Stephen King’s ‘Ayana’ in Development at Universal TV
Universal Television is developing Stephen King’s 2007 short story, “Ayana,” into a dramatic series. NBC is currently considering the project, though Universal TV will shop it to other networks if the broadcast network passes on it. Chris Sparling will write the pilot with Ben Haber producing. Jordan Kerner will executive produce. In the story set in 1982, a narrator tells of how a blind seven-year-old girl named Ayana kissed his father, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, and heals him. In return, the narrator must repay this miracle, though. And over the years is called upon to do so.
20th Century Fox TV Overhauls Exec Structure, Promotes Jonathan Davis and Michael Thorn
20th Century Fox TV is reorganizing its exec ranks, promoting Jonathan Davis to president of creative affairs overseeing the studio’s comedy, drama, animation and current programming departments. Drama development chief Michael Thorn has been upped to exec VP of development, adding oversight of comedy to his purview.
Dominic Monaghan & Michael Nyqvist Topline Red Arrow Series ‘100 Code’
Dominic Monaghan is set to star and Michael Nyqvist to co-star in 100 Code (aka The Hundred Code), a 12-episode drama series created by Bobby Moresco. The series, produced by Fabrik Entertainment and Red Arrow International, is set in Sweden where young women have been turning up dead in a field of asphodel flowers over the course of 12 months. It centers on New York Detective Tommy Conley (Monaghan) who, through a special dispensation from the NYPD, is permitted to observe and advise the Stockholm PD. There, he is paired with veteran homicide detective Mikael Eklund (Nyqvist). Both hate each other but have to learn to work together to stop the killings. Filming is slated to begin in Sweden in April. The series is yet to be shopped to U.S. networks.
David Strathairn To Star In ABC Drama Pilot ‘Clementine’
David Strathairn is set for a lead role in ABC‘s high-concept drama pilot Clementine, from feature scribe Dean Georgaris, ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co.
Linda Cardellini Boards Netflix’s Kyle Chandler Drama From ‘Damages’ Creators
The "Mad Men" and "ER" alum will play the youngest sibling in the untitled family thriller.
‘Under the Dome’ Adds ‘CSI: NY’ Star, Newcomer as Regulars for Season Two
Eddie Cahill will play Big Jim’s brother-in-law, while Karla Crome will join the series as a teacher.
CW’s ‘Flash’ Casts Female Lead
"The Game" alum Candice Patton will play the best friend to Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen.
The CW’s ‘Flash’ Adds Broadway Player in Super-Smart Role
Carlos Valdes, currently starring in "Once," has joined the "Arrow" spinoff in the series regular role of Cisco Ramon, a mechanical engineering genius and the youngest member of the team of scientists at STAR Labs.
Franka Potente, Amaury Nolasco & Elizabeth Rodriguez Cast In Cinemax Pilot ‘Blanco’
Franka Potente, Amaury Nolasco and Elizabeth Rodriguez are among a septet of actors who have joined Cinemax‘s drama pilot Blanco, starring Shiloh Fernandez.
‘Game of Thrones” Kit Harington to Star in ‘Testament of Youth’
David Heyman is producing the film adaptation of the WW1 autobiography which is being made by BBC Films. James Kent, who has helmed episodes of Starz’s The White Queen, is directing. Youth, written by Vera Brittain and published in 1933, tells of how the author postponed her studies to Oxford to serve as a nurse in the Great War, during which she lost her fiance and brother. After the war, she tried to resume her life but found herself part of a lost generation, returning to Oxford and becoming a feminist and a writer. Alicia Vikander is portraying Brittain; Harington will play her fiance.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill Reteaming for Atlanta Olympics Drama
Fox has picked up the rights to the Vanity Fair article "The Ballad of Richard Jewell" for the duo to star in and produce. Jewell was working as a security guard at the ’96 Summer Games when he discovered a backpack containing pipe bombs, subsequently sounding the alarm and helping to clear the area. Initially hailed as a hero, Jewell was soon the prime suspect.
Matthew McConaughey to Star in Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea of Trees’
Matthew McConaughey is set to star in Gus Van Sant’s next pic, “Sea of Trees.” Van Sant will direct with Chris Sparling penning the script. Story follows a suicidal American who befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji.
Ice-T & CoCo To Host Talk Show For Ryan Seacrest Prods.
Ice-T and CoCo are eyeing a career as talk show hosts. The husband-and-wife duo have inked a development deal with Ryan Seacrest Productions for a talk show project. According to RSP sources, the show is in the process of being taken out to the marketplace.
FremantleMedia Taps Former BBC Entertainment Exec Sean Hancock As VP
FremantleMedia North America has named former BBC Entertainment executive and producer Sean Hancock as VP Alternative Programming, CEO Thom Beers announced today.
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AwesomenessTV has hired former Blip CEO Kelly Day to be its chief digital officer and oversee its network of YouTube channels, the company said Tuesday. A former executive at Discovery and AOL, Day ran Blip for a little over a year and stepped down last fall when Maker Studios bought Blip.
(video) This Video is a Quick Primer to 4K Television and Video
If you’ve heard all about 4K video but you aren’t sure what it is and whether or not it matters to you, this two-minute video primer from the folks at Mashable will get you up to speed quickly.