Morning News Update for Monday, August 25, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for EMMY Monday, 8/25/14:


ABC Buys Restaurant Family Dramedy From Le Train Train & Jennifer Cecil
Rashida Jones
and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train production company is signaling an expansion to hourlong projects with its first sale of the season, dramedy Mix at ABC. It will be written by Jennifer Cecil, marking her return to ABC where Cecil worked on Private Practice, serving as co-showrunner on the medical drama’s final season. Mix explores the realities of modern-day families — multi-cultural and multi-generational, built through divorces, affairs and adoptions — set against the backdrop of a revered family restaurant at a crossroads.

HBO, Paramount Plot ‘Shutter Island’ Series ‘Ashecliffe’ With Martin Scorsese And Dennis Lehane
and Paramount Television are making deals to turn the 2010 hit film Shutter Island into a TV series. Tentatively titled Ashecliffe, the plan is for the pilot to be directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by Dennis Lehane. Ashecliffe is the name of the isolated mental hospital where the movie took place, and the series begins before the events of the film. The focus is the past of hospital, and the secrets and misdeeds perpetrated by its founders who erected the hospital in the early 20th Century and developed the methods of treatment use for the mentally ill.

Glen Mazzara’s ‘Omen’ Follow-Up ‘Damien’ Ordered to Straight to Series at Lifetime
The cable network has picked up six episodes of the drama from the former ‘Walking Dead’ showrunner. From Mazzara and exec producers Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield, the Fox Television Studios drama is based on 20th Century Fox’s 1976 feature The Omen. The series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 film, who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.

IFC Developing Brothel Comedy from Jamie Denbo, Kerri Kenney-Silver
has put new scripted comedy “Rabbit Hole” into development. Co-created and co-written by Jamie Denbo and Kerri Kenney-Silver, the comedy is set in Nevada’s “second most famous” brothel and stars Kenney-Silver as Dame Delilah. Chelsea Handler, Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack will exec produce through Borderline Amazing Prods. with Universal Cable Prods.

(from Fri) CBS Buys Genius Comedy From Michelle Morgan & Aaron Kaplan
Aaron Kaplan
is back at CBS with another multi-camera project, The Brain. The comedy, written and executive produced by Michelle Morgan, was bought by CBS with a script commitment and laid off at CBS TV Studios. It centers on an unintelligent guy who suffers head trauma and turns into a genius. That puts a strain on his family and friends, who liked him better when he was clueless. Kaplan will executive produce for his Kapital Entertainment.

(from Fri) Aaron Paul Starts Production Company, Inks First-Look Deal With Sony TV
Aaron Paul is staying in business with Breaking Bad producer Sony Pictures TV. Paul has signed a first-look deal with the studio to develop and produce new series projects. He will shepherd the projects through his newly launched production company, Lucid Road Productions.

(from Fri) Chris Long Inks Warner Bros. TV Deal
With The Mentalist likely closing its final chapter, the series’ veteran director-producer Chris Long is focusing on development with a first look deal at the studio behind the CBS procedural drama, Warner Bros. TV.

Modern Family: Steve Zahn Joins Season 6 Cast as Nightmare Neighbor
Steve Zahn
is joining Modern Family‘s upcoming sixth season in the recurring role of Ronnie, the patriarch of the new family that moves in next door to the Dunphys.

Matt Bomer to guest star on ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’
Matt Bomer
will guest star on one episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show.

(from Fri) ‘Mistresses’ star Matthew Del Negro heads to ‘Scandal’
Mistresses hunk Matthew Del Negro has landed a recurring role on the upcoming season of Scandal.

(video) The Royals" Are Ready to Rock E!
Don’t miss a minute of E!’s first scripted drama about the world’s original celebrity family. "The Royals" coming to E! 2015.


(from Fri) Steve Martin in Negotiations to Star in Disney’s ‘Magic Camp’
Steve Martin is going to work his magic with Disney once again. The actor is in final negotiations to star in the comedy “Magic Camp”. The actor was involved in writing the screenplay with “A.C.O.D” writer-director Stu Zicherman. The script was initially written by Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs, who wrote “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Judah and Sachs are on board to produce. The story follows an uptight banker who returns to the magic camp he attended as a child. This time around, he’s a counselor who is intent on improving the lives the kids at the camp while going for the top spot in the Golden Wand.


NFL, DirecTV on verge of Sunday Ticket deal
The NFL is on the verge of a deal with DirecTV for its Sunday Ticket package that will see its average annual rights fee increase to between $1.3 billion and $1.4 billion over the next decade.


Amazon Greenlights Five New Kids’ Pilots
Amazon Studios
has given the go-ahead to five new kids’ pilots. Those pilots include the preschool series Buddy: Tech Detective, which follows a young sleuth as he uses interactive technology to crack cases. The Stinky & Dirty Show tells the story of a garbage truck and a backhoe loader who are best friends. Other series are aimed at children ages 6 to 11. They include Imaginism Studios’ Niko and the Sword of Light, about a young boy on a quest to return the light to his land, and Table 58, a live-action, single-camera show about an odd table in a middle school’s lunchroom. Finally, the live-action Just Add Magic tells the story of three friends who discover a magical cookbook.


Dan Shear Joins Universal TV As VP Comedy
Dan Shear
has recently joined Universal Television as VP Comedy Development, reporting to Tracey Pakosta, EVP, Comedy Development. He will work alongside VP comedy Andy Weil. Shear is segueing to an executive career after a stint an agent.

Hasbro Studios Taps Josh Feldman as Head of Development
Toymaker Hasbro has named Josh Feldman head of development of the company’s film and TV division, Hasbro Studios.

(q&a) Hulu’s Jenny Wall Is a Pioneer of the Web Series Form
Q: What’s important to an individual promotional campaign, for you? How much do you need to do traditional ads, and how much do you need to lean on digital?
A: It’s a big media question and the way I’d answer it is that we’re on a digital platform, so that’s a big piece of it, but outdoor and TV are a very important part of a consumer journey, because we need to build some brand love and a lot of advertising is further down the funnel when you’re online. We spend a lot of time utilizing the online space and social—whether that’s native advertising or PR.

Forbes: The Highest-Paid TV Actors Of 2014
Of late, the names on our list haven’t changed much from year to year — until now. The industry is evolving due to the rise of online streaming, DVR playback, VOD and changes in the way viewers consume shows. All of this has brought newcomers, surprising comebacks and sudden drop-offs to our list, which consists solely of male actors. 1. Ashton Kutcher; 2. Jon Cryer; 2. Mark Harmon; 3. Neil Patrick Harris; 4. Patrick Dempsey; 4. Kevin Spacey; 5. Tim Allen.


Vox: Middle class households’ wealth fell 35 percent from 2005 to 2011
A new US Census Bureau report shows that the median household’s net worth fell from $106,591 to $68,839 from 2005 to 2011. And the overall wealth of the bottom 20 percent fell from -$915 to -$6,029. Or, put another way, the median American in that poorest group saw their debt increase more than 6 and a half fold.