Following Berlanti Productions’ big slate expansion over the past several years to become the most prolific producer in television, the company founded by Greg Berlanti is also expanding its top executive suite.
Sarah Schechter, who has served as President of Berlanti Productions for the past six years, overseeing both television and film, has been elevated to the newly created position of Chairwoman and Partner.
Former AMC Networks and Fox Broadcasting Company President David Madden has joined Berlanti Productions as its new President, spearheading the company's television operations. He is expected to start next week and will report to Berlanti and Schechter.
Schechter has been instrumental in the growth of Berlanti Productions since joining the company in February 2014. At the time, Berlanti Productions had two series on the air, Arrow and The Tomorrow People at the CW, and was developing the pilot for The Flash. As of February 2020, Berlanti Productions has a record 20 television series across seven outlets, including 19 live-action scripted series and one unscripted docuseries. On the film side, Schechter produced Joe Wright's Pan, as well as the upcoming Shawn Levy—directed Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds.
“Sarah is simply the best at what she does,” Berlanti said. “I am inspired by her leadership, passion, smarts and vision every day. I'm grateful for everything she has done for this company and I'm beyond thrilled all of our shows, and everyone who works so hard on them, will continue to benefit from her immense talent for years to come.”
Following the rapid TV expansion of Berlanti Production, Schechter, who comes from a feature background, will be shifting her attention to ramping up the company’s film output, with Madden spearheading the ongoing TV efforts.
“I've admired Dave since we first worked together for his creative insight and his warm and beloved leadership style,” Berlanti said. “Sarah and I couldn't be happier that he has chosen to join us as we continue to build the TV side of our company.”
Berlanti and Schechter previously worked with Madden while he was President of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting. Berlanti Prods. developed multiple projects at the network while Madden was there, including Riverdale and Black Lightning, neither of which went forward at Fox but both became successful series on the CW and streaming.
Berlanti Productions' television business is based at Warner Bros. Television Group, under a mega exclusive multi-year overall deal that runs through 2024.
“Berlanti Productions is synonymous with creative excellence, and all of us at Warner Bros. are both honored and privileged to be associated with Greg and his entire...
Daniel Dae Kim is apparently on the road to recovery from COVID-19. He posted an updated status today on Instagram that referenced “the medicines that helped me recover” and thanked fans for their support.
TheHawaii Five-O and Lost alum previously said that he tested positive for the coronavirus and talked about his experience in a 10-minute video posted on social media.
In the clip, the actor and producer said — after joking about his “quarantine chic” appearance: “I wanted to let you know that yesterday I tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.” He went on to give background about his diagnosis, including noting that he was in New York filming NBC's New Amsterdam, “where, ironically, I play a doctor who gets recruited to a hospital to help patients during a flu epidemic.”
Deadline reported this month that was joining the NBC's drama as the new head trauma surgeon. His character will be introduced in April 7 episode “Pandemic.”
NBC and New Amsterdam producer Universal TV sent a memo to the cast and crew informing them of Kim's diagnosis as soon as they were made aware of it.
Kim went on to say that he left the set when the show shut down production and headed back home to Hawaii. “As the flight was close to landing,” Kim said, “I started noticing some scratchiness in my throat. ... To be safe, when I got home I quarantined myself in a room in the house and tried to rest on my own. But later that night, I started feeling tightness in my chest, body aches and my temperature started to rise, so [my doctor] then told me to get tested.”
He added that the next day he went to a drive-through testing facility that had just opened in Honolulu and was told he'd have the results back in three days. It was the only time he has left his home since returning to Hawaii. “I self-isolated the entire time.” He said he was prescribed some medication from his personal doctor and didn't go to a hospital. “But with the help of the medication and bed rest and liquids and, of course, my loving family, I didn't need to.”
The actor shared a lengthy message about his experience, which included the message that 'the virus doesn’t care about race or gender, religion, sexual orientation, whether you’re rich or poor, or your immigration status.'
Daniel Dae Kim revealed on Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kim — best known for his roles on TV shows such as Hawaii 5-0, Lost, Angel and The Good Doctor — shared a post on Instagram announcing his diagnosis.
"Hi everyone- yesterday I was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Looks like I'll be ok, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful," he wrote, accompanied by a 10-minute video in which he details more of his experience. "Hope you all stay safe, calm, and above all, healthy."
In his video, Kim said that he was "ironically" in New York shooting a TV series in which he plays a doctor who gets recruited to a hospital to help patients during a flu pandemic. It wasn't long before production on the series was shut down because of the real-life coronavirus pandemic, and he was on a flight back to Hawaii to be with his family.
"Now it's important for you guys to know that I was asymptomatic during all of this time. But as the flight was close to landing, I started noticing some scratchiness in my throat, which is unlike how I usually get sick," he elaborated. "So when I landed, I called my family doctor in Hawaii and he told me to monitor my symptoms. To be safe, when I got home I quarantined myself in a room in the house and tried to rest on my own. But later that night, I started feeling tightness in my chest, body aches and my temperature started to rise."
He continued, "So, he then told me to get tested. So the next day I went to a drive-thru testing facility that had just opened here in Honolulu...The test itself was really awkward and painful because they shove a huge swab into your nose and into your throat but it was worth it because of what I found out."
Kim added that he never went to a hospital for treatment. "But with the help of medications and bed rest and liquids and, of course, my loving family, I didn't need to," he said. "I actually started feeling better the day after and I started feeling a little better the day after that. And today, even though I'm not 100 percent, I'm pretty close."
Though he is on the mend, Kim reminded his followers that one doesn't have to be symptomatic to pass on the virus. "Even though I'm smiling and upbeat right now, I was in bed for several days. So for all those out there, especially teenagers and millennials who think this is not serious, please know that it is," he said. "And if you treat this without care, you are potentially endangering the lives of...