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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Merry Christmas David James Elliott and family


Monday, December 15, 2008

JAG DVD news: Announcement for JAG - The 8th Season | TVShowsOnDVD.com




Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A little 'Gooby' news

Had this in a Google alert, a very interesting article about Wilson Coneybeare, the man who is producing 'Gooby'. Looks like an early Spring release. Here is a link to the article:

http://www.barrieadvance.com/barrieadvance/article/122307

Monday, November 10, 2008

Thunderbird Films Inc. - Dragons of Black Roc - Mon Nov 10, 2008

Thunderbird Films Inc. - Dragons of Black Roc - Mon Nov 10, 2008

Click on the link to view the trailer. Thanks to my friend, Dianne, and
the person that passed it on to her.

http://www.thunderbirdfilms.net/s/Programs-DragonsOfBlackRoc.asp

And what is really nice is that the trailer can be downloaded.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

TV, eh? » The Guard returns with cast changes

TV, eh? » The Guard returns with cast changes

Posted by: Diane in The Guard

From a media release:
“The Guard” - Global Television’s Hit Original Series Returns to Primetime
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 - 10PM ET/PT
ROGER CROSS (”24″) AND GEMINI NOMINEE SONYA SOLOMAA (”DURHAM COUNTY”) JOIN HIGH CALIBRE ENSEMBLE CAST
CANADIAN DRAMA SERIES NOW SOLD IN OVER 30 TERRITORIES AND COUNTING

Following its impressive debut as the number one new Original drama series of last Spring*, Global’s The Guard makes its highly anticipated return to primetime with an all-new instalment of 15 episodes. Premiering October 29 - 10pm ET/PT, The Guard completes the network’s already robust Wednesday night line-up of fan favourites Bones (8pm) and NCIS (9pm).

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the growth and direction of the series – from the ramped up storylines to the dangerous and thrilling stunts, the sheer amount of action and drama alone is enough to keep our viewers engaged and at the edge of their seats,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content. “We’re extremely excited that the universal appeal of our homegrown series has already garnered attention amongst the major markets, and we’re confident the interest will only continue to climb.”

Captain Miro Da Silva (Steve Bacic) along with Rescue Specialists Andrew Vanderlee (Jeremy Guilbaut), Carly Greig (Zoie Palmer) and First Mate Laura Nelson (Gemini nominee for Durham County, Sonya Salomaa) are back saving lives on the water while trying to keep the storms in their personal lives at bay. Turning up the action and turning out the star power, the new season of The Guard features Roger Cross (24) as Port Hallet’s new Officer in Charge, Jim McGregor with returning special guest David James Elliott (JAG) as David Renwald. Making waves in international waters, The Guard has successfully sold in over 30 territories including France, Poland, Hungary and the Middle East, with recent sales to A&E in Latin America, MNET in South Africa, YLE in Finland and RTBF in Belgium.

PREMIERE EPISODE SYNOPSIS“The Hold”: Miro breaks the rules when he takes the MLB on a chase of a battered trawler and ends up rescuing the victims of a human trafficking operation. Andrew’s marriage is threatened when he comes clean to Amy about kissing Carly. *Source: BBM-NMR Meter Data, Adults 18-49 (Sep 10/07-May 25/08)

Had this in a newsletter.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

david james elliott and jag talk radio show | BuzzWorthy Radio: David James Elliott!

david james elliott and jag talk radio show BuzzWorthy Radio: David James Elliott!:

UPCOMING SHOW: 10/6/2008 10:00 PM

"Former JAG star, David James Elliott, will be appearing on BuzzWorthy Radio this week. Hear what David has to say about his role on the former CBS series, as well as what he has been up to since the show's cancellation, such as a new show that has been picked up on the Sci-Fi channel!"

Had this in a Google alert! Very cool!

Here's a link to the site:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/buzzworthyradio/2008/10/07/BuzzWorthy-Radio-David-James-Elliott

Enjoy!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID!!!!



Hope it's a great day with many more to come!
Your fan,
JD

Friday, September 12, 2008

'Roc' rolls to Canadian pay nets

'Roc' rolls to Canadian pay nets
Reunion Pictures sells fantasy miniseries
By Etan Vlessing
Sept 12, 2008, 06:16 PM ET

TORONTO -- Reunion Pictures has sold the fantasy miniseries "Dragons of the Roc" to domestic pay TV channels Movie Central and the Movie Network after an earlier sale to the Sci-Fi Channel stateside, the Canadian producer said Friday.The sci-fi project, which stars David James Elliott, Natassia Malthe and Christopher Lloyd, portrays ordinary people attempting to stop an evil warlord from taking control of their world.

"Dragons of Black Roc" is distributed internationally by RHI Entertainment.

Had this in a Google alert from Hollywood Reporter.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3iebfd8fe8494c12b2c8f5224ba6de98d2

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

'Gooby' news

Thanks to my friend in Germany, here is a link to another blog with news about a 'Gooby' release in the fall of this year to the big screen!!! Awesome!

http://ryandandiary.blogspot.com/

I am definitely going to be staying tuned to that blog for more information!!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Ace Film Festival



Thanks to Dan for sending me this e-vite!!! Hope it does as well or better than it did at the Feel Good Film Festival!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

'The Rainbow Tribe' won an award at the festival!

According to an email I had from Dan Frisch today, the movie won the Audience Award for Best Picture at the Feel Good Film Festival!!! Whooo hoooooo!!!! Congratulations to cast and crew, producer/writer, and every one involved in the making of such an inspiring story!

Fall premiere of 'The Guard'

In my TV-eh? newsletter, they have posted the premiere date of 'The Guard'. It will be aired October 29th on Global Television. DJE still has one or two episodes that he will be in.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Feel Good Film Festival... DJE will be attending!!!

Just had this in an email from Dan Frisch...

It has recently announced that David James Elliott will be attending the opening night of the Feel Good Film Festival, which is featuring The Rainbow Tribe. Tickets for the opening night can be purchased at http://feelgood.withoutabox.com/festivals/event.php?event_id=9942&schedule_id=4081 or at www.therainbowtribemovie.com (fans will want to purchase the opening night pass). If you can please help get the word out, it will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Dan

Although I can't attend, I hope many fans will!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Final cover art for Season 7 of 'JAG'


Thanks to my friend from down under, here is the final cover art.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Press release on 'Mirabilis' and Christopher Lloyd

Got this in thefutoncritic.com newsletter:


EMMY WINNER CHRISTOPHER LLOYD JOINS SCI FI'S MIRABILIS
Released by Sci Fi

[NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.]

EMMY WINNER CHRISTOPHER LLOYD JOINS SCI FI'S MIRABILIS

New York, NY August 14,2008

Three-time Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd has joined the cast of SCI FI Channel's upcoming 4-hour fantasy/adventure miniseries Mirabilis (working title). Lloyd will play Tesselink, a venerable senior elf and accomplished master of bloodsteel sorcery who aids his granddaughter Perfidia (Natassia Malthe) and a band of knights in their quest for the crucible that may save Mirabilis. He is best known for his roles as Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy and as Reverend Jim Ignatowski on television's Taxi.

Once a paradise fueled by the all-powerful sorcery-grade metal known as bloodsteel, the distant land of Mirabilis begins to decay as supplies of the supernatural substance dwindle. The evil warlord Dragon Eye fights to gain control of the world's supply of bloodsteel, which he will use to rule Mirabilis. But, an ancient prophecy propels four ordinary citizens to battle Dragon Eye. Their quest is to find the fabled Crucible source of all bloodsteel before the corrupt forces of darkness destroy their world. Mirabilis stars David James Elliott as protagonist John Serrogoth and Natassia Malthe as Perfidia. Emmy nominated Sam Egan (Sanctuary, Jeremiah, The Outer Limits) wrote the script.

Reunion Pictures (Lisa Richardson, Matthew O'Connor, Tom Rowe), RHI Entertainment, (Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.) and Industry Entertainment (Keith Addis and Andrew Deane) are producing the miniseries. RHI Entertainment will distribute the project internationally.
Reunion Pictures (www.reunionpictures.ca) is a Canadian-based company that develops and finances high quality television and multi-platform properties. Launched in 2004 with over a billion dollars worth of award-winning filmed entertainment, Reunion Pictures has been nominated multiple times for Emmys and Golden Globes, and has been awarded Genies, Gemini's and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Television. Reunion Pictures' list of credits includes a # 1 US box office release (Butterfly Effect), #1 US network miniseries (10.5), and two #1 cable miniseries (Tin Man and Earthsea, produced with RHI Entertainment for SCI FI Channel).

RHI Entertainment (NASDAQ: RHIE) develops, produces and distributes new made-for-television movies, miniseries and other television programming worldwide, and is the leading provider of new long-form television content in the United States. Under the leadership of Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr., RHI has produced and distributed thousands of hours of quality television programming, and RHI's productions have received more than 100 Emmy Awards. During 2007, RHI developed, produced and distributed 43 new television movies and miniseries to broadcast and cable networks around the world. In addition to the development, production and distribution of new content, RHI owns rights to approximately 1,000 titles, or over 3,500 broadcast hours of long-form television programming, which are licensed to broadcast and cable networks and new media outlets globally.

Keith Addis and Andrew Deane are partners at Industry Entertainment, a leading talent management and production company that has produced award winning films including The Player, Requiem for a Dream and Quills. Industry Entertainment is currently Executive Producing Fear Itself for NBC, a re-purposed version of Industry's acclaimed anthology series, Masters of Horror, which aired on Showtime, and featured one-hour movies from such illustrious genre filmmakers as John Carpenter, Takashi Miike, Joe Dante, John Landis, Dario Argento, Tobe Hopper, Stuart Gordon, Brad Anderson and series creator Mick Garris himself. Industry also executive-produced the recent anthology series Masters of Science Fiction for ABC. Keith Addis and Andrew Deane also manage distinguished clients in the literary and talent fields.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

Christopher Lloyd joins "Mirabilis"

Had this in a Google alert from broadcastnewsroom.com:

By Kimberly Nordyke

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Emmy-winning actor Christopher Lloyd, whose many film and television credits include "Back to the Future" and "Taxi," has been cast in Sci Fi Channel's miniseries "Mirabilis."

The story centers on four knights who must save their great land of Mirabilis.

Cast opposite David James Elliott, Lloyd will play one of the knights, Tesselink, a venerated senior elf who is an accomplished master of bloodsteel sorcery.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Some of the story behind 'The Rainbow Tribe'

Thanks to a lovely email from Mr. Dan Frisch, writer/producer, I'm honored to share some of the story behind the movie... since this was a personal email, I do ask that it not be shared elsewhere without either his or my permission. Thank you and enjoy!

Hi J,

Thank you so much for your support, I checked out your link and just love it. I have been involved in many studio movies, it is rare when I delve into something independent, but I have been committed to this film for 17 years. It is inspired by my camp counselor back in 1973, Jim Rosenberg, who sadly lost his battle to stomach cancer at the age of 20 in 1974. David's performance is a grand tribute to his life as are all of the performances in the film.

I financed the film personally, and while it is always nice to get your money back-- I didn't get into this for the money, I did as a means of saying goodbye to someone who meant so much to me and also in the belief that this film would positively affect so many people... if only it could reach them-- and reach them is my commitment. In fairness to Jim, to DJE and everyone involved (fans alike), I must stay committed to getting this film released theatrically in the U.S. and hope that it will become something seen and enjoyed throughout the world.

Everything that you and all of the fans of the movie are doing only helps us in that effort. I always feel that "right" is more important than "right now," so please, keep being a fan and think positively for the film's release theatrically-- if we all collectively will it, then I am certain it will happen.

It is a special film that is made in tribute to Jim Rosenberg and for all of you.

One other thing I will share with you is a little back story captured in an email between myself and Jim's parents who are now in their 90's-- it wasn't until this year that I told them this film was made with their son's loving memory in mind.

Keep up the good work and support, the more vocal the better (like constituents to politicians)-- we are all in this together and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Below are the emails between myself and Jim's parents recently (and as a note, both Jim and his brother were adopted):

-----Original Message-----

From Abe and Sis Rosenberg:
Hi Dan Sorry we missed your phone call Im hard of hearing and would have trouble conversing with you however I plan to call you onthe relay if you know what that is. We are very excited about your moviefeaturing Jim it is very dificult for me to travel because I have trouble walkingso as much as we would like to be there we will have to wait for the dvd. I dontrecall the realationship between you and Jim.but I know how much Jim lovedkids he was a very compassionate person and was unusally great to anyone thatneeded help. It has been over 30 years since Jim died and His mom and mestoped thinkig abd missing him, he was an uniique person, and a good person ason we could always love. We would love to know more about you anything youcould tell us,sincerelyAbe & Sis Rosenberg

-----Original Message-----From Dan Frisch
Dear Abe and Sis,

I am sorry for taking so long in gettingback to you, it has really been a busy year to this point, finishingthe movieand other business affairs, and this was something that I did not wantto rush.In 1973 I attended Camp Thunderbird for thefirst time, I was 9 years-old and homesick. I was a quiet kid, kind ofliked being on my own, (Jim nicknamed me Orphie, like an orphan, I wasa little different from the others, probably reminded Jim of himself).Jim had the nickname Lurch, and he was the only counselor I have everremembered. There are many profound "firsts" in our lives, many of them memorable,I remember Jim as the first friend I ever had in my life.As homesick as I was leaving my folks whenI attended camp that summer, I was equally homesick, leaving Jim, mycabin mates and Camp Thunderbird. Many friendships were made that summer in ourcabin, Jim had everything to do with that. His kind and gentle way wasinfectious and impressionable.After leaving Camp Thunderbird that summer, and as I had done on so many prior occasions,

I asked my mom if I had received any mail-- she always responded with "well did you write anybody?!"However, sure enough, one day a letter reached me a few months aftercamp and it was from Jim. He spoke of going on a very long, difficult canoe tripwith his friend and counselor mate "Bajou." The letter was the kind thatcan only come from your heart, it was detailed and meaningful. Jim and Iexchanged several letters throughout the year, but as next summer'scamp drew nearer, the letters stopped. It was in the middle of the next summer,disappointed that Lurch did not return, that Bajou pulled me aside andtold me that Jim had passed away.That day has lived with me. I knew how much I meant to Jim, but I was a 9-year-old boy
and pretty much kept to myself-- I never knew if Jim knew how much he meant to me. I was alsosorry that I did not get a chance to say goodbye to him or to let him know howmuch I enjoyed his friendship.I kept his memory with me and decided oneday to say goodbye in my own way. One day, 18 yearsago, I contacted Camp Thunderbird and told them I was returningto be a counselor-- to live in Jim's shoes so-to-speak. It was ameaningful summer and I had fantastic kids.

Prior to going back to camp that summer, I was working in New York
as an accountant on a television show, I was 26 at the time (today I am 43).Immediately after camp, I was called to work on a film in the south of Texas.

The movie's financing was falling apart, and I found myself in the middle of nowhere
with more time on my hands than I knew what to do with, so I sat down put pen to paper and wrote amovie in memory of Jim. Like many writers I imagined the story andjust let my heart go with the emotion that has been with me all theseyears.18 years later and having saved up enough experience and money, I spent my entire life's fortunes
on making a film called "The Rainbow Tribe." Simply put, the film it is about the one thing Ihave always remembered about Jim-- friendship.I am proud of the film and I think Jim would have really enjoyed it as well-- I have to believe his spiritlives within it.I would love to make my way to Kansas one of these days soon to meet you, Tom, perhaps his sister and to play foryou the film... I will try and make this happen sooner rather than later.At the moment I am hoping to find someone that will take a chance on the film and invest the money it takes toput it on the big screen. I believe there is a destiny to all of this, and trust in it, I am working on that destiny every day.I hope this email brings back your own fond, memories of Jim and the positive affect he had on people that werelucky enough know him.Wishing you the best of health and happiness,Dan Frisch

----- Original Message -----
From Abe and Sis Rosenberg:Hi Dan We l0ved your letter and hope we get to see you and the moviedont waittoo long as we may not br here.Jim was one of a kind and in his brieflife he touched many people not a day goes by that we do not miss andthink of him he was so special thanks again for your letter.Abe&Sis

----- Original Message -----
From Dan Frisch

Dear Abe, Sis, Tom and if you can pass this along to your sister/daughter,I am pleased to tell you that we will be screening The Rainbow Tribe at the Kansas International Film Festival the week of September 19-25th.I would also like for you all to be my guests if it is possible for me to attend, and as of now I am planning on it. If for some reason it is easier to see it in the comfort of your home, I will bring a DVD copy with me.I hope this email finds you all doing well and I will email you more information on the screening as it becomes available.Dan Frisch



Thank you again, Dan, for sharing this with me, and all of DJE's fans. And to those fans I say, this movie needs our support and encouragement. I posted links in my previous posts to the official site of the movie, and to the board on IMBD. Also please vote for the movie on the TCM site, a link which is also posted in a previous post on my blog.

Monday, August 11, 2008

New VoyForum for David James Elliott

Some of DJE fans have started a new board about him! They are a great group of people! Please visit! They are having lots of interesting conversations, great photos, collages, and videos!!! Here is the link:

http://www.voy.com/217480/

Congratulations again to NancyE, Spudz, and Barbie on a great DJE site where all the fans can meet and talk about their favorite man!!!!

Support for 'The Rainbow Tribe'


Please, support this movie release by either voting on the Turner Classic Movie site, or by posting on the board at IMBD.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1083470/

Mr. Frisch, producer/writer of the movie, is asking DJE fans from all over to vote for DVD release on TCM, but especially to post on the board at IMBD. So everyone, please make your voice heard and support this movie! If you've watched the trailer, you can't help but love the interactions between DJE and the rest of the cast! There is comedy, angst, romance... everything needed to make this movie a big hit all over the world! So come on, support this release! Make your voice heard!
Image from IMBD website.

Friday, August 8, 2008

More of 'The Rainbow Tribe'

Thanks to an email from a friend in Germany, they are hoping to get people to promote the movie on their blogs, websites, etc. so here is my contribution. Be sure to check out the movie trailer on:

http://www.therainbowtribemovie.com

Also on Turner Classic Movies, you can vote for it to be released on DVD. You can only vote once, so please, anyone who reads this, don't abuse the vote because I'm sure it would ruin it for everyone. Thanks! Here is the link for that:

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=684515&atid=0&category=overview

I see the votes are up to 174... whoo hooo!!! Enjoy the trailer and please vote for the movie!

Monday, August 4, 2008

'The Rainbow Tribe' movie trailer

WOW... went back to sites looking for updates and found that the official website for 'The Rainbow Tribe' now has a movie trailer posted. If the rest of the movie is as good as the preview, these people have a hit on their hands! Here is a link to the site:

http://www.therainbowtribemovie.com

I hope everyone that reads this enjoys it as much as I did! It's a fantastic looking movie!!!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Quinn is Over 'The Rainbow'

Had this in a scifiwire newsletter yesterday, sorry just getting it posted today. Real life has been terrible lately.

July 30, 2008

'Eureka' co-star Ed Quinn told SCI FI Wire that he's completed work on the independent film The Rainbow Tribe, which he described as a family film with SF overtones.

"The Rainbow Tribe is a great little summer-camp movie," Quinn said in an interview while promoting the upcoming third season of SCI FI Channel's Eureka. "It's got Grayson Russell from Talladega Nights and David James Elliott. It's a sweet little movie. It's doing the festivals right now, and it's getting some really, really good response. I basically went to summer camp last summer and shot it."

Elliott stars as a terminally ill man who hopes to recapture some of his youth by returning to camp as a counselor. Over several weeks, he forges a bond with a number of the kids and enjoys a few humorous adventures.

"I play sort of the Yoda of the piece," Quinn said. "And there is kind of a fantasy element to it. It's the aurora borealis, and it deals with that camp mythology, what we thought was real when we were kids. Was it real? That feeling of invincibility we had, was it just youth or was there something to it, some gravity to that? It's a sweet little movie. I know they're really looking to get it a theatrical release. And there's even talk of doing a sequel before this one gets released, because the kids are growing up fast." --Ian Spelling

Link to original article: http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=58171

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Possible cover art for Season 7 of JAG


Thanks to my friend, Carolyn, here may be a sneak peak of the cover art for Season 7. This may be subject to change according to TVshowsonDVD.com.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

'Mirabilis'

ACFC West Local 2020 CEP - Dragonsteel - Mini-Series

While searching for more information about 'Mirabilis', I came across this:

MIRABILIS Mini-series

DragonSteel Films, Inc.
Exec Prod:Lisa Richardson
Producer: Pascal Verschooris
Director: Philip Spink
DOP: David Moxness
PM: Simon Richardson
PC: Genessa Davis
PD: Peter Andringa
Transport Coord: Peter Gibson
Constr Coord: Shane O'Reilly
Key Scenic Art: Jodie Lavoie
Key SPFX: David Barkes
1034 264th Street
Langley, B.C. V4W 2H2
Ph: (604) 856-7366
Fax: (604) 856-7360
Prep: May 26, 2008
Shoot: July 15, 2008
Wrap: August 29, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Breaking News - SCI FI CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS 4-HOUR FANTASY ADVENTURE MIRABILIS | TheFutonCritic.com

Breaking News - SCI FI CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS 4-HOUR FANTASY ADVENTURE MIRABILIS TheFutonCritic.com


[NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.]

SCI FI CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS 4-HOUR FANTASY ADVENTURE MIRABILIS
David James Elliott Set to Star

Beverly Hills, CA - July 20, 2008 -- SCI FI Channel has greenlit Mirabilis, (working title) a 4-hour fantasy adventure miniseries where heroes battle the forces of darkness set against a backdrop of knights, sorcerers and dragons. Set to star in the movie are David James Elliott (JAG) as protagonist John Serrogoth and Natassia Malthe (Elektra) as Perfidia.

Mirabilis will be produced by Reunion Pictures (Lisa Richardson, Matthew O'Connor, Tom Rowe) with RHI Entertainment, (Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.) and Industry Entertainment (Keith Addis and Andrew Deane) are also attached to the project. Emmy-nominated Sam Egan (Sanctuary, Jeremiah, The Outer Limits) wrote the script. RHI Entertainment will distribute the project internationally.

Once a paradise fueled by the all-powerful sorcery-grade metal known as bloodsteel, the distant land of Mirabilis begins to decay as supplies of the supernatural substance dwindle. The evil warlord Dragon Eye fights to gain control of the world's supply of bloodsteel, which he will use to rule Mirabilis. But, an ancient prophecy propels four ordinary citizens to battle Dragon Eye. Their quest is to find the fabled Crucible - source of all bloodsteel - before the corrupt forces of darkness destroy their world.

Reunion Pictures (www.reunionpictures.ca) is a Canadian-based company that develops and finances high quality television and multi-platform properties. Launched in 2004 with over a billion dollars worth of award-winning filmed entertainment, Reunion Pictures has been nominated multiple times for Emmys and Golden Globes, and has been awarded Genies, Gemini's and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Television. Reunion Pictures' list of credits includes a # 1 US box office release (Butterfly Effect), #1 US network mini-series (10.5), and two #1 cable mini-series (Tin Man and Earthsea, produced with RHI Entertainment for SCI FI Channel).

RHI Entertainment (NASDAQ: RHIE) develops, produces and distributes new made-for-television movies, miniseries and other television programming worldwide, and is the leading provider of new long-form television content in the United States. Under the leadership of Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr., RHI has produced and distributed thousands of hours of quality television programming, and RHI's productions have received more than 100 Emmy Awards. During 2007, RHI developed, produced and distributed 43 new television movies and miniseries to broadcast and cable networks around the world. In addition to the development, production and distribution of new content, RHI owns rights to approximately 1,000 titles, or over 3,500 broadcast hours of long-form television programming, which are licensed to broadcast and cable networks and new media outlets globally.

Keith Addis and Andrew Deane are partners at Industry Entertainment, a leading talent management and production company that has produced award-winning films including The Player, Requiem for a Dream and Quills. Industry Entertainment is currently Executive Producing Fear Itself for NBC, a re-purposed version of Industry's acclaimed anthology series, Masters of Horror, which aired on Showtime, and featured one-hour movies from such illustrious genre filmmakers as John Carpenter, Takashi Miike, Joe Dante, John Landis, Dario Argento, Tobe Hopper, Stuart Gordon, Brad Anderson and series creator Mick Garris himself. Industry also executive-produced the recent anthology series Masters of Science Fiction for ABC. Keith Addis and Andrew Deane also manage distinguished clients in the literary and talent fields.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Elliott, Malthe in Sci Fi miniseries

Elliott, Malthe in Sci Fi miniseries

Had so many alerts about this when I checked my email! LOL! What fantastic news!!! This is my dream come true, David James Elliott as a knight... and on the Sci Fi Channel too!!!! Awesome! Now I'll include all the articles in one place here so they are easier to read! LOL!

Four-hour project was written by Sam Egan
By Nellie Andreeva
July 18, 2008, 12:00 AM ET

Sci Fi Channel has given the green light to a miniseries starring David James Elliott. Natassia Malthe also has been cast in the four-hour mini, tentatively titled "Mirabilis." The mini revolves around four knights who must save their great land of Mirabilis. Elliott will play John, a knight and wandering warrior avenging the killing of his family. Malthe will play Perfidia, another knight who also is John's love interest.

Sam Egan ("Jeremiah") wrote the script. The mini will be produced by Reunion Pictures, with RHI Entertainment and Industry Entertainment attached. RHI will distribute internationally.

Elliott, who next appears in the film "Lovesick" is repped by Gersh and McGowan Management.

Malthe recently appeared in ABC Family's "Fallen."

From Hollywoodreporter.com: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i7d21992b375a28c63d14b73b80cca731

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David James Elliott and Natassia Malthe Save Mirabilis

Sci Fi Channel has greenlit a four-hour miniseries starring David James Elliott and Natassia Malthe, tentatively titled Mirabilis. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the mini revolves around four knights who must save their great land of Mirabilis. Elliott will play John, a knight and wandering warrior avenging the killing of his family. Malthe will play Perfidia, another knight who also is John's love interest.

Sam Egan (Jeremiah) wrote the script.

From MovieWeb.com: http://www.movieweb.com/tv/news/34/30034.php
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Well all the other alerts are pretty much the same so I'm not going to keep reposting them. But as soon as I know more, I will!

WAY TO GO, DJE!!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

JAG DVD news: Announcement for JAG - The Complete 7th Season | TVShowsOnDVD.com

JAG DVD news: Announcement for JAG - The Complete 7th Season TVShowsOnDVD.com

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/JAG-Season-7/10060

Coming our way November 4th, 2008!!!!! Whoo hooo!!!!

As soon as the box art is out, I'll be posting it here!!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Happy 4th of July!



First I'd like to wish all the military a safe and happy holiday!

Secondly, USA Network will be having a JAG marathon on July 4th. Check your local listings for times!!! Whoo hoooo!!! It's about time!!!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sci-fi props up for auction

Sci-fi props up for auction (had this in a Canada.com newsletter and a Google alert)

Peek at studio all part of the fun
Michael D. Reid, Times Colonist
Published: Monday, June 23, 2008

Pssst ... wanna buy a moon rock? If that doesn't excite you, how about a crisp cotton dress shirt worn by the president of the United States?

Or an outfit worn by Natasha Henstridge of Species fame or by David James Elliott, the former star of JAG?

You'll find a lot more where those came from on Wednesday when the producers of Impact, the $14-million sci-fi mini-series that just wrapped a 40-day shoot here, sell off thousands of dollars worth of costumes, props and furnishings.

For years, "set-dec" and wardrobe sales were one of the best kept secrets in B.C.'s movie industry. When a production wrapped, everything was sold off to other shows or bargain-hunting industry insiders and fortunate friends.

Impact producer Ted Bauman says it makes sense to open up set-dec sales to the public in a market like Victoria. He did it last summer when a sale was held downtown to blow out props and costumes from the Hallmark film Pictures of Hollis Woods.

Those who show up between 10 and 4 Wednesday for the cash-only sale at the former NOW furniture building, 2269 Douglas St., will get more than just a chance to buy a piece of the action. They'll get a sneak peek inside the studio where interiors were shot.

"A lot of the movie sets should still be in place," Bauman says. "People can come in and take a look at the lunar lander on the moon, and they might see 'the war room' and the European Space Agency control room -- parts of it, anyway."

Impact, which co-stars James Cromwell, Benjamin Sadler and Steve Culp (Thirteen Days) as the U.S. president, wrapped Friday. Victoria doubled as several worldwide locations including Ottawa, Washington, Munich and New Mexico.

The German-Canadian co-production, directed by Mike Rohl from a script by Emmy-winning screenwriter Michael Vickerman (Superfire), focuses on the impact of a meteor shower that sends the moon on a collision course with earth.

Items will be priced to sell, Bauman says -- much of it going for 50 per cent of what the company paid for it.

"We have lots of electronics, great clothing and lots of Ikea furniture," he said. Unsold items will go to charity.

It's not just Ikea couches, computers, dress suits, tables, office chairs and houseplants, set decorator Terry Lewis explains.

"The beauty of set-dec sales is they're very eclectic. There can be everything from nice high-end furnishings to what we ended up selling after I did The Egg Factory -- not one, but two gynecological examination tables."

Lewis, an 18-year industry veteran, refers to the "One man's junk is another man's treasure" axiom.
He still remembers the "old days" when studios would pack up sets and costumes in a trailer and send them to Los Angeles for storage.

"That's the world of higher-budget features," he says. "Nowadays the cost of making these lower-budget projects is so close to the line it's almost an economic necessity."

Consumers should be aware sale items have been used on film sets and might show signs of wear, he says.
Unusual items include a roll of copper sheeting bought in Kentucky to form the lunar lander's heat shield; and German light switches imported from Cologne.

"I challenge you to find a German light switch anywhere else in Victoria," he jokes.
"Or a Soyuz space capsule."

An estimated $50,000 worth of costumes will also be up for grabs, says costume designer Trish Flynn.

"This was a big show," she says.

"We fit over 100 actors with 15 costume changes on average, and 500 background."

While you won't be able to buy spacesuits, Red Cross uniforms or military apparel, expect lots of sportswear, business attire, clothes worn by scientists and some kids' clothing, sizes 8 and 9.

The featured actors get first crack at the costumes.

"They've worn it and they get used to it," Flynn says, adding prospective buyers should be aware costumes are altered.

"You might have a size 40, with the arms short or the pants long, depending on the actor," she cautions.

Oh, and just so you know. Those moon rocks are made of Styrofoam.

© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Update on release date for 'The Rainbow Tribe'


Photo from IMBD.com website for 'The Rainbow Tribe'

Was just checking the IMBD website for 'The Rainbow Tribe' and noticed that a new release date had been listed for the USA, August 21, 2008. I certainly hope that's true, it had said January 2009. This would be some great news! The movie looks excellent!

Monday, June 16, 2008

A little insider information about DJE in 'Impact'

Since this was shared with me privately, I can't reveal any names, but I was given permission to share some of the comraderie between DJE and other actors on the set. Thanks!

'David Elliott is one of the funniest guy guy's you could meet. He seems a little intimidating at first, until you realize you could imagine him easily cracking jokes over beers and hockey..(they) are filming 14 to 16 hours a day, and he usually comes up with the right line to crack up the staff after 13 hours or so, and keeps (them) going the next few.'

'His favourite thing to do when it is tense and (they) have had to re-do a scene a whole bunch of times, is he will be saying this super heavy bit of dialogue about the Moon about to come crashing down on the planet, and suddenly he breaks into Star Trek, just out of nowhere...he's either doing Scotty's famous "Captain...she can't take much more of this!" or every now and again he will deliver his lines in Captain Kirk's famous "turn every word into it's own sentence" cadence. The other thing he has done to lighten things up on the set, is in the War Room scene (they) have two giant screens showing the scientific data on the moon and it's orbit etc...as well as a number of smaller screens showing CNN and the like...and one day on set (they) are filming a scene where (they) are all looking at the giant screens and worrying about the information we are getting, and suddenly DJE's travel photos and boating photos come up as a joke. '

Thursday, June 5, 2008

TV, eh? » Global/E! announce 2008 schedules

TV, eh? » Global/E! announce 2008 schedules
Posted by: Diane in Da Kink in my Hair, Project Runway Canada, The Guard
From a media release (I’m including Canadian series only):
Key returning 2008 Canadian highlights include the #1 new drama series* THE GUARD; and #1 new Canadian comedy series ’DA KINK IN MY HAIR. (BBM-NMR National Meter Data, Adults 18-49, Sept 10/07-May 25/08)

GLOBAL PRIMETIME 2008 – DAY-AT-A-GLANCEAll times EST. SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Wednesday10pm The Guard (Season 2)
Saturday7pm Global Currents (Season 3)
10pm Renagadepress.com
10:30pm Renagadepress.com

MID-SEASON: ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING (Global)

THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF BOB AND DOUG MACKENZIE (30 minutes; animated)
COLD BLOOD (10 x 1 hour; documentary)
HOWIE DO IT (30 minutes; comedy)
XIII (2 x 2 hour; drama)
THE LAST TEMPLAR (2 x 2 hour; drama)
PROJECT RUNWAY CANADA Season 2 (1 hour; reality)

MID-SEASON ORIGINAL SERIES (E!)
PRODUCING PARKER (animation)

Got this in a TVeh? newsletter. Knew they were bringing 'The Guard' back for a Season 2 but it's nice to see it in print.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

David James Elliott cast in mini-series disaster flick | Hollywood Celebrities

Are you ready for some major disaster film effects? Were you disappointed that there wasn’t more destruction when the Golden Gate Bridge broke in half on Eli Stone (I was.) Then you, like me, will be pleased to hear that David James Elliott is starring in a four-hour mini-series called Impact. Producers are promising lots of action and Charlton Heston-like epic disaster. Okay, maybe I added the Charlton Heston adjective, but at $13 million, the guys at Muse Entertainment, Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment and Tandem Communications aren’t skimping.

Casting David is a plus for starters. The former JAG star has a nice balance of serious and tongue-in-cheek, so hopefully he’ll keep Impact from getting too cheesey. The story, however, does have Velveeta potential.

The plot erupts when a meteor shower results in a piece of a dwarf star (no, I was going to make a joke about Michael Dunn, but I’ll refrain) breaks off and collides into the moon. The impact (get the title now?) causes the moon to shift out of orbit which leads to all kinds of problems here on earth.

Big problems, too. Cell phone interruptions. Cable and satellite interference. No, no, those are the minor inconveniences. The really big ones are the tides not rolling in on schedule and — I love this one — sporadic weightlessness! I want to try that one.

In Michael Vickerman’s screenplay, David’s character is Alex Kinter, an astrophysicist. He teams with a female astrophysicist (uncast so far), and together they find out that the moon is so out of whack that it’s going to collide with the earth. How do they solve the problem? Well, we’ll just have to tune in to find out.

Alert from highwallpaper.com. I am so looking forward to this movie.
http://www.highwallpaper.com/celebrities/hollywood/celebrity-tv/p2008/david-james-elliott-cast-in-mini-series-disaster-flick.html

Monday, May 26, 2008

Actor-athlete goes the distance

JAG veteran making Impact on set of TV mini-series
Michael D. Reid, Times ColonistPublished: Monday, May 26, 2008

There's something to that axiom about how everyone loves a man in uniform.

Just ask David James Elliott. The Canadian actor developed a whole new fan base in 1995 when he was cast as the star of JAG, the hit CBS military adventure series that ran for 10 years.

"Women were never interested in me before that," deadpans Elliott, 48. "It's flattering."

It's easy to see why readers have been calling this desk with dinner invitations, photo requests and queries as to the whereabouts of the actor best known as Cmdr. Harmon Rabb Jr. in the show conceived as "Top Gun meets A Few Good Men."

Smartly dressed in a navy blazer, slacks and gleaming black dress shoes, the Milton, Ont.-born actor is the epitome of the head-turning hunk, oozing smooth charm and quick wit as he puffs on a cigar outside his trailer near the set of Impact.

No stranger to wearing uniforms -- from playing head-injured Canadian football star Terry Evanshen in The Man Who Lost Himself to David Renwald, a coast guard officer with multiple sclerosis on Global's The Guard -- he's doing it again.

Elliott is stepping into a spacesuit for one of his many scenes as Dr. Alex Kinter, an Ottawa-based astrophysicist and single father who with a German scientist (Benjamin Sadler) has to rocket to the moon in a bid to avert a global catastrophe.

The $14-million TV mini-series being filmed here charts the worldwide mayhem that ensues when an asteroid hits the moon, sending it on a collision course with Earth. It co-stars Natasha Henstridge and James Cromwell.

Although Impact is loaded with visual effects and action in multiple locations, Elliott's challenges lie elsewhere.

"I have to call on my memory a lot. There's a lot of scientific dialogue to cram in," he says. "But we've got a great cast and crew and we're having fun. I think it'll translate well to the screen."

Elliott can relate to Kinter's paternal aspects, being a devoted family man himself. The Los Angeles-based actor is married to actress Nanci Chambers, who played Lt. Loren Singer in JAG. They have two children -- Stephanie, 14, and Wyatt, 5.

He just wishes he could be at home as much as he was while shooting episodic television in L.A.

"They understand. It's what I do. I've been doing a lot more movies and other things and travelling more, which makes it a little difficult. It's never ideal but what am I going to do? This is the business we've chosen."

Elliott chose it after briefly dropping out of high school to pursue his dream of becoming a rock star. Inspired by a teacher who praised his reading of King Lear, he went to Ryerson and became a member of Stratford's Young Company.

Since then, the six-foot-four actor has appeared in films and dozens of TV shows including Street Legal, Knot's Landing, The Untouchables, Melrose Place (as a sex-addicted football player), Seinfeld, Medium and JAG, as well as playing egocentric district attorney James Conlon in the CBS legal series Close to Home.

Doing JAG for 10 years gave Elliott the freedom to pick projects more for artistic merit than megabucks, he says.

When his interviewer confesses he wasn't one of JAG's millions of fans, he feigns anger.

"We didn't need you, man," he deadpans. "It's still on the air."

He says he had "a blast" recently playing the father of a lonely lad with a beloved stuffed toy in Gooby, Canadian writer-director Wilson Coneybeare's family-friendly blend of live-action and computer-generated effects. Described as "Harvey meets Harry and the Hendersons," the upcoming film also features Robbie Coltrane and Eugene Levy.

Elliott is also pumped about The Rainbow Tribe, an indie charmer in which he plays a middle-aged man with a brain tumour who finds fulfilment "and a reason to go on" as a counsellor for a ragtag group of kids at a beloved summer camp of his childhood.

"There was no money in it but the script was one of the best I've ever read."

Like Robert Downey, Jr., Elliott has also strutted his stuff as Iron Man -- albeit a different variety.
An endurance athlete who also loves to fish and golf -- often in charity tournaments -- Elliott has done the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, several half-Ironmans and Olympic-distance triathlons, and 15 marathons from Boston to Lake Tahoe.

Laughing, he says he can't help himself.

"I'm an obsessive-compulsive guy," he says. "It lends itself well because you can hyper-focus. I started doing it because it behooves me to stay in shape. I can go the distance. I may not be the fastest guy on the track but I'll probably be the last guy to stop."

mreid@tc.canwest.com
Had this in a Google news alert... quite an interesting article. Can't wait until we see him back on television!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

In honor of our soldiers...


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Re-airing of 'Love Sick'

According to VenusZine.com, 'Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict' will be airing again on LifetimeTV May 26 and June 3, 2008. Here is a link to the whole article for anyone interested:

http://venuszine.com/articles/art_and_culture/film/3200/No_sexy_secrets_here

Monday, May 5, 2008

Babe star Cromwell filming in Victoria


James Cromwell's character comforts his granddaughter, played by Natasha Calis,
shot Thursday in Shawnigen Lake for the movie 'Impact'.
Photo by Handout Photo.




Michael D. Reid, Victoria Times Colonist
Published: Monday, May 05, 2008

James Cromwell had acted on stage and television for years — remember Archie Bunker’s co-worker Stretch Cunningham on All in the Family? — but he says it wasn’t until he became a pig farmer he thought his career as one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors really began.

“That’s probably the one I loved the most. He was such a sweet fella,” says the six-foot-seven actor, smiling as he recalls his Oscar-nominated role as kindly Farmer Hoggett in Babe, the 1995 charmer about an endearing piglet raised by sheepdogs.

Cromwell, 68, is described as “lovely” by crew members on the set of Impact, the $13-million sci-fi miniseries about the effects of a meteor’s collision with the moon.

“I try to do titles that are only one or two words. I did The Babe and Babe, and Deep Impact and Impact,” the Los Angeles-born actor jokes when reminded he was in a similarly titled movie about a comet on a collision course with earth 10 years ago.

Cromwell, last seen playing Prince Philip to acerbic perfection in The Queen, is bundled up in a winter coat inside Shawnigan Lake’s Royal Canadian Legion.

It’s doubling as Rumney’s Roadhouse, a ramshackle “sportsman’s bar” in Vermont. The parking lot is strewn with smoking, overturned vans and pickup trucks, some in flames from the effects of a gravitational crisis.

The fake scar on his forehead is because his character, a loving grandfather, has been in a crash while trying to get his grandchildren to Washington to be with their father, a scientist played by David James Elliott.

The outspoken actor, environmentalist, anti-war activist and defender of aboriginal rights says Babe was more than a movie to him. It was a life-changing “gift” from spiritual leader Baba Ram Dass, a.k.a. Dr. Richard Alpert, author of the inspirational book Be Here Now.

“I had lost my way and through a serendipitous series of events I wound up at an ashram with this teacher,” explains Cromwell, who was disillusioned by what was happening to his country during the Vietnam era.

He received the script for Babe after travelling around the world. He spent eight months in Africa, and spent time with monks in a temple in Japan before returning to New York to “reconnect with what initially gave me the impetus to be an actor.”
Cromwell understands why the Oscar-nominated movie captured the hearts and minds of millions.

“It’s a beautiful story, brilliantly done,” he says. “The trick [mating animatronics and live animals] was not apparent because very few people do it. It’s because of the genius of [director] Chris Noonan and [co-writer] George Miller. To create the illusion of intelligence and volition you had to train animals to relate to each other the way humans do.”

That Babe even got released was a miracle, he says.

“Universal almost threw the film away. They thought it would be a disaster.”

Its fortunes improved after the studio half-heartedly invited movie writers to see it after the premiere of Apollo 13 in Texas.

“The reporters went, ‘Oh, geez, oh no,’ but then they saw it and wrote great reviews.”

After making Babe, Cromwell became an ethical vegan and animal rights crusader, working with organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He had been a vegetarian since taking a disturbing motorcycle trip through the stockyards of Texas in 1975.

“As far as you could see there was suffering, and the stench and sounds were haunting,” Cromwell recalls somberly.

Having played princes to presidents, he’s one of Hollywood’s most ubiquitous actors. Memorable roles include Cromwell’s lethally corrupt police chief in L.A. Confidential, the prison warden in The Green Mile, a monk who befriends Babe Ruth in The Babe, Jack Bauer’s evil father in 24, geologist George Sibley in Six Feet Under, a dying bishop in E.R., Mr. Skolnick in Revenge of the Nerds and Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact.

Just don’t call him a character actor.

“There are two distinctions. One is you never get the girl, which is the part I don’t like,” he says, grinning. “The second is the assumption that you can’t carry the picture. I don’t do ‘characters.’ I always do me — where I’ve got lines written and I have to get from one line to the next in a circumstance which alters who I am.”

He’ll do that again when he starts rehearsals Thursday in Louisiana for his role as former U.S. president George Bush in W, Oliver Stone’s biopic on current President George W. Bush. Although Cromwell is no stranger to the Oval Office — he played fictional presidents in The Sum of All Fears and The West Wing and Lyndon B. Johnson in RFK — this is different.

“I played Johnson when he was dead so he couldn’t write me a letter,” he quips. He says the challenge is to convey the essence of the elder Bush without descending into caricature. “You have to create the sense you really are the person, but under private circumstances. You’ve never seen him say to his son he’s disappointed in his behaviour or that he can’t talk to him, or that he’s embarrassed.”

Why does Cromwell get cast as authority figures so often?

“A lack of imagination,” jokes the actor, who has played bankers, senators and judges. “If you start out as a pig farmer and then do L.A. Confidential, instead of saying, ‘Wow! What range!’ they say, ‘What are we going to do with him?’ Then you do Sum of All Fears and if you’re a believable president they say, ‘Oh, we’ve got him now.’ ”

Cromwell is fuelled by the influence of his parents — actress Kay Johnson and John Cromwell, the blacklisted actor-director.

“He said, ‘It’s a tough business. You don’t work and people are critical and you lose hope. But it works out if you keep at it.’ ”

©Victoria Times Colonist 2008

Had this in a Google alert and included the whole post. James Cromwell is quite the actor. Can't wait to see him and DJE in 'Impact'.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Granada CEO Keen to Mine Library - TVWeek - News

Granada CEO Keen to Mine Library - TVWeek - News

Interesting article mentioning 'Impact' from TVWeek.com:

Buccieri Sees Value in Vast Array of Titles

With a companywide goal of doubling revenues to $2.4 billion by 2012, ITV Global Content head Dawn Airey named Paul Buccieri CEO of Granada America earlier this year. With growing pressure on the company to perform, Mr. Buccieri moved quickly to exploit the company's large library of titles to boost the number of series airing on U.S. television.

One key project now being shopped to the networks is upcoming big-budget miniseries “Impact,” through Granada’s Jaffe/Braunstein Films division along with Tandem Communications and Muse Entertainment Enterprises. The story follows consequences that arise when the moon is struck by a burnt-out star. It features Natasha Henstridge, David James Elliott, James Cromwell, Benjamin Sadler and Florentine Lahme.

Granada has already sold the project to more than 90 territories worldwide, including Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Latin America, Benelux, Middle East, Romania and Slovakia, covering the $14 million cost of the miniseries.

With Granada’s “Hell’s Kitchen” continuing to perform well on Fox and a number of series running strong on cable, including “Celebrity Fit Club” on VH1, Mr. Buccieri sat down with TelevisionWeek Deputy Editor Chris Pursell to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for the company.

TelevisionWeek: What is the state of the union at Granada America now that you have taken over?
Paul Buccieri: It’s a great company. We’ve done a great job and we have some nice franchises going. One of the things that [ITV Global content head] Dawn [Airey] wants to do, and I responded really well to this, is that one advantage we have in the marketplace is that we own a network in the U.K. And we really haven’t fully exploited that to the level that we should. That’s one of the things that she’s really focusing in on. The other thing is that we’re using all of our different outposts. Fremantle has done a fine job of this, and [of] working as one collective development unit. My development team isn’t essentially the core people I have here in L.A. and the core people I have in New York. I have people all over, from Germany, Australia, the U.K., and it’s given me the access to so many formats, and so many shows, that the issue now is to prioritize which shows are the best shows to take out for the right networks and that are in line with the brand of the different networks. The other thing I’m excited about is expansion into new territories. We’re going to be very aggressive about setting up offices in other territories around the world, India particularly, so I’m excited about getting those formats in those shows. For me it’s maximizing our scale in the most effective way here in the United States and expanding our portfolio.

TVWeek: Coming from Twentieth Television, what skill set did you learn there that you could apply to Granada?
Mr. Buccieri: News Corp.’s a very disciplined organization, and from the top down they are extremely focused on things, and it really helped me and brought a lot of clarity to me. I focus on things that I can generate revenue on. I also learned a lot about speed. Speed is essential. The other thing about working in a big company like News Corp., we really had the advantage of being vertically integrated. Another advantage is being nimble. Being here at Granada, where I can align myself with a lot of different partners very quickly, and utilizing that speed here so I can make deals very, very quickly, I can work with multiple different partners. And it gives me the flexibility to hopefully set up more different projects.

TVWeek: How long before we see your fingerprints all over what Granada is doing?
Mr. Buccieri: I think over the course of the next two months you’ll see a lot of closed deals and a lot of announcements in the nonscripted side as well as the scripted side, which I’m really excited about, going into that arena as well.

TVWeek: How important is [scripted programming] to the company right now?
Mr. Buccieri: One of the big things about Granada here is that a lot of people don’t know all the shows that we do. On the nonscripted side we’re doing very, very well, and I think we can do better. But at the same time, where I can see the most growth potential is in the scripted side of the business. It made me feel really good that I read the Hollywood Reporter this week, and to see three shows on the scripted side being associated with Granada USA is very gratifying. I think we can really expand that. And we have literally thousands, I’m not exaggerating here, thousands of scripted shows and formats that we can set up with, align with other studios on the right projects, take the calculated risk to do the deficit financing, and I think that’s a real area of growth. In that area we’re going to be hiring some people to staff up to exploit that. So that’s the target for us. The ITV library is second only to BBC in size.

TVWeek: How do you go about deciding what’s right for different media outlets?
Mr. Buccieri: First we have to find the right situation; it can be very convoluted. So we have literally list after list of the different formats. We’ve been inviting creative writers, producers to take looks at those shows and those properties, and see what shows that they gravitate to and if that’s in their strength to be able to set up. I don’t want to just limit us, me as a producer, to say this is the show I’m going to take out. We’re having other people take a look, and see what we have. ITV Productions has a lot of pilots that have been set up in the U.K. that are done, written, drafted, re-drafted and ready to go. We’re bringing those out to our agency, ICM, they’re trying to attach the right writers or directors. As you know very well, the scripted business, it’s all about the writer. And now, in the one-hour, it’s also a lot about the director. So we’re attaching the right people.

TVWeek: Some people have claimed that the U.K. formats are tapped out and it’s time to find series from new locations, be it India or New Zealand. Is that a feeling you share?
Mr. Buccieri: No, I don’t think it’s tapped out in the U.K. But I do think that one doesn’t supersede the other, it doesn’t overshadow the other, I think you should exploit both. I think this is more of a trend from a prime-time network perspective. People are more inclined to buy a formatted show and they’re more inclined to buy English-speaking format. Every year we have a slate of those shows coming on. So I see that continuing. But I do see that we have to look elsewhere as well. You can’t just be so selective on one market and one place. You never know where the next great idea is coming from.

TVWeek: I can’t do an interview about Granada without mentioning “Hell’s Kitchen” star Gordon Ramsay. How does he impact the company?
Mr. Buccieri: He’s a wonderful talent. He’s got all that star quality. But he also comes to the show with a producer’s mind, which I think actually elevates the productions. We’re so grateful to have him, as is Fox. Mike Darnell has done a wonderful job shepherding him and nurturing him as a brand. So what we have now is a bona fide hit where we have two shows with him at Fox, and things are going well with that.

TVWeek: Can you elaborate on exploiting some of the shows that have been developed internally here?Mr. Buccieri: I think the greatest opportunity for Granada America shows, original shows, is in the cable arena. Not to exclude the [broadcast] prime-time arena by any means, but it’s easier for us to mount original projects in cable versus prime time. We did a show called “The Big Match” for Lifetime that now is being exploited all over the world. We have several others, actually. We have three other properties that are original Granada USA formats that, once we mount here, essentially, we call it, “goes in the wheel.” And we get it out to formatting, we get it out to sales, and then I talk to my counterparts in all the different territories that we have and we try to get out those materials as quickly as possible.

TVWeek: You guys made some headlines with the sale of “Nanny 911” and “Trading Spouses” to CMT. Can you talk about the back-end life of reality shows?
Mr. Buccieri: There is life after original shows. One of the things that we’re trying to do in our development is try to focus in on some self-contained reality properties. It’s a benefit to us because there’s an afterlife, after-market value to it. It’s a benefit to the broadcasters that produce it so that they can get more lives out of it. And so that they can use it—one, as filler, if their other shows go down. Two, they have the show for the summer, the show that they can review in the summer and retain the same level. So yeah, that’s something that I talk about quite often actually. And reaping the benefits of “Nanny 911,” which is doing very, very well on CMT. I just got a call from them about that. Yeah, but that is a focus for me.

TVWeek: Let’s talk about your Granada America New York. Where do they fit in the picture?
Mr. Buccieri: We have a New York office, which is run by Patrice Andrews, our senior VP of production and operations. They are a major supplier of reality programming to cable, with nearly 50 hours due to be produced this year, including “The First 48,” which is delivering the highest ratings of its run currently. We expect that an order for season nine is coming soon. The New York office has an expertise in the documentary/docusoap genre, and they’ve done unbelievably well. We really want to get more production done out of there because they can execute flawlessly. The way that they’ve produced these shows, I think, is unmatched, and we’re excited about more possibilities with them. I just want the creative community, producers and executives to know that we here at Granada USA are a place that comes up with unique, creative ideas, nurtures those ideas and executes those ideas and makes everyone involved feel proud of the quality of the show, the ratings of the show. We want to be a place people want to do business with. Since I’ve been here, we’ve been really fortunate, as well as really grateful to Fox, for placing us after “American Idol,” to show everyone how wonderful “Hell’s Kitchen” is, from not just a ratings perspective but from a critical perspective. Because of that we were fortunate enough that they took the order from 10 episodes to 14 episodes of “Kitchen Nightmares.”

TVWeek: How were you able to pull together a miniseries like “Impact?”
Mr. Buccieri: We are always aggressively out in the marketplace selling and developing new concepts. With “Impact,” it’s a really unique deal that they’ve structured. I think we did all the financing overseas. So it’s very much like an independent feature and we’re coming back here to sell it. That’s a really unique and interesting model. I want people to realize that we’re a place where, when you come here, we develop shows together, you not only have the opportunity to develop shows for the United States marketplace but you have opportunities to put these shows on the ITV network in the U.K. and then, of course, around the world. I think that’s exciting to producers because, as an independent producer, you’re isolated out there, and we’ll give you an opportunity to be nurtured in an environment where you can succeed and you can be rewarded financially for that success. That’s the type of environment I would want to be in. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the company because the expectations are really, really high.

10:40 a.m.: Updated first paragraph to reflect $2.4 billion revenue goal is ITV's, not solely Granada America's and corrected name of Mike Darnell in answer about Gordon Ramsay.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Natasha Henstridge braces for Impact | The Register

Natasha Henstridge braces for Impact The Register

Dwarf star hits Moon, Earth has bad hair day
By Lester Haines
Published Monday 28th April 2008 14:44 GMT

In what is quite possibly the most ominous sci-fi news so far this year, Variety reports that Species minx Natasha Henstridge will star in Impact - a TV two-parter featuring a dwarf star hitting the Moon, followed by the usual apocalyptic pandemonium down on Earth.

Henstridge will be joined for the romp by David James Elliott of JAG and LA Confidential vet James Cromwell under the watchful eye of Smallville helmsman Mike Rohl working to a script by Superfire pensmith Michael Vickerman.

Shooting on Impact kicked off in British Colombia last week. Munich-based Tandem Communications is, with Jaffe/Braunstein Films and Muse Entertainment Enterprises, in the producer's chair, while Germany's ProSieben Television, Spain’s Cuatro, TF1 in France and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment share co-production credits.

Tandem has apparently already offloaded the miniseries on an unsuspecting world, with 90 territories getting out their chequebooks for a piece of the action.

Tandem’s Jonas Bauer declared: “The story has broad appeal because it combines universal fears we all have - of large objects flying through space and hitting the Earth. That’s what we’re playing with, the effects on gravity, electro-magnetic disturbances, tsunamis, earthquakes, a high-speed train getting airborne at 200 miles an hour.” ®
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Henstridge to make 'Impact'
TV disaster movie lines up cast
By ED MEZA

BERLIN — Natasha Henstridge (“Eli Stone”), James Cromwell and David James Elliott (“JAG”) will topline “Impact,” a two-part TV disaster movie about a dwarf star striking the moon and wreaking havoc on Earth.

Produced by Munich-based Tandem Communications, Jaffe/Braunstein Films and Muse Entertainment Enterprises, the $14 million miniseries began shooting on location in British Columbia last week.
German thesps Benjamin Sadler (“Side Effects”) and Florentine Lahme (“Rabbit Without Ears”) also star.
Pic is produced in association with Germany's ProSieben Television, Spain’s Cuatro, TF1 in France and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Tandem, which is handling worldwide distribution, has already pre-sold the pic in more than 90 territories, including Austria, Russia, Poland, Latin America and the Middle East.

Directed by Mike Rohl ("Smallville") from a script by Michael Vickerman ("Superfire"), “Impact” is executive produced by Jonas Bauer, Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin, Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein and Michael Prupas, co-executive produced by Irene Litinsky and produced by Ted Bauman.

"Despite the financing challenges in the market today, networks and video distributors worldwide are eager for programming of this nature,” Tandem’s Jonas Bauer said. “The story has broad appeal because it combines universal fears we all have — of large objects flying through space and hitting the Earth. That’s what we’re playing with, the effects on gravity, electro-magnetic disturbances, tsunamis, earthquakes, a high-speed train getting airborne at 200 miles an hour.”

Tandem recently acquired film rights for Ken Follett’s bestseller “The Pillars of the Earth,” which it’s producing with Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Prods., and is in post production on “Lost City Raiders,” a two-hour sci-fi actioner, starring James Brolin, Ian Somerhalder and Jamie Thomas King.

Had these articles in a Google alert... one from the 'Register' and one from 'Variety'.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sci-fi film hits Victoria

Got this in a Google alert:


Michael D. Reid, Times ColonistPublished: Saturday, April 26, 2008

The title of a TV miniseries in production here is appropriate, since it will likely make a significant economic impact. The shoot ends a five-month slump sparked by the rising loonie and, to a lesser degree, the writers' strike.

Impact, a $13-million four-hour miniseries starring David James Elliott, Natasha Henstridge and James Cromwell, began shooting in Colwood yesterday, Vancouver-based producer Ted Bauman confirmed. It was the first day of principal photography on a 38-day shoot that will feature a whopping 64 locations from the B.C. legislature to Shawnigan Lake.

Directed by Mike Rohl (Smallville) from a script by Emmy-winning screenwriter Michael Vickerman (Superfire), the effects-heavy sci-fi adventure focuses on the devastating impact of a meteor shower that sends the moon on a collision course with Earth.

Elliott (JAG) plays Alex Kinter, an Ottawa-based astrophysicist who, with a team of Amer- ican and European scientists, including an astronomer played by Henstridge (Species), convene in Washington, D.C., to try to avert disaster. Cromwell (Babe) plays the grandfather of Kinter's children, and Berlin-based actor Benjamin Sadler portrays a German scientific genius.

Scenes currently being filmed depict neighbourhoods in Ottawa, where Kinter's quiet life is disrupted by the news that the moon has been knocked out of its orbit. In weeks to come, Victoria and surrounding areas will be passed off as Washington, Vermont, London, Paris, New Mexico -- with the Centre of the Universe posing as an observatory there -- and Munich.

When filming wraps here, a second-unit crew will capture footage in Berlin "to create a more European feel," Bauman said.

The prolific producer's Bauman Entertainment Inc. is working in association with Munich- based Tandem Communications, Montreal's Muse Entertainment and Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment, with whom Bauman has partnered here on the TV movies Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels, The Survivor's Club and I Want to Marry Ryan Banks.

Filming is also slated to take place at downtown locations, restaurants, private homes, the airport and a local gravel pit, posing as the lunar landscape.

The visual effects -- 250 in all -- are complicated, he said, "from meteors hitting the Indian Ocean to a moon explosion."

Greater Victoria's film commissioner, Rod Hardy, said Impact was music to his ears.
"It's wonderful to get our local film crews back to work, to drag them out of mothballs," Hardy said. "We've had set decorators working at Safeway. We're finally starting to see pictures coming back."

mreid@tc.canwest.com

© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008

Link to original article:
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/arts/story.html?id=8773c71d-bf71-4c4b-9c68-0087c5fc10ae

Friday, April 25, 2008

David James Elliott Withdraws From BMW Tourney

Samuel L. Jackson Withdraws From BMW Tourney - Sports - News Channel 7, Upstate South Carolina:

"GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 24, 2008) – Actor Joe Pesci and former NFL players Sterling Sharpe and Kordell Stewart have been added to the line-up of celebrities for the 2008 BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament. Actors Samuel L. Jackson, David James Elliott, Kevin Sorbo and Lucas Black have withdrawn. Ty Gretzky, the 17-year-old son of the Great One, will also participate as a celebrity.
The celebrities that are now unable to attend have withdrawn due to recent changes in the production schedules of their latest movies.

“We are very excited to have Joe Pesci and Kordell Stewart joining the field for the first time and to have Sterling Sharpe return. The addition of Ty Gretzky marks the first father-mother-son participants in the tournament’s history and brings our celebrity participants to 28,” said Darin MacDonald, tournament director of the BMW Charity Pro-Am. “It is unfortunate to hear about Samuel L. Jackson, David James Elliott, Kevin Sorbo and Lucas Black, but we understand.They had committed to play, but apparently the shooting schedules of their new movies have changed. We understand that their work takes precedence, and we wish them all well with these productions.”"

I'm not surprised by this announcement. I've been waiting for DJE to withdraw since he'll be filming his new movie 'Impact' at the same time.

Thanks to my neice for the heads up about this article.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Watched 'Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict'

WOW... what a truly inspiring movie! DJE played a fantastic character 'Rick'. He was so believable in the role. Just goes to show what a versatile actor he is. He looked so hot in the scenes! Jean... then shirtless... I'd died and went to Heaven! LOL!

But now some of my thoughts on the movie...

First off, to know this was based on a true story... hats off to Sue Silverman for writing her book! It is such an honor to know her. Her story is one that needs to be told over and over. It gives people that have an addiction, hope, and knowledge that they are not alone. There is help out there for them! They touched more on the sexual abuse Sue had received from her father than I thought they might. The scenes were done with much sensitivity. All I wanted to do was to hug that little girl and protect her. Those scenes broke my heart.

Then the scene at the end where 'Sue' (Sally Pressman) gives her speech... I wanted to yell out and tell her how proud I am that she beat her addiction! It was such an inspiring ending! The facts at the very end of the movie about sexual abuse... truly scary.

Sally Pressman was awesome in her role as Sue Silverman! Very believable!

For anyone that saw the movie but hasn't yet read the book... read the book too. It does answer some unanswered questions. I'm so honored that I have an autographed copy, and plan on reading it again since seeing the movie. The book can be purchased from Amazon.com or from Sue's website:
www.suewilliamsilverman.com

Sue, I'm so honored by our friendship! Thank you!

Friday, April 18, 2008

'Impact'



Took me a bit but I was able to get a couple of photos off the Tandem Communications website, along with a great synopsis of the movie.

Synopsis

After a massive meteor collides with our moon, disastrous abnormalities start happening on Earth – on one side of the planet, cars begin to hover over the ground as if in outer space, while on the other side, the Earth’s gravitational pull becomes so intense that the Eiffel Tower crumbles together under its own weight.

A team of international scientists realizes the horrifying truth: the meteor has knocked the moon out of its orbit and has hurled it on a collision course with the Earth. In 45 days, the Moon will crash into our planet. As with the total extinction of the dinosaurs through a meteor shower, history is about to repeat itself, this time with mankind...

The US has a plan, but finds no international support. The Europeans have another strategy, which the Americans don’t buy into. Now it is up to a small group of scientists on both sides of the pond to get the nations of the world to cooperate and act as one, before it will be too late...

Unique visuals and powerful human drama will bring this chilling story to life.
Get ready to experience the dark side of the moon!

There was also a fact sheet:

IMPACT

Event miniseries (2 x 90 mins)

The moon is knocked off course by an enormous meteor not only reaping havoc with its gravitational pull, but also putting it into a collision course with the Earth. In 45 days it will impact...

Genre:

Action / Catastrophe

Status:

Principal photography planned 2nd Quarter 2008

Budget:

US$ 14 Million

Delivery:

Estimated 4th Quarter 2008

Writer:

Emmy® nominee Michael Vickerman (Superfire)
Producers:

Jaffe/Braunstein Films (10.5, 10.5 Apocalypse)TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS (Ring of the Nibelungs, The Company)Muse Entertainment Enterprises (Human Trafficking)
Executive Producers:

Emmy® nominees Michael Jaffe & Howard Braunstein, Emmy® nominees Rola Bauer & Tim Halkin, Jonas Bauer and Michael Prupas
Language:

English

Distribution:

TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS


'JAG' Star Makes Miniseries 'Impact' - David James Elliott will play an astrophysicist - Zap2it

'JAG' Star Makes Miniseries 'Impact' - David James Elliott will play an astrophysicist - Zap2it
Another article with some different information from Zap2it:

David James Elliott will take the lead in "Impact," an effects-heavy four-hour miniseries.

The Hollywood Reporter story on Elliott's casting doesn't list a network home for the $13 million project, which is written by Michael Vickerman ("Superfire") and will be produced through Muse Entertainment, Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment and Tandem Communications.

The trade says that "Impact" focuses on the aftermath of meteor shower that leaves the piece of a dwarf star stuck in the moon. As a result, a bunch of weird stuff starts happening on Earth, including "cell phone service interruption, exaggerated tides and the occurrence of sporadic weightlessness."

None of that actually sounds so bad, but we assume things get worse. Elliott will play an astrophysicist who joins forces with a female astronomer to discover that the moon may be heading on a collision course with Earth. Ah. That sounds bad.

"Impact" will begin shooting later this month.

Still best known for his starring turn on "JAG," Elliott followed up that long-running CBS drama with a role in the network's "Close to Home." His other TV credits include stints on "Melrose Place," "Knots Landing" and "Street Legal."

David James Elliott to lead 'Impact'

'David James Elliott to lead 'Impact'
From the Hollywood Reporter:

By Nellie Andreeva
April 17, 2008

David James Elliott has been tapped to star in "Impact," a four-hour disaster miniseries from Muse Entertainment, Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment and Tandem Communications.

Budgeted at $13 million, the effects-heavy "Impact" chronicles the aftermath of a meteor shower during which a piece of a dwarf star lodges itself in the moon. That triggers a series of anomalies on Earth, including cell phone service interruption, exaggerated tides and the occurrence of sporadic weightlessness.

Astrophysicist Alex Kinter (Elliott), with a help of a female astronomer, discover that the moon has been dislodged from its orbit and is on a collision course with Earth.

Michael Vickerman ("Superfire") penned the script for the mini, which is being exec produced by Michael Prupas, Howard Braunstein, Rola Bauer and Jonas Bauer.

Filming is slated to begin this month in Victoria, B.C.

"JAG" alum Elliott, whose upcoming features include "Gooby" and "The Rainbow Tribe," is managed by Bob McGowan. '

Whooo hoo!!!!! A movie that I know I'll love! Sci-fi is something I was hoping DJE would eventually try!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict

Had this in a Google alert today.

SLAVES TO SEX: "Army Wives" regular Sally Pressman says playing the lead in the Lifetime Original Movie "Love Sick — Secrets of a Sex Addict" debuting Saturday (4/19) was "probably the most challenging thing I've ever done. It's a heartbreaking story based on an autobiography, and it's also a lot darker than anything I've ever done."
In "Love Sick" Pressman's plays a woman who "was sexually abused by her father starting at age 5 and as a result of that developed a sexual disorder. The author came to the set a couple of days, and I got to meet and talk to her, which was amazing. It's very embarrassing for the person. They feel very alone, can't tell anyone.

What was fascinating for me as an actor was that this woman is having a lot of sex, but hates herself more every time she does it."

Pressman says in reading the book on which the film is based and doing subsequent research she found sexual addiction to be a much misunderstood disorder. "Women who have this sexual disorder just basically get labeled as sluts, and that's not fair at all … It's an actual chemical imbalance that alters your body so it's something out of your control." She adds, "What I loved about working on the piece was it brings consciousness to people that sexual addiction happens far too often in the world, that it's not OK, and you can stop it and help yourself."


Link to original article:
http://www.creators.com/lifestylefeatures/hollywood-exclusive/doing-double-the-talk-duty-bush-grateful-for-return-of-voice-filmmaker-found-leading-lady-tori-up-in.html

Friday, April 11, 2008

Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict collage


As promised last week, here is the special collage I had made for Sue Silverman... but with a little change, thanks to LifetimeTV.com.
Unfortunately the hard cover addition of the book is no longer available, but here is a link to buy a paperback copy with Sally Pressman on the cover:
You can also order the book on Sue's website:
If you haven't had a chance to read the book, do so, you won't be disappointed. Having read the book myself, I am doubly looking forward to the movie. So don't forget to watch it!
April 19th on the LifetimeTV channel at 9pm est!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

PGATOUR.COM - Storylines: Masters week

PGATOUR.COM - Storylines: Masters week: "• BMW CHARITY PRO-AM ANNOUNCES CELEBRITY LINEUP -- One of the Nationwide Tour's most prominent tournaments, the BMW Charity Pro-Am, will once again feature an impressive lineup of celebrity participants. Scheduled to compete this year are: Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Quaid, Luke Wilson, Greg Kinnear, Kurt Russell, Catherine Bell, David James Elliott, Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones Gretzky, Dave Coulier, Stefanie Schaeffer, Patrick Warburton, Oliver Hudson, Michael Pena, Jason Dohring, Kevin Sorbo, Josh Kelley, Cheech Marin, Javier Colon, Lucas Black, Steve Azar, Gary Valentine, Mark Rypien, Branford Marsalis, Pat Green, George Rogers, Ben Wright and Jennifer Mills. The BMW Charity Pro-Am groups amateurs and celebrities with Tour professionals in a three-day better-ball competition. Last year the event raised $2,021,325 for 20 Upstate and western North Carolina charities. Nick Flanagan won the second of his three 2007 Nationwide Tour titles that led to his PGA TOUR 'victory promotion'. A new rotation of courses in Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C. and Mill Spring, N.C. is in effect this year. GOLF CHANNEL will provide live coverage."

Got this is a Google alert. I hope they raise even more money this year!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

TV, eh? » The Guard Greenlit for Season II

TV, eh? » The Guard Greenlit for Season II

Got this in my newsletter:

Posted by: Diane in The Guard
From a media release:

DHX Media Ltd., a leading independent international producer and distributor of television programming and interactive content is pleased to announce that Global Television, a Canwest Broadcasting network has commissioned a second season of the primetime original drama series, The Guard, which begins production in Vancouver, BC in June and is slated for broadcast in the 2008-09 season. The series is a co-production between DHX Media’s subsidiary, Halifax Film and Vancouver based Brightlight Pictures Inc, for Global Television.

The Guard is a one-hour character-driven, ensemble drama series that focuses on the lives of four imperfect, offbeat and sometimes difficult, but heroic Coast Guard rescue specialists looking for meaning in their own lives while enduring the daily dangers of life out on the Pacific Ocean. Audiences were captivated by these west coast heroes, as Season I of the series launched with over 800,000 viewers and
The Guard was the #1 new Canadian Original in the key demo Adults 18-49.

Charles Bishop, President, Halifax Film said, “We are thrilled to partner once again with Global Television to produce a second season of The Guard. The additional season will continue to help us secure significant international sales.”

Now if we can just get a station in the USA to pick it up!!!!!!! And they'd hire David James Elliott to do more episodes.... all his fans would be very happy!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

PGATOUR.COM - Big field of celebrities set for '08 BMW Charity Pro-Am

PGATOUR.COM - Big field of celebrities set for '08 BMW Charity Pro-Am

Apr. 2, 2008

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Quaid, Luke Wilson, Greg Kinnear, Kurt Russell, Catherine Bell, David James Elliott, Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones Gretzky, Dave Coulier, Stefanie Schaeffer, Patrick Warburton, Oliver Hudson, Michael Pena, Jason Dohring, Kevin Sorbo, Josh Kelley, Cheech Marin, Javier Colon, Lucas Black, Steve Azar, Gary Valentine, Mark Rypien, Branford Marsalis, Pat Green, George Rogers, Ben Wright and Jennifer Mills are the celebrities that are scheduled to compete in this year's BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament.

The tournament will be played May 15-18 at Bright's Creek Golf Club, The Carolina Country Club and Thornblade Club golf courses. All four rounds will be televised live by GOLF CHANNEL.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am is the only tournament on the Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a three-day better-ball competition. Amateurs, celebrities and pros will rotate between each of the three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 14 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday's final round at Thornblade Club.

The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $121,500 from the total purse of $675,000, which is one of the largest purses on the Nationwide Tour, as well as a brand new BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. Amateurs and celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.

Jackson, one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, is playing in the BMW Charity Pro-Am for the first time. He most recently starred alongside Hayden Christenson and Rachel Bilson in Jumper. Jackson has also starred in numerous films, including hits like 1408, Episodes I, II and II of Star Wars, Snakes on a Plane, Coach Carter, S.W.A.T., The Negotiator, XXX, XXX: State of the Union, Shaft, Rules of Engagement, Deep Blue Sea, Sphere, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Pulp Fiction (where he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor), Jurassic Park and Patriot Games. He currently has five other works slated for release in the next two years.

Quaid, who is also making his first appearance at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, began his acting career in 1975 with the film, Crazy Mama. Among his other films are The Right Stuff, Great Balls of Fire, Enemy Mine, The Rookie, Far From Heaven (where he received a Golden Globe nomination), In Good Company, Dragonheart, The Parent Trap, Wyatt Earp, Frequency, Any Given Sunday and The Day After Tomorrow. In his most recent film, Vantage Point, Quaid stars alongside Matthew Fox, Forrest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver and William Hurt. Quaid will play "Hawk" in the Paramount Pictures production, G.I. Joe, which is slated for release in 2009.

Wilson began his acting career starring in a film (Bottle Rocket, 1994) co-written by his brother, Owen. Wilson has also appeared in Telling Lies in America, Best Men and Home Fries, Legally Blonde, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Alex and Emma, The Family Stone, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Vacancy and Blonde Ambition. Wilson's latest film is Henry Poole is Here, which will be released later in 2008. This is Wilson's first time playing in the tournament.

Kinnear is an Academy Award-nominated actor who received his breakthrough when he became the first host of "Talk Soup" in the early 1990s, which led to "Later with Greg Kinnear" four years later. In 1997, Kinnear starred in the blockbuster comedy drama As Good as It Gets, for which he received an Oscar nomination for "Best Supporting Actor". In 2006, he starred in Little Miss Sunshine and co-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in the film version of Invincible, based on the true story of a man who tries out for the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team. This is Kinnear's first time playing in the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Russell, who is playing in the BMW Charity Pro-Am for the third time, began his acting career as a child with the Walt Disney Co., but once he outgrew child roles, he quit acting to pursue his love of baseball. He played second base with the minor league baseball teams of the California Angels and San Diego Padres until he hurt his arm. Russell has appeared in Silkwood (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination), Escape from New York, Overboard, Back Draft, Captain Ron, Tombstone, Executive Decision, 3,000 Miles to Graceland, Vanilla Sky, and Miracle. Russell has lived with actress Goldie Hawn since 1983.

Bell is best known as Marine Corps attorney Lt. Colonel Sarah 'Mac' Mackenzie on the TV series J.A.G. Bell currently plays Sally Pressman in the Lifetime drama Army Wives, and she has also had supporting roles in the hit movies Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty as television news anchor Susan Ortega. This will be her fifth appearance.

Elliott, who is best known for his role as Commander Harmon "Harm" Rabb on the hit TV show J.A.G. will participate in his second BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament. Elliott played Assistant District Attorney James Conlon on the television series Close to Home in 2007.

Gretzky, arguably the greatest ice hockey player of all time, and his wife Janet, an actress, will return for their fourth appearance in the BMW Charity Pro-Am. The Hall of Fame center rewrote the NHL record book by setting 61 records, including being the NHL's all-time leading goal scorer with 894. He is currently coach and part-owner of the Phoenix Coyotes NHL hockey team.

The first seven BMW Charity Pro-Ams have raised more than $5.7 million for 80+ area charities.
For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament, sponsorship opportunities, charitable funding or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament's Web site.

Got this in a Google alert from the PGA website.

 
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