Fremantle names WME partner to oversee literary acquisitions for global drama

Fremantle has appointed former WME agent and partner Raffaella de Angelis to oversee its literary acquisitions for their global drama division. De Angelis will also assist with projects for Lorenzo Mieli’s The Apartment, which is part of Fremantle, and Richard Brown’s Passenger Pictures, with whom Fremantle have an exclusive multi-year deal. She starts this week […]

Banijay’s Yellow Bird US options Krystal Sutherland novel

Banijay Group-owned Yellow Bird US is preparing to adapt Krystal Sutherland’s A Semi-Definitive List Of Worst Nightmares for TV after optioning rights to the novel. The planned TV series will follow a 17-year-old whose family members have each been cursed with various phobias, with the show exploring how and if the teenager can avoid picking […]

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, […]