Nate Moore Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo Cast: Martin Freeman, Emily VanCamp, Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Robert Downey Jr, Chadwick A. Boseman, Daniel Bruhl, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, SSN Insight: Both Freeman and VanCamp signed on to the in production sequel which started shooting April 29. VanCamp reprises her role as Agent 13 while Freeman’s character details are under wraps. Mean Moms Logline: A happily married mother of two is confronted by the cutthroat world of competitive parenting when she moves to the high class suburbs. Studio/ Distributor: New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Studios Production Company: Offspring Entertainment Producers: Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, Jill Messick Writer: Sean Anders, John Morris Director: Sean Anders Cast: Jennifer Aniston Notes: Based on the book "Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make--or Break--Your Child's Future" written by Rosalind Wiseman with Elizabeth Rapoport and published by Crown on March 7, 2006. SSN Insight: Veteran TV director Beth McCarthy-Miller was previously attached to direct.
Zootopia Logline: Animals live and work in a world where human beings never existed. Studio: Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Animation Writer: Jared Bush Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush Voice Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman SSN Insight: Goodwin’s character is a bunny named Judy Hopps a meter maid with dreams of becoming a police officer.
IT Logline: A group of friends reunite in a small town in Maine to once again face off against the evil entity, known as "It," whose preferred form is a menacing clown, which they previously battled in their childhood. Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema Production Companies: Lin Pictures, KatzSmith Productions, Vertigo Entertainment Producers: Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg Writer: Cary Fukunaga, Chase Palmer Director: Cary Fukunaga Cast: Will Poulter Notes: Based on the novel "It" written by Stephen King and published by Viking on September 15, 1986 SSN Insight: Project was initially conceived as one film, but was then divided into two parts, one focusing on the characters as kids and the other with them as adults.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monters Logline: After an apathetic babysitter finds that her charge has been stolen by monsters, she must work with a secret society of baby sitters to save this child and the rest of the world. Production Companies: Walden Media/ The Montecito Picture Company Writer: Joe Ballarini Notes: Based on the children’s book "A Babysitter’s Guide to Monsters" written by Joe Ballarini and to be published by HarperCollins imprint Katherine Tegen Books in late 2016 or early 2017. SSN Insight: A screenwriter by trade, scripting My Little Pony and the Fox animation film, Cardboard, Ballarini decided to take charge of his own IPO by conceiving the idea for a trilogy of children’s books and then selling the screenplay rights for him to adapt his own work.
A Head Full of Ghosts Logline: After thinking that their teenage daughter is schizophrenic, a family comes to believe she is possessed and allows her exorcism to be films for a reality show which becomes a huge hit. Studio/ Distributor: Focus Features Production Companies: The Allegiance Theater, Team Downey Producers: Daniel Dubiecki, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey Writer: Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski Notes: Based on the novel "A Head Full of Ghosts" written by Paul Tremblay published by William Morrow in June, 2015. SSN Insight: Focus won the auction for the film rights in a tight competition with Tristar.
The Infinite Horizon Logline: In the near future, a soldier faces obstacles like those in "The Odyssey" as he leads a group of abandoned soldiers on a 10-year journey back home. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Companies: Berlanti Productions Producers: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Lawrence Grey Writers: Ryan Condal Notes: Based on the six-issue graphic novel series "Infinite Horizon" written by Gerry Duggan, illustrated by Phil Noto and published by Image Comics from 2007 through 2012. The series was inspired by Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey." The Forever War Logline: In the future, a group of soldiers return from war on another planet to find Earth changed beyond recognition. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Companies: Free Association, Vertigo Entertainment, Richard Edlund Films, Management 360 Producers: Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin, Roy Lee, Richard Edlund, Louis Tedesco, Guymon Casady Writer: Jon Spaihts SSN Insight: Project was previously set up at Fox 2000 with Ridley Scott attached to produce and direct via his Ridley Scott Films. When the rights lapsed, a new package with Spaihts, Roy Lee and Channing Tatum came together and sparked a bidding war between Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.
Master Thieves Logline: The unsolved case of the daring 1990 robbery of $500 million in art from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is dramatized. Studio/ Distributor: Tristar Productions Production Companies: Matt Tolmach Productions Producers: Matt Tolmach Notes: Based on the book "Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off The World’s Greatest Art Heist" written by Stephen Kurkjian and published by PublicAffairs on March 10, 2015 SSN Insight: Novelist is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who was a Boston Globe reporter following this case for the last two decades.
Second Life Logline: Second Life centers on a woman who creates an online persona to find the truth behind her sister’s violent murder — and starts to lose herself in the lies she creates. Studio/ Distributor: Warner Bros Studios Production Companies: Pacific Standard Producers: Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea Notes: Based on the novel "Second Life" written by S.J. Watson and published by Harper in 2015 SSN Insight: An adaptation of Watson’s mystery novel “Before I Go to Sleep” was released last year with Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Anne-Marie Duff starring.