Category Archives: TV Deals

A place to track and report on all TV deals (Talent, Overall, First Look, etc).

BBC Developing “Diana & I,” TV Drama About the Death of Princess Diana

Princess Diana ExcerptBBC Two is developing Diana & I, a feature-length TV drama about the death of Princess Diana, continuing the entertainment industry’s fascinating with British Royalty, following The Crown and Charles and Diana at the center of Feud Season 2.

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Animated “Deadpool” Series Coming Soon from Donald Glover, His Brother Stephen, and Marvel TV

Donald Glover DeadpoolDonald Glover’s impressive juggling of Atlanta and Deadpool for FX (not to mention thriving film and music careers) mirrors that of Noah Hawley, who created Fargo for the network before launching the comic book adaptation Legion to great success.

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Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette Eyed to Star in Ben Stiller’s Limited Showtime Series “Escape at Clinton Correctional” (Exclusive)

Clinton Correctional ShowtimeThe Tracking Board hears that Benicio del Toro is in negotiations to star opposite fellow Oscar winner Patricia Arquette in Escape at Clinton Correctional, an eight-episode limited series about the 2015 prison escape in upstate New York that Ben Stiller will direct for Showtime.

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Danny DeVito and Jeff Goldblum Teaming for Comedy Series at Amazon

Jeff Goldblum ExcerptVeteran actors Danny DeVito and Jeff Goldblum are teaming up for an untitled half-hour comedy series in development at Amazon Studios. The comedy comes from Imagine Television and was created by Tim Long.

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“Vampire Chronicles” Series in Development from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content

Vampire Chronicles Excerpthe popular book series The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice has been optioned by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content with the intention of developing a series written by Rice’s son, Christopher Rice.

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Jesse Eisenberg to Write, Direct, and Headline Comedy Series at Bad Robot

jesse eisenbergBad Robot is teaming up with actor Jesse Eisenberg on the single-camera comedy The Market. Eisenberg will star in, write, and direct the project which hails from Warner Bros. TV.

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HBO Developing “Wag the Dog” TV Series with Barry Levinson and Robert de Niro

Wag the Dog ExcerptThe 1997 political satire Wag the Dog is getting the television treatment from HBO, with original director Barry Levinson and star Robert de Niro returning for this small-screen adaptation. Rajiv Joseph is on board to adapt and executive produce.

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Michael Mann, Michael De Luca Team for Vietnam War Miniseries “Hue 1968”

Michael Mann Michael De Luca Hue 1968Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden has spent the past five years working on the book, which will be published June 6. It examines the Tet Offensive, which was the turning point of American involvement in the Vietnam War, and features characters on all sides of the conflict.

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“Wheel of Time” TV Adaptation Moves Forward at Sony

Wheel of Time ExcerptAfter several years of being in development, an adaptation of Wheel of Time, the high fantasy book series consisting of fourteen novels by Robert Jordan, is finally moving forward at Sony Pictures Television.

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Netflix Developing Adaptation of Classic Novel “The Haunting of Hill House”

Haunting of Hill House ExcerptFollowing the spooks of Stranger Things and Black Mirror, Netflix is developing a 10-episode adaptation of the classic thriller novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

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Anonymous Content Acquires Upcoming Stephen & Owen King Novel “Sleeping Beauties”

Sleeping Beauties ExcerptAnonymous Content is the latest to get in on the action of adapting a Stephen King property with the acquisition of an upcoming novel King co-wrote with his son, Owen King.

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“Moonlight” Director Barry Jenkins Limited Series “The Underground Railroad” Lands at Amazon

Barry Jenkins ExcerptA month after his big win at the Oscars, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has announced his next project: an adaptation of the Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, which has landed at Amazon Studios.

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Bad Robot to Produce Dramedy Series on the Life of RuPaul

Rupaul ExcerptBad Robot to produce a half-hour dramedy series based on RuPaul’s rise from being a night club figure in 1980’s New York City to a drag queen and stardom.

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Annapurna TV Developing Raunchy Animated Series “Amberville” About Bad Ass Stuffed Animals

Amberville AnnapurnaAmberville is a darkly comedic animated crime show set in a city populated by living, breathing stuffed animals. The story concerns a reformed Teddy Bear who is pulled back into the criminal underworld when his former boss enlists him for an impossible new job.

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“Heathers” Reboot & “American Woman” to Launch Paramount Network

tv landTV Land’s upcoming series Heathers and American Woman are moving to Paramount Network. The pair of series will launch the new network in January, which is the result of re-branding at Spike TV.

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Gaumont Developing “The Star Shards Chronicles” as Animated Series

star shards chronicles excerptEpic trilogy The Star Shards Chronicles has been picked up by Gaumont for a high-concept animated series adaptation. The books were penned by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

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Netflix Collars Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” But Who Will Join Robert De Niro?

Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro The IrishmanHarvey Keitel is being sought to play Jimmy Hoffa, the head of the Teamsters union who disappeared in 1975.

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Hannah Hart Signs First-Look Deal with Lionsgate as Studio Secures Two-Thirds of YouTube’s “Holy Trinity”

Hannah Hart ExcerptStar and producer of the YouTube series “My Drunk Kitchen,” Hannah Hart, has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate, further showcasing the increasing power and influence that YouTube stars have beyond the realm of free online videos.

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Renew Contract with Fox TV with 3-Year Production Deal

Phil Lord Chris Miller ExcerptThe 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.

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Media Star Grace Helbig Signs Overall Movie and TV Deal with Lionsgate

Grace Helbig ExcerptYouTube 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.

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Nikki Finke Signs First-Look Deal with HBO

nikki fThrough the deal, HBO will have the first opportunity to option stories published on Finke’s new website Hollywood Dementia, which features fictional stories centered on the entertainment industry.

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“War of the Worlds” TV Series From “Teen Wolf” Creators To Invade MTV

WaroftheWorlds excerptMTV is in the works with a contemporary drama series based on the H.G. Wells classic alien invasion novel. Teen Wolf series creator Jeff Davis will executive produce and staff writer Andrew Cochran is penning the pilot.

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“Scorpion” Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Justin Lin Robin Hood Drama Lands Put Pilot at CBS

alex j exceprt 4CBS has given a put pilot commitment to A Burglar’s Guide to the City, a one-hour drama from Scorpion executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Justin Lin, and Heather Kadin and co-executive producer Paul Grellong. Lin is also attached to direct the pilot.

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Amazon Picks Up “Toy Wars” Drama Series from Josh Gad, Josh Schwartz, and Seth Gordon

josh gad excerptAmazon has ordered Toy Wars to pilot, a limited drama series from Frozen star Josh Gad and Josh Schwartz based on G Wayne Miller’s 1998 non-fiction Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie, and the Companies that Make Them.

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“Star Wars” Marathon Set After Franchise Rights Land at TNT and TBS

star wars excerptTurner Broadcasting has acquired the rights to the Star Wars franchise as part of a multi-year licensing agreement with Disney and 20th Century Fox, a deal which includes 11 films in all. TNT has already set a Star Wars marathon to celebrate the acquisition.

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Magnet Management and Condé Nast Secure Rights to Lou Pearlman New Yorker Article With Plans For Series (EXCLUSIVE)

lou pearlman excerptIn what we’re hearing was an extremely competitive situation, Magnet Management and Condé Nast have secured the rights to an article published in The New Yorker this week, “We Live in the Pop-Culture World That Lou Pearlman Created” by John Seabrook with plans to develop the story into a limited series.

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Paramount TV and Anonymous Content Lands Rights to Mystery Series from 9 Year-Old Hilde Lysiak

hilde_lysiak excerptAfter stepping into a spotlight as the first reporter to break a story on a murder in her hometown, 9-year-old Hilde Lysiak landed a book deal. Now, the rights to the forthcoming series of mystery novels, as well as the life rights to Lysiak’s story, have been optioned by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

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Seeso Picks Up Comedy Series “Shrink” From Tim Baltz and Ted Tremper

tim baltzSeeso has picked up the half-hour scripted comedy pilot Shrink to series from creators Tim Baltz and Ted Tremper. Baltz will star in the series which Tremper will direct. The project was previously in development at Pivot – Participant Media’s now defunct TV network.

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Hulu Passes Their Free Television Service To Yahoo View

hulu-large-logo1Since its launch in 2007, Hulu has been best known for its vast library of free television shows, but the site will now make a huge leap as it transitions to a completely paid subscription site.

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Comic-Con 2016 – Kevin Smith Finds Prime Location For “The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai” Series At Amazon

kevin smith

Comic Book Men star Kevin Smith has closed a deal with Amazon and MGM to bring a television series based on the 1984 cult sci-fi comedy The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai to the streaming service in 2017.

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