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Cannes — Relativity plans to ramp up its TV biz and launch a digital platform, company topper Ryan Kavanaugh told an industry aud in a keynote at the Mipcom TV mart in Cannes.
Kavanaugh also said that Relativity will launch a digital distribution platform featuring its films and TV programs – not necessarily exclusively — in the next 12 months and is currently discussing with various partners. “We’re ready to make all of our movies and television shows available on our platform (…) but our idea is not to replace traditional TV: those two experiences should coexist.”
The L.A. company is looking to open up its newly launched international film sales division, Relativity Foreign, to rep its TV shows, kicking off with “Limitless” and “Act of Valor” — the two smallscreen adaptations of Relativity movies, announced on Monday.
“We’re looking to adapt five or six of our movies into series,” said Kavanaugh.
- Elsa Keslassy
Cannes — Relativity and Tandem Communications have teamed up to produce a TV series based on Relativity’s movie “Act of Valor” for National Geographic Channel in the U.S. It is Relativity’s first scripted series.
The series will be written by Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”). Production is scheduled to begin in early 2014. Tandem (“The Pillars of the Earth,” “Crossing Lines”) will handle international distribution.
The series focuses on pararescuemen, who are tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments.
Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity, said: “Relativity’s unique model allows us to successfully transform a film such as ‘Act of Valor’ into a highly engaging television series. Through this process, networks are able to broadcast shows with built-in-audiences of viewers already invested in a story, while the studio monetizes our content in new ways.”
The movie “Act of Valor” opened number one at the U. »
- Leo Barraclough
National Geographic Channel is developing a new scripted series "Act Of Valor", described as a drama from Relativity and Tandem Communications inspired by their 2012 Navy Seal feature. Deadline reports that this is the first scripted series, penned by Erik Jendresen (Band Of Brothers), about the pararescuemen, also known as PJs, who are the unsung combat medical heroes. National Geographic had great success with Seal Team Six, which became the network’s highest-rated program of 2012. It was followed by high ratings with the Bill O'Reilly scripted franchise launched earlier this year with the film Killing Lincoln, Nat Geo’s highest-rated program to date this year, and the anticipated Killing Kennedy, premiering November 10, and now Killing Jesus, in development. “With »
- April Neale
Cannes -- National Geographic Channel U.S., Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity studio and German-based production group Tandem Communications will join forces to produce Act of Valor, a new action drama which will mark the first scripted series for both Relativity and National Geographic. Inspired by Relativity's 2012 feature film of the same name, Act of Valor will focus on pararescuemen, or Pjs, the unsung heroes of the U.S. special forces, that parachute in to rescue people in combat and humanitarian emergencies. Erik Jendresen, a supervising producer of HBO's Band of Brothers, will write the series, which begins shooting in early
- Scott Roxborough
National Geographic Channel U.S. and Relativity Television are making a push into scripted TV series, teaming with Tandem Communications to produce “Act of Valor.” The series will be written by Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”) and based on Relativity’s feature film of the same name, which opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office in February 2012 and went on to take in $80 million worldwide. The companies made the announcement Sunday at the Mipcom television festival and market in Paris. Tandem (“The Pillars of the Earth”), a unit of France’s StudioCanal, will act as both the studio on the production. »
- Todd Cunningham
Exclusive: National Geographic Channel is entering the scripted series arena with Act Of Valor, a drama from Relativity and Tandem Communications inspired by Relativity’s successful 2012 Navy Seal feature. The project, which also marks Relativity’s first scripted series, will begin production in early 2014. Written by Erik Jendresen (Band Of Brothers), Act Of Valor the series focuses on pararescuemen, also known as PJs, who are the unsung heroes tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments. Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh is expected to address the project in his Mipcom Media Mastermind Keynote in Cannes on Tuesday. “Relativity’s unique model allows us to successfully transform a film such as Act Of Valor into a highly engaging television series,” he said. “We could not ask for a better home for the series than National Geographic Channel.” This marks the second Relativity movie to spawn a series, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It's been over a year since we heard anything regarding the psychological thriller Mission: Blacklist. Robert Pattinson signed on to play soldier-turned-intelligence agent Eric Maddox, the man who spearheaded the capture of Saddam Hussein. Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers) wrote the screenplay based on Maddox's 2008 book, Mission: Black List #1 – The Inside Story Of The Search For Saddam Hussein – As Told By The Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture (as a rule, non-fiction books must have at least 15 words in their title). Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog) was attached to direct, but now Swedish director Jesper Ganslandt (Falkenberg Farewell) is on board to make his English-language debut. According to Deadline, filming is set to begin this fall. As for Pattinson, he'll be seen later this year in the futuristic western The Rover. He's also attached to David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, James Marsh's Hold on to Me, and Lone Scherfig's Posh. »
- Matt Goldberg
As reported over a year ago at Cannes and with a poster to prove it, there is a movie on its way about the manhunt for Saddam Hussein starring glittery vampire extraordinaire Robert Pattinson. Don't worry, this isn't some teen romantic drama infused with Middle Eastern political intrigue, it's set to be a pretty gritty thriller with the semi-autobiographical novel "Mission: Blacklist #1" as source material and a script written by "Band of Brothers" writer Erik Jendresen, "Dead Poets Society" actor Dylan Kussman, and relative unknown Trace Sheehan. The upcoming feature, "Mission: Blacklist" (no #1) follows military interrogator (and the novel's co-author) Eric Maddox on the hunt for Hussein, ultimately leading him to the 6 to 8 foot spider hole in Ad-Dawr filled with the Iraqi dictator, two Ak-47s, a pistol and $750,000 worth in $100 bills. Sounds pretty exciting, no? With Pattinson as Maddox and a finished script, all seemed good to go until director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire left. »
- Diana Drumm
Robert Pattinson's next project, Iraq thriller Mission: Blacklist, has found a director. Deadline is reporting that Swede Jesper Ganslandt will be calling the shots. Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire had been pencilled in but subsequently withdrew from the production.Ganslandt has three Swedish films behind him, including 2012's Blondie, but Mission: Blacklist will be his English-language debut. The script, co-written by Band Of Brothers screenwriter Erik Jendresen, tells the story of Pattinson's Zero Dark Thirty-like quest for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.Set in the fallen dictatorship, the movie will tell the story of Staff Sgt. Maddox, a gun specialist interrogator charged with finding the bad guys. That's all of them: from Saddam and Tariq Aziz, right the way down to the funny propaganda man who used to tell the world that everything was under control even as American soldiers were rifling through his sock drawer. But it's Saddam, of course, »
Pattinson came on board the project last year when Jean-Stephane Sauvaire was attached to direct. “Band of Brothers” writer Erik Jendresen, Dylan Kussman and Trace Sheehan adapted the story of the search for Saddam Hussein, based on Eric Maddox’s 2008 book “Mission: Black List #1 – The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein – As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture.”
Ganslandt’s credits include the Swedish titles “The Ape” and “Falkenberg Farewell.” He is repped by Paradigm and Magnolia.
The Deadline.com site first reported Ganslandt’s attachment. »
- Dave McNary
The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).
The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.
The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:
Created by David Chase
- Cynthia Littleton
Don't call it a docudrama. Premiering on Sunday, February 17th at 8pm, "Killing Lincoln" is National Geographic's first real venture into scripted television, aside from November's "Zero Dark Thirty Lite" acquired feature "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden." The new movie about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln doesn't take the typical approach to a historical drama. Written by Erik Jendresen ("Band of Brothers") and directed by Adrian Moat ("Gettyburg"), "Killing Lincoln" is based on Bill O'Reilly's nonfiction bestseller of the same name, though the Fox News host had no direct involvement in the TV movie, which was handled by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions. It takes place in what's left as an ellipsis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," delving into the conspiracy headed by John Wilkes Booth (Jesse Johnson) that lead up to the murder »
- Alison Willmore
Don't call it a docudrama. Premiering on Sunday, February 17th at 8pm, "Killing Lincoln" is National Geographic's first real venture into scripted television, aside from November's "Zero Dark Thirty Lite" acquired feature "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden." The new movie about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln doesn't take the typical approach to a historical drama. Written by Erik Jendresen ("Band of Brothers") and directed by Adrian Moat ("Gettyburg"), "Killing Lincoln" is based on Bill O'Reilly's nonfiction bestseller of the same name, though the Fox News host had no direct involvement in the TV movie, which was handled by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions. It takes place in what's left as an ellipsis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," delving into the conspiracy headed by John Wilkes Booth (Jesse Johnson) that lead up to the murder...
- Alison Willmore
Based on the bestselling book of the same name, Killing Lincoln marks National Geographic’s first foray into scripted drama, and if this first trailer is anything to by, they’ve done a fine job first time around.
Courtesy of Waterstones, here’s the synopsis for Bill O’Reilly’s original book, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever:
“Based on Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling book, Killing Lincoln chronicles the final days of President Lincoln (Billy Campbell) and the plot by his assassin John Wilkes Booth (Jesse Johnson).”
- Kenji Lloyd
Erik Jendresen, writer and executive producer of the upcoming Nat Geo film "Killing Lincoln," says presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth could have been a modern-day "poster child for the Tea Party." Jendresen spoke about the film, which stars Billy Campbell (left) as Lincoln, at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. The film is based on the book co-written by "O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly, a noted supporter of many Tea Party ideals. Also read: Tom Hanks Joins 'Killing Lincoln,' Based on Bill O'Reilly's Book Jendresen stressed that Booth wasn't a madman, but »
- Tim Molloy
The writer-producer of the upcoming film Killing Lincoln says infamous presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth could be a “poster boy for the tea party.”
The incendiary comment was made on National Geographic Channel’s press tour panel Friday. Killing Lincoln dramatizes the final days of the 16h president and the man who killed him. The film’s writer and executive producer Erik Jendresen criticized the typical portrayal of Booth as a crazed failed actor and said Killing Lincoln takes a more rounded approach.
“The true story is more fascinating and disturbing,” Jendresen said. “This is not the act of somebody »
- James Hibberd
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA. Erik Jendresen, the writer and executive producer of the forthcoming National Geographic Channel film Killing Lincoln, told critics during a TCA panel this morning that while Abraham Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth is often dismissed as a laundry-list psychopath, in fact “he could be the poster child for the Tea Party (movement).” Jendresen explained that he was astonished by the parallel feelings coursing through the country in Lincoln’s time that there are today. “If you look at the politics of the time, and the epithets hurled at Lincoln, the feeling is not dissimilar” to the feelings that grip many in the U.S. with regard to President Obama. “The idea today of this imperial Presidency and (Obama) declaring himself King and taking over…It’s just stunning to read the newspaper articles, letters, papers from back (in Lincoln »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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