Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Monday, November 3, 2014:
HBO Developing African-American Sibling Comedy ‘Bros’
HBO is developing comedy Bros from writer Cory Jones and Hemingway Taylor Productions. The story centers on three African-American brothers — two straight, one gay and all very different — looking for love and happiness in Los Angeles. Bros is based on Hemingway Taylor’s 12-minute presentation of Bros. The project marks the first sale for director Anthony Hemingway and producing partner Mark Taylor’s Hemingway Taylor Productions banner.
Syfy Plots ‘3001: The Final Odyssey’ Miniseries From Ridley Scott
Syfy announced Monday that it is adapting Arthur C. Clarke’s novel 3001: The Final Odyssey into a miniseries. First published in 1997, the book is the fourth in Clarke’s Space Odyssey series and resolves the tale that was begun in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Starting with the discovery of Frank Poole’s frozen body floating in space, 3001 explores complex characters with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals and dark thematic meditations on the final fate of all humankind. Stuart Beattie will pen the script for the Warner Horizon Television entry and exec produce alongside Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker. Clayton Krueger is on board as a co-EP.
(sched) Starz to Preview Entire Season of ‘The Missing’ Early
After offering early previews of Survivor’s Remorse and Outlander, Starz is employing a similar strategy for eight-episode limited series The Missing — but for the entire season. Instead of sneak peeking the first episode one week before the Saturday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. TV premiere, Starz is giving subscribers the choice to watch each new episodes a week ahead of their intended airings via On Demand and Starz Play app.
(from Sun) Fox Pulls Plug on ‘Utopia’
The network yanks the ambitious reality show after two months on the air.
New Hidden Camera Series ‘Crowd Control’ to Premiere Monday, November 24 on National Geographic Channel
In National Geographic Channel’s new 12-part series Crowd Control, premiering Monday, Nov. 24, at 9 & 9:30 p.m., viewers will discover that sometimes all you need is a little science to help make the world a better place. Best-selling author and behavior change expert Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) will use behavioral science to lead a series of experiments that show how we can apply the power of persuasion in our daily lives to reduce stress, minimize annoyances, improve health and increase happiness. Using hidden cameras to record his results, Pink will tackle the seemingly impossible task of righting everyday wrongs — from convincing partygoers to clean up their streets to stopping the senseless rush at an airport baggage claim.
Root: Why VH1 Gets to Be Black Without the Burden
VH1 has gradually turned itself into a black entertainment network, home to raunchy, riotous reality shows, without the kind of criticisms that have been leveled at BET for similar programming.
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StyleHaul CEO Confirms YouTube Network’s $107 Million Sale to RTL, Reveals Deal Details
StyleHaul is joining the growing list of YouTube networks aligning themselves with traditional media giants. CEO Stephanie Horbaczewski confirms that the fashion-focused multichannel network has agreed to sell a controlling stake to European entertainment company RTL Group for $107 million. The deal values StyleHaul at $151.4 million with performance incentives that, if met, would boost its valuation above $200 million. StyleHaul helps to curate style-centric programming designed for the 18 to 34 year-old female demographic and content across all of the social platforms. The network is home to more than 4,900 YouTube content creators and curators, across more than 62 countries and 199 million network subscribers.
‘Call The Midwife’ Renewed for Season 5 by BBC
As filming completes on the fourth series of award-winning Sunday night drama Call the Midwife, BBC One today announced that a fifth series has been commissioned.
A+E Networks Chairman Abbe Raven to Retire From Post
A+E Networks veteran Abbe Raven is retiring and leaving her post as chairman starting in February. Raven has been with the company for 33 years — starting as an assistant and rising to its top spot. Raven was promoted to the chairman position in June 2013. She serves as the company’s strategic corporate business advisor, spearheading long-term business and revenue opportunities as well as initiating public policy initiatives.
Nickelodeon Promotes Cathy Galeota to SVP of Preschool Current Series
Nickelodeon promoted Cathy Galeota to senior vice president of Preschool Current Series on Monday. The veteran television executive will now oversee the production of all current Nickelodeon preschool series, including original shows and co-productions. She’ll continue reporting to Teri Weiss, the network’s executive vice president of Preschool Original Programming.
(music) Billboard: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Set for Biggest Sales Week Since 2002: 1.3 Million-Plus
As the days tick by, the sales forecast for Taylor Swift’s 1989 album continues to grow. As of Nov. 1, with only one full day left in the album’s debut tracking week, industry forecasters now say 1989 could sell over 1.3 million copies through Nov. 2. Thus, the album is now aiming to surpass the one-week sales record for an album by a woman, set by the debut of Britney Spears’ Oops! … I Did It Again in 2000, when it arrived with 1.319 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Vox: The weird legal reason many of your favorite shows aren’t on DVD
Wonder Years and WKRP are among the best TV comedies ever made, but it was long believed to be impossible for either to come out on DVD intact. The reason is simple: both shows made ample use of pop music, occasionally just playing in the background of scenes and often to underscore hugely important moments. Music licensing is vitally important to the new streaming era. It’s by far the biggest problem in getting old TV shows (and some old movies) into the hands of the public, and it all stems from US copyright law that were largely designed for a world where TV episodes would only be consumed a handful of times.
Blog: Chris Nolan Addresses Notes
“The single-most important thing was the art of working in the studio system,” Nolan told me of his experience with “Insomnia.” “It takes time to learn how to take notes. In the corporate structure, the people giving you the notes are not responsible for the final product. You are. It’s not their job, it’s yours. When you’re taking notes, it’s possible that you’re having an interesting conversation with a very smart individual and everything they’re saying is correct. But they’re wrong. So you have to go back and approach it from a different angle.” He continues to treat executives as, essentially, representative filmgoers. At a development meeting before “The Dark Knight,” he had to explain the Joker’s motivations. “Execs are very good at saying things like, ‘What’s the bad guy’s plan?’ They know those engines have to be very powerful. I had to say: ‘The Joker represents chaos, anarchy. He has no logical objective in mind.’ I had to explain it to them, and that’s when I realized I had to explain it to the audience.”
And so occurred the fabulous "some men just want to watch the world burn" speech.