Category: RMG Writers

Smallville Celebrates 200

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SMALLVILLE celebrates its 200th episode tonight at 8 p.m. on the CW.  RMG congratulates our client  JORDAN HAWLEY on a tremendous run with the show, along with fellow writers, producers, cast and crew.

Jordan previously worked as Supervising Producer on TV series “Wildfire” and “Moonlight”, along with writing and directing the indie feature 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

In it’s 10th and final season, the show is a modern retelling of Superman’s legendary origins.  SMALLVILLE was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”), based on the DC Comics characters. Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson serve as executive producers, along with James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola and Tom Welling. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television.

What's On TV Tonight: CRIMINAL MINDS

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Our client and Co-Executive Producer JANINE SHERMAN BARROIS wrote tonight’s episode of CRIMINAL MINDS which airs at 9/8 c on CBS.  Check out the teaser for tonight’s episode right here!

Episode Summary: When several women in Virginia are found murdered in a similar manner, SSA David Rossi reopens an unsolved cold case in Herndon that has haunted him for a quarter of a century because he believes the original killer, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, might have returned.

New World to Explore for Andre Bormanis

Tron-2Today, RMG client/writer Andre Bormanis begins the first of 22 episodes of Tron, the Disney Animated Series, in company with showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, series writers for LOST. Spawned from the highly anticipated TRON: LEGACY feature , set to arrive in theaters this December,  the animated series will follow a ten episode TRON miniseries and will premiere sometime in 2012.

Andre Bormanis  is best known for writing and advising on a number of Star Trek Enterprise, and Voyager episodes in addition to his technical advising for the Star Trek feature film, “Insurrection.” Most recently, Andre was a supervising producer for the television series, “Legend of the Seeker.” Andre’s intense background in rocket science and space exploration as well as his long history in television made him the perfect candidate for the animated series.

It all began in 1982 when the original Tron feature film hit theaters. An arcade video game shortly followed. Now, in the new age of advanced technology and special effects, Disney is retackling the project to give audiences what they have been craving since the ’82 was released.

And the Emmy Goes To…

EmmyStockRMG congratulates clients Roger Schulman and Michael Curtis for their 2010 Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Children’s Program, “Jonas,” starring the Jonas Brothers. We wish them as well as Co-Executive Producer Ivan Menchell the very best of luck.

This is the second Primetime Emmy nomination for Curtis and first for Schulman, creators of  “Jonas”, which follows Nick, Kevin, and Joe in their attempts to balance their rock star careers with their teenage lifestyles.

Support the entire Jonas group by watching the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, August 29th.

For more Jonas information, visit http://jonasworld.org/?p=17247 .

More From Tim Long in Latest Issue of New Yorker

cover_newyorker_190Be sure to pick up the latest issue of The New Yorker and read Tim Long’s new piece, “Long, Hot Summer”.  Here’s a small preview of the article and a link to read the rest on the official website:

LONG, HOT SUMMER by Tim Long

“It’s summer again in the city—or so the calendar would have us believe. But, to those of us who lived through it, the only real New York summer occurred in 1977, when the city was ravaged by drugs, drugged by corruption, corrupted by murder, and murdered by ravagement. Here are a few selections from my journal that summer.

MAY 27th: Arrived at Port Authority with a brand-new diploma in one hand and a suitcase full of dreams in the other. Immediately robbed of diploma and suitcase by knife-wielding, glue-sniffing teen-agers. Am now filing report with Officer Raymond O’Malley, a strapping (six feet six!) N.Y.P.D. officer who really seems to care. Not all New Yorkers are bad!

MAY 27th (evening): Officer O’Malley turned out to be two knife-wielding, glue-sniffing teens inside a cop costume. They stole my wallet and undergarments. All New Yorkers are bad.” …….

Mike Larsen's Two Years Spent on 'The Hill'

MIKE LARSEN is a comedian and television writer (Grace Under Fire, Ellen, The Drew Carey Show, 2 Guys & a Girl) who spent the last 2 years working as Communications Director for a Member of Congress – and the whole experience deserved this article published in the Huffington Post this morning:

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“Fool on the Hill No More”, by Mike Larsen for Huffington Post

(April 1, 2010)

Today, April 1st, is the first day in two years that I can say what I want. Until yesterday, I was employed as spokesman, speechwriter and press flack for a Member of Congress. As such, whatever I said or wrote was attributed to my boss and, honestly, I don’t even claim credit for half the crap I spout. So, here are some basic observations from two years inside the belly of the beast:

1. Congress is a fairly adequate representation of America.

It’s frightening, but true. House members and senators represent the best, worst and most mediocre of America. They’re health nuts and heavy drinkers; family folks and philanderers; geniuses and Joe Wilson. Granted, women and minorities are under-represented and I have to believe that there’s a much higher percentage of closeted gay Republicans here than in the country at large. But, all-in-all the lawyers, car dealers, community organizers and offspring of former politicians who serve in Congress represent us all too well.

2. Incumbents aren’t the problem, likely voters are.

Seriously, has there ever been a more incompetent pack of idiots than those of us who vote in every election? The one constant that binds every political embarrassment – from Duke Cunningham to Rod Blagojevich to William Jefferson – is that they were all repeatedly elected by likely voters.

You want to vote out the incumbents? Fine, have at it. But what makes you think the dimwits who sent Virginia Foxx to Washington would replace her with someone from our planet? Not to mention the obvious fact that ridding Washington of incumbents is a never-ending chore. Every two years there’s another batch of bums to toss out.

Besides, whatever problems Congress has – swollen prostates, an inability to listen, latent sexual deviancy – won’t be cured by turning the institution over to rookies. Look at the states with term limits, like California, and see what happens to government when your legislators are all virgins and the lobbyists are high school quarterbacks.

3. Hypocrisy knows no party.

It’s hard to beat a Treasury Secretary who doesn’t pay taxes or the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee who can’t handle money. But for pure balls-out hypocrisy, …. (Full Article Continues on Huffington Post.com)


Bonnie & Clyde Headed to Broadway, Stopover in Sarasota

bon4The new Frank Wildhorn musical Bonnie & Clyde, which premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in 2009, will be seen at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL, in November, prior to Broadway.

The musical about the Depression-era American outlaws has music by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel), lyrics by Tony Award winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard, Song and Dance), book by RMG’s own Ivan Menchell (The Cemetery Club, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and direction and musical staging by Jeff Calhoun (Deaf West’s Big River, Broadway’s Grease!).

For the full article recently published on Playbill.com – CLICK HERE

Bend It Like Brand

russell-brandRMG clients Bill and Scott Bindley just sold a pitch to Warner Bros. with Russell Brand to star.  He’ll play a David Beckham-like millionaire soccer star/playboy who gets arrested in a West Texas and sentenced to community service. His task: coach the hapless local high school soccer team in a Friday Night Lights town. Bill Bindley and Mike Karz will produce with Brand and his manager Nik Linnen.

Bill and Scott’s script Vicenza is in active development at Sony with Overbrook Entertainment, John Tomko and Bill Bindley producing.  Scott’s script Say Uncle is in active development at Warner Bros. with Zach Galifianakis attached.

Bill and Scott wrote and Bill directed the 2001 film Madison starring Jim Caviezel.

Duke Straub's Half Pint Brawlers to Air on Spike

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RMG client Duke Straub (Solitary) is producing a new reality show for Spike TV, called Half Pint Brawlers.  Half Pint Brawlers is a six episode series that follows a hectic traveling troupe of little person wrestlers as they bring their show all around the United States, led by their affable leader, Puppet “the psycho Dwarf.”

HPB1The pick up of Half Pint Brawlers has garnered much attention, particularly from the Hollywood Reporter and Variety. In addition to Straub, Half Pint Brawlers is being produced by Darryl Silver (The Apprentice), Stephen David (the Apprentice, Big Medicine), Royal Malloy, Jeff Guerriero and Trip Taylor (Jackass, Nitro Circus, and Wildboyz).

You can visit the website for Half Pint Brawlers by clicking here. The show is planned to premiere this June.

Exclusive Peek into Bonnie & Clyde at La Jolla Playhouse

The La Jolla Playhouse, one of California’s Tony Award-winning Regional Theatres concludes its 2009 Season with the World Premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s new musical “Bonnie & Clyde”.  Based on the true life story of the notorious bank robbers turned public enemies and folk heroes, courtesy of the media of the day, Wildhorn, and his lyricist Don Black, along with RMG client Ivan Menchell (Curious George, JONAS, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and director Jeff Calhoun bring to life Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker of 1934.

Check out the montage video above and these amazing photos from the first month in La Jolla!

You can buy your tickets right here.

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