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The Paley Center to Celebrate LGBT Equality at Gala Benefit

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The Paley Center for Media will be celebrating the role television has played in LGBT equality at its annual Los Angeles gala on Nov. 12. The fundraising evening will recognize the impact the medium has had on LGBT equality and celebrate the work put in by studios, producers, series and talent to change awareness, understanding… Read more »

Tony Shalhoub Joins ‘Nurse Jackie’ for Season 7

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Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” has tapped Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub for a recurring role in season seven, the cabler announced Wednesday. Shalhoub will play Dr. Bernard Prince, a new ER doctor who has a great bedside manner, a special touch with his boss, Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith), and who offers Jackie something she desperately needs… Read more »

Tom Cruise to Be Honored with Japan’s J3C Award at L.A. EigaFest

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The fourth annual L.A. EigaFest, running Sept. 12-14 at the Egyptian Theater, will honor Tom Cruise with the second annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Award (J3C Award). The award, presented by the Japanese government, honors Hollywood creators and personalities who help bring Japanese content to a worldwide audience. This is the first time that the… Read more »

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Soundtrack Tops Album Chart for Second Week

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Amid midsummer album sales doldrums, the “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1” soundtrack maintained its chart-topping position as compilations ruled the roost on the U.S. rolls last week. Hollywood Records’ companion to the Disney/Marvel superhero hit held the No. 1 post for a second consecutive week with sales of 93,000 (down 15%), according… Read more »

Channing Tatum’s Free Association Taps Nellie Stevens-Reed to Oversee TV

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Channing Tatum’s Free Association has added Nellie Stevens-Reed as veep of its television department. Stevens-Reed joins Free Association from Phantom Four Films, where she served as head of development, overseeing both television and film projects for the company. She was involved in landing “Constantine” and “DaVinci’s Demons” on air at NBC and Starz, respectively, and… Read more »

FICG in L.A. Showcases ‘Mountain,’ ‘Wolf,’ ‘Paradise’

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MADRID — Nicolas Echeverria’s “Echo of the Mountain,” Fernando Coimbra’s “A Wolf at the Door” and Mariana Chenillo’s “Paradise” will feature in the 2014 FICG in L.A., which opens with Catalina Aguilar Mastretta’s “The Hours With You.” A Los Angeles extension of Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival that works the ever-more fertile axis between Mexico and U.S…. Read more »

Jamie Linden to Write Lionsgate’s ‘Chaos Walking’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Jamie Linden will write the screenplay of Lionsgate’s franchise starter “Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go.” Robert Zemeckis has been attached to direct for the past year. Charlie Kaufman originally adapted the screenplay from Patrick Ness’ novel of the same name. Producers are Doug Davison, Allison Shearmur along with Zemeckis and Jack Rapke… Read more »

Below the Line Bookings

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The Gersh Agency has booked production designer Jade Healy (pictured left) (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) on David Lowery’s “Pete’s Dragon” at Disney, shooting in New Zealand; and producer Sean Ryerson (“Covert Affairs”) on NBC series “Hannibal.” Agency also booked producer Brad Van Arragon (“If I Stay”) on season 3 of CTV/ABC series “Motive” and editor… Read more »

‘House of Cards’ Actress to Star in Downey and Burnett’s CBS Mini ‘Dovekeepers’

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“House of Cards” and “Manhattan” alum Rachel Brosnahan is set to take flight as the star of “The Dovekeepers,” the four-hour CBS miniseries based on Alice Hoffman’s historical novel that is set in ancient Israel and focuses on the intersecting stories of four women at the siege of Masada. Brosnahan will play Yael, a strong-willing and… Read more »

Former Legendary Digital Chief Tom Lesinski Launches Energi Entertainment

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Tom Lesinski, who left Legendary Entertainment as its president of digital content and distribution last month, has launched shingle Energi Entertainment. The exec continues a relationship with Legendary, as part of a two-year first look development and production deal with Legendary Television and Digital Media. Energi develops, funds and produces premium content for digital and… Read more »