January 24, 1993 |
Where does television come from? Daniel Paisner addresses this mystery by focusing on a group of talented and experienced people who think they have a terrific idea for a sitcom: Bring a naive young Midwesterner to Washington (Jimmy Stewart, anyone?) and put him to work in the White House, writing speeches for the President. The Heartland meets the Beltway, with a little "Murphy Brown"-style topicality thrown in. Provocative, intelligent television for grown-ups who read newspapers.
January 15, 1992 |
Tell-all author Kitty Kelley, an outspoken critic of "checkbook journalism," was startled by the news: Her producers had offered several people between $5,000 and $20,000 to appear on her new television talk show. "We pay people?" an incredulous Kelley asked the show's development chief in a three-way phone conversation between her, her production company and a Times reporter last week. "You have to pay people," said John Goldhammer, senior vice president of program development for MCA-TV.
January 11, 1991 |
The major television networks, in an effort to hold down spiraling programming costs, are cutting the number of TV pilots ordered for the upcoming TV season. In what many regard as one of the most inefficient rituals of the television business, each year the networks collectively order about 90 pilots from which they select only a handful of shows for their fall prime time schedules.
August 29, 1989 |
How many Latinos watch Spanish-language television? In these days of instant ratings, one might think it's an easy question to answer. But to hear the nation's two biggest Spanish-language TV networks and the advertising industry tell it, no one is sure. And that's a quandary with big financial consequences for the two New York-based networks, Univision Holdings and Telemundo Group.
April 10, 2013 |
Box office revenues are down, but film crews are having a good year on the streets of Los Angeles. Overall film production activity in Los Angeles jumped 18% in the first quarter, mostly the result of a flurry of low-budget movies, sitcoms and television pilots. Location filming for all categories of production generated 13,361 production days in the first three months of this year, compared with 11,360 days a year earlier. That marks the second consecutive quarter of double-digit gains for location filming in the L.A. region, according to a report from FilmL.A.
June 2, 2006 |
The number of television pilots shot in the Los Angeles area dropped 23% this year compared with 2005 as New York, Canada and other rivals continued to lure productions away with lucrative tax incentives, according to a survey by FilmL.A. Inc. In a study to be released today, FilmL.A.
March 31, 2002 |
When Andie MacDowell gets excited, she slips further into her famed South Carolina drawl. "You should hear me," she says. "I definitely have a Southern accent when I'm just being me but a particularly strong one when I'm at home." On this day, she's in a Century City hotel suite, far from her current North Carolina home but audibly enthusiastic about her latest roles, both unexpected, in two films: "Harrison's Flowers" and "Crush."
March 22, 1997 |
As a television pilot, "Dear Diary" never made it to prime time. As a film, however, it is up for an Academy Award. The irony is not lost on writer-director David Frankel, who saw his 22-minute urban comedy turned down by ABC only to then see it nominated for best live-action short film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "We're probably the first TV pilot ever to get nominated [for an Oscar], and I wouldn't be surprised that we're the last," Frankel said.
April 7, 2010 |
The TBS pilot "In Security" tells the story of two sisters who run a private security firm in New York City. Producers had considered shooting the pilot in Montreal or Toronto to take advantage of those cities' film tax credits (anywhere but New York, apparently). Instead, they concluded they could save money by shooting the pilot locally at a sprawling film complex in the heart of downtown at Los Angeles Center Studios. "The soundstages are state-of-the-art, and everything we needed to screen was within a few blocks of the studio," said Kevin Cremin, a producer on the pilot.