SPIKE AND TWC-DIMENSION TELEVISION ANNOUNCE EMMY-AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR ADAM BERNSTEIN WILL DIRECT THE PREMIERE EPISODE OF THE NEW SCRIPTED SERIES “THE MIST”
New York, NY, May 5, 2016 – Adam Bernstein, an award-winning and critically-acclaimed television and film director, will serve as Director and Executive Producer for the premiere episode of Spike’s new scripted series, “The Mist.” From TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist” goes into production this summer and airs in 2017. The announcement was jointly made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV and Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman The Weinstein Company.
Bernstein’s extensive resume includes many of the most decorated series on television over the last 15 years including directing the pilots for “Fargo,” “30 Rock,” and “Scrubs.” “His impressive credits also include “Better Call Saul,” “Breaking Bad,” “Californication,” “Shameless,” “Bored to Death,” “Oz,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and “Entourage.” In 2006, he won a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for “30 Rock.”
Bernstein also directed many of the most popular and memorable music videos including “Love Shack” for the B-52s, “Hey Ladies” for the Beastie Boys, and “Baby Got Back” for Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Bernstein is also noted for directing “The Adventures of Pete and Pete,” the first original programming for Spike’s sister-channel, Nickelodeon. He is currently repped by ICM Partners.
“The Mist” tells a harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates immense havoc. Christian Torpe serves as the Executive Producer for Spike’s “The Mist.” Torpe created the successful show RITA in Denmark, now finishing its fourth season, and has developed programming for both Showtime and AMC.
Spike has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of “The Mist.”
Megan Spanjian, EVP of Scripted TV, was instrumental in finding and bringing Torpe to the table and will oversee the project for TWC-Dimension TV along with Matthew Signer, EVP of Production and Creative Affairs, and Keith Levine, SVP of Production and Development. Torpe is repped by ICM and Artists in Residence.
Levy, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Lauren Ruggiero, Senior Director, Scripted Programming will oversee the project.
Spike TV debuted its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” last July to strong ratings and has recently ordered to series, “Red Mars” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s award-winning “Mars Trilogy.”
TWC-Dimension Television debuted its first scripted series SCREAM, which is an adaptation of the hit horror film franchise, with MTV. With a successful first season SCREAM TV was picked up for Season 2, which is currently in production and will debut on May 30, 2016.
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