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The advent of Showtime’s digital standalone offering last year has delivered a windfall of more than 1 million subscribers that promises to transform CBS Corp.’s pay TV service, according to Showtime Networks CEO David Nevins.
The subscriber growth has boosted revenue and bottom line numbers, allowing Showtime to invest more heavily in a broader range of programming, particularly documentaries, Nevins told reporters Thursday in his Q&A alongside Showtime programming president Gary Levine at the Television Critics Association press tour at the Beverly Hilton.
The alternative distribution model has meant that Showtime is “reaping the benefits of all the trends reshaping the television business,” Nevins said. He said that the Ott Showtime service has added more than 1 million new subscribers since its launch in October — new sign-ups that do not appear to be compromising its traditional subscriber base that flows through traditional Mvpd players.
“We’ve built a new business in the last year,” he »
- Cynthia Littleton
Details of the project are still sketchy but it’s believed to be a serialized limited series. Russell’s reps at CAA are understood to have sent out feelers to network buyers asking for a hefty financial commitment even in advance of a formal pitch from Russell.
Russell has developed a few TV projects over the past decade at FX, CBS and ABC, and he was an exec producer on the offbeat five-episode Syfy series “Outer Space Astronauts” in 2009. But the Moore-De Niro project would mark his most significant foray into TV. It’s unclear if there are other writers involved »
- Cynthia Littleton
Every week, the CriticWire Survey asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: This past weekend saw the release of “Indignation,” which has been rather faithfully adapted from the Philip Roth novel of the same name. In the hopes of shining some light on what makes for a great adaptation, is there a film that you believe is better than the book from which it was adapted?
Christopher Campbell (@thefilmcynic) Nonfics/Film School Rejects
This is a difficult question as I admit I haven’t read a lot of the books of movies I love (unless we count my childhood interest in novelizations), so I can’t think of any favorite films I »
- David Ehrlich
Director and producer Liz Garbus, known for her films “What Happened, Miss Simone?” (2015), “Bobby Fischer Against the World” (2011) and most recently “Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper,” is Tribeca Shortlist’s August Shortlister.
The streaming movie service sat down with the helmer to talk to her about her favorite movies, including the 2008 documentary “Harvard Beats Yale 29 to 29,” the Oscar-nominated “In The Bedroom!” directed by Todd Field and the vampire-driven “Let The Right One In.”
“I’m not a big fan of the vampire movie…But this movie has all the elements of mystery and drama, and a relationship between two characters that is so thoughtful,” she states about the Tomas Alfredson-directed flick in the clip below.
In regards to “In The Bedroom,” Garbus says that people should watch the film “because it is an incredibly, »
- Liz Calvario
After the success of her debut Mustang — which premiered at Cannes and went on to get nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars — director Deniz Gamze Ergüven is making her first English-language film with Kings, a film set in 1992 La as tension rises during Rodney King’s infamous trail.
Deadline reports Daniel Craig is now in talks to play one of the only white residents in South Central, who befriends Halle Berry’s character, a tough and protective mother. When all hell breaks loose, Craig’s character helps Berry find her child who is caught in the thick of the violence during the riots. The film will reportedly have a blend of hope and raw emotion akin to Mustang.
This has been a passion project for Ergüven for years, dating back to her graduation from the French Fémis film school. She almost made it as her debut, but »
- Mike Mazzanti
Few filmmakers arrive with debut films as startling and masterful as Deniz Gamze Erguven, whose “Mustang” stunned the festival circuit last year and earned four César Awards and an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Fortunately for domestic fans of the sisterhood drama, the filmmaker is waisting no time planning her English-language debut. Erguven had previously cast Halle Berry in a role, and now Deadline reports that Daniel Craig is circling the project as well.
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Entitled “Kings,” the upcoming drama is set against the rising tensions in Los Angeles during the 1992 Rodney King trial. Craig would take on the role of Ollie, one of South Central’s only white residents who befriends Berry’s character, a protective mother who looks after a group of kids. Berry’s mother is secretly in love with Ollie, and »
- Zack Sharf
Should Craig come on board, he will portray a loner who lives in South Central Los Angeles and falls in love with Berry’s character. When the riots erupt, he will help Berry in protecting her children from the violence.
The riots started a few hours after a jury in suburban Simi Valley acquitted four Los Angeles Police officers of use of excessive force in the videotaped arrest and beating of Rodney King in 1991 following a high-speed chase. A total of 55 people died during the riots amid looting, assault and arson causing more than $1 billion of property damage. »
- Dave McNary
In news that, at this point, should surprise nobody, Daniel Craig has joined another project that doesn’t involve martinis or have a license to kill. The actor continues to carve a career path away from 007, which involves working with topshelf directors like Steven Soderbergh (“Logan Lucky“) and Todd Field (“Purity“). Read More: Showtime Orders […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's been a decade since director Todd Field's masterful Little Children followed up his equally potent In the Bedroom, and we have been clammoring for his next effort since. After many close calls and proposed projects, his next literary adaptation is finally coming to fruition. Showtime has announced a two season, 20 episode order for Purity, based on last year's Jonathan Franzen globehopping novel. With the cable network throwing its weight behind the series, this is exciting news for those over us who have watched his many projects never get beyond the announcement stage.
This one comes with a high pedigree: Daniel Craig has signed on to play the central pseudo-WikiLeaks activist Andreas Wolf (sealing the final nail in the coffin to any Bond speculation), with Franzen and Oscar nominee David Hare sharing the writing duties with Field. The female lead has yet to be cast, but it's a strong »
- Chris Feil
In today’s edition of TV Bits: Showtime has ordered 20 episodes of Todd Field‘s series Purity, which will star Daniel Craig. Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the wrestling comedy G.L.O.W. Outlander, Transparent, and UnREAL have all been renewed. Back in February, we heard that Todd Field was working on an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s Purity. The director behind two stunning […]
- Jack Giroux
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Showtime has ordered the Purity TV series, starring Daniel Craig as Andreas Wolf. The limited series is based on the Jonathan Franzen novel of the same name. Showtime has ordered 20 episodes of Purity, to air over the course of two years. Back in February, there was quite a bidding war for the new drama.
Craig will executive produce with Todd Field, who is writing, and will also direct every episode. Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare, and Jonathan Franzen are also executive producing. Hare and Franzen will also serve as writers on the Purity TV series.
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The series was picked up with a twenty-episode order and centers on a young woman named Purity (aka Pip) who, in search of answers about herself and her family, winds up interning in South America at the Sunlight Project - a group which deals with all the secrets of the world.
Craig is eyed to play Andreas, a German provocateur who crosses paths with Pip. Todd Field ("In the Bedroom") will write, direct and executive produce the series which Franzen, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, and David Hare will executive produce.
Franzen and Hare will also serve as writers on the series with Field set to direct all twenty episodes. The series will air over two years on Showtime with production to begin next year. »
- Garth Franklin
The talk of the industry might be Peak TV, but Showtime president and CEO David Nevins says his network has never been in a better place to take on the competition.
“Showtime is in the best competitive position we’ve ever been in,” said Nevins, during a conference call with reporters. “A lot of things are going right for us right now.”
Nevins pointed to the cabler’s lineup of series, including “Homeland,” “The Affair,” and “Billions,” adding, “It’s fair to say nobody else has the consistent strength of shows that we have.”
He also credited the network’s roster of talent, saying Showtime has become the “premier destination for top actors and producers around the world.”
“There’s a number of reasons they’re choosing to come to Showtime now,” he said. “Talent knows when we put their shows on the air they’re going to get noticed. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Bringing an end to months of back-and-forth, Showtime has ordered a 20-episode miniseries of Purity, an adaptation of the acclaimed Jonathan Franzen novel that will feature Daniel Craig in a star role.
Marking the actor’s first foray onto the small-screen in almost two decades – not since the BBC’s Our Friends in the North has the Brit featured in a major TV series – news of Craig landing the lucrative deal to headline Purity only emphasizes the actor’s desire to lay down the license to kill, as he’s all but set to depart the James Bond franchise after four consecutive turns as MGM’s lethal spy.
In terms of Purity, Variety reports that Showtime fended off heated competition from both Netflix and FX to secure the limited series, appointing Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children) to write and direct all 20 episodes in the process. Meanwhile, Scott Rudin »
- Michael Briers
Though his future as James Bond may be up in the air, Daniel Craig has landed a starring role in an upcoming limited series on Showtime called Purity. The series will be based on the novel by author Jonathan Franzen with Craig acting as an executive producer as well. The series has also hired director Todd Field who, in an unusual move for television, will direct all 20 episodes of the series. Joining Craig on the production side is Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare and Jonathan Franzen himself.
Showtime president and CEO David Nevens also made a statement about the news, saying “Jonathan Franzen’s Purity is an epic American novel that pulses with the energy of a psychological thriller. I whipped through it in a week. His gripping and timely story has attracted a powerhouse team – Todd Field, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare, along with Franzen himself, and »
- Ricky Church
In case it wasn’t clear that Daniel Craig gives zero fucks about making time in his calendar to play James Bond again, the actor has decided to spend a good chunk of next year making a television event series. Read More: Jamie Bell Discussing James Bond Role With Producers, But Daniel Craig May Not Be […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Consider Showtime and Daniel Craig “bonded.” The cable network has nabbed the hot property Purity, a limited series based on Jonathan Franzen’s bestseller of the same name, starring and exec-produced by the erstwhile 007.
Netflix, FX and several other outlets were also in contention to land the buzzy project, which was seeking — and received — a 20-episode order. Besides Ep-ing along with Craig, Scott Rudin (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Eli Bush, David Hare and Franzen, Todd Field (Little Children) will direct each installment, »
Daniel Craig will star in Showtime’s limited series adaptation of an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel “Purity.” The drama was picked up straight to series with a 20 episode order. Scott Rudin is executive producing alongside Craig. Todd Field is directing and also executive producing, along with Eli Bush, David Hare and Franzen. The story follows a young woman named Pip who, in her philosophical wanderings, ends up in South America, interning at The Sunlight Project, which deals with all the secrets of the world. Craig will play Andreas, the German founder of the organization who is drawn to Pip. »
- Linda Ge
Showtime has given a straight-to-series pickup to the drama with a hefty 20-episode order, which will air over the course of two years. Production begins in 2017, and no premiere date has been set.
Sources say the project is a megabucks deal for “James Bond” star Craig, who will also serve as an exec producer on “Purity.”
Based on Jonathan Franzen’s novel, the television adaptation will be penned by Todd Field, who is also directing all 20 episodes. Field will exec produce with Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare and Franzen with the latter two also serving as writers on the series.
Before landing at Showtime, the hot project generated a slew of high-profile bidders from Netflix to FX and more with Rudin searching for a straight-to-series order, given the impressive auspices. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
After months of negotiations and deal-making, Showtime has closed a deal for a 20-episode order to Purity, a limited drama series toplined by James Bond star Daniel Craig and produced by Todd Field and Scott Rudin. The project, based on the book of the same name by The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen, hit the cable and streaming marketplace in February, with Showtime emerging as an early frontrunner based on an aggressive offer. Field will direct all 20 hours of the… »
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