9 items from 2015
Itkin has spent the past 34 years with Wme and its predecessor, William Morris Agency. During his long career, he packaged such shows as “The People’s Court,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Project Runway,” “American Gladiators” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” He was involved in the early wave of foreign format imports to the U.S. including “Big Brother,” “Fear Factor,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “The Biggest Loser,” “Celebrity Family Feud” and “Battlebots.”
Itkin was the matchmaker who set up clients Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray as production partners in the company that became the home of MTV’s “The Real World” franchise. A decade ago, Itkin helped Tyler Perry forge an independent path in production of sitcoms through an innovative partnership with Debmar-Mercury. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The answer, as the credits, IMDb and the photocall will tell you, is former wrestler Dave Bautista.
So for a little bit more background on one of Bond's most intimidating foes, here's Digital Spy's newcomer's guide to the human embodiment of "Big Dave".
His wrestling career
A 46-year-old, 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), 278 lb (126 kg) man mountain of Filipino and Greek descent, Bautista has gone by many other names over the course of his wrestling career, including Batista (note spelling), Dave Batista, Deacon Batista, Khan and Leviathan.
As a wrestler, Bautista has claimed so many titles it's almost ridiculous. He is a six-time world champion, winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice. »
British TV producer Duncan Gray, who has held senior creative executive roles at U.S. network ABC, British broadcaster ITV and U.K. pay TV operator Sky, and served as an exec producer on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” has launched production company Twenty Six 03. The company will focus on producing primetime entertainment programs for the global market.
Gray said: “We’re on the verge of announcing a big and exciting commission, and as a 100% independent company, we can concentrate on high-quality programming without any of the margin and distribution issues that get in the way of creativity in some bigger content businesses.”
Gray’s past roles include controller of entertainment at Granada, developing and launching ITV’s flagship entertainment series including “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” which is now being produced in the U.S. as “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” on NBC.
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- Leo Barraclough
Bringing an additional feel-good twist to home remodeling, Fox’s “Home Free” comes from the producer of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” which makes this summer offshoot the equivalent of tract housing. Nine couples work together gutting dilapidated homes, with the idea that the newly fabulous product will go to deserving families, while the ultimate winner earns a “dream house” of their own. Yet the pounding and sweating builds toward a payoff that’s undeniably emotional but anticlimactic. While the show has its heart in the right place, it still feels like there are a dozen versions of this on Bravo and Discovery.
Hosted with manly, no-nonsense vigor by Mike Holmes (“Holmes on Homes”), the main issue, strictly from a viewing standpoint, is that Holmes outlines the central wrinkle in the competition early on, one the producers have asked not be divulged. Yet without giving anything away, suffice it to say »
- Brian Lowry
Iliza Shlesinger, the Season 6 winner of “Last Comic Standing,” has been tapped to host TBS’s upcoming “Separation Anxiety,” which is being billed as “a comedic, relationship-based game show featuring a unique twist that isn’t revealed to contestants until after they’ve played the game.” The series which has received a 14-episode order and will premiere in late 2015, is produced by 5×5 Media and Electus, which also produce “King of the Nerds” for TBS. 5×5’s Craig Armstrong, whose credits include “Survivor” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” is executive producing, along with Rick Ringbakk and Charles Wachter of 5×5 and Chris »
- Tim Kenneally
Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs will be released on May 19th on Digital HD and On Demand, and we have been given an exclusive clip to share with our readers. Also in this round-up: first photos from #Horror, and trailers for They Will Outlive Us All and American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire.
Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs: Press Release -- "An outrageous sci-fi adventure that entertainingly pits two unlikely species against each other, Cowboys vs Dinosaurs battles its way onto Digital HD and On Demand May 19 from MarVista Digital Entertainment (Mvde). Directed by Ari Novak, known for his visual effects work on Live Free or Die Hard, the inconceivable creature/disaster mash-up stars Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Eric Roberts (The Dark Night, The Expendables), Vernon Wells (Throwback, Commando), Rib Hillis (Groom’s Cake, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”), Casey Fitzgerald (The Shift, Sorority Party Massacre), John Freeman (Luna, The Strange Curse of Love), Kelcey Watson (Boots, »
- Tamika Jones
The month of May features a ton of great genre titles coming to VOD and digital platforms, including the highly anticipated zombie drama Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. The Orchard is releasing the Kiwi horror comedy mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows later this month and we also have both Oren Peli’s Area 51 and the sure-to-be-insane The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) from Tom Six to look forward to as well. The indie spookfest Evangeline is also getting a VOD release from Uncork’d Entertainment and look for the latest from Dark Sky Films, Let Us Prey, which arrives the last week of May.
Private Number (Arc Entertainment) - 5/1
A series of sinister phone calls haunt an ex-alcoholic writer as he struggles to finish a novel. Efforts to trace the calls result in dead ends, leaving the author with no choice but to solve the mystery himself. »
- Heather Wixson
Fox has placed an eight-episode order for a new reality competition series, “Home Free,” from Relativity Television and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” executive producer Tom Forman. The series, which will be hosted by “Holmes on Holmes” contractor Mike Holmes, will feature couples vying to win their dream home. On the series, which premieres July 22 at 9 p.m., nine couples are challenged to revive one run-down home every week. During each episode, Holmes will present the couples with tasks designed to test and challenge the skills of the do-it-yourself enthusiasts. Also Read: 'Empire's' Taraji P. Henson Is a Post-Mortem 'Person of Interest'. »
- Tim Kenneally
Fox is giving couples the chance to win their dream house in Home Free, an eight-episode hourlong reality competition series set to premiere at 9 Pm July 22. Mike Holmes, a professional contractor who created the Hgtv series Holmes On Homes, will host Home Free from Relativity TV and executive producer Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition). On Home Free, nine couples are challenged to revive one run-down house every week. During each episode, Holmes will present the… »
9 items from 2015
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