TV SALES, DEALS & PICK-UPS (08.02.12)

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SALES

has purchased the worldwide rights for , a television series based on the popular Japanese manga. , Doug Davison, and will executive produce the project. Michael Rosenberg, and will oversee the project for the indie studio. Written by , 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. (“Hell on Wheels”) is writing the script with , and executive producing.

DEALS

and have extended their stay at ABC Studios, signing a second two-year deal for their company, , 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 , 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 and NBCUniversal International, Storyline Entertainment‘s and 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.

PICK-UPS

has ordered a 20-episode first season for , a comedy pilot starring (“iCarly”) as Vinnie, a goofball who becomes the guardian to his nephew Wendell (Buddy Handleson). has already been cast as Vinnie’s older sister. The pilot was written by (“Frasier”) and executive produced by (“Terra Nova”). This will mark the sixth series order for Kaplan and his banner.

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