Entertainment One has purchased the worldwide rights for BLACK JACK, a television series based on the popular Japanese manga. Taka Ichise, Doug Davison, Dave Brown and Zadoc Angell will executive produce the project. Michael Rosenberg, Jen Chambers and Adam Blumberg will oversee the project for the indie studio. Written by Osamu Tezuka, the comic series follows a doctor/detective in a battle against terrorists and a global conspiracy. Tezuka also created the characters Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion (long thought to be the inspiration of “The Lion King”).
Going back to previously working formulas, NBC has given a script commitment to a political project which has been described as “‘West Wing’ set in the United Nations.” The show follows an interpreter in the world organization’s headquarters in New York as various politicians and ambassadors deal with issues and crisis all around the globe. Tom Brady (“Hell on Wheels”) is writing the script with Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold executive producing.
Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen have extended their stay at ABC Studios, signing a second two-year deal for their company, Temple Hill Entertainment, to produce shows for the network. As the production company behind the “Twilight” film series, Temple Hill moved into television two years ago and created “Revenge”, which has become a ratings hit and recently moved into a highly-coveted Sunday slot on ABC’s schedule. Now with Larry Gilbert stepping into the role of Senior VP of Television, Temple Hill seems to be looking for a bigger role to play in the television world.
On the heels of signing their first-look deal with Universal TV and NBCUniversal International, Storyline Entertainment‘s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron signed a new two-year agreement with Sony Pictures Television, their partner for the past twenty years. The deal specifically sets up such high-profile projects as a miniseries for the History Channel about Bonnie and Clyde, as well as television movies for Lifetime about Anna Nicole Smith and the FLDS Church leader Warren Jeffs.
NICK AT NITE has ordered a 20-episode first season for WENDELL AND VINNIE, a comedy pilot starring Jerry Trainor (“iCarly”) as Vinnie, a goofball who becomes the guardian to his nephew Wendell (Buddy Handleson). Nicole Sullivan has already been cast as Vinnie’s older sister. The pilot was written by Jay Kogen (“Frasier”) and executive produced by Aaron Kaplan (“Terra Nova”). This will mark the sixth series order for Kaplan and his Kapital Entertainment banner.