NBCUni Consolidates USA & Syfy In New Network Group Led By Chris McCumber, Syfy’s Dave Howe Segues To New Post, Bill McGoldrick To Head All Scripted

After bringing Bravo, E!, Esquire Network and Oxygen together in the Lifestyle Networks group led by Frances Berwick, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer is making a similar move with the rest of her portfolio. USA, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo are being consolidated into Entertainment Networks group headed by USA president Chris McCumber, who will become President, Entertainment Networks. Syfy president David Howe will be leaving his post to become…
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Prolific TV Producer Robert Halmi Sr. Dies at 90

Prolific TV Producer Robert Halmi Sr. Dies at 90
Robert Halmi Sr., the Hungarian-born producer who battled the Nazi and Soviet occupations in his youth before becoming a top magazine photographer and telepic mogul, died Wednesday of a brain aneurysm at his home in New York City. He was 90.

With his son, Robert Halmi Jr., Halmi produced more than 200 TV productions, including hit 1990s miniseries including “Gulliver’s Travels,” “The Odyssey,” “Arabian Nights” and “Dinotopia.”

The dozens of telepics and miniseries produced by the Halmis, many in the fantasy genre, won more than 100 Emmys. Halmi Sr. shared the Emmy for outstanding miniseries for NBC’s “Gulliver’s Travels” in 1996.

The Halmis were riding high during the 1990s, a period in which virtually all the networks programmed spectacular, big-budget miniseries, which drew spectacular ratings.

Halmi Sr. picked up his first Emmy nomination, for outstanding children’s program, in 1985 for ABC’s “The Night They Saved Christmas.” He was also nominated
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'The Expanse,' Based On The 'Leviathan Wakes' Series, Headed To Syfy

Syfy, the network that brought the world Sharknado, is upping its scripted content game with a series based on the Leviathan Wakes book series, which will be called The Expanse.

Syfy Picks Up 'The Expanse'

Syfy has already ordered 10 episodes of The Expanse, which has the Academy Award-nominated screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men) working on the script, reported The Hollywood Reporter. It’s based off of the science-fiction book series penned by James S.A. Corey. Already, the series is drawing comparisons to HBO’s fantasy book series adaptation, Game of Thrones – though instead of being set against the backdrop of medieval times, The Expanse is set in space.

“A thriller set two hundred years in the future,” reads the series logline, “The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together
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Syfy picks up '12 Monkeys' drama to series

Syfy picks up '12 Monkeys' drama to series
Syfy has picked up 12 Monkeys, a new drama based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film of the same name, to series. The show has been ordered for 12 episodes, including the pilot, which was filmed last year.

“12 Monkeys is a captivating time travel adventure and high stakes race against the clock,” Syfy President David Howe said in a statement. “We are thrilled to add it to our slate of engaging and thought-provoking new scripted projects including the recently announced event series Ascension and the second season renewal of Helix from Ron Moore.”

Starring Aaron Stanford (Nikita, X-Men: The Last Stand), Amanda Schull (Suits,
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Wil Wheaton to host new weekly show on Syfy

Syfy have today announced they have greenlit a 12-episode summer series, The Wil Wheaton Project (working title), a weekly topical comedy show hosted by actor, blogger and champion of geek culture Wil Wheaton. The 30-minute show will offer a fast-paced, lighthearted exploration and celebration of all things within the realm of science fiction and genre entertainment.

Each week, Wil provides his insider point-of-view, sense of humor and genre expertise as he dissects the week’s most popular and trending topics across science fiction film, television and pop culture, video games, viral videos and news. Wil is on his feet for the rapid-fire half hour, delivering witty commentary on the things he knows and loves in this golden age of sci-pop culture. The result is a fun appreciation and celebration of fandom and all things science fiction.

Says David Howe, President of Syfy:

Wil Wheaton’s rock star status within the genre fan base,
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Being Human: Renewed for Season 3

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Following just four second season episodes, Syfy has seen enough - and it's picked Being Human up for a third season.

Said network president David Howe in making the announcement yesterday:

"With the success of Season 2, Being Human has become a premier destination for Syfy viewers. [Executive producers] Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke have taken this series to new heights this year and we’re excited to see where the third season will go."

Being Human Promo: "Addicted to Love"

Being Human has seen an increase in viewership of 27% over season one so far. As previewed above, it airs a new episode on Monday.
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Deadline Hollywood's Emmy Arrival Photos

For all TV folk enjoying the three-day holiday weekend and the few curious film people: a look back in pictures at the executive arrivals for the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday at the Nokia Theatre La Live in Downtown Los Angeles. There are top network and studio executives and, of course, the occasional agents. NBC Uni's Jeff Zucker & wife Caryn        Disney's Anne Sweeney & husband Phil The night's big winners: 20th TV's Dana Walden & Gary Newman with Walden's husband Matt and Newman's wife, attorney Jeanne Newman Fox Film Jim Gianopulos & wife Ann     Lionsgate's Jon Feltheimer & wife LaurieHBO's Eric Kessler, Bill Nelson & Richard Plepler NBC Uni's Bonnie Hammer & David Howe      Showtime's Matt Blank & wife Susan NBC Universal's Jeff Gaspin                        Wbtv's Peter Roth & ... Read More »
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