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‘Mercy Street’ Premiere Draws 3.3 Million Viewers for PBS

By: Rick Kissell Senior Editor The debut of “Mercy Street,” the first PBS original drama in more than 10 years, drew 3.3 million viewers Sunday night, according to Nielsen estimates provided by the pubcaster. Numbers were not available for “Downton Abbey,” which served as its lead-in and returned earlier this month with nearly 10 million viewers. “Mercy Street” drew more viewers than typical 10 p.m. programming on PBS, including about 15% more than the third season of “Sherlock,” according to the network. PBS announced the early ratings results at the Television Critics’ Association Press Tour in Pasadena on Monday. PBS had made the “Mercy Street” premiere available for digital streaming ahead of Sunday’s broadcast debut. The early release helped build interest by generating nearly 200,000 streams from Jan. 14-17, making it the No. 1-rated digital premiere ever for PBS. The digital premiere included all PBS station digital platforms such as PBS.org, PBS apps for iOS, Android, Fire TV, ROKU, Apple TV, Xbox 360 and Windows 10, as well as through partners including Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Vudu. For the original article, click...

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TNT Confirms Renewals For “The Librarians” for 3rd Season

TNT today has officially renewed adventure drama The Librarians and serialized crime drama Murder In The First for third seasons and crime procedural Major Crimes for fifth. The Librarians, which is in the midst of its second season, has been picked up for 13 episodes. Major Crimes, also currently airing, will return with more episodes to round out its fourth season in February 2016. The Closer spinoff, as well as Murder In The First, have been picked up for 10 episodes to air in summer 2016. Original Article: CLICK...

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Screening Schedule of “The Wannabe” starring Patricia Arquette

“THE WANNABE” SCREENING SCHEDULE Inspired by true events, The Wannabe is the story of a man obsessed with Mafia culture as he attempts to become a part of this lifestyle by fixing the 1992 trial of infamous mobster John Gotti and going on a crime spree of his own.               Watch the trailer HERE.   Early Screenings Sedona, AZ – Mary D. Fisher Theater (Dec 2) Portland, OR – Clinton Street Theater (Dec 3) Columbus, OH – Gateway Film Center (Dec 3-6) Opening December 3 Los Angeles, CA – Arena Cinema Philadelphia, PA – Roxy Theater – Philadelphia Film Society Opening December 4 New York, NY – AMC Empire 24 Atlanta, GA – AMC North Dekalb Mall 16 Boston, MA – AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20 Chicago, IL – AMC South Barrington 30 Denver, CO – AMC Westminster Promenade 24 Detroit, MI – AMC Southfield 20 Kansas City, MO – AMC Independence 20 Phoenix, AZ – AMC Deer Valley 17 Tampa, FL – AMC Veterans Expressway 24 Toronto, ON – Carlton Cinema Calgary, AB – The Globe Cinema Opening December 18 Ottawa, ON – Mayfair Theater Available everywhere on digital and On Demand December...

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Electric Footlights premieres THE KILL-OR-DIES. Opens Nov 14 at McCadden Place Theatre

From writer 2014 Ovation award winner Meghan Brown, “The Kill-or-Dies” opens on November 14th at the  and will be directed by Darin Anthony. Karina Wolfe, Megan Kathleen Duffy, Daniel Dorr and Rob Nagle are set to star. “The Kill-or-Dies” is a darkly comic exploration of friendship and  love following two long-time friends, Maggie (Megan Kathleen Duffy) and Chelsea (Karina Wolfe),over the course of an eventful evening.  “The Kill-Or-Dies” will be at the McCadden Theater through December 13th. We’d love for you to attend and review. If an interview is of interest with any of the cast or crew, please contact:...

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Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment Hires Benjamin Kim

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has brought Benjamin Kim on board as VP of development for the company, Variety has learned exclusively. Kim will report to Electric partner Marc Roskin and will help handle all aspects of the development of motion picture and TV properties. He will also be involved in third party acquisitions. Kim most recently served as a production and development executive with Roberto Orci’s company Sneaky Shark Productions, where he helped develop “Star Trek 3” and “End of Eternity.” Prior to Sneaky Shark, Kim held a creative executive post at Kurtzman/Orci Productions, where he developed “Locke and Key” and “Ender’s Game.” The hire was announced at the American Film Market. Electric recently wrapped production on “Geostrom,” Devlin’s feature directorial debut. Devlin’s sales division is selling international rights to Brad Silberling’s thriller “An Ordinary Man,” which stars Ben Kingsley and is currently shooting in Serbia; “Mercy Street,” a PBS drama series which premieres in 2016 and is exec produced by Ridley Scott; and “The Wannabe,” exec produced by Martin Scorsese, Devlin and Traction Media with Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli starring.   Click here for the original...

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Julia Stiles-Anthony Hopkins Drama ‘Go With Me’ Sells to Key Markets

NOVEMBER 5, 2015 | 02:39PM PT Dave McNary Film Reporter@Variety_DMcNary Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has sold key foreign territories for “Go With Me,” starringAnthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles, Variety has learned exclusively. The film, co-financed by Electric and Enderby Entertainment, is based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr. and was directed by Daniel Alfredsson from a script by Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs. Producers are Rick Dugdale for Enderby Entertainment, Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for The Gotham Group, Jacobs and Hopkins. The film was picked up for all Italian rights by Microcinema. Other newly sold territories include Central Park for Turkey, Cinemania in the former Yugoslavia, CMC Content in Taiwan, Films4You in Portugal, IPA in Thailand and Vietnam, Octo Arts in the Philippines, Shoval in Israel, Tanweer in Greece. Rights were previously sold in Spain, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The film recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Electric will continue sales at the American Film Market. Stiles portrays a woman newly returned to her Pacific Northwest hometown who becomes the subject of harassment by an ex-cop-turned-crimelord, played by Liotta. She enlists the help of an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his laconic young sidekick to go up her adversary. Click here for the original...

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Second ‘Librarians’ season starts on TNT

The Librarians (8 p.m., TNT) – Season 2 starts with Jenkins (John Larroquette) discovering there’s something wrong with the library. In the second hour, the librarians find themselves pitted against Frankenstein’s monster and Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis, Moriarty. The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC) – A new face appears and trust issues form (those would be different trust issues than the ones fans have with the show’s writers after last week’s brutal killing of … a very major character). The Good Wife (9 p.m., CBS) – Jason uses aggressive investigative tactics while working on a student loan case with Alicia and Lucca, and Eli creates drama among the Florricks. The Leftovers (9 p.m., HBO) – Rev. Matt Jamison takes his wife outside Miracle to seek answers about her condition. The Affair (10 p.m., Showtime) – Alison is thrown by an unpleasant shift in behavior from her Hudson Valley hosts. Quantico (10 p.m., ABC) – The NATs practice surveillance with Miranda and her troubled son. Click here for the original...

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“The Librarians’ Gets Book Spinoff”

The novel about the search for Aladdin’s lamp will publish in October 2016. The Librarians and the Lost Lamp, a novel spinning off from the TNT series will arrive in October 2016, publisher Tor Books announced. The story toggles between the past, as Flynn Carsen (played by Noah Wyle on the TV show) tries to find Aladdin’s Lamp before an ancient criminal organization known as the Forty Seals gets hold of it, and the future, when Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn) and a new group of Librarians — protectors of ancient artifacts like King Arthur’s sword Excalibur — stumble on a mystery in Las Vegas that seems to relate to the Lamp and the powerful djinn it can summon. The novel will be written by Greg Cox, who has written best-selling novelizations of The Dark Knight Rises, Star Trek and other movies and TV shows. Season 2 of the TV show, which stars Romijn, John Larroquette, Lindy Booth, Christina Kane and John Kim and includes guest appearances from Wyle, debuts Nov. 1. The Librarians’ first season averaged 11.4 million viewers and was basic cable’s second-highest rated new series of 2014. Dean Devlin, John Rogers, Marc Roskin and Noah Wyle executive produce the TNT series. Click here for the original...

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AFM: Ben Kingsley to Play War Criminal in ‘An Ordinary Man’

by Scott Roxborough 10/28/2015 1:00am PDT Brad Silberling wrote the script and will direct the thriller. Ben Kingsley has signed on to star in An Ordinary Man, a thriller from writer/director Brad Silberling (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.) Enderby Entertainment, who produced Daniel Alfredson’s Venice festival title Go With Me starring Anthony Hopkins and Julia Stiles, will produce and finance An Ordinary Man. Kingsley will play a war criminal in hiding who begins to form a relationship with his maid (played by Icelandic rising star Hera Hilmar). As the search for him intensifies, he realizes she is the only person he can trust. British actor Peter Serafinowicz (Spy, Guardians of the Galaxy) co-stars. Principle photography is set to begin next week on location in Belgrade, Serbia. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has picked up international sales for the title and will be selling the film to buyers at AFM next week. UTA Independent Film Group is handling domestic sales. Enderby’s Rick Dugdale will produce An Ordinary Man alongside Silberling via his Reveal Entertainment shingle, and Kingsley with his Lavender Pictures label. Daniel Petrie, Jr. of Enderby will executive produce. Kingsley was most recently seen in was seen in Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk and stars alongside Nicholas Hoult, Hopkins, and Felicity Jones in Eran Creevy’s action thriller Collide (aka Autobahn). The Oscar-winner will also voice The Jungle Book‘s panther Bagheera in Jon Favreau’s upcoming animated reboot of the classic children’s tale. Kingsley is headlining another hot AFM title: he is attached to star alongside Josh Hutcherson in Fortitude International’s political thriller Backstabbing For Beginners. Hilmar headlined last year’s award-winning Icelandic drama Life in a Fishbowl and is a regular on Starz’ renaissance series Da Vinci’s Demons. UTA packaged the film and arranged financing. Nolan Pielak negotiated the deal on behalf of Electric Entertainment. Kingsley is repped by CAA. Hilmar by 42 Talent in London and Management 360 and Serafinowicz by UTA and Troika. Silberling is represented by UTA and Mosaic Media.   Click HERE for the original...

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‘The Wannabe’ Trailer: See Patricia Arquette in Contemporary Bonnie-and-Clyde Tale in Gotti’s New York

Watch the trailer HERE. New York-set drama The Wannabe takes place in the early 1990s as crime boss John Gotti’s trial is coming to a close. The film also marks Patricia Arquette’s first to come out since she won her Oscar forBoyhood. (Watch the trailer exclusively above.) In The Wannabe, Arquette plays Rose, a misguided woman in a predominantly Italian-American neighborhood who falls into a dodgy, drug-addled romance with a much younger man named Thomas (Vincent Piazza, Jersey Boys,Boardwalk Empire). Based on a true story, The Wannabe becomes something of a modern-day Bonnie-and-Clyde tale, with the impulsive couple embarking on an ill-considered crime spree. The film is written and directed by, and co-stars Nick Sandow — best known for playing dejected women’s prison supervisor Joe Caputo in the hit Netflix seriesOrange Is the New Black — and executive produced by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese. Sandow, who grew up in the Bronx, told Yahoo Movies in a recent interview that The Wannabe represents a blend of his own experiences and real news events. “The bar and restaurant they go to in the film, Marianne’s, that was a place I used to go to as a kid,” he said. “You would go to that place and John Gotti would be there… and Robert DeNiro would be there.” Sandow even wrote a scene in the film depicting Eric Roberts walking into the restaurant — something he really witnessed. Writer-director Nick Sandow, left, and Vincent Piazza (Photo: Courtesy of Deadline) Sandow’s lead characters, Thomas and Rose, did exist. As depected in the movie, Thomas Uva really was a New York mobster fanboy; he really did attend Gotti’s trial; and he robbed local mafia social clubs with his girlfriend Rosemarie. “I was just fascinated with this couple,” said Sandow. The Wannabe finished filming less than two years ago, just before Arquette completed the final leg of the 12-year Boyhood production. “When we were shooting, we carved out some time early in the schedule to get to her because she was doing this little independent film that she does for two weeks every year for the past 10 years,” Sandow said with a laugh. “I was overjoyed for her,” he said of her eventual Oscar win for the Richard Linklater...

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Hulu Nabs Streaming Rights to TNT’s ‘The Librarians’

The second season of the Noah Wyle starrer premieres Nov. 1. Hulu has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to TNT dramaThe Librarians. Through a deal with Electric Entertainment, Hulu subscribers can now watch the 10-episode first season of the supernatural series ahead of its Nov. 1 second season premiere. The Librarians, which premiered on TNT in 2014, follows Metropolitan Library librarian Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle). While Carsen might appear to be a normal librarian, he is actually part of a centuries-old group of scholars and adventurers who investigate the bizarre, collect dangerous artifacts and save the world from supernatural threats. Rebecca Romijn also stars. The SVOD deal comes on the heels of Hulu’s expanded streaming pact with Viacom, which gave it exclusive streaming rights to past and future seasons of Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City, Key & Peele and several other shows.   Click here for the original...

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THE LIBRARIANS’ Rebecca Romijn & More Visit New York Comic Con!

The stars of TNT’s hit fantasy-adventure The Librarians, including Rebecca Romijn, Lindy Booth, Christian Kane, John Kim and John Larroquette, joined executive producer Dean Devlin at New York Comic-Con to give fans a first look at the new season. They also answered questions about the show, which was also CELEBRATED outside with some eye-popping street art. The Librarians returns with two back-to-back episodes Sunday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Episodes will be made available across TNT digital and mobile platforms the day after they air on the network. About The Librarians: This fall, TNT will return to the world of The Librarians with season 2 of the hit series. Based on TNT’s hit movie franchise, The Librarians centers on an ancient organization dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Christian Kane (TNT’s Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Philanthropist) and John Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) star in the series as protectors of the world’s mystical treasures, with Emmy(R) winner John Larroquette (Night Court, The Brink) as their reluctant caretaker. Noah Wyle (Falling Skies, ER) recurs as Flynn Carsen, the role he played in TNT’s movie trilogy. Season 2 of The Librarians is slated to premiere with back-to-back episodes Sunday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Episodes will be made available across the network’s on-demand, digital and mobile platforms the day after their linear premieres. In addition, TNT will stack the entire season of The Librarians, meaning episodes will remain available on demand throughout the entire season. Click here for the original article....

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Second Season of The Librarians to Air Globally Shortly After U.S. Premiere

LONDON: The second season of the adventure series The Librarians is due out on NBCUniversal International Networks’ global channel brands following the U.S. debut on November 1. Viewers in the U.K., Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America will be able to watch the show shortly after it premieres on U.S. network TNT. The series’ first run aired internationally on Universal Channel and Syfy. “We know we are returning with a hit,” commented Steve Patscheck, the executive VP of programming at NBCUniversal International Networks. “Following the success of The Librarians season one on our channels around the world—including becoming the number one series on Syfy in the U.K., Spain and the Netherlands in 2014—we look forward to unleashing the second season of the series within days of the U.S. premiere.” Original Article:...

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Dean Devlin named keynote speaker at VES Summit

Dean Devlin named keynote speaker at VES Summit Dean Devlin, acclaimed writer-producer-director and president of Electric Entertainment, has been named keynote speaker at its The Visual Effects Society’s (VES) annual Summit, “Visualization to Virtualization: Storytelling Expands.” The interactive forum on Saturday, October 17, at the W Hotel in Hollywood, will bring together top creatives, executives, thought leaders and visionaries from diverse disciplines to explore the dynamic evolution of visual imagery and illustrate new pathways to creativity and problem solving in a TED Talks-like atmosphere. Devlin’s first produced screenplay was Universal Soldier, which was a worldwide hit.  He reached prominence as a writer/producer working with Roland Emmerich with whom he teamed after appearing in Emmerich’s film Moon 44.  Together they co-wrote and produced Stargate, which became the first movie to have its own website (run by Devlin himself).  Devlin co-produced (with Emmerich) sci-fi blockbusters Independence Day and Godzilla, followed by The Patriot.  Devlin also produced films including Cellular, Who Killed the Electric Car? and Flyboys.  A true multi-hyphenate, he has served as writer, producer and director for the hit TV shows Leverage and The Librarians and wrote 200-plus episodes of Stargate SG-1.  He is the director, as well as writer/producer of the forthcoming action sci-fi filmGeostorm starring Gerard Butler and is in development with Emmerich on the hotly anticipated sequel to Independence Day—Independence Day: Resurgence. As we move from the Information Age into the Visualization Age where every industry uses imagery to educate, communicate, entertain and sell, the VES Summit theme is particularly relevant. Virtualization speaks to cloud-based production, to augmented and virtual realities, to multi-platform experiences, and the broad idea of hyper-connectivity. It encompasses heightened realities, immersive experiences, presence capture, and more. This evolution is bringing about changes and expansion in storytelling. Exceptional storytelling remains the ultimate goal but approaches are open to innovation. From TV taking non-time-constrained forms, to audience-driven narratives, to 360° experiences, webcasts and six second videos–all being told across multiple platforms–the creative world is in a seismic shift. Panel discussions The VES Summit will feature a special panel discussion–Virtual Reality: 20/20 on 2020 Panel–exploring VR.  The buzz around VR is impossible to ignore as the medium marches forward. What will VR eventually encompass/look like? What are the business models? State...

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Patricia Arquette’s Cannes Drama ‘The Wannabe’ Lands Entertainment One for US Distribution

Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli also star in Nick Sandow’s film about a mafia-obsessed duo. Entertainment One has scooped up U.S. distribution rights for “The Wannabe,” Patricia Arquette‘s first film since winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Boyhood” in February, TheWrap has learned. Co-starring “Boardwalk Empire”‘s Vincent Piazza and “The Sopranos” alum Michael Imperioli, director Nick Sandow’s drama follows a duo obsessed with American mafia culture. Martin Scorsese served as an executive producer, with lead producers in Piazza, Lizzie Nastro and Michael Gasparro. Dean Devlin and Traction Media are also billed as EPs, with Electric Entertainment fully financing the project. Devlin’s Electric sales outfit continues to shop international rights at the Cannes Film Market. Piazza’s character attempts to fix the jury in the real-life 1990s prosecution of John Gotti, when best laid plans go awry and he and Arquette’s local gal get some authentic mob action of their own. The film was first shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. “Piazza is believably pathetic – and as the tougher, smarter, but no less damaged part of this odd couple, Patricia Arquette creates a touching portrait of a woman who can only tough it out for so long before she too reaches for a way to escape,” TheWrap’s Steve Pond wrote at Tribeca in April. Sandow be seen in front of the camera come June, when “Orange Is The New Black” returns for a third outing on Netflix. He plays a jailer with a soft spot for the inmates on the Taylor Schilling series.   Click here for the original article....

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New PBS American Drama MERCY STREET to Star Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Gary Cole

New PBS American Drama MERCY STREET to Star Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety and Norbert Leo Butz Image: MERCY STREET, Nurse Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Jedediah Foster (Josh Radnor) (credit: courtesy of Antony Platt/PBS)   – Also Features Shalita Grant, Jack Falahee, McKinley Belcher III, AnnaSophia Robb, Donna Murphy, Cameron Monaghan, Hannah James, Among Others; With Special Guest Star Cherry Jones – – PBS Announces Acclaimed Directors Roxann Dawson and Jeremy Webb for Scott Free Executive Produced Series – – Award-Winning Creative Team Includes Ridley Scott, David Zabel, Lisa Quijano Wolfinger and David W. Zucker – – Electric Entertainment currently selling international rights to MERCY STREET – ARLINGTON, VA; April 29, 2015 – Today, PBS announced that an award-winning cast and acclaimed television directors Roxann Dawson and Jeremy Webb will join its new Civil War-based drama, officially named MERCYSTREET. The series is executive produced by Ridley Scott (Gladiator and Thelma &Louise) and David W. Zucker (“The Good Wife”) of Scott Free, and Lisa Q. Wolfinger (“Desperate Crossing, The untold story of the Mayflower”) and David Zabel (“ER”). Filmed on location in Virginia, the six-part series is the first American drama to air on PBS in more than a decade. The series will join a robust Sunday night drama lineup on PBS in winter 2016, including the final season of “Downton Abbey” on MASTERPIECE. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment secured all foreign rights to the series early in the process, and will continue to sell international territories. MERCYSTREET cast in leading roles includes: • MaryElizabethWinstead (“The Returned,” “Smashed,” TheSpectacularNow) as Nurse Mary Phinney, a feisty New Englander and widow who is a newcomer at Mansion House Hospital. • JoshRadnor (“How I Met Your Mother,” LiberalArts, Broadway’s Disgraced) as Jedediah Foster, the civilian contract surgeon who grew up in a privileged Southern slave-owning household as the son of a wealthy Maryland landowner. • GaryCole (“Veep,” “The Good Wife,” “Entourage”) as James Green, Sr., patriarch of the Green family, struggling to maintain his family business while living in an occupied city. • PeterGerety (Syriana, CharlieWilson’sWar, Flight, God’sPocket, “The Wire,” “Prime Suspect”) as Dr. Alfred Summers, chief surgeon at Mansion House, who has risen to the rank of major by virtue of his age,...

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Electric Entertainment’s “The Librarians” is nominated for 3 Saturn Awards including Best Limited Run Television Series, Best Actress in a Television Series and Best Guest Performance in a Television Series

Los Angeles, CA (March 4, 2015) – It was announced by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films on Tuesday that Electric Entertainment’s The Librarians has been nominated for three Saturn Awards, including Best Limited Run Television Series. Series star Rebecca Romijn, who plays Eve Baird on the show, has been nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series, and John Larroquette, who portrays Jenkins, was nominated as Best Guest Performance in a Television Series. The awards will be presented on June 25th in Burbank, CA. The Librarians debuted with chart-topping number last December and went on to finish the year as basic cable’s #2 new series of 2014. The show’s success extends across TNT’s multiple platforms, with each week’s episode reaching an average of 11.4 million viewers through linear telecasts, DVR playback and VOD, digital and mobile viewing. TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the second season, which is slated to launch later this year. Based on TNT’s hit movie franchise, The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Christian Kane (TNT’s Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Philanthropist) and John Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) star in the series as the newest protectors of the world’s mystical treasures, with Emmy® winner John Larroquette (Night Court, Deception) as their reluctant caretaker. Noah Wyle (Falling Skies, ER) recurs as Flynn Carsen, the role he played in TNT’s movie trilogy. The Librarians is produced by Electric Entertainment, with executive producers Dean Devlin, John Rogers, Marc Roskin and Noah...

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‘Independence Day 2’ Casts ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Star Jessie Usher

Jessie Usher, the lead of Starz’s series Survivor’s Remorse, has been cast in Fox’s sequel Independence Day 2. Liam Hemsworth has also been cast in in a lead role and Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role from the original. It has been nearly 20 years since the Will Smith-starring sci-fi film hit theaters, grossing more than $800 million worldwide at the box office. Director Roland Emmerich will return to helm the film. Independence Day 2 is set for release on June 24, 2016 — almost exactly 20 years from when the first film hit theaters on July 3, 1996. Dean Devlin, Emmerich and Harald Kloser are producing. Independence Day 2 is a big get for Usher, who will play a central character in the new film as the son of Smith’s character. Smith’s role in the first blockbuster helped establish him as a star, kicking his career up to the next level. Usher stars in the Lebron James-produced Starz series Survivor’s Remorse as Cam Calloway, a basketball player who moves with his family to Atlanta after he signs a pro contract. The first season premiered Oct. 4, 2014, and Starz quickly renewed the show for a second season, which will air later this year. The rising star’s film credits includes TriStar football drama When the Game Stands Tall, which hit theaters in August. On the TV side, he previously starred in the Cartoon Network’s series Level Up. He’s repped by Paradigm and Williams...

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TNT Renews ‘The Librarians’ For Season 2

Written by: Shelli Weinstein (for the original article, click HERE) Flynn Carsen and his team of Librarians will continue their mission to save the world each week — twice before Friday. TNT has renewed “The Librarians” for a second season. The cabler announced Thursday a 10-episode order for the second installment of the fantasy adventure series, set to air later this year. A continuation of Turner’s “Librarian” movie franchise, the television series centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting the unknowing world from a secret, magical reality. Noah Wyle will reprise his role as Librarian Flynn Carsen with Rebecca Romijn as his guardian, and Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Kim, as the newest generation of Librarians. John Larroquette returns as their reluctant yet supportive caretaker Jenkins. The series’ first season saw the young Librarians outwit a Minotaur, save Santa, and destroy an app more evil than Candy Crush, all while battling the Serpent Brotherhood, set on releasing magic back into the world for villainous purposes. “The Librarians” premiered in Dec., as the most-watched new cable series of 2014, topping TNT’s “The Last Ship” and FX’s “The Strain,” with a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and roughly 5.4 million viewers overall. The series is produced by Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment with exec producers Devlin, John Rogers, Marc Roskin and Noah...

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Electric Entertainment closes multiple territories on thriller starring Anthony Hopkins

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has closed multiple territories on the thriller Go With Me starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Ray Liotta and Hal Halbrook. Go With Me is in post in Sweden and centres on a woman who turns to a former logger and his sidekick to take on a bullying local crime lord in a Pacific Northwest town. Deals have closed in Spain (Corbi Media), Latin America (California Filmes), Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria (Grandview Castle), Taiwan (CMC), Middle East (Eagle), Turkey (Central Park), Israel (Shoval) and former-Yugoslavia (Cinemania). Fox acquired select Southeast Asian territories, Mnet has picked up in South Africa and Entertainment In Motion will handle international airlines. Electric and Enderby Entertainment co-finance the project, which Daniel Alfredson directs from Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs’ adaptation of the book by Castle Freman Jr. Rick Dugdale produces for Enderby Entertainment alongside Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for The Gotham Group, Gregory Jacobs and Hopkins. Electric’s EFM slate include SXSW 2014 selection Before I Disappear from writer-director Shawn Christensen. Read the article...

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‘Stargate’ Remake Finds Its Writers

Stargate, the relaunch of the 1990s Roland Emmerich sci-fi film property from MGM and Warner Bros., has found its writers. Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are in final negotiations to pen the script of what is intended to be the first of a trilogy that Emmerich is slated to direct. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the original movie with Emmerich, is producing. The duo are relatively new writers and they recently worked with Emmerich writing on Fox’s Independence Day 2, with the studio greenlighting the movie off their draft. Emmerich warmed up to Wright and Woods when his Centropolis Entertainment banner picked up a secret action thriller from the duo. Stargate told of the discovery of a circular device that creates a wormhole allowing for scientists and military person to a distant world, where they discover an enslaved people who are descendants from ancient Egyptians. The movie, which starred Kurt Russell and James Spader, launched several TV series. Wright and Woods are repped by WME. Wright is additionally repped by Mel McKeon and Laura Myones at McKeon-Myones Management. Woods is managed by Christina Karakasidis at Thruline Entertainment. Read the original article...

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Egyptian Star Amr Waked Joins ‘Geostorm’ Cast

Egyptian multihyphenate Amr Waked (“Lucy”) has joined the cast of Gerard Butler sci-fi blockbuster “Geostorm,” in which he will play the French head of security at an international space station when the earth’s climate control satellites fail to function. “Geostorm,” which is currently shooting in New Orleans, will mark the feature directorial debut of Dean Devlin, who teamed with Roland Emmerich to produce 1996’s “Independence Day.” Devlin’s Electric Entertainment is producing with Skydance Productions. Key American cast besides Butler includes Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and child actor Sterling Jerins. Warner Bros. has slated the sci-fi action thriller, centered on catastrophic climate change that endangers the world’s survival, for release on Oct. 21, 2016. Waked’s character in “Geostorm,” is named Ray Dussette, an intimidating and rugged security expert with little patience for error and stupidity who works hard to keep everyone safe, according to pic’s publicity notes. Waked, who is Egypt’s biggest international star, played the bemused French narcotics cop in “Lucy” and more recently appeared as an advisor to Mongol King Kublai Khan in TWC/Netflix TV series “Marco Polo.” His previous roles include star turns in “Syriana,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” and the BBC’s “House of Saddam” mini-series. Waked is a political activist and producer via his ZAD production shingle which sheperded fellow Egyptian director Ibrahim El Batout’s Cairo-set organ trafficking thriller “El Ott,” in which he stars as a gangster searching for his kidnapped daughter. “El Ott” recently launched in Egypt and other Middle East territories via Falcon and is seeking distribution in Europe. Read the original article...

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Electric Entertainment Picks Up International Rights on new PBS Drama Series

Los Angeles, CA (January 20, 2015) – It was announced today that Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has taken all foreign rights to a new untitled PBS Civil War historical drama, which is slated to join the network’s Sunday night drama lineup. The six-part series, which is a unique blend of hospital drama and family saga, will be shot in Virginia and is scheduled for a winter 2016 premiere. The project was brought into Electric Entertainment by Jernej Razen, Vice President, Acquisitions and Development.  The sales team, including Head of International Sales and Distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska, will introduce the series to foreign buyers at the upcoming NATPE in Miami. “Everything aired on PBS is of the utmost quality and has meaningful content.  We are proud to be associated with them on this series,” said Mehandjiyska. Based on true stories, the new drama follows two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the Civil War. Mary Phinney, a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green, a willful young Confederate belle, collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, the longest-occupied Confederate city of the war. As the boundaries of medicine are being explored and expanded, the role of women is also broadening. Here, in the collision of a wartime medical drama and a family saga of conflicted loyalties and moral dilemmas, the series plays out a story of the highest stakes. Executive produced by Ridley Scott (Gladiator and Thelma & Louise), David W. Zucker (“The Good Wife”) and Lisa Q. Wolfinger (“Desperate Crossing, The untold story of theMayflower”) and written by David Zabel (“ER”), the new drama is set against the backdrop of doctors and female nurses valiantly struggling to save lives while facing their own trials and tribulations. The intersection of North and South within the confines of a small occupied city creates a rich world that is chaotic, conflicted, corrupt, dynamic and even hopeful — a cauldron within which these characters strive, fight, love, laugh, betray, sacrifice and, at times, act like scoundrels. In the end, Mary and Emma will learn a vital lesson in a country split in two and ravaged by war:  Blood is neither blue nor grey — it is all one color. The series is created by Lisa Q. Wolfinger and David Zabel and based on research conducted...

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“Kel & Cal” included in IndieWire’s Best Films of 2014

1) “Under the Skin” 2) “Whiplash” 3) “Snowpiercer” 4) “The Grand Budapest Hotel” 5) “I Origins” 6) “Kelly & Cal” 7) “The Great Museum” 8) “Ida” 9) “Edge of Tomorrow” 10) “Belle” Click HERE for the original...

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TV Ratings: ‘The Librarians’ Hits New 2014 High for TNT

The launch outdoes summer’s ‘Last Ship’ among cable premieres TNT is ending 2014 on a high note. After a summer of well-received original series debuts, its latest launch (The Librarians) has outperformed even The Last Ship. An extension of the successful series of Librarian telepics, the series bowed Sunday night with an average 5.4 million viewers tuning into the two-hour broadcast. That’s just a hair above The Last Ship’s live-plus-same day premiere haul of 5.3 million viewers, meaning The Librarians now ranks as the most-watched cable debut of 2014. With an encore, the series totaled 7.3 million viewers — and pulled 2.9 million adults 25-54 and 23. million adults 18-49. The Librarians was ordered to series in April, part of an increasing lean on genre that looks to be further solidified by the recent appointment of Kevin Reilly as TNT and TBS’ entertainment chief. Last Ship, Murder in the First and Legends are other TNT 2014 additions to get the greenlight for sophomore seasons. To read the original article, click here....

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The Librarians Worldwide Premiere Dates released

Please see below for the dates, channels, and time The Librarians series premiere worldwide. UK Syfy 8 Dec 2014 / Mon @ 8PM Germany UC June 15, 2015 / TBA France Syfy 28 Feb 15 / TBA Spain Syfy 8 Dec 14 / Mon @ 10:25PM Portugal Syfy 8 Dec 14 / Mon @ 10:20PM Benelux Syfy 8 Dec 14 / Mon @ 11:00PM Romania / Balkans Diva 8 Dec 14 / Mon @ 9:00PM South East Asia Universal Channel 8 Dec 14 / Mon @ 9:00PM Australia Universal Channel 9 Dec 14 / Tues @ 8:30PM Latin America Universal Channel 8 Dec 14 / Mon @...

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‘Independence Day’ Sequel Gets 20th Century Fox Greenlight

The Independence Day sequel has a greenlight from 20th Century Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Director Roland Emmerich is in negotiations to direct the sequel to the 1996 Will Smith blockbuster. Producer Dean Devlin, who worked on the original film, shared the development on his Twitter account on Wednesday. Emmerich, Devlin and Harald Kloser are producing the film. While there has been no casting information shared about the film thus far, Jeff Goldblum said in an October interview with Time that he had been in talks with Emmerich and Devlin about appearing in the sequel. No word on whether Smith will appear in the film. Emmerich said last year that the star will not be present for the follow-up. The sequel is set for release on June 24, 2016, which would be just short of twenty years since the original title was released on July 3, 1996. The original film grossed more than $800 million worldwide at the box office. Read the article...

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Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta to join Anthony Hopkins in “Go With Me”. Electric is co-financing the project.

Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta are joining Anthony Hopkins’ action-drama “Go With Me.” Electric Entertainment will be selling international rights at the upcoming American Film Market. Shooting will begin in British Columbia in mid-November. The story is set in a Pacific Northwest logging community and centers on a young woman newly returned to her hometown who becomes the subject of harassment by a crimelord who operates with impunity. She enlists the help of an ex-logger, played by Hopkins, and his laconic young sidekick. Electric Entertainment is co-financing with Enderby Entertainment. “Go With Me” is based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr. and will be directed by Daniel Alfredson (“The Girl Who Played with Fire”) from an adaptation by Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs. The producers are Hopkins, Rick Dugdale for Enderby Entertainment, Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for The Gotham Group and Gregory Jacobs. Stiles stars in Participant’s upcoming supernatural thriller “Out of the Dark” along with Scott Speedman and Stephen Rea. Liotta stars in “Kill the Messenger” opposite Jeremy Renner. Read the original article HERE.  ...

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Electric books Librarians deals at MIPCOM

Electric Entertainment has secured deals with multiple territories for Electric-produced TV series The Librarians, including the remainder of English-language markets such as Australia, Canada and South Africa.  In addition to the NBC Universal Pay TV sale for more than 100 territories, the series has sold to Bell Media for Canada, Fox for Sweden and Norway, TV Plus for Poland, TV 2 for Hungary, Icon Film Distribution for Australia/NZ, Daro for South Africa and Gravity for the CIS. Noah Wyle (Falling Skies, ER) reprises his role from The Librarians movie trilogy as a recurring character in the series, which stars Rebecca Romijn (X-Men). Electric Entertainment held a special screening at Mipcom in Cannes this week for buyers of the first two episodes of the show, with Romijn in attendance. The Librarians is scheduled to make its US debut on TNT on Dec 7. In the series, Romijin is joined by Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Kim as protectors of the world’s mystical treasures with John Larroquette playing their reluctant caretaker. Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin reprise their characters from the movie trilogy in the premiere. Matt Frewer (Falling Skies) is also set to play a recurring role. The Librarians centres on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library in New York dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. The group solves mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artefacts from around the world, which include the Ark of the Covenant, the Judas Chalice and Excalibur. The Librarians franchise of movies began in 2004, with sequels in 2006 and 2008. The series is executive produced by Wyle, Dean Devlin, John Rogers and Marc Roskin. Read original article...

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Electric Entertainment To Co-Fi Anthony Hopkins Pic ‘Go With Me’

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment will co-finance and take world rights to Go With Me, a Daniel Alfredson-directed adaptation of the Castle Freeman Jr novel. The film will star Anthony Electric Entertainment logoHopkins. Pic will be sold at AFM. Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs wrote the script, and Rick Dugdale will produce with Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Gregory Jacobs. Hopkins  also will be a producer. It’s a modern fable set in the Pacific Northwest logging community. A young woman returns to her hometown and is harassed by an ex-cop-turned-violent crime lord who runs the town. She enlists an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his sidekick to stand up to him. Alfredson helmed the Millennium Trilogy from Stieg Larsson. Source:...

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TNT’s ‘The Librarians’ To Premiere December 7th

TNT has firmed up a launch date for The Librarians. The series – which hails from executive producers Dean Devlin, John Rogers, Noah Wyle and Marc Roskin – will kick off its 10 episode first season on Sunday December 7th at 8/7c, TVWise has learned. The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world. The organisation consists of Caretaker Jenkins and Librarian Flynn Carsen, who has recruited four people to aid him in his task. Those four are Eve Baird, Jake Stone, Cassandra and Ezekiel Jones. The series is produced by Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment and is a follow up to TNT’s Librarian film franchise. That franchise consisted of three films (The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines and The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice) which starred Falling Skies alum Noah Wyle and aired between 2004 and 2008. Wyle is reprising his role in the series and is part of a cast that also includes Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, John Larroquette, Lindy Booth, John Kim, Bob Newhart, Jane Curtin and Matt Frewer. In addition to airing on TNT in the United States, The Librarians is also set to air globally in December following a deal between Universal Networks International and Electric Entertainment, which will see the series launching day and date on UNI’s Universal Channel in more than 120 countries – including the UK. To read the full article, click...

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THE LIBRARIANS to premiere in New York Comic Con!

Look! Up in the Javits Center! It’s cleavage-baring zombies! It’s red-booted Wonder Women! It’s the New York Comic Con! The East Coast’s biggest pop-culture convention opened Thursday and runs through Sunday, filling a space the size of three football fields with discussion panels, preview screenings and booth after booth of comics and games and toys. Last year, more than 133,000 comic lovers jammed into the convention, said its Web site, making it one of the largest events in Gotham City. This year’s con kicked off with a tribute to “Batman” actor Adam West and previews of the Disney movies “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6.” On Friday, TNT will premiere “The Librarians,” a series based on a TV movie franchise and featuring a group of librarians on a mission to protect ancient artifacts. Cast members including Christian Kane and Rebecca Romijn will do a panel. Marvel and DC Comics are both celebrating 75 year anniversaries — for the Guardians of the Galaxy and for Batman, respectively — in panels in the afternoon. Saturday’s events include a talk by “Star Trek” and “X-Men” star Patrick Stewart. Sunday is Kids Day, with a cast reunion of “The Karate Kid” and a Cartoon Network panel. Read the full article...

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‘Instructions Not Included’ Star Eugenio Derbez Joins ‘Geostorm’

The sci-fi adventure film stars Gerard Butler Instructions Not Included star Eugenio Derbez has joined Warner Bros.’ sci-fi adventure film Geostorm, starring Gerard Butler. Dean Devlin, who wrote the screenplay, will make his feature directorial debut with the film. He previously co-wrote Independence Day and 1998’s Godzilla. The story follows a satellite designer (Butler) who, when the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction, has to work with his estranged brother to save the world from a man-made storm of epic proportions. Geostorm was being developed independently by David Ellison’s Skydance Productions before Warner Bros. picked it up. Skydance remains involved and is producing with Devlin’s Electric Entertainment. Ellison is producing with Skydance’s Dana Goldberg and Electric partners Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. Paul Schwake will exec produce. Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing for the studio.   To read the full article, click...

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Mipcom Briefs: France Télévisions Checks Out ‘The Librarians’

On the eve of the Mipcom TV market which kicks off in Cannes next weekend, Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has closed a key deal for its 10-episode drama The Librarians. France Télévisions has acquired the free TV, VOD, DTO and home video rights in France. The series starts airing in the U.S. on TNT on December 7. It’s a follow-up to the network’s hit movie trilogy and stars Rebecca Romijn with Noah Wyle in a recurring role. He toplined the movies and is exec producing the series with Devlin, John Rogers and Marc Roskin. Universal Networks International has rights to the UK and other territories in a six month pay-TV window with broadcast and free to follow. Electric is handling all sales rights. The France Télévisions deal is the first of them. Electric will hold a special screening of the first two episodes at Mipcom on October 13 with Romijn in attendance. For more: Read the Full...

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Katheryn Winnick Boards WB & Skydance’s ‘Geostorm’

Katheryn Winnick has joined the cast of Geostorm, the 2016 environmental disaster pic from Warner Bros. and Skydance Productions. Gerard Butler stars as a man sent into space to prevent climate-controlling satellites from creating a cataclysmic storm capable of destroying the planet. Winnick will play Olivia, ex-wife to Jake (Butler) and mother of Hannah. Jim Sturgess, Andy Garcia, Ed Harris, and Abbie Cornish are also starring in the Dean Devlin-helmed picture which Devlin, Skydance Productions, and Electric Entertainment are producing. Devlin has scripting credit with Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney and is gearing up to begin filming next month in New Orleans. Winnick’s recent films include Love And Other Drugs and A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. She’ll reprise her role as the warrioress Lagertha on History’s Vikings and is repped by CAA....

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Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish Joins Gerard Butler in ‘Geostorm’

Warner Bros. and Skydance are behind the movie, which is eyeing an October shoot in New Orleans. The story centers on a stubborn but charming satellite designer (Butler) who, when the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction, has to work together with his estranged brother (Sturgess) to save the world from a man-made storm of epic proportions. As the designer heads into space, the brother discovers a plot to assassinate the president. Cornish will play Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris will play the secretary of state with Garcia taking the Oval Office as the president. The script was originally written by Dean Devlin and was also worked on by Kieran and Michele Mulroney. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg are producing via Skydance. Also producing are Devlin’s partners at Electric Entertainment, Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing for the studio. Sturgess was one of the stars in the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas and has several films in the can, including London Fields, a British thriller that counts Theo James, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in its cast. He is repped by CAA and Garricks in the U.K. Cornish (WME, Untitled Entertainment, Australia’s International Casting Service) recently appeared in Robocop and TV’s Klondike and last shot the Colin Farrell thriller Solace. Harris is part of the cast of Snowpiercer and has Warners’ Run All Night awaiting a 2015 release. He is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham. Garcia, repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is currently on screens with Fox’s Let’s Be Cops....

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Electric Entertainment hires Jernej Razen

DEAN DEVLIN’S ELECTRIC ENTERTAINMENT HIRES JERNEJ RAZEN AS VICE PRESIDENT OF ACQUISITIONS AND DEVELOPMENT Executive to Acquire Film & Television Projects for Electric’s International Sales Division Electric Entertainment, the film and television production company/studio headed by producer Dean Devlin, announced today it has brought Jernej Razen on board as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for the company’s International Sales Division. Razen, as head of Acquisitions for the company’s foreign sales arm, will work closely with Electric’s Head of International Distribution, Sonia Mehandjiyska, in acquiring projects for the company’s distribution and sales slate. He will also be instrumental in finding and developing projects for Electric’s production side. Razen is a 10 year veteran of the entertainment industry who most recently served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Relativity Media where he helped oversee the domestic acquisition and distribution of such films as ACT OF VALOR and DON JON, as well as the development of a number of the studio’s projects. Previous to Relativity, Razen held a post at Industry Entertainment where he served as an associate producer on Showtime’s MASTERS OF HORROR anthology series. Devlin’s sales outfit recently sold international rights to the TV series THE LIBRARIANS, which will premiere on TNT domestically this year, to Universal International Television. They have acquired international sales rights to award-winning SXSW title KELLY & CAL, as well as the SXSW Audience Award winner BEFORE I DISAPPEAR and the Terrence Malick-produced film THE BETTER ANGELS. They are also selling the Sundance favorite GOD’S POCKET, a recent IFC Films release, which was the directing debut of Mad Men’s John Slattery and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro and Christina Hendricks and THE WANNABE, which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Dean Devlin and Traction Media, and stars Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli. The company will be presenting to international buyers several theatrical titles including BEFORE I DISAPPEAR, KELLY & CAL and THE BETTER ANGELS. Devlin begins shooting his feature directorial debut, GEOSTORM, this fall in New Orleans, which he is producing with Skydance Pictures’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel...

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Electric hosted as Clackamas County celebrates film industry

Clackamas County celebrates film industry On June 28, about 250 invited guests received a backstage tour of a network television program being produced in Clackamas County. The invitation-only event for the Oregon Media Production Association was hosted by Electric Entertainment, and sponsored by Clackamas County Business and Economic Development Department, Tourism and Cultural Affairs and PGE. Guests were treated to an exclusive tour of the set of the upcoming TNT television series “The Librarians.” A portion of the 10-episode series is being filmed at a warehouse in the Clackamas Industrial Area. The show’s production is projected to create approximately 750 full-time jobs held almost exclusively by Oregonians and infuse about $26 million into the local economy. “The Librarians” premieres Dec. 7 on TNT. Electric Entertainment has been involved in the filming of previous TNT series, including “Leverage” which ran for five seasons. Working with the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, Clackamas County provides support to the film, video and multimedia industry to support the industry’s investment in the County. The economic development team is responsible for marketing and attracting media-related businesses to the County. An example of that support and assistance is the countywide permitting process that simplified and streamlined the permitting process for potential film locations within the County, which recently received a National Association of Counties Achievement Award. For more information, please contact Catherine Comer, Business and Economic Development Manager at 503-742-4303 or...

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TNT Greenlights Action-Packed Drama Series The Librarians, Starring Rebecca Romijn and Executive-Produced by Dean Devlin

TNT Greenlights Action-Packed Drama Series The Librarians, Starring Rebecca Romijn and Executive-Produced by Dean Devlin Noah Wyle to Executive-Produce and Reprise Recurring Role from The Librarian Movie Trilogy Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, John Kim and John Larroquette to Star in Series, With Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin Set to Reprise Recurring Roles and Matt Frewer to Recur. TNT is returning to the world of its hit movie franchise The Librarian with a brand new series from Electric Entertainment and executive producers Dean Devlin, John Rogers and Marc Roskin. Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, TNT’s King & Maxwell) is set to lead the cast of the new series, which is entitled The Librarians. Noah Wyle (Falling Skies, ER) will executive-produce and play a recurring role in the series, reprising his role as Flynn Carsen from TNT’s movie trilogy. Christian Kane (TNT’s Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Philanthropist) and John Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) are set to round out the cast as the newest protectors of the world’s mystical treasures, with Emmy® winner John Larroquette (Night Court, Deception) slated to play their reluctant caretaker. Guest-starring in recurring roles will be Emmy winners Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory, The Bob Newhart Show) and Jane Curtin (Kate & Allie, 3rd Rock from the Sun), reprising their characters from the movie trilogy. Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, Falling Skies) is also set to play a recurring role. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of The Librarians, with plans to launch the series in late 2014. “The Librarian movies have been a huge success for TNT, and we jumped at the opportunity to build a series around the incredible world Dean Devlin and his creative partners created,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We’re especially excited to have such an extraordinary cast behind The Librarians, and we’re grateful to have them on board as part of TNT’s continued expansion into the action-adventure genre.” The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world. Among the artifacts housed...

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‘The Librarians’ TV Series to Premiere Worldwide With Universal Networks International

Universal Networks International announced Wednesday that the Electric Entertainment-produced TV series “The Librarians” is coming to Universal Channel in over 100 countries. The show’s worldwide debut will come within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere on TNT in December. Universal Channel viewers in Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America will all be able to tune in to the new series timed to the U.S. premiere. Based on the TNT TV movie franchise “The Librarian,” the 10-episode drama series features “Falling Skies” actor Noah Wyle reprising his role from the movie series alongside Rebecca Romijn and a cast that includes Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin — who appeared in the original series — as well as John Larroquette, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and Matt Frewer. Click HERE for the Full...

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Roland Emmerich to Direct ‘Stargate’ Movie for MGM, Warner Bros.

MGM and Warner Bros. are partnering with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin to launch a new feature film trilogy that reimagines the 1994 movie “Stargate,” it was announced Thursday by MGM chairman/CEO Gary Barber. Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote the original film with Devlin, is confirmed to direct, while Devlin will produce. “We couldn’t be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the original ‘Stargate,’ to bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations. ‘Stargate’ is one of the biggest titles in MGM’s vast library, and we look forward to adding this great franchise to our slate,” said Barber. Read the full...

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Electric Entertainment Secures $50 Million in Funding

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has secured $50 million in a combination of corporate and production credit facilities from First Republic Bank. The funds will assist Electric Entertainment’s expanding operations in TV and feature film production along with its worldwide sales and distribution arm. The company is currently developing TNT series The Librarians, based on the popular series of made-for-TV films. Starring Rebecca Romijn and John Laroquette, the show began shooting in April. The series is being sold internationally by Electric’s new sales and distribution division and is slated to premiere on TNT later this year. Electric Entertainment, along with Skydance Productions, is producing Devlin’s directorial debut, Geostorm, with Gerard Butler to star. Warner Bros. recently acquired the project and has scheduled it for release on March 25, 2016. Click here for the rest of the...

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Electric Takes on International Sales of “Kelly & Cal”

IFC Films has taken all North American rights on SXSW Gamechanger Award winner Kelly & Cal, a first time feature by Jen McGowan. At the same time, Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has picked up all international rights and will sell the pic in Cannes. Juliette Lewis stars in the comedy/drama that was penned by Amy Lowe Starbin.  Full article...

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Electric Sells Boys of Abu Ghraib to UK

8 April, 2014 | By Jeremy Kay at Screen Daily EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has closed multiple territories including a UK deal for the military thriller Boys Of Abu Ghraib. Head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska has licensed rights to 4 Digital Media for the UK, Anchor Bay for Australia/New Zealand and Daro for South Africa. Mehandjiyska will continue sales in Cannes next month. Vertical Entertainment handles the current US release of Boys Of Abu Ghraib, Luke Moran’s feature directorial debut about a friendship between a US solider and an Iraqi detainee at the notorious prison. Moran stars with Sean Astin, Sara Paxton and John Heard. Edward Zwick presents the film with Marshall Herskovitz, who served as executive producer alongside Rogan Donelly. Electric Entertainment’s international sales and distribution division launched last year at the AFM and the slate include AJ Edwards’ The Better Angels, John Slattery’s Sundance entry God’s Pocket, Hannah Espia’s Transit and The Wannabe, on which Devlin serves as executive producer with Martin...

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Dean Devlin’s sales division at Electric Entertainment has hired Nolan Pielak to work out of the newly opened Vancouver office.

Pielak will handle film and television sales in conjunction with Electric’s LA-based head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska. The new arrival will also focus on expanding production and business opportunities in Canada. He most recently served as president of international distribution at Vancouver-based Joker Films and prior to that was head of sales at Keystone Entertainment. Pielak began at Franchise Pictures and later became president of international distribution at Dream Entertainment. “Nolan and I started in the business at the same time and I have valued his opinion for years as a peer,” said Mehandjiyska. “Working together will be a seamless experience.” “I’m so thrilled about Electric and all the new possibilities with the expansion into Canada,” said Pielak. “Dean has an extremely accomplished production and development team, complete with their own state-of-the-art post and VFX facilities and now with the new sales arm, the final piece is in place.” Electric’s international sales and distribution division launched last year at the AFM and the slate includes The Better Angels, Sundance premiere God’s Pocket starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and The Wannabe. Click here to read the rest of the...

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Electric captures The Better Angels

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment Cannes slate is taking shape as the company anounced (18) it has picked up international rights to The Better Angels. Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley and Braydon Denney star in the lyrical evocation of the early childhood years of Abraham Lincoln. Longtime Terrence Malick collaborator A J Edwards makes his feature directorial debut. Electric’s head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska will bring the title to Cannes and Amplify will distribute in the US later in the year. Full article...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Film ‘God’s Pocket’ Gets U.K. Deal

Arrow Films will handle British distribution of one of the late actor’s final movies. Arrow Films has secured all U.K. rights to John Slattery’s feature directorial debut God’s Pocket, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The U.K. independent banner sealed the deal with Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment for what proved to be one of Hoffman’s final turns before his death. The story revolves around Hoffman’s character, Mickey, who tries to cover up the accidental death of his insane stepson Leon played by Caleb Landry Jones. FC Films will release the movie May 9 in the U.S. in theaters before a VOD rollout begins May 14. The film was at the center of a bidding frenzy for foreign rights after debuting at this year’s Sundance. Electric got the deal and took it to the European Film Market in Berlin, with the project attracting even more attention after Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment. Electric’s head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska negotiated the deal with Tom Stewart, acquisitions director for Arrow Films. “Upon seeing the film for the first time, I was so compelled by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance and John Slattery’s take on the material that I made it a point to personally pursue the rights for our company,” said Electric CEO Devlin. Read full article...

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Boys of Abu Ghraib Theatrical Release

Catch the amazing thriller “THE BOYS OF ABU GHRAIB”, coming soon to a theater near you! DMA Theater Address City, St Zip Release Date Chicago AMC Village Crossing 7018 Carpenter Rd Skokie, IL 60077 3/28/2014 Houston AMC Gulf Pointe 11801 S Sam Houston Pkwy E Houston, TX 77089 3/28/2014 San Francisco AMC Metreon 135 4th St San Francisco, CA 94103 3/28/2014 Washington DC AMC Hoffman 206 Swamp Fox Rd Alexandria, VA 22314 3/28/2014 Philadelphia AMC Neshaminy 3900 Rockhill Dr Bensalem, PA 19020 3/28/2014 Atlanta AMC Parkway Point 3102 Cobb Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30339 3/28/2014 Phoenix AMC Arizona Center 565 N 3rd St Phoenix, AZ 85004 3/28/2014 Denver AMC Arapahoe Crossing 6696 S Parker Rd Aurora, CO 80016 3/28/2014 Orlando AMC Universal Cineplex 6000 Universal Blvd Orlando, FL 32819...

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Watch Now: Boys of Abu Ghraib

Watch now before it’s in theaters! From the Producers of Blood Diamond comes a dramatic thriller about a forbidden friendship between an American soldier and an Iraqi detainee during the scandal in notorious prison: Abu Ghraib. Click on the link below to access In Demand. BOYS OF ABU GHRAIB Running Time: 1:44 Genre: action, Indies Rating: R Cast: Sean Astin, John...

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TNT Eyes ‘The Librarian’ Series; Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart & Jane Curtin May Return

A long-gestating series offshoot from TNT’s successful The Librarian original movies is inching closer to a green light as a 10-episode, straight-to-series at TNT. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, which was behind the three Librarian movies, would be back as producer, partnering with the movies’ star Noah Wyle, who is in early talks to serve as an executive producer as well as reprise his role as Flynn Carsen in several episodes as he has a full-time job on TNT’s hit series Falling Skies. Also eyed to reprise their roles from the movies are Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin. Tentatively titled The Librarians, the proposed series would revolve around a group of younger men and women eager to become Flynn’s successor as the protector of secret artifacts. The green light for the series is cast-contingent, hinging on finding an actress for the lead role of a strong, ass-kicking woman. I hear the character is conceived as British, with actresses like Melissa George and Rhona Mitra as prototypes.   […] Devlin teamed with John Rogers, co-creator of Devlin’s long-running TNT series Leverage, and approached TNT with an outline for a 10-episode series. I hear Rogers has written a two-hour opening episode. With TNT interested, Wyle, who was the heart of the movie franchise, was approached about joining the project. Because of his starring role on Falling Skies, a full-time return was out of the question, with talks focusing on him executive producing and doing multiple episodes. I hear that, if a deal is reached, Wyle would appear in the opening two-hour episode, which will be directed by Devlin, and possibly in the last two episodes, something his schedule on Falling Skies would permit. He also might direct an episode. Filming is tentatively scheduled to begin in April in Oregon, where Electric Entertainment shot Leverage. I hear Devlin and Wyle met with the Governor of Oregon to personally lobby for a tax credit on the project, which they were successful in landing. If everything goes according to plan, I hearThe Librarian would air in late 2014, likely in TNT’s popcorn entertainment/adventure Sunday slot where Falling Skies currently airs. READ THE FULL ARTICLE...

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Berlin: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Allen and Amanda Knox Pervade Festival

BERLIN — The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman has cast a pall over the Berlin Film Festival, where the late actor was set to be this weekend promoting his Sundance film God’s Pocket and Prohibition-era drama Ezekiel Moss, a passion project starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal that he was set to direct. Hoffman, who was found dead from an apparent drug overdose Feb. 2, was no stranger to the festival. Several of his movies played in Berlin, including Capote, Magnolia and The Talented Mr. Ripley. On Wednesday, festival organizers told The Hollywood Reporter that it will pay tribute to the late actor by rolling out a 35mm print of Capote, which earned Hoffman the Oscar for best actor. Berlinale organizers are still working out technical and rights issues — not easy at a fully digital era festival — but expect to announce the time and location of the screening soon. Only late last week Exclusive Media came aboard to handle international rights to Ezekiel Moss, which Hoffman had long wanted to make. He and Exclusive were planning to present the project to foreign buyers in Berlin at a Soho House bash this weekend. Following Hoffman’s death, Exclusive Media quickly announced it would not be shopping Ezekiel Moss at the European Film Market while the company and the producers “explore the next steps for the film.”   Hoffman would have been on double duty in Berlin, where God’s Pocket, one of his last films, is being introduced to foreign buyers by Electric Entertainment. The film made its world premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired for the U.S. by IFC Films. “We are all quite shocked,” says Electric’s Sonia Mehandjiyska. “In addition to starring, he was a producer on the movie. We were arranging to have him in our office in Berlin, and wanted to have a cocktail party. On a personal level, I’m such a big fan of his, and I’m devastated.” Raisa Fomina, a Russian sales agent and veteran EFM attendee, echoed Mehandjiyska’s sentiment, summing up the sad impact Hoffman’s death has had on the industry and beyond. “His death was a shock for professional critics and was much discussed,” Fomina said. “For regular filmgoers who watch...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Sundance: Why ‘God’s Pocket’ Awakening Resonated With Him (Video)

The actor spoke about how the character reflected his own life experiences. During Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final trip to the Sundance Film Festival in January, he spoke to several reporters about what attracted to him to the “God’s Pocket” role. In light of his death Sunday of an apparent overdose, what he said represents a man in a stage of awakening from some of the choices he had made in life. In “God’s Pocket,” which was co-written and directed by “Mad Men” star John Slattery, Hoffman plays a detached, low-level thief in a small town whose insane stepson dies and he’s forced to face reality. “There’s something about he’s my age,” Hoffman, 46, told SuperPopAccess. “He’s dealing with issues that have to do with being middle-aged. He realizes that some choices he made along the way, you have to shift or change or you just kind of stay in the dark and go from there.” Hoffman, who preliminary reports say died of a drug overdose on Sunday, suffered from a drug addiction early in life. He was able to beat the addiction and apparently stayed sober for 23 years, falling off the wagon with prescription pills that led to heroin use. The veteran actor checked himself in to a rehabilitation program in April 2013. Hoffman had at least four more projects he was working on this year: thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” the two-part “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” movies, and Showtime comedy pilot, “Happyish.” Watch Hoffman at his final Sundance Film Festival appearance...

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Indie cinema’s new stars

Several movies stuck out from the crowd, led by Whiplash, arguably the buzziest selection of the lot that ended up taking home the grand jury and audience dramatic awards. Festival-goers and critics alike responded to Damien Chazelle’s tale of a talented jazz drummer at a music academy, pushed to the limit by a brutal instructor. It’s been dubbed ‘Full Metal Julliard’ (although the revered New York conservatory is not the setting) and plenty of Park City regulars will attest to the intensity of the experience that Miles Teller’s protagonist goes through at the hands of JK Simmons. […] Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will funnel the film through the studio’s international pipeline for the territories it acquired, which include the UK, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia and Latin America. Sales company Sierra/Affinity holds the balance of markets and will not be short of suitors at the EFM in Berlin. Whiplish is one of several Sundance movies set to cross the Atlantic to Germany next week. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment arrives with Mad Men star John Slattery’s directorial debut God’s Pocket, while The Exchange has the much-fancied Obvious Child. READ THE FULL ARTICLE...

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Electric Entertainment Acquires International Rights to John Slattery’s ‘God’s Pocket’

The film, which marks the “Mad Men” star’s feature directing debut, premiered at Eccles Theatre on Jan. 17. […] God’s Pocket centers on a gritty, blue-collar neighborhood where a construction “accident” leads to the burial of a body and the truth. “John Slattery has made a remarkable debut here as a director, proving that he is as talented behind the camera as he is in front of it,” IFC Films President Jonathan Sehring said in a statement. “On behalf of IFC Films and AMC Networks, we are really proud to be releasing this tremendous film, and to get the chance to work with John, the producers and this terrific cast.” […] The film premiered Jan. 17 at Eccles Theatre as part of Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition category. Gersh’s Jay Cohen and attorney Marc Simon repped the filmmakers. Arianna Bocco negotiated on behalf of IFC. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has acquired international rights to God’s Pocket. The film marks the first Sundance acquisition for the company’s international distribution division. Read the full article...

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Dean Devlin Ramps Up Electric Entertainment Banner

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has acquired international rights to John Slattery’s feature directorial debut “God’s Pocket” following its world debut at Sundance. It’s the first festival acquisition for Devlin’s fledgling banner, which plans to begin selling international markets at Berlin. Devlin, the “Independence Day” producer who helped start Voltage Entertainment in 2005, announced during the American Film Market that he had returned to the foreign sales/financing business through his 12-year-old banner Electric Entertainment. Electric is also selling its fully financed mob drama “The Wannabe,” starring Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli. Martin Scorsese is exec producing “The Wannabe,” which was shot in November in a 20-day shoot with Nick Sandow directing from his own script. Electric also will be selling international rights to Hannah Espia’s “Transit” and “The Boys of Abu Ghraib,” directed by Luke Moran and exec produced by Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz and Rogan Donelly. IFC Films acquired the U.S. rights to “God’s Pocket” on Wednesday. The drama stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Read the full article...

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Sundance: Electric Entertainment Takes Int’l On John Slattery Debut ‘God’s Pocket’

The directorial debut from Mad Men‘s John Slattery is going global with Dean Devlin‘s Electric Entertainment, which acquired international rights to the Sundance drama following its in-competition premiere last week. Slattery directs Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Caleb Landry Jones in the buzzy film about a man who tries to cover up the accidental death of his stepson in a blue collar neighborhood in South Philadelphia. Slattery, who previously got behind the camera for episodes of Mad Men, adapted the pic with Alex Metcalf from the 1983 novel by Pete Dexter (The Paperboy). Electric Entertainment won the title in Park City where Devlin was in hot pursuit following its world premiere, while IFC is taking U.S. rights. God’s Pocket marks the first pickup for international for Electric Entertainment’s international sales division, which launched at AFM last year. Their titles also include the Martin Scorsese-exec produced The Wannabe, Hannah Espia’s Transit, and Boys of Abu Ghraib, exec produced by Ed Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, and Rogan Donelly. Electric’s Head of International Distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska will launch sales out of Berlin. God’s Pocket, a Park Pictures production, was made in association with Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions and Shoestring Pictures and is produced by Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Slattery, Emily Ziff and Hoffman. The deal was negotiated by Gersh Agency’s Jay Cohen and Marc H. Simon of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams and Sheppard with Electric’s Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Rising and Head of Acquisitions Ari Haas. READ THE FULL ARTICLE...

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Sundance: God’s Pocket heads to EFM

Electric Entertainment has acquired international rights and IFC has taken the US on Mad Men star John Slattery’s feature directorial debut following its January 17 debut in the US Dramatic section. […] The deal marks the first international pick-up for Dean Devlin’s fledgling sales agency and sales head Sonia Mehandjiyska will introduce the comedic crime story at the EFM in Berlin next month. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro and Caleb Landry Jones star in the Peter Dexter adaptation about a man caught up in a lie following the death of his stepson on a construction site. God’s Pocket is a Park Pictures Film in association with Cooper’s Town Productions and Shoestring Pictures.  Electric and IFC separately negotiated rights with Gersh Agency and law firm Cowan DeBaets Abrahams and Sheppard. Read full article...

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“Transit” Interview and Review – Proud of our Filipino Filmmakers

First-time feature film director, Hannah Espia, was elated when I caught up with her! My fellow Filipino was visiting Palm Springs for the annual Film Festival where her film, “Transit,” was making its North American Premiere. I interviewed Miss Espia, alongside her producer, Paul Soriano. The film is being helped by veteran Hollywood producer, Dean Devlin (“Independence Day,” “Godzilla”), reach more audience. Because truthfully, “Transit” is so good, it simply needs to be viewed! “Transit” was Philippines’ submission to the Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language film category. Read the full article...

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EFM first-timers line up

More than 20 companies have already been confirmed as first-time exhibitors at next month’s European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin. […] The US presence at Berlin’s market will be boosted in 2014 by, among others, the recently launched international theatrical film and television sales and acquisition division of producer-director Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, headed by ex-Global Screen executive Sonia Mehandjiyska. Read the full article...

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Action Filmmaker Dean Devlin moves Transit in Positive Direction: Palm Springs International Film Festival

                How does a little story about Filipino immigrants in Israel grab the attention of the man behind the action blockbusters Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla and Patriot? For writer and producer Dean Devlin it was the beautifully photographed and expertly told Transit by first-time filmmaker Hannah Espia. “The movie floored me,” said Devlin. “I have not talked to a single person who hasn’t been moved by this film. I can’t say that about any other film I’ve been involved with.” When Transit first came to Devlin’s attention, he couldn’t imagine that the film from the Philipines could be well-made. He had no interest in seeing it and only watched Transit as a courtesy. “I have seen the movie seven times now and am still moved to tears,” said Devlin. Transit tells the story of an extended family of Filipinos working and living in Tel Aviv who struggle to keep their jobs and family together under strict Israeli immigration policy and a new law that deports children back to their parents’ country of origin. The film unfolds Rashomon style revealing the differing perspective and dilemma of each character: a mother and her teen-aged daughter, a father and his four-year-old son and a young woman seeking work. All have come to adopt Israel as their home. […] As a producer of big budget, commercial films, Devlin knows that Hollywood reacts to commerce and in that regard a movie like Transit will have little impact. But Devlin believes where it will have enormous impact is on filmmakers who are producing that commerce. “These are the films that will inspire them, give them new prospective and teach them,” said Devlin. Films like Transit are what make the PSIFF such a wonderful experience. It gives the viewer a window into a different world while giving us an opportunity to see our selves in other cultures. For Devlin, getting behind Transit all comes down to passion. He believes when the filmmaker has passion, like Espia and Soriano, that passion becomes infectious and the audience responds. Devlin would like to see that passion in all films. “This movie insists you look at it through everyone’s point of view. At the end, you see many...

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‘Leverage’s’ Beth Riesgraf Joins USA’s Matt Nix Pilot

Congratulations are in order! Our all-time favorite on-screen thief, Beth Riesgraf is heading to USA Network in Burn Notice creator Matt Nix‘s Complications, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Gossip Girl grad Jessica Szohr, Justified‘s Demetrius Grosse and Lauren Stamile, who appeared on Burn Notice, have also joined the project. Complications tells the story of disillusioned suburban ER Dr. John Ellis (Jason O’Mara), whose life changes after he’s involved in a gang shooting and is forced to explore how active a doctor can be in treating the cause of his patients’ medical problems. Beth Riesgraf, coming off a successful run on TNT’s caper Leverage and CBS’ Surgeon General pilot, will play John Ellis’ wife, Samantha Ellis, an attractive, intelligent lawyer who is trying her best to keep her family, her career and herself together after losing her daughter to cancer. Repped by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment, she stars in Geek & Sundry’s superhero series Caper and next stars in indie Freedom for Joe. Read the full article HERE on The Hollywood Reporter...

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AFM: ‘Indepedence Day’ Producer Dean Devlin Celebrates Independence

Dean Devlin, who helped start Voltage Entertainment in 2005, is making a passionate return to the foreign sales/financing business through his 12-year-old banner Electric Entertainment. ‘The independents will save the movie business,” an upbeat Devlin (pictured above with Mel Gibson) said at Electric’s American Film Market bash Friday night at the Viceroy. “We don’t over-manage projects like the studios do.” Case in point — Electric is fully financing mob drama “The Wannabe,” starring Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli. Martin Scorsese is executive producing  “The Wannabe,” which began production last week on a 20-day shoot with Nick Sandow directing from his own script. Piazza is playing a man obsessed with mob culture who attempts to fix the jury in the trial of John Gotti. “I came on to finance without seeing the script,” Devlin noted. “I’m making a bet because I liked the story and I especially liked that Martin was already attached as an executive producer.” Electric unveiled the new division, its financing of “The Wannabe” and the hiring of veteran execs  Sonia Mehandjiyska and Ari Haas during the Toronto Film Festival. It’s selling international markets at AFM. [Read the full article HERE on the Variety...

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Vertical lines up Abu Ghraib

Vertical Entertainment announced at AFM it has acquired North American rights to the military thriller Boys Of Abu Ghraib. Electric Entertainment handles international sales. Luke Moran wrote, directed and stars alongside Sean Astin, Sara Paxton and John Heard in the story of a forbidden friendship between a US soldier and an Iraqi detainee. Vertical has set a March 2014 theatrical release. Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are presenting the film and serve as executive producers with Rogan Donelly. Vertical’s Peter Jarowey negotiated the deal with Resolution on behalf of the filmmakers and Electric head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska.  [SOURCE]...

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International Sales Agent of the Day: Electric Entertainment

The film and television production company Electric Entertainment, owned by producer/ writer and previously an actor, Dean Devlin, has recently launched an international theatrical film and television sales and acquisitions division. Devlin has appointed industry veteran Sonia Mehandjiyska to run the new division, which will represent Electric’s original productions as well as third-party product from A-list filmmakers and seasoned television producers from around the globe. Read the full article HERE!    ...

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AFM: Mob Thriller ‘The Wannabe’ Rounds Out Cast Ahead of Start of Production

Mob thriller The Wannabe has rounded out its cast ahead of the start of filming, adding Vincenzo Amato (Golden Door), David Zayas (Dexter), Neal Huff (Moonrise Kingdom), Mike Starr (Goodfellas) and Slaine (The Town). The film, which will beginning shooting on Oct. 28 in Brooklyn, stars Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli and will be directed by Nick Sandow, who also wrote the script. Martin Scorsese and Dean Devlin are executive producing. The film is set in New York City in the early ’90s and follows a man obsessed with mob culture (Piazza) who attempts to fix the jury in the trial of John Gotti. But his plans are foiled, so he sets off with Rose (Arquette), a neighborhood fixture, on a ride worthy of mob lore. Read the full article...

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Dean Devlin Brings On Acquisitions Exec Ari Haas

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment is ramping up, bringing on veteran exec Ari Haas as VP of Acquisitions and Development in the wake of backing “The Wannabe.” Haas will work with Electric’s recently appointed head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska in acquiring projects for the company’s distribution slate. The deal was announced at the Toronto Film Festival. Haas was previously director of production and acquisitions for Myriad Pictures and worked on “Margin Call,” “Goon,” “The English Teacher” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her,” starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, which premieres at Toronto. Electric recently came on board to fully finance “The Wannabe” with Martin Scorsese exec producing. It has also unveiled an international theatrical film and TV sales and acquisitions division with “The Wannabe” as its first project. Read the full article...

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Electric Entertainment Launches International Sales Arm With ‘The Wannabe’

Former Global Screen exec Sonia Mehandjiyska has been tapped to head the new international sales divison at Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment. The outfit debuts at this week’s Toronto Film Festival and will work with Electric’s original productions as well as third-party film and TV content. The first project on the slate is The Wannabe, Nick Sandow’s film about a man obsessed with mob culture. Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli are starring. Martin Scorsese will exec produce. Electric is fully financing and executive producing along with Traction Media. Full details...

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Martin Scorsese, Dean Devlin On Board ‘The Wannabe’

Martin Scorsese will executive produce and Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment will fully finance indie drama “The Wannabe,” starring Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli. The project, first announced last October, is being produced by Lizzie Nastro (“Bluebird”) with Mike Gasparro. Nick Sandow is directing from his own script. The story is set in New York City during the early 1990s with Piazza playing a man obsessed with mob culture who attempts to fix the jury in the trial of John Gotti. When his plot is foiled and he’s rejected by the ones he idolizes most, he sets off with a woman (Arquette), who is a neighborhood fixture. Electric made the announcement on Thursday, the opening day of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, as part of unveiling the launch of an international theatrical film and TV sales and acquisitions division with “The Wannabe” as its first project. Devlin has hired veteran exec Sonia Mehandjiyska to run the new division, which will represent Electric’s original productions as well as third-party product. Mehandjiyska will introduce Electric’s slate to buyers at TIFF and the American Film Market. Read the full article...

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“LEVERAGE” wins The GMMR TV Award for ‘Best Series Finale’

After weeks of nominations and online voting, the fans have determined who should take home the third annual Give Me My Remote TV Awards. LEVERAGE’s fans came out in droves, and their votes gave the last episode of season five, “The Long Goodbye Job,”  the GMMR award for Best Series Finale (Unplanned). Thank you once again for all of your love and...

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Leverage – The Complete 5th Season coming soon on DVD

Attention all Leverage fans! The moment you have been waiting for is finally here. The complete 5th season of Leverage will be available on DVD on September 17th, 2013, distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. In its final season, the Leverage team will be forced to face changing personal dynamics as the relationship between Parker (Beth Riesgraf) and Hardison (Aldis Hodge) heats up, and Nate continues to struggle with inner demons.  Among their upcoming jobs, they will target a conniving shipping executive (guest star Cary Elwes); weathly scientist; an ex-hockey-player-turned-team-owner (guest star Treat Williams); a corrupt restaurateur; and a corrupt businessman (guest star Matthew Lillard).  In addition, the team will once again face their nemesis, insurance-investigator-turned Interpol-agent Jim Sterling (guest star Mark Sheppard). The DVD will be available for pre-orders on August 21st,...

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Scott Bakula Joins TNT’s Bounty Hunter Pilot

Men Of A Certain Age star Scott Bakula is returning to TNT with a co-starring role opposite Geena Davis in TNT‘s untitled bounty hunter quirky drama pilot from Dean Devlin‘s Electric Entertainment, Ternion Productions and 3 Arts. Written by Scott Prendergast and Amy Berg inspired by the real-life story of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green and directed by Devlin, the drama stars Davis as Mackenzie “Mack” Green, an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business. Bakula will play Mack’s ex-husband Pete, a cop, joining previously cast Gloria Reuben, Marsha Mason and Enrico Colantoni. Read full article...

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Gloria Reuben, Enrico Colantoni & Marsha Mason To Co-Star In TNT’s Geena Davis Pilot

R alumna Gloria Reuben and Marsha Mason are set to co-star opposite Geena Davis in TNT‘s untitled quirky bounty hunter drama pilot from Dean Devlin‘s Electric Entertainment, Ternion Productions and 3 Arts. Flashpoint‘s Enrico Colantoni also has been tapped for a lead role in the project, penned by Scott Prendergast and Amy Berg, with Dean Devlin set to direct. Inspired by the real-life story of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green, the drama stars Davis as Mackenzie “Mack” Green, an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business. Reuben will play Assistant D.A Kate Mickelson, a tenacious attorney with an honest and blunt relationship with Mack. Colantoni will play Wendell Hicks, Mack’s former accountant hired to run the financial desk at the bail bonds office. Mason plays Mack’s strong and independent mother Lloyd. (The character was written as male/female, with the decision to go with a mother vs. a father made during casting.) (read the full article...

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“Leverage” nominated for 4 Saturn Awards

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, the Saturn Awards nominations were announced — and Leverage, fresh off its People’s Choice Award win, received not one, but four nominations. Best Syndicated Cable Television Series, Best Actor (Timothy Hutton), Best Supporting Actress (Beth Riesgraf) and Best Guest Starring Role in a Series (Mark Sheppard). The Saturns Awards are awarded in 20 film categories, nine TV categories and four in-home entertainment categories. They give props to so-called “genre” movies and TV shows — a term that has now expanded to encompass sci-fi, fantasy, comic-book adaptations, high-tech geekery, and horror films. Leverage is up against some stiff competition — Dexter, American Horror Story, True Blood, The Walking Dead, just to name a few. Will Leverage manage to triumph once again and ‘steal’ another award? We will find out in the coming...

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A very special THANK YOU to the fans for the PCA

On January 9th, 2013, something remarkable happened — for the first time in the People Choice Awards history, a cancelled show won the title of BEST TV CABLE DRAMA.  This could never have happened without the show’s loyal and dedicated fan base. The LEVERAGE Cast and Executive Producers wanted to personally thank all of the amazing fans, so they created this special video just for you: click HERE or follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2KWQ17Gz0U for a very special thank you message from the cast and creators of the show....

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Vote for Nate Ford in BEST TV CRIME FIGHTER!

Attention #Grifters! #Leverage might have been cancelled, but that doesn’t mean the fight’s over. Check out THIS POLL on TVGuide.com! Fans can choose their top 5 crime fighters from a poll of 28 actors and actresses. Thirty-two shows are represented, including Arrow, Bones, Beauty and the Beast, Blue Bloods, Castle, Chuck, The Closer, CovertAffairs, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI:NY, Deception, Dexter, Elementary, The Following, Fringe, Grimm, Hawaii Five-0, Justified, Law & Order: SVU, NCIS, NCIS: LA, LEVERAGE, The Mentalist, Nikita, Person of Interest, Psych, Rizzoli & Isles, Southland, Supernatural, Vegas and White Collar. What are you waiting for, #Grifters? You already won us the PCA, now it’s time to put Nate’s name up there with the best of the best. Click here to vote here for Best TV Crime Fighter:...

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TNT Orders Bounty Hunter Drama Pilot Starring Geena Davis From Dean Devlin

Only days after TNT opted to end Leverage after five seasons, Dean Devlin is back at the cable network with a high-profile new drama project, as Nellie Andreeva reveals exclusively on Deadline.com TNT has greenlighted a pilot for an untitled quirky bounty hunter drama starring Geena Davis. The show is inspired by the real-life story of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green. It will star the Oscar winner as an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business. Devlin is set to direct the pilot, produced by his independent company Electric Entertainment, Ternion Productions and 3 Arts. It was written by Scott Prendergast and Amy Berg who will serve as showrunners and will executive produce with Devlin, Ternion’s John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and 3 Arts’ Tom Lassally and Michael Rotenberg. Davis serves as co-executive producer. In addition to Leverage, Devlin also executive produced TNT’s successful Librarian original movie trilogy. This marks TNT’s second drama pilot order in as many days, following the pickup of Steven Bochco’s Murder In The First...

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Gov. John Kitzhaber, Gus Van Sant, Carrie Brownstein and Dean Devlin celebrate Oregon film and TV industry

“Leverage” may have been canceled, but members of Oregon’s TV and moviemaking industry are still bullish on the state’s prospects as a home for TV and film production, writes Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian That was also the message delivered at the Oregon Film & Television annual meeting earlier this week, which brought together such guests as Gov. John Kitzhaber, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, director Gus Van Sant, “Portlandia” co-creator Carrie Brownstein, “Leverage” executive producer Dean Devlin and professionals who work on local productions. The event also featured a tribute to Devlin, who helped raise Oregon’s profile as a TV location when his company, Electric Entertainment, brought the TNT series “Leverage” to film its second season here in 2009. After five seasons on the air, in late December TNT confirmed that the network was canceling “Leverage.” Vince Porter, executive director of the Oregon film office, recalled that learning “Leverage” was coming to Oregon was “such a big sigh of relief, after ‘Twilight’ let us know they weren’t coming back.” Oregon State Sen. Ginny Burdick announced that, in Devlin’s honor, the film office had arranged with Friends of Trees to plant four trees in Portland neighborhoods, one for each of the four seasons of “Leverage” filmed in Oregon. Devlin complimented and thanked the Oregon crews and others who worked on “Leverage,” including elected officials. And as a final gift to “Leverage” fans still mourning the show’s cancellation, Devlin hinted there might be more to come. “The show’s not quite dead,” he said, adding he was talking about possibly finding a new network for it. Beyond that, Devlin’s production company has two new series and four features in the works. “And we would like,” he said, “to bring as many of them as possible here.” Read the full article...

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‘Leverage’ wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama

It wasn’t an easy holiday season for “Leverage” fans as news of the series’ cancellation came just days before Christmas (and the season finale), but as soon as the People’s Choice nominations were out and it was revealed that the TNT drama was up against “Burn Notice” on USA Network, “Pretty Little Liars” on ABC Family, “The Walking Dead” on AMC, and “White Collar” on USA Network, fans made sure their voices were heard—and the cast and crew knew it as well. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of #Leverage’s fanbase (the #Grifters), the now-cancelled TNT drama brought home the award for FAVORITE TV CABLE DRAMA. Not all results were aired on the show, but as soon as the full list of winners were posted online, the web went wild with congratulations! Leverage is now the first cancelled TV series to win a People’s Choice Award! Congratulations to the cast and crew, and thanks to our amazing fans, without whom this would not have been...

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Skydance Spends Big For Global Disaster Film By Dean Devlin And Paul Guyot

Dean Devlin returns to features, as Deadline.com exclusively reveals! Devlin returns to the global destruction sandbox he played in when he and then-partner Roland Emmerich sold their Independence Day spec for millions, a guaranteed Fox green light and release date, and a global gross north of $800 million. They continued the destruction with Godzilla. While Emmerich continued crushing the planet with The Day After and 2012 (he and Devlin are working on two Independence Day sequels), Devlin formed Electric Entertainment and has put together movies (one was Flyboys, which featured avid aviator Ellison onscreen), and the Noah Wyle telepic series The Librarian. Devlin is currently exec producer of the TNT series Leverage. Guyot, Devlin’s co-writer on the spec, is supervising producer of that series. Neither Devlin nor Ellison would reveal how this picture will destroy the world, but they confirmed the deal, with Ellison calling Devlin “a premier creator of original event entertainment. I’m thrilled to be working with him on his directorial debut, as this project is perfect for both of our sensibilities.” Per Devlin: “Since meeting David, I have admired and respected his creative work an am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with him on this upcoming project. This film is very important to me and I’m so grateful for the chance to make this with people I know and consider friends.” Read the full article...

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A Letter from Dean Devlin

Attention, #Leverage #Grifters.  Please see the below letter from the Executive Producer of Leverage, Dean Devlin:   Dear LEVERAGE Fans,   As of the writing of this letter, we still do not know if there will be a season six of our show.  Just as we didn’t know when we created the last three episodes which are about to air.  Because of this uncertainty, John Rogers and I decided to end this season with the episode we had planned to make to end the series, way back when we shot the pilot.  So, the episode that will air on Christmas is, in fact, the series finale we had always envisioned. This is not to say we would not do a season six should we get the opportunity. Everyone involved with the show, from the cast, the crew, the writers and producers, would like nothing more than to continue telling these stories.  But, in case we do not get that opportunity we felt that, creatively, after 77 episodes, we owed it to you, our fans, to end the show properly. I sincerely hope you watch these last three episodes.  They build to our conclusion.  And the finale, I believe, is the most powerful episode we’ve ever done. From all of us who make the show, thank you for watching, supporting and encouraging us.  I’ve never experienced a fandom as intense, loyal and wonderful as you all.   Let’s go steal a series finale!   Dean Devlin Executive Producer/Director...

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Leverage Season 5

We open on a spectacular new season of LEVERAGE, after the team has finally fulfilled their obligation to a mysterious Italian agent who blackmailed Nate into hunting down a nefarious financier. The ordeal seems to have opened up a new side of Nate, who is more determined than ever to focus on bringing down bad guys. He is also reluctant to deal with the uncomfortable dynamic between him and Sophie after the two wound up in bed together. This season, the team will face bigger challenges than ever before. They will be forced to face the moral ambiguity of what they do as Nate continues to struggle with his inner demons. In addition, the team will once again face their nemesis, insurance-investigator-turned-InterPOL-agent Jim Sterling (guest star Mark Sheppard). They will also discover that someone has been spying on their activities, although the nature of the culprit’s agenda is a...

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Dean Devlin on ‘Leverage,’ ‘Independence Day 2’ and Bringing ‘Stargate’ Back to Life

It took 16 years, but Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich finally are set to bring their beloved and patriotic Independence Day back to the big screen. “I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we’re every excited about the idea of doing it,” Devlin said during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that’s gonna be challenging. But creatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go.” With no official timeline set for the sequel, Devlin remains busy as the executive producer and director of TNT’s hit crime drama Leverage. The series, starring Timothy Hutton, is preparing to enter its fifth season on the network, with the premiere scheduled for July 15. “I’d love for it to go as long as it can stay relevant,” Devlin said of Leverage. “As long as the story can keep being exciting and when I don’t see the ending’s coming, then I think it’s worth continuing.” Read the full article HERE! And do not forget, Leverage returns this coming Sunday, July 15th at 8/7c — only on...

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Rebecca Rising becomes COO at Electric Entertainment

Electric Entertainment announced the appointment of Rebecca Rising as its Chief Operating Officer. Rising previously served as Head of Business & Legal Affairs for Electric and has been a part of the Company’s executive team since 2007. “When Rebecca Rising joined us over five years ago, Electric was just beginning to develop a successful business strategy. We were fortunate to have Rebecca join us at such a critical time in our company’s history. She has been crucial in building out our television business, our digital post-production and visual effects facilities here in Los Angeles, as well as building our production studio in Portland, Oregon. Rebecca continues to flourish in her leadership role at Electric and I look forward to Electric’s continued success with Rebecca in charge of our overall operations,” said Electric’s Founder and CEO, Dean Devlin. “Being part of the Electric team is a great privilege – I’m excited to take on this new role and I look forward to continuing to be a part of the company’s success,” said...

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Electric Entertainment: Pushing TV Post on Leverage

Attention #Leverage fans! Electric Effects, the post-production facility of Electric Entertainment, opens their doors to Apple to take you behind the scenes of Leverage’s innovative and cutting edge editing process. Since premiering in December 2008, the TNT prime time drama Leverage has seen its audience grow steadily through each of its four seasons, a difficult feat in a competitive market. So for Electric Entertainment, the company that produces Leverage, there was no pressing reason to tamper with a winning formula. The show had already developed an all-in-one Final Cut Pro-based workflow that was the envy of the industry. But Leverage director and Electric Entertainment chairman Dean Devlin, after seeing the new Final Cut Pro X, decided to build his season 5 post-production workflow around it. He was betting that the new editing model and superior performance of Final Cut Pro X would translate to an even faster and more flexible all-digital workflow. Read the full article here on the Apple.com...

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Beth Riesgraf’s directorial debut wins at Best Shorts!

Attention #Leverage fans! “A Standard Story”, a short movie directed by our very own Beth Riesgraf, won at the Best Shorts Awards for Best of Show – Experimental Film, 2 awards of excellence for creativity/originality and (of course!) lead actress! A Standard Story, experimental, is a dreamlike short film about a girl living a mundane existence in a hotel wakes to find herself in the middle of an enchanted forest. In this alternate universe she goes no a remarkable journey of discovery. It is a wonderfully original and carefully crafted film by a talented director/actress.  (source) Watch it on youtbe: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcfK3uIoN28  or check out the embedded video below! And don’t forget to send your congratulations to Beth on twitter at...

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TNT Drama Cleared for Broadcast on CBS-Owned Stations

Attention #Grifters! Can’t get enough of #Leverage? We’ve got you covered! Trifecta Entertainment & Media has now announced a two-year deal to bring your favorite caper show to the CBS-owned stations in 13 markets, beginning in Fall 2012. LEVERAGE will air on weekends on WCBS-TV in New York, KCAL-TV/KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, WBBM-TV in Chicago, KYW-TV/WPSG-TV in Philadelphia, KTVT-TV/KTXA-TV in Dallas, KPIX-TV/KBCW-TV in San Francisco, WBZ-TV/WSBK-TV in Boston, WUPA-TV in Atlanta, WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV in Detroit, KSTW-TV in Seattle, WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, WPCW-TV in Pittsburgh and WJZ-TV in Baltimore....

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Let’s go steal a Woodstock!

Leverage’s very own mastermind, Oscar®-winner Timothy Hutton has been invited to  join the Woodstock Film Festival’s board of directors. “I am thrilled and delighted to now be a member of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Film Festival.” says Hutton. “I have always believed very strongly in this festival and feel very honored to be a part of its future”. “We look forward to working closely with Tim,” commented co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. “His wealth of experience in the film industry, his talent and integrity, coupled with his business savvy and his genuine love of the Woodstock Film Festival make him a truly wonderful addition to our Board.” This announcement comes in the wake of the 12th Annual Film Festival (Sept 21-25, 2011), during which Hutton participated as a Juror with Richard Abramowitz and Debra Granick for the Lee Marvin Award, given each year to the Best Feature Narrative. (read the full article...

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‘Leverage’ Star Aldis Hodge Lands ‘The East’ Role

Attention #Grifters! Your favorite TV-hacker Aldis Hodge has been tapped for a supporting role in Fox Searchlight’s The East, currently shooting in Louisiana. The eco-terrorist thriller is directed by Zal Batmanglij and centers around a contract worker who infiltrates an anarchist group, known as The East, and finds herself falling for its leader. Aldis will play an ex-military member of the townspeople who is affiliated with the group. You can read the full article (written by Sophie Schillaci) here! And don’t forget to tune in for the all-new Leverage episodes starting November 27th, on...

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Aldis Hodge Being Honored at the 2nd Annual Beverly Hills Film, TV & New Media Festival

After an exceptional debut last year, this international event continues to be a true celebration of established and emerging talent and technologies in film, television and new media. The Opening Night Honorary Awards Ceremony will take place Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel, benefiting The Finaza Foundation. Celebrity honorees and attendees include our very own Aldis Hodge (Leverage) and Leverage guest star Drew Powell (Straw Dogs), as well as Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Kristin Bauer (True Blood),  Isabel Lucas (Transformers), Jena Malone (Sucker Punch), Josh Lawson (The Wedding Party), Missi Pyle, Maurice Benard, Michael Caulfield, Jon Lovitz, Morgan Fairchild, Tom Arnold, Amber Benson, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Kelly Osbourne and Ru Paul. “We are thrilled to bring this vibrant Festival to Beverly Hills again,” said Donna Spangler, Festival Director. “After last year’s phenomenal success which exceeded all of our expectations, we know this is the ideal location for our Festival to discover, showcase, and celebrate the work of today’s up-and-comers, established professionals and tomorrow’s industry leaders.” ...

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Christian Kane wins Sexiest Voice Award

Who of our fabulous cast has the sexiest voice? Your votes have been counted and our very own Hitter kicked the competition to the curb. Congratulations to Christian Kane, and a sincere thanks to all of you #Grifters and #Kaniacs for winning him the Entertainment Weekly Summer Sexiest Voice Award! Check it out on EW’s official...

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ION TELEVISION ACQUIRES OFF-NETWORK RIGHTS TO “LEVERAGE”

NEW YORK – September 7, 2011 – ION Television continues to expand its programming line-up with high-quality content with the acquisition of the popular TNT drama series, “Leverage” from Electric Entertainment. The announcement was made today by Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks. ION Television, a top-10 rated network, has licensed the off-network rights to all seasons of “Leverage.” The series will begin airing on ION Television in summer 2012. “We’re pleased to team up with Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, which has distinguished itself by providing high caliber theatrical production standards for TV audiences,” says Burgess. “Collaborating with both Electric and Turner to support the longevity of a popular original drama, such as ‘Leverage,’ furthers our strategic goal to be a viable partner for cable network productions.” “We are thrilled to join forces with ION Television, one of the largest broadcast television station groups in the country.  ION’s reach of over 99 million homes in the U.S. will ensure the continuation of the show’s legacy,” says Electric Entertainment Founder Dean Devlin. “We’re looking forward to working with such a pioneering and innovative company.” Read the full release...

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Electric Footlights presents: TRIGGER

“Trigger” is the first stage production of the newest branch of Electric Entertainment – Electric Footlights. Now on stage for a limited time only at the Second Stage Theater in Hollywood, “Trigger” is a dark comedy from Obie-Award winning playwright Kyle Jarrow. Executive produced by and starring Lisa Brenner (The Patriot, Leverage ) and Michael Trucco (USA’s Fairly Legal, Battlestar Galactica) , “Trigger” will complete its run on Sunday, August 21st. Click here to purchase tickets:...

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Leverage renewed for season 5

TNT has renewed its fast-paced, light-hearted caper drama Leverage for a fifth season, just as the fourth season is shaping up to score the show’s biggest ratings yet

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Leverage live webchat on 07/17

Attention #Grifters! It’s official: this sunday, at 8:30PM EST, you all will have a chance to chat with no one other than Beth Riesgraf (Parker) and Aldis Hodge (Hardison) before the east coast premiere of the all new LEVERAGE episode, “The Van Gogh Job”, guest starring Danny Glover. The online video chat with Aldis and Beth will stream on TNT’s website at http://tnt.tv/chat; TNT’s mobile site at http://m.tnt.tv; and the LEVERAGE Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LeverageOnTNT. For the entire duration of the episode, fans  can submit questions live on TNT.tv, the Leverage Facebook page or on Twitter via the hashtag #LEVCHAT. For more info on the webchat, check out tnt.tv/chat! We will see you on...

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Let’s go steal a premiere!

Attention #Grifters! The numbers are in, and things are looking great for your favorite TV show. TNT’s hit caper series Leverage nabbed 3,418,000 million viewers for its fourth-season premiere last night, surpassing its third-season premiere by 10% in Live + Same Day. Leverage also delivered strongly among key adult demos, with 1,349,000 adults 18-49 and 1,591,000 adults 25-54, both on par with the third-season premiere. Not bad for Nate and the team. After they managed to steal a mountain, can you guess what they will be stealing next? Tune in to find out. Watch “The Ten Li’l Grifters Job”, the all new episode of #LEVERAGE next Sunday, July 3rd, 9/8c, always on...

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Dean Devlin honored with Saturn Award

Los Angeles, CA (June 24, 2011) – At last night’s 37th Annual Saturn Awards, held in Burbank, CA, The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films recognized Electric Entertainment chairman and CEO Dean Devlin with the prestigious Dr. Donald A. Reed Founder’s Award to honor his many box office hits. Devlin’s erstwhile writing and producing partner, acclaimed film director, screenwriter, and producer Roland Emmerich was on hand to present the award. Over the last twenty years, Devlin has co-written and produced some of the most successful feature films of all time. He co-wrote and produced (in collaboration with Emmerich) Stargate, Godzilla and Independence Day, which grossed over $800 million worldwide. The duo again joined forces to produce the Mel Gibson period drama, The Patriot, which Emmerich also directed. The Patriot was nominated for three Academy Awards. In television, Devlin currently Executive Produces “Leverage,” the action-packed TNT series starring Oscar®-winner Timothy Hutton. The fourth season of “Leverage” premieres on TNT Sunday, June 26th at 9:00 PM. “Leverage” was also acknowledged at the Saturn Awards with four nominations, including Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series, Best Actor in Television (Timothy Hutton), and Best Supporting Actress in Television (Gina Bellman and Beth Riesgraf). (photography by AJ...

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Anatomy of a Fight

Attention #Grifters! While the countdown to June 26th and the eagerly anticipated #Leverage season 4 premiere continues, take a sneak peek behind the scenes! Christian Kane and Urijah Faber, stellar UFC fighter, take you through the stunt choreography process and show us a little bit of what fans can expect from “The Carnival Job” episode guest-starring Urijah...

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Fan-Con 2011 Report

Even though Con-Con was cancelled this year, some of our most hard-core #Leverage fans still gathered during that early weekend in June to celebrate their favorite show.  Determined to “steal their own fun”, as their self–made t–shirts said, the #Grifters descended upon Portland, OR and organized a full weekend of fun and games, which included fan dinners, Leverage Trivia contests, and roller skating at the Oaks Park Ring. Touched by the dedication of our core group of super fans, the Leverage and Electric Entertainment teams decided to help make this weekend even more memorable by hosting a couple of special events. There was a private tour for the fans of the downtown Portland locations used in the show, a surprise sneak-peek at the season 4 premiere episode followed by a Q & A session with cast and crew and finally a tour of the Leverage stages lead by Executive Producer, John Rogers.  The fans loved it! A series of photos and a more personal account of the event can be found here, at one of our Grifters’ blog – Jen Erickson –  http://jenniferlynnerickson.typepad.com/blog/2011/06/keep-portland-weird.html More behind-the-scenes from this year’s Fan-Con to...

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Leverage Season 3 DVD now out

The Leverage Season 3 DVDs are now out. The four-disc “Leverage: The 3rd Season” set includes all 16 episodes with audio commentary on every episode, a gag reel, deleted scenes, a look inside the writers’ room, and multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes. In an article by Reg Seeton,  Timothy Hutton (Nate Ford) reveals some insight on what he expects the new Leverage season to be. “After a playful third season of Leverage in which Nate and Sophie grew closer with each episode, eventually leading to a great surprise in the season finale, Timothy Hutton revealed how things will expand on what’s already taken place between the two. “So a lot of what’s happening this season,” Hutton added, “has to do with Nate and Sophie trying to figure out their place in each other’s lives.” “ Read the whole article on...

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