Afternoon News Update for Thursday, 6/26/14.


Cuba Gooding Jr Developing Boxing Comedy With Jason Winer & 20th TV
Cuba Gooding Jr
has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV to develop a single-camera half-hour comedy set in an old-school boxing gym. Gooding will co-create and executive produce the project with Jason Winer‘s Small Dog Picture Company. The Oscar-winning actor is not attached to star at this point, we’re told, and there’s no writer yet. Gooding and Small Dog are meeting with potential showrunners before taking the project out to networks. Based on Gooding’s love of boxing, the series is set in a gym in a newly gentrified neighborhood where hard-core boxers, weekend warriors and soccer moms gather to practice.

Judd Apatow’s Next TV Comedy Could Be For Hulu and Gillian Jacobs Might Be In It
may be close to landing a big one: Vulture hears the streaming network is in advanced discussions to buy a comedy series written, produced and (scheduling permitting) directed by film and TV mogul Judd Apatow. A pilot script for the project, tentatively called Love, has already been co-written by Apatow, Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer Lesley Arfin and actor/writer Paul Rust. Rust is attached to co-star, and there’s talk that Community star Gillian Jacobs has also been approached to star. We also hear Brent Forrester is being eyed to serve as a co-showrunner. A person familiar with the pilot script describes Love as a character-based comedy revolving around relationships, romantic and otherwise, with one (very messed-up) couple in particular at the center.

Matt Nix Signs New Overall Deal At Twentieth Century Fox TV and Fox TV Studios
new deal is for both broadcast and cable. Nix, who had an overall deal in place with Fox Television Studios, primarily for cable, since 2008, is creator and executive producer of USA’s hit series Burn Notice, which ran for seven seasons on USA, creator of the network’s upcoming drama, Complications, and co-creator of the upcoming FX series The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad.

Netflix Finds ‘Daredevil’s’ Best Friend
Elden Henson
has landed the lead role of Foggy Nelson in the 13-episode series opposite Charlie Cox.

HBO’s Scorsese-Jagger Pilot Adds Mick’s Son, Andrew Dice Clay, Six Others to Cast
The untitled drama pilot from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter has added eight more actors — including Mick’s own son, actor James Jagger. The 28-year-old is joined about fellow additions P.J. Byrne, Joe Caniano, Andrew Dice Clay, Ato Essandoh, Robert Funaro, Birgitte Sorensen and J.C. Mackenzie.

‘Red Band Society’ Cast Talks Hospital Shows, On-Set Singalongs at L.A. Screening
For “Red Band Society” scribe Margaret Nagle, setting her show in a children’s hospital recalled some of her earliest childhood memories, a personal connection she shared with the guests who gathered for a pilot screening and Q&A at the Landmark Theater in Westwood on Wednesday evening.


Steve Pink to Direct Disney’s ‘Overnight’
Steve Pink
is set to direct Disney’sOvernight,” which is being developed as a potential starring vehicle for Will Ferrell. Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions will produce alongside Mosaic. Pic is described as “Home Alone” in a toy store. Oren Uziel penned the script.

Eddie Murphy’s Fourth ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Gets $13.5 Million Rebate From Michigan
The Michigan Film Office is rolling out the red carpet for Eddie Murphy and Paramount, approving a $13.5 million rebate for the studio’s upcoming “Beverly Hills Cop” reboot. The film, directed by Brett Ratner and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, has been set for release on March 25, 2016.


Fox Television Stations Giving ‘Hollywood Today Live,’ 2 Other Shows Summer Test Runs
Fox Television Stations
(FTS) announced Thursday that three new TV shows would get trial runs this summer. The broadcasting group, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, is premiering the hour-long daytime strip ”Hollywood Today Live” along with ”The Daily Help Line” on July 14. ”Laughs,” a half-hour weekly, will premiere on Aug. 2.


Maker Gen Creates Home for Rising Stars Across the Web
It’s time for Maker Studios to spread past its YouTube roots. The Disney-owned Web video network announced Maker Gen on Thursday, a way for aspiring online starlets to grow their presence through a structured program. Unlike the 5,000 other Maker publishers who have established themselves as brands, Maker Gen will focus on the up-and-coming 50,000 YouTube partners and will branch out to include creators from other platforms, keeping in line with its NewFronts announcements.


Middle Eastern Adaptation for Chilean Telenovela
Hijos del Monte
, a Chilean telenovela format distributed by Telemundo Internacional, has been adapted in the Middle East, marking the company’s first remake in that region. The original aired on TVN Chile. Its Arabic adaptation, titled Al Ikhwa, is being broadcast on LBC1 in Lebanon, Abu Dhabi Media in the United Arab Emirates and on CBC in Egypt. The Endemol-produced adaptation tells the story of five brothers who don’t share the same blood but share a home, a father and a family, growing up in opulent wealth. Eventually a woman appears, claiming she’s the true heiress of their adoptive father’s fortune.


ESPN’s New ‘SportsCenter’ Los Angeles Studio Puts Focus on the West Coast
saw the launch of not one but two new studios this week as a high-tech set made its debut in Los Angeles. Reflecting all the enhancements of the 194,000-square-foot Digital Center-2 in Bristol, Conn., the new space in the downtown location is the latest example of the increased focus on the west coast for the sports network.


Channing Tatum Manager Joins Actor’s Production Banner
Peter Kiernan
is joining the "22 Jump Street" star and Reid Carolin as a producer at their Free Association production shingle.

NBCUniversal Taps Ex-HBO Exec Dina Juliano to Head TV Everywhere Product Strategy
head of TV Everywhere Alison Moore has hired former colleague Dina Juliano, who previously led HBO’s digital user experience team, to be SVP of consumer product strategy for the group.

(q&a) Fox’s Emma Watts on ‘X-Men’ Success and Scandal, ‘Gone Girl’ Ending Change, Stacey Snider Rumors
Q: Days of Future Past has grossed $211 million more than the next biggest in the X-Men franchise. Why?

A: It was the management of the franchise. And a big part of it was getting Bryan [Singer] back [as director]. The debate about originality versus familiar titles is interesting. You can have original movies that feel derivative in their execution, and you can have franchise titles that feel solely original and aspirational in terms of the talent attached, the story, et cetera.

Joe Roth Sells Revolution Studios for $250 Million
Joe Roth’s
14-year-old Revolution Studios has been acquired for $250 million by Fortress Investment Group, according to several sources close to the sale. Revolution was carrying roughly $175 million in debt, which was absorbed by Fortress, which borrowed approximately $150 million to make the sale, say several sources familiar with the transaction.


(tech) The Verge: Android TV is Google’s best chance yet to own your living room
The long-rumored launch of Android TV at Google I/O is one of the most notable facets of that strategy: instead of the old, overly complex Google TV product that failed to gain adoption, Android TV is based on the exact software that’ll soon roll out to millions of phones and tablets. And while Google failed in the living room for years, the company is taking what it learned with Chromecast, Google Play, and Android to finally build a true competitor to Apple TV and Roku.

(books) Book Sales Slipped In 2013 As Publishers Offered Fewer Blockbusters
Book sales in 2013 were so-so — but with a caveat – the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group report today. Total net revenues for books and professional and scholarly journals fell 0.4% to $27.0B, with net units -1.2% to 2.6B. The numbers were drearier if you just look at the trade sector, which includes general consumer fiction and non-fiction, and religion. Net revenues there fell 2.3% to $14.6B, with units -1.7% to 2.3B. Last year’s trade revenues were 4.5% higher than 2011 with units +11%.