4 items from 2015
Titled “The Passion,” the project will air live on Palm Sunday and will tell the story of Jesus of Nazareth, from presiding over the Last Supper and his betrayal by Judas to his trial by Pontius Pilate, conviction, crucifixion and resurrection.
The story will be set in modern-day New Orleans, Perry’s hometown. It will unfold live at some of the Crescent City’s most iconic locations and feature a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from Champion Square outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenburg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River. A cast of as-yet-to-be-announced stars will feature a variety of popular music, arranged by music producer Adam Anders (“Glee, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Health entertainment network Z Living has closed a development deal with 3 Ball Entertainment (Bar Rescue, Extreme Weight Loss), the first under Z Living General Manager Rafe Oller who took over as Gm in September. The pact initially puts three original series into development, The Big Fat Truth, Finding Fido and Homegrown Wedding. Hosted by Extreme Weight Loss and The Biggest Loser exec producer Jd Roth, and based on Roth’s upcoming book The Big Fat Truth is aimed… »
MTV2 has given series orders to projects revolving around rapper Tyga and comedian Charlamagne. The cabler also hopes to revive “Celebrity Deathmatch.”
MTV2 has ordered a new pilot for “Deathmatch,” the animated series that bowed on MTV in 1998. The series features contemporary and historical figures engaging in fantasy fights. Creator Eric Fogel is “re-imagining” the concept for the Twitter era, MTV2 promises.
“Kingin’ with Tyga” follows the rap star and his sizable entourage as they engage live the high life and engage in stunts along the way. The half-hour series from 3 Ball Entertainment has a six-episode order. Tyga, Marcus Fox, Brant Pinvidic, J.D. Roth, Todd Nelson and Adam Kaloustian are exec producers.
“Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne tha God” is described as a weekly half-hour comedy talk show featuring a panel of comedians riffing on “the loudest social media topics of the week.” Charlamagne is a regular on MTV2’s air »
- Cynthia Littleton
Indie unscripted production company Eyeworks USA is relaunching as 3 Ball Entertainment.
Jd Roth, who co-founded the company as 3 Ball Prods. with Nelson in 2001, is stepping down as CEO to focus on producing projects for the company.
Former president Brant Pinvidic has been elevated to chief creative officer, overseeing the company’s current slate and development. Jeff Goldman, former co-managing director of Eyeworks Distribution, has been named chief business officer.
“As TV mobilizes for the future, our newly independent 3 Ball Entertainment is perfectly positioned for its next chapter of success and growth, including pushing into new arenas,” Oerlemans said. “I look forward to overseeing the expansion of our business across existing and new platforms and genres as we reaffirm our commitment to producing the highest quality content. »
- Variety Staff
4 items from 2015
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