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Apple drops Richard Gere-starring remake of Israeli drama

  Apple has dropped its Richard Gere-starring drama Bastards, which was set to be a remake of an Israeli drama with Howard Gordon onboard as showrunner. The show was ordered straight-to-series last year and was being written by Gordon and Warren Leight, with both also attached as exec producers and showrunners. The eight-part series, based […]

Pilgrim names WME exec as business affairs head

Pilgrim Media Group has appointed WME exec David Harris to serve as senior vice president of business and legal affairs. Harris, who will report to Pilgrim’s COO, Gretchen Stockdale, will head up the deal making for the prodco across all development, sales, talent, distribution and other corporate business. The new business exec joins from William […]

IMG hires BBC exec for scripted push

IMG has hired Laura Andrews for a push into premium scripted. Andrews comes to IMG from BBC Worldwide’s New York office where she was senior manager, scripted sales and coproduction. In her new role she will be based in London and report to IMG’s head of entertainment sales and partnerships Gary Marenzi, and WME|IMG partner […]

Ex-ICM exec Pippa Lambert joins WME

Packaging specialist and talent agent Pippa Lambert is joining WME and relocating from London to LA join the agency in the new year. She will be senior TV agent at WME, working on international sales and packaging. WME has ramped up international TV activity recently under the stewardship of partner Chris Rice, another LA-based Brit. […]

Ex-MGM TV chief joins IMG in ents push

Former MGM Worldwide Television president Gary Marenzi has IMG Media has head of entertainment sales and partnerships. Marenzi will work out of LA and London at the UK-based sports media IMG, which is making a push into entertainment programming following it taking international distribution rights to BBC-AMC coproduction The Night Manager. This came after US […]

Donald Trump, Univision settle $500m legal case

The US$500 million legal case between US Hispanic broadcaster Univision Communications and American presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been settled. Details of the settlement were not forthcoming, but relate to events set in motion when Trump called illegal Mexican immigrants “rapists”. Univision had dropped the Miss Universe telecast in protest of the comments that Trump, […]

SundanceTV buys BBC-Keshet autism drama

American cable channel SundanceTV has added to its overseas drama ranks by acquiring the British version of Israeli drama The A-Word. SundanceTV becomes a coproducer on the show (pictured), which is for the BBC and comes from Endemol Shine Group-owned Fifty Fathoms and Keshet UK. The A-Word joins SundanceTV’s 2016 drama line-up, which includes Sky […]

NBC to remake Anthony Horowitz drama

NBC is developing an American network version of ITV’s 2009 drama Collision, which Foyle’s War writer Anthony Horowitz created. Horowitz will showrun the format, with the UK’s Eleventh Hour Films (Vexed) working with TriStar Television and Carol Mendelsohn Productions (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) on the project. Horowitz is in the process of writing two episodes […]

Legendary taps talent agent for top scripted job

US studio Legendary Television has appointed a WME talent agent as its president of scripted. Veteran literary agent Lauren Heller Whitney will take up the post at the Hollywood studio after Legendary president Bruce Rosenblum carried out a long search. Previous top scripted executive Peter Johnson, who is executive VP, has extended his contract until […]

Ex-Zodiak USA execs open up new indie

Geno McDermott and Joanne Inglott (pictured above right) have launched a new US-based indie producer, Blackfin. The pair’s new prodco will work up character-based factual series and sports-themed content for US cable and digital networks. McDermott will be company CEO and Inglott partner and executive producer, current programming. McDermott is coming off Left/Right-produced Animal Planet […]