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The show will coincide with a worldwide search for the new 'Josie', 'Melody' and 'Valerie', to be chronicled in a reality competition series.
Archie Comics will launch fresh "Josie" titles to coincide with the project.
"Josie" was created in 1958 by illustrator Dan DeCarlo, basing the character on his wife Josie. DeCarlo sold the property to Archie Comics, developing the charcters into a bi-monthly comic book series.
After being introduced in "Archie's Pals 'n' Gals" #23, the first issue of "She's Josie" appeared February 1963, featuring sweet-natured 'Josie', blonde bombshell 'Melody' and studious 'Pepper'.
In 1968, "The Archie Show" debuted on CBS, produced by Filmation Studios, with the show's song "Sugar, Sugar" hitting the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, September 1969.
Hanna-Barbera Productions contacted Archie Comics to get in on the action, »
- Michael Stevens
Nick Cannon is ramping up operations of his recently launched company NCredible Entertainment with a slate of TV projects, including Josie and the Pussycats reality and scripted series, a special at MTV, and a puppet show for Adult Swim.
NCredible also is venturing into film and publishing, signing a deal with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division to produce a multimedia book series to coincide with the upcoming premiere of the Cannon-written and -directed Nickelodeon movie The School Gyrls.
The film features the NCredible-signed three-girl singing group whose debut album will be released by Island Records.
Cannon penned the first book, a movie novelization, and plans to be involved in the writing of the six original novels under the pact. There also are plans for potential second movie and a possible TV series.
Cannon serves as chairman of TeenNick, which replaced Nickelodeon’s channel the N.
Cannon is »
14 December 2009 8:04 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Multihyphenate Nick Cannon is ramping up operations of his recently launched company NCredible Entertainment.
The company has opened offices in New York and Los Angeles and has tapped an executive team led by Cannon's longtime manager Michael Goldman, who serves as his partner.
It also is building a slate of TV projects, including "Josie and the Pussycats" reality and scripted series in the works at TeenNick, a special at MTV and a puppet show for Adult Swim.
Cannon also is making his foray into radio with a daily morning drive show on CBS Radio's Wxrk-fm New York (92.3 Now). He debuts on the hit-oriented station Jan. 19, hosting the 6-10 a.m. block Monday-Friday.
NCredible also is venturing into publishing, signing a deal with Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division to produce »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Just the other day, I was sitting around and wondering how it was that "Jem and the Holograms" managed to escape the cartoons-adapted-to-movies trend. I assumed that Josie And The Pussycats might've killed it for any future movies based on female-led cartoon rock bands but it turns out I might have been premature. (Btw, don't spend too much time wondering why I was sitting around thinking about "Jem.") The truly, truly, truly outrageous rock star is making a big »
- Mike Sampson
Archie Comics was in the news recently when perennial bachelor Archie, who had been locked in a 60-year love triangle between girl next door Betty and rich girl Veronica, decided to pop the question to Veronica. But before that, when was the last time a major segment of the population actually cared about the ageless comic book hero? Creative Arts Agency is going to make it their business to make sure we all do. According to Variety the talent agency has signed a deal with Archie Comics Publications that's apparently similar to the one they struck with Mattel, which provided film and television opportunities to the longstanding series. But it won't just be Archie and friends who are part of the deal-- Archie Comics also owns Josie and the Pussycats, who already got their own movie, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, who really deserved one back in the 90s. Will »
Archie Comics Publications has signed with CAA, the agency that will seek to create branded entertainment opportunities in film and TV for the property. This means that Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead could be heading to theaters. The 70-year-old Archie Comics owns such brands as "Archie and Friends," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Josie and the Pussycats," "Cosmo the Merry Martian," "Super Duck" and "Dotty and Ditto." The Archie Comics pact comes as Hollywood is developing established branded properties, as evidenced by Disney's pending acquisition of Marvel Entertainment and Warner Bros' recent overhaul of DC Comics. »
The latest projects and casting news out of Hollywood today... -Columbia has acquired Lucy Prebble's play Enron with plans to turn it into a big-screen feature. Yep, that Enron. (Why not just see The Smartest Guys in the Room instead?) -Agency CAA has signed Archie Comics with plans to turn its brands -- Archie & Friends, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Josie and the Pussycats among them -- into movies and TV shows. Except...Josie and the Pussycats was already a movie, and it was horrible, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch was already two TV shows, so that seems kind of played out. »
- Michael Dance
Archie Comics Publications has made a pact with CAA. The agency, which brokered many Mattel film and TV productions, is now going to take care of famous Archie Comics brands such as Archie & Friends, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Cosmo the Merry Martian, Super Duck, and Dotty and Ditto.
Hollywood is hungry for established brands, hence, the Archie Comics deal. »
Will Archie and Jughead be the new Optimus Prime and Megatron? Archie Comics Publications and CAA hope so. According to Variety, the two companies have signed a deal in the hopes of creating film and television franchises, reasoning that if it worked for Mattel and Hasbro, it'll work for Archie and Veronica.
Of course, Archie Comics isn't limited to just the redheaded teen and his wholesome pals. They also own Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Cosmo the Merry Martian, Super Duck, and Dotty and Ditto. It's not clear whether this deal would include the Archie characters that DC licensed as part of its Impact line (guys like The Black Hood, and The Comet) but I'm guessing that CAA's representation is limited only to their retro, in-need-of-an-update faces.
So, can Archie or Cosmo the Merry Martian become hot properties? Archie & Friends still gets a lot of love from comic book fans, »
- Elisabeth Rappe
In keeping with the mandate to have a feature-length film for every American brand by 2015, CAA has signed up Archie Comics Publications as a potential source for franchise riches. The agency, which has already packaged a few tentative projects for Mattel, will now attempt to interest general audiences in titles including Archie & Friends, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Cosmo the Merry Martian, Super Duck and Dotty and Ditto. The timing couldn't be better: Archie's controversial marriage to Veronica is unfolding as we speak, setting the brand up for a seamless, lucrative transition into the Crazy White Bitch genre as Betty seeks her violent revenge. [Variety] »
With so many comic books making the leap from paneled page to film reel, it was just a matter of time before somebody got the bright idea to bring Archie and his pals to the big screen.
Variety reports that Archie Comics Publications has forged a partnership with the Creative Artists Agency.
According to the report, CAA is seeking "to create branded entertainment opportunities in film and TV," meaning that Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead—plus a whole host of others—could be heading to theaters.
In addition to the proper "Archie & Friends" characters, Archie Comics also owns brands including "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and "Josie and the Pussycats," both of which have already been seen on television and film. Other properties include "Cosmo the Merry Martian," "Super Duck" and "Dotty and Ditto."
The news comes hot off the heels of Archie Comics' announced partnership with Dark Horse Comics in »
- Josh Wigler
Archie Comics Publications, the 70-year old comic book publishers have signed with the CAA Talent Agency for 'branded entertainment' opportunities. Based in Mamaroneck, New York, Archie Comics are best known for the popular comic book characters 'Archie Andrews', 'Betty Cooper', 'Veronica Lodge', 'Reggie Mantle' and 'Forsythe "Jughead" Jones'. The original comics company 'Mlj Comics' , was founded/created in 1939 by Maurice Coyne, Louis Silberkleit and John L. Goldwater. Mlj's superhero characters included Us flag-costumed "The Shield", pre-dating Jack 'King' Kirby's "Captain America" and "The Comet", noted as the first superhero to be killed 'in the line of duty'. Other characters included "The Hangman", one of the most 'brutal' superheroes of the 1940's, "Roy The Superboy", preceding DC Comics "Superboy" by 5 years and "Steel Sterling", dubbed 'The Man Of Steel' before "Superman". Written by Vic Bloom and illustrated by Bob Montana, Archie's debut was in "Pep Comics" #22, December 22, 1941. The backup feature, »
Archie Andrews is going to the movies.
Variety reports that Archie Comics Publications, which has chronicled the exploits of Archie and the other clean-cut, fictional American teenagers of Riverdale since the 1940’s, has signed with show business giant CAA.
The deal represents the latest pact between Hollywood and established brands in other media, following on the heels of Disney’s pending acquisition of Marvel Entertainment.
CAA is expected to look for ways to bring "Archie & Friends", "Cosmo the Merry Martian", "Super Duck", and other Archie Comics properties to the big and small screen. The agency has already served as a matchmaker for Mattel, setting up the toymaker’s Major Matt Mason property as a potential film starring Tom Hanks.
One Archie Comics staple, "Josie and the Pussycats", was made into a 2001 motion picture starring Rachael Leigh Cook; however, the film is considered to be loosely-based on the comic. With CAA now at their side, »
As of September 1st, Archie Comics' "Freshman Year #1" is the most downloaded comic in the history of iTunes. "As the Digital medium expands to include more forms of entertainment, we want Archie Comics to be at the forefront of new media," said Jon Goldwater, co-ceo of Archie Comics. "We are delighted to find our fans are already there and waiting for us." Archie "Freshman Year" follows the origin story of 'Archie Andrews' as he enters freshman year at 'Riverdale High School', with 'Betty', 'Veronica', 'Jughead' and the rest of the gang. "Archie Comics have always been about the High School experience," said Victor Gorelick, co-President and Editor-In-Chief, Archie Comics. "These days most High School students have iPhones or the iPod Touch, and that makes iTunes one of the fastest and easiest ways for our fans to get Archie Comics. We are excited by the rapid success with iTunes and »
Paulo Costanzo has almost come full circle in his career, of sorts. After starting out with guest-starring TV spots early in his career, he made a quick transition to film starting with the 2000 comedy Road Trip which lead to films like Josie and the Pussycats and 40 Days and 40 Nights. Costanzo is back on the small screen again, this time portraying Evan Lawson, Cfo of "HankMed" on the new USA Network series Royal Pains, which returns with all new episodes on Thursday, July 9 at 10 Pm Et on the USA Network. Costanzo recently held a conference call to talk about the rest of the season, and here's what he had to say.
What was it about the show Royal Pains that made you originally want to be a part of it?
Paulo Costanzo: Well, you know, as an actor in L.A. between projects it's very competitive right now. So you pretty much, »
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