Former Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly has re-engaged in negotiations to take the top programming job at Turner Broadcasting, two weeks after the last round of discussions broke off.
This time around, sources say, Reilly and Turner Broadcasting prexy David Levy are getting down to the nitty gritty details and a deal is looking more likely. Reilly’s return to Turner’s exec radar, which had been suspected all along, was first reported by Deadline.
Turner has been without a programming head for two months since Michael Wright stepped down after nearly 10 years with the Atlanta-based cabler. Reilly exited his post as Fox Broadcasting’s entertainment chairman in June after seven years with the network, which has had a rough time of it the past two seasons with new series.
Still, Reilly has the chops and the relationships in the creative community to bring a new thrust of original series development to TNT and TBS. Time Warner execs, on up to CEO Jeff Bewkes, have not been shy about saying that Turner’s cornerstone cablers, TNT and TBS, need a refresh in programming strategy.
Even with the uncertainty at the top, the development process has soldiered on at TNT and TBS, with both cablers ordering pilots in the past week. TNT on Friday greenlit production on drama “Breed,” written by drama vet John Scott Shepherd and to be directed by Scott Winant.
Project revolves around a detective and a female assassin who team up to investigate a mysterious race of creatures that may be committing murders in the Pacific Northwest. “Breed” hails from Invention Film Co., whose topper Nicky Weinstock exec produces with Shepherd and Winant.