Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, November 3, 2015:
Eleventh Hour Develops U.S. Version of ‘Collision’ for NBC
The U.K.’s Eleventh Hour Films is developing a U.S. version of its drama “Collision” for NBC in partnership with TriStar Television. The NBC version will be showrun by its original creator, Anthony Horowitz, partnering with Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz for Carol Mendelsohn Productions. Horowitz is writing the first two episodes of a proposed 10 episode order for NBC, and — if greenlit — the show will go straight to series. The drama tells the story of a group of strangers whose lives are changed forever following a major road accident. When the police start to investigate, they find themselves drawn into a dangerous world that includes government cover-ups, smuggling, torn relationships and murder. http://variety.com/2015/tv/global/eleventh-hour-us-version-collision-nbc-1201632198/
Fox Developing Megachurch Drama
Fox has put in development an untitled mystery megachurch family drama project from writer Julian Breece and 20th Century Fox TV. This marks the first network sale for Breece. In the untitled Fox project, when a celebrity televangelist dies mysteriously, his family fights to salvage their Houston-based megachurch and “inspirational” media enterprise. Their cause is disrupted when the pastor’s illegitimate son (with a criminal past) returns to stake his claim on his father’s legacy. http://deadline.com/2015/11/fox-megachurch-drama-1201604092/
‘Tempest’ Utopian Drama From ‘iZombie’ Writers & Rob Thomas Set At The CW
Rob Thomas is backing two young writers on his sophomore series for a new genre drama project at the CW. Tempest, written by Graham Norris and Deirdre Mangan, centers on a young woman living in a utopian spaceship. When she finds out the ship is secretly powered by slaves, she becomes enmeshed romantically and politically in the dangerous rebellion brewing below the decks. http://deadline.com/2015/11/tempest-utopian-drama-izombie-writers-rob-thomas-the-cw-1201603982/
Family Drama From Producer Scott Rudin & Writer Eli Attie Set At Fox With Penalty
Fox has given a script commitment with significant penalty to a drama from Scott Rudin Prods., writer-producer Eli Attie and 20th Century Fox TV. The project stems from Rudin’s first-look deal with Fox Networks Group and Attie’s overall pact with 20th TV. Written by Attie, the untitled drama is described as a family saga about class, power, and the price of ambition. http://deadline.com/2015/11/scott-rudin-family-drama-fox-eli-attie-1201599928/
‘Greatest American Hero’ Remake From Rick Famuyiwa, Phil Lord & Chris Miller Gets Fox Production Commitment
Fox has given a pilot production commitment to Greatest American Hero, a single-camera comedy inspired by Steven J. Cannell’s 1981 cult classic. It hails from Rick Famuyiwa, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, and Cannell’s daughter, television director Tawnia McKiernan. 20th Century Fox TV, where Lord and Miller are under an overall deal, is the studio. Written and to be directed by Famuyiwa, Greatest American Hero is the story of what happens when great power is not met with great responsibility. An ordinary man, completely content with being average, wakes up with a superpower suit he never asked for and has to deal with the complications it brings his life. http://deadline.com/2015/11/greatest-american-hero-remake-rick-famuyiwa-phil-lord-chris-miller-fox-production-commitment-1201599814/
Alia Shawkat-Mike Showalter Comedy ‘Search Party’ Lands TBS Series Order
TBS picked up to series Search Party, a comedy starring Alia Shawkat. Set to debut in 2016, Search Party is a dark comedy about a group of four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who come together when a former college acquaintance mysteriously disappears. John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner co-star in the series, which is written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, and overseen by Michael Showalter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/alia-shawkat-mike-showalter-comedy-836017
Syfy Acquires Female ‘Van Helsing’ Series With Neil LaBute as Showrunner
Syfy has acquired Van Helsing to series with writer Neil LaBute set as showrunner. In this new interpretation, the central character is now a female, Vanessa Helsing, the next in a lineage of warriors who must lead mankind against a world controlled by vampires. When Vanessa is resurrected five years in the future, she learns vampires have taken over the world and that she possesses unique power over them. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/van-helsing-series-ordered-at-835782
HBO Partners with Production Company Bad Wolf
HBO has partnered up with Bad Wolf, the production company set up by former BBC executives Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner earlier this year. The companies have agreed to a non-exclusive first-look deal. Second, they are forming a broader partnership that relates to helping foster HBO’s ties with the U.K. production community. http://variety.com/2015/tv/global/hbo-partners-with-production-company-bad-wolf-1201632217/
(sched) NBC Slots Comedies ‘Superstore,’ ‘Telenovela’ for Mondays in January
NBC’s new comedies “Superstore” and “Telenovela” will air on Mondays starting in January, though each will get a sneak preview on the night following “The Voice” later this fall. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/nbc-comedies-superstore-telenova-mondays-january-1201631593/
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Tidal has decided to get into original TV shows
While Tidal recently celebrated its millionth subscriber it is still lagging far behind the other streaming music services, and now it’s taking a page from the Netflix playbook in order to drum up some interest. The company has sewn up two different series which will soon be debuting on the service. No Small Talk is a half-hour stand-up comedy show, comprised of 5 episodes and hosted by Cipha Sounds, and will be debuting on Tidal November 3rd. The service has also ordered the second season of Money & Violence, the YouTube series created by and starring Moise Verneau. http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/2/9661004/tidal-original-content-money-and-violence-no-small-talk
Can the TV Guys Put the Netflix Genie Back in the Bottle?
For the past few years, the big TV networks made easy money selling their reruns to Netflix. Now they’re having second thoughts. So are they ready to pull back on sales to Netflix and other digital services in the hope of keeping their core business intact? Several key TV executives have already signaled that they’re going to stop selling their best stuff to digital services — particularly Netflix. http://recode.net/2015/11/03/can-the-tv-guys-put-the-netflix-genie-back-in-the-bottle/
Vice Media to Unveil its TV Channel With A+E Networks
Vice Media is finally getting ready to announce its long-planned TV channel. The online media upstart has teamed up with A+E Networks to turn A+E’s H2 network into a Vice-branded cable network, which is expected to launch by Feb. 29 at the latest. http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/vice-media-tv-channel-disney-investment-1201632091/
BBC Greenlights TV Series Based on Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’
BBC One has commissioned an initial eight-part series based on Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy novel in three parts, “His Dark Materials,” from Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema, which will be produced in Wales. The series will be executive produced by Pullman, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema, and Deborah Forte for Scholastic. http://variety.com/2015/tv/global/bbc-orders-philip-pullmans-his-dark-materials-1201632207/
SSN: Exec Shuffle for 11/2/15
– Laurens Drillich has been named the President at Endemol Shine Latino. She was previously the CEO at Endemol Shine Netherlands.
– Sara Helman has been named the VP of Development & Production at TLC in New York. She was previously the VP of Development & Production at Destination America.
– Eleni Stratigeas has been upped from VP to SVP of Business & Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Scripps Networks Interactive.
– Gabrielle Neimand has been named the Head, Development & Production at Take Fountain Productions. She was previously the VP of Narrative Films at Participant Media.
– Rachel Polan has been upped from Manager to the Director of Television at Lionsgate.
– Jay Bastian has been upped from Creative Executive to SVP of Series at Warner Bros. Animation.
– Kathryn Lyn has been upped from Development Executive to the Director of Development at Amasia Entertainment. http://www.ssninsider.com/exec-shuffle-for-11215-espn-shutters-grantland-shifts-at-magnolia-pictures-bfi-launches-svod-service/
Winners Unveiled For 2015 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards
Winners were announced tonight for the 60th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards. Recognizing excellence in dramatic writing by young writers, many past winners have gone on to successful careers in film, among them Francis Ford Coppola and Allison Anders. Emily Bensinger took first prize for Harridans. Second place was a tie, with the prize split between Noel Scott Chalmers for Stinker and Chloe Keenan for What I Did This Summer By Sophie Crumb. Third place went to Melissa Finell for Sensitivity Training, and UC Riverside’s Sean Dennison was the runner-up for Panacea. http://deadline.com/2015/11/2015-samuel-goldwyn-writing-awards-winners-announced-1201604359/
NYT: Many Children Under 5 Are Left to Their Mobile Devices, Survey Finds
Experts said a small, self-reported survey added to evidence that the unsupervised use of mobile screens is deeply woven into childhood experiences by age 4. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/02/health/many-children-under-5-are-left-to-their-mobile-devices-survey-finds.html
US teens use nine hours of media per day
US teenagers use an average of nine hours of entertainment media per day, according to new research by nonprofit organisation, Common Sense Media. Some 45% of teen respondents said they use social media every day, compared to 66% who listen to music and 58% who watch TV. Among the tween audience, TV was the media activity engaged in most often, with 62% claiming to tune in every day. http://www.digitaltveurope.net/453602/us-teens-use-nine-hours-of-media-per-day/
(gaming) Ars Technica: Sony continues to widen its console sales lead over Microsoft
Sony continues to slowly increase its majority share, while Microsoft holds relatively steady and the Wii U slides quickly into market obscurity. Sony once again reported the strongest console sale results, shipping four million consoles to stores during the three-month period, up from 3.3 million during the same time a year ago. http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/11/analysis-sony-continues-to-widen-its-console-sales-lead-over-microsoft/
Amazon Opens Its First-Ever Physical Store, Selling Books on Paper, With a Side of Irony
Amazon, bookstore slayer, meet Amazon, bookstore owner. http://recode.net/2015/11/02/amazon-opens-a-store-selling-books-with-a-side-of-irony/