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Isa of the Day: Electric Entertainment

This is the first of a daily report on the various international sales agents who will converge at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica for 10 days beginning November 4 at the American Film Market.

The film and television production company Electric Entertainment, owned by producer/ writer and previously an actor, Dean Devlin, has recently launched an international theatrical film and television sales and acquisitions division. Devlin has appointed industry veteran Sonia Mehandjiyska to run the new division, which will represent Electric’s original productions as well as third-party product from A-list filmmakers and seasoned television producers from around the globe.

Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment has recently acquired two new projects, Critical Hour and No Good Deed as director vehicles for Devlin and Electric's Marc Roskin respectively. Eric Tipton wrote Critical Hour, and Brandon Boyce ( Apt Pupil, Wicker Park) penned No Good Deed. Devlin, Roskin and Electric’s Rachel Olschan are producing both projects.

Dean and I spoke together about his plans and his incredible trailblazing in the international film business.

How was Toronto?

Toronto was interesting as the place to begin international sales again. It's been a while since I started Voltage with Nicholas Chartier.

What decided you to return to international sales?

Since 2004, we have been independent and we have about 100 hours of entertainment. We have studios in Portland, a state-of-the-art post-production facility here in L.A. We think we can leverage all these assets to bring down costs, not only for ourselves but for others. We want to capitalize on what such a workflow can bring to the marketplace.

What size films are you looking to make and represent internationally?

$25 million and under to start. We want to build on our brand identity. We want to continue with the genres we have been doing.

I notice that you began as an actor in 1980 as the boy in The Bodyguard, and then you wrote 1992 you wrote Universal Soldier. Then you wrote and produced Stargate and Independence Day. Are you still writing?

Yes, in fact I wrote and am now producing Geostorm with Skydance Pictures' David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and Paramount.

(Author’s note: I just realized, as I write this, that Geostorm will actually be Dean’s directorial debut!)

Will Paramount release U.S. And Electric Entertainment take foreign?

No, actually Paramount will take worldwide rights to this film as it is larger than those we will take on initially.

I notice you also are working in television. Which do you prefer, TV or theatrical?

When I started, TV was very formulaic. Now movies are more expensive and predictable and TV has exploded. With all the channels, it has become more creative. I love TV as much as I love film.

You have also produced documentaries – well you exec produced Who Killed the Electric Car? and other docs (Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story and Bellflower , Becoming Santa and Go Far: The Christopher Rush Story) give you thanks. Will you continue with docs?

We all know about passion projects. I don't have plans for docs, but there are some which I feel passionate about and so I get involved with them.

Any plans for U.S. Distribution?

No plan yet. But it's interesting to see all the forms of releasing, like iTunes releasing before theatrical on certain types of films. Perhaps in the distant future we will get into U.S. Distribution, but not yet.

You showing such intelligence in your planning and executing. It's a pleasure to see you at work.

Thank you. I think that to have any creative freedom requires risk taking. People are quick to criticize the studio system but we know they are taking risks every day and I think we need to share the risk which is what I am doing.

Well you are really keeping up with the times and the changes and I wish you great success. And thank you for taking the time to talk with me about Electric.

Industry vet Sonia Mehandjiyska serves as Head of International Distribution

Mehandjiyska introduced Electric’s slate to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival and is proceeding on sales at the American Film Market. She was previously Head of Sales at Global Screen, a Bavaria-Telepool joint venture in Munich, Germany, where she negotiated license agreements on theatrical films, TV Series and M.O.W.’s for one of Europe’s biggest libraries.

Since 2003, Mehandjiyska has served in a variety of international distribution positions with Gibraltar Entertainment, Lightning Entertainment and Echo Bridge, where she served as Vice President of International Sales in their London office.

Devlin commented, “Sonia’s business acumen, professionalism, and taste for material represents exactly what I am looking for in the person we want to head our new division. We welcome her to the Electric family, and look forward to working with her as we present our product to the global marketplace.”

“I am thrilled to be working with Dean as he builds Electric into a full-service independent production and distribution company. His reputation and astonishing body of work is indisputable, and an inspiration as I move half-way across the globe to join the company,” said Mehandjiyska.

The first project for the new division is The Wannabe, a film written and to be directed by Nick Sandow, starring Patricia Arquette ( Stigmata, True Romance, “Boardwalk Empire”), Vincent Piazza ( Jersey Boys, “Boardwalk Empire”), and Michael Imperioli (“Oldboy,” “The Sopranos”). Martin Scorsese will Executive Produce the project. Electric Entertainment is fully financing the film and Executive Producing along with Traction Media (Short Term 12). Lizzie Nastro (Bluebird) and Michael Gasparro are producing. Set in New York City during the early 1990s, the film centers on Thomas (Piazza), a man obsessed with mob culture who attempts to fix the jury in the trial of John Gotti. But as the plot is foiled and he’s rejected by the ones he idolizes most, he sets off with Rose (Arquette), a neighborhood fixture, on a ride worthy of mob lore.

Electric recently wrapped its fifth and final season of TNT’s action-packed drama “Leverage,” which starred Academy Award® Winner Timothy Hutton and was Executive Produced by Dean Devlin, John Rogers, Chris Downey and Marc Roskin. “Leverage” won the 2013 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama.

Electric’s other television credits include TNT’s "The Librarian" starring Noah Wyle, which was the highest rated movie on cable that year (2004), its sequel, “The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines” and the third installment of the franchise, “The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.” Along with Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry production company, Electric produced SyFy Channel’s “The Triangle,” which won an Emmy for its Visual Effects, and was the highest-rated miniseries on the cable channel since “Steven Spielberg Presents Taken” (2002).

Devlin is currently in pre-production on his feature directorial debut, Geostorm, which he is producing with Skydance Pictures’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. Paramount retains worldwide rights to the film.
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Bryan Singer to Develop Creature At Bay For Syfy

Here’s more good news to set up your weekend right: Bryan Singer, the writer/director of most of the X-Men movies (including the one coming up) amongst other wonderful work and projects, has worked a deal with Syfy to develop a 90 minute drama pilot for a potential series, entitled Creature at Bay.

What’s even better is the subject – it takes place in a Northern California town cleaning up after the military has taken down a Kaiju! (That’s a Godzilla kind of monster, in case you missed the dozens of posts here about Pacific Rim.) Here are all the deets:

Syfy, Bryan Singer/Bad Hat Harry Productions And Universal Cable Productions Developing 90-minute Pilot Script Creature At Bay

New York – September 20, 2013 – Syfy is teaming up with Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and his Bad Hat Harry Productions to develop a 90-minute pilot script titled Creature at Bay.
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Toronto: Martin Scorsese, Dean Devlin On Board ‘The Wannabe’

Martin Scorsese will executive produce and Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment will fully finance indie drama “The Wannabe,” starring Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli.

The project, first announced last October, is being produced by Lizzie Nastro (“Bluebird”) with Mike Gasparro. Nick Sandow is directing from his own script.

The story is set in New York City during the early 1990s with Piazza playing a man obsessed with mob culture who attempts to fix the jury in the trial of John Gotti. When his plot is foiled and he’s rejected by the ones he idolizes most, he sets off with a woman (Arquette), who is a neighborhood fixture.

Electric Entertainment is also executive producing along with Traction Media (“Short Term 12″).

Electric made the announcement on Thursday, the opening day of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, as part of unveiling the launch of an international theatrical film and
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Con-Con 2011: An Official Leverage Event Returns to Portland this June

Attention Grifters: Con-con 2011: An Offical “Leverage” Event Returns To Portland, Or, This June

Fans Can Join The “Leverage” Crew Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 5, To Go Behind-the-scenes Of The Hit TNT Series

Leverage” Season 4 Premieres June 26 On TNT

Los Angeles, CA (March 24, 2011) – Calling all grifters! Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2010, Dean Devlin and his team at Electric Entertainment look forward to hosting Con-Con 2011: An Official “Leverage” Event in Portland, Or, from Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5. “Leverage” fans from around the world will descend on the city for the opportunity to meet the team behind TNT’s hit caper series at the show’s one-and-only official fan convention.

Last year’s Con-Con drew hundreds of enthusiasts for a series of events at the historic Governor Hotel in downtown Portland. This year’s events will include Q&As with some of the cast; autograph
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Mark Stern Named President of Original Programming at Syfy

Mark Stern has been named president of original programming of original programming at Syfy, presisdent David Howe announced Thursday in a statement.

Stern also serves as co-head, original content, Universal Cable Productions, and will now have creative oversight on the newly formed Syfy Films, a joint venture with Universal Pictures.

“Mark is a supremely smart and talented executive, whose unbridled passion, energy and imagination continue to drive Syfy’s world class development team,” Howe said in a statement. “He's an incredibly creative and business savvy leader who's widely respected throughout the industry.”

Howe joined the net in 2002, and was named Evp in 2003.

He was behind Battlestar Galactica, Stargate: Atlantis, Eureka, Ghost Hunters, Destination Truth, Ghost Hunters International, Sanctuary, Tin Man, Warehouse 13 (the most successful series in channel history), Stargate: Universe and the critically acclaimed series Caprica and Haven.

Read the entire press release after the jump. [pagebreak].

Mark Stern was named President,
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TNT's 'Leverage' gets $14 million in funding

TNT's 'Leverage' gets $14 million in funding
TNT's "Leverage" has drawn new financial support.

Winchester Capital Management has stepped in to fund the drama series' third season, which begins airing in late summer. The $14 million deal for 16 hourlong episodes is the company's first move into television financing.

"Leverage," an action drama starring Timothy Hutton, is produced by Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment ("The Triangle" ), with Devlin executive producing.

Launched three years ago by Jean-Luc De Fanti and former CBS Entertainment CEO Jeff Sagansky, Wcm has invested in the features "The Men Who Stare at Goats," "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" and "The Killing Room." The company also has a multipicture financing deal with Luc Besson's Europa Corp.

Wcm principal Eli Baker negotiated the "Leverage" deal.

"I've known and admired Dean Devlin as a producer for many years," De Fanti said. "He has a great ability to make commercial film and television content with an innovative business approach.
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

TNT Renews Leverage for a Third Season

Leverage has been having a fantastic second season on TNT, averaging around 4.1 million viewers each week. In addition to the fantastic cast on the show there have also been some great guest stars this season, including Wil Wheaton and Griffin Dunne, both of whom happened to be on last night's new episodes.

TNT has picked up the series for a third season which will start in the summer of 2010 and include 15 new episodes.

“Thanks in large part to its engaging cast and clever storytelling, Leverage has proven itself to be one of the most exciting and fun hours on television,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “The producers, cast and crew have been incredible to work with, and we anticipate another wonderful season.”

Below is the actual press release from TNT about the renewal.

The Con is On as
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X-Men director Bryan Singer to make Mayan doomsday series

Bryan Singer is to make a six-hour TV miniseries inspired by Mayan mythology, it's been announced by Syfy.

Singer is to produce the project for the former Sci-Fi Channel with Andrew Deane and Keith Addis. The as-yet-untitled story will deal with the 2012 doomsday prophecies based on interpretations of the Mayan calendar.

Singer (pictured) previously collaborated with the channel in 2005 on The Triangle, a miniseries exploring the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle.

This latest project will be written by Michael Petroni (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Dawn Treader) and Michael Bond (Passengers).

The project's official synopsis is:"A thrilling action-adventure story blending scientific fact and myth with popular conspiracy theories centring on the Mayan calendar and what it predicts for mankind at its end date.

"With a feel of Da Vinci Code and National Treasure, it tells the story of a down-on-his-luck author/professor who goes on a worldwide adventure to
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SyFy and Singer Bring 2012 to TV

Bryan Singer, during filming of X2

December 21, 2012, is a date that has been speculated about for a long time. It's the end of the Mayan calendar, and many theorists have speculated that this date will mark the end of the world. Of course, it is one among many dates that supposedly hold the end of the world (Y2K, anyone?).

So it's no surprise that as the date itself draws nearer, it's becoming more and more of a pop culture focus. The date was a recent subject of Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t! , and 2012, a film starring John Cusack, is set to be released in November.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, SyFy has caught on to that trend too, and has announced plans to create a miniseries based around the projected catastrophe. The series, announced yesterday, will also be produced by Bryan Singer (director of X-Men and Superman Returns). Singer (and
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Bryan Singer to profit from Mayan 2012 mystery

X-Men and Superman Returns filmmaker Bryan Singer will be developing his second mini-series for SyFy. The as-yet untitled six-hour show will center on the various doomsday prophecies surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012.

"I have always been fascinated by the various myths and conspiracy theories surrounding the Mayan calendar," Singer said in a statement. "It's the most accurate calendar created by man, so accurate that many believe its origins may lie elsewhere. Regardless of what you believe, what is truly mysterious about this is that a number of cultures and religions, including Hinduism, all point toward a period of great upheaval which happens to coincide with the final month and year marked by the calendar. Our story will explore whether we are truly alone in the universe, and other related mysteries, all of which are set against the backdrop of an incredibly exciting and fast-paced adventure."

Sounds like
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SyFy Developing End of World Miniseries With Bryan Singer

The end of the world doesn't seem to be a popular subject for movies only but also TV series. SyFy, formerly known as Sci Fi Channel, is crafting a miniseries with "Superman Returns" director Bryan Singer sitting as the producer. The six-hour series will focus on the Mayan calendar prediction that the world will come to a stop in 2012.

"I have always been fascinated by the various myths and conspiracy theories surrounding the Mayan calendar," Singer was quoted as saying in a statement. "Our story will explore whether we are truly alone in the universe and other related mysteries, all of which are set against the backdrop of an incredibly exciting and fast-paced adventure."

The not-yet-titled project, which is said to be an action-adventure, will have its script penned by "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" scribe Michael Petroni with the assistance from Michael Bond. It
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Bryan Singer and SyFy Plan New Miniseries

While Bryan Singer still looks to lockdown his next feature directing vehicle, the filmmaker has announced plans to produce a six-hour limited series for the newly re-branded SyFy network. Singer first collaborated with the network in 2005 on the Eric Stoltz and Sam Neill mystery-thriller miniseries The Triangle. The new project is said to be in the vein of The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure. The untitled limited series is described as an action-adventure about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world. Singer is producing the Industry Entertainment project with Andrew Deane and Keith Addis. The Mayan calendar also plays a prominent role in Roland Emmerich’s latest disaster flick 2012. That film, which stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson, hits theaters in November. Singer is no stranger to the world of television, having directed the pilot episode and
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Bryan Singer to Make a Limited Series for SyFy

According to The Hollywood Reporter Syfy is reteaming with director Bryan Singer (Superman Returns) to create a six-hour limited series.

Singer first worked with the network to produce the 2005 miniseries The Triangle. This new project for SyFy is said to be similar to The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure.

The film itself will be "an action-adventure about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world."

"I have always been fascinated by the various myths and conspiracy theories surrounding the Mayan calendar," Singer stated. "Our story will explore whether we are truly alone in the universe and other related mysteries, all of which are set against the backdrop of an incredibly exciting and fast-paced adventure."
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Bryan Singer to produce Syfy miniseries

Bryan Singer to produce Syfy miniseries
USA Network is looking to extend its winning streak in original series with a development slate that includes projects from Stephen J. Cannell, Mike Newell and Tom Fontana, while fellow NBC Universal cable net Syfy is reteaming with director Bryan Singer for a six-hour limited series.

The announcements were made Wednesday during NBC Universal's portion of the summer TCA press tour.

The Syfy project has Singer, who first collaborated with the network on the 2005 miniseries "The Triangle," working on a new project in the vein of "The Da Vinci Code" and "National Treasure."

The series from Industry Entertainment is described as an action-adventure about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world. Singer is producing with Andrew Deane and Keith Addis.

"Our story will explore whether we are truly alone in the universe and other related mysteries, all of which are set against the backdrop of an incredibly exciting and fast-paced adventure,
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Syfy, Singer and Industry Team on Limited Mayan Series

Syfy announced today that it will re-team with director/producer Bryan Singer ( Superman Returns , X-Men ), who executive produced the Channel's 2005 miniseries "The Triangle," and producer Andrew Deane ("Masters of Horror," "Masters of Science Fiction," "Fear Itself") and Keith Addis to develop an untitled 6-hour limited series to be written by Michael Petroni ( The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader , "Masters of Science Fiction: The Awakening," Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys ) and Michael Bond ( Passengers ). The announcement was made by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Syfy & Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Syfy is developing the project with Singer's Bad Hat...
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Fresh Release: The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice

Starring Noah Wyle as nerd librarian / adventurer Flynn Carsen, Dean Devlin's The Librarian series brings cinematic qualities to the movie screen in the form of an exciting adventure series which appears on TNT every two years. After Quest for the Spear (2004) and Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006), last year saw the release of the latest installment entitled Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008). All of these scores are avaiable from La-la-Land Records who recently issued the third episode's music on a lavish CD. I've talked with series composer Joseph LoDuca, whose previous credits include the Evil Dead movies as well as the popular television series' Hercules and Xena:

How did you become the composer of of the Librarian series?

I was introduced to Dean Devlin, the producer, and Peter Winther, the director, when they were looking for a composer. They already knew of my work, and we hit it off from the beginning.
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Three execs developing at Sci Fi net

Sci Fi Channel has pinned senior vp stripes on development executives Erik Storey and Tony Optican.

In addition, Christina Sanagustin has joined the network as vp development after having recently served as a current programming executive at WB Network.

Storey, Optican and Sanagustin are based in Los Angeles and will focus on expanding Sci Fi's slate of original series and longform projects.

Storey, who joined Sci Fi in 2001 as vp programming, oversees the original series Battlestar Galactica and has shepherded several of the channel's miniseries, including The Triangle, Legend of Earthsea and Children of Dune. He is working on the pilot Warehouse 13, which is in preproduction.

Since joining Sci Fi in 2003, Optican has overseen the development and production of such series as Eureka and Stargate: Atlantis as well as the recent hit miniseries Tin Man. His newest project is the pilot Revolution, also in preproduction.

"Tony and Erik have been incredibly valuable contributors to Sci Fi's success story over the past few years," executive vp original programming Mark Stern said.

'Santa,' 'Polar' top cable ratings

'Santa,' 'Polar' top cable ratings
ABC Family received good tidings Sunday with the premiere of the original movie Santa Baby.

The Jenny McCarthy starrer pulled in 4.7 million total viewers, making it the most-watched basic cable telecast of the day. Santa Baby, which aired from 8-10 p.m., stands as the most-watched original movie developed under the ABC Family banner. Compared with the time period a year ago, Santa Baby was up 81% in total viewers.

Santa also ranked as the No. 2 movie on all basic cable for the week ending Dec. 10, second only to an encore showing of theatrical The Polar Express (5.1 million), also on ABC Family. That movie, which aired 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, now stands as the network's most-watched non-original telecast of all time.

Sci Fi Channel's The Lost Room got off to a modest start Monday night. The six-hour miniseries, starring Peter Krause and Julianna Margulies, averaged 2.1 million total viewers in its 9-11 p.m. premiere.    

That figure represents a significant dropoff from the performance of two other Sci Fi minis that also debuted during the month of December: The Triangle, which drew 4.3 million in its premiere Dec.

'Santa,' 'Polar' top cable ratings

'Santa,' 'Polar' top cable ratings
ABC Family received good tidings Sunday with the premiere of the original movie Santa Baby.

The Jenny McCarthy starrer pulled in 4.7 million total viewers, making it the most-watched basic cable telecast of the day. Santa Baby, which aired from 8-10 p.m., stands as the most-watched original movie developed under the ABC Family banner. Compared with the time period a year ago, Santa Baby was up 81% in total viewers.

Santa also ranked as the No. 2 movie on all basic cable for the week ending Dec. 10, second only to an encore showing of theatrical The Polar Express (5.1 million), also on ABC Family. That movie, which aired 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, now stands as the network's most-watched non-original telecast of all time.

Sci Fi Channel's The Lost Room got off to a modest start Monday night. The six-hour miniseries, starring Peter Krause and Julianna Margulies, averaged 2.1 million total viewers in its 9-11 p.m. premiere.    

That figure represents a significant dropoff from the performance of two other Sci Fi minis that also debuted during the month of December: The Triangle, which drew 4.3 million in its premiere Dec.

'Triangle' scores for Sci Fi

'Triangle' scores for Sci Fi
The first installment of Sci Fi Channel's miniseries The Triangle scored the channel's highest ratings in more than two years Monday. Triangle, executive produced by feature film heavyweights Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin, brought in an average of 4.3 million viewers in its 9-11 p.m. slot, making it the second-most-watched program on cable Monday behind USA Network's WWE Monday Night Raw. Triangle ranks as Sci Fi's most-watched miniseries since the December 2002 premiere of the Emmy-winning Steven Spielberg Presents Taken. The second installment of Triangle, which revolves around disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle, aired Tuesday, with the conclusion set for tonight.
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