Vince Gilligan

Breaking Bad’s Paul inks development deal with Sony

Aaron Paul, who played student meth-head turned master drug cook in AMC drama Breaking Bad, is launching his own prodco following a deal with Sony Pictures Television. Last week, ahead of picking up his record third Outstanding Supporting Actor in Drama Series Emmy gong, Paul secured a first-look development deal with SPT. The launch of […]

Sony sticks with programming chiefs

Sony Pictures Television has extended the contracts of co-presidents, programming and production Jamie Erlich and Zack Van Amburg. The pair will remain at the Culver City-based studio for another three years at least after signing contract extensions. SPT is currently producing US series including NBC’s new season hit The Blacklist, Syfy’s recently-recommissioned Helix and ABC […]

Analysis: OTT to the rescue…

…or how streaming services are saving TV series and allowing others to get made. Pay TV operators are living in fear of people dumping their services for streaming equivalents such as Netflix or Amazon/Lovefilm. Their concerns will not have been assuaged this year as both launched a raft of premium, original content that won plaudits, […]

Breaking Bad’s Gilligan signs new Sony deal

Vince Gilligan has signed a new overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, keeping the Breaking Bad creator with the studio for the foreseeable future. Gilligan (above, right) was counted as the hottest free agent on the market after his previous SPT deal lapsed following the end of his critically acclaimed AMC crime drama but he […]

AMC confirms Saul Goodman Breaking Bad spin-off

The Breaking Bad spin-off series featuring crooked lawyer Saul Goodman has officially been given the greenlight by AMC Networks. The character, who is played by comic Bob Odenkirk, is getting his own series after protracted talks between Breaking Bad studio Sony Pictures Television and AMC ended in agreement. The series will provisionally be titled Better […]

Kevin Spacey: $100m House of Cards ‘more cost effective than traditonal TV’

Actor Kevin Spacey has attacked the cost of the pilot season model and claimed it makes Netflix’s reported US$100 million double-season commission of House of Cards “look cost effective”. In his MacTaggart speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Spacey, who stars in House of Cards as double dealing politician Francis Underwood, claimed that of the […]

Vince Gilligan ‘hopeful’ of Breaking Bad spin-off

The creator behind meth drama Breaking Bad says he is “hopeful” AMC and Sony Pictures Television will strike a deal to create a spin-off series based around the Saul Goodman character. Vince Gilligan (pictured right) told TBI he was working with Breaking Bad co-writer and producer Peter Gould on the spin-off, which would follow lawyer […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]

TBI Exclusive: International versions of Breaking Bad in the works

Sony Pictures Television is working on deals for local versions of its hit drama series Breaking Bad. “Four countries are interested in Breaking Bad. We are getting [series creator] Vince Gilligan on the phone with one aspiring licensee this week, in a country where there is a real desire to do it,” Jeff Lerner, senior […]