Asylum Entertainment


Steve Michaels’ Asylum launches drama label Clovis Entertainment

Asylum Entertainment Group has launched new scripted label Clovis Entertainment, which will be run by former Sony Pictures Television exec Derek Stoops. Stoops will report to Asylum’s CEO Steve Michaels, and will be responsible for managing creative teams and production. Stoops previously worked as SVP of original programming for Sony Pictures TV Networks where, his […]

Lifetime making Britney Spears biopic

US cable network Lifetime is to dramatise the life of singer Britney Spears in a telemovie set for next year. The two-our biopic, Britney, will follow Spears from her young years in Louisiana, her music career and series of highly-publicised relationships, subsequent troubles that saw her children placed in custody, and her successful battle to […]

Legendary status

Former Sony TV sales boss Michael Grindon tells Jesse Whittock how Legendary Television’s emerging international sales division can offer an alternative to the Hollywood studios. Despite being the LA production studio behind The Hangover movie franchise, Legendary Entertainment’s push into television has been anything but lethargic. Less than a year since former Sony Pictures Television […]

Legendary buys YouTube channel Geek & Sundry

The digital arm of US feature film producer Legendary has acquired Geek & Sundry, the YouTube channel operator that counts Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Felicia Day among its founders. The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, also see Legendary and Day enter an agreement to work together on new drama, unscripted and digital series. Day […]

Legendary buys YouTube channel Geek & Sundry

The digital arm of US feature film producer Legendary has acquired Geek & Sundry, the YouTube channel operator that counts Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Felicia Day among its founders. The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, also see Legendary and Day enter an agreement to work together on new drama, unscripted and digital series. Day […]

Grindon joins Rosenblum at Legendary TV

Former Sony Pictures Television International president Michael Grindon has taken control of a new worldwide distribution business at US film firm Legendary Pictures. At Legendary TV, Grindon will work with former Warner Bros. Television Group boss Bruce Rosenblum, who has been Legendary TV and Digital Media’s president since last summer, to build a television sales business. This comes […]

Sky Vision grabs Reelz-bound Asylum series

Sky Vision, the international distribution arm of BSkyB, has picked up international distribution rights to 50 hours from US-based Asylum Entertainment. The package comprises 10 10x30mins unscripted series Asylum is producing for US pay TV channel ReelzChannel. The shows come from an output deal Reelz secured with Asylum in August. Sky Vision already represents two […]

Cineflix’s Levenson joins Andreae’s Fox team

Cineflix Productions’ executive VP for development Lisa Levenson is one of two hires for Simon Andreae’s alternative programming team at Fox in the US. Levenson comes the latest executive to exit Cineflix in the past year and will be joined by Asylum Entertainment executive Alex Piper and Amy Cohen, who has been promoted, in a […]

News brief: US channel Reelz cuts output deal with Asylum

ReelzChannel has inked an output deal with Asylum Entertainment and the producer will make 50 hours of unscripted content for the US cable net in 2014. The agreement, which covers ten series, follows the pair working together on a variety of previous projects. ReelzChannel acquired Asylum’s The Kennedys miniseries and the pair also inked a […]

France’s new wave

With shortform content, event TV and international copros, a new wave of French producers are keeping TV as a core business but experimenting with digital and new collaborative models, reports Pascale Paoli-Lebailly. Last year, the French TV market found a new Eldorado. Besides scripted reality concepts, which flourished on both private and public TV networks, […]