TruTV will open a new production office in Los Angeles, to be run by exec producer David Dean. The net has also announced several new hires and bumped up Robyn Hutt to senior v.p. of original programming, expanding her role, with Anthony Horn promoted to senior v.p. of current programming and specials.
The net is also expanding the New York office where Horn and Hutt are based, growing Angel Annussek’s position (exec producer) to include the role of editorial director. The Gotham office will have two new staffers, as well: Mark Andstendig and Mark Powell, bot exec producers. Veep of development Marissa Ronca also has a new hire: Matthew Baxt, who will serve as director of development, working with consultant Paul Hardy.
Hutt will continue to oversee all production and content on TruTV, managing original programing including pilots, series and specials and reporting to senior veep of programming, production and development Darren Campo. Horn will manage large-scale productions and special programming events in this new role.
Holly Hunter has been cast in the upcoming Tina Fey-produced LA mayor comedy series at NBC. The veteran actor will star opposite Ted Danson in the untitled series which is being written and executive produced by Fey and Robert Carlock. The series is about a wealthy businessman (Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles [...]
“This Is Us” received a much needed boost in the TV ratings on Tuesday night, climbing to a four-week high. The NBC drama closed out its fall run with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.3 million total viewers, its highest viewership tally for seven weeks. NBC comfortably won the night overall, also thanks [...]
“Vernon Subutex” producer Tetra Media Studio has acquired the rights to adapt Matthieu Suc’s “Les espions de la terreur” (“The Spies of Terror”) as a high-profile spy thriller miniseries set against the backdrop of the deadly 2015 Paris terror attacks. Franck Philippon, the creator-writer and executive producer of the anticipated show “Mirage,” will be showrunner [...]
The “Lizzie McGuire” revival series at Disney Plus is bringing back another familiar face. Original series star Adam Lamberg will return as David “Gordo” Gordon in a recurring role on the new show. He joins previously announced returning cast members Hilary Duff, Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine and Jake Thomas. Production on the series began earlier [...]
We TV has renewed its viral hit “Love After Lockup” for a third season and spinoff “Love After Lockup: Life After Lockup” for a second season, Variety has learned exclusively. “Love After Lockup” — a reality show about couples who’ve met through prison dating websites trying to make it after the prisoner has been released [...]
Anna Kendrick’s newest role puts her through what may be some of the most delicious torture of her career. Kendrick, known for films like “Up In The Air” and “Pitch Perfect,” recently found herself on the set of a three-day shoot surrounded by bowls, bowls and bowls of chips, popcorn and other salty snacks that [...]
During a presidency in which ICE raids are the largest they have been in a decade (one from August resulted in almost 700 arrests), television writers are fighting back by telling more specific immigration stories in their series. During the Television Academy’s “Immigration on Television: Stories From America” panel held Tuesday in Los Angeles, Calif., “Bob [...]