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Sony producers have cable hookup

18 December 2008 8:08 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It's another busy development season for Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly's Sony-based TV production company, which has set up eight projects from such auspices as Elmore Leonard, Graham Yost, Michael Dinner, Barry Sonnenfeld and Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman.

What is different this year is that most of the projects are set up at cable networks.

Since its 2003 launch, Timberman/Beverly Prods. (formerly 25C) had been focused on developing for the broadcast nets, landing several pilots and a series order from NBC for "Kidnapped."

Timberman and Beverly tested the cable waters this year with the A&E pilot "Danny Fricke." Now they're hooked.

"It has opened the door to explore subject matter that we would've never thought of developing for broadcast," Timberman said.

It also helped that their company is based at Sony TV, a major cable player.

Timberman/Beverly's cable slate includes an untitled Elmore Leonard drama and "Hit Man" at FX, »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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NBC orders celeb genealogy series

11 March 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

If exploring the lives of celebrities seems a little tired, NBC has a solution: Find their relatives.

The network has ordered a genealogy reality series called "Who Do You Think You Are" from U.K. production house Wall to Wall (PBS' "Frontier House") in association with Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky's Is or Isn't Entertainment.

The one-hour series is based on the hit British series where stars are shown the oft-surprising details of their ancestors' lives. In the U.K. version, the uncovered backstories included tales of bigamy, wartime heroism and, in one case, attempted murder. Celebrity participants often are brought to tears as they learn about their relatives' hardships.

"It's about people trying to figure out a sense of identity, and we've discovered it's an emotional journey," Wall to Wall CEO and show creator Alex Graham said. "Everybody has a great story. When confronted by that great story, no matter how practiced you are in front of the camera, it's very incredibly moving."

NBC has given the project a series order contingent on finding a suitable celebrity cast. »

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