EXCLUSIVE: Erin Lee Carr has inked a first-look deal with Universal Content Productions to develop and produce projects across platforms. Carr is currently co-creating Hulu and UCP’s Murdaugh Murders series alongside Michael D. Fuller. Nick Antosca and Alex Hedlund also executive produce via their Eat the Cat banner. The series, based on Mandy Matney’s popular Murdaugh Murders podcast, aims to be the definitive account of Alex Murdaugh, a member of the prominent South Carolina legal family who has faced dozens of embezzlement and other criminal charges. Here’s the official logline from UCP: “The series will be based on Alex Murdaugh’s stranger-than-fiction family drama, a riveting account drawing from countless hours of reporting by Mandy Matney, as well as exclusive, insider knowledge from years spent following the case.” Carr is known for her splashy documentaries, which have included HBO’s Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall . She also directed … [Read more...] about ‘Murdaugh Murders’ Producer Erin Lee Carr Signs First-Look Deal With UCP
EXCLUSIVE : The upcoming third season of Syfy ’s flagship series Resident Alien , starring Alan Tudyk, will be shorter than anticipated. Its size has been cut from 12 episodes to 8. As Deadline reported , Resident Alien received a 12-episode Season 3 renewal in July, ahead of the August 10 premiere of the second half of its second season. The series’ first season consisted of 10 episodes, its 16-episode second season was split into two batches of eight episodes each. The UCP-produced Resident Alien was a breakout for Syfy when it premiered in 2021. The first part of Season 2 also did well, ranking among this year’s top 15 most-watched cable series and top 5 most-watched cable dramas, averaging 2.3 million viewers in L+7. The show’s ratings dropped significantly in the back half of Season 2. Based on the Dark Horse comics, Resident Alien , one of just a handful of original scripted series on NBCU’s USA and Syfy cable networks, follows a crash-landed alien named … [Read more...] about ‘Resident Alien’ Season 3 Order Cut By Syfy
EXCLUSIVE : Syfy ’s flagship series Resident Alien , starring Alan Tudyk, has been renewed for a third season, which I hear will consist of 12 episodes. The pickup comes ahead of the August 10 premiere of the second half of Resident Alien ‘s second season. The UCP-produced Resident Alien was a breakout for Syfy when it premiered in 2021 and continues to be a strong ratings performer. The hourlong comedy-drama ranks among this year’s top 15 most-watched cable series and top 5 most-watched cable dramas, averaging 2.3 million viewers in L+7. Across all airings, it has reached nearly 11 million viewers and recently received a Hollywood Critics Association nomination for Best Comedy Series. Based on the Dark Horse comics, Resident Alien follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Tudyk) whose secret mission is to kill all humans. In season two, Harry is once again stranded on Earth where he must confront the consequences of having failed his people’s mission to destroy the … [Read more...] about ‘Resident Alien’ Gets Early Season 3 Renewal By Syfy
In her first post- This Is Us role, Mandy Moore has been tapped as the female lead opposite Edgar Ramirez in the upcoming second season of Peacock ’s Dr. Death anthology series, based on the Wondery podcast. As Deadline reported exclusively, Moore is attached to star in and executive produce Twin Flames, a series inspired by another hit Wondery podcast, which is in development at Hulu. Season 2 of Dr. Death will feature the “Miracle Man” storyline from the third season of the Wondery podcast. Paolo Macchiarini (Ramirez) is a charming surgeon, renowned for his innovative operations that earn him the nickname “Miracle Man.” When investigative journalist Benita Alexander (Moore) approaches him for a story, the line between personal and professional begins to blur. She falls into a whirlwind romance with Paolo only to realize she’d be uncovering more about him than she would have ever imagined. As Benita learns how far Paolo will go to protect his secrets, a … [Read more...] about Mandy Moore To Star In Season 2 Of ‘Dr. Death’ Peacock Anthology Series
On the party circuit during Emmy weekend, one topic inevitably found its way into every conversation, the possibility of a writers strike. Even back in September, the consensus was that there likely will be a strike. The sentiment has been only growing stronger in the months since, amid deteriorating economic environment marked by high inflation and a looming recession. The WGA elected board members on platforms focused on the upcoming contract talks and appointed a negotiating committee, which includes several members of the committee that led the guild campaign against the talent agencies over packaging to its successful end. Given how difficult and deeply rooted the issues at stake for writers are, including increasing minimum pay, span protection and streaming residuals and curbing of mini-rooms, a strike does appear likely when the current contract expires May 1, 2023. That outcome seems especially probable in light of the fact that the WGA has traditionally been the … [Read more...] about Strike Watch: Would WGA Build Coalition With DGA & SAG-AFTRA In Upcoming Contract Negotiations?
EXCLUSIVE : Jon Kanak has been promoted to Head of Film & Television Literary at the full-service music and talent management firm, Activist Artists Management . Kanak came to Activist as a Literary Manager in October of 2018 and has since then helped to expand the company’s literary and production department. In his new role, he will continue representing writers and directors, while packaging film and television projects that Activist produces. He continues to be based out of Activist’s Los Angeles office, reporting to the company’s Founding Partners. “Jon has played a significant role in the growth of our film and literary business, whether securing opportunities for our diverse portfolio of clients in lucrative film and television deals or by working alongside our family office clients to expand their entertainment holdings,” said Founding Partner Greg Suess. “We are committed to the expansion of this department under Jon’s leadership.” “The past four years … [Read more...] about Activist Artists Management Elevates Jon Kanak To Head Of Film & Television Literary