[10/31/13 - 10:54 AM]
Starz Teams Up with Owen Wilson, Rene Balcer, Fred Berner, and Regina Lee to Develop Hour-Long Scripted Drama Series "WonderWorld"
The series follows two straight-arrow FBI agents as they infiltrate the violent Mob-controlled porn industry of the 1980s.

[via press release from Starz]


Beverly Hills, Calif. - October 31, 2013 - Starz Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht, announced today that STARZ has put into development a new hour-long scripted drama "WonderWorld," with Owen Wilson, Rene Balcer, Fred Berner, and Regina Lee. Set in Ronald Reagan's America and inspired by one of the biggest undercover operations in FBI history, "WonderWorld" follows two straight-arrow FBI agents as they infiltrate the violent Mob-controlled porn industry of the 1980s, with dire consequences for themselves and their families.

Executive Producer Owen Wilson is known for his long association with the film maker Wes Anderson, having shared co-writing and acting credits in the films Bottle Rocket (1996) which was his acting début and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), which was nominated for an Academy(C) Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as acting in Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Darjeeling Limited (2007). Wilson is also known for his collaborations with Ben Stiller, appearing in eight films together including Meet the Parents (2000) and the cult classic Zoolander (2001). More recently he has starred in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011).

Emmy(R)-Award winning writer and producer Rene Balcer will be Executive Producer, writer and showrunner on "WonderWorld." Balcer is best known for his work as head writer and showrunner of "Law & Order," and as the co-creator, head writer and showrunner of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." He most recently created and produced the series "JO" in Paris with Jean Reno and Jill Hennessy. Balcer has won numerous awards for his work, including an Emmy, a Peabody(R) and the WGA Award.

Fred Berner will serve as Executive Producer on "WonderWorld." Berner is best known for his work as an Executive Producer/Director on "Law & Order" and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," as well as "Magic City." Berner's film credits include Pollock and Vanya on 42nd Street. Regina Lee will serve as a producer on "WonderWorld" as a development executive for Owen Wilson's production company, which recently launched its TV arm. Previously, Lee was a development executive for Hugh Jackman's Seed Productions, where she was the executive in charge of 20th Century Fox's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Deception. Lee also brought the Broadway musical "Houdini" into the company, which Jackman will star in. Lee began her executive career as a Creative Executive for Universal Pictures, where she supervised American Wedding and Curious George.

Wilson is represented by UTA and attorney Bob Wallerstein of Hirsch Wallerstein.

Balcer is represented by UTA and attorney Don Walerstein of Rohner Walerstein.

Berner is represented by Verve and attorney Jeanne Newman at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.

About Starz

Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.

Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ(R) and ENCORE(R) pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. As of June 30, 2013, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 56.9 million subscribers, including 21.8 million at STARZ, and 35.1 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S. STARZ(R) and ENCORE(R), along with Starz Networks' third network MOVIEPLEX(R), air more than 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television. Starz Distribution's home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties. Starz Animation produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.

  [october 2013]  


[10/23/16 - 10:03 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, College Football Top Viewers, Demos
The Alphabet wins said evening for the fourth consecutive week.

[10/23/16 - 09:43 AM]
"SNL" Hits Season Highs, Best October Overnights in 8 Years
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, October 22.

[10/23/16 - 07:06 AM]
Live + 3 Ratings: ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." Is the Season's First Broadcast Series to Post Triple-Digit Growth in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 18.

[10/22/16 - 09:09 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Night in Viewers, Demos
The Eye's trio of dramas lead the evening in both categories.

[10/22/16 - 09:05 AM]
"Dateline" Matches Its Season High in 18-49, New Season High in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 21.

[10/22/16 - 08:42 AM]
ABC Earns Most Watched Friday This Season - "Shark Tank" Is the #1 Show in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 21.

[10/21/16 - 02:02 PM]
NLCS Game 5 Is Second Most-Watched Telecast in FS1 History
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Thursday, October 20.

[10/21/16 - 12:08 PM]
Freeform Brings Fan Favorite "Stitchers" and New Original Sci-Fi Series "Beyond" to Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con on October 29 and 30
"Stitchers" co-stars Ritesh Rajan, Damon Dayoub and Sarah Davenport are among those scheduled to appear.

[10/21/16 - 10:05 AM]
Freeform's Annual "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" Starts on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24
Said offerings include the premiere "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "Boxtrolls," and the network premiere of the fourth installment of the hit "Cinderella Story" franchise, "A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits."

[10/21/16 - 10:04 AM]
Freeform's Funday Programming Event Begins November 12 and Continues Through November 13
Highlights include the network premieres of "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After."

[10/21/16 - 10:03 AM]
"Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour" to Premiere on Showtime(R) on December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT
The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

[10/21/16 - 09:55 AM]
David Blaine Is Back With an Extraordinary Special, "David Blaine: Beyond Magic," Airing Tuesday, November 15, on ABC
Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash "David Blaine: Real or Magic," Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet.

[10/21/16 - 09:35 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Haters Back Off!" Star Miranda Sings Shares Some of Her Favorite Things
Based on the character created by Colleen Ballinger, "Haters Back Off!" delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings.

[10/21/16 - 09:31 AM]
Video: Netflix Unveils The Ivory Game Trailer and Poster
From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking.

[10/21/16 - 09:29 AM]
Premiere Date Change - A&E Network Will Now Air Original Docu-Series "The Killing Season" on November 12
The newcomer will now roll out with back-to-back episodes one week later than previously announced.