Morning News Update for Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Wednesday, June 24, 2015:


‘DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow’ Taps Phil Klemmer As Showrunner

Phil Klemmer, who has worked on three other Berlanti Prods. series, The Tomorrow People, Golden Boy and Political Animals, is joining Legends of Tomorrow as executive producer/showrunner.

Peter Chernin Inks 2-Year TV Deal With NBCUniversal

Peter Cherninhas signed a two-year deal with NBCUniversal, aligning his company with Universal Television’s writers and producers. Under the terms, Chernin Entertainment will still be able to independently produce for cable and other streaming platforms. In conjunction with the deal, Jenno Topping has been promoted to president of Film and Television at Chernin’s company. There are also plans to name a head of television development and production soon.

Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street Inks Deal with Fox 21 & 20th Century Fox TV Studios

Fox 21 TV Studios has closed a first look deal with Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti’s production company Trigger Street. Under the two-year pact, the duo will develop scripted series for both broadcast and cable. The first project to fall under the new deal is previously announced political drama “The Resident.” The project explores the relationship between White House residence staff and various first families spanning several administrations.

Paul Downs Colaizzo Signs Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

On the heels of landing his first pilot order this past season, CBS medical drama LFE, young writer-playwright Paul Downs Colaizzohas inked his first overall deal, a two-year pact with LFE producer CBS TV Studios.

Comedy Central Greenlights Animated Series ‘Jeff and Some Aliens’

“Jeff and Some Aliens” is executive produced and created by Sean Donnelly and Alessandro Minoli and executive produced by ShadowMachine’s Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley. A spin-off of the animated incubator series “TripTank,” the series’ ten-episode season will premiere in 2016. “Jeff and Some Aliens” follows Jeff, the world’s most average guy, and the three aliens sent to study him to determine whether or not humanity should be destroyed.

ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ Returns to San Diego Comic-Con for Its Fifth Consecutive Year & ‘The Muppets’ Makes Its Debut

ABC’s Hit Series “Once Upon a Time” Returns to Comic-Con for Its Fifth Consecutive Year and one of Fall’s Most Anticipated New Series, “The Muppets,” Makes Its Comic-Con Debut.


David Ajala To Star In USA Pilot ‘Falling Water’

David Ajala is set to topline Falling Water, a supernatural thriller from the late Henry Bromell, Blake Masters andGale Anne Hurd, with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directing. Written and co-created by Masters and Bromell, Falling Water, from Universal Cable Prods., is described as a mind-bending thriller intersecting reality and unconscious thoughts.

Julian McMahon Joins Syfy Alien Drama ‘Hunters’

Nip/Tuck alumJulian McMahonhas booked a recurring role in Hunters, Syfy’s 13-episode, straight-to-series alien drama fromGale Anne Hurd, which is slated to premiere in 2016.

ABC Family Casts ‘Homeland’ & ‘Glee’ Alums in Tim Kring’s Supernatural Pilot ‘Beyond’

Callan McAuliffe will lead the supernatural drama from the “Heroes” creator, starring as Holden, a young man who wakes up in a hospital not realizing he’s been in a coma for 12 years, emotionally still a teenager, physically an adult, and possibly in possession of supernatural powers.

Fox’s Houdini & Doyle Supernatural Series Casts House Vet, Episodes Star

An international co-production between the UK’s Big Talk and Canada’s Shaftesbury the 10-episode drama will star Michael Weston and Brit actor Stephen Mangan as Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who respectively debunked and had a fascination with the paranormal. Together, they ally with Scotland Yard to investigate inexplicable crimes that have a supernatural slant.


Amazon Studios Acquires ‘Elvis & Nixon’ Starring Kevin Spacey

Amazon Studios is in final negotiations for the drama “Elvis & Nixon.” The film will debut in theaters only, and the theatrical rollout will be handled by Bleecker Street as part of the deal. “Elvis & Nixon” tells the story of the infamous meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon in 1970. It’s a significant victory for the Internet juggernaut that now wants to enter into the crowded field of releasing original movies.

‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young Joins ‘Night Stalker’ Movie

Bellamy Young has signed on to star in thriller “The Night Stalker” opposite Lou Diamond Phillips.

Charles Darwin Movie in the Works at Disney

Disney has launched development on a Charles Darwin movie with Stephen Gaghan on board to direct from his own screenplay.


Hulu Will Offer Showtime’s New Streaming Service at a Discount

The company is partnering with Hulu, which will offer Showtime’s new service as an $8.99-per-month premium option to the 9 million subscribers of its Hulu service (formerly called Hulu Plus). This will be the first premium, add-on option available for Hulu subscribers.

Netflix Approves 7-for-1 Stock Split After Shares Hit All-Time High

Netflix, after its shares closed at an all-time high of $681.19 each Tuesday, said its board approved a seven-for-one stock split to take effect July 14.


Radio Disney to Create Girl-Targeted Video Series with Startup Sweety High

Radio Disney, as part of shifting from primarily a terrestrial-radio service to a digital outlet, will develop music and entertainment video series aimed at tween and teen girls in a deal with startup Sweety High. Under the terms of the two-year pact, the companies will co-produce and distribute shows across Sweety High and Radio Disney platforms, as well as work together to integrate talent into audio and video content and jointly pursue marketing and sales deals. Program episodes will be distributed on, Radio Disney apps and


Katherine Pope Exits Chernin Entertainment to Launch TV Division at Studio 8

Katherine Pope is departing Chernin Entertainment to launch a television division at Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8. As head of the company’s new TV department, Pope will work closely with Robinov as she builds and oversees Studio 8’s television business from the ground up.

Lions Gate Creates Chief Brand Officer Role in Bid to Extend Franchises

Lions Gate Entertainment named Tim Palen to the position, in a move that reflects how Hollywood studios are operating more like consumer products companies.

OWN Promotes Maitee Cueva to Senior VP of Programming and Development

Maitee Cueva has been promoted to senior VP of programming and development at OWN. In addition to general programming initiatives, Cueva’s new position specifically entails heading programming and development for the network’s Saturday night slate.


HBR: What Happened When Linkin Park Asked Harvard for Help with Its Business Model

Album sales are down 14%, single downloads are down 11%, and only the streaming services are up, 28%. Technology has forced music artists to completely rethink the way they approach their businesses. The most successful artists in this new landscape have begun to look at new business models and new industries to strengthen their existing brands. They’re extending their brand into areas like technology, gaming, fashion, and lifestyle content — essentially becoming entertainment platforms.

Vox: Summer jobs — and teen employment in general — are going out of style

From 1974 through 1994, the teen employment landscape changed very little. Around 40 percent of teenagers had a job during the school year, surging to 50 to 55 percent during the summer months. But in the past 20 years, teen employment has plummeted during all seasons.