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“NCIS: Los Angeles” actor Eric Christian Olsen and his actress wife, Sarah Wright, have welcomed their second child. The happy couple greeted their newest addition to the family — a beautiful, 11-pound baby girl named Esme Olivia — on August 9. Related: ‘NCIS: La’ Star Daniela Ruah Reveals She Got Married Wright shared the exciting news to […] »
- Cat Williams
Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures has renamed the upcoming Tom Cruise – Doug Liman CIA spy thriller Mena, with the film now going by the title of American Made, as well as pushing back the release date nine months from January 6th 2017 to September 29th 2017.
The film is based on the real-life exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA in the 1980s to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. Cruise stars as Seal, whil ethe release of the cast includes Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jayma Mays, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Lara Gruce and Caleb Landry Jones.
Tom Cruise will next be seen in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, which opens in October, while he also has Universal’s The Mummy remake set to arrive next year. He will also return as Ethan Hunt in M:i 6 – Mission Impossible, and is »
- Gary Collinson
In recent years, international buyers at the L.A. Screenings have complained that Hollywood studios haven’t been producing the type of shows, such as procedurals and light comedies, that work best on free-to-air, generalist channels abroad. At this year’s event, there were signs the studios tried to remedy that, but their offerings still met with a mixed response. “I thought the standard was pretty high,” says one, while another laments that “Hollywood seems to be a little lacking in fresh ideas.” Variety speaks to several European buyers about what worked for them and what didn’t.
Sarah Wright, director of acquisitions at European pay-tv service Sky
“It was a pretty good year,” says Wright, who watched about 60 shows at the L.A. Screenings. The heavy demand for dramas has produced a bumper crop of scripted shows in the U.S., which is “really good news for the international buyers. »
- Leo Barraclough and Nick Vivarelli
Cannes — At tradeshow MipTV on Monday, Variety gave Jeremy Darroch, group chief executive of European pay TV company Sky, its Achievement in International Television Award for 2016.
The award was bestowed at a special ceremony in the Grand Auditorium of the Cannes Palais, following an onstage interview between Darroch and senior international correspondent, Leo Barraclough, about Sky’s strategy. The session was hosted by Jerome Delhaye, director of Reed Midem’s entertainment division.
The event was followed by a cocktail reception at the Martinez Hotel, attended by Sky and Variety staff and valued industry partners. Among those attending were Endemol Shine boss Sophie Turner Laing, Belisa Balaban, exec VP, original programming, Pivot, Samuel and Victor Hadida, the owners of Metropolitan Filmexport, Rola Bauer, CEO of Tandem Prods., and Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin Film’s chairman of the executive board.
Among Sky staffers at the event were Jane Millichip, managing director of sales arm Sky Vision, »
- Variety Staff
Baby on board! NCIS: Los Angeles star Eric Christian Olsen, 38, and wife and actress Sarah Wright Olsen, 32, are expecting their second child. Eric and his wife starred together on the series The Loop in 2006 and wed in 2012. The actress, also known for roles on shows such as Marry Me and Parks and Recreation, gave birth to their first child, son Wyatt Olivier, a year later. Both actors recently announced via an Instagram photo that she is pregnant. The picture shows their boy touching his mother's baby bump. "Deep talks with #littlebear And our new #littlelove due this summer," Sarah wrote. "#surprise #baby #when3becomes4 »
London — Reed Midem’s TV Division, which stages international TV events MipTV and Mipcom, has brought together six leading international acquisition executives to sit on its first-ever Drama Buyers Advisory Board. The group will offer guidance in strategic and content development for drama projects related to the company’s TV events.
The members of the board are Sarah Wright, director of acquisitions at U.K. pay TV operator Sky; Aline Marrache Tesseraud, senior VP international, Svod global acquisitions, at French pay TV company Canal Plus; Ruediger Boess, exec VP, group acquisitions and sales at Germany’s ProSiebenSat1; Anette Romer, head of acquisitions and formats at Denmark’s TV2; Zelda Stewart, head of acquisitions at Italy’s Mediaset; and Ignacio Barrera, head of acquisitions at Latin America’s Albavision.
The board will meet several times a year and one of their first tasks will be to vote for and present the »
- Leo Barraclough
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