or


[07/29/09 - 12:53 PM]
Starz Ramps Up Original Productions Slate
Projects from Rob Thomas, Matthew McConaughey and Martin Lawrence are among its development roster.

[via press release from Starz]

STARZ RAMPS UP ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS SLATE

Thomas, McConaughey, Lawrence and Others Are Developing Projects as Possible Additions to Premium Channel's Lineup

Burbank, Ca. and Denver, Co � July 29, 2009 � Continuing its aggressive move into creating original, crowd-pleasing comedy and drama series, Starz is lining up some top talent to develop potential new hits for the premium service.

The projects range from comedies to dramas, and others that don't fit into traditional categories. And the producers include Rob Thomas, Matthew McConaughey, Martin Lawrence and others:

� "Waterloo" � an hour-long dramedy project from Rob Thomas (executive producer and co-creator of Starz's hit comedy "Party Down" as well as "Veronica Mars"), it's a coming of age story about a young rock band, based on Thomas' own experiences. Joining Thomas as producers on the project are Dan Etheridge, Danielle Stokdyk and Jennifer Gwartz.

� "Jonah and the Whale" � Matthew McConaughey, Mark Gustawes and Chad Mountain, through their company j.k. livin prods, are the executive producers of a comedy about a young man growing up in the shadow of a famous � and disapproving � father. j.k. livin prods previously produced "Surfer, Dude" which was released by Starz's sibling home entertainment company, Anchor Bay Entertainment.

� Untitled Martin Lawrence Comedy � The film and TV star, and executive producer of "Martin Lawrence 1st Amendment Stand Up" on Starz, is developing an interracial love story, being written and developed by Michael Soccio ("The King of Queens").

� Untitled Chris Albrecht/Rob Lee Project � This already announced project from the former chairman/CEO of HBO and the former head of worldwide programming at IMG Global Media, respectively, is about a rising, maverick female photographer trying to make her mark in the New York and international fashion scenes - and her relationships and battles with lovers of both sexes.

"In the two years since Starz really began to focus on producing original TV series for its premium entertainment service, we've consistently aimed to work with top talent in front of and behind the cameras, and this lineup of possible upcoming projects surely illustrates how serious we are about doing just that," Starz Media EVP Originals Production and Development Bill Hamm notes. "Whether these end up being projects for Starz or other networks, we're gratified to be working with such illustrious producing partners."

"Starz is committed to producing and airing original series that break new ground and bring accomplished producers to TV," Starz EVP, Programming, Stephan Shelanski adds. "The projects that that we're developing with Starz Media look like they could be the next to fit that bill. We're excited to see where these talented writers and producers take their ideas."

Starz Media programs on Starz include "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," currently in production for its debut season; "Crash" (a co-production with Lionsgate), now shooting its second season; and "Party Down," gearing up for production of its second season. In addition, production is slated to begin in October on the newest series for Starz, tentatively titled "Failure to Fly," an offbeat dramatic comedy from producers Eric Schaeffer and Jill Franklyn, which is due to debut in spring of 2010.

About Starz Media

Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming -- including theatrical films -- and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.

About Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz� and Encore� brands with approximately 18.1 million and 31.9 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.





  [july 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· CRASH (STARZ)
· GRAVITY (STARZ)
· JONAH AND THE WHALE (STARZ)
· KING OF QUEENS, THE (CBS)
· MARTIN LAWRENCE PRESENTS: 1ST AMENDMENT STAND-UP (STARZ)
· PARTY DOWN (STARZ)
· SPARTACUS (STARZ)
· UNTITLED ALBRECHT & LEE PROJECT (STARZ)
· UNTITLED LAWRENCE & OWEN PROJECT (STARZ)
· VERONICA MARS (CW)
· WATERLOO (STARZ)











[09/30/14 - 08:52 AM]
"The Voice" Maintains 100% of Its Premiere-Week Rating and Retains 98% in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, September 29.

[09/30/14 - 08:49 AM]
ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" to Give Viewers an Inside Look at the Show in Special Episode, Airing Tuesday, October 21
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse sit down to answer fans burning questions about the show.

[09/30/14 - 08:44 AM]
"Live with Kelly and Michael" Scores Multi-Month Highs and Beats "Ellen" in All Key Measures
Disney-ABC Domestic Television spins the numbers for the week of September 15-19.

[09/30/14 - 08:35 AM]
ABC's "Castle" Posts Its Top-Rated Premiere in 3 Years in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Monday, September 29.

[09/30/14 - 08:31 AM]
FOX Sports' MLB Postseason Broadcast Teams Blend Experience, Versatility & Depth
Joe Buck, and analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, are MLB on FOX's new lead broadcast team and carry the bulk of the postseason load.

[09/30/14 - 08:28 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Powers NBC to Victory in Adults 18-49
The Peacock's reality franchise replicates its premiere numbers from last week.

[09/30/14 - 08:07 AM]
UEFA Champions League across ESPN Platforms
ESPN's coverage of the UEFA Champions League will continue live this Tuesday, September 30 at 12 p.m. with CSKA Moskow facing the reigning UEFA champions FC Bayern Munchen.

[09/30/14 - 07:38 AM]
IFC's "Comedy Bang! Bang!" Season 3 Returns Friday, October 17 at 11pm ET/PT - New Night & Time - New Guest Stars
Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts return for the second half of season three of the unconventional scripted late night talk show.

[09/30/14 - 07:38 AM]
"30 for 30" Returns with "Playing for the Mob" Premiering October 7
The film, which delves into how mobster Henry Hill once helped orchestrate the fixing of Boston College basketball games, is narrated by actor Ray Liotta.

[09/30/14 - 07:37 AM]
TeenNick's "Degrassi" Returns with More Drama and Heartbreak in Season 14 Premiering Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 9 P.M. (ET)
This season addresses many issues that are relevant and relatable to today's teens including depression, social media, teen pregnancy and relationships.

[09/30/14 - 07:28 AM]
MLB on ESPN Audience Increases for Second Straight Year
ESPN spins the numbers for its MLB coverage to date this season.

[09/30/14 - 07:26 AM]
ABC's Sunday Sees Big Adjustments in the National Ratings
ABC further spins the numbers for Sunday, September 28.

[09/30/14 - 07:05 AM]
Spike Launches Its First Ever TV Everywhere App on September 30
Along with a first look at the season premiere of "Bar Rescue" (which debuts on Spike TV on October 5), the app features the new episodes from "Ink Master's" highly-compelling new season.

[09/29/14 - 06:51 PM]
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" to Premiere Simultaneously on Netflix and in Select Global IMAX(R) Theaters
Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen star in the Yuen Wo-Ping-directed film, due on August 28, 2015.

[09/29/14 - 01:55 PM]
"E:60's" Fall 2014 Season Premieres on ESPN this Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. ET Featuring Profiles of Chiefs Running Back Jamaal Charles and Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman
Other upcoming profiles include Cam Newton, Gerald McCoy, Jason Witten, Max Scherzer, Randy Johnson, and Rob Ryan.