14 items from 2014
The upcoming Natpe market and conference is embracing its “Content Without Borders” theme, said Natpe president and CEO Rod Perth during a media conference call Wednesday.
“We are not a niche market, and this year’s conference is a true testament to the unique and diverse opportunities we serve, spanning the entire content value chain, across all platforms and covering every sector of the business,” said Perth. The programming conference runs Jan. 20-22 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.
Perth said registration among attendees and exhibitors is running “on pace” as expected. He also announced numerous speakers for the event, including Eva Longoria, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Morgan Spurlock and more, as well as YouTube stars Tyler Oakley, Gary Vaynerchuk, Marcus Johns and Connor Franta, to further bolster Natpe’s support of the digital space.
- Shelli Weinstein
The cooking competition "The Taste" returns tonight to ABC for its third season. The series introduced blind tasting of food to reality competitions--judges don't know whose food they're eating or even what's in the dish. It also brought Anthony Bourdain to a big, bright, glossy ABC reality show. The star of Travel Channel's Emmy-winning "No Reservations" and now CNN's "Parts Unknown" seems like perhaps the last person to gravitate to a "The Voice"-like competition for food, but when we talked Wednesday, one day before he was heading to Madagascar for "Parts Unknown," he was clearly, unabashedly enthusiastic about the series, which he also executive produces. When I asked about whether skeptical fans have now warmed to "The Taste" and his participation, Bourdain said, "I honestly don't think about. It's always a quality of life issue for me. Am I having fun? Am I working with people I like? »
- Andy Dehnart
In a move which opens up new horizons for the recently-launched L.A.-based production house, producer Sergio Aguero (“Red Band Society,” “No Reservations,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien”) has joined Jaime Davila Jr.’s L.A-based Campanario Entertainment, the company behind hit Telemundo Telenovela “Carmelia La Texana,” licensed in Mexico to Netflix.
In a double appointment, Ben Parrish has also joined Campanario, from Stone & Company Entertainment.
At Campanario as a producer, Aguero will continue “very aggressively” to locate international IPs, adapting them for the general U.S. market place, playing off his perhaps unrivalled contacts as a Hollywood exec in Spain, Latin America, aiming to develop them for primetime broadcast or cable U.S. TV.
Such was the case with “Red Band Society,” whose original, “Pulseres Vermelles,” was produced by Spain’s Filmax Ent.
to huge success on broadcaster TV3 ,then sourced by Aguero for a U.S. version, originally at ABC, »
- John Hopewell
It’s been well over a decade since Anthony Bourdain, former executive chef of Manhattan’s Les Halles and author of bestselling memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” became a TV star. With his Travel Channel series “No Reservations” and “The Layover,” Food Network’s “A Cook’s Tour” and stints on “The Taste” — for which he’s Emmy-nominated for his hosting duties for a second year in a row — and “Top Chef,” Bourdain is an old pro at this point. But when Bourdain and his longtime crew moved over to CNN to kick off the multiple-Emmy nominee “Parts Unknown,” they faced one big problem: How do you make something new while working in a genre — nonfiction television — that relies on repeating the same general formula every week?
“It’s a limited story that we’re telling, ultimately,” Bourdain says. “On every episode, I go someplace, I eat a bunch of stuff, and I come back. »
- Andrew Barker
For all the abundance of cookery shows on TV and the countless books by celebrity chefs, film-makers have been strangely reluctant to step into the kitchen. There have been some culinary-themed movies in recent years (Julie & Julia, No Reservations) but far fewer than might have been expected. When chefs have been portrayed on screen, they've still tended to be eccentric and neurotic types in white hats and aprons. »
Sick kids in a pediatric ward are almost guaranteed to be charming, heartwarming and occasionally break your heart with very little effort, and that seems to be the goal of the Steven Spielberg-produced "Red Band Society," which will debut on Fox this fall. Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer stars as a cranky nurse who probably has a marshmallow center we haven't seen yet, or at least haven't seen in this trailer for the show. This seems to be "The Breakfast Club" with a generous sprinkling of cancer, comas and heat problems. With Spencer on board, the bar is set high from an acting perspective, and the trailer suggests these kids won't let the saccharine level get too high. At least the series has a model from which to draw material. "Polseres Vermelles" is the Catalan television show on which "Red Band Society" is based, and it was inspired by real life »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Less animation, plenty of reality, and another two-hour comedy block reduced — those are some of the quick take-aways from Fox’s 2014 fall schedule announcement.
First up: On Mondays, the network will launch perhaps fall’s most-anticipated new drama, the Batman prequel series Gotham at 8 p.m. followed by the sophomore return of Sleepy Hollow at 9 p.m. Fox has ordered 16 episodes of Gotham and 18 episodes of Sleepy Hollow. On Tuesdays, ambitious new reality show Utopia, in which contestants try to build a perfect society over the course of a year, will open for New Girl and The Mindy Project (which »
- James Hibberd
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting details on The Chair, Camp of the Damned, and Love Sick, trailers for Chimeres and Phantasmagoria, production and distribution news on Australian film, The Pack, and much more:
Exclusive Casting News for The Chair: We’ve been told that Travis Love (Shumpert from The Walking Dead) has been added to the cast of the upcoming horror/thriller, The Chair. Love will play the Commanding Officer in a flashback scene that features Jimmy (Jacob Banser) and Sullivan (Brian Thompson).
Synopsis: “Based off of the Alterna Comics graphic novel of the same name, The Chair follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the torture and murder of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison’s sadistic and psychotic Warden, »
- Tamika Jones
More news coming out of Cannes to end the day upon (just when we thought we were out, they keep pulling us back in) as Lightning Entertainment just announced that they're partnering on financing and production for the new horror/thriller The Pack.
From the Press Release
Lightning Entertainment announced today that it has come aboard as a financing and production partner on The Pack – an Australian horror/thriller being directed by Nick Robertson (“The Runner”) and produced by Michael Robertson (“The Reef,” “Black Water,” “Road Train”) and Kent Smith (“2:37,” “The Tree”) under their new genre label, Breakout Movies. General Manager and Executive VP Ken Dubow states “Lightning’s production investment in The Pack underscores the company’s commitment to the growth of our business and our ability to get involved with the right film projects at their inception.”
The Pack will be the debut theatrical release of Kojo, »
- Steve Barton
Watch Rapper/Chef Action Bronson Drink the Best Milkshake Ever His new food show will make you laugh and your mouth water. by Liam Mathews If cool guys were surveyed to determine who among them is the coolest guy, like an Oscars for cool guys, Action Bronson would probably win. If you watch the first episode of Fuck, That's Delicious, his new show on Vice's Munchies food channel, you will want nothing more than to eat a pizza from Roberta's, drink a milkshake from Eddie's Sweet Shop, and shoot the shit with your hilarious and knowledgeable friend Bronson. He will regale you with his stories of New Zealand and South Africa and what he ate there. It's like No Reservations if Anthony Bourdain was a 320-pound stoner who could rap like this. Image via [...] »
- Liam Mathews
Fox has given the greenlight for another new series for the 2014-15 season -- Red Band Society. The cast includes Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Ciara Bravo, Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Charlie Rowe and Nolan Sotillo.
Here's the information that we have so far from the network:
· EPs: Steven Spielberg, Margaret Nagle ("Boardwalk Empire") - she wrote the pilot, Justin Falvey ("The Americans," "Falling Skies"), Darryl Frank ("The Americans," "Falling Skies") and Sergio Aguero ("No Reservations," "Y Tu Mama Tambien")
· Description: A diverse group of teenagers become unlikely allies and friends in this unconventional and, at times, comic high school drama, set in the pediatric wing of a hospital. This is »
Fox has picked up hospital dramedy “Red Band Society” to series. Steven Spielberg and Margaret Nagle (“Boardwalk Empire”) will executive produce, along with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (both of “The Americans”) and Sergio Aguero (“No Reservations”). Nagle penned the pilot. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Glee”) will direct. See video: Batman Prequel ‘Gotham': Watch First Trailer for Fox's Upcoming Series “Red Band Society” follows a diverse group of teenagers who become unlikely allies and friends in the high school drama, set in the pediatric wing of a hospital. Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable star in the series, along with Griffin Gluck, Charlie Rowe, »
- Tony Maglio
CNN announced a new prime-time lineup Thursday that includes Jesus, reality stars, and maybe even a little news.
Most provocatively, the network announced at its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York City, The Jesus Code, a series which promises to take viewers on a “forensic and archaeological journey through the Bible” (cue jokes about CNN looking for a ratings miracle). Religious-themed programming has been considered hot since History stunned the industry with its ratings-shattering The Bible miniseries last year. The Jesus Code “will take viewers on a thrilling high-stakes journey through forensics, biblical archeology and forgery in history, exploring »
- James Hibberd
Confirming the Marvel production's working title to be After Party, The Avengers: Age of Ultron crew recently released casting call information (via Forte di Bard) for Italy, one of many locations in which filming will take place next month. "We are looking for people aged between 23 and 70 years, residing in the Valle d'Aosta, as well as some minors, under 14 years of age, which must be accompanied by at least one parent." The search for extras will be held at Fort of Bard on Thursday, February 13th, Friday, the 14th, and Saturday, February 15th, 2014 in the time range between 9.30 and 18.30. No reservations are required, but potential candidates are advised to bring a "photocopy of identity card valid, tax code, and sheet with Iban staff." As for foreigners who are interested in being an extra, you must bring a "photocopy of the residence permit valid (at »
14 items from 2014
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