Happy Halloween all! Here’s your first news update for Friday, October 31, 2014:
TNT orders pilot for monster drama ‘Breed’
TNT announced that they have ordered a pilot for Breed, a supernatural drama about a string of murders in the Pacific Northwest that are being committed by beings that not quite human. Written by John Scott Shepherd and set to be directed by Scott Winant, Breed follows the primary antagonist, Detective Cooper Wells, as he follows the trail of murders. Realizing that the serial killer may be some sort of barbaric race of creatues, Wells seeks out the help of a female assassin to hunt the perpetrators down.
HBO is making a Hello Ladies movie
HBO has announced that it will air Hello Ladies: The Movie on November 22 at 10 p.m. The movie will bring closure to the events of the first season while allowing viewers to watch Stephen Merchant awkwardly hit on women who want nothing to do with him just one more time.
Wrap: Movies-to-TV Overload! Why Hollywood Has 27 Projects in the Works (And Counting)
By our count, there are currently 27 (yes, 27) film-to-TV adaptations in the works — including “American Gigolo,” ”Big,” “Ghost,” and “The Truman Show,” to name a few. “Knowing how tough it is to launch shows … anything you can grab on that’s got a little bit of a handle in terms of audience recognition … it gives you a head start,” said one top network executive from one of the major broadcast networks. The executive continued, “There’s just so much product out there, so much competition. If you could do something that somebody sees a promo and goes, ‘Oh, I remember that movie’ or, ‘I have an idea of what that show is, I think I’ll check it out.’ We’re all looking for that.”
‘Colbert Report’ Sets Date for Final Show
The date for his final show will be Thursday, Dec. 18. Colbert made the announcement on Thursday’s show
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(analyst) Re/Code: TV’s Eyeballs Are Disappearing. Does Netflix Have Them?
Where did all my viewers go? Bernstein Research’s Todd Juenger thinks he knows: Reed Hastings has them. The analyst thinks that the big, unexplained drop in TV ratings that showed up this summer, and has continued into this fall, has a straightforward answer: People are spending less time watching TV, and more time watching Netflix, as well as other streaming video services like Amazon and Hulu. Traditional TV viewing has declined by 13 minutes a day over the last year, and he figures Netflix viewers alone are spending 12 minutes more a day on that service. Other analysts, along with TV industry executives, have offered other theories to explain the drop.
Tokyo Disneyland set for $4.6 Billion Expansion
Oriental Land, the company that owns Tokyo Disneyland, says it is going to spend $4.59 billion (JPY500 billion) expanding its Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks. The biggest part of the development will be the doubling of Fantasyland, within Tokyo Disneyland. It may also build a themed port as part of the other park’s Lost River Delta. The ten year plan will also see upgrades to hardware and transport facilities, improved restaurants and means to help guests better resist hot and cold weather.
Betsy Beers Gives Rousing Keynote on Shondaland Success: "Women on Television Are Not a Fad"
Of creating realistic women onscreen, Betsy Beers recalled a recent conversation with Shondaland’s Alison Eakle about which cable networks were calling for female-centric shows. "As much as I was encouraged by the number of female-centric shows being bandied about, it feels like we’re being treated like a trend or a quote to be filled. Women on television are not a fad, we are not a trend; we are a reality! We always have been — we are the main person at home wielding the clicker! The fact that there are more shows on now than ever with compelling female voices is simply as it should be.
Marriott Signs Content Deals with YouTube, Snapchat Stars, ‘Ghost Whisperer’ Producers Through New Studio
Marriott International has added YouTuber Jack Harries, Snapchat star Casey Neistat, and the producers of “Ghost Whisperer,” Ian Sander and Kim Moses, to its roster of content creators that will provide the hotel operator with entertainment it can use to attract a younger next-generation of traveler to its 18 brands. The company last month launched Marriott Content Studio, an in-house branded entertainment division that will essentially try to make Marriott the hospitality industry’s version of Red Bull and GoPro, which are relying heavily on entertainment to reach digitally savvy consumers.
Exec Shuffle for 10/31/14: Chris Columbus/Saban’s New Zag Animation Studios, Aperture Media Partners Launches & More
Chapter Eleven: Kyle Killen has launched a new development shingle, Chapter Eleven. Scott Pennington is also joining him and will head up the venture.
Clone Wolf Productions: Adam Pally has launched a new production shingle, Clone Wolf Productions. Pally launches the television production company with a two-year, overall deal with ABC Studios.
ABC Studios: Omega Johnson has been promoted to Coordinator, Drama Development.
ABC Television Network: Marcy Lefkovitz has joined as Vice President, Technology & Workflow Strategy, ABC Broadcast Operations and Engineering.
BBC Worldwide North America: Nigel Gaines has joined as Chief Financial Officer.
Neal Street Productions: Julie Pastor has joined as Head of Development.
Relativity Media: Kevin McKeon has been promoted to Creative Executive.
Sony Pictures Animation: Eric Tovell has joined as Creative Executive.
Studio 8: Mark Bakshi has joined as Executive, Physical Production. Lindsey Bayman has joined as Executive, Business Affairs. Kim Locascio has joined as Executive, Visual Effects, Post Production & 3D. Shaun Williams has joined as Chief Financial Officer.
CORE Media: Peter Hurwitz has been promoted to President.
High Noon Entertainment: Jill Schwartz has joined as Senior Vice President, Development.
Keshet UK: Ashley Blaker has joined as Head of Comedy, UK. Kevin Mundye has joined as Head of UK Formats and Global Consultant.
NorthSouth Productions: Lee Jacobs has joined as Vice President, Development. Zach Perkins has joined as Senior Director, Development.
Storyville Entertainment: Caroline Christopher has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Development & Production.
Zodiak Rights: Chris Stewart has joined as Head of Scripted Acquisitions.
TLC: Jennifer Gordon has joined as Director of Development.
Bravo Media: Jonathan Hills has joined as Vice President, Digital Media.
(gaming) Updated numbers show PS4 with at least 65 percent of two-console market
The revised numbers come in part from Sony’s quarterly report, which shows that an impressive 13.5 million PlayStation 4 systems have been shipped in the period from the system’s launch late last year through September. That’s up substantially from 10 million systems sold to consumers through mid-August, suggesting that PS4 sales have picked up considerably during September.
(tech) I’m terrified of my new TV and you should be too
I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV, which promises to deliver streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media, and Internet browsing. Oh, and TV too. The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how, and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.
J.K. Rowling Wrote 6 New Harry Potter Stories
Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has put up six new stories on Pottermore, including a detailed character study of Ministry of Magic official Dolores Umbridge.