EXCLUSIVE: Terence Carter, 20th Century Fox TV's EVP Development, Drama and Comedy. is leaving the Disney-owned studio to join Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith's recently launched Westbrook Studios as Co-President, Head Of Television.
Carter, who starts in early November, will oversee TV development and production for the indie studio, working alongside Jon Mone, who was recently appointed as Co-President of Westbrook Studios, Head of Film.
20th TV, part of Disney TV Studios, is expected to name a replacement for Carter who is leaving on good terms and will stay at the studio for several more weeks to finish some of his projects.
Carter, a well liked executive, is bringing more than a decade of senior-level development experience to Westbrook Studios, a division of Westbrook Inc, the new media venture Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith founded in July with Miguel Melendez and Kosaku Yada. It is run by CEO Yada and PresidentTera Hanks.
“Terence's deep relationships with creators, commitment to collaboration, and remarkable experience across television genres make him an excellent leader and creative force,” said Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. “We are incredibly excited to have Terence expanding and leading our television activities at Westbrook Studios.”
Carter's move to Westbrook Studios comes two and a half months after the executive shakeup at Disney TV Studios, which saw 20th TV President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis become President of ABC Studios. He was replaced at 20th TV by EVP Current Series Carolyn Cassidy, who had been at the studio for more than a decade. The decision put EVP Development Carter, who had been at 20th TV for less than two years, in play. Over the past couple of months, he had been courted for a number of jobs, including within Disney, ultimately opting to go to Westbrook.
“I am thrilled to be embarking on this incredible adventure with Will, Jada and the rest of the Westbrook Family,” Carter said. “I have long admired their creative instincts and unwavering commitment to the television business, and I can't wait to grow this company together. I'd also like to thank Dana Walden, Peter Rice, and everyone at 20th Century Fox and Disney Television Studios for their support over the past decade of my career. I am forever in their debt, and can't wait to bring them great content through Westbrook in the years to come.”
Prior to that, Carter worked at NBC Entertainment/Universal Studios where he developed shows such as Parenthood and Southland and held positions at Tonic Films, TruEntertainment, Artists Production Group and Artists Management Group.
CBS Corporation has opened CBS Stages Canada near Toronto, a multi-use production facility that includes six soundstages, production offices, support facilities and auxiliary services for large-scale television and film production.
CBS says the new facility marks the first “branded production entity” opened in Canada by a major U.S. media company. The opening comes a year after CBS Corporation announced plans to establish a 260,000 square-foot space located in the city of Mississauga, 18 miles from downtown Toronto.
“CBS is a global company that has had a storied history and broad footprint throughout the provinces, both as a producer and distributor,” said Armando Nuñez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Global Distribution Group. “With the addition of the new studio space, we will be able to diversify and expand in ways that were not previously possible.”
Nuñez was among the execs attending an opening reception today for provincial and local representatives including the mayor of Mississauga and Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. Also attending were local broadcasters, industry executives, Toronto-based production teams and representatives from Canadian film and television unions.
CBS Stages Canada is designed to provide additional production space for CBS Television Studios' expanding roster of television programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. The Studio currently produces more than 70 series for CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS All Access streaming service as well as programming for networks and platforms outside of CBS, including several throughout Canada.
Toronto shoots for CBS Television Studios currently include Star Trek: Discovery and In The Dark. Other productions in Canada include Charmed and Nancy Drew reboots.
David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios, said the studio has been producing “premium programming” in the province since 2002 “and we came to the realization that we not only needed additional production space, but that Mississauga, with its strong production infrastructure and long history of crafts expertise, was the perfect location for our international expansion.”
In addition to Nuñez and Stafp, execs attending today’s opening included John Orlando, Executive Vice President, Global Government Affairs for CBS Corporation; and John Weber and Frank Siracusa, CBS' Toronto-based executive producers on Star Trek: Discovery and co-executive producers on In The Dark. Weber and Siracusa have overseen the development and management of the new property.
Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie called her city the “second busiest filming location in the province,” and said that the new facility “will not only bring hundreds of highly-skilled jobs to our city but will put us on the international map for film and television.”
John Malkovich The New Pope, Ben Schwartz Parks and Recreation, House of Lies, Diana Silvers Booksmart, MA and Tawny Newsome Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, Brockmire are set as series regulars opposite The Office alum Steve Carell in Space Force, Netflix's new workplace comedy from The Office developer/EP Greg Daniels. Additionally, Jimmy O. Yang Silicon Valley, Crazy Rich Asians and Alex Sparrow Unreal, The Vatican Tapes are set to recur in the series from the The Office duo of Carell and Daniels, which echoesPresident Donald Trump's Space Force initiative. Additionally, BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Paul King Paddington, Paddington 2 has been tapped to direct two episodes o f Space Force, including the pilot.
Co-created by Carell and Daniels and starring Carell, Space Force is centered around the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services...Space Force.
Malkovich plays Dr. Adrian Mallory, Head Science Advisor, brilliant, arrogant and hoping to prevent space from becoming the next great international battlefield.
Schwartz portrays F. Tony Scarapiducci, a self-centered media consultant whose Machiavellian goals only sometimes line up with those of Mark or Space Force.
Silvers is Erin Naird. Popular and an A-student in Washington DC, Mark's daughter is an outcast in Wild Horse Colorado after transferring to a remote military base and turns to delinquency.
Newsome plays Angela Ali. Helicopter pilot, ambitious and competitive, with secret dreams that she keeps close to the vest.
Yang recurs as Doctor Chan Kaifang. Doctor Mallory's right hand man, Chan is a brilliant astrophysicist and rocket engineer who immigrated from China as a teenager and loves all things American, from fly fishing to the Baltimore Orioles.
Sparrow is Yuri 'Bobby' Telatovich., A charming observer from the Russian Government, Yuri is curious about many things in Mark's life, like his daughter, or the tech specs of the Javelin missile.
As previously announced, Carell stars as Mark R. Naird, a General tapped by the White House to lead a new branch of the Armed Forces with the goal of putting American “Boots on the Moon” by 2024.
Carell and Daniels, who serves as showrunner, executive produce with 3 Arts' Howard Klein.
Malkovich stars with Jude Law in HBO/Sky's The New Pope, which recently made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and also will be seen in The Line, a thriller that will be directed by Ethan Berger in his feature narrative debut.
Schwartz voices Sonic in Paramount's upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog. He's also the lead in the upcoming Disney+ film Flora & Ulysses, and stars opposite Billy Crystal in the upcoming film Standing Up, Falling Down. Schwartz is repped by WME, Haven Entertainment, and Gang Tyre.
Eduardo Franco Booksmart and Patrick Gibson The OA are set as the leads in USA Network's Masters of Doom pilot, a drama based on David Kushner's nonfiction book, from James and Dave Franco's Ramona Films, The Gotham Group and UCP. John Karna Valley of the Boom, Jane Ackermann Neptune and Siobhan Williams Deadly Class round out the series regular cast. Peter Friedman Succession is set to recur, and Rhys Thomas Documentary Now!, Saturday Night Live has been tapped to direct.
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Written and executive produced by WGA Award winner Tom Bissell Gears of War, Masters of Doom is the true story of two computer geniuses in an obscure corner of America who, along with a group of rebellious misfits, created one of the biggest franchise hits of the 90s, the video game Doom. John Carmack Franco and John Romero Gibson were best friends who became bitter rivals, as they created a video game empire and transformed pop culture forever.
Franco's John Romero is a brilliant young programmer and designer determined to become the video game industry's first rock star.
Gibson's John Carmack is a self-taught genius whose unparalleled programming skill allows him to help create the first-person-shooter genre—and lay the groundwork for the rise of virtual reality.
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Karna will play Tom Hall, a tragically lovable young game designer who becomes the heart and soul of the two Johns' groundbreaking company, iD Software.
Ackermann will portray Hannah Romero, a young wife and mother whose support for her husband, John Romero, is pushed to its breaking point by his unrelenting focus on games.
Williams will play Stevie Case, a brash and charismatic young woman who becomes one of the first female professional gamers—and John Romero's girlfriend.
Friedman will recur as Al Vekovius, the 1987 Shreveport Businessman of the Year, whose Louisiana company, Softdisk, brings the two Johns together and sponsors their first forays as professional game designers.
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Eric Robinson and Jeremy Bell executive produce via The Gotham Group, along with James Franco, Dave Franco, Vince Jolivette and Elizabeth Haggard of Ramona Films, and Kushner. D.J. Goldberg of The Gotham Group will serve as co-executive producer. UCP is the studio.
Franco is best known for his role as Theo in the Olivia Wilde-directed feature Booksmart, as well as his role as Jeremy in the feature The Package, directed by Jake Szymanski. He'll next be seen in feature The Binge directed by Jeremy Garelick. Franco recurred on the first season of the series American Vandal, and his other television credits include Adam Ruins Everything, You're the Worst and The Skinny. Franco is repped by UTA and Mosaic.
Gibson has appeared in series/miniseries The OA, The White Princess and Guerrilla. Additional credits include Tolkien, The Darkest Minds, In a Relationship and What Richard Did. Gibson is repped by ARG in the UK and ICM Partners.
Karna can recently be seen opposite Lucas Hedges and Saoirse Ronan in Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, produced by Scott Rudin. He also recently starred in limited series Valley of the Boom and Dirty John, and previously starred as the lead on Scream. Karna is repped by Gersh, Coronel Group, and McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP.
Ackermann made her acting debut in the independent feature film Neptune, directed by Derek Kimball, which premiered at Slamdance Film Festival. Her other credits include the short film In His House and the horror anthology series 60 Seconds to Die. Ackermann is repped by Innovative Artists.
Williams recurred on Heartland and Level Up and had a lead role in the feature film Flicka: Country Pride, which garnered her a Young Artist Award nomination. She most recently wrapped production on Sacred Lies. Her film credits include Forsaken, Adventures in Public School and Welcome to Marwen. Williams is repped by Alchemy Entertainment, Play Management and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer.
Friedman is currently a series regular on the Emmy-nominated series, Succession. Additionally, he has recurred on The Affair, The Path, and High Maintenance. Friedman is repped by Lasher Group, Cornerstone Talent and Felker, Toczek, Suddleson, Abramson.
Emmy-winning director/producer Thomas is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and Documentary Now!, which he co-created and directed along with Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers. Thomas most recently directed the pilot for the upcoming series Chad starring Nasim Pedrad. On the feature side, Thomas is currently developing Captain Infinity and is in post-production on John Mulaney's upcoming stand-up special. He is repped by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Ziffren Brittenham.
Amazon has given a formal Season 3 pickup to thriller Absentia, starring and executive produced by Stana Katic, to debut in 2020 exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S., as well as in select markets globally.
Filming on the third season of Absentia is well underway in Sofia, Bulgaria, with new executive producer/showrunner Will Pascoe Orphan Black, Shut Eye, who succeeds Season 2 showrunner, Samantha Corbin-Miller, and two new cast additions, Geoff Bell Kingsman: The Secret Service and Josette Simon Wonder Woman. Katic had been hinting at the renewal by posting photos with the series’ writers and pics from Bulgaria below.
Absentia, produced by Bizu Productions, in association with Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television's recently launched boutique division Gemstone Studios, centers on FBI agent Emily Byrne Katic. The new season opens three months after the dramatic events of season two, with Emily nearing the end of her suspension from the FBI and working hard to be the best possible mother to her son. Everything is upended when one of Nick Durand's Patrick Heusinger criminal cases hits too close to home and threatens the lives of the family Emily is desperately trying to hold together. It's a dangerous journey that will take Emily far from Boston testing her like never before and forcing her to learn to trust again, to love again, and to finally realize her true place in the world.
Bell will play Colin Dawkins, a professional “fixer” for an international criminal organization who is polished, elegant and does everything with style and class. Simon will portray Rowena Kincade, a former instructor at Quantico and career intelligence agent with MI5 and MI6. Years ago, Kincade saw something in Emily and has watched her, but whether she is friend or foe is unclear.
In addition to Katic, Heusinger comes back for season three as Emily's ex-husband and Special Agent Nick Durand. Others returning Absentia cast members include Neil Jackson, Matthew Le Nevez, Natasha Little, Paul Freeman and Patrick McAuley.
The series is executive produced by Julie Glucksman, Stana Katic, Will Pascoe and Kasia Adamik, who also serves as a director. Greg Zgliński also directs. The series was created by Gaia Violo and Matt Cirulnick and is based on a pilot script originally written by Violo.
Absentia was originally commissioned for Sony Pictures Television's international networks, where it will return for season three in select markets on AXN across Latin America and Europe. The series is also distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Television.
In addition to the US, Prime Video is Absentia‘s exclusive home inAustralia, Austria, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey and the U.K.
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The Casting Society of America will hold two town halls for Native American and indigenous actors — the most under-represented members of the entertainment industry. The events, which will be held October 21 New York City and October 22 in Los Angeles, are part of the CSA's ongoing Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Casting Initiative — a series of conversations and classes designed “to effect concrete change in how actors in historically underrepresented communities are afforded access to job opportunities.”
“As Native Americans, one of our biggest obstacles is just being seen as present-day human beings,” said DeLanna Studi, chair of the SAG-AFTRA Native American Committee and a town hall panelist. “We are an important part of our shared American story, not only of the past, but of the present and future as well. We have a responsibility to ensure that this vibrant and vital part of our shared experience is not lost or set aside. As Native people, we are often called the 'Vanishing Race' or the 'Disappearing People.' One of our biggest burdens and greatest opportunities is educating the industry about who we really are: to break past these stereotypes and to move our communities forward.
“We live in a digital age where the majority of all of our information comes from on-screen images. In addition to our families, our communities, and our education system, how we learn who we are and how we relate to others is powerfully influenced by the media. Especially now. Which is why this Town Hall is important. It is imperative that Hollywood stories move beyond stereotypes and reflect the great diversity and vitality of who we are as Native Americans today. We are still here, and we are thriving.”
“I think that the entertainment industry has been responsible for perpetuating some harmful and potentially dangerous stereotypes,” said CSA president Russell Boast. “Events like this provide an opportunity to address current issues and are a crucial step towards accurate and authentic portrayals in the media.”
According to the CSA, the goals of the town halls are tor actors and casting professionals “to better understand the practical issues they encounter in their respective professions, and to share goals and aspirations,” and “to discuss how CSA might better and more consistently work to increase audition opportunities and advocate for Native American and Indigenous actors.”
“This Town Hall event will be the first step toward achieving those goals,” CSA said, “and will be followed by additional events that may include a Business of the Business Event, a series of free workshops, and a taped open call, where participating actors will receive video footage for their audition reel.”
The New York town hall, which will be held at the Actors Equity headquarters, will feature a panel including casting directors David Caparelliotis, Claire Burke and Stephanie Klapper; manager Marc Shaer; and actors Studi, Tanis Parenteau, Jake Hart, and Ty Defoe.
The Los Angeles town hall, which will be held at SAG-AFTRA's headquarters, will feature a panel that includes casting directors Rene Haynes and Angelique Midthunder; actors Sheri Foster, Kimberly Guerrero, Q'orianka Kilcher and Tokala Black Elk; and writer Jason Gavin, who chairs the WGA's Native American & Indigenous Writers Committee.
The CSA says the events are open to union and non-union artists who are professional and professionally trained actors and those actively pursuing professional careers as performers. Actors who identify as Native American or Indigenous are encouraged to attend, as are casting professionals, talent agents and managers.
CSA will also live-stream the event through Facebook Live and will be taking questions and comments via Twitter.
As part of its initiative, the CSA held a similar town hall in June for senior actors that tackled the age-old problem of ageism in the entertainment industry. It also held another town hall last October that addressed issues facing actors of Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian descent. And in 2017, it hosted an open casting call for transgender actors, as well as an open call for performers with disabilities to showcase their talents in front of professional casting directors in cities across the country.