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Below is the press release announcing the projects for the Sundance January Screenwriters Lab.
Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute has selected 12 projects for its annual January Screenwriters Lab, an immersive, five-day (January 13-18) writers’ workshop at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Participating independent screenwriters – drawn from around the world, including the United States, China, South Africa, and Europe – will have the opportunity to work intensely on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking.
Michelle Satter, Director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, said, “We are very excited to support these filmmakers who are giving voice to a world in transition with a diverse range of stories, genres and contemporary themes. Fueled by their creativity and a deeply personal stake in these stories, the filmmakers are infusing their scripts with rich characters, authentic worlds and uniquely singular visions. »
- Scott Macaulay
The Sundance Institute has selected 12 projects for its annual January Screenwriters Lab, that takes place January 13-18 in Utah. The selected Fellows will work with a group of creative advisors, including Lab Artistic Director Scott Frank, Lisa Cholodenko, Geoffrey Fletcher, Naomi Foner, John Gatins, Susannah Grant, John Lee Hancock, Nicole Holofcener, Malia Scotch Marmo, Walter Mosley, Jessie Nelson, Martin Rejtman, Howard Rodman, Susan Shilliday, Zach Sklar, Dana Stevens and Joachim Trier. Below are the 2012 January screenwriters lab Fellows and projects (synopses courtesy of Sundance Institute): Jonas Carpignano (writer/director) / A Chjàna (Italy/U.S.A.): After leaving his native Burkina Faso in search of a better life, Ayiva makes the perilous journey to Italy; though he finds compatriots along the way, they are unprepared for the intolerance facing immigrants in their newly-claimed home. Jonas Carpignano is an Italian-American filmmaker »
The Sundance Institute has selected 12 projects for its annual January Screenwriters Lab, an intensive five-day writers’ workshop held January 13-18 at Utah's Sundance Resort. These indie screenwriters from around the world will work on their feature film scripts with support from veteran writers. Many of these films do wind up getting made and often are shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Led by Lab Artistic Director Scott Frank this year's Sundance creative advisors include Lisa Cholodenko, Geoffrey Fletcher, Naomi Foner, John Gatins, Susannah Grant, John Lee Hancock, Nicole Holofcener, Malia Scotch Marmo, Walter Mosley, Jessie Nelson, Martin Rejtman, Howard Rodman, »
Beverly Hills, CA - Seven writers have been selected as winners for the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer (or writing team) will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 3.
The 2011 Nicholl Fellows are (listed alphabetically by author):
Chris Bessounian & Tianna Langham, Los Angeles, Calif., “Guns and Saris” Dion Cook, Altus, Okla., “Cutter” John MacInnes, Los Angeles, Calif., “Outside the Wire” Matthew Murphy, Culver City, Calif., “Unicorn” Abel Vang & Burlee Vang, Fresno, Calif., “The Tiger.s Child”
The winners were selected from a record 6,730 scripts submitted for this year’s competition. The competition is open to any individual who has not sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay for more than $5,000, or received a fellowship or prize that includes a “first look” clause, »
- Michelle McCue
Beverly Hills, CA - Seven individual writers and three writing teams have been selected as finalists for the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy’s Nicholl Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $30,000 fellowships.
This year’s finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):
Chris Bessounian & Tianna Langham, Los Angeles, Calif., “Guns and Saris” Dion Cook, Altus, Oklahoma, “Cutter” K.E. Greenberg, Los Angeles, Calif., “Blood Bound” Ehud Lavski, Tel Aviv, Israel, “Parasite” John MacInnes, Los Angeles, Calif., “Outside the Wire” Aaron Marshall, West Hollywood, Calif., “Fig Hunt: The Quest for Battle Armor Star Captain” Khurram Mozaffar, Lisle, Illinois, “A Man of Clay” Matthew Murphy, Culver City, Calif., “Unicorn” Abel Vang & Burlee Vang, Fresno, Calif., “The Tiger.s Child” Paul Vicknair & Chris Shafer, »
- Michelle McCue
A Gifted Man Season 1 Episode 1 Pilot Nielsen Ratings. The TV show A Gifted Man stars Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, and Emmy winner Margo Martindale, with the pilot episode directed by Jonathan Demme made its premiere Friday night on CBS, to not too overwhelming numbers according to Nielsen ratings: A Gifted Man (1.4/5 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall). It came just behind the season premiere of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (1.6/6, 3.8 million)–still more than doubled the competition of overall viewers. A Gifted Man had a 2.9 rating among women 25-54.
For those of you who are unfamiliar of the show, A Gifted Man follows Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson), a brilliant and charismatic surgeon who, after his ex-wife, Anna, dies and starts to teach him the meaning of life. Thanks to his lucrative career as an exceptional doctor, Michel has lived the life of luxury and easiness. Michel’s sister Christina (Julie Benz), a »
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline's coverage of TCA. There have been some changes on CBS' A Gifted Man, starring Patrick Wilson as an ultra-competitive surgeon whose dead ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) begins appearing to him, since the pilot for the supernatural medical drama written by Susannah Grant and directed by Jonathan Demme was shot. ER and Law & Order: Svu veteran Neal Baer was brought in as showrunner; actress Rachelle Lefevre was cast as a new regular, as a doctor, in as part of the effort to beef up the medical procedural element of the show; Pablo Schreiber was upped from guest star to regular; and Julie Benz, who plays Wilson's sister, renegotiated her deal to change her status from regular to recurring. Despite all the changes, "we didn't retool," Baer, who is a licensed pediatrician, said at the show's TCA panel this afternoon. "It's the same show, the same characters. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Although CBS fares a little better in the geek spectrum of tv scheduling than ABC does – CBS has The Big Bang Theory and A Person of Interest – like ABC, CBS also has only one show on its fall lineup that actually falls into the sci-fi/fantasy/horror genre, and A Gifted Man is it. It will premiere on the exceedingly popular Friday, September 23, though fortunately this one is at 8/7c.
Here’s a quick behind-the-scenes look at the show:
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A Gifted Man is a drama about a brilliant, charismatic surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife begins teaching him the meaning of life from the “hereafter.” Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson) is an exceptional doctor who lives a materialistic life of luxury thanks to his work-obsessed »
- Erin Willard
Beverly Hills, CA . The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition has received a record 6,730 entries for 2011, including a first-time entry from Ecuador. The Academy will award up to five fellowships of $30,000 each in November.
The Nicholl Fellowships competition is open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television. Entry scripts must be feature length and the original work of a sole author or of exactly two collaborative authors. The scripts must have been written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible.
This year, entries have come from all 50 states in the U.S., as well as from Argentina, Australia, Austria, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, »
- Michelle McCue
Updated: New York killed it this pilot season. Not only did the Big Apple go from zero drama pilots being filmed there last year to nine following the August 2010 vote to extend and expand the state's Film Production Tax Credit Program, it also attracted some of the strongest pilots. Out of the nine hourlong pilots filmed in New York, eight -- NBC's Smash and Prime Suspect, CBS' Person of Interest, Unforgettable (formerly Rememberer), A Gifted Man (formerly Untitled Susannah Grant), The 2-2 (formerly Rookies) and Ringer and ABC's Pan Am -- went to series, with Ringer moving to CW. Of the 11 shot in Los Angeles, only two, NBC's Awake (formerly Rem) and ABC's Scandal, were picked up to series. However, when the dust settled after the upfronts, six newly picked up drama series moved production to Los Angeles, including Ringer and Prime Suspect, giving La a 8-to-6 edge over New York. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
As the networks roll out their fall schedules, CBS gets a chance to spend a lot of its day milling around the free snack table while surfing for new Apps. Whatever your thoughts might be on whether or not CBS has hot women, and is or isn't a network for old people (which it A- does, and B- nevertheless largely is), the fact is that they aren't rolling out a lot of new shows. P.S. don't write letters, if you haven't heard about CBS claiming it isn't for old people (or just for old people, I suppose) and has "hot women," that's not my fault.
You could go either way with the general idea that CBS is only putting out five new shows, while the other networks seem to have more new shows than they can juggle at once. On the one hand, CBS might be resting on its »
- Marc Eastman
CBS unveiled its 2011-2012 fall lineup yesterday, which included three new dramas and two new comedies. The network has released trailers for the new shows Person of Interest, Unforgettable, A Gifted Man, How to Be a Gentleman, and Two Broke Girls. Take a look at all of these trailers, plus the series descriptions, below.
Click to watch Person of Interest Trailer!
Person of Interest stars James Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson in a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-cia agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese's (Caviezel) special training in covert operations appeals to Finch (Emerson), a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work »
Well, dead person is a more accurate statement.
"A Gifted Man" is CBS' new Friday night drama, slated to air at 8 Pm leading into "CSI: New York" and "Blue Bloods." It stars Patrick Wilson as Dr. Michael Holt, whose world is turned upside down after coming in contact with his dead ex-wife, played by Jennifer Ehle.
Anna (Ehle), a free-clinic doctor, appears to her ex-husband in spirit to seek his help and to teach him the meaning of life. In turn, Michael discovers a new perspective on rich vs. poor and what is truly important in life. Joining the cast is Julie Benz, Liam Aiken and Margo Martindale.
CBS announced today its new 2011-2012 primetime schedule, ordering five new series and making key time-period moves for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The Good Wife to strengthen its already top-rated primetime lineup. CBS will, once again, finish the season as America's most watched network, marking the eighth time it has done so in the last nine years.
The new series include three new dramas and two new comedies: Person of Interest, a crime thriller from renowned executive producer J.J. Abrams starring James Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson; Unforgettable, starring Dylan Walsh and Poppy Montgomery as a former detective with a rare condition that enables her to remember virtually every detail from every day of her life; A Gifted Man about a preeminent surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife returns, starring Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Ehle; Two Broke Girls, »
Chicago – What do you do when your iron grip on success is getting weaker? Shake things up. That’s what CBS is doing this Fall by shuffling their line-up more significantly than any other network and adding five new series, which are detailed below.
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19 shows return including “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY,” “The Mentalist,” “Blue Bloods,” “Rules of Engagement,” “48 Hours Mystery,” “The Good Wife,” “60 Minutes,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mike & Molly,” “Survivor,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Two and a Half Men, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
CBS unveiled its fall scheduled keeping Big Bang Theory on Thursdays and shifts veteran CSI from its longtime Thursday night anchor slot.
The network announced several new drams. J.J. Abrams’ Person of Interest stars Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson as an ex-cia agent and a billionaire who team to stop crimes. Interest gets to take over the coveted CSI spot on Thursdays. CBS also shifted The Good Wife to Sundays. “To move CSI out of that time period you need big guns and we do,” says CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler. »
- James Hibberd
Three other series are confirmed to join the already-announced "Person of Interest" and "Two Broke Girls" on the CBS line-up when the network reveals its full schedule May 18.
"The 2-2," from executive producer Robert De Niro, is a cop series starring Leelee Sobieski ("Joan of Arc") and Adam Goldberg ("The Unusuals"). As for "Unforgettable," the procedural follows a former detective (Poppy Montgomery) who can remember anything.
David Hornsby, a writer and sometimes star of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," created and stars in "Gentleman" -- a loose adaptation of John Bridges' book of the same name, in which Hornsby plays a magazine editor who writes a column on how to be a respectable modern male. "Entourage" vet Kevin Dillon co-stars. »
CBS has given the green light to "A Gifted Man," a one-hour drama starring Patrick Wilson, TheWrap has confirmed.
In the series, formerly known as "Untitled Susannah Grant Project," Wilson will star as an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed when his wife (Jennifer Ehle) dies and starts dispensing life lessons to him from the afterlife.
Update 1:40 Pm: Outgoing Law & Order: Svu executive producer/showrunner Neal Baer has been tapped as executive producer/ showrunner of A Gifted Man. This marks his first gig under his new overall deal at CBS TV Studios, which starts in a few days. Previous: CBS just picked up another new drama series, the untitled Susannah Grant medical drama, now titled A Gifted Man. Produced by CBS TV Studios, it stars Patrick Wilson as ultra-competitive surgeon Michael, whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife Anna dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the hereafter. The Gifted Man joins dramas The 2-2 (prev. Rookies), Unforgettable (prev. The Rememberer) and David Hornsby's comedy How To Be a Gentleman, picked up earlier today; and drama Person of Interest and comedy Two Broke Girls, which were ordered Friday. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
CBS has ordered the cop drama The 2-2 (formerly Rookies), the Poppy Montgomery-starring detective drama Unforgettable, Susannah Grant's A Gifted Man and the sitcom How to Be a Gentleman, which comes via It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia scribe David Hornsby.
Fall 2011 TV Scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?
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- Rich Juzwiak
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