Category Archives: Film and TV Deals
Look for a return to the desert planet Arrakis as Legendary has acquired the rights to the classic science-fiction novel Dune by author Frank Herbert. The deal calls for both film and television rights, with a variety of possible projects capable of being developed for a worldwide audience.
The Last Man on Earth and Son of Zorn creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller have re-upped their contract with 20th Century Fox Television with another three-year production deal.
YouTube sensation and overall media star Grace Helbig has signed a deal with Lionsgate to develop both films and TV series. One of the first projects under the deal will be a romantic comedy starring her and Mamrie Hart.
On Thursday, Lionsgate announced that it plans to buy premium cable outlet Starz for $4.4 billion in cash and stock, in a deal that will unite two companies with ties to media mogul John Malone. The deal is expected to provide real advantages for both companies, and further disrupt the premium cable space.
The Barreto family, known as “Brazil’s first family of cinema”, has closed a deal for the worldwide representation rights of their cinematic slate with Cisneros Media Distribution.
Celluloid Dreams has secured deals for Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell, and the documentary The Eagle Huntress, executive produced and narrated by Daisy Ridley.
HarperCollins won a multi-house auction to serve as the publisher of Michael Mann Books, the publishing imprint founded by the Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer earlier this year.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way has landed a three-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. The deal marks a shift for DiCaprio, who previously had a long-standing deal at Warner Bros.
Bold Films is moving into the realm of superheroes with their pick up of Bergi F. Schut’s Samaritan. The genre bending spec is set in the aftermath of a superhero’s supposed disappearance and follows a young boy who discovers a shocking secret about that final battle.
After signing on to produce and star in the sci-fi action-comedy The Shower, Anne Hathaway is now in final negotiations to set the project up at Warner Bros.
Universal may be expanding one its most valuable franchises. In addition to the three upcoming installments of the Fast and Furious that have already been announced, a series of spinoffs could be next.
Another long-standing toy franchise is headed for the big screen, as Hasbro is in development with a Littlest Pet Shop movie. The film follows a teenage girl who, after moving above a pet shop in a city, develops the power to speak to animals.
Jon Stewart has only been away from his desk at The Daily Show for a few short months, but today it was announced that the comedian has penned a 4-year deal with HBO. Under the new pact, Stewart will create exclusive short-form digital content for HBO NOW and HBO GO.
Filmmaking legend Martin Scorsese isn’t slowing down any time soon. Today, Paramount CEO Brad Grey announced that Scorsese has extended his overall deal with the studio through 2019. Paramount also confirmed a new biopic is in development for Scorsese to direct.
With an injection of cash, Morgan Creek could be set to remake a select few of its old titles, while taking on some riskier new features. Do we want to see another Ace Ventura?
The hugely popular YA writer of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns has a new deal with Fox 2000
Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment has just signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV and has named Albert Page head of the division.
Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss have signed a three-year development deal with Warner Bros. Television to option their original pilot, Red Line
The influential producer has signed a two year overall deal with NBC Entertainment and Universal Television, which allows the company to develop amongst Universal TV’s roster of writers and producers, while still being able to also produce independently for cable and streaming outlets.
Under the deal, the brothers will will develop and produce series projects for the premium cable network via their Duplass Brothers Television offshoot.
Thomas will continue to work with his “Veronica Mars” team of producers Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge on the future projects that Spondoolie develops. The deal will also involve Thomas overseeing other writers and series creators for the studio.
Lawrence has created the hit series “Scrubs”, “Spin City” and “Cougar Town”. He is ranked as a top showrunner on the WBTV roster, along with Chuck Lorre and Greg Berlanti.
Starting off as a writer for “Late Show With David Letterman” in 1993, Cary has written for a number of television series, including “The Simpsons”, “Just Shoot Me”, “Lil’ Bush”, “Bored To Death” and “New Girl”.
This deal will allow Chaiken to develop new content for the studio, while continuing to helm the massive hit series “Empire”. The ratings of the series throughout the first season managed to increase every week, which is highly unusual for a television series.
Warner will now give Allaine a deal that includes two screenplays. Her first screenplay was a romantic comedy, but that may not be the genre of her two offerings that she will submit to Warner.
The two year deal will see the up and coming filmmaker creating new content for the company, while allowing him to step in to write and direct for already existing properties. Weiss has written and directed the upcoming indie comedy Drunk Wedding.
He is set to develop new content for the studio, along with his wife and business partner Lisa Joyner. The pair will produce under their Discount Sushi Productions banner. Warner TV has agreed to sign for a two year deal.
The co-creator of the HBO series “The Leftovers” has renewed his deal with Warner Bros. Television.