or


[07/31/12 - 10:39 AM]
Universal Television and NBCUniversal International Television Production Announce Development Deal with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
The pact will give the studio a first look at series and specials created by the "Smash" executive producers.

[via press release from NBC]

UNIVERSAL TELEVISION AND NBCUNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION PRODUCTION ANNOUNCE DEVELOPMENT DEAL WITH CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON

DEAL WILL GIVE NBCUNIVERSAL FIRST LOOK AT NEW SERIES AND SPECIALS FROM THE ACCLAIMED PRODUCERS OF NBC'S "SMASH"

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. & LONDON, UK - July 31, 2012 - Universal Television and NBCUniversal International have signed a development deal with Storyline Entertainment's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Smash," "Chicago," "Hairspray") that will give the studio a first look at series and specials created by the acclaimed multi-award winning producers for US and international television markets. The deal was announced today by Bela Bajaria, Executive Vice President, Universal Television and Michael Edelstein, President, NBCUniversal International Television Production.

"Universal Television is thrilled to be continuing and expanding our partnership with Craig and Neil," said Bajaria. "The incredible creativity, vision and intelligence that they bring to all their projects - on television, in film and on Broadway - is exactly what the future of Universal Television is all about. 'Smash' is only the beginning; we look forward to collaborating with them on many exciting projects going forward."

Edelstein added: "Craig and Neil are two of the best producers in the business, and we are excited to have them developing at NBCU for both the US and International markets. We look forward to bringing their extraordinary ideas to the global television marketplace."

"We are so excited to be reunited with our longtime collaborator, Bela Bajaria, and to be creating event television for Universal Television, our home for "Smash" and the upcoming live broadcast of "The Sound of Music. Additionally, developing projects for audiences outside of the US with Michael Edelstein is an exciting new prospect for us," said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Based on the Broadway stage musical, "The Sound of Music" is slated as an NBC holiday event; casting is underway and an air date will be announced in the near future.

Zadan and Meron are the producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series and Broadway productions, including NBC's critically acclaimed series "Smash" and the Lifetime hit series "Drop Dead Diva" and upcoming television movie event "Steel Magnolias," starring Queen Latifah. All totaled, their films and television movies have garnered six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, 11 Emmy Awards, and two Peabody Awards. For their work in television, their productions have amassed 73 Emmy nominations. Their work in theater has received 12 Tony nominations, including two wins. They also have received five Grammy nominations, including one win. Their feature film credits include the Oscar winning "Chicago," "The Bucket List," the feature-film musical "Hairspray," and the recently released "Footloose" (the original film, starring Kevin Bacon, was Zadan's first feature-film production).

Other television event presentations include: Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth; "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows," starring Judy Davis; "Annie" starring Kathy Bates; "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," starring Whitney Houston and Brandy; "Gypsy," starring Bette Midler; "A Raisin in the Sun," starring Sean Combs; and NBC's landmark film, "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story" starring Glenn Close.

Recently, Zadan and Meron were represented on Broadway with a Tony-winning hit revival of the Frank Loesser/Abe Burrows musical comedy, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette and the Tony-winning hit revival of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon musical comedy, "Promises, Promises" starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.





  [july 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· DROP DEAD DIVA (LIFETIME)
· SMASH (NBC)
· SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!, THE (NBC)











[03/29/15 - 09:41 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with ABC
"48 Hours" was the night's most-watched program among the broadcast networks.

[03/29/15 - 09:35 AM]
"Saturday Night Live," With Host Dwayne Johnson, Is the #1 Telecast of the Night on the Big 4 Networks in Metered-Market Households and Adults 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, March 28.

[03/28/15 - 07:56 PM]
Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards Winners
Kids from around the world cast more than 500 million votes, a record-breaking tally.

[03/28/15 - 08:53 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: NCAA Continues Its Reign for CBS
The Eye once again leads the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[03/28/15 - 08:36 AM]
"Grimm" Is Currently Reporting Its Top Total-Viewer Result Since January 23
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, March 27.

[03/27/15 - 11:21 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 27
Updates include: Ernie Hudson bound for "Delores & Jermaine" at ABC; Corbin Bernsen cast in HBO's "Living on Video"; and AMC gives the moniker "Fear the Walking Dead" to the franchise's upcoming spin-off.

[03/27/15 - 01:33 PM]
Video: "The Casual Vacancy" - Trailer (HBO)
Based on the novel by acclaimed author J.K. Rowling, the mini-series premieres Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30.

[03/27/15 - 01:13 PM]
Bravo Media's "The Millionaire Matchmaker" Earns Highest-Rated Episode of the Season with 2.2 Million Total Viewers
Bravo spins the numbers for Sunday, March 22.

[03/27/15 - 12:31 PM]
Masi Oka to Return as Hiro Nakamura on NBC's "Heroes Reborn"
"I'm excited to return to my 'Heroes' roots," said Oka. "Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I'm hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV."

[03/27/15 - 11:38 AM]
The "Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber" Premieres on Monday, March 30 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT on Comedy Central and Online Via CC.com and the Comedy Central App
The global multiplatform comedy event kicks off with "The Roast of Justin Bieber Pre-Show," airing 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central and simultaneously through the app and cc.com.

[03/27/15 - 11:13 AM]
Showtime Sports(R) to Chronicle the Most Anticipated Event of the Year with "Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao"
The first installment kicks off Saturday, April 18 on the cable channel.

[03/27/15 - 11:11 AM]
E!'s "The Royals" Shows Significant Audience Growth in Its Second Week
E! further spins the numbers for Sunday, March 22.

[03/27/15 - 10:37 AM]
Syfy's "Dominion" Adds New Recurring Characters for Season 2
Joining the series' stellar cast are recurring guest stars Nic Bishop, Simon Merrells, Christina Chong, Olivia Mace and Luke Tyler.

[03/27/15 - 10:27 AM]
Video: Starz Releases First Look Live Action Teaser of Original Series "Blunt Talk"
The series will premiere on Starz in the summer of 2015.

[03/27/15 - 10:16 AM]
NBC Goes on 8 "First Dates" as Network Orders Popular U.K. Format to Series
The observational documentary series, from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media, takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and love may be in the air.