Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Twilight actor aims high

Jackson Rathbone, best known for his role as vampire “Jasper Hale” in the Twilight movie series, will star in Aim High as Nick Green, a high school student with a side job as an international spy. When he is not handling international spies, Nick is dreaming of the very charming Amanda Miles (Aimee Teegarden). The only problem is Amanda's jealous and overly protective boyfriend Derek.

Aim High is a digital series produced by McG and financed by Warner Premiere and Dolphin Entertainment.
The program is one of three upcoming online originals from Warner Bros. and will come out in 2011.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Branded web series with Shannen Doherty and Brian Austin Green

Suite 7 is sponsored by the Better Sleep Council and distributed online by Lifetime via MyLifetime.com, Hulu and others. It will premiere on December 17, following the release of an introduction on December 10. The episodes will debut weekly on Fridays.

Each of the seven episodes tells an individual story set inside the same hotel suite. Couples, like newlyweds, divorcing couples, best friends, business partners, co-workers or even total strangers, check into Suite 7 and unpack personal baggage. It kind of reminds of the anthology film Four Rooms from 1995.

The impressive line-up includes:
Shannen Doherty who directed one episode and brought former Beverly Hills 90210-colleague Brian Austin Green along. Also, Jaime Murray from Dexter, Milo Ventimiglia from Heroes and many more.

Here is the official trailer of Suite 7:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

From a blog to a book to TV: "Dealbreaker"

ABC is developing a new comedy series based on the popular Dealbreaker relationship blog and book. 
The blog is created by Dave Horwitz and Marisa Pinson, and has been described as a "hilarious reference guide to the qualities that, when discovered, transform the 'date you hope to go home with' into the 'date you pray never calls again.'" In other words, all the little warning signs – aka dealbreakers – that indicate the relationship isn't going to have legs.

Check out the blog:

"American Dad" writers Nahnatchka Khan and Laura McCreary will script the TV series.

NEWS: BBC and Shed Media Scotland prep web drama spin-off

The BBC and Shed Media Scotland are working on an internet-only spin-off of BBC1's school drama Waterloo Road. The web-only series Waterloo Road Reunited will consist of filmed episodes and online content accessed through social media websites.

When the project launches next March it will reunite audiences with pupils from the series and follow them as they find their way in the world after leaving school. Waterloo Road Reunited will use a combination of scripted episodes, fictional social media networks, audio and interactive fan sites, allowing fans to migrate from the screen to online.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Oliver Stone backs VoD service

Oscar-winning movie director Oliver Stone has invested in UK online video platform Vzaar.

The Platoon and Natural Born Killers director said that he had become a user and backer of the platform, which allows companies to upload and host their own video content online.

The service offers companies a range of premium price tiers, with options including mobile device compatibility and high-definition streaming.

London-based Vzaar was launched in 2007 by ex-eBay employees, initially as a way for eBay sellers to show videos of their sale items to buyers.

Electus creates AOL web show

Internet service provider AOL has launched a lighthearted morning news show produced by Ben Silverman's digital prodco Electus.

AOL Daybreak debuted on the AOL homepage last week in the US fronted by actress and web journalist Lindsay Campbell, who is best known as presenter of finance-focused comedy brand Wallstrip, which was acquired by CBS for US$5m in 2007.

Network news veteran Diane Masciale (Good Morning America, Today Show) is senior executive producer, with Wallstrip creators Adam Eland and Jeff Marks also onboard as exec producers. They said they wanted AOL Daybreak to "reinvent the TV morning show format" for the web.

Electus was launched earlier this year backed by internet company InterActive Corp, under former NBC Universal chief Silverman. It has cloased a string of production deals, including one in October to create content for News Corp-owned social media site MySpace.

AOL has also been stepping up its activities in the web content department, tying up with Michael Eisner's Vuguru on a series of 90-minute scripted shows, while new programmes You've Got and The One recently went live on AOL.com.