Showing posts with label cable. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cable. Show all posts

SCRIPT TO SCREEN: Fusion's Open Call For TV Projects is a Push for Diverse Voices

Originally published in Deadline

Cable network Fusion, a division of Fusion Media Group (FMG) that focuses on programming for diverse youth, has issued an open call for scripted and unscripted television projects. The emphasis is on generating new opportunities for young storytellers of different ethnic backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, genders, religions and other under-represented areas of creative talent with or without agency connections.

Selected projects from the open call will receive funded development deals with the network, which promises at least one project selected for greenlight next year. Submissions are being accepted on a rolling basis and should center around stories that “speak to the interests and issues that matter to America’s diverse youth—reflecting their curiosity, sharpness, and passion,” according to Fusion. Selected submissions will receive funded development deals with the network. Interested writers, filmmakers, and producers can submit pitches on the company web site at

For the rest of the article go to Deadline at

CASE STUDY: The Lionsgate-Starz Merger: Changing the Landscape or Just Another Blip?

In a nutshell, "this [Lionsgate-Starz merger] deal is about increasing content and distribution." And mainly to the benefit of Lionsgate because it has and creates tons of content and now has a TV distribution outlet for all of that content at its control. It is (regrettably?) another step in the corporate consolidation of the media landscape and another sign of how difficult it is to make money while competing with other studios and other forms of entertainment. Many are saying this is changing the landscape (since it will help compete against the streaming networks) and maybe it is, but I can't help just see this as just another step in a landscape that has already been changing since the DVD stopped making money as Netflix and YouTube started making money.

For the business and legal heads out there, here's an in-depth analysis of the Liongsgate-Starz merger from the Market Realist.

CASE STUDY: A Look at Some of TV's Most Successful PODs

With news that Neal Baer (showrunner of Under the Dome, Law & Order: SVU, ER) just signed a POD deal with 20th Century Fox, I thought it was worth looking at the holy grail for television writers/producers: the POD deal aka the production overall deal. 

Now we don't often talk about television productions but with the quality of television productions meeting and oftentimes exceeding the quality of films, it's time to reconsider. I'm a big believer in aiming high and learning from successful people so the article below will give you something to aim for (POD deals) and give you examples of people with POD deals to learn from.
A Look at Some of TV’s Most Successful PODs 
Originally published by Film Escape April 5, 2015 and written by Charlie Sierra
It’s every TV writer/producer’s dream to get a POD deal at a studio. To be paid handsomely and respected for the work that you create is something that everyone strives for.  A POD (production overall deal is basically a first look deal except anything that the producer develops while under this agreement must stay within the studio and cannot be taken elsewhere even if the studio passes. In return, the studio will pay an annual fee to the producer and cover all of his/her overhead costs. Both TV and film studios make overall deals with production companies and writers. In the TV world, these production companies are known as PODs which are responsible for some of today’s most successful series. This system allows for studios to pay for exclusivity to the content from talented creators. For example, if someone like Shonda Rhimes creates a hit like GREY’S ANATOMY for ABC Studios, they’d want to make sure that they have access to her next projects so that they can have more hit shows like SCANDAL and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. After the success of BREAKING BAD, Sony Pictures (the studio that financed the show) made sure that the creator Vince Gilligan wasn’t going to take his next projects elsewhere. So they signed an undisclosed 8 figure POD deal with him and his company High Bridge.  Here is a list of a few other notable PODs for each of the major TV studios.
20th Century Fox TV
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
Bays & ThomasCarter Bays Craig ThomasHow I Met Your Mother
Liz MeriwetherLiz MeriwetherNew Girl
Party Over HereAndy SambergBrooklyn Nine Nine
Steve LevitanSteve LevitanModern Family
Flying Glass Of MilkMatt NixBurn Notice
Teakwood Lane ProductionsHoward Gordon24, 
Chernin ProductionsPeter Chernin Katherine PopeNew Girl
Imagine TelevisionBrian Grazer Ron Howard24, Parenthood, 
Friday Night Lights, 
Lorde MillerChris Miller Phil LordLast Man On Earth, 
Lego Movie, 
21 Jump St
Ryan Murphy TVRyan MurphyGlee, 
American Horror Story, 
Nip Tuck
Sutter InkKurt SutterSons of Anarchy

ABC Studios
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
CoquetteCourteney Cox David ArquetteCougar Town
Dark ToyTodd HollandRed Band Society, 
About a Boy, 
Fake EmpireJason Schwartz Stephanie SavageHart of Dixie, 
Carrie Diaries, 
Gossip Girl, 
The OC
Michael SeitzmanMichael SeitzmanIntelligence, 
Code Black
Mark Gordon CoMark GordonGrey’s Anatomy, 
Criminal Minds, 
Private Practice
ShondalandShonda RhimesScandal, 
How To Get Away 
With Murder, 
Grey’s Anatomy

CBS Studios
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
Robert DohertyRobert DohertyElementary
When Pigs FlyGary GalsbergNCIS
606 FilmsHalle BerryExtant
Fly The CoopDoug EllinEntourage
K/O Paper ProductsAlex Kurtzman Roberto OrciScorpion, 
Sleep Hollow, 
Hawaii Five O, 
Original FilmNeal MoritzThe Big C, 
Prison Break, 
Fast and Furious
Ryan SeacrestRyan Seacrest
Timberman/BeverlyCarl Beverly Sarah TimbermanJustified, 
Masters of Sex, 
The Odd Couple

Sony Pictures Televisions
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
Davis EntertainmentJohn DavisThe Blacklist
Farm KidDarlene HuntThe Big C
FedoraMichael Wimmer Peter TolanRescue Me, 
Nemo FilmsGraham YostJustified, 
Midd KiddShawn Ryan Marney HochmanThe Shield, 
Chicago Code, 
Last Resort, 
Lie to Me, 
The Unit
Happy MadisonAdam Sandler Doug RobinsonThe Goldbergs
High BridgeVince GilliganBreaking Bad, 
Better Call Saul, 
Battle Creek
Shore ZDavid ShoreHouse MD, 
Battle Creek
SmokehouseGeorge Clooney Grant Heslov

Universal Television
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
Broadway VideoLorne MichaelsSaturday Night Live, 
Man Seeking Woman, 
Deedle-DeeGreg DanielsThe Office, 
Parks and Recreation, 
King of the Hill
Etre FilmsAnne HecheBad Judge
PaperKiteAmy Poehler
Little StrangerTina Fey30 Rock
Parkes MacDonaldWalter F Parkes Laurie MacDonaldThe Slap, 
UnbeliEVAble EntertainmentEva LongoriaDevious Maids
Wolf FilmsDick WolfLaw and Order, 
Chicago PD, 
The Bedbug LetterMatt OlmsteadChicago Fire

Warner Bros TV
Production CompanyPrincipal(s)Credits
Berlanti TVGreg BerlantiThe Flash, 
Mysteries of Laura, 
Brothers and Sisters
Bad RobotJJ Abrams Bryan BurkPerson of Interest, 
Almost Human, 
Chuck LorreChuck LorreBig Bang Theory, 
Two and a Half Men
DoozerBill Lawrence Jeff IngoldCougar Town, 
Jerry Bruckheimer TVJerry BruckheimerCSI Franchise,
My So-Called CompanyJulie PlecVampire Diaries, 
The Originals, 
The Tomorrow People

For help with your filmmaking career and your television projects, contact me at or 929.322.3546.

Matter included here or in linked websites may not be current. It is advisable to consult with a competent professional (hint, hint, me) before relying on any written commentary. No attorney client relationship is established by the viewing, use, or communication in any manner through this web site. 
Nothing on this blog or blog posting is official legal advice; it is just information and opinion. But if you want to, you can visit my professional website and hire me.

The COVID-19 “Get Back to Filmmaking” Checklist

The COVID-19 “Get Back to Filmmaking” Checklist A 40-point checklist from development to post-production   by Danny Jiminian