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Post by annemarie on Tue 09 Oct 2018, 01:44

[size=48]George Clooney Inks Overall Deal With Paramount TV

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Grant Heslov and George Clooney

Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures has moved from its previous home at Sonar Entertainment.

George Clooney and Grant Heslov are moving their TV deal.

The Catch-22 producers are expanding their relationship with Paramount Television, having inked a two-year, first-look deal with the studio behind the Hulu limited series. The pact arrives as Clooney and Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures' previous overall deal with Sonar Entertainment expired.  

"We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Smokehouse. Our experience with them on Catch-22 has been an absolute joy,” said new Paramount TV president Nicole Clemens. “They are first-class filmmakers and producers with a nose for unique stories with deep thematic resonance. We look forward to this new partnership together.” 

For Clemens, the Smokehouse deal is her first since she took over as president of Paramount Television, replacing Amy Powell. She previously teamed with Clooney and Heslov on Catch-22 during her time as a manager with Anonymous Content, which also produces the upcoming mini. The six-part drama based on Joseph Heller's novel is currently in postproduction. Paramount TV had the rights to Catch-22 and courted Clooney for the project given that the actor-producer is said to be a fan of Heller's book. He was previously attached to star but reduced his role to focus more on directing some of the episodes. A premiere date has not yet been determined.


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"We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Paramount TV. Nicole and her team are great partners and our experience on Catch-22 has been nothing but terrific,” Clooney and Heslov said in a joint statement.

Smokehouse joins a roster of talent at Paramount TV including 13 Reasons Why showrunner Brian Yorkey and exec producer Tom McCarthy; Joe and Anthony Russo; Tracy Oliver; and Paul Feig.

Before signing with Sonar, for whom Smokehouse developed a drama with the creators of Making a Murderer, Clooney and Heslov were based at Sony Pictures TV.

Clooney is repped by CAA and Lichter Grossman. Heslov is with CAA and Gold Coast Management. 


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OCTOBER 08, 2018 9:39am PT by [size=13]Michael O'Connell
[size=48]CBS Enlists Corden, Barrymore, RuPaul and Faith Hill for 'World's Best'[/size]

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Corden collaborator Ben Winston also boards as executive producer.

CBS has tapped one of its go-to emcees, James Corden, as the host of upcoming alternative talent competition The World’s Best.

Additionally, the series has also firmed up a rather impressive roster of judges for the U.S. arm of the new global talent competition. Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill and Emmy favorite RuPaul Charles have all signed on to the project, which will air over 10 episodes in 2019.

“It’s only fitting that The World’s Best perform in front of the world’s best,” said Sharon Vuong, CBS senior vp alternative programming. “James, Drew, Faith and RuPaul are all amazing talents who have excelled in their respective fields on a global scale. We can’t wait for them to bring their distinct voices to a show that’s unlike any other.”

Additionally, Corden collaborator Ben Winston will now executive produce alongside Corden and their Fullwell 73 Productions — in which Hollywood Reporter parent company Valence Media recently purchased a minority stake.

The show, a clear play for NBC’s current reality crown holder America’s Got Talent, comes from genre veterans Mike Darnell (Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television) and Mark Burnett (MGM Television).

The series will see people competing in multiple fields to impress American judges and a panel of 50 experts from around the world in order to advance through the competition. (It reads like the kind of reality competition one really has to see to comprehend.)

All of the talent on board are no strangers to unscripted entertainment. Corden has his Carpool Karaoke series on Apple, and Charles is the face of VH1’s Emmy-winning juggernaut RuPaul’s Drag Race. (He’s won best host for the last three years running.) Barrymore produced a dating competition for NBC a few years back, and Hill produces talk show Pickler & Ben.




OCTOBER 08, 2018 9:30am PT by [size=13]Natalie Jarvey
[size=48]Jessica Biel to Star in 'Limetown' Podcast Adaptation for Facebook[/size]

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Jessica Biel

Based on the fictional podcast of the same name, 'Limetown' follows a radio journalist as she unravels the mystery behind the disappearance of more than 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee.

Another popular podcast is getting the television treatment. 

Facebook has given a 10-episode series order to the mystery thriller Limetownstarring Jessica Biel and based on the 2015 podcast of the same name. 

Fresh off an Emmy nomination for her performance in the USA limited series The Sinner, Biel will star as Lia Haddock, a journalist for American Public Radio who seeks to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of more than 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee. 

The series, which hails from Endeavor Content, is being written and executive produced by Limetown creators Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie. Biel will exec produce via her Iron Ocean Productions banner alongside Michelle Purple. Midnight Radio's Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will executive produce and showrun, with Adrienne Erickson producing. 

Akers and Bronkie, the founders of podcast studio Two Up Productions, released the first season of Limetownin July 2015 at the height of the early post-Serial podcast boom. Audiences, driven by the true crime and mystery thriller elements, downloaded the first season more than 10 million times and it topped the Apple Podcast chart. The popularity of the project drew the interest of WME, which signed Akers and Bronkie and began to explore a television adaptation. 

The Limetown TV show, which has been in the works for more than a year, comes amid a surge in demand for podcast adaptations. In the last year, the podcasts StartUpLore2 Dope Queens and Pod Save America have all landed TV adaptations. Meanwhile, two buzzy new projects based on podcasts, Amazon's Homecoming and Bravo's Dirty John, are set for November premieres. 

At Facebook, Limetown will join a growing slate of scripted projects for the Watch video platform, which includes the recently released half-hour drama Sorry for Your Loss starring Elizabeth Olsen and the forthcoming beauty pageant dramedy Queen America starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. 

Fans of the original podcast won't have to wait until the the Facebook show premieres to get their Limetown fix. Endeavor, through its new audio division, is releasing the long-awaited second season of Limetown on Oct. 31, picking up where the first season abruptly ended. And Simon & Schuster will publish Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast, written by Akers and Bronkie with Cote Smith, on Nov. 13. 

Biel is repped by WME, LBI Entertainment and Morris Yorn. Akers and Bronkie are repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Midnight Radio is repped by WME. 


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Post by benex on Tue 09 Oct 2018, 14:56

[size=39]George Clooney & Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures Inks First-Look Deal With Paramount TV[/size]
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October 8, 2018 10:00am




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George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures is expanding its relationship with Paramount TV, signing a two-year first-look deal, which includes all television, digital and episodic projects from Smokehouse, excluding features.

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Paramount TV and Smokehouse, along with Anonymous Content, are currently in post-production on Catch-22, the highly-anticipated, six-part series for Hulu. Based on Joseph Heller’s seminal novel, Catch-22 is executive produced by Clooney and Heslov for Smokehouse, along with Richard Brown and Steve Golin on behalf of Anonymous Content. Luke Davies and David Michôd are co-writers and executive producers for the series. Ellen Kuras serves as a producer and director along with Clooney and Heslov.

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“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Smokehouse. Our experience with them on ‘Catch-22’ has been an absolute joy,” said Nicole Clemens, President of Paramount Television. “They are first-class filmmakers and producers with a nose for unique stories with deep thematic resonance. We look forward to this new partnership together.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Paramount TV. Nicole and her team are great partners and our experience on ‘Catch-22’ has been nothing but terrific,” said Clooney and Heslov.
Paramount TV’s current slate includes Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski on Amazon, currently in production on season 2; Maniac, a dark comedy series directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill on Netflix; 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, currently in production on season 3; The Alieniston TNT, based on the best-selling novel from Caleb Carr, starring Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans and Daniel Brühl and directed by Jakob Verbruggen; The Angel of Darkness, a limited series for TNT based on the sequel to Carr’s The Alienist, with Frank Pugliese as showrunner; First Wives Club, debuting on Paramount Network in 2019, written by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip); The Haunting of Hill House premiering on Netflix October 12 with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV; crime drama Berlin Station on Epix with Anonymous Content from New York Times best-selling spy novelist Olen Steinhauer, currently in production on season 3; Boomerang, the half-hour series based on the 1992 romantic comedy film, executive produced by Halle Berry and Lena Waithe for BET; the limited series for Apple, Defending Jacob, based on William Landay’s novel with Chris Evans set to star; Looking for Alaska, a limited series for Hulu based on John Green’s novel from executive producer Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire; and the dramatic mystery series for Apple, Untitled Hilde Lysiak Project, inspired by the real-life story of 11-year-old Hilde Lysiak, starring Brooklynn Prince, executive produced and directed by Jon M. Chu.
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