James Franco

David Simon pilots set for HBO

HBO’s long-standing partnership with The Wire creator David Simon continues with the greenlight of two pilots. The US premium cable channel has given the greenlight to The Deuce, a pilot starring James Franco about the legalisation of the porn industry set around 1970s and 1980s New York; and a Capital Hill-themed drama with Watergate journalist […]

AOL orders James Franco comedy web series

Hollywood actor James Franco is making a ten-part comedy series for AOL as part of the web giant’s Originals programme. Making a Scene with James Franco will follow the actor as he and his creative team act out scenes inspired by classic big-screen moments, combing some and taking an irreverent twist on others. Scenes from […]

Power Play: why celebs are becoming execs

As the global media superpowers march into ever more sectors, A-list actors, musicians, fashion gurus and novelists are taking control of television projects. Jesse Whittock reports on the rise of the celebrity superproducer. In the past, the glamorous worlds of film, sport, pop music and fashion looked down their noses at TV from behind the […]