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Banijay Group Ramps Up Scripted Output with Drama Projects From Tom Fontana, Radu Mihaileanu (Exclusive)

16 October 2017 11:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One year after joining Banijay Group to spearhead the expansion of the company into international scripted programming, TV industry veteran Takis Candilis has launched joint ventures in key European markets and has put in motion several high-profile series with helmers such as Tom Fontana and Radu Mihaileanu.

Speaking to Variety at Mipcom, Candilis spoke about the highlights of the company’s scripted development slate, including Radu Mihaileanu’s “Farewell Shanghai” and Tom Fontana’s untitled series about Joann of Arc.

“Farewell Shanghai” is being developed by David Kodsi’s Kien Productions and is based on Angel Wagenstein’s 2007 book by the same name. Taking place on the eve of WWII, “Farewell Shanghai” follows the true-life journey of European jews who fled Nazi Germany and found refuge in Shanghai. These refugees, many of whom were accomplished artists and intellectuals, lived in Shanghai slums and worked in menial jobs.

“Not many people know that China delivered about 30,000 visas to Jews »

- Elsa Keslassy

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'Oz' PaleyFest Reunion: Stars Talk Path HBO Series Paved for Scripted TV

15 October 2017 7:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Just a few months after celebrating the 20th anniversary of the show Oz, the cast and crew reunited for the first time at PaleyFest New York to commemorate the work they did on the HBO show and how they were able to pull it off.

Oz marked the first one-hour drama series that HBO produced, and it followed the lives and tribulations of the inmates and workers at a level-four maximum-security prison.

Series creator Tom Fontana said the idea for the show grew out of him wanting to know what happened to the inmates in all the crime and police »

- Farnoush Amiri

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Beau Willimon Says He’ll Push Diversity Initiatives, Organizing Efforts as WGA East Leader

19 September 2017 5:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Beau Willimon has an ambitious new drama series launching next year on Hulu, and he has a Broadway play opening in late November. But a busy schedule has not deterred him from taking the reins of the WGA East at a tumultuous time for the film and TV biz.

In assuming the presidency of the WGA East as of Wednesday, Willimon said his goal was to build on the progress that executive director Lowell Peterson and his predecessor, Michael Winship, have made in fostering diversity initiatives for writers, organizing in the area of unscripted TV and continuing to improve relations between the WGA East and WGA West.

Willimon said his experience in serving on the WGA negotiating committee for the master film and TV contract deal reached in May was eye-opening. The guilds went down to the wire and were ready to walk if the studios hadn’t budged on key deal points.

“That »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Oz’ Reunion Among Shows Set for Paleyfest NY 2017

12 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Black Mirror,” “Black-ish,” and a cast reunion for the pioneering HBO drama “Oz” are among the events scheduled for the Paley Center for Media’s Paleyfest NY 2017, set for Oct. 6-16.

NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” are also on this year’s lineup.

Here’s the complete Paleyfest NY schedule:

Friday, October 6: Opening Night: Black Mirror, 7:00 pm

Panelists: Jesse Plemons, Jimmi Simpson, Michael Coel, Charlie Brooker (Creator/Executive Producer), and Annabel Jones (Executive Producer)

Saturday, October 7: Family Guy, 2:00pm

Panelists: Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, Mike Henry, Alex Borstein, Rich Appel (Executive Producer/Showrunner), and Alec Sulkin (Executive Producer/Showrunner); Moderator Cherry Chevapravatdumrong

Saturday, October 7: Star Trek Discovery, 8:00 pm

Panelists: Panelists and Moderator to be announced at a later date

Monday, October 9: Black-ish: A Conversation with Tracee Ellis Ross

Panelists: Tracee Ellis Ross and Corey Nickerson (Executive Producer); Moderator: Elaine Welteroth »

- Matt Fernandez

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'Oz' Reunion, 'Black Mirror' Added to PaleyFest NY 2017 Lineup

12 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The Oz team is getting back together -- for one night only.

A reunion of the acclaimed HBO prison drama is among the shows that have been added to the lineup for PaleyFest NY 2017, set to run Oct. 6-16. Other newly annouanced panels include Black Mirror, Blue Bloods, Late Night With Seth Meyers, as well as a conversation with Black-ish star (and Emmy nominee) Tracee Ellis Ross.

Edie Falco, Craig Grant a.k.a muMs, Terry Kinney, Lee Tergesen, Eamonn Walker, Dean Winters and series creator Tom Fontana are confirmed for the Oz reunion panel, set for Sunday, Oct. 15. David Simon will »

- Kate Stanhope

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James Murdoch, James Baker to Keynote Paley International Council Summit

1 August 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox, and former Secretary of State James Baker are among the speakers set for the 22nd annual Paley International Council Summit in October.

The gathering brings together leaders from media, government and business for a dialogue on the state of the industry as well as global issue such as enhancing trade, safeguarding national security, and cyber security and sustaining economic growth.

“The 22nd Paley International Council Summit will once again feature the most prominent gathering of speakers, featuring the leading voices in media, technology, and government, each lending their unique perspective to what is certain to be important and enlightening conversations,” said Maureen Reidy, president and CEO of the Paley Center.

Murdoch will open the conference, which runs Oct. 25-26. Baker, who also previously served as White House Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Treasury, will deliver the keynote address. Other »

- Variety Staff

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Movies, TV Shows Evolve to Reflect a Changing, More Complex View of Police

1 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Even for a journalist like Wesley Lowery, who’s chronicled the real-life killings and raw trauma that police shootings across America have left in their wake, the unyielding depiction in Kathryn Bigelow’s new film “Detroit” of the terror inflicted by three white officers on victims at the Algiers Motel in 1967 was deeply unsettling.

The young black reporter from The Washington Post was only 24 in 2014 when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., a seminal event that would bring to the fore the debate over race and policing. What most stood out to Lowery in “Detroit” was a rare depiction of police in film: a clear-cut portrayal of racist white officers who violently violated the civil rights of the black Detroit residents.

Bigelow’s movie, which debuts wide in theaters Aug. 4, centers on the race riots of 1967 and the police raid at the Algiers Motel, where »

- Ricardo Lopez and Ted Johnson

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Movies, TV Shows Evolve to Reflect a Changing, More Complex View of Police

1 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even for a journalist like Wesley Lowery, who’s chronicled the real-life killings and raw trauma that police shootings across America have left in their wake, the unyielding depiction in Kathryn Bigelow’s new film “Detroit” of the terror inflicted by three white officers on victims at the Algiers Motel in 1967 was deeply unsettling.

The young black reporter from The Washington Post was only 24 in 2014 when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., a seminal event that would bring to the fore the debate over race and policing. What most stood out to Lowery in “Detroit” was a rare depiction of police in film: a clear-cut portrayal of racist white officers who violently violated the civil rights of the black Detroit residents.

Bigelow’s movie, which debuts wide in theaters Aug. 4, centers on the race riots of 1967 and the police raid at the Algiers Motel, where »

- Ricardo Lopez and Ted Johnson

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Al Pacino Stars as Joe Paterno in HBO First Look Photo

16 July 2017 12:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

HBO Films has released a first look photo of Al Pacino starring as football coach Joe Paterno in it's untitled Barry Levinson project.

Pacino will play Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in college football history who becomes tangled in a sexual abuse scandal involving his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The scandal challenges his legacy and forces him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.

Levinson will direct and executive produce the HBO film along with his producing partners at Levinson/Fontana, Tom Fontana and Jason Sosnoff, and Ed Pressman, Rick Nicita and Lindsay Sloane. Levinson »

- Arlene Washington

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First Look: Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in Barry Levinson’s HBO Film

16 July 2017 11:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Introducing Al Pacino as Joe Paterno.

HBO has unveiled a first look photo of the actor in character as the football coach for the cabler’s upcoming project directed by Barry Levinson.

The as-yet-untitled film centers on Joe Paterno, who, after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims.

The film also stars Riley Keough as Sara Ganim, the 23-year-old journalist who first reported on the scandal, bringing it to the attention of the national media — and ultimately winning a Pulitzer Prize for her work. Annie Parisse will play Mary Kay Paterno, Joe Paterno’s daughter.

Levinson is directing and executive producing through his Levinson/Fontana banner, with Jason Sosnoff and Tom Fontana also executive producing. Edward Pressman and Linday Sloane also executive produce, along »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘The Leftovers’ Is Officially an Elite HBO Drama, Thanks to the Emmys

13 July 2017 10:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Emmy nominations are out, and they largely went as expected for “The Leftovers”: No nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, nothing for leads Justin Theroux or Carrie Coon (though the latter omission was stunning), nothing for writers Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta (or any of the talented staff), no nod for the gorgeous work of director Mimi Leder, and very nearly nothing across the board.

Save for one glorious exception: Ann Dowd.

Up for her turn on “The Handmaid’s Tale” as a supporting actress, Dowd snagged her second nomination of the morning as a guest actress on “The Leftovers.” To say this came as exciting news would be an understatement. The level of respect and adoration heaped upon Dowd by her fellow cast members, the writers, and Leder is unparalleled; to see the industry follow suit is the kind of things that keeps us invested in the Emmys. Dowd »

- Ben Travers

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Riley Keough joins Al Pacino’s Joe Paterno film at HBO

21 June 2017 10:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Actress Riley Keough has joined the cast of Al Pacino’s HBO film about Joe Paterno.

The currently untitled picture from executive producer/director Barry Levinson was announced to star Al Pacino earlier this month, and tells the story of Penn State’s football coach Joe Paterno.

Pacino has now found his co-star as Riley Keough has joined the project as Sara Ganim, the 23-year-old journalist who first reported on the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, and who would later win a Pulitzer Prize for her work.

The logline for the film reads: “After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.”

Levinson will direct and executive produce the film with Jason Sosnoff and Tom Fontana. The movie will be produced in association with Sony Pictures Television. »

- Samuel Brace

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Riley Keough Joins Al Pacino in HBO’s Joe Paterno Film

20 June 2017 3:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fury Road” star Riley Keough is set to co-star opposite Al Pacino in HBO Films’ as yet untitled Joe Paterno project, from executive producer/director Barry Levinson.

Keough will play Sarah Ganim, the 23-year-old journalist who first reported on the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, bringing it to the attention of the national media — and ultimately winning a Pulitzer Prize for her work.

The story follows Paterno’s (Pacino) later years, who after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, gets embroiled in the scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.

Levinson will direct and executive produce through his Levinson/Fontana banner, with Jason Sosnoff and Tom Fontana also executive producing. Edward Pressman and Linday Sloane will also executive produce, along with Rick Nicita through his Rp Media Company. Debora Cahn, John C. Richards, and David McKenna will write. The »

- Justin Kroll

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Al Pacino to play Joe Paterno in HBO original film

5 June 2017 4:17 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Barry Levinson attached to direct and executive produce.

Al Pacino will star as  former Penn State American football coach c in a new HBO film set to be directed by Barry Levinson.

The currently untitled project is being produced in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Pacino will play Paterno, the most successful coach in college American football history who became embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

Debora Cahn, John C. Richards and David McKenna will write the script. Levinson will also serve as an executive producer alongside partners Jason Sosnoff and Tom Fontana

Ed Pressman, Rick Nicita, and Lindsay Sloane will also serve as executive producers.

The project marks Pacino’s fourth at HBO following You Don’t Know Jack, Phil Spector and the mini-series Angels In America.

Levinson directed and served as executive producer on You Don’t Know Jack and was an executive producer on Phil Spector. He collaborated »

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Al Pacino to Star as Penn State Coach Joe Paterno in New HBO Movie From Barry Levinson

5 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Al Pacino will star as former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in a new HBO movie to be directed by Barry Levinson, Variety has learned.

The official logline for the film reads: “After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.”

Paterno, often referred to as JoePa, is widely regarded as the best college football coach of all time. However, his career came to a sudden halt in 2011 when assistant coach Sandusky’s crimes came to light, with a 2012 report concluding that Paterno and other Penn State officials were aware of Sandusky’s actions but chose to look the other way.

Levinson will direct and executive produce through his Levinson/Fontana banner, with Jason Sosnoff and Tom Fontana also executive producing. Edward Pressman »

- Joe Otterson

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Al Pacino to Play Joe Paterno in HBO Pic About Penn State Scandal

5 June 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Al Pacino is tackling the Penn State sex abuse scandal head-on.

The Oscar winner is set to play late college football legend Joe Paterno in a currently untitled HBO movie that chronicles the coach’s downfall in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

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The project — directed by Barry Levinson, who teamed with Pacino on the recent HBO pic Wizard of Lies — will delve into how the darkest chapter in Penn State history challenged Paterno’s legacy as the winningest coach in college football history, »

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Series Mania: Lagardere’s Atlantique, Spain’s Portocabo Co-Develop TV Drama ‘Hierro’ with Movistar Plus, Arte France

22 April 2017 3:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In a co-production deal announced at the 8th Series Mania Festival, Lagardere’s Atlantique Productions is teaming with Spanish production company Portocabo to develop thriller TV series “Hierro,” a best project award winner at Berlinale’s 2015 CoPro Series.

Developed with leading Spanish paybox Movistar Plus and French network Arte France, the “Hierro” deal, unveiled Thursday at Paris’ Series Mania, marks an early co-development initiative between France and Spain for a TV series.

Previous Lagardere connections with Spain in terms of international TV fiction projects include Lucie Borleteau’s thriller “Cannabis,” a co-production by Tonie Marshall’s Tabo Tabo Films, Spain’s Arcadia Motion Pictures and Arte France, warmly received on its world premiere at Series Mania’s 2016 edition, handled for international by Lagardere Studios.

A eight 52-minute drama, “Hierro” is set on the volcanic island of El Hierro, the most southerly of Spain’s Canary Islands. There, a hidden corpse with signs of having been brutally murdered »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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‘Tales from the Crypt,’ David Chase Miniseries, ‘MTV Unplugged’ and More: A Status Check on Shows in TV Purgatory

14 April 2017 1:28 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Television is a fast-paced business, where a show can be written, developed, ordered, cast, produced, and aired all within the course of a year. But sometimes, executives get ahead of themselves and shows are announced prematurely, or circumstances change, forcing delay.

IndieWire combed through some high-profile TV announcements from the past few years that haven’t yet seen the light of day, and asked their status. Some are still in the works; some are still “in development,” which could be code for “we don’t want to admit yet that this show is dead”; and some have quietly faded away.

Read More: M. Night Shyamalan Is Bringing Back ‘Tales From the Crypt’ at TNT

“Tales from the Crypt” (TNT)

TNT announced an ambitious new “Tales from the Crypt”-branded horror block executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan last year, including a 10-episode order of the anthology series, “guided by a newly reinvented Crypt Keeper. »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Tales from the Crypt,’ David Chase Miniseries, ‘MTV Unplugged’ and More: A Status Check on Shows in TV Purgatory

14 April 2017 1:28 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Television is a fast-paced business, where a show can be written, developed, ordered, cast, produced, and aired all within the course of a year. But sometimes, executives get ahead of themselves and shows are announced prematurely, or circumstances change, forcing delay.

IndieWire combed through some high-profile TV announcements from the past few years that haven’t yet seen the light of day, and asked their status. Some are still in the works; some are still “in development,” which could be code for “we don’t want to admit yet that this show is dead”; and some have quietly faded away.

Read More: M. Night Shyamalan Is Bringing Back ‘Tales From the Crypt’ at TNT

“Tales from the Crypt” (TNT)

TNT announced an ambitious new “Tales from the Crypt”-branded horror block executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan last year, including a 10-episode order of the anthology series, “guided by a newly reinvented Crypt Keeper. »

- Michael Schneider

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Lagardere Studios Ramps Up Business in Africa, Bows Format R&D Unit

6 April 2017 11:17 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris– Lagardère Studios, a leading French production and distribution group comprising 35 companies across three continents, has ramped up its biz in Africa.

Within the last year, Lagardère has doubled its catalogue of African programs to 1000 hours with an increasing number of films coming from the continent.

“Our catalogue of African movies is extremely rich and diversified — it encompasses 70 producers coming from 24 nationalities,” said Christophe Thoral, who succeeded Takis Candilis at the helm of Lagardère Studios.

Lagardère Studios has also been repping the catalogue of Orange Cinema in Africa and developing its presence in Africa’s booming feature film landscape.

“We’re seeing the emergence of a contemporary cinema in Africa and we’re looking to play a role in these movies by giving minimum guarantees, handling their distribution, and selling them worldwide,’ said Thoral.

Lagardère Studios for instance co-produced “Adama Roamba’s La forêt de Niolo” which won best script at Fespaco Film Festival.

Upcoming »

- Elsa Keslassy

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