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PilotsDebra Messing will lead NBC’s The Mysteries Of Laura, that follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals — but not her evil twin children. Terrence Howard is set as the lead in Fox’s Empire, about a music superstar that is determined to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public -- a first in the field of urban entertainment, but when he challenges his three sons to compete for the head job at Empire, he sets in motion internecine forces that could tear his empire -- and his family -- apart. Cristin Milioti is set for the lead in NBC’s A To Z, which follows a relationship between a young couple, comprehensively, from meeting to breakup, over the course of a season. Elisabeth Rohm and Rose Rollins join TNT’s Guilt By Association, about a Deputy District Attorney working for the Special Trials unit of L.A. County's D.A.'s office. Gerald McRaney and Jamey Sheridan join TNT’s Agent X, centering on a person called upon in times of extreme crisis, when traditional law and government aren’t in a position to help. Created by the original founding fathers, but hidden from the public, the agent of unknown identity that is trained and ready to serve — and deployed only at the careful discretion of the Vice President. Christina Chang and Jeffrey Nordling have been cast in ABC’s Sea Of Fire, about three teenage girls who star in a pornographic film that tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and a host of other secrets boiling under the surface in a small town. Jennifer Carpenter will play an FBI Agent. Alfred Enoch, Karla Souza and Jack Falahee will play students in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder, centered on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot. Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland and Belle Shouse join ABC’s, Secrets & Lies, about a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. Matt Barr is set to co-star opposite Ahna O’Reilly in CW’s Identity, that centers on a young Brooklynite recruited by the CIA to infiltrate her recently discovered biological family, a wealthy and powerful dynasty in Texas suspected of having criminal alliances across the globe. Vondie Curtis-Hall joins NBC’s Tin Man, about a fugitive robot accused of first-degree murder, who may hold the key to the future of human evolution, and the young female public defender forced to fight for his cause. Romany Malco has lifted the casting contingency of ABC’s Keep It Together, about the post-divorce life of a couple trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids. Ely Henry and Asif Ali will play freshman students in Fox’s Cabot College, that takes place at a former all-girls college that has just opened its doors to men for the first time. Nick Jonas and Kiele Sanchez are set to co-star in DirecTV’s Navy Street, following a family set against the backdrop of a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym in Venice, California. Rosa Salazar has joined NBC’s The Pro, about a former tennis doubles champion whose career flamed-out as his misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club, where he tries to hustle and charm his way back into America’s 1%. Jane Krakowski will star in Fox’s Dead Boss, that centers on a woman trying to prove her innocence after being falsely accused and convicted of killing her boss. Meagan Good is the first to be cast in NBC’s Babylon Fields, about a town’s residents that come back from the dead. Alyson Hannigan will play the female lead, opposite Tom Papa, in CBS’ More Time With Family, that centers on a guy who changes his career and gives up a life on the road to spend more time at home with his family — but when he gets there, he realizes no one asked him to do that. Octavia Spencer, Charlie Rowe, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Zoe Levin join Fox’s Red Band Society, that explores, with dark humor, the daily life of a group of teenage patients living in a hospital who become unlikely friends. Jane Kaczmarek, David James Elliott, Peter DaCunha, Jon Heder and Brendan Meyer will star in Fox’s Here’s Your Damn Family, about a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirty-something man living with his mom who finds his perfectly organized world upended when she gets married and her new husband- plus his three teenage children- move in. Gavin Stenhouse lands the lead in NBC’s Coercion, about a grown man who finds his parents are former spies, and faces a choice between family and country when their handler returns and demands his cooperation. Christine Woods and Echo Kellum have been cast in NBC’s Two To Go, centering on the last two singles in a group of friends moving into marriage and parenthood, navigating life and love as they Friday- night barhop then Saturday-morning moon bounce surrounded by kids — none of whom are their own. Warren Kole will star in NBC’s Salvation, a big family saga set against the backdrop of a Texas mega church. When the leader of the Spring Hill Congregation dies, the matriarch of the Strickland family rallies to keep the family together in a show about faith and family and all the complications that come with both. Elvis Nolasco and Caitlin Gerard have booked ABC’s American Crime, that centers on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the victims, the accused, and their families. Michael Imperioli has been tapped as the lead in ABC’s Saint Francis, that centers on a blue-collar, no-nonsense Long Island cop and family man who butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister gets pregnant out of wedlock. Jacinda Barrett joins Netflix’s Untitled Kessler/Zelman Project, focusing on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home. Kal Penn is first cast in CBS’ Battle Creek, about two detectives, with very different world views, who are teamed up. Olivia Williams has been cast as the female lead in WGN America’s Manhattan, set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Plot follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. Caroline Ford and Antony Bunsee join Fox’s Hieroglyph, that centers on a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin are set for NBC’s Mission Control, that examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. Paige Turco will guest star and has the potential to recur, as the wife to Scott Bakula, on CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans, that centers on the office which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. Karen Gillan is the first cast in ABC’s Selfie, that tells the story of a self-obsessed twenty-something woman who is more concerned with "likes" than being liked. Jada Pinkett Smith joins Fox’s Gotham, that explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman. Don Hany has been cast in ABC’s Warriors, that follows the best and brightest of active duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine on critically wounded warriors returning home from Afghanistan, on military families and veterans, as well as administering to Washington’s government elite. Greta Lee lands a role on NBC’s Old Souls, about a young woman who is trying to find herself, but in the meantime she’s working as the aide to a group of opinionated elderly people. Derek Webster is the first cast in ABC’s The Visitors, about a race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us. Deon Cole has booked TBS’ Tribeca, about an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime and reveal too much personal information about themselves in the process. Edi Gathegi and Caroline Rose Kaplan join TNT’s Proof, about a surgeon who investigates cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof, to try to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something … beyond?
Current SeriesKrista Allen will guest star on ABC’s Mistresses. Adam DeVine will lend his voice to FOX’s American Dad. Rob Huebel to play a unlikable owner of a tent store on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia are set to guest star in Season 5 of PBS’ Downton Abbey. Sunny Mabrey will appear on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Arden Cho will guest star on ABC’s Castle. Alec Baldwin will guest star on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. John Leguizamo (ER) is set to appear as a guest star on CBS’ The Good Wifeas the new Cook County State’s Attorney. Wendell Pierce has joined Showtime’s Ray Donovan as a recurring guest star. Thomas Lennon will guest star on ABC’s The Goldberg’s. Janel Parrish is set to guest star on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. Chris Brochu to recur on CW’s The Vampire Diaries. Heather Hemmens will guest star.
New SeriesGenevieve Angelson will play a detective opposite Rainn Wilson, in Fox’s Backstrom. Ryan McPartlin will guest star on USA’s Playing House.
Event SeriesJason Isaacs will star in USA’s Dig, that tells the story of an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a woman archeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history.
NEW ATTACHMENTSAll Eyes on Me Logline: This biopic will follow rapper Tupac Shakur's career, including his time at Death Row Records and his involvement in the rivalry between East coast and West coast rappers, culminating in his murder in 1996. Studio/Distributor: Morgan Creek International Production Companies: Morgan Creek Productions, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films Producers: James G. Robinson, David C. Robinson, LT Hutton, Randall Emmett, John Singleton, Afeni Shakur-Davis (Executive Producer) Writers: John Singleton (current draft), Ed Gonzalez (current draft), Jeremy Haft (previous draft), Michael Starrbury (previous draft), David McKenna (previous draft), Cheo Hodari Coker (previous draft), Stephen J. Rivele (original draft), Christopher Wilkinson (original draft), Steve Bagatourian (original draft) Director: John Singleton Details: A biopic about fallen rapper Tupac Shakur. SSN Insight: Director John Singleton left the project two years ago, but has now returned and is attached to write, direct and produce. The Parsifal Mosaic Logline: A U.S. intelligence agent witnesses what appears to be the murder of his lover, a KGB double agent. When he later sees her alive, it begins a quest that leads him to unravel a conspiracy. Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Companies: Captivate Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment Producers: Jeffrey Weiner, Ben Smith, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard Writer: David Self (adaptation) Director: Zhang Yimou Details: Based on the novel The Parsifal Mosaic, written by Robert Ludlum and published by Random House on February 12, 1982. SSN Insight: This project marks the first time that a mainland Chinese director has signed on to do an English language film with a film studio in the United States. Air Logline: After a nuclear attack, people have gone underground into hyperbaric chambers. Every six months there is available air, so that the facility can be maintained. Studio/Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Companies: Circle of Confusion, IM Global, Odd Fellows Entertainment, Skybound Entertainment Producers: Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Chris Ferguson, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Bailey Conway (Executive Producer), Noah Rosen (Executive Producer) Cast: Norman Reedus, Djimon Hounsou Writers: Christian Cantamessa, Chris Pasetto Director: Christian Cantamessa SSN Insight: This project was previously set up at Boss Media, but was then titled Wake Cycle until Circle of Confusion & Robert Kirkman stepped in. It also marks the feature directorial debut for writer/director Christian Cantamessa.
NEW PROJECTSFreeheld Logline: The true story of Laurel Hester, a detective with the New Jersey Police Department, who spends the final year of her life fighting a policy that will not allow her to transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. Production Companies: Endgame Entertainment, Double Feature Films, Incognito Pictures, Vie Entertainment Producers: James D. Stern, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Kelly Bush Novak, Cynthia Wade, Kristina Sorensen, Jack Selby, Douglas E. Hansen (Executive Producer), Adam Del Deo (Executive Producer) Cast: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Zach Galifianakis Writer: Ron Nyswaner Director: Peter Sollett Details: Based on the short film "Freeheld" (USA/2007) directed by Cynthia Wade, which won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. SSN Insight: Less than a week after it was announced that she will portray Laurel Hester’s domestic partner Stacie Andree in this project, Ellen Page publically came out at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas. Origami Fox Logline: As the world around her unravels, a young girl looks for revenge and discovers secrets about her family and her life. Production Companies: Sauvtrac, Union Entertainment Group Producers: Stuart Sauvarin, Noah Haeussner Cast: Fiona Dourif Writer: Stuart Sauvarin Director: Stuart Sauvarin SSN Insight: This project marks the feature film debut of writer/director/producer Stuart Sauvarin. Untitled (State Street/VariEnt/Justin Rollins Hero Project) Logline: True story of fallen American soldier Justin Rollins and the dog he named Hero who he rescued from the rubble in Iraq. Production Companies: State Street Pictures, VariEnt Producers: Robert Teitel, George Tillman, Jr., Gina Resnick, Kyle Heller, Michael Flavin, Brittney Murray. Writer: Brian Hurwitz Director:Mark Freiburger SSN Insight: The rescued dog, Hero, has been featured on “Good Morning America”, “World News with Diane Sawyer”, “20/20” and “Saved”.
Company LaunchesIn Sync Bemis Balkind: In Sync Advertising and Bemis Balkind merged to form this full-service, bi-coastal entertainment agency that offers audio/visual, print, digital, and branding services. Smitty, founder of In Sync Advertising, was named the new company’s Chief Executive Officer, with Peter Bemis and Aubrey Balkind taking Co-President roles. Olmos Kontakto Entertainment: Isabel Echeverry and Erika Olmos have partnered to form this new management company with a focus on emerging Latino talent. Slingshot Global Media: David Ellender has launched this Los Angeles-based production company, which will develop and produce premium television fiction following a straight-to-series model.
Studios, Networks, and Media ConglomeratesBBC: Adam Barker has been named Acting Controller, BBC2 and BBC4, in London. CBS Entertainment: Nina Tassler has been promoted to Chairman. NBCUniversal: Nidia Caceros Kilde has joined as Vice President, Communications. Telemundo Media: Eli Velazquez has been named Senior Vice President, Sports, in Florida. Warner Bros. Pictures: Racheline Benveniste has been promoted to Production Executive. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures: Sam Dickerman has joined as Executive Vice President, Production.
FilmBerlanti Productions: Sarah Schechter has joined as President. Cinelabs International: John Mahtani has joined as Chief Financial Officer. Halo Post-Production: Paul Cotterell has joined as Senior Re-Recording Mixer. Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan): Jangwan Pyeon has been appointed Chief Programmer. San Francisco Film Society: Noah Cowan has joined as Executive Director. Studiocanal: Kalle Friz has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, in Germany. Studiocanal: Sonke Hinrichsen has been promoted to Vice President, Home Entertainment Sales, in Germany.
TelevisionAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences: Julie Shore has been promoted to Vice President, Awards. Breakthrough Entertainment: Nat Abraham and Michael McGuigan have been promoted to Partners. Eyeworks USA: Allen Vainshtein has been promoted to Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. Fabrik Entertainment: Rachel Rusch has joined as Director, Development. Marvel Television: Cort Lane has been named Vice President, Animation Development and Partnerships. WWE: Tandy O’Donoghue has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Strategy & Analytics, effective March 2014, in Connecticut.
Agencies, Management Companies, Public Relations, and Law FirmsDel Shaw Moonves Tanaka & Lezcano: Todd Weinstein has joined as Of Counsel. ICM Partners: Lara Sackett has joined as Agent, Motion Picture Production. Manatt Phelps & Phillips: John Gatti has joined as Partner and Co-Chair, Entertainment Litigation Practice Group.
CableBravo and Oxygen Media: Chloe Ellers has been named Vice President, Communications. Bravo and Oxygen Media: Emily Yeomans has been named Vice President, Communications. Discovery Channel: Paul Schur has been promoted to Vice President, Communications, in Maryland. Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel: Reenie Kuhlman has been named Vice President, Communications, in Maryland.
DigitalHulu: Tian Lim has joined as Chief Technology Officer, beginning March 2014. Nerdist Industries: Jack Herrguth has joined as Head, Development. Xbox Entertainment Studios: Jordan Levin has joined as Executive Vice President.
Marketing & AdvertisingPromaxBDA: Scot Chastain has been elected Co-Chair.
AgenciesCAA: Host, actress, writer and comedian Joan Rivers is now repped by CC Hirsch, Nick Khan, Ari Levin, Christopher Till, Simon Green and Nick Nuciforo. Rivers currently hosts E!'s Live From the Red Carpet, alongside her daughter Melissa, as well as E!’s Fashion Police. She also stars in the WEtv reality series Joan and Melissa: Joan knows Best? Rivers’ five-decade long career has seen such highlights as becoming the first permanent guest host of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, hosting both That Show with Joan Rivers and The Late Show with Joan Rivers, and earning a Tony nomination for her performance in Sally Marr… and Her Escorts. More recently, Rivers starred in the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. The Penguin Group will publish River's 12th book Diary of a Mad Diva this July. ICM Partners: Actress Veerle Baetens is now repped by Lorrie Bartlett, Carter Cohn and Joanne Wiles. Baetens most recently starred in the Belgium feature The Broken Circle Breakdown, which has been nominated for Best Foreign Language at this year’s Academy Awards. Acting since the early 2000s, Baetens has appeared in numerous Flemish productions. Prior to The Broken Circle Breakdown, she was probably best known for her starring role on the telenovela Sara. She also appeared in the Starz/BBC drama The White Queen. For her performance in The Broken Circle Breakdown, Baetens has won the Best Actress award at both the 2013 European Film Awards and the Tribeca Film Festival. ICM Partners: Tessanne Chin is now repped by Ari Bernstein, Craig Bruck, April King and Scott Mantell. Chin is the reigning champion of NBC’s The Voice, winning season five of the hit singing competition in December. Prior to The Voice, Chin spent the earlier portion of her career opening for such acts as Patti Labelle, Peabo Bryson and Gladys Knight. She also toured for three years with Jimmy Cliff. Currently, Chin’s recording her debut album, due out from Universal Republic Records later this year. Innovative Artists: Actress Katrina Law is now repped by David Lederman and Josiah Akinyele. Law most recently appeared as Nyssa al Ghul, the daughter of villain Ra’s al Ghul, on the CW series Arrow. She is probably best known, however, for starring as Mira on Starz’s hit series Spartacus. Law has also appeared on the series The Resistance, Legend of the Seeker, Chuck and Third Watch. Outside of acting, Law got her start representing New Jersey in the Miss Teen USA pageant. She’s also the lead singer and bass player in the band Soundboard Fiction. Paradigm: Actress and singer Edda Magnason is now repped by Nick LoPiccolo, Ken Stovitz and Stephanie Ramsey. Magnason recently won the Shooting Stars Award at the Berlin Film Festival, which recognizes Europe's best young talent. Maganason just made her film debut last year, starring in Monica Z, which became one of Sweden's highest grossing films of 2013. Prior to that film, Magnason was known primarily as a singer/songwriter, releasing two albums, Edda Magnason and Goods, respectively. Magnason won Sweden's Guldbagge Award for Best Actress for her work in Monica Z. Paradigm: Young actor Joshua Erenberg is now repped by Jennifer Millar and Wendi Green. Erenberg will soon be seen as a series regular on NBC’s upcoming series Crisis, which will premiere next month. He also appeared opposite Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi in the 2013 feature The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Making his film debut at only eight years old in 2011’s The Green Hornet, Erenberg has since appeared on the television series Children’s Hospital, Franklin and Bash, Deadtime Stories and Dads. He also played the recurring character AJ on ABC’s Suburgatory. WME Entertainment: Director Luca Guadagnino is now a client. He was previously with ICM Partners. Guadagnino is currently set to direct Sony Pictures’ A Reliable Wife, which is based on the novel by Robert Goolrick. Starting out in documentaries and short films, Guadagnino first rose to prominence with 2005’s Melissa P. However, he is probably best known for 2010’s lo sono l’amore, which starred Tilda Swinton. That film premiered at the Venice film Festival and it was nominated for both a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, as well as an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. WME Entertainment: Director Jennifer Kent is now a client. Kent is the writer and director of the psychological horror film The Babadook, which was the opening movie of Sundance’s Park City at Midnight section. Originally from Australia, Kent is a longtime actress, having appeared in such feature films as The Well and Babe: Pig in the City. She was also a regular on the Aussie television series Murder Call and had a recurring role on the series All Saints. The Babadook is an adaptation of Kent’s short film “Monster.” It marks her first full-length feature film as a writer and director.
Awards Spotlight: Oscar Nom Jonah Hill Tells SSN the 2 Most Important Things He Learned from Martin ScorseseSSN got a chance to speak to Hill about his two Oscar nominations, as well as how he won the role of Donnie Azoff, and two lessons he learned from Martin Scorsese. (SSN)
Awards Spotlight Part Two: Gravity Director Alfonso Cuarón Opens Up About Robert Downey Jr.’s Difficult Screen TestCuarón has taken home the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Directors Guild awards as well as numerous regional critics honors for Gravity. In part two of our three-part conversation with the multi-hyphenate talent, we focus on the directorial challenges of his enormous undertaking. A link to Part 1 is included. (SSN) (SSN)
Awards Spotlight: The One Thing Director Martin Scorsese Desired Most of All on ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’Back in December, Martin Scorsese joined SSN after a preview screening of The Wolf of Wall Street to talk about his experience making the film, fighting for creative freedom, and convincing himself he could still take on a film that required so much mental and physical energy to pull off. (SSN) (SSN) (SSN)
StartsDesierto 02/24/2014 Logline: A group of illegal immigrants who are trying to get into the U.S. run into a racist who has taken it upon himself to patrol the border. Production Companyies: BN Films, Canana Films Director: Jonas Cuaron Executive Producers: Lucas Akoskin, Gael Garcia Bernal Producers: Alfonso Cuaron, Carlos Cuaron, Alex Garcia, Santiago Garcia Galvan Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Gael Garcia Bernal Screenwriters: Jonás Cuarón, Mateo Garcia SSN Insight: This marks Jonas Cuaron’s first feature film as a director. Rules Don’t Apply 02/21/2014 Logline: Howard Hughes has an affair with a young woman in the later years of his life. Production Company: RatPac Entertainment, New Regency, Director: Warren Beatty Executive Producers: James Packer, Warren Beatty Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Lily Collins, Warren Beatty Screenwriters: Warren Beatty SSN Insight: It took over two decades before this project went into production. As Beatty’s passion project, this is the first film he has directed since 1998. Home 02/24/2014 Logline: A man, fresh out of prison and under provisional house arrest at his recently deceased father's house, struggles with his own psychological delusions. Production Company: GK Films, Appian Way, Blumhouse Productions Director: Dennis Iliadis Producers: Steven Schneider, Graham King, Tim Headington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Micahel Hampton, Jason Blum Cast: Topher Grace, Patricia Clarkson, Genesis Rodriguez Screenwriter: Adam Alleca SSN Insight: Script was originally optioned by Wes Craven and Marianne Maddalena's Craven/Maddalena Films, using its discretionary fund. Agent 47 02/24/2014 Logline: A genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 becomes conflicted by his conscience and unfamiliar emotions. Studio: Fox International Productions Production Companies: Daybreak Productions, Giant Pictures, Prime Universe Films Director: Aleksander Bach Executive Producers: Daniel Alter, Michael Hendrickson Producers: Charles Gordon, Alex Young, Adrian Askarieh Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware Screenwriters: Skip Woods, Michael Finch Details: Based on the video game Hitman: Codename 47, released by Eidos in December 2000. SSN Insight: Rupert Friend took over the lead role which Paul Walker was previously attached to star in prior to him passing away. Suffragette 02/24/2014 Logline: The story of British women in the early 20th Century who fought for the right to vote. Production Company: Film4, Ruby Films Director: Sarah Gavron Executive Producers: Katherine Butler, Cameron McCracken Producers: Alison Owen, Faye Ward Cast: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson Screenwriters: Abi Morgan SSN Insight: Previously in development at Focus Features.
WrapsThe 33 02/20/2014 Logline: Recounting the true life story the collapse of the Chilean mine and the rescue of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for 69 days. Production Companies: Half Circle, Phoenix Pictures, Dynamo Capital Director: Patricia Riggen Executive Producers: Carlos Eugenio Lavin, Leopoldo Enriquez, Alan Zhang Producers: Mike Meadavoy, Robert Katz, Edward McGurn, Bernie Williams Cast: James Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen, Juliette Binoche Screenwriters: Craig Borten, Michael Thomas, Mikko Alanne, Jose Rivera Details: Mike Medavoy has acquired the life rights of the story of the 33 Chilean miners. SSN Insight: Jennifer Lopez was previously attached to star. Lila and Eve Logline: After their children are killed in a drive-by shooting, two grief-stricken mothers plot revenge for their deaths. Studio: A+E Networks Production Companies: Chick Flick Productions, JuVee Director: Charles Stone III Executive Producers: Julius Tennon, Viola Davis, Rob Sharenow, Tanya Lopez, Lisa Hamilton Daly, Molly Thompson, Damian Ganczewski Producers: Darrin Reed, Sara Risher Cast: Yolonda Ross, Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis Screenwriters: Patrick Gilfillan SSN Insight: This reunites Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis who previously starred in Out of Sight together.
Utopia Network: HBO Production Company: Shine America Executive Producers: David Fincher, Dennis Kelly, Josh Donen, Jane Featherstone, Carolyn Bernstein Writer: Gillian Flynn Director: David Fincher Logline: Revolves around the die-hard fans of an iconic, underground graphic novel who are suddenly launched into their own pop-culture thriller when they learn that the author has secretly written a sequel. Unfortunately, the new manuscript is much more than just a book and those on the hunt for it suddenly find themselves in a game of shifting loyalties, conspiracy and shocking twists as the true meaning of the book is slowly revealed. Details: Based on the British series, Utopia, which aired on Channel 4 in January, 2013. Project has been ordered straight to series. SSN Insight: Fincher and Flynn reunite on this project after just completing the feature Gone Girl, where Fincher directed an adaptation of the novel by Flynn. Feed Me Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Production Company: Witt/Thomas Productions Executive Producers: Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas, Sally Robinson Writer: Sally Robinson Cast: Mary-Louise Parker has been mentioned to star. Logline: Exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma's husband has an affair, they circle the wagons to fiercely protect one of their own. Details: Based on the novel, The Marriage Bed, written by Constance Beresford-Howe. Ness Network: WGN America Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Company: Davis Entertainment Executive Producers: Dennis Lehane, Michael Dinner, John Davis, John Fox Writer: Dennis Lehane Director: Michel Dinner Logline: A look at Eliot Ness, post-Untouchables, when he became the top cop in Cleveland, the most dangerous city in America during the 1930s. He spent the next decade fighting the mob, his own corrupt police department, and a serial killer on the streets -all while battling his alcoholism, serial philandering and constant need for acclaim. Details: Based on the book, Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero, written by Douglas Perry. SSN Insight: Dinner will is also directing the ABC pilot Clementine, starring David Strathairn. The War at the Shore Network: Spike Production Companies: Trigger Street Productions, Giant Pirates Entertainment Executive Producers: Dana Brunetti, Troy Searer, Ross Jacobson Logline: Centers on one of the most intense chapters in the decade-long rivalry, chronicling the five-year multi-billion-dollar, bare-knuckled battle between Donald Trump and Steve Wynn over the future of Atlantic City. Details: Project is planned as an event series. Based on the book, The War at the Shore: Donald Trump, Steve Wynn, and the Epic Battle to Save Atlantic City, written by Richard D. "Skip" Bronson. Untitled CSI Cyber Crimes Spinoff Network: CBS Studio: CBS Television Studios Production Company: Jerry Bruckheimer Television Executive Producers: Anthony Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman Producer: Mary Aiken Writers: Anthony Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue Logline: Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, VA, is tasked to solve major crimes that start in the mind, live online, and play out into the real world. Details: Project is planned as a spinoff of the CBS series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The pilot episode will air as part of the series in the Spring of 2014. Inspired by the work of Irish Cyber Psychologist Mary Aiken. The Librarians Network: TNT Production Company: Electric Entertainment Executive Producers: Noah Wyle, Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, John Rogers Writer: John Rogers Director: Dean Devlin Logline: Four people with extraordinary talents discover that they have been selected by Flynn Carsen to work for the Library, an ancient fellowship of knowledge and heroism. They travel the world investigating strange occurrences, battling ancient conspiracies and protecting the innocent from the dangerous, secret world of magic. Details: Based on the TV movie, The Librarian: Quest For the Spear (TNT, 2005) and its two subsequent sequels, all starring Noah Wyle. Network has ordered 10 episodes. SSN Insight: TNT is also developing Agent X, starring Sharon Stone, and Guilt By Association, which is set to start filming next month. Shades of Blue Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Production Companies: Nuyorican Productions, Ryan Seacrest Productions Executive Producers: Jennifer Lopez, Adi Hasak, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina Writer: Adi Hasak Logline: A single mother and detective is recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. Part of a close-knit unit known for its conviction record, she has become compromised by her colleagues — all of whom also pitch in to help her raise her daughter — and finds herself faced with the moral dilemma of working against her cop brothers in order to redeem herself. Details: Ordered straight to series for the 2015-2016 season. Network has ordered 13 episodes. SSN Insight: This is the first drama series for Ryan Seacrest Productions. Their comedy project Mixology, will air this Wednesday, February 26th.
PilotsViola Davis has landed the lead in joins ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder, centered on ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot. Charlie Webber has also joined the cast. Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett have been cast opposite Terrence Howard in Fox’s Empire, about a music superstar determined to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public -- a first in the field of urban entertainment. But when he challenges his three sons to compete for the head job at Empire, he sets in motion internecine forces that could tear his empire -- and his family -- apart. Nate Torrence and Becky Newton join Fox’s Weird Loners, about four comically clueless misfits- who've never been able to sustain emotional relationships more than a few weeks- who gather together and form a new support unit -- a sort of extended family of "weird loners" who have one another's backs, come what may. Judd Hirsch and Ion Gruffudd have been cast in ABC’s Forever, about a star medical examiner harboring the secret of his own immortality. Keir Gilchrist, Amanda Detmer, Michael Trucco and Kevin G. Schmidt have booked ABC’s Sea Of Fire, about three teenage girls in a small town who star in a porn film, which tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance and murder. Mykelti Williamson, Kathleen Munroe and Nick Gehlfuss are set for ABC’s Clementine, about a profoundly troubled 28-year-old psychic who sees her life to begin to change in unexpected ways when she decides to stop running from her past. Paget Brewster will co-star opposite Michael Imperioli in ABC’s Saint Francis, centered on a blue-collar, no-nonsense Long Island cop and family man who butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister gets pregnant out of wedlock. Tracee Ellis Ross joins ABC’s Untitled Anthony Anderson Project, about an upper-middle-class black man who struggles to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father, and his own assimilated, color-blind kids. Natasha Bassett has been cast in Fox’s Here’s Your Damn Family, about a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirty-something man living with his mom who finds his perfectly organized world upended when she gets married and her new husband- plus his three teenage children- move in. Treat Williams will play a Colonel in NBC’s Odyssey, where three families are torn apart when a stranded female soldier, a disillusioned corporate attorney and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy. Ben Feldman, Leonora Crichlow and Henry Zebrowski join NBC’s A To Z, which follows a relationship between a young couple, comprehensively, from meeting to breakup, over the course of a season. Tone Bell will play the bailiff in the courtroom on NBC’s Bad Judge, about a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the Criminal Court system. Sean Faris, Nathaniel Buzolic and Lucien Laviscount will lead Supernatural: Tribes, following various Mafia-esque monster families that, unknowingly to humans, "run" the underbelly of Chicago and are being tracked by a newly minted Hunter who’s trying to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural. Elisha Cuthbert will star opposite Nick Zano in NBC’s One Big Happy, that centers on a lesbian and her straight male best friend who get pregnant just as he meets and marries the love of his life. Amber Stevens has been cast in ABC’s Keep It Together, about the post-divorce life of a couple trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids. Kevin Hart will guest star in the pilot and recur if the series is picked up. Justin Long, Pete Davidson and Ally Maki book Fox’s Sober Companion, about an out-of-control lawyer forced to enlist a sober companion in order to get his life back on track. Barry Sloane and Milo Ventimiglia are set as the male leads in ABC’s The Visitors, about a race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us. Catalina Denis, Lily Rabe and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf have also joined the cast. Nick Thune will co-star in NBC’s Old Soul, about a young woman who is trying to find herself, but in the meantime she’s working as the aide to a group of opinionated elderly people. Tim Meadows, Sarah Wright and Tymberlee Hill join NBC’s Marry Me, that centers on a young couple who get engaged, something they quickly realize is harder than it looks. Jolene Purdy has been cast in USA’s Benched, about a lawyer who loses her boyfriend and job on the same day, and is forced to work in the Public Defender's office, where she finds things more out of whack than her personal life. Morena Baccarin and Steve Kazee will play husband and wife in ABC’s Warriors, that follows the best and brightest of active duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine on critically wounded warriors returning home from Afghanistan, on military families and veterans, as well as administering to Washington’s government elite. Greg Grunberg, Hampton Fluker and Justina Machado have also joined the cast. Krysten Ritter will star in NBC’s Mission Control, that examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. Charlie Cox has been cast in CBS’ Untitled Wall Street Project, that follows a smart and sophisticated Wall Street hedge fund trader who served his country in Iraq and has the integrity and desire to do good. Michael Stahl-David is set for NBC’s Two To Go, centering on the last two singles in a group of friends moving into marriage and parenthood, navigating life and love as they Friday- night barhop then Saturday-morning moon bounce surrounded by kids — none of whom are their own. Richard Cabral has joined ABC’s American Crime, focusing on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the victims, the accused, and their families. Geoffrey Blake will recur in TNT’s Agent X, centering on a person called upon in times of extreme crisis, when traditional law and government aren’t in a position to help. Created by the original founding fathers, but hidden from the public, the agent of unknown identity that is trained and ready to serve — and deployed only at the careful discretion of the Vice President. Molly Shannon has been tapped as the lead in ABC’s Bambi Cottages, where an overworked father dreaming of being "on vacation all year" who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to New Hampshire where they open a group of tourist cottages. And where they rarely, if ever, feel like they’re on vacation. Julianna Guill is the first cast in CBS’ The Mistake, that revolves around a couple who had just "finished" raising their kids when they discover they are pregnant again. Laz Alonso joins NBC’s The Mysteries Of Laura, that follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals — but not her evil twin children. Meta Golding, Jee Young Han and Erik Palladino have been cast in ABC’s Agatha, in which a big city criminologist who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a shocking string of disappearances. Domenick Lombardozzi and Eva Amurri Martino will play husband and wife in ABC’s The Winklers, about an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his in-laws. Matt Ryan lands the lead in NBC’s Constantine, centered on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond. Christian Borle and Lindsay Price join NBC’s Lifesaver, an odd couple comedy in which two polar opposites become inextricably linked after one saves the other’s life. Chloe Wepper has been added to ABC’s My Thoughts Exactly, a romantic comedy told from the point of view of both the male and the female. Hope Davis and Margarita Levieva will star in NBC’s Coercion, about a grown man who finds his parents are former spies, and faces a choice between family and country when their handler returns and demands his cooperation. Janet McTeer has been cast in CBS’ Battle Creek, about two detectives, with very different world views, who are teamed up. Leslie Bibb will star in NBC’s Love is Relative, about a married-with-children couple who find their life and their habits challenged when the wife’s newly single brother, comes to live with them. Tim Daly will play Tea Leoni’s husband, in CBS’ Madam Secretary, that explores the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. Geoffrey Arend has also joined the cast. Clifton Collins, Jr. has landed a role in ABC’s Secrets & Lies, about a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. Michelle Harrison will guest star and possibly recur in CW’s The Flash, about a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. Jamie Lee Curtis has booked the lead in CBS’ Only Human, AKA Untitled David Marshall Grant Project, that revolves around quadruplets – three brothers and a sister – who grew up on a reality show. Skeet Ulrich will co-star opposite Meagan Good, playing dual roles, in NBC’s Babylon Fields, about a town’s residents that come back from the dead. Sandrine Holt, Pedro Pascal and Peter De Jersey have been cast in ABC’s Exposed, about an intrepid female journalist who uncovers a vast criminal conspiracy involving both the government and the corporate world. Cedric Yarborough joins Fox’s Dead Boss, that centers on a woman trying to prove her innocence after being falsely accused and convicted of killing her boss. Callum Blue is set for TNT’s Proof, about a surgeon who investigates cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof, to try to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something … beyond? Alexia Fast has landed a role in WGN America’s Manhattan, set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Plot follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney and David Anders join CW’s iZombie, that centers on a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. Matt Lauria has been cast in DirecTV’s Navy Street, following a family set against the backdrop of a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym in Venice, California. Ashley Judd, Stark Sands, Meg Steedle, Emma Dumont and Jake Picking have joined NBC’s Salvation, about a big family saga set against the backdrop of a Texas mega church. When the leader of the Spring Hill Congregation dies, the matriarch of the Strickland family rallies to keep the family together in a show about faith and family and all the complications that come with both. Drew Tarver is set for Fox’s How I Met Your Dad, that follows a group of New York friends and chronicles a female member of the group’s quest to meet her future husband. Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, will play the parents of real-life daughter, Rashida Jones in TBS’ Tribeca, about an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime and reveal too much personal information about themselves in the process. Alfred Molina will guest star and possibly recur.
Current SeriesTim Daly to guest star on Fox’s The Mindy Project. Sherry Stringfield is set to recur on season 2 of CBS’ Under the Dome. Michael Gross (Family Ties) will guest star on ABC’s Last Man Standing. Questlove (Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show bandleader and The Roots drummer)and Katie Couric (Good Morning America)will guest star on NBC’s Law and Order: SVU. Mike Tyson will guest star as himself on TNT’s Franklin and Bash. Samuel Anderson is set to recur on BBC America’s Doctor Who. Ann-Margaret and Kip Pardue will recur on season 2 of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Bailee Madison has landed a recurring role in season 2 of ABC Family’s The Fosters. Melody Thomas Scott will guest star on CBS’ The Crazy Ones.
Limited SeriesKeegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will recur in FX’s Fargo, as FBI partners.
NEW ATTACHMENTSSection 6 Logline: An exploration of the formation of Great Britain's secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, known more commonly as MI6. Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Companies: Grey Matter Productions, Marc Platt Productions, Caliber Media Producers: Lawrence Grey, Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Adam Simpson-Marshall Cast: Jack O’Connell Writer: Aaron Berg Details: Screenplay was included in the 2013 Black List. SSN Insight: This spec was bought in October when Universal beat Sony for the project because the studio included progress-to-production language in its offer to separate itself from the rest of the herd. East of Eden (Remake) Logline: Set in Steinbeck's birthplace of Salinas, two brother in a California farm family struggle to maintain their strict, Bible-toting father's favor. Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Companies: Grand Illusions, Imagine Entertainment Producers: Brian Grazer, Anna Culp Cast: Jennifer Lawrence Writer: Gary Ross (current draft), Paul Attanasio (previous draft), Christopher Hampton (previous draft) Director: Gary Ross Details: Based on the novel East of Eden, written by John Steinbeck, published by Viking Press 1952. SSN Insight: The last three films Gary Ross directed, he also wrote (Hunger Games, Seabiscuit & Pleasantville). This project also reunites him with Jennifer Lawrence since Hunger Games. The Stand Logline: After a super virus wipes out most of the world's population, a group of survivors, led by Mother Abagail, face off against another group, led by the tyrannical Randall Flagg. Studios/Distributors: CBS Films, Warner Bros. Production Companies: Mosaic, Vertigo Entertainment Producers: Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, Lawrence Inglee Writer: Scott Cooper (current draft), Dave Kajganich (previous draft), Steve Kloves (previous draft) Director: Josh Boone (in discussions) Details: Based on the novel The Stand, written by Stephen King and published by Doubleday in November 1978. SSN Insight: Josh Boone loved Stephen King books growing up, but his Christian parents banned them in their home. He would secretly read them regardless, wrapping them in Christian-approved book jackets. After his mom found a hidden copy of The Stand and burned it, a 12-year-old Josh wrote a letter to Stephen King, who then mailed him a box of books. Josh’s parents then lifted the ban and he remained friends with King over the years. King appeared in Boone’s debut feature Stuck in Love and gave Boone permission to adapt his novel “Lisey’s Story” into a screenplay.
NEW PROJECTSRepent Harlequin Logline: Everett C. Marm goes up against a repressive government and puts himself in danger when he disguises himself as the anarchical Harlequin and rebels against the Ticktock Man. Production Company: Studio JMS Producers: J. Michael Straczynski, Patricia Tallman Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Director: Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro are being considered to direct. Details: Based on the story Repent, Harlequin! Said The Ticktock Man, written by Harlan Ellison and published in Galaxy Magazine in December 1965. SSN Insight: This marks the first time since this story was published in 1965 that Harlan Ellison has allowed someone the rights probably because he had a tough time in Hollywood over the years. He was fired on his first day as a writer at Disney after Roy O. Disney overheard him musing about his desire to write a porno film featuring Disney characters. He has famously butted heads with Gene Roddenberry and Robert Shapiro. He also once sued Orion and Hemdale alleging that The Terminator took liberties with his Soldier and Demon With A Glass Hand episodes of The Outer Limits. They settled out of court, and Ellison got acknowledgment on The Terminator, despite James Cameron’s objections. Motherless Brooklyn Logline: A lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s syndrome tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. Financier: RatPac Entertainment Production Company: Class 5 Films Producers: Edward Norton, Bill Migliore, Brett Ratner, Stuart Blumberg (Executive Producer), James Packer (Executive Producer) Cast: Edward Norton Writer: Edward Norton Director: Edward Norton Details: Based on the novel "Motherless Brooklyn" written by Jonathan Lethem and published by Doubleday in 1999. SSN Insight: Edward Norton has tried for 15 years to get this project made and after he adapted the novel, he is now attached to direct & star. This project marks the first time he will be directing since his debut on Keeping the Faith in 1999. The Taliban Shuffle Logline: A humorous look at a reporter's struggles while in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Studio/Distributor: Paramount Pictures Production Companies: Little Stranger, Broadway Video Producers: Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels Cast: Tina Fey Writer: Robert Carlock Details: Based on the memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Kim Barker; published by Doubleday in 2011. SSN Insight: Though they have all collaborated on TV projects together, this is the first feature film that Tina Fey will collaborate with both Lorne Michaels and Robert Carlock on.
AgenciesAPA: English actor Finn Jones is now repped by Shelsea Jacobs and Jim Osborne. Jones currently starsas Ser Loras Tyrell on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. Prior to his breakout role, Jones was a series regular on the British soaps Hollyoaks Later and Hollyoaks. He also appeared in the U.K. series The Bill, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctors and he had a role in the 2005 feature Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines. Next up,Jones will appear in the indie thriller The Last Showing opposite Robert Englund. APA: Screenwriter Gina Wendkos is now repped by David E. Saunders. Wendkos is currently writing the feature Carnival for CBS Films. Starting her career in the eighties, her early credits included Wiseguy, Hooperman, My Two Dads and Can’t Hurry Love. Wendkos has since gone on to write the screenplays for Coyote Ugly, The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and The Perfect Man. She also wrote the 2012 television movie Do No Harm. Wendkos’ script Kabul Beauty School is in development at Columbia. ICM Partners: Writer and actor Nick Damici is now repped by Bryan Diperstein and Erik Horine forfilm and TV lit. Damici most recently wrote and appeared in the Sundance drama Cold in July, opposite Michael C. Hall. He also will appear in Dark Was the Night, currently in post. Damici's other writing credits have included Fast Horses, Mulberry Street, Stake Land and We Are What We Are. As an actor, Damici's credits include the features Premium Rush, Stake Land and World Trade Center. He's also appeared in the television series CSI: New York, Law & Order and Life on Mars. Damici recurred as the character Ray on the NBC series The Black Donnellys. ICM Partners: Actor Johnny Simmons is now repped by Chuck James, J.R. Ringer, Andrew Rogers and Joanne Wiles. Simmons most recently starred asJack London in the Discovery miniseries Klondike. He also appeared in the 2013 feature The To Do List. Simmons’ feature credits have included Evan Almighty, Boogeyman 2, Hotel for Dogs, The Greatest, Jennifer’s Body, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Television credits include Numb3rs and Elementary. Next up, Simmons will star in the indie Frank & Cindy opposite Oliver Platt and Rene Russo. ICM Partners: Australian actor Rhys Wakefield is now repped by Steven Brown, Carter Cohn and Nigel Meiojas. Wakefield is currently appearing in the feature Endless Love, which was released on Valentine’s Day. He’s probably best known, however, for playing Lucas Holden on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Wakefield’s other credits include the features The Black Balloon, Broken Hill, Sanctum and The Purge. He earned Best Actor nominations from both the Australian Film Institute and the Film Critics Circle of Australia for his performance in The Black Balloon. Next up, Wakefield will appear in the features A Relative Stranger and Cardboard Boxer. Innovative Artists: Actress Yvette Nicole Brown is now repped by Steven Muller, Ian Arougheti, Nevin Dolcefino, David Lederman and Marcia Hurwitz. Brown currently stars as Shirley on the NBC series Community. She also has played recurring characters on Drake and Josh, Boston Legal, Family Guy, Sleeper Cell and Girlfriends. Starting out as a singer, Brown appeared in commercials during the early part of her career before landing guest spots on series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Two and a Half Men, House, Entourage, The Office, Chuck and Once Upon a Time. Her feature credits have included Repo Men, (500) Days of Summer, Tropic Thunder, Dreamgirls and Percy Jackson & The Olympians: Sea of Monsters. Brown is also popular on the talk show circuit and co-hosted The Jeff Probst Show. UTA: Actor Spencer Boldman is now repped by Kevin Volchok. Boldman currently stars in the Disney XD series Lab Rats. He also recently appeared on the Disney sitcom Jessie. Boldman’s previous television credits include iCarly, I’m in the Band, Jack and Janet Save the Planet and Billion Dollar Freshman. He also recently made his feature debut in 2012’s 21 Jump Street. Next up, Boldman will appear in the DTV feature Dakota’s Summer. UTA: Actress Willa Holland is now repped by Darren Boghosian, Josh Katz, Michael Jelline, and Brittany Balbo. Holland currently stars as Thea Queen on the CW series Arrow. However, she’s probably best known for playing Kaitlin Cooper on The O.C. Starting off as a model and appearing in commercials, Holland’s feature credits include Garden Party, Middle of Nowhere, A Summer in Genoa, Legion and Straw Dogs. She also played Agnes Andrews on Gossip Girl. Holland voices the character Aqua in Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts series for PlayStation Portable.
Management CompaniesAnonymous Content: Screenwriter and director Melisa Wallack is now repped by Michael Sugar and Alex Goldstone. Wallack co-wrote Dallas Buyer’s Club and she is currently up for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. She wrote Dallas Buyer’s Club a decade ago and it was her first script. Since that point, Wallack was named one of Variety’s “10 Screenwriters to Watch” in 2005 and she also wrote and co-directed the 2007 feature Meet Bill, starring Aaron Eckhart. Additionally, Wallack conceived the story for the feature Mirror Mirror and wrote a draft of Emily the Strange, which is now in active development.
Studios, Networks, and Media ConglomeratesCBS: Bart Scott has been promoted to Studio Analyst for NFL Today. Clear Channel: Clay Hunnicutt has been promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager of National Programming Platforms. Clear Channel: Andrew Jeffries has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Programming for Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego markets. Lionsgate: Erik Feig has been promoted to Co-President, Motion Picture Group. Nielsen: Brian West has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Telemundo Media: Michael Guariglia has joined as Vice President, Network Sales, in New York. Turner Broadcasting System EMEA: Jaime Ondarza has been promoted to Senior Vice President, South Europe & Africa. Turner Broadcasting System EMEA: Pierre Branco has been promoted to Vice President, South Africa & Europe and General Manager, France & Portugal. Universal Pictures Worldwide Home Entertainment: Eddie Cunningham has been named President.
FilmLandscape Entertainment: Tyler Mitchell has been named Partner. OddLot Entertainment: Natalya Petrosova has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Finance. Revelations Entertainment: Marcus Mucha has been promoted to Vice President, Business Development. The Weinstein Company: Katelyn Bogacki has been promoted to Manager, Corporate Communications, in New York.
TelevisionEndemol North America: Ben Samek has joined as Chief Operating Officer. Endemol North America: Rob Smith has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs. Hearst Television: Eric Meyrowitz has joined as Vice President, Sales, in New York. Ryan Seacrest Productions: Eugene Young has joined as President. Spun Gold TV: Daniela Neumann has joined as Creative Director, Spun Gold TV, in London. Zig Zag Productions: Angela Norris has joined as Executive Producer, in London.
Agencies, Management Companies, Public Relations, and Law FirmsDel, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano: Ethan Cohan has joined as Associate. Full Picture: Jesse Stowell has been promoted to Vice President.
CableAdult Swim: Jim Babcock has been promoted to Vice President, Consumer Marketing, in Georgia. Bravo and Oxygen Media: Leslie Greene has been promoted to Vice President, Primary Research, in New York. Bravo and Oxygen Media: David Kaplan has been promoted to Vice President, Ad Sales Research, in New York. Bravo and Oxygen Media: Dara Levine has been promoted to Vice President, Programming Digital Research, in New York. Comedy Central: Brooke Posch has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, East Coast. HGTV: Adam Fleischhacker has joined as Director, Original Programming, in New York. HGTV: Lindsey Weidhorn has been named Director, Original Programming, in New York. Scripps Networks International: Gareth Williams has joined as Vice President, Commissioning, UK and EMEA, beginning in April 2014. Starz: Amy Bell has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Brand Strategy and Marketing Communications, in Colorado. Travel Channel: Ross Babbit has taken on an expanded role as Senior Vice President, Programming & Development, in Maryland. truTV: Virginia Lazalde-McPherson has joined as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, in New York.
DigitalFacebook: Sibyl Goldman has joined as Head, Entertainment Partnerships. Legendary Digital: Cory Lanier has joined as Coordinator. Netflix: Tara Duncan has joined as Manager, Original Series.
PublishingThe Hollywood Reporter: Jim Thompson has joined as Vice President, Analytics & Audience Development.
MusicAtlantic Records: Sam Riback has been promoted to Senior Vice President & Head of West Coast A&R. Entercom Communications Corp.: Pat Paxton has been promoted to President of Programming. Universal Music Group: Saheli Datta has been promoted to Head of Global Compliance. She remains Senior Vice President & North America Employment Counsel.
AdvertisingClear Channel Outdoor: Harry Coghlan has been promoted to Market President.
At long last the Oscars are upon us. In a few days time we’ll know who wore what, who thanked who, and – most importantly – who took home the gold statuettes at the 86th Oscars. We’ve been bringing you our Oscar coverage and picks for the past four months, and part of that coverage has been using our SSN Forecast Formula to predict both nominees and, now, winners. This math-based formula focuses on eight major categories: Best Picture, Best Director, all four acting categories, and both Adapted and Original Screenplay.
For the Forecast Formula, calculated by SSN’s Awards Researcher Ethan Markowitz, we delved into our StudioSystem database of historical awards over the last 30 years and, utilizing a logistic regression, developed mathematical models to help determine the potential winners. Awards like the Golden Globes, Directors Guild Awards, Critics Choice, BAFTA, SAG Awards and a few others are highly predictive of the nominees for Best Picture, as well as all four acting categories and both writing categories. When it came to predicting the nominees, the Forecast Formula’s success rate was 80 percent, so these were definitely not knee-jerk predictions.
Heading into Oscar weekend we’re bringing you SSN’s predictions for the winners in the eight categories analyzed by Markowitz, and in all the remaining categories as well, based on our own, non-mathematical but still insightful, predictions. We’ve also included a printable ballot, so you can compare and contrast while you’re sipping your champagne and getting ready for host Ellen DeGeneres to take the stage and kick things off.
Here’s to a great Oscar (and Spirit Awards) weekend.
SSN Forecast Formula Picks
Forecast Formula: In a year of fantastic films and tough competition, many see a tight race between Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave in the category of Best Picture. But the Forecast Formula marks Gravity as the clear frontrunner and for good reason. The winner of the DGA Award is historically the best predictor of the Oscars and Gravity came out ahead there, as well as having 20 overall Oscar nominations compared to 12 Years 14 nominations. Many cite the BAFTA award as a heavy predictor thus upping the chances of its winner this year, 12 Years, but the historic data shows a different statistic. In fact, with a 40 percent accuracy rating over the last 30 years, the BAFTA's Best Picture winner predicts who will lose the Oscar more than it predicts the winner.
In light of the PGA Awards crowning both films the winners of the Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures award this year, the first PGA tie in history, the math behind the Formula changes. Since a PGA win for one film would give that film the upper hand, a tie negates that. Therefore, the Formula placed more emphasis on the DGA wins and Academy Award nominations for each picture, rather than the PGA win.
David O. Russell’s American Hustle nabbed the Best Ensemble award at the SAG Awards, but that doesn’t push the film past its 1.5% chance of a win, according to our numbers. Dallas Buyers Club has a strong chance of triumphing in both male acting categories, but a .1% chance of becoming a dark horse winner when it comes to Best Picture. The Weinstein Company has been campaigning hard for Philomena, but looks like all eyes will be on Gravity come Sunday night.
Forecast Formula: They can’t all win on Oscar night, and Cuarón is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest. He took home many director awards this season including the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto Film Critics Awards along with the DGA Award for Best Director from his peers. That, plus his multiple other wins this awards season at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs, put him in the lead to win the Academy Award. Other factors came into play as well – overall noms for Gravity being one – and SSN predicts that he’ll win, with a 99.1% probability.
Forecast Formula: In the Best Actor race, Matthew McConaughey winning the SAG Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama gave him an insurmountable lead- he has a whopping 97.01% chance of winning on March 2. Leonardo DiCaprio is his toughest competition. Paramount's awards campaign, that has strongly promoted him throughout the entire season, definitely helped DiCaprio land that surprise Academy Award nomination. Paramount's unorthodox strategy of submitting his performance for best Golden Globe in a Musical or Comedy and the Critics Choice Comedy Award paid off with wins, but the effect is hard to calculate as comedic performances seldom win this Oscar.
Forecast Formula: No one can touch Cate Blanchett this year – she’s been awarded the Best Actress trophy at every turn. Her previous wins, and the unbelievable skill she brought to Blue Jasmine, make her one of this year’s Oscar sure things with a 96.44% chance of a win. Dench has been nominated several times without a win, but that’s unlikely to have swayed voters this time.
Forecast Formula: Newcomer Abdi surprised some when he won the BAFTA, but Leto is SSN's frontrunner for his work in Dallas Buyers Club due to his Golden Globe and SAG wins. Back in the fall, Fassbender seemed like he had it in the bag, but he decided not to campaign, which may have hurt his chances. Leto has been on fire this awards season, so we’re betting that continues on Sunday.
Forecast Formula: Historically speaking the Supporting Actress category is more of a popularity contest and in that light, media darling Jennifer Lawrence has surged ahead of newcomer Lupita Nyong’o. Even though Nyong'o took home the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress, that award didn't prove a high factor in determining this winner. Rather the populist awards like the Golden Globes and the Critics Awards in New York, Toronto and San Francisco, all of which Jennifer Lawrence won, are better determiners for this category. Lawrence has a 98.9 percent chance of winning the Oscar, leaving Nyong’o with only 0.8 percent. It looks like Lawrence will be giving another speech.
Forecast Formula: According to the Formula, the screenplay categories are the most competitive. Of Her’s five Oscar nominations, it seems most likely that it will take home the Best Original Screenplay Award for writer Spike Jonze. It won the Golden Globe, the WGA Award, and a slew of critic association awards. David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer’s American Hustle definitely picked up some momentum when it nabbed the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay recently, but Her still has a 63.6% probability of winning this weekend, over American Hustle, Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club, and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
Forecast Formula: Again, this category is highly competitive, but for Adapted Screenplay, the Golden Globes and the WGA Awards have a big impact. We also considered the other Academy Awards the movies were nominated for, such as Best Picture and Best Editing, which show a respect for the script. Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope’s Philomena recently took home the BAFTA, but Billy Ray is the definite frontrunner for Captain Phillips with an 84.2% chance of a win since it took home the WGA prize.
On the next page you’ll find our SSN Insight picks for Oscar nods that are not based on the Forecast Formula.
Awards Spotlight: David O. Russell & Eric Singer on Writing American Hustle “I See the Women as a Nuclear Resource”David O. Russell earned his first Best Original Screenplay nomination, along with Eric Singer, for writing American Hustle. Ben Affleck was first attached to direct after Singer’s 2010 draft landed on that year’s Black List. That arrangement never came to fruition, and once Russell came aboard, “it all came together very quickly,” says Singer, who along with Russell, spoke to SSN about writing American Hustle. (SSN) (SSN)
Awards Spotlight: The Real Philomena Lee Talks About Meeting the Pope, the Oscars & The Philomena ProjectNo story has captured more hearts this awards season than that of Philomena Lee, the Irish woman on a search for the son she gave up for adoption as a pregnant teen. On the eve of the Oscars, Lee and her daughter Jane Libberton spoke to SSN about the phenomenon that is Philomena. (SSN) (SSN)
Awards Spotlight: Nebraska’s Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa Share their Most Important Lesson on ProducingThe producing pair’s two dozen credits, which includes some of the best independent fare of the last two decades, have been nominated for over 20 Oscars, but now, finally, thanks to their work on Nebraska, their own names will be mentioned at the Dolby Theater. (SSN) (SSN)
PilotsVirginia Madsen, Ritchie Coster, Yul Vazquez and Kyle Schmid round out the cast of NBC’s Babylon Fields, about a town’s residents that come back from the dead. Kenneth Choi and Alexandra Peters board NBC’s Coercion, about a grown man who finds his parents are former spies, then faces a choice between family and country when their handler returns and demands his cooperation. Fred Willard and Ellen Burstyn have been cast in NBC’s Old Soul, about a young woman who is trying to find herself, but in the meantime she’s working as the aide to a group of opinionated elderly people. Jon Fletcher, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Joel Courtney are the first cast in CW’s The Messengers, that follows a group of seemingly unconnected strangers who died from the energy pulse, but then awoke to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse. Justin Hartley and Ben Lawson have joined ABC’s Damaged Goods, about the sexual politics that have changed between men and women in this post-feminist era. Christian Keyes has been cast in ABC’s Agatha, in which a big city criminologist who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a shocking string of disappearances. John Rhys-Davies and Max Brown are set for Fox’s Hieroglyph, that centers on a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Allyn Rachel has booked ABC’s Selfie, that tells the story of a self-obsessed twenty-something woman who is more concerned with "likes" than being liked. Michelle Trachtenberg, Tom Bennett, Brian Howe and Julie White have joined CBS’ Save The Date, that centers on a newly single woman, who drunkenly books a wedding venue and is now faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. Gina Rodriguez has landed the lead role in CW’s Jane The Virgin, that centers on a hard-working, religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated. Indiana Evans rounds out the series regular cast for ABC’s Secrets & Lies, about a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. Charles Dutton, Steven Brand and Kate Ashfield will guest star in the pilot and recur if ordered to series. Carter MacIntyre joins USA’s Benched, about a lawyer who loses her boyfriend and job on the same day, and is forced to work in the Public Defender's office, where she finds things more out of whack than her personal life. Liza Weil, Katie Findlay and Billy Brown have been cast in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder, that centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot. Stephen Hagan is set for CW’s Identity, about a young Brooklynite recruited by the CIA to infiltrate her recently discovered biological family, a wealthy and powerful dynasty in Texas suspected of having criminal alliances across the globe. Dean Winters, Aubrey Dollar, Edward Fordham Jr. and Damon Herriman joins CBS’ Battle Creek, about two detectives, with very different world views, who are teamed up. Aimee Garcia and Shanley Caswell have been set for CBS’ Red Zone, focused on a retired CIA operative who, when a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., is pulled back into action, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists are being bred. Rich Sommer has booked CBS’ Good Session, explores (via couples counseling sessions) the relationship of a thirty-something couple from their first meeting (in flashback) through present day, as they decide whether it’s time to have a child. Tituss Burgess joins NBC’s Tooken, about a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. Utkarsh Ambudkar has been cast in NBC’s Love Is Relative, about a married-with-children couple who find their life and their habits challenged when the wife’s newly single brother, comes to live with them. Mason Cook has signed on for TNT’s Legends, that centers around a CIA operative who is extremely talented with taking on false identities or "legends." He must complete his missions while dealing with the fact that his identity may not be real either. Sarah Baker will co-star opposite Matthew Perry in CBS’ The Odd Couple, a new take on two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison and the neat freak Felix Ungar. Dylan McDermott is set as the lead in CBS’ Untitled Kevin Williamson Project, about a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD. Julie Meyer, Tommy Dewey and Michael Rosenbaum have been cast in NBC’s Mission Control, that examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. Danielle Savre and Stephen Martines join CW’s Supernatural: Tribes, following various Mafia-esque monster families that, unknowingly to humans, "run" the underbelly of Chicago and are being tracked by a newly minted Hunter who’s trying to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural. Joe Pantoliano has joined CBS’ More Time With Family, centered on a guy who changes his career and gives up a life on the road to spend more time at home with his family — but when he gets there, he realizes no one asked him to do that. Brian F. O’Byrne is set for ABC’s Exposed, about an intrepid female journalist who uncovers a vast criminal conspiracy involving both the government and the corporate world. Jessica Knappett and Iris Bahr will co-star opposite David Schwimmer in ABC’s Irreversible, about a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves. Henry Simmons joins ABC’s Saint Francis, centered on a blue-collar, no-nonsense Long Island cop and family man who butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister gets pregnant out of wedlock. Teyonah Parris has been set for Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse, set in the world of professional basketball and explores the comedy and drama of an experience that everyone reads about, but few understand -- what truly happens when you make it out. Abbie Cobb has landed a role in ABC’s Warriors, that follows the best and brightest of active duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine on critically wounded warriors returning home from Afghanistan, on military families and veterans, as well as administering to Washington’s government elite. Benito Martinez and W. Earl Brown have been cast in ABC’s American Crime, that focuses on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the victims, the accused, and their families. Justine Lupe and Ravi Patel join Fox’s Dead Boss, about a woman trying to prove her innocence after being falsely accused and convicted of killing her boss. Gabriel Luna scores the lead in El Rey’s Matador, about a soccer star whose sports career is a cover for his real job as a skilled covert operative for a little known branch of the CIA. Rob Brown has been cast in NBC’s Salvation, about a big family saga set against the backdrop of a Texas mega church. David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova round out the cast ofin Fox’s Gotham, that explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. Drew Powell will guest star and possibly recur. Newcomer Stacey McGunnigle has been cast as the lead in NBC’s Ellen More Or Less, that follows a formerly obese thirty-something woman who has just recently shed the weight and is now experiencing life and relationships from her very unique perspective. Christina Kirk is set for NBC’s A To Z, that follows a relationship between a young couple, comprehensively, from meeting to breakup, over the course of a season. Yara Shahidi joins ABC’s Untitled Anthony Anderson Project, about an upper-middle-class black man who struggles to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father, and his own assimilated, color-blind kids. Julia Stiles lands the lead in TNT’s Guilt By Association, about a Deputy District Attorney working for the Special Trials unit of L.A. County's D.A.'s office. Norbert Leo Butz has been cast as the youngest brother in Netflix’s Untitled Kessler/Zelman Project, focusing on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home. Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford join NBC’s Constantine, about an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond. Patricia Arquette will star in CBS’ Untitled CSI Cyber Crimes Spinoff, that follows a Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, VA, who is tasked to solve major crimes that start in the mind, live online, and play out into the real world.
Current SeriesTara Holt will recur on Showtime’s Californication. Riley Smith has joined HBO’s seventh season of True Blood. Keith Powell will recur on NBC’s About A Boy. Mila Kunis is set to guest star on CBS’ Two and a Half Men. Jamie Gray Hyder will recur on HBO’s True Blood. Leven Rambin has booked a recurring role on CW’s The Tomorrow People. Michelle Obama is scheduled to guest star on the finale of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Jill Hennessy (Law & Order) and Bill de Blasio (New York City mayor) will make a guest star appearance on CBS’ The Good Wife. Soleil Moon Frye will play a version of herself on ABC’s Mistresses. Shohreh Aghdashloo will guest star on Fox’s Bones. Brooke Burke-Charvet lands a recurring role on ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey. Meanwhile, Tim Conway (Carol Burnett Show) will guest star. Kathy Bates is set to guest star on CBS’ Mike & Molly. Mallika Sherawat will guest star on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0.
New SeriesLarry Wilmore will guest star on USA’s Playing House, as an OB/GYN. Ethan Suplee joins TV Land’s Jennifer Falls.
NEW ATTACHMENTSProsthesis Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Companies: Gotham/Principal, 1st Avenue Machine Producers: Serge Patzak, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Eric Robinson, Peter McHugh (Executive Producer), Sam Penfield (Executive Producer) Writer: Max Botkin (current draft), Scott Gimple (previous draft), Arvin Palep (story by) Director: Arvin Palep SSN Insight: Universal acquired the project off Arvind Palep's 10-minute presentation, which combined VFX with storyboards and live-action footage. The Birds (Remake) Logline: When all of England's birds begin to mysteriously attack people without reason, a small town farmer and his wife struggle to protect their family. Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Companies: Mandalay Pictures, Platinum Dunes Producers: Michael Bay, Peter Guber, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Cathy Schulman Writer: Jonathan Herman (current draft), Juliet Snowden (previous draft), Stiles White (previous draft), Scott Derrickson (previous draft), Paul Harris Boardman (previous draft), Peter Craig (previous draft), Leslie Dixon (previous draft) Director: Diederik van Rooijen Details: Based on the short story The Birds, from the novel The Birds and other Stories, written by Daphne du Maurier published by Penguin Books 1963. Is also the remake of The Birds (USA/1963) directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Tippi Hedren and Rodney Taylor. SSN Insight: Project marks director Diederik van Rooijen’s studio feature debut. The Deep Blue Goodbye Logline: Travis McGee, a free-living bachelor living on a house boat, attempts to track down a hidden treasure. Studio/Distributor: 20th Century Fox Production Companies: Appian Way, Chernin Entertainment Producers: Amy Robinson, Peter Chernin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Joseph Ruben Writer: Dennis Lehane (current draft), Kario Salem (previous draft), Dane Stevens (previous draft), Andy Tennant (previous draft) Director: James Mangold Details: Based on the novel The Deep Blue Good-by,written by John MacDonald and published by Fawcett on June 12, 1978. SSN Insight: Project is based on the first novel in a 21-book series, so has the potential for a franchise.
NEW PROJECTSWinter’s Knight Logline: The film takes a new look at the origins of Christmas and Saint Nicholas, with some Viking mythology in the mix. Studio/Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Companies: Grey Matter Productions, Marc Platt Productions Producers: Lawrence Grey, Marc Platt Writers: Jake Thornton, Ben Lustig Directors: Espen Sandberg, Joachim Rønning Details: Based on the children's book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum; published by Bowen Merrill April 12, 1902. SSN Insight: This spec created a bidding battle between studios for the project due both to the concept and the fact that Rønning and Sandberg are attached to direct. Sony ultimately won the bidding war with a reported $1 Million, which marks the highest spec sale of the year so far. The Reformatory Logline: The story of a boys' reformatory school in Florida where children were routinely abused and killed by the staff is dramatized, focusing on three boys who lived there in the 1950s. Production Company: Bee Holder Prodcutions Producer: Steven L. Jones Writer: Keir Pearson Details: Based on a collection of true stories from survivors of the abuse. SSN Insight: This is based on a true story, but sounds more like the premise for a horror film. Writer Keir Pearson has previously written scripts for Hotel Rwanda and the upcoming Chavez. Hauptmann Logline: The film tells the true story of German private Willi Herold, who stole the uniform of a dead Luftwaffe captain and used his new authority to try to survive in the last days of WWII. Production Companies: FilmGalerie 451, Opus Film, Alfama Films Producers: Frieder Schlaich, Ewa Puszczynska, Paulo Branco Writer: Robert Schwentke Director: Robert Schwentke Details: Based on the true story of Willi Herold. SSN Insight: This is the first German language film for Insurgent director Robert Schwentke since 2003’s The Family Jewels.
AgenciesCAA: Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari is now repped by Jason Heyman, Jay Baker, Martin Lesak, Michael Cooper and Micah Green. Ansari currently stars on NBC’s hit series Parks and Recreation. His third hour-long stand-up special Buried Alive also recently made its debut on Netflix. Starting his stand-up career in 2000, Ansari created and starred in the MTV sketch comedy show Human Giant before going on to appear in such features as Funny People, I Love You, Man, Observe and Report and 30 Minutes or Less. Next up, Ansari will resume his “Modern Romance” tour across multiple cities in the U.S. He also signed a deal with Penguin Press last year and will write a book about technology and dating, which will be published in 2015. CAA: Australian actress Adelaide Kane is now repped by Bryan O’Guin, Sean Grumman, Alex Mebed and Elan Ruspoli. Kane currently stars on the CW series Reign, playing Mary Queen of Scots. She’s probably best known, however, for her role as Cora Hale on MTV series Teen Wolf. Kane started acting at age six and her previous credits have included the Australian soap Neighbours, Power Rangers RPM and a lead role in the feature film The Purge, opposite Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. Kane will next appear in the feature film Where the Devil Hides, out later this year. CESD: Actor George Hamilton is now a client. Hamilton will soon be seen in the feature films Catatonk Blues, opposite Treat Williams, as well as Silver Skies with Howard Hesseman and Mariette Hartley. He also recently appeared on the TV Land series Hot in Cleveland. Starting his career in 1952, Hamilton has led an extensive career in film and television, appearing in such films as Where the Boys Are, The Victors, A Time for Killing, Love at First Bite, Zorro, the Gay Blade and The Godfather, Part III to name a few. Television-wise, a few of Hamilton’s more notable credits include the sixth season of Dynasty, as well as the second season of Dancing with the Stars. Hamilton has been nominated for two Golden Globes over his career, for Zorro, the Gay Blade and Love at First Bite respectively. Gersh: Actor Jack Donnelly is now repped by Alex Yarosh. Donnelly currently stars as Jason of the Argonauts on the BBC America series Atlantis. Prior to Atlantis, Donnelly was probably best known for playing Jason Winkler on the popular Nickelodeon series House of Anubis. His other credits have included appearances on the U.K. series Doctors, Threesome, Misfits and Dancing on the Edge. Donnelly is also a founding member of the comedy improvisational group “Chuck Dustler,” which performs in East London. Gersh: British writer Chris Hill is now repped by David Rubin, Greg Pedicin, Brandy Rivers and Sean Barclay. Hill recently co-wrote the horror feature The Rules of the Game with Sam Michell. That film is being directed by Edward McGown and is now in post-production. Previously, Hill was a writer on the fourth series of Skins and served as a script consultant on 2009’s The Last Station. He has also written the feature Carrying David, which is currently in development at Lex Filmed Entertainment. The Rules of the Game marks Hill’s first feature. Gersh: Actress Sharon Stone is now repped by Bob Gersh, Daisy Wu and Max Nagler. Stone will soon star in TNT’s action adventure drama Agent X. She’s also set to appear in John Turturro’s upcoming comedy Fading Gigolo, opposite Woody Allen and Sofia Vergara. Stone’s career began in the eighties, with feature credits including Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Sliver, The Quick and the Dead, Casino, The Muse and The Mighty. She’s also had recurring roles on such series as The Practice, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Huff and Bay City Blues. Stone has received four Golden Globes nominations over her career, as well as one Academy Award nomination for her performance in Casino. She also won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress for a three-episode arc on The Practice. ICM Partners: Irish actor Colm Meaney is now repped by Andy Coleman, Andrew Kurland, Justin Deanda and John Burnham. Meaney currently appears as the series regular Thomas “Doc” Durant on AMC’s Hell on Wheels. However, he is probably best known for playing Miles O’Brien on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Over his career, Meaney has built up a lengthy film and television resume with credits including the three films in The Barrytown Trilogy, The Damned United, Get Him to the Greek and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Meaney will next appear in the features Where the Devil Hides and Pelé. Paradigm: Actress Melanie Griffith is now repped by Manny Nunez, Debbee Klein, Iris Grossman, Nate Bryson and Andrew Ruf. Griffith will soon appear in the feature film Ithaca, which Meg Ryan will direct. She also has a role in Autómata opposite her husband Antonio Banderas and Dylan McDermott. The daughter of Tippi Hedren, Griffith began her career at only 9 months old and has gone on to appear in such films as Body Double, Working Girl, Pacific Heights, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Born Yesterday and the television movie RKO 28 to name a few. Griffith made her Broadway debut playing Roxy Hart in Chicagoand she both received an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe for her performance in Working Girl. Paradigm: Swedish actor Gustaf Skarsgård is now repped by Nick LoPiccolo, Jim Dempsey and Ken Stovitz. Skarsgård currently stars as Floki on the History series Vikings. He also appeared in the 2012 feature Kon-Tiki, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards, as well as the features Autumn Blood and The Way Back. Acting since the mid-nineties, Skarsgård has appeared in a number of Swedish films and television series, including The Color of Milk, Kidz in da Hood, Sanpphanar, Patrik, Age 1.5 and Trust Me. He also recently appeared in the Swedish miniseries Ettor och Nollor, which premiered in February.
Company Launches7Wonder: Australia’s Seven Network and British production company Maverick Television have partnered to form this production company to create content for the United Kingdom television market. Alexandra Fraser was named Chief Creative Officer, Liza Abbott was named Chief Executive Officer, and Simon Ellse was named Chief Financial Officer. ESA Speakers: Paul Alan Smith and Equitable Stewardship for Artists have launched this new division, which will be headed by Amber Bobin. They have also launched the website esaSpeakers.com. The new division will act as a full-service boutique lecture agency, focusing on securing speaking engagements for artists, authors, educators, and other visionaries. Relevant: Nicole Caruso, Evelyn Karamanos, and Jessica Kolstad have formed this bi-coastal Public Relations firm. Caruso will head the New York office and Karamanos and Kolstad will run the Los Angeles headquarters.
Studios, Networks, and Media ConglomeratesABC Family: Jennifer Gerstenblatt has been promoted to Executive Director, Programming. ABC Studios: Stan Pham has been promoted to Coordinator, Current Programming. Disney Channel: Corey Marsh has been promoted to Executive Director, Original Series Development. NBCUniversal: Yakub Hazzard has joined as Vice President, Legal. Warner Bros. Pictures: Jon Berg has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Development and Production. Warner Bros. Pictures: Courtenay Valenti has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Development and Production
FilmAltitude: Bradley Quirk will join as Head, Development, effective April, 2014, in London. Edko Films: Esther Yeung has been promoted to General Manager, Sales and Acquisitions. Media Asia: Gordon Chan has joined as Head of Film. Skydance Productions: Don Granger has joined as Executive Vice President, Feature Productions. Whalerock Industries: BermanBraun has been renamed and reorganized. Andrew Mittman has been named Head of the newly consolidated Film and Scripted Television division; Jenna Glazier has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Television and Film.
TelevisionEssential Media and Entertainment: Leo Faber has joined as Factual Development Executive, in Australia. Essential Media and Entertainment: Chris Irvine has been named Director, Commercial, in Australia. FremantleMedia International: Sam Harowitz has been promoted to Director, Television Acquisitions and Development. Media Rights Capital (MRC): Erin Jontow has joined as Vice President, Television. Shaftesbury US: Amy Suh has joined as Director, Development. Tribune Broadcasting: Marshall Hites has been named Senior Vice President, Marketing and Creative Services. Warrior Poets: Matthew Galkin has been promoted to Partner, in New York.
Agencies, Management Companies, Public Relations, and Law FirmsPMK*BNC: Rebecca Fisher was hired as Director, National Publicity.
CableA+E Networks: Don Robert was named Senior Vice President, Research and Analytics, in New York. AMC: Ben Davis has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming. AMC: Erika Weinstein has been promoted to Director, Scripted Programming. AMC/Sundance Channel Global: Patrick Connolly has been promoted to Vice President, Programming and Scheduling. AMC/Sundance Channel Global: Gail Gendler has been promoted to Vice President, Acquisitions. BET: Lucia Gervino has joined as Senior Vice President, Physical Production. Comedy Central: Cory Stern has been promoted to Senior Director, East Coast Development, in New York. Discovery Communications: Eileen O’Neill was named Group President, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, and Velocity. Discovery Communications: Marjorie Kaplan was named Group President, Animal Planet and TLC. Discovery Communications: Henry Schleiff was named Group President, Discovery Fit and Health, Investigation Discovery, Destination America, and American Heroes Channel. FYI: Lisa Mallen has joined as Senior Vice President, Ad Sales, in New York. HGTV and DIY Network: Sarah Cheatham and Kendra Rudder have been promoted to Manager, Media Strategies, in Tennessee. HGTV and DIY Network: Shannon Jamieson Driver has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Marketing and Creative Services, in Tennessee. HGTV and DIY Network Nicole Key has been promoted to Director, Media Strategies, in Tennessee. Nickelodeon: Damon Burrell has joined as Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing and Advertising, in New York. Showtime Networks: David Nevins has been promoted to President. Starz: Lauren Ruetz has been promoted to Vice President, Media Strategy and Planning, in Colorado. Starz: Jen Mintz has been promoted to Executive Director, Originals Marketing, in Colorado. WEtv: Theresa Patiri has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Production and Business Affairs, in New York.
DigitalAwesomenessTV: T.J. Marchetti has joined as Chief Marketing Officer. Hulu: Tim Connolly has joined as Head, Distribution. Fullscreen: Ashley Kaplan has joined as Head, Content. Fullscreen: Michael Wann has joined as Chief Revenue Officer. Nerdist Industries: Adam Rymer has been named President. Nerdist Industries: Jack Herrguth has been named Head, Development. Nerdist Industries: Brian Walton has been promoted to Editor-In-Chief, Nerdist.com. Legendary Digital: Greg Siegel has joined as Senior Vice President, Development and Production. PBS Digital: Ira Rubenstein has been named General Manager, beginning March 24, 2014.
Part Three – Taking Steps Into The Future: Presentation Pick-Ups & Cast Contingent Pilot Orders 2014-2015In part three (of three) of SSN’s look into the 2014-2015 pilot season, we’re giving you a list of the presentation pick-ups and cast contingent pilot orders. (SSN) (SSN) (SSN) (SSN) (SSN) (SSN)