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Producer Tyler Mitchell Joins Imagine Entertainment

12 October 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran film executive and producer Tyler Mitchell has joined Imagine Entertainment.

The newly appointed senior vice president of motion pictures most recently served as a partner at Landscape Entertainment, working in both television and film. At Landscape, he worked on the Amazon Studios pilot “Down Dog” and executive produced “Maudie,” a drama starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins about a disfigured Nova Scotia woman who becomes a beloved folk artist.

In his new role at Imagine, Mitchell will report to the company’s president, Erica Huggins. Founded by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Imagine’s recent credits include the racing drama “Rush” and the James Brown biopic “Get on Up.” Upcoming projects include the whaling drama “In the Heart of the Sea” and the Dan Brown adaptation “Inferno.”

“We are thrilled to have Tyler join us at Imagine,” Huggins said in a statement. “He brings an extensive experience in successful »

- Brent Lang

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Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

30 January 2015 7:33 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sundance 2015

Our crew is hard at work covering the Sundance Film Festival. Here is the first batch of review with more to come.

‘The D Train’ promises a fun, twisty ride Sundance 2015: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ will have you running for the exits Sundance 2015: ‘Slow West’ is a tense and thoughtful revisionist western Sundance 2015: ‘Princess’ is one of Sundance’s best Sundance 2015: Maybe the dingos should eat ‘Strangerland’ Sundance 2015: Ben Mendelsohn is the jackpot in otherwise middling ‘Mississippi Grind’ Sundance 2015: ‘Me & Earl & the Dying Girl’ an emotional, honest and hilarious experience Sundance 2015: ‘The End of the Tour’ a quiet, affecting primer on the life of David Foster Wallace Sundance 2015: ‘Cop Car’ is an instant Americana genre film classic Sundance 2015: ‘Girlhood’ rivals Linklater’s opus Sundance 2015: ‘Knock Knock’ sees Eli Roth and Keanu Reeves offer camp glory Sundance 2015: ‘Eden »

- Ricky

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The Televerse #178- Interview with Michael Price

27 January 2015 9:41 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2015’s onslaught of television is fully under way, giving us plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at a full week in comedy, including the debut of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the disappointingly brief return of Venture Bros., and the finale of Galavant. Then it’s time to talk genre and drama, including previews of Pivot’s new murder mystery series Fortitude and The Americans s3 and looks at the Backstrom pilot and Justified premiere. And did we mention we caught up with The 100? In a week? ‘Cause we did. Finally, in lieu of the DVD Shelf, Kate speaks with Emmy, Writers Guild, and Annie Award winner, and current writer for The Simpsons, Michael Price about his career as a television writer on series like What About Joan?, The PJs, and that ‘90s classic, Homeboys in Outer Space.

Our Week in Comedy (4:37- »

- Kate Kulzick

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Point of Honor, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” sets up a potentially compelling series

25 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Riley Voelkel, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Annabelle Stephenson

Point of Honor, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Written by Carlton Cuse and Randall Wallace

Directed by Randall Wallace

Released January 15, 2015 by Amazon

Stories of families caught in wartime conflict is one that has been explored in many forms of media, and the American Civil War is no different in that regard. Another entry into the group comes in the form of the Amazon pilot Point of Honor. Co-written by Carlton Cuse, the show focuses on the various members of the Rhodes family, owners of the Point of Honor plantation in Virginia, who free their slaves as the American Civil War breaks out, leading to divided loyalties and new challenges. The pilot succeeds in drawing distinct characters and putting the focus on the women and how the war affected them, creating a fascinating episode that holds a lot of promise for the potential series. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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The Man in the High Castle, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” presents a world with long-term potential

25 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Man in the High Castle, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Written by Frank Spotnitz, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick

Directed by David Semel

Released January 15th, 2015 by Amazon

For fans of Philip K. DickThe Man in the High Castle will have undoubtedly already been on their radar for quite some time. Dick’s fiction has been adapted into several acclaimed films, including Blade RunnerMinority Report and A Scanner Darkly. In this recent batch of Amazon pilots, Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) adapts The Man in the High Castle with the vision of turning the source material into a full television series. Those unfamiliar with Dick’s written work need only know that his interest is in science-fiction and that the worlds he creates are generally immersive, vast, and intricately planned-out.

In that regard, The Man in the High Castle is a success. I’ve always thought »

- Sean Colletti

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Mad Dogs, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” shows promise, but needs some work

25 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Steve Zahn, Michael Imperioli, Romany Malco, Ben Chaplin, Billy Zane

Mad Dogs, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Written by Cris Cole and Shawn Ryan

Directed by Charles McDougall

Released January 15, 2015 by Amazon

Streaming television shows have made a major mark on the television landscape over the past few years, whether it’s by winning awards, or simply being part of the cultural conversation. Amazon has been no slouch in this department, with their show Transparent garnering its own level of acclaim, both critically and commercially. Among the newest crop of pilots from the streaming service is Mad Dogs. Based on the UK show of the same name, the series is created by Cris Cole and executive produced by Shawn Ryan. The pilot, while indicating some major holes, also shows some promise for a potential show.

One of the strongest aspects of this pilot is how well the relationship among the five »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Cocked, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” has significantly more misses than hits

25 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Jason Lee

Cocked, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Written by Samuel Baum and Sam Shaw

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Released January 15, 2015 by Amazon

Familial strife over business concerns has been a story told often in television and movies, but rarely has the business in question been the gun business in America. Among Amazon’s batch of pilots is a show that aims to tackle that very ground, in the form of Cocked. Looking at a big gun company staring down financial troubles just as an estranged member of the family that runs it is forced to come back home, the episode unfortunately squanders the show’s potential, pairing a celebration of one character and all he represents with poor work fleshing out the rest of the show’s group and the world it’s set in.

The biggest issue with this pilot is the manner it which it appears to implicitly »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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The New Yorker Presents, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” is the most interesting premiere in recent memory

24 January 2015 11:15 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The New Yorker Presents, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Released January 15, 2015 by Amazon

Of all the recent pilots released by Amazon, The New Yorker Presents is easily the most interesting. A half hour smorgasbord of content, this first episode is completely fascinating in terms of its form and what that could mean for both Amazon’s original series and television in general going forward.

The conceit of The New Yorker Presents is simple: a little bit of this, a little bit of that. This first episode contains a short film, a conversation/interview with an artist, a short documentary and a recorded performance of a poem. The ultimate success of a series like this is similar to that of a sketch comedy in that episodes and individual segments will be hit or miss week-to-week. Obviously, the goal becomes bringing together a collection of talent that is of »

- Sean Colletti

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Salem Rogers, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” shows potential mainly due to cast

24 January 2015 11:15 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Rachel Dratch, Leslie Bibb

Salem Rogers, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Written by Lindsey Stoddart

Directed by Mark Waters

Released January 15, 2015 by Amazon

Throughout the various incarnations of the Amazon pilot releases, the streaming service has sought to strike a balance between comedic and dramatic fare. The streaming service’s latest round of pilots was no exception in this regard, and one of their forays into comedy comes in the form of Salem Rogers. Marking the writing debut of actress Lindsey Stoddart, the show focuses on the exploits of a former supermodel trying to re-enter the world after a decade in rehab, with her hapless former assistant turned attempted self-help guru in tow. Unfortunately, the pilot suffers from a degree of indecision about what direction it wants a potential series to go in, which is reflected in the writing and pulls down the episode, despite the best efforts of the talented cast. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Amazon’s First Pilot Season of 2015, Previews! Videos

19 January 2015 5:12 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TV Picks: Amazon’s First Pilot Season of 2015 first looks are here, featuring Slate of 13 original comedy, drama, docuseries and kids offerings, which debuted January 15 on Amazon Instant Video in the Us, UK and Germany.Seven new comedy, drama and docu-series pilots will be available including hour-long shows Cocked, Mad Dogs, Man in the High Castle and Point of Honor, half hour shows Down Dog and Salem Rogers, and half hour docu-series The New Yorker PresentsSix new kids pilots will be available including preschool projects Buddy: Tech Detective, Sara Solves It and The Stinky & Dirty Show, as well […] »

- April Neale

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Watch Amazon Studios’ Pilots For Its Latest 13 Original Series

15 January 2015 11:01 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Amazon Studios released this year's first batch of TV pilots, among which could potentially be the production house’s next Golden Globe winner. The 13 new pilot episodes are available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video as of January 15, 2015.

Studios wants viewers in the Us, UK, and Germany to check out its slate of new entertainment options and tell its parent company Amazon which pilots they’d like to see turned into complete series. Included in the newest round of contenders are the comedies Cocked, Down Dog, Salem Rogers, and Mad Dogs; the dramas The Man in the High Castle and Point of Honor; and the documentary series The New Yorker Presents. Six children’s pilots are also available, including Buddy: Pet Detective, Sara Solves It, The Stinky & Dirty Show, Niko and the Sword of Light, Table 58, and Just Add Magic.

"We look forward to seeing our customers' response to the year's first pilot season, »

- Bree Brouwer

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Amazon Studios Announces Its 2015 Pilots

6 January 2015 6:18 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Amazon Studios has announced a January 15th premiere date for its first batch of 2015 pilots. As usual, the company will make series greenlight decisions based on viewer feedback.

Four dramas and two comedies are on offer, most notably the remake of British black comedy series "Mad Dogs" which Shawn Ryan ("The Shield," "Last Resort") is producing. Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli and Ben Chaplin star in this version of the show about a group of underachieving forty-something friends who visit a friend's Belize villa - a holiday that turns into a nightmare of lies, deception and murder.

Another high-profile title is a pilot for a series based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history story "The Man in the High Castle". Set twenty years after the Nazis won World War II, the U.S. is now divided between Japan and Germany and tensions between the »

- Garth Franklin

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