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“Hannibal” creator Bryan Fuller has had an enviable career trajectory. Happily coinciding with the past decade or so’s focus on “smart” TV, his star rose in the early 2000s as he left “Star Trek’s” sci-fi universe for quirky cult shows like “Wonderfalls,” “Dead Like Me” and “Pushing Daisies.” But his first mention in Variety was for something more gruesome — adapting the 2002 TV-movie version of “Carrie,” Stephen King’s classic horror tale of bullying and scorned teen angst.
Do you recall seeing your name in Variety?
It’s always surreal — particularly for me as someone who was so steeped in Stephen King as an adolescent — and then to be adapting his first novel and getting a mention in Variety. It’s hard to quantify the experience, because it’s ethereal in a way.
What do you recall from that point in your life?
The starting point for my career »
- Whitney Friedlander
Long before Zooey Deschanel brought New Girl's critically adored Jessica Day to life, Anna Friel was a ray of sunshine as Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies, the colorful, but short-lived ABC series that was surprisingly upbeat for a story about death. Chuck, who was brought back to life by her childhood sweetheart Ned (Lee Pace), really was the original adorkably beautiful brunette. But now, Friel will bring a very different character to life on NBC’s Odyssey, a gritty drama in which a U.S. soldier Odelle Ballard (Friel) uncovers a computer file that suggests a U. »
- Natalie Abrams
Pay cabler Epix is making a move toward adding original scripted series to its mix, tapping former Disney and HBO exec Jocelyn Diaz to oversee development.
Diaz will serve as exec VP of original programming, Epix confirmed Tuesday.
“With Jocelyn on board, we’re going to be able to take this to a new level with original scripted series that resonate with our viewers,” said Epix prexy-ceo Mark Greenberg. “To be successful at originals you must be authentic — and that’s exactly what Jocelyn brings to the table.”
Diaz, formerly veep of production at Walt Disney Studios, said her mandate was to deliver “compelling content and original series that provide a unique and full-spectrum entertainment experience.”
At Disney, Diaz worked in development and production on such live-action features as “Into the Woods” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”
Before her stint at Disney, Diaz was »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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