The global arm of AMC Networks is readying plans to launch the Sundance Channel in the UK.
Screen’s sister publication Broadcast understands that AMC/Sundance Channel Global is in carriage negotiations with pay-tv platforms including Sky, with a view to launching in 2015.
The plans follow parent firm AMC Networks’ $1bn (£600m) acquisition of Chellomedia, which operates around 40 channels around the world, last year.
The company is home to major global programme brands such as Mad Men and The Walking Dead.
Its channels include AMC, which aired Breaking Bad in the Us, female-skewing WEtv and comedy network IFC. It has been keen to establish a presence in the UK for some time and a number of sources have told Broadcast that it has now selected the Sundance Channel as its first launch.
The drive is being led by Harold Gronenthal, executive vice-president of programming and operations at AMC/Sundance Channel Global, who has been »
In early 2013, it was announced that Robert Kirkman was working with Fox International Channels on a TV series set in the world of exorcism. Titled Outcast, it will be based on a comic book series that Robert Kirkman has been developing over the past couple of years and Skybound has provided us with a set of preview pages for Daily Dead readers to check out::
“Skybound is proud to announce Outcast, from Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta! Outcast is the story of Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.
- Jonathan James
Comic book adaptations aren’t just taking over the big screen. With the genre’s box office dominance firmly established there are a growing number of TV series based on both DC and Marvel series in development. Netflix has a whole roster of Marvel shows lined up, including Daredevil and Jessica Jones, and DC imprint Vertigo is also getting some love with AMC’s Preacher and NBC’s Constantine.
It’s pretty unsurprising that so many networks are taking an interest in comic books as a source for ideas. A strong precedent has already been set for both traditional superhero shows, in The CW’s Arrow, and for dark and violent material like AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Now another Vertigo ...
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Creators of The Walking Dead have “already nailed down” the season five finale, despite the last season ending just two weeks ago. Robert Kirkman, executive producer, shared some new details about the zombie apocalypse show’s progression during an interview with MTV last week. The team have decided on the “overall arc of the season”, with Kirkman’s second episode script submitted. “We’re pretty much halfway through the fifth season, script wise,” he said. Kirkman also dropped some hints about the introduction of infamous villain Negan from the 100th issue of the comic books. “As far as Negan casting goes, Scott (Gimple, the showrunner) and I are always talking about who we would put in that. It’s definitely on our minds and there are a lot of candidates,” he said. “I wouldn’t expect Negan too terribly soon, although he is definitely in the plan. It’s a »
Production is set to begin today in New Orleans on the Lionsgate action comedy film American Ultra. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle and the upcoming Frankenstein), the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins. A PalmStar/Likely Story/Circle of Confusion production, the film is produced by Anthony Bregman (Begin Again and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Kevin Scott Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert (The Walking Dead) and Britton Rizzio, with Ray Angelic as executive producer. Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions and Eda Kowan, Svp of Acquisitions, will oversee the project on behalf of Lionsgate. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. »
Today Lionsgate announced that production has begun on a new film that isn't based on some young adult novel! Cameras are now rolling on American Ultra and the studios have issued a press release announcing new additions to the cast and details on the plot. Come inside to check out the press release!
Production is set to begin today in New Orleans on the Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) action comedy film “American Ultra.” Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) and written by Max Landis (“Chronicle” and the upcoming “Frankenstein”), the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins. A PalmStar/Likely Story/Circle of Confusion production, the film is produced by Anthony Bregman (“Begin Again” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert (“The Walking Dead”) and Britton Rizzio, with Ray Angelic as executive producer. Jason Constantine, »
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Production is getting under way in New Orleans on the Lionsgate action comedy “American Ultra” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) and written by Max Landis (“Chronicle”), the story revolves around a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner (Eisenberg) whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is suddenly turned upside down when he discovers that he has a secret past as a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, he is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive. The cast also includes Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins. A PalmStar/Likely Story/Circle of Confusion production, the film is produced by Anthony Bregman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert (“The Walking Dead”) and Britton Rizzio, with Ray Angelic as executive producer. »
Texas Frightmare Weekend is proud to reveal its 2014 schedule that jam packed with things to do, people to see, and screams to be had! Read on for all of the latest, and if you're gonna be in attendance... consider us officially jealous!
From the Press Release
Just when fans didn't think Texas Frightmare Weekend could get any more epic... it does - in a huge way! America's largest horror convention is proud to announce several new free film screenings, guests, and events to take place at Dallas, Texas' Dfw Hyatt Regency this May 2, 3, and 4 - cementing Tfw's reputation as the biggest and best gathering of horror fandom in the USA!
In addition to our numerous previously-announced free screenings, Tfw is also proud to host the World Premiere of Billy Pon's Circus of the Dead and the North American Premiere of the Japanese splatter anthology Zombie TV - from Maelie Makuno, »
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Production companies are PalmStar, Likely Story and Circle of Confusion; producers are Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert (“The Walking Dead”) and Britton Rizzio, with Ray Angelic as executive producer.
Eisenberg stars as a hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (played by Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down as his secret past as a sleeper agent comes back to haunt him.
- Dave McNary
Lionsgate has sent out a press release announcing the start of principal photography on Nima Nourizadeh's action comedy American Ultra. Jesse Eisenberg stars as “an unmotivated stoner named Mike, who lives with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike’s past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out." The press release also notes that Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development) have joined the solid supporting cast, which also includes Topher Grace, John Leguizamo, and Walton Goggins. Hit the jump to check out the press release. Here's the press release: Principal Photography Begins On “American Ultra” Bill Pullman And Tony Hale Join Cast Santa Monica, CA (April 14, 2014) – Production is set to begin today in New Orleans on the Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) action comedy film “American Ultra. »
- Matt Goldberg
Not unlike the pace of its series, Mad Men has historically been a steady performer for AMC -- solid but never spiking in a similar fashion to Breaking Bad or heavyweight The Walking Dead. But Sunday night saw the series' final season actually dip in its premiere. The first of the current seven-episode batch took in 2.3 million viewers. That's a 1.1 million drop from the comparable premiere last year and the series' least watched opener since the second season in 2008. Story: 'Mad Men' Creator Matt Weiner Says So Long to 1968 The most recent season premiere
- Michael O'Connell
Mondays are the worst. We know it, you know it, and even your [insert beloved pet here] knows it. However, we've got something to put a little spring in your step and a smile on your face: Spoiler Chat! Read on for exclusive scoop on The Walking Dead to get to know a new face that will be joining our group in the season five premiere. Plus, we caught up with star Adelaide Kane from the CW's Reign, to find out what's coming up for Mary in May's final episodes. We're ready to help you start your day and get you buzzed on all the small screen excellence that is headed your way from your shows like Shameless, Orphan Black, Parks and Recreation and many more! Shania: Obviously I was bummed to »
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The Walking Dead comic book creator has spilled a bean or two about progress on season five...
The Walking Dead only left us a fortnight ago, but already thoughts are turning to season five. According to an interview comic book creator and series Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, the writing team is currently midway through the fifth run of the zombie apocalypse show.
Kirkman told MTV he has just submitted a script for episode two in the new run, and that the team has "already nailed down what our finale is, and what our overall arc of the season is."
One question comic book readers have for Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple is when we can expect to see Negan and 'Lucille' join the show? According to Kirkman, "As far as Negan casting goes, Scott [Gimple] and I are always talking about who we would put in that. »
After two successful years at the San Diego Comic-Con and an event in New York and Philadelphia, The Walking Dead Escape is going on the road for a National Tour. The first six locations have been announced and we’re giving Daily Dead readers the opportunity to win spectator tickets to the location of their choice:
“Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, will rollout out its one-of-a-kind immersive zombie obstacle course experience, The Walking Dead Escape, in a national tour launching in Baton Rouge, La on April 24, 2014 at The River Center Arena. The tour’s first leg, promoted by Monster X Tour, will consist of eight stadium and arena dates…”
Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (2) spectator tickets for The Walking Dead Escape event of their choosing from the six announced 2014 events listed below.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with the »
- Jonathan James
Trevor Hogg chats with Kel Symons about movies, comic books and submerging himself with an swashbuckling tale…
“My mother was an Rn, and my father was a lawyer,” states Kel Symons. “Though I think my dad semi-secretly wished he’d become a writer; I know he was a huge movie fan and helped inform my taste for the same. My brother played music for a while, and did some acting, but mostly in high school. I’m told one of my uncles on my mother’s side wrote and directed local theatre, but I don’t really know them.” The object of affection for Betty and Veronica as well as the space opera staring Luke Skywalker were part of the childhood reading repertoire. “I wasn’t really allowed to read superhero comics growing up. I could only read stuff like Archie & Jughead, Richie Rich, and Scrooge McDuck – that sort of thing. »
- Trevor Hogg
Robert Kirkman, the creator of "The Walking Dead" comics and a producer on the AMC series adaptation, recently spoke with MTV about the upcoming fifth season and where it currently stands. Kirkman says he thinks the just finished fourth season is the strongest so far, and five should continue the trend:
"I just turned in the second episode script for season five, and all the writers are hard at work on their individual episodes. We're pretty much halfway through the fifth season, script-wise. And we've already nailed down what our finale is, and what our overall arc of the season is. The back half of the season is taking shape very quickly, and we'll have all the scripts written by the summer.
It's always interesting the way these things overlap. By the time people have seen the entirety of the season, we're already pretty much done with the writing on »
- Garth Franklin
Sheriff Bigby Wolf’s murder investigations in Fabletown continue with the latest episode of Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us, and thankfully, the wait for this third instalment wasn’t nearly as long as the wait for the previous one. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that Telltale rushed the product, as not only does A Crooked Mile feel a lot more stable performance-wise than its predecessor, but the plot and characters shine stronger than ever.
Picking up right where the last episode, Smoke & Mirrors, ended, Bigby has stumbled on some major evidence that looks to be a huge clue regarding the identity of the mysterious serial killer that’s responsible for the game’s main conflicts. The race is immediately on for him and his partner Snow White to locate and confront the suspect, but it will require some serious investigating in order to put all the pieces together and »
- John Fleury
New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying! Creepy Comics No. 16 Dark Horse continues the tradition! Every month a new issue of Creepy Comics crawls from its crypt, breathes in the dusty air, and attempts to scare the pants off you! This issue we see a few great mini-comics about an evil website link, a clockmaker's obsession, nefarious cats, and a paradox of murder. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Bag it or board it up? I am a real sucker for these anthology revivals. It's crazy to think that in their heyday comics like this were read by just about everyone who read comics. »
- Giaco Furino
(Cbr) Actors Ashley Bell and Clint Howard stopped by the Cbr Speakeasy in Los Angeles to discuss noir superhero film "Sparks," directed by Christopher Folino and based on the graphic novel of the same name. It's very possible fans will know Bell and Howard from their work in other films and television shows -- Bell plays Nell Sweetzer in "The Last Exorcism" series and portrayed Karina in webisodes for "The Walking Dead," while Howard's lengthy career in film and television includes credits in everything from "Apollo 13" and "Frost/Nixon" to "Star Trek" and Disney's "The Jungle Book." In "Sparks," Bell took on the role of Lady Heavenly, the vigilante romantic interest of Sparks, while Howard plays Gordon Eldridge, the head of the newspaper. During their interview with Cbr Executive Producer Jonah Weiland, Bell and Howard discussed the draw of "Sparks" and the challenge of bringing superheroes to life on a budget. »
- Jonah Weiland, Comic Book Resources
It was a big week in TV, as "Game of Thrones" returned to HBO, buzz continued to build for Season 5 of "The Walking Dead" and ABC's "Dancing" stars pulled a switcheroo. Plus, Amanda Bynes continued her comeback and Jordana Brewster recalled her dear friend Paul Walker.
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