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 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.
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.
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.
“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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
Bellamy Young has signed on to star in thriller “The Night Stalker” opposite Lou Diamond Phillips.
Disney has launched development on a Charles Darwin movie with Stephen Gaghan on board to direct from his own screenplay.
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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, 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, 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 SweetyHigh.com, Radio Disney apps and RadioDisney.com.
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 Entertainment named Tim Palen to the position, in a move that reflects how Hollywood studios are operating more like consumer products companies.
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.
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.
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.