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Marina Cordoni launches new venture

15 July 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The executive producer and former Breakthrough Entertainment executive Marina Cordoni has set up her new venture and announced a partnership with Breaking Glass Pictures in the Us.

Marina Cordoni Entertainment will provide one-stop shop services for various stages of feature production, as well as financial pre-production negotiations and competed sales, marketing and release strategies.  

Serving as executive producer, Cordoni will work alongside established film-makers to take projects to green light. Wearing her sales agent cap, Cordoni will handle deals for Canadian release and international distribution.

Under the deal with Breaking Glass Pictures, Cordoni will represent that company’s available films for Canada and bring Breaking Glass Canadian films for Us distribution.

The first deal is for Blackbird, Nova Scotia film-maker Jason Buxton’s Toronto 2012 winner of the Best Canadian First Feature award. Breaking Glass has taken all rights to the film.

“This year represents an exciting turning point for me,” said Cordoni »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Networks Putting New Spins on the Spinoff

10 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Get ready for TV’s spinoff invasion. Over half a dozen of next season’s newcomers will hit the airwaves with a presold connection to proven ratings performers. From “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” to fresh takes on the durable “CSI” and “NCIS” franchises to CW’s comicbook offshoot “The Flash” (introduced via “Arrow”), they’re already among the most anticipated new shows.

There’s nothing new about the concept of spinoffs, but as the crowded TV landscape makes launching a series increasingly difficult, the built-in appeal offered by a known quantity (like NBC’s looming revival “Heroes: Reborn” or ABC’s big-to-small screen experiment “Marvel’s Agent Carter”) is proving more appealing to networks than ever before. Just as every movie studio wants at least one powerhouse franchise to call its own, TV networks are embracing the value of successful brands.

“It was enormously helpful,” Dick Wolf says »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Bob Greenblatt Leads NBC Back to No. 1

19 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Two minutes before NBC’s May 12 upfront presentation was scheduled to start, Bob Greenblatt ducked into Jimmy Fallon’s dressing room for a quick pre-show hello.

It was an instinctive move for Greenblatt. Producers like to keep a close eye on their stars just before the curtain goes up. As the NBC Entertainment chairman chatted with Fallon, there was a brief “Where’s Bob?” moment backstage for the upfront production team. But on cue at 10:59 a.m., a smiling Greenblatt emerged from the black velvet drapes in the makeshift backstage area at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center to hit his mark with perfect timing.

Greenblatt had good reason to be confident. NBC came to the upfront derby this year with the best ratings growth story of any major network during the 2013-14 season. Fallon has brought new sizzle to latenight, and primetime boasts a stylish new hit in “The Blacklist. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Law & Order’ Mashup Spells Trouble for Peter Dinklage (Video)

15 May 2014 4:56 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By now, there have been plenty of mashups of popular shows, twisting genres on their heads and forcing fans to look at their favorite series in new ways. The trial of Tyrion Lannister, portrayed by Peter Dinklage, on “Game of Thrones” opened the door for one of the best yet. See video: Peter Dinklage Performance Wows ‘Game of Thrones’ Viewers, Spurs #FreeTyrion Hashtag After all, there is no more appropriate time to do a mashup of George R.R. Martin's epic HBO fantasy with Dick Wolf's classic crime procedural, “Law & Order.” The opening sequence featured all the players in the trial — though. »

- Jason Hughes

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Shades Of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: ‘The Blacklist’ Post-Super Bowl Episode To Be Two-Parter

12 May 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The highest-rated drama telecast ever to air after the Super Bowl was ABC’s Thursday 9 Pm series Grey’s Anatomy in 2006, during the show’s second season. The episode, crafted as the opening hour of a two-part storyline, drew 37.9 million viewers, with the conclusion on Thursday also garnering blockbuster ratings. NBC‘s head of scheduling Jeff Bader, who orchestrated the Grey’s Super Bowl scheduling while at ABC, is taking a page out of that rule book with The Blacklist. Also in its second season and about to move into the Thursday 9 Pm slot, The Blacklist landed the post-Super Bowl spot on February 1 before it makes its Thursday debut February 5. At NBC’s upfront presentation today, chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that the episodes will be a two-part arc, clearly intended to give The Blacklist‘s Thursday premiere a hefty boost. Also at the presentation, Greenblatt promised more crossovers among Dick Wolf »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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New Details, Images & Key Art for NBC's Constantine, Aquarius & Emerald City Plus a Constantine Trailer

11 May 2014 3:43 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Coming off a season in which the network catapulted to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo and saw double-digit improvement in many prominent timeslots, NBC has announced its 2014-15 line-up; and on the horror side it's looking surprisingly good.

Fresh off announcing renewals for two of our favorites, "Grimm" and "Hannibal," and confirming that "Constantine" will be appearing on said lineup, we have two more photos and a trailer for the latter along with more details on "event" series “Aquarius,” “Emerald City,” and (just cause we know a lot of you guys were "Heroes" fans) “Heroes Reborn.”

“We had a stellar year in scripted programming development that resulted in the unprecedented number of new original series joining the line-up during the coming year, which spans from September 2014-September 2015,” said Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “I’m inordinately proud of NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, »

- Debi Moore

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Upfronts 2014: NBC tries to build on its first-place finish by leaning on 'The Blacklist'

11 May 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A very strange thing happened to NBC this year: for the first time in a decade — a period during which it has mostly been a laughingstock — it will finish a season in first place among the adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers care about most. Ordinarily, a network that wins a season can play things conservatively for the next year, but NBC's success isn't entirely replicable. Yes, the network's buoyed by regular, season-long programming like "The Voice" and hit freshman drama "The Blacklist," but a lot of credit for that win comes from "Sunday Night Football," which always goes away in January (leaving the network's ratings on that night a shambles), and some from the Winter Olympics, which won't be back for another four years. So the schedule that NBC announced for next season seems on the one hand a fairly stable one. "The Blacklist," for instance, will stay in a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Hannibal Renewed for Season 3

9 May 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Pull up a chair to the dinner table, Hannibal will return for a third season, NBC has announced. Hannibal's most recent outing attracted 2.76 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demo. Hailing from Bryan Fuller, Hannibal stars Hugh Dancy as William GrahamCaroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana Bloom and Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter. In its second season, Hannibal has averaged a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.6 million viewers overall, according to NBC. The news comes on the heels of Law & Order: Svu's 16th season pickup. "It's official. Thank you #SVUDiehards, cast and crew, Dick Wolf, @Mariska, Bob Greenblatt and @nbc. #SVUSweetSixteen!!," »

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Top 5 Must-See Crime Dramas

8 May 2014 10:26 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

If you love the excitement, thrill and intellectual challenge of a good crime drama, then you’re spoilt for choice right now. Gone are the cheesy whodunit cop dramas of the past, with obvious plot lines and repetitive crimes, now replaced by a fantastic array of shows that really strive to push the genre to its limits. Featuring the cream of Hollywood talent, you can look forward to some truly gripping new drama, to carry you away to another world of crime, mystery and murder.

True Detective

Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, HBO show True Detective has already been a massive hit. You knew from the outset that this drama has something special in store for you – it’s not for nothing that two of Hollywood’s most powerful actors have come together on the small screen. This HBO show interweaves multiple timelines to trace the hunt for a »

- David Agnew

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A&E Reality Series Orders Tackle Online Dating, Pittsburgh Wiseguys, More

8 May 2014 10:14 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A&E is expanding its nonfiction programming slate with four new series and four new pilots, including the series ““Godfather of Pittsburgh”,” about a Pennsylvania wiseguy with a restaurant and nightclub empire, and “Love Prison,” (working title) where people in online relationships are forced to meet for the first time on a deserted island. Pilots in development include “Nightwatch,” about the graveyard shift for emergency responders, and “The Unproduceables,” a behind-the-scenes look at creating a reality show about senior citizens at a retirement home in Florida.

“As our successful long-running franchises continue to be the driving force of the network, we are making a significant investment in growing our unique slate of quality original nonfiction programming,” said David McKillop, g.m. and Evp of A&E, who announced the lineup. “These projects represent a small percentage of the new innovative formats that we hope will excite current A&E viewers »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Law & Order: Svu Renewed for Season 16

7 May 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Law & Order: Svu detectives will remain on the case for another season—NBC has renewed the long-running drama for a 16th season, E! News has confirmed. The entire cast, including Mariska Hargitay, is expected to return for the new season. Hargitay is the only actor still on the show since it began in 1999. Law & Order: Svu is the only remaining Law & Order series still in production. "It's official. Thank you #SVUDiehards, cast and crew, Dick Wolf, @Mariska, Bob Greenblatt and @nbc. #SVUSweetSixteen!!," showrunner Warren Leight tweeted. NBC and Dick Wolf, the show's creator and executive producer, were reportedly in tense renewal negotiations leading fans to use the »

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NBC renews 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' for Season 16

7 May 2014 4:51 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Continuing its piecemeal tip-toeing around the bubble, NBC has renewed "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for a 16th season. And that's all of the NBC renewal/cancellation news we have for today. Sorry. No "Community" news. Chill, y'all! By all reasonable standards, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" should have been a no-brainer for renewal and should have been picked up months ago. In "most current" Nielsen figures, it is averaging a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.4 million viewers. Not only that, but the Mariska Hargitay favorite is one of they year's only returning dramas to post growth over the 2013-2014 season, rising 19 percent among adults 18-49 and 16 percent overall. NBC had already renewed "Svu" producer Dick Wolf's "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago Pd," leading to speculation, mostly from a single trade website, that "Svu" could be in trouble due to demands for lowered budgets and whatnot. It's unclear who won or lost in the negotiations, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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NBC Renews ‘Law & Order: Svu’ for 16th Season

7 May 2014 4:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has renewed “Law & Order: Svu” for a 16th season after some behind-the-scenes wrangling with exec producer Dick Wolf.

The last surviving series from the “Law & Order” dynasty had a solid year ratings-wise, and there is renewed buzz about Emmy prospects for star Mariska Hargitay. But there were financial issues that complicated what would otherwise have been an easy renewal for a show from Universal TV.

It’s not immediately clear how the sides managed to come to terms — amid reports that Wolf was being asked to trim his episodic salary on the show — and reach the renewal deal.

Warren Leight will remain showrunner and exec producer of “Svu” with Wolf, Julie Martin, Jonathan Starch and Peter Jankowski.

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‘Law & Order: Svu’ Renewed for 16th Season

7 May 2014 4:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Dummdumm: NBC has renewed “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for a 16th season. The beloved police procedural, the last man standing in Dick Wolf's storied franchise, is averaging a respectable 2.5 rating in the key 18-49 demographic in its current season. Also read: Questlove Cameos as Corpse on Alec Baldwin's ‘Svu’ Episode (Video) The show, starring Mariska Hargitay, earns steady buzz for its trademark twists on topical storylines and special guests like Alec Baldwin, who this season played a sleazy journalist. “Law & Order: Svu” is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Television. Wolf is creator and executive producer, »

- Tim Molloy

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NBC Renews ‘Law & Order: Svu’ For 16th Season

7 May 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After lengthy negotiations, NBC has closed a deal with producer Dick Wolf for a 16th season of crime drama Law & Order: Svu. Star Mariska Hargitay is expected to return. Svu was conspicuously missing from NBC’s list of early renewals in March. The holdup had to do with a pay cut Wolf had been asked to take in order for the show to come back, something he has been unwilling to do. For a little while, things looked like touch and go, with showrunner Warren Leight exploring other jobs, but he recently re-committed to Svu as a deal with NBC began to look imminent. The renewal restores Wolf’s NBC drama series tally to three for a second consecutive season. His Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. already had been renewed. Svu is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal TV. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer; Leight, Julie Martin, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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NBC Renews 'Law & Order: Svu'

7 May 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC is returning to Law & Order: Svu. The network has renewed the veteran procedural for a 16th season.  Story: Complete Network Scorecard The Wednesday drama was left out of NBC's Dick Wolf renewals in March as the network worked out issues with the prolific producer's Wolf Films. The series will be back for a 16th season after bidding farewell to co-stars Dan Florek and Richard Belzer as the aging procedural looks to keep things fresh and likely trim costs. In its 15th season, Svu is averaging a 1.8 in the adults under 50 demo, down slightly

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Viewers Decide With We tv's 'Law & Order' Build-a-Binge (Exclusive)

7 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

We tv is bringing the programming power to its audience.  The female-centric cable network is instituting the Law & Order Build-a-Binge program for its Tuesday night TV block. Each week We tv will choose more than a dozen episodes of the Dick Wolf series that fit a theme. Viewers can then vote online for their top five episodes. The winners will air during a five-hour block on Tuesday nights from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.  "We're always looking for fresh ways to use the power and immediacy of digital and social media

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- Natalie Jarvey

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Gains Michelle Forbes

6 May 2014 4:44 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 isn’t due to hit theaters until November of this year, the dystopian action-adventure is filming back-to-back with the series’ final installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which means that Lionsgate is working to cast roles for both films simultaneously. Today, The Killing actress Michelle Forbes has joined the cast as Lieutenant Jackson.

In the Ya trilogy from which The Hunger Games series was adapted, written by Suzanne Collins, Jackson first appeared midway through Mockingjay. A member of District 13, which paid a terrible price for rebelling against the all-mighty Capitol of futuristic Panem, Jackson was also a skilled sharpshooter who assisted protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in her uprising.

The Hunger Games franchise has proved highly successful both at the box office and with critics. Expectations are high for Mockingjay, especially given that Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence is back behind the camera, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Sophia Bush previews the 'Chicago Fire'-'Chicago P.D.' crossover episode inspired by the Oklahoma City bombing

29 April 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

A crossover between Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. is not unheard of — characters go back and forth between the shows fairly often. However, a two-night crossover event inspired by the Oklahoma City bombing? That’s not something that happens every week.

“I knew it was going to be big when the man himself, Mr. Dick Wolf, came to see us to talk to us about it, and the first questions out of his mouth to us was, ‘Do you guys remember Oklahoma City?’ And everybody just froze,” Chicago P.D. star Sophia Bush said. “And he said, ‘As our country has »

- Samantha Highfill

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7 Things to Expect From Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.’s Explosive Crossover Event

28 April 2014 4:41 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Law & Order and its many spin-offs have long been known for ripping from the headlines, whether it was the flagship series' fictionalized version of Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic rant or Svu's take on the Trayvon Martin murder. It was only a matter of time before Dick Wolf's newest series, Chicago Fire and  Chicago P.D., followed suit. In a special two-part crossover airing on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10/9c on NBC, the shows will ...

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- Kate Stanhope

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