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5 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
TORONTO -- MGM said Monday that it has acquired worldwide rights to A Dog's Breakfast, a low-budget dark comedy shot in Vancouver by the cast and crew of MGM's Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1 while on production hiatus.
The film, directed by David Hewlett, who plays Dr. Rodney McKay on Stargate Atlantis, recently garnered about 100,000 views when clips from the project were uploaded on YouTube.
The movie was shot for about $1 million in January at a house adjoining Deer Lake in Vancouver. Hewlett wrote and directed the comedy, which stars Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), Rachel Luttrell (Stargate Atlantis) and Amanda Byram (The Swan), with Jane Loughman and John G. Lenic sharing producer credits.
MGM acquired all rights for the film, including TV, new media and home video.
"We are delighted to be working with David Hewlett and Kibble Prods. on this hilarious comedy," MGM executive vp Charles Cohen said. »
9 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
SYDNEY -- An Australian version of NBC Universal's Sci Fi Channel will launch on local pay TV services Foxtel and Austar on Dec. 1. The channel will be programmed and packaged in Australia by the TV1 General Entertainment Partnership, a Joint Venture between NBC Universal, CBS Paramount International Television and Sony Pictures International Television, who announced the launch Monday. The partnership currently owns and operates top-rated classic hits channel TV1 here. NBC Universal will license the branding for the channel, while its programming will come from a variety of studios and include such series as Medium and The 4400, all of the Star Trek franchise series, Stargate, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, The Thunderbirds and The X-Files. »
22 August 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Sci Fi Channel is closing the door for Stargate SG-1. The cable network has decided not to order additional episodes beyond the sci-fi series' current 10th season, while picking up a fourth season of its spinoff series, Stargate: Atlantis. When it ends its run on Sci Fi Channel next year, Stargate SG-1 will have run for 10 years -- five on Showtime and five on Sci Fi -- and 125 episodes, making it the longest-running sci-fi series on TV. "Having achieved so much over the course of the past 10 years, Sci Fi believes that the time is right to make this season their last on the channel," Sci Fi said. "Sci Fi is honored to have been part of the 'Stargate' legacy for five years, and we look forward to continuing to explore the 'Stargate' universe with our partners at MGM through a new season of 'Stargate: Atlantis.' " »
Matthew Lillard has been cast in One of Our Own, an indie drama being directed by Abe Levy. Also cast are Josh Randall (Ed), Claire Rankin (Stargate: Atlantis) and Kate Beahan (The Wicker Man). Written by Levy and Silver Tree, the story begins when a thirtysomething couple, desperate to have a baby against all odds, engage a young woman to bear their child. When the man's boss falls in love with the surrogate and decides to become a father himself, chaos ensues, thrusting the couple's marriage to the brink of ruin. Lillard is playing the boss. He also is serving as co-producer. Producing the movie are Jack Robinson of Wild Horse Prods., Tree and Terry Chase Chenowith (Undertaking Betty). Wild Horse was behind 2005's Beautiful Dreamer. Entrepreneur Robert Sprowls is financing the pic and executive producing. Lillard, who played Shaggy in the live-action Scooby-Doo movies, most recently appeared in The Groomsmen, opposite Edward Burns. He also is known for his role in Scream. Lillard is repped by CAA, Mosaic and Ziffren Brittenham. »
MADRID -- NBC Global Networks and Spain's Sogecable have signed a deal for the Sci Fi Channel to launch June 1 in Spain on Sogecable-owned satellite platform Digital Plus. Launched in the U.S. in 1992, Sci Fi already has international versions operating in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. The agreement with Sogecable is nonexclusive for Spain, paving the way for the channel to grow onto the burgeoning broadband and cable markets in the country. Sci Fi Spain's initial programming lineup will include the Spanish debuts of series Stargate Atlantis and Tremors, plus 7 Days, American Gothic, The Sentinel, Battlestar Galactica, Earth 2, The Incredible Hulk and The Invisible Man. The deal follows the debuts of new terrestrial broadcasters Cuatro and La Sexta -- launched in November and March, respectively. Both nets are betting heavily on U.S. series in their programming lineups. »
Cynthia Lieberman has been named vp media relations at Sony Pictures Television, where she will be responsible for publicity efforts on first-run syndicated series including the talker The Greg Behrendt Show and the court show Judge Maria Lopez, both of which are set to launch in the fall. She also will oversee publicity for veteran first-run series like Judge Hatchett as well as the off-net runs of shows including Seinfeld, The King of Queens, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and The Shield. Lieberman, who will be based at SPT's Culver City office, will report to executive vp marketing Robert Oswaks. Before joining SPT, Lieberman was vp off-network marketing and special projects at Paramount Domestic Television. »
6 items from 2006
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