Comedy Central has ordered 10 episodes of “Primetime Glick,” starring Martin Short as Jiminy Glick, the “round mound of Hollywood sound.” Skein, exec produced by Short and Bernie Brillstein, will preem on the cable net in September.
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Megan Mullally, one of NBC’s “Will & Grace” comedy quartet, is in final negotiations to join Tom Green and Jason Lee in Revolution Studios’ “Stealing Stanford.” Pic, set to go before cameras in L.A. in April, will mark the thesp’s first leading role in a feature film.
Universal-based Jersey Films has beaten out several other suitors with a six-figure offer for film rights to “Sentenced to Nature,” a feature story penned by Charles Siebert for the Dec. 17 issue of the New York Times Magazine. Jersey’s Michael Shamberg and Dan Levine brought the article to the shingle.
Even Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg appear anxious to get one extra pic in before the strike. The busy actor, lensing “Vanilla Sky” for Cameron Crowe and Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, will take two weeks off after wrapping production in early March. He will then seque to his next gig, Fox’s “Minority Report,” to be helmed by another busy man — Spielberg.
Vet producer Edward R. Pressman is taking his skills to Silicon Alley. A producer of such pics as “Badlands” and “Wall Street,” Pressman has signed on as exec producer of “Cheerleaders,” a new series from the Gotham-based digital production and Web-streaming technology shingle, Studionext.
Fox Kids has acquired “Evolution,” a new animated series based on the upcoming DreamWorks theatrical release of the same name. Pic’s director Ivan Reitman will executive produce the series, which will air on Saturday mornings beginning this fall. Fox Kids has ordered 26 episodes of the half-hour series from DIC Entertainment.
Hollywood pales in comparison to other factors when discussing the reasons for violence among America’s youth, but there is evidence linking certain TV programs and other entertainment to short-term aggression, the U.S. Surgeon General’s office reported Wednesday. Conclusions were part of the most exhaustive government study to date on youth and violence from a public health perspective. Study was commissioned by President Clinton and key lawmakers in the wake of the Columbine High School student shooting.
The Film Festival Internazionale di Milano (MIFF) — a non-profit Italian film festival and organization, which recently held its inaugural event in Milan — along with sponsor La Dolce Vita Magazine, will screen this year’s top fest winner “It’s the Rage” today in Westwood.
David Friendly and Marc Turtletaub’s new Deep River Prods. has paid a seven-figure sum to land a blind script commitment from “Cast Away” and “Planet of the Apes” screenwriter William Broyles. In the deal made by his CAA agent Robert Bookman, Broyles said Friendly and Turtletaub will get one of his next two original scripts…. Read more »
NEW YORK — USA Films has landed the best network-window deal for a movie in its history, selling “Traffic” in a shared network window to NBC and the USA Network. Sources say spirited bidding for the movie by the broadcast networks has bumped the total license fee up to about 17% of its eventual gross in U.S. theaters, with NBC putting up 12% of the gross because it gets an exclusive two-year window to schedule the first two network-primetime runs of “Traffic.”
They’ve shuffled lily pads at the Frog net, which has promoted longtime exec Jed Petrick to the No. 2 job as president and chief operating officer. The newly created position lessens the workload of weblet topper Jamie Kellner by handing some of the CEO’s responsibilities to Petrick.