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Days after “Marco Polo,” produced by Electus and The Weinstein Co., bowed in France on Dec. 12, day and date with the U.S, Electus chairman-founder Ben Silverman was at the Cristal Festival, nearly 6,000 feet up in the French Alps In Courchevel, to deliver a keynote speech, “Creativity and Big Ideas” as part of Cristal’s Brand Entertainment & Content Summit.
France’s Cristal Fest was high-level in other ways. AOL’s digital guru David Shing spoke before Silverman (on “There Are Still Only 24 Hours in a Day”); Trigger Street Prods’ “House of Cards” producer Dana Brunetti was interviewed afterwards, before receiving an Outstanding Merit Award.
Silverman wasn’t in Courchevel for the skiing, such as its respected Grand Couloir black ski run. Via Electus, he is involved in at least three of the most talked-up business lines in entertainment: High-end series – for instance, Netflix’s “Marco Polo,” produced by Electus and »
- John Hopewell
Created for Cna, a Brazilian network of 580 language schools, Fcb Brasil’s “Speaking English” won the Grand Cristal Award at the 2014 Courchevel Cristal Festival, which wrapped Saturday in the French Alps.
From France’s Marcel, “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables” won The Advertisers Grand Cristal, while “#Like A Girl,” produced by the Leo Burnett agency, took the Global Leadership Council Grand Cristal. “Inglorious Fruits” and “#Like a Girl” also scored nods in multiple other categories.
Launched in 2001, the Cristal Festival gathers top level execs from the communication, content and advertising worlds in a networking/conference events- think MipTV with no market – staged in spectacular locations, such as Courchevel, a French ski resort, Lebanon, Africa or Brazil.
Debating Brand Entertainment & Content over Dec. 16-17, then Marketing Innovation and Data on Dec. 18-19, the 100-or-so execs at Courchevel packed a dizzying array of presentations, Q & As and round tables. From the entertainment domain, »
- John Hopewell
This weekend, Netflix will unveil its biggest original production yet: "Marco Polo". The 10-episode show follows the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th Century China; it reportedly cost somewhere in the $90 million range, a clear sign Netflix and producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Ben Silverman and Chris Grant are angling this to be their very own "Game of Thrones." (Even if it is markedly different from the »
- Eric Walkuski
Just hours after the latest reports indicating final talks are underway, Warner Brothers Pictures has now officially announced the cast of its "Suicide Squad" movie and confirmed which characters each actor will play.
No surprises as to the names onboard as all have previously been rumored, but the biggest news is Will Smith is confirmed to be onboard and in the role of the assassin Deadshot. Australian actor Jai Courtney was previously rumored for the Deadshot role but will actually play the more suitable Boomerang.
Despite reports, Jesse Eisenberg is not part of the official team or the official cast, but this doesn't rule out a potential cameo appearance by him or other actors already slated to be a part »
- Garth Franklin
None of this should come as much of a surprise, but Warner Bros. has officially confirmed its Suicide Squad cast. As expected, Jared Leto will be playing The Joker, and he’ll be joined by Margot Robbie in the role of Harley Quinn, Will Smith stepping into the shoes of Deadshot, Jai Courtney bringing Captain Boomerang to life and Tom Hardy tackling the group’s leader, Rick Flag. Rounding out the cast will be Cara Delevinge, who was previously rumored for the role of Quinn but will instead be playing Enchantress, a supervillain with magical powers.
“The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote Training Day and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, »
- Matt Joseph
Major Us broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.
Us pay-tv networks have recently found success with the likes of Fargo and Teen Wolf, and have lined up further adaptations of Scream (MTV), Twelve Monkeys (Syfy), Shutter Island (HBO) and Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (Starz).
Traditional networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW - are now getting involved and have struck deals for adaptations of well-known films including Big, Minority Report and The Devil’s Advocate, as well as more niche films such as John Ritter’s Problem Child and Val Kilmer’s Real Genius.
The networks have ordered scripts for the 20-plus adaptations and will decide which projects to pilot by January. Those taken to series will likely be ordered in May for an autumn 2015 launch.
UK consultancy firm Tape monitors the Us development process for a number of UK broadcasters »
After spending the past 12 years on television as one of WWE’s top stars, John Cena plans to start producing his own shows.
“For someone like me that’s surrounded by so many interesting characters, you know when you brush up against someone who can hold a room,” Cena told Variety. “There are so many people out there who can hold someone’s attention.”
While Cena is a fan of many scripted series on TV, “there’s a lot more opportunity in reality,” he said, and chances “to package lives the way they already are.”
As part of the development deal, Cena and Leftfield already have several ideas in the works, but aren’t ready to reveal the concepts just yet. »
- Marc Graser
The Flash debuted as the most-watched series premiere ever on The CW, scoring 6.1 million viewers in Live + 3 Day Nielsen ratings, and was the network's highest-rated series premiere among adults 18-49 in more than five years, since The Vampire Diaries debuted in 2009.
The most critically acclaimed new series of the season, Jane the Virgin, bowed with The CW's most-watched and highest-rated show in its time period in two years. TV Guide called Jane the Virgin the "#1 Must-See" new show of the season, and named star Gina Rodriguez the "most inspiring young actress on TV today." Tim Goodman of the Hollywood Reporter said Jane was "by far the best network pilot -drama or comedy" this season.
This brings the episode totals to 23 for “The Flash” and 22 for “Jane.”
“The Flash,” which is a spinoff of the network’s well-received “Arrow,” opened with one of the biggest audiences for a CW show in Live+3 (6.2 million), beating ABC and Fox shows in the time period — which is unusual for the network. While “Jane” had more modest numbers, the show’s ratings are an improvement over CW shows in last year’s timeslot (“Beauty and the Beast” and “The Tomorrow People”). It is also a critical darling, with Variety TV critic Brian Lowry praising the show’s charm and star Gina Rodriguez.
“We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with ‘The Flash’ launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and »
- Whitney Friedlander
Two more adaptations have been added to the list of TV series based on films. EW can confirm that a script has been ordered by The CW for a show based on the 2006 film The Illusionist, which starred Ed Norton as the titular character. The project is being written by Mark Hudis and executive produced by Ben Silverman and Bob Yari. The show comes from CBS Television Studios, Electus, and the Yari Film Group. The TV adaptation would transplant the film from its Vienna locale to turn-of-the-20th-century New York, where a renowned illusionist has returned to his home after a 10-year stint in prison. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
The Illusionist will be adapted for TV by The CW.
The film itself was loosely based on Steven Millhauser's short story, Eisenheim the Illusionist.
Set in end-of-the-1800s Vienna, it centres around magician Eisenheim who uses his abilities to woo a duchess.
The CW's new version will be transplanted to New York, with the titular magician returning home from a decade in prison to discover his wife married to the crime boss who framed him.
He joins the crime organisation and rises through the ranks by using his skills to bring down the boss and win back his wife.
The CW has put a TV series based on the 2006 movie The Illusionist into development from the Yari Film Group, the same company that produced and distributed the film.
The Illusionist, which took in $88 million worldwide from just a $17 million budget in 2006, centered on Edward Norton's Eisenheim, a talented magician in 19th Century Vienna who uses his incredible skills to win the heart of the woman he loves (Jessica Biel), while trying to outwit a Crown Prince (Rufus Sewell) and a detective (Paul Giamatti).
The TV series will move the action to New York City at the turn of the century, following an illusionist who returns home from a decade in prison, only to find his wife married to the ruthless crime boss who framed him. The magician disguises himself as an underling in the crime lord's organization, using his sleight-of-hand skills to pull off daring heists, rising through »
There's absolutely nothing plain about this Jane.
Every TV fan knows that Fall is the most overwhelming season of the year. Why? One very simple reason: Too many shows and too little time. So we at ETonline are reviewing each and every one of the new fall TV shows to bring you our reviews on the good, the bad, the adorable and the just plain horrible.
Show: Jane the Virgin
When It Airs: Mondays at 9 p.m. on The CW.
The Biggest Stars: From co-creators Ben Silverman (Ugly Betty) and Jennie Snyder Urman (Emily Owens M.D.), Jane the Virgin stars the utterly delightful newcomer Gina Rodriguez. Adding to the cast is Law and Order's Andrea Navedo, Switched at Birth's Ivonne Coll, Ravenswood's Brett Dier, and telenovela superstar Jaime Camil.
Photos: Check Out Our Reviews on All the New Fall Shows!
Here's What You Need to Know: Jane the Virgin is an adaptation of a hit »
The “Big Bang Theory” star will host TV Land’s “Candid Camera” reboot alongside Peter Funt, son of show creator and original host Allen Funt, the network confirmed Thursday. The formal announcement will come later Thursday.
Bialik, who rose to fame in “Blossom,” also tweeted the news, saying “I have a new side gig.”
See Also: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Mayim Bialik Reveals Her Toughest Scene from Last Season
The hidden-camera classic first aired as a radio show called “Candid Microphone” in 1947 before moving to TV. It has come back to life several times since, most recently in 1996 and 2001.
- Alex Stedman
Don’t worry, your reaction isn’t being taped right now.
EW has learned that TV Land will announce at their Comic Con panel today that Emmy-nominee Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) will host Ben Silverman’s new version of Candid Camera alongside Peter Funt, the son of the show’s creator and host, Allen Funt. Silverman’s company Electus will co-produce with Peter Funt’s Candid Camera Inc, with Funt and Silverman serving as executive producers.
The series will premiere on TV Land on Monday, August 11 with a new episode airing from Monday through Thursday that week. Episodes »
- Jackson McHenry
CW was met with a lot of flack for picking up Jane the Virgin, a show where a Latina girl is artificially inseminated by mistake. Yes, the plot is a little crazy, but the show hopes to teach about life, morality and also show that Latina’s can play many types of roles. Here is what executive producer Ben Silverman had to say about the show.
We knew it had edge to it, but the moment you see the show, you see it’s all about thoughtfulness and morality. It really is a show that, once you watch it, you recognize it’s very deep and broad appeals to all different people going through things in their own life.
Here is what the series star Gina Rodriguez had to say.
There are other stories that need to be told, The media is a venue and an avenue to educate and teach our next generation. »
- Sarah Peel
Anyone looking for the breakout star of the upcoming fall TV season found the answer in "Jane the Virgin" leading lady Gina Rodriguez. When you can charm a room full of grouchy, sleep-deprived critics at the 2014 TCA summer press tour -- as Rodriguez did, with ease -- you can probably win over the world. The panel easily could've gone the other way. "Jane," inspired by a Venezuelan telenovela, has one of the new season's most absurd premises: Jane (Rodriguez), a young college student Miami and avowed virgin, is accidentally artificially inseminated during a visit to her Ob-gyn and winds up pregnant. The father, Rafael (Justin Baldoni), is the owner of the hotel where Jane works. And that's where the insanity begins. In the hands of showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman ("Emily Owens, M.D."), "Jane" adopts the same heightened mix of comedy, romance, sentimentality and unique, relatable characters that defined the »
- Geoff Berkshire
In a network that is jam-packed with vampires, witches, dark creatures, and brave superheroes, this fall The CW is gifting fans with an outrageous new twist: An endearing and funny new series with absolutely no supernatural elements. Gasp!
Jane the Virgin, which will join the CW's Monday night line-up on Oct. 13, is an adaptation of a hit Venezuelan telenovela starring Gina Rodriguez as Jane, a virgin who is accidentally artificially inseminated duing a routine gyno appointment. It's pretty much every twenty-something girl's wildest nightmare that we never realized could happen.
However, don’t let this wacky (and admittedly terrifying!) premise stop you from tuning in and missing out on all the small screen fun. At its heart, Jane the Virgin is a ridiculously charming show brought to you by co-creators Ben Silverman (Ugly Betty) and Jennie Snyder Urman (Emily Owens M.D.).
Related: Fall TV is Finally Catching Up to America on Diversity »
The cast and executive producers of The CW’s Jane the Virgin — described as “Ugly Betty meets Gilmore Girls” — assembled Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to explain their “whimsical” new comedy to the press.
Related Fall TV First Impression: Jane the Virgin
The show’s title, of course, was one of the first things up for discussion.
“We knew it had edge to it,” executive producer Ben Silverman admitted, clarifying that CW President Mark Pedowitz was always a supporter of the title. “But the moment you see the show, you see it’s all about thoughtfulness and morality. »
Comparisons to Ugly Betty are inevitable for Jane the Virgin. Not only is it one of the few American telenovela adaptations to make it to the air, it's the second Latino family dramedy to come from executive producer Ben Silverman. But Silverman kept relatively mum during Jane the Virgin's Friday panel at the Television Critics Association, with showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman instead talking about how she sees her show resembling Ugly Betty. Photos Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows "I wanted to describe it as Ugly Betty meets Gilmore Girls," explained Snyder Urman, saying the three generations of women depicted
- Michael O'Connell
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