PARAMOUNT NETWORK JOINS FORCES WITH SHAWN CARTER AND THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY FOR A GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY SERIES, “REST IN POWER: THE TRAYVON MARTIN STORY”

April 6th, 2017 by faziod

New York, NY, April 6, 2017 – Paramount Network, launching in January 2018, has teamed up with Shawn Carter and The Weinstein Company, for a landmark television event, “Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” based on the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin.

The six-part event series will go into production later this year and premiere on Paramount Network in 2018.  This marks the first new non-scripted series for Paramount Network, which is rebranding from its current name, Spike TV, next year.

This is the second partnership between Shawn Carter, The Weinstein Company and Paramount Network/Spike TV and The Cinemart as they teamed up for the critically-acclaimed and influential series, “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” that concluded last night.

Martin was an unarmed 17-year old high school student shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman, in the Florida community where they both lived. Zimmerman was acquitted on a second-degree murder charge after claiming he shot Martin in self-defense, sparking protests and outrage worldwide.

“We are humbled and excited to embark upon this new beginning with Shawn Carter, Harvey, and Paramount. We know this means a lot to this country. We continue to tell our story in order to unite people. We are very hopeful that this project will bring about a healthy and helpful conversation on the injustices that have divided society. That is also why we started the Trayvon Martin Foundation. We know as parents, that the third act of our son’s legacy is hope,” said Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.

“This is an important American story. We’re honored that Trayvon’s family has entrusted us to share the truth with the world,” said Shawn Carter. Thank you, again, to Paramount Network/Spike TV for being brave enough to partner with us and tell these complex narratives. It’s through these conversations that we can begin to heal.”

“From two brilliant books come an incredible portrait of another American injustice,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “Having this opportunity to reunite with Shawn Carter and Kevin Kay of Paramount Network is a career highlight for me.”

“I am thrilled to once again partner with the incredibly talented team of The Weinstein Company and Shawn Carter to take a comprehensive look beyond the headlines at the circumstances that caused Trayvon’s senseless death and the movement born out of this tragedy,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV (soon to be Paramount Network), TV Land, and CMT.

“I am proud to help get these extremely important stories out there,” said Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike TV (soon to be Paramount Network). “Our hope is to continue to inspire change and reform the way we are doing with Kalief’s story.”

“Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” will be based on two books – Lisa Bloom’s “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

In “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It,” bestselling author, trial attorney, and NBC News analyst Lisa Bloom, who covered the murder trial, exposes the injustice and outlines the biggest mistakes made by the state of Florida that guaranteed it would lose this “winnable case,” and the laws and biases that created the conditions for this tragedy.

In “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give, the intimate story of a life tragically cut short and the rise of a movement to end similar injustices.

Executive Producers for the series include Shawn Carter, Harvey Weinstein, David C. Glasser, Chachi Senior, Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason, and Michael Gasparro.

 

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Since its founding in 2008, Roc Nation has grown into the world’s preeminent entertainment company.  We work in every aspect of modern entertainment—with recording artists and producers, songwriters and athletes. Our client list includes some of the world’s most recognizable names: from Rihanna, Shakira, J. Cole, and Big Sean to Yoenis Cespedes, Kevin Durant, Dez Bryant, and Robinson Cano. We are a full service organization, supporting our diverse roster of talent via artist management, music publishing, touring, production, strategic brand development and beyond. We’ve forged strong partnerships with the world’s leading experts in management, technology, fashion, and philanthropy, and are redefining the business of entertainment.

 

About Weinstein Television:

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 357 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.

 

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING’S SPEECH; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW, CAROL; THE HATEFUL EIGHT; SING STREET, and HANDS OF STONE. Upcoming releases include LION, GOLD, and THE FOUNDER.

 

Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne. Current new series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premiered this fall on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.

 

Scripted series include critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016, Scream with MTV, which premiered its second season in May 2016, Peaky Blinders with Netflix just aired its third season, and Julian Fellowes’ Doctor Thorne with Amazon.  Upcoming series include Stephen King’s The Mist (a straight-to-series 10 episode order) for Spike TV, military drama Six (a straight-to-series 8 episode order) for HISTORY and animated series Spy Kids for Netflix (a multi season commitment).

 

Television projects in development explore a range of arenas and are not exclusive to drama or comedy, minis or continuing series, live action or animated. An active slate of more than 60 projects include soon to be sold reality competition show Incubator, Mario Puzo’s Omerta with Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King’s The Breathing Method with Blumhouse, Scott Teems and Scott Derrickson, and UK series SS-GB and Love, Nina.  For more information on The Weinstein Company, please visit:

 

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About The Cinemart:

The Cinemart is a Full-Service Production Company and Creative Firm founded by Award-Winning Filmmakers Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason. After spending a decade producing seminal Docuseries Events like Brick City and Chicagoland, and working for industry luminaries like Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese; The Cinemart now produces Independent Films, Groundbreaking Television and disruptive Commercial Content for some of the world’s most influential Brands and Musicians. Recent Projects include the award-winning Sundance favorite Welcome to Leith and Sprite’s Obey Your Thirst Campaign starring Drake and Nas. The company is currently producing “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six-part Docuseries Event for Spike TV, Executive Produced by Jay Z, Harvey Weinstein, Nick Sandow and Michael Gasparro. The Cinemart’s studio and post facility are located in Downtown Brooklyn, New York.

 

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Nicole Quenqua    The Weinstein Company    212-845-8627 nicole.quenqua@weinsteinco.com

Jana Fleishman      Roc Nation                         212 292 7539     janaf@rocnation.com

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Jodie Magid           The Cinemart                     212-373-0122    jodie.magid@pmkbnc.com

I Am Heath Ledger Official Trailer

April 4th, 2017 by faziod

Spike TV And Network Entertainment Present “I Am Heath Ledger”

April 4th, 2017 by faziod

“I like to do something I fear. I like to set up obstacles and defeat them. I like to be afraid of the project. I always am.”

– Heath Ledger

SPIKE TV AND NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT

“I AM HEATH LEDGER”

New Documentary Exploring The Life Of Heath Ledger Premieres Wednesday, May 17 At 10:00pm ET/PT On SPIKE TV 

Limited Theatrical Release On May 3 With Digital/DVD Release On May 23

New York, NY, April 4, 2017 – Heath Ledger was one of his generation’s brightest young actors. An immense and generous talent who burst upon the Hollywood scene, he quickly rose to the heights of fame before his tragic death.

Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Derik Murray, Network Entertainment, and Spike TV present the definitive look at the life and work of this unforgettable actor and artist in “I Am Heath Ledger.” The 90-minute documentary premieres on Spike on Wednesday, May 17 at 10:00pm ET/PT, following its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23.

The film will receive a limited theatrical nationwide release on May 3 with Fathom Events. Tickets and more information are available at www.FathomEvents.com. “I Am Heath Ledger” will also have a Digital/DVD release from Virgil Films on May 23.

“I Am Heath Ledger” provides an intimate look at Heath through the lens of his own camera, with a treasure trove of never-before-seen footage, as he films and often performs in his own personal journey – extravagant in gesture and in action. Through these personal home movies, we get a rare glimpse into his true character – demonstrating his creative energy and unshakable willingness to take risks that instilled such an extraordinarily deep love and affection in the people that entered his life.

The film features interviews from those who knew Heath best including close friends, family members, and industry peers, such as actors Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, and Emile Hirsch, directors Ang Lee and Catherine Hardwicke, musicians Ben Harper, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), N’fa, and Grace Woodroofe, and the Ledger family.  “I Am Heath Ledger” recounts his fabled rise to the pinnacle of the Hollywood dream and the indelible mark he left.  Not only did he cut a path for himself, but Heath often championed other talents and artists whose voices he thought deserved to be heard. The documentary also showcases his most memorable moments on screen from his beginnings in Australia to the heights of his Hollywood achievements.

From his early hit films such as “10 Things I Hate About You,” to “The Patriot,” to “Monster’s Ball,” to his award-winning and critically-acclaimed role as Ennis in “Brokeback Mountain,” Heath was a remarkable talent whose work ethic, ambition, and integrity catapulted him to Hollywood’s elite. But his most iconic role, his Academy-Award® winning performance, The Joker in “The Dark Knight,” truly speaks to his profound talent as an actor. The documentary goes behind-the scenes of the shooting of “The Dark Knight,” as Heath morphed into the psychotic criminal-mastermind that will live in cinematic lore forever.

I AM Heath Ledger Trailer

The film is the latest from producer-director Murray, who has previously brought to the screen the lives of such iconic figures as JFK Jr, Steve McQueen, Chris Farley, Johnny Cash, Bruce Lee and Evel Knievel. “I Am Heath Ledger.” joins that gallery of indelible biographical portraits.

Along with Murray, “I Am Heath Ledger” is Executive Produced by Paul Gertz (“I Am Chris Farley,” “I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”), Kent Wingerak (“I Am Chris Farley,” “I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) and Robert Pirooz (“I Am Chris Farley,” “I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen”) and Spike’s Kevin Kay, Jon Slusser,  Jaimee Kosanke also serve as Executive Producers.

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Paramount Network Announces Big, Bold, And Ambitious Premium Programming Lineup For First Quarter Of 2018

March 30th, 2017 by faziod

PARAMOUNT NETWORK ANNOUNCES BIG, BOLD, AND AMBITIOUS PREMIUM PROGRAMMING LINEUP FOR

FIRST QUARTER OF 2018 

“American Woman,” “Waco,” “Heathers,” “I Am Martin Luther King Jr.”

Premiere Alongside Returning Favorites “Lip Sync Battle” and More  

New York, NY, March 30, 2017 Paramount Network’s highly-anticipated launch in 2018 will kick-off with a programming lineup featuring a mix of new, high-quality, premium entertainment scripted series, non-scripted returning pop-culture favorites, and original sports and specials for a broad audience. The original shows debuting during the first three months of 2018 will demonstrate the rebranded network’s commitment to reaching a wide viewership with provocative, compelling storytelling featuring top notch talent both in front and behind the camera.  

“Our mission is to establish Paramount Network as a prime destination for premium storytelling,” said Kevin Kay, President, Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT. “From Alicia Silverstone as a trailblazing independent working mother in the 1970’s to Michael Shannon as an FBI negotiator during the Branch Davidians dramatic standoff and siege, Paramount Network will be the home to compelling stories, unforgettable characters, and high quality production with a distinctive global appeal.”  

Paramount Network will showcase the following in the first quarter of 2018:  

AMERICAN WOMAN  

Starring Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari, this new half-hour series is inspired by the real-life upbringing of co-executive producer Kyle Richards (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”). “American Woman” follows Bonnie (Silverstone) an unconventional mother struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her husband amid the rise of second-wave feminism in the 70s.  With the help of her two best friends, Kathleen (Suvari) and Diana (Jennifer Bartels), these three women each discover their own brand of independence in a glamorous and ever-changing world reluctant to give it.

WACO 

The six-part event series “Waco” will reveal untold story exploring the true life details leading up to and chronicling the 51- day siege between the FBI, AFT and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians.  Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved from both sides of the conflict, including surviving Branch Davidians which has never been shared on television before, is surprising in its stark contrast to the media narrative at the time and what is remembered of Waco almost 25 years later. The impressive cast includes Michael Shannon starring as lead FBI negotiator, Gary Noesner with the role of the infamous cult leader, David Koresh, to be played by Taylor Kitsch.   John Leguizamo, Paul Sparks, Rory Culkin and Andrea Riseborough round out the “Waco” cast.

HEATHERS 

Based on the 1988 cult classic film of the same name, “Heathers” is an hour-long pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day, as heroine Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox, “Under the Dome”) deals with a very different but equally vicious group of ‘Heathers.’ Also starring are James Scully as JD, Melanie Field (“Wicked” National Tour) as Heather Chandler, Brendan Scannell (“Funny or Die”) as Heather Duke, and Jasmine Mathews as Heather McNamara. Original “Heathers” cast member Shannen Doherty will guest star as a pivotal, unnamed character as well. 

I AM MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

The latest installment in the critically-acclaimed “I Am” series from filmmaker Derik Murray focuses on the legendary American icon, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrating the life and achievements of our country’s foremost civil rights leader, the two-hour documentary gives an insightful contemporary perspective of Dr. King structured around seminal events of the Civil Rights movement.  

Returning Favorites  

LIP SYNC BATTLE

The worldwide hit franchise, “Lip Sync Battle” returns for a fourth season, hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY® Award-winner LL COOL J and television personality, #1 NY Times Best Selling author, and model, Chrissy Teigen. Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the series features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coveted “winner’s belt.” “Lip Sync Battle” content has delivered close to one billion cross-platform views since launch

New season premieres in January 2018                

Among the other returning favorites that will premiere new seasons in the first quarter of 2018 include “Ink Master,” “Bar Rescue,” and Bellator MMA.

About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

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ANDREA RISEBOROUGH, RORY CULKIN, PAUL SPARKS AND SHEA WHIGHAM JOIN CAST OF “WACO”

March 27th, 2017 by faziod

ANDREA RISEBOROUGH,  RORY CULKIN, PAUL SPARKS AND SHEA WHIGHAM
JOIN CAST OF “WACO”

Six-Part Event Series Produced by Weinstein Television Set to Premiere on Paramount Network in 2018

 

New York, New York, March 27, 2017 – Actors Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Paul Sparks and Shea Whigham have joined the cast of “Waco,” a six-part event series based on the gripping true story of the 51-day standoff that began with an ATF raid of a religious sect in Waco, Texas and resulted in a deadly fire.  The series will be produced by Weinstein Television and will air on Paramount Network in 2018.

“We are fired up by this wonderful cast, assembled by Harvey and the entire ‘Waco’ team,” says Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Paramount Network.  Each of these actors bring such complexity and authenticity to everything they do and we can’t wait to see them in these roles.”

“Waco” will reveal the untold story exploring the true life details leading up to and chronicling the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians.  Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved in both sides of the conflict, this story has never been shared on television before – and is surprising in its stark contrast to the media narrative at the time and what is remembered of Waco almost 25 years later.

Andrea Riseborough will play Judy, wife of Steve Schneider, who reluctantly sacrifices her marriage to show devotion to David Koresh.

Riseborough is an accomplished British stage and film actress.  Her film appearances include “Nocturnal Animals,” and “Birdman” among many others.  She will next be seen starring in “Battle of the Sexes,” “Burden,” “The Death of Stalin” and “Mindhorn.”  Riseborough’s television credits include roles in the critically acclaimed miniseries “National Treasure” and the Netflix series “Bloodline.” She is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Independent Talent Group.

Rory Culkin will portray David Thibodeau, a young musician who joins David Koresh’s band. Though initially reluctant to join Koresh, he eventually undergoes a dramatic evolution from an agnostic to a true believer.

Culkin was nominated for a “Breakthrough Actor” Gotham Award for his performance  as the title role in “Gabriel,” which won critical acclaim after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and was recently released in theatres to rave reviews.  He has also starred in the films “Electrick Children,” “Twelve,” “Lymelife,” and “You Can Count on Me.” Culkin was most recently seen in “Columbus,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.  He recently wrapped production on “Lords of Chaos” and “Unchained.”   Culkin is represented by Paradigm and Brookside Artist Management.

Paul Sparks joins the cast as Steve Schneider.  Schneider was one of David Koresh’s closest confidants and supporters but becomes deeply conflicted once his wife announces she’s pregnant with Koresh’s child.

Sparks is best known for his Screen Actors Guild Award-winning role as Mickey Doyle in the HBO period drama series “Boardwalk Empire” and for his Primetime Emmy® Award-nominated role as Thomas Yates in the Netflix political drama series “House of Cards.”  His other recent TV credits include “The Night Of…”  and “The Girlfriend Experience.”  Sparks’ film credits include “Deception,” “Afterschool,” “The Missing Person,” “Mud,” “Parkland,” “Stealing Cars” and “Midnight Special.”  Sparks recently wrapped production on “The Greatest Showman” for 20th Century Fox and “Thoroughbred,” which just premiered at Sundance and will be distributed by Focus Features. He is represented by Randi Goldstein at Gersh NY.

Shea Whigham will play the tactical commander of the FBI, known within the Bureau for his bravado.

Shea Whigham is best known for his role as Eli Thompson on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and currently has recurring television roles “Fargo”   and “Vice Principals.”  His filmography includes roles in “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Star Trek Beyond.”  He can currently be seen on the big screen in “Kong: Skull Island.”  Additional upcoming film projects include Netflix’s “Death Note,” “High Wire Act” and “LAbyrinth,” about the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.  Whigham is represented by CAA and Principal Entertainment.

Michael Shannon has already been announced to star as lead FBI negotiator, Gary Noesner, with the role of the infamous cult leader, David Koresh, to be played by Taylor Kitsch.  John Leguizamo also recently joined the cast ATF agent Robert Rodriguez.

“Waco” is written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (“No Escape”) and will be directed by John Erick Dowdle.

Shannon, Kitsch, the Dowdle brothers and Salvatore Stabile will executive produce the series along with TWC Co-Chairmen Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, President and COO David Glasser, Co-head of Production Jennifer Malloy, and Head of Scripted Television Megan Spanjian of Weinstein Television.

Gold and Lauren Ruggiero, Vice President, Scripted Programming, will oversee the project for Paramount.

About Weinstein Television:

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 357 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING’S SPEECH; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW, CAROL; THE HATEFUL EIGHT; SING STREET, HANDS OF STONE, . LION, GOLD, and THE FOUNDER.

Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne. Current new series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premiered this fall on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.

Scripted series include critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016, Scream with MTV, which premiered its second season in May 2016, Peaky Blinders with Netflix just aired its third season, and Julian Fellowes’ Doctor Thorne with Amazon.  Upcoming series include Stephen King’s The Mist (a straight-to-series 10 episode order) for Spike TV, military drama Six (a straight-to-series 8 episode order) for HISTORY and animated series Spy Kids for Netflix (a multi season commitment).

Television projects in development explore a range of arenas and are not exclusive to drama or comedy, minis or continuing series, live action or animated. An active slate of more than 60 projects include soon to be sold reality competition show Incubator, Mario Puzo’s Omerta with Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King’s The Breathing Method with Blumhouse, Scott Teems and Scott Derrickson, and UK series SS-GB and Love, Nina.  For more information on The Weinstein Company, please visit:

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About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

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Debra Fazio-Rutt                                            Shana Tepper
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debra.fazio@spike.com                                 shana.tepper@spike.com

JOHN LEGUIZAMO JOINS THE CAST OF WACO

March 27th, 2017 by faziod

JOHN LEGUIZAMO JOINS THE CAST OF WACO

Six-Part Event Series Produced by Weinstein Television
Goes Into Production Next Month

Premieres on Paramount Network in 2018

New York, NY, March 24, 2017 – Multifaceted performer and Emmy® Award-winner John Leguizamo has joined the cast of “Waco,” a  six-part event series based on the gripping true story of the 51-day standoff that began with an ATF raid of a religious sect in Waco, Texas and resulted in a deadly fire.  The series will be produced by Weinstein Television and will air on Paramount Network in 2018.  The series is also set to begin production on location in Santa Fe, NM next month.

John Leguizamo joins the cast as ATF agent Robert Rodriguez.  Rodriguez was sent into Koresh’s Mount Carmel to gather evidence and build a federal case against the Branch Davidians but forged a bond with the people inside.

“We are thrilled to have John in this part. He brings phenomenal range and authenticity to everything he does,” says Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series for Paramount. “The role of Robert Rodriguez is little known, but utterly fascinating as he was the only undercover agent to infiltrate David Koresh’s compound.”

Leguizamo has appeared in more than 75 films, starred on Broadway winning several awards, and has numerous television series.   Leguizamo recently co-starred on the Netflix drama series Bloodline and reprised his roles in the latest installments of the John Wick and Ice Age movie franchises.  He was recently signed to co-star in the ABC drama pilot Salamander.   He is represented by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorneys Jason Sloane and Jim Gilio.

“Waco” will reveal the untold story exploring the true life details leading up to and chronicling the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians.  Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved in both sides of the conflict, this story has never been shared on television before – and is surprising in its stark contrast to the media narrative at the time and what is remembered of Waco almost 25 years later.

Leguizamo joins an impressive cast for “Waco” that has been previously announced including Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch.

“Waco” is written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (“No Escape”) and will be directed by John Erick Dowdle.

Shannon, Kitsch, the Dowdle brothers and Salvatore Stabile will executive produce the series along with TWC Co-Chairmen Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, President and COO David Glasser, Co-head of Production Jennifer Malloy, and Head of Scripted Television Megan Spanjian of Weinstein Television.

Gold and Lauren Ruggiero, Vice President, Scripted Programming, will oversee the project for Paramount.

About Weinstein Television:

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 357 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING’S SPEECH; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW, CAROL; THE HATEFUL EIGHT; SING STREET, HANDS OF STONE, . LION, GOLD, and THE FOUNDER.

Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne. Current new series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premiered this fall on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.

Scripted series include critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016, Scream with MTV, which premiered its second season in May 2016, Peaky Blinders with Netflix just aired its third season, and Julian Fellowes’ Doctor Thorne with Amazon.  Upcoming series include Stephen King’s The Mist (a straight-to-series 10 episode order) for Spike TV, military drama Six (a straight-to-series 8 episode order) for HISTORY and animated series Spy Kids for Netflix (a multi season commitment).

Television projects in development explore a range of arenas and are not exclusive to drama or comedy, minis or continuing series, live action or animated. An active slate of more than 60 projects include soon to be sold reality competition show Incubator, Mario Puzo’s Omerta with Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King’s The Breathing Method with Blumhouse, Scott Teems and Scott Derrickson, and UK series SS-GB and Love, Nina.  For more information on The Weinstein Company, please visit:

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About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

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NIELS SCHUURMANS NAMED CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER FOR PARAMOUNT NETWORK, TV LAND, AND CMT

March 3rd, 2017 by faziod

New York, NY, March 3, 2017 – Niels Schuurmans, a 25-year veteran of Viacom, has been named to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer for Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT. The announcement was made today by Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV, TV Land, and CMT to whom he will report.

In his new role as CMO, Schuurmans will start immediately and will oversee Marketing and Creative for Spike, which he will help rebrand as Paramount Network, along with overseeing all cross-network marketing initiatives for Spike, TV Land, and CMT, working closely with the individual networks’ respective marketing teams.

Schuurmans is no stranger to Spike. He played an integral role in the network’s launch as “The First Network For Men” in 2003 as Executive Vice President, Consumer Marketing and Executive Creative Director, a position he held for 11 years.

“I am so thrilled to welcome Niels back home to Spike – and to two new destinations for him, TV Land and CMT,” said Kay. “Niels is a marketing visionary with a keen sense of brand building through innovation and creativity.  With a successful track-record of creating and developing new brand identities at Viacom, he will play a vital role in the evolution of Paramount Network, along with working to grow and evolve TV Land and CMT.”

Most recently, Schuurmans served as Chief Creative Officer/Executive Vice President, Creative and Branded Content, for Viacom Velocity where he was responsible for the overall ideation, development and execution of branded and partner integrated marketing creative content across all the Viacom brands and platforms (including MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike, CMT, Logo, and TV Land).

Schuurmans launched Viacom Velocity in January of 2014 with Velocity partner Dario Spina EVP Marketing.   Viacom Velocity quickly grew to be considered the gold standard in branded content across the media landscape and over the past three years has been recognized with numerous prestigious industry awards for outstanding work.

Schuurmans began his career at Nickelodeon where lead the development and launch of classic Nickelodeon franchises like “The Big Help,” “SlimeTime LIVE,” “U-Pick Live,” “SNICK,” and many others.  He also lead the creative charge in marketing Nickelodeon’s foray into features film business with the “Rugrats” movies, the “Wild Thornberry” movies and “Spongebob’s” introduction to the big screen.

Spike TV is available in 91.4 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

KEITH COX NAMED PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF PARAMOUNT NETWORK AND TV LAND

March 3rd, 2017 by faziod

KEITH COX NAMED PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF PARAMOUNT NETWORK AND TV LAND

New York, NY – February 21, 2017 – Keith Cox has been elevated to the expanded role of President, Development and Production for Paramount Network and TV Land, it was announced today by Kevin Kay, President of TV Land, CMT and Spike TV (soon to be Paramount Network). In this new position, Cox will oversee the strategic development and production of all series for both TV Land and the newly-announced Paramount Network – slated for early 2018 – which will feature distinctive, high-quality scripted and non-scripted original programming.

“Keith has done an incredible job in building TV Land’s slate of strong original scripted series over the last 10 years and reigniting the brand, and I’m thrilled to work with him as he continues to bring his strong creativity and unparalleled talent relationships to the Paramount Network,” said Kay.

Cox added, “I am so excited to have the privilege to help build a new premium channel from the ground up with The Paramount Network. It is an extraordinary opportunity to set a new bar for high-quality, character-driven content that resonates with audiences around the world.”

As one of TV Land’s executive producers, Cox developed, produced and launched all of the channel’s current original scripted programming. He ushered in new eras at the network, including the first foray into scripted original series with the smash hit “Hot in Cleveland,” which ran for six seasons and is now syndicated by CBS Television Distribution.

He then helped shape TV Land’s new 2015 slate of captivating, unique original series aimed at audiences in their 30s and 40s beginning with Darren Star’s “Younger,” now entering its fourth season after garnering critical acclaim and massive buzz over the last two years. And the network’s hit comedy “Teachers,” now in its second season, continues to score series highs.

Upcoming projects that Cox has developed include: “Nobodies,” executive produced by powerhouse comedy team Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, which has already been picked up for a second season prior to its March 2017 series premiere; “American Woman,” a 1970s period dramedy executive produced by Emmy® winners John Wells (“Shameless,” “The West Wing”) and John Riggi (“30 Rock”); and the one hour pitch black anthology “Heathers,” based on the cult classic film.

Prior to joining TV Land, Cox held the post of Executive Vice President, Comedy and Alternative Development at the WB Television Network, where he oversaw all of the network’s half-hour and reality development of such hits as Ashton Kutcher’s “Beauty and the Geek” and 51 Minds’ “Surreal Life.” He was also instrumental in the development of such critical successes as “Starlet” and “Pop Stars 2.” Cox joined the WB in 2001 as Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming at the WB.

Earlier, he worked at Greenblatt/Janollari as Vice President of Comedy and Drama Development, and he was part of the team that developed “Six Feet Under,” “The Hughleys,” and the online cult favorite, “Heat Vision and Jack” directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jack Black and Christine Taylor. Cox began his career as Director of Programming during the early days of FX before joining Warner Brothers Television, where he developed several shows for NBC’s powerhouse Thursday night line-up.

Sneak Peek – Sarah Hyland Performs “Don’t Cha.” Sarah Hyland Vs. DeAndre Jordan Lip Sync Battle Debuts Thursday, February 9 at 10:00pm ET/PT

February 7th, 2017 by faziod

Sneak Peek – Ray Lewis Performs “Hot In Herre.” Ray Lewis Vs. Tony Gonzalez Lip Sync Battle Debuts Thursday, February 2 at 10:00pm ET/PT

January 31st, 2017 by faziod