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ABC Schedules Oscars Dates
ACADEMY SELECTS SHOW DATES FOR 2016, 2017, 2018 KEY DATES
ANNOUNCED FOR 88TH OSCARS®
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy and the ABC Television Network
today announced the dates for
the 88th, 89th and 90th Oscar® presentations. The Academy
Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar
Sunday, February 28, 2016, February 26, 2017, and March 4,
DAVID HILL AND REGINALD HUDLIN TAPPED TO PRODUCE 88TH OSCARS®
Emmy®-winning live television producer David Hill and Oscar®-nominated producer-director Reginald
Hudlin will produce the 88th Oscars telecast, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced
today. It will be their first involvement with the Academy Awards®, which will air live on the ABC
Television Network on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016.
'We're delighted to have this talented team on board,' said Boone Isaacs. 'David is a true innovator
with a dynamic personality. His vast experience as a live events producer, coupled with Reggie's
energy, creativity and talent as a filmmaker, is sure to make this year's Oscar telecast a memorable
"What a great and exciting honor! The quest is to honor the year in film, honor the art, and above all,
make it fun," said Hill.
'I'm looking forward to working with the Academy again,' said Hudlin. 'I love every kind of film, and
this year's awards will be a celebration of the total range of cinema.'
“THE SON” ALSO RISES-AMC RENEWS WESTERN DRAMA FOR SECOND
Multi-Generational Epic, The #1 Original Program
On Cable On Saturdays, Will Return In 2018
announced that it has renewed its Western drama, “The Son”
for a second season. Starring Pierce Brosnan, “The Son” is a
sweeping saga about a Texas ranching and oil family based on
Philipp Meyer’s New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer
Prize finalist novel of the same name. The series will
return to AMC in 2018 with 10 new episodes.
currently airing season one of “The Son,” which is averaging
2.3 million viewers each week, capping a day of classic
Western films and television shows on Saturdays. In the
current television season, “The Son” is the #1 original
program on cable on Saturday nights and #3 in all of
“‘The Son’ proudly continues our Westerns
tradition at AMC, including ‘Broken Trail,’ ‘Hell on Wheels’
and decades of films from The Duke, Clint and so many more.
We are so pleased to add to that list another season of our
original, multi-generational drama from Philipp Meyer, Kevin
Murphy and a remarkable cast led by the incomparable Pierce
Brosnan,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV
and AMC Studios. “It’s our longstanding mission to
super-serve Westerns fans on weekends and we look forward to
continuing this epic next year. Welcome home, Son.”
couldn’t be more excited to continue sharing this story with
our viewers,” said co-creator and executive producer,
Philipp Meyer. “Thank you to our wonderful cast and crew, as
well as AMC and Sonar for allowing us to continue this
“I am enormously grateful to AMC and Sonar for
this opportunity to reunite with this incredibly talented
cast and crew, roll up our collective sleeves and get to
work creating the next installment of the McCullough family
saga,” said Kevin Murphy, showrunner and executive producer.
“I am over the moon happy to be back in the saddle as
Colonel Eli McCullough for season two of ‘The Son’ and to
stand shoulder-to-shoulder alongside our incredible cast of
actors, writers, directors and our amazing crew in the heart
of Austin, Texas,” said Brosnan. “And above all else to our
ever-growing fan base, I extend my heartfelt thanks for your
“The Son” is an epic family saga spanning three
generations and 150 years of the McCullough family. The
series traces the transformation of Eli McCullough
(Brosnan), the charismatic family patriarch, from
good-natured innocent to calculating killer. He loses
everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to
building a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth
and privilege. Eli’s eldest son Pete (Henry Garrett), has
grown up in his father’s shadow and struggles to make him
proud while forging his own identity. Pete’s strong-willed
daughter, Jeannie (Sydney Lucas) idolizes her grandfather
and despite being raised in a male-dominated world, rejects
her fate of existing solely to marry and bear children.
Eli’s ruthlessness pits him against his wealthy Spanish
neighbor, Pedro Garcia (Carlos Bardem) and his quest for
power triggers consequences that span generations. Shared
through a series of flashbacks, “The Son” pulls viewers into
the world of young Eli McCullough (Jacob Lofland) and his
father figure, Comanche war chief, Toshaway (Zahn McClarnon)
and deftly explores the McCullough’s rise to become one the
most powerful family dynasties in Texas.
Season one of
“The Son” was shot on-location in Austin, Texas.
BRAVO DIGITAL GREENLIGHTS FIVE NEW VIDEO SERIES
BravoTV.com Celebrates Best Month and Quarter Ever for Both
Unique Visitors and Total Video Streams Year-to-Date, Bravo
Ranks as the #1 Cable Network for Video on Demand with 45.3M
Bravo Media is giving the greenlight to five new
original digital series, it was announced today by Lisa
Hsia, Executive Vice President, Digital, Bravo & Oxygen
Media. The announcement marks the network’s commitment to
doubling down on short-form digital content and comes on the
heels of a record-breaking month and best quarter ever for
Bravo Digital (BravoTV.com and Bravo Now app). BravoTV.com
generated the most traffic in its history with 27.6M visits
and 13.5M unique visitors, and Bravo Digital received 32M
video streams across all platforms for the month of April.
Additionally, Bravo ranks as the #1 cable network for Video
on Demand year-to-date with 45.3MM views on set-top-box and
BravoTV.com currently ranks as a top 5 fastest-growing cable
entertainment TV site across all key demos.
excited to announce this new slate of Bravo digital
originals, and after another record-breaking month for Bravo
Digital,” said Hsia. “This marks another milestone in
continuing our momentum in the digital storytelling space
and in delivering fresh and compelling content for
"As marketers plan where to put their
messaging this Upfront, it's important we are able to offer
them the ability to partner with our premium video content
on all platforms," said Laura Molen, Executive Vice
President, Lifestyle and Hispanic Advertising Sales,
NBCUniversal. "Bravo expertly extends its content into these
engaging, unique video series that are the perfect place for
brands to create meaningful relationships with consumers."
The new slate of original, short-form digital series
launching over the next sixth months include: Jet Set’s “The
Upgrade” – Travel expert Ben Schlappig reveals how you can
score high-end, luxury travel experiences using only reward
programs including airline and credit card miles. Launching
from Bravo's travel site Jet Set, this immersive journey
into the world of luxury travel will offer up fresh video,
editorial and social posts each week.
“Personal Space” –
From celebrity PDA, blind-date disasters and dealing with
your in-laws, this digital video series will unpack a week’s
worth of relationship issues and provide comprehensive
coverage and commentary on the three Rs – Romance,
Relatives, and Relationships.
“The Weekly Pre-game” –
Serving as the play by play for reality television, every
Monday host Daryn Carp will break down the Bravo clashes,
confrontations, wins and losses expected for the week ahead.
“Dish Happy Hour” – This new series serves up the week’s
buzziest stories from Bravo’s Daily Dish along with the
cocktails needed to wash them down. It’s the TGIF pop
culture happy hour fans didn’t know they needed.
Amends” – See what’s cooking in the world of apology cakes,
where people say sorry by whipping-up a baked creation…which
doesn’t always go according to plan.
FOX PARTNERS WITH WARNER HORIZON UNSCRIPTED
TELEVISION FOR THE LIVE MUSICAL PRODUCTION “A CHRISTMAS
Award-Winning Producer Marc Platt to
Executive-Produce the LIVE Holiday Event, Inspired by the
Beloved Feature Film “A Christmas Story” and the Tony
Award-Nominated “A Christmas Story: The Musical”
Award Nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“Dear Evan
Hansen”) to Write Several New Songs for the LIVE TV Event;
Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (GREASE: LIVE) to Adapt Book
Fox Broadcasting Company and Warner Horizon Unscripted
Television have partnered with award-winning film,
television and theater producer Marc Platt (GREASE: LIVE,
“La La Land”) on the LIVE musical event A CHRISTMAS STORY,
inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story”
and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A
Christmas Story: The Musical.” The three-hour live
television production of A CHRISTMAS STORY will air this
December on FOX.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Tony
Award nominees for the musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” and
lyricists of “La La Land’s” Academy Award-winning song,
“City of Stars,” also scored “A Christmas Story: The
Musical,” and will compose several new songs for the LIVE
television event, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary
(GREASE: LIVE) adapting the book.
“‘A Christmas Story’ is
one of the most beloved holiday films of all time –
audiences have made a yearly ritual of re-watching it – and
we are so thrilled to have Marc leading the charge in
bringing the musical version of that film to television,”
said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox
Broadcasting Company. “The extraordinarily gifted Pasek and
Paul were instrumental in transposing the movie to the
stage, and we believe the transition to LIVE television
event will be just as entertaining for viewers.”
believe how incredibly lucky we are to have Marc Platt
producing this iconic Christmas classic,” said Mike Darnell,
President, Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television.
“Marc is the defining voice in this genre and it’s amazing
to have this caliber of talent leading what is sure to be a
new standard in live musical events.”
“A Christmas Story:
The Musical” was nominated for three Tony Awards, including
Best Musical, Best Original Score (Pasek and Paul) and Best
Book of a Musical. The original Broadway production of “A
Christmas Story: The Musical” opened Nov. 19, 2012. Based on
the writings of Jean Shepherd, the book was written by
Joseph Robinette, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and
The musical was based on the motion picture
“A Christmas Story,” written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown
and Bob Clark, and the novel “In God We Trust: All Others
Pay Cash” by Jean Shepherd. The now-classic 1983 feature
film, which became a sleeper hit, has since taken on a new
life, along with growing critical acclaim, to become a
perennial holiday favorite beloved by families and kids of
A CHRISTMAS STORY will be produced by Warner
Horizon Unscripted Television. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel
will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary
serving as co-executive producers and writers. Benj Pasek
and Justin Paul will compose music and lyrics for the event.
FOX ANNOUNCES A LIVE MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF THE
TONY-AWARD-, GRAMMY AWARD- AND PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING
Award-Winning Producer Marc Platt (GREASE:
LIVE, “La La Land”) and the Estate of Writer/Composer
Jonathan Larson to Executive-Produce
FOX has announced a live musical
production of the groundbreaking, Tony Award-, Grammy Award-
and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT. Acclaimed film,
television and theater producer Marc Platt (GREASE: LIVE,
“La La Land,” “Wicked”), along with the estate of
writer/composer Jonathan Larson, will executive-produce the
event. Additional details and auspices to be announced.
“We are so honored to partner with the estate of the
brilliant Jonathan Larson and producer Marc Platt on one of
the great musicals of our time,” said Dana Walden and Gary
Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. “The title
is so iconic, the music is so beloved, and the themes are as
meaningful today as they were when the show first premiered
on Broadway. With Marc overseeing this project, we are sure
it will have a profound impact on the legions of fans who
know and love this musical."
“‘Rent’ was Jonathan’s
dream of sharing the theater and the passion he had for it
with a whole new generation,” said Julie and Al Larson.
“None of us could have imagined the massive impact that the
messages and themes in ‘Rent’ would have on the theater
community or the world...except for Jonathan. We are
absolutely thrilled to be continuing Jonathan’s legacy and
the still-relevant themes of the show in this way.”
re-imagining of Puccini’s "La Bohème," and set in New York
City's gritty East Village, “Rent” tells the unforgettable
story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams
during a time of great social and political turmoil. After
winning four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize,
writer/composer Jonathan Larson’s tour de force celebrates
its 20th anniversary this year, as it continues to offer an
inspiring message of hope and friendship.
originally was produced in New York by New York Theatre
Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum,
Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop.
be executive-produced by Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Julie
Larson, Al Larson and Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino,
Scott Hemming and Marla Levine.
FREEFORM LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVE SHORT-FORM ORIGINAL
SERIES ‘PARTY GIRL’ FROM NEW FORM AND MAKER STUDIOS SCRIPTED
COMEDY CO-CREATED BY ACTRESS, WRITER AND COMEDIAN LISA
SCHWARTZ AND TV WRITER LACEY FRIEDMAN
“Party Girl,” an
exclusive 10-episode original short-form series co-created
by actress, writer and comedian Lisa Schwartz (aka LisBug)
and television writer Lacey Friedman (“The Goldbergs”), is
live now on Freeform.com, the Freeform app and Hulu.
based on Schwartz’s experiences, “Party Girl” follows a
twenty-something (Schwartz) as she navigates adulthood while
working with a band of quirky co-workers at a Los Angeles
party company that specializes in themed birthdays. The
series features a cast of characters including Fay, the
slightly off, mama-bear leader (Beverly D’Angelo, “National
Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”); Philip, the mediocre
magician (Ed Begley Jr., “Pineapple Express”); and Clive,
the client that literally takes the cake as the weirdest
party hero ever (Adam Busch, “Men at Work”), among others.
Schwartz is best known for her widely popular YouTube
channel that has over 2 million followers and her musical
parodies that have amassed millions of views.
thrilled to premiere our show on the Freeform app and are
glad to be a part of their family,” said Schwartz and
Friedman. “’Party Girl’ is a twisted homage to birthday
party entertainers, based on Lisa’s personal experience, and
a nod to all of us who try to maintain our dignity in a
world set up for us to have none.”
“We love working with
emerging talent like Lisa who has such an authentic and
fresh point of view. “’Party Girl’ is a hilarious show that
beautifully portrays the emotional highs and lows of being
in your twenties,” said Karey Burke, executive vice
president, Programming and Development, Freeform.
series is produced by digital studios New Form and Maker
Studios. The “Party Girl” pilot first emerged during the New
Form incubator program last year and was further developed
into a series project premiering at the 2016 Tribeca Film
Starz Takes New Variation on Limited Series "The
Girlfriend Experience" with Two Parallel Storylines in
Steven Soderbergh to Executive Produce with
Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz Serving as Showrunners,
Writers and Directors for Each Storyline
Louisa Krause and Carmen Ejogo Join "The Girlfriend
Experience" Second Season
Starz announced today that the
second season of the STARZ limited series "The Girlfriend
Experience," executive produced by Steven Soderbergh
(Ocean's Eleven, Magic Mike, "The Knick") and Philip
Fleishman, will feature two parallel storylines - each
written, directed and executive produced by Lodge Kerrigan
and Amy Seimetz. Kerrigan and Seimetz served as writers,
directors and executive producers on season one of the
limited series. Jeff Cuban, Andrew Fierberg (Secretary, My
Art) and Academy(R) Nominated and Golden Globe(R)-winning
producer Adele Romanski (Moonlight) will also executive
Breaking with last season's format and following
two parallel stories this season, "The Girlfriend
Experience" will focus on entirely new characters,
relationships, plotlines and locations while exploring the
price of intimacy and its emotional consequences. One
storyline for the 14-episode scripted anthology series will
be set in Washington, D.C. and the other, in New Mexico
"It was always our intention to change the universe every
season, but Amy and Lodge have cranked up the ambition,
scope, and complexity of the show by creating two storylines
even more provocative and confrontational than last year's.
I'm as excited as a Swedish person is allowed to get,"
Kerrigan's storyline is set against the
backdrop of the corrupting influence of dark money in the
upcoming 2018 U.S. mid-term elections, where everything and
everyone has a price. This section of the second season of
"The Girlfriend Experience" tracks an unexpected and complex
relationship between Erica Myles, a commanding and
strong-willed finance director of a Republican super PAC,
and Anna Greenwald, a confident and intelligent GFE provider
at the top of her game. Erica is under intense pressure to
deliver on her super PAC fundraising goals. She meets Anna
and enlists her help in blackmailing a high-powered dark
money fundraiser. After their initial exchange, Erica and
Anna fall into a complicated sexual relationship, marked by
an exploration of vulnerability, dominance and submission,
which also draws in Erica's manipulative ex-girlfriend. The
mix of personal instability and career pressure mount and
lead Erica down a path, both professionally and personally,
that she struggles to control.
Anna Friel ("Broken,"
"Marcella," "Pushing Daisies") will portray Erica Myles and
Louisa Krause ("Billions," "Blue Bloods," "The Flick") will
play Anna Greenwald.
SYFY TO ADAPT 3001: THE FINAL ODYSSEY
AS A MINISERIES
RIDLEY SCOTT, SCOTT FREE TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE; STUART
BEATTIE TO WRITE AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCE
NEW YORK — Syfy announced today that it is working with
Scott Free Productions and Warner Horizon Television to
adapt the Arthur C. Clarke novel 3001: The Final Odyssey
into a miniseries. Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean,
Collateral) will write the adaptation and serve as executive
producer along with Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and David W.
Zucker. Clayton Krueger will serve as co-executive producer.
An epic story of a man lost in time, Arthur C. Clarke's
final "Odyssey" book resolves the tale that was begun in
2001: A Space Odyssey. Beginning with the discovery of Frank
Poole's frozen body, floating in space, 3001: The Final
Odyssey offers an extraordinary range of complex characters
with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals, and dark
thematic meditations on the final fate of all Humankind.
Arthur C. Clarke’s “Odyssey” series spanned over 30 years,
with the initial publication of “2001” in 1968, and the
final “3001” 1997. The original film, directed by Stanley
Kubrick, is an Academy Award winning classic, and “2010” was
the only other of the novels to be filmed. The estates of
both Kubrick and Clarke have offered their full support for
“3001: The Final Odyssey.”
SYFY AND STEVEN SPIELBERG’S AMBLIN
TELEVISION REUNITING TO DEVELOP ALDOUS HUXLEY’S CLASSIC
NOVEL BRAVE NEW WORLD
Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Les Bohem Will Executive
Produce Series With Bohem Writing Screenplay Universal Cable
Productions to Serve as Studio
NEW YORK – May 5, 2015 – Adding to its growing roster of
major productions featuring science fiction’s most acclaimed
franchises, Syfy is reuniting with Emmy® Award-winning
Amblin Television to develop a scripted series based on
Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World.
Syfy and Amblin previously collaborated on Steven Spielberg
Presents: Taken, which won a 2003 Emmy® for Best Miniseries,
as well as nominations in six other categories.
Brave New World is set in a world without poverty, war or
disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering
drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the
day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically
engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are
forced onto “reservations” – until one of these “savages”
challenges the system, threatening the entire social order.
First published in 1932, Brave New World was ranked fifth
among the 100 best English language novels of the 20th
Century by Modern Library.
Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller: “Brave New World
is one of the most influential genre classics of all time.
Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as
powerful and as timeless as ever. Promising to be a
monumental television event, Brave New World is precisely
the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark
Dear Diary: TV Land Orders Pilot
Script of "Heathers"
The script is written by Jason
Micallef, and Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will executive
produce for Lakeshore Entertainment.
Dating a murderous
psychopath and figuring out what to wear to your best
friend's suicide are typical teen problems for Veronica
Sawyer. With a pilot script order for "Heathers," TV Land is
digging into the pitch-black comedy for their first
anthology series, based on the cult classic film. Set in the
present day, our heroine will be dealing with a very
different but equally vicious group of Heathers. The script
is written by Jason Micallef ("Butter"), and Tom Rosenberg
and Gary Lucchesi will executive produce for Lakeshore
The pilot script order for "Heathers"
comes on the heels of several development announcements TV
Land made at their upfront presentation on March 3rd,
including an untitled put pilot based on the life of Kyle
Richards ("The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills") with
Emmy(R)-winning executive producers John Wells ("Shameless,"
"ER," "The West Wing") and John Riggi ("The Comeback," "30
Rock," "Will & Grace"), and a pilot order for an adaptation
of hit film "The First Wives Club," to be written by Rebecca
Addelman ("New Girl") and executive produced by Jenny Bicks
("Sex and the City"). The network also renewed "Teachers"
for a 20-episode second season and struck an overall
development deal with Darren Star, the creator of the
critically-acclaimed show "Younger," which has its second
season finale on Wednesday, March 23rd at 10pm ET/PT.
TV ONE’S TRUE CRIME MONDAYS CONTINUES IN FEBRUARY
WITH NEW FATAL ATTRACTION AND FOR MY MAN EPISODES
One’s True Crime programming block continues in February
with new episodes of the network’s hit crime and justice
series Fatal Attraction and For My Man every Monday night.
Beginning at 9 p.m. ET, Fatal Attraction delves into
real-life stories of criminal acts committed under the guise
of love and the tragic consequences that turn deadly.
Recounting stories of love-gone-wrong, each episode consists
of first-person interviews from loved ones, accounts from
investigating officials, interrogation footage, recreations
of pivotal moments and haunting cinematography.
Immediately following at 10 p.m. ET, For My Man is
jam-packed with new incredible stories of the lengths some
women will go to keep the love of their man. Shedding light
on the outrageous and shocking stories of women who have
been arrested for a crime they committed in the name of
love, each episode includes interviews of those closest to
the events – family members, friends, witnesses,
investigators and journalists – as well as psychologists,
lawyers and when possible, the subjects themselves.
ICYMI: Actress Sofia Pellegrino appeared on WTTG-FOX5 in
Washington, D.C. to discuss her recent role as a
love-sickened bank robber on TV One’s For My Man. The
interview is available online:
UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AND
HORROR VISIONARY WES CRAVEN SIGN FIRST-LOOK DEAL
“WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE” AND “THE PEOPLE UNDER THE
STAIRS” IN DEVELOPMENT AT SYFY
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Universal Cable Productions (UCP)
continues to fortify its genre slate signing a first-look
deal with horror mastermind, Wes Craven (“A Nightmare on Elm
Street,” “Scream”). The deal, announced today by Dawn
Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, will focus
on creating unparalleled scripted programming for
NBCUniversal and external networks.
“Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for
decades. We're thrilled to be working with him, and to be
able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of
horror, humor and intelligence to television,” said
“UCP is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and
I’m delighted to be working with them,” said Craven. “Fasten
UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AND
BENDERSPINK TO DEVELOP DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL’S “MR. POSTMAN”
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Universal Cable Productions (UCP)
and Benderspink today announced they are developing “Mr.
Postman,” a crime series by writer/director David Robert
Mitchell (“It Follows”). Known for his unique and modern
dark flair, Mitchell is the latest to join UCP’s roster of
standout auspices perfectly complementing the studio’s
growing slate of genre projects in development.
“David is a true artist with incredible vision that I
believe will be a game changer in storytelling both in
television and film,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice
President, Development at UCP. “We are very excited to take
out ‘Mr. Postman,’ his first TV project. It's like nothing
else out there.”
“Mr. Postman” follows a mailman who investigates the dark
mysteries within his all-American town after a horrific
event occurs on his own street. Mitchell is set to direct
and executive produce alongside Chris Bender, JC Spink and
Jake Weiner of Benderspink.
“I’m really excited to be working with Universal Cable
Productions and Benderspink on this project. It will be very
fun to build this world, see these characters come to life,
and share this mystery,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell wrote and directed the award-winning horror feature
“It Follows,” currently in theatres. Premiering at the
Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week, the only American film
in that section, “It Follows” went on to garner various
awards around the world, including NIFF in Switzerland,
Fantastic Fest in Austin, and was deemed “one of the
scariest films in years” to come out of the Sundance Film
Festival. The critically acclaimed film had a limited
release in March and has since expanded to 1,600 theaters
boasting a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
USA Network UNIVERSAL CABLE
PRODUCTIONS’ CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED ‘PLAYING HOUSE’ RETURNS TO
USA NETWORK FOR THIRD SEASON
PLAYING HOUSE Doubled its VOD Audience in Season Two with
Innovative Windowing Model
UNIVERSAL CITY – Jan. 14, 2016 – Universal Cable
Productions’ critically-acclaimed PLAYING HOUSE will return
to USA Network for a third season. The comedy is from
Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by
series’ stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.
"Not only is this a show for the ages, PLAYING HOUSE also
represents a whole new way of financing production with its
unique partnership of ad sales, Comcast, studio and
network," said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content
Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
“Year-over-year we have seen PLAYING HOUSE attract critical
acclaim and a loyal fan base that continues to grow,” said
Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President Original
Programming, USA Network, “The unique relationship between
Jessica and Lennon translates into a heart-warming comedy
about friendship and we are delighted to have it for a third
Last season, Comcast and NBCUniversal introduced a new
distribution model which allowed viewers to watch every
episode of PLAYING HOUSE on Video-On-Demand (VOD) before it
aired on USA Network. This not only gave the super fans
early access to new episodes, but drove new viewers to the
series. As a result, PLAYING HOUSE doubled its VOD audience
from season one to season two and, based on the broad
partnership with Comcast, the show was #3 on the XFINITY on
Demand platform during its premiere month in August, beating
all other broadcast and basic cable offerings.
The VOD episodes offered limited commercial breaks with
custom branded spots, which were co-created by, and
featured, St. Clair and Lennon. This new model offered the
series’ three signature sponsors -- Samsung, Toyota and
Comcast -- premium placement across millions of
multiplatform-connected homes and engaged the highly
passionate community of fans among USA Network subscribers
(USA Now apps, web, mobile, connected TV) as well as
distribution partners’ VOD and TV Everywhere platforms. The
PLAYING HOUSE sponsorship enhanced campaign messaging for
all three sponsors and brand favorability increased by as
much at 15% among VOD viewers.
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