May 9, 2005  •  Post A Comment


Christopher Plummer has been cast in ESPN’s “Four Minutes.” The original movie is a true story about Olympic runner Roger Bannister’s breaking the four-minute barrier in the mile. Mr. Plummer will play coach Archie Mason and Jamie Maclachlan will play Roger Bannister. Charles Beeson will direct and Gerald Abrams of Cypress Point Productions and Olympic filmmaker Bud Greenspan will serve as executive producers. Frank Deford penned the script. “Four Minutes” is scheduled to premiere Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2. … Jimmy Fallon will return as host of the MTV Movie Awards. The 14th annual awards ceremony will be taped June 4 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The show will air June 9 at 8:30 p.m. (ET). … Kerri Kasem, daughter of radio and television personality Casey Kasem, will join Speed Channel’s new show “Build or Bust.” Ms. Kasem, an avid motorcyclist, will be a contestant in a competition to create a custom bike in 30 days. “Build or Bust” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (ET). … Ryan Cabrera will host MTV’s new music performance and dating series “Score.” The network has ordered 20 half-hour episodes scheduled to debut this fall. Casting for the series will begin this summer. “Score” will be executive produced by Rob Lundgren and Yann Debonne, with Joe Simpson serving as co-executive producer. … Rosie O’Donnell, Anthony Geary and Tyra Banks have been added as presenters at the “The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.” The telecast will be produced by Dick Clark Productions and will air live on CBS at 9 p.m. (ET) May 20 from Radio City Music Hall in New York.


Ira Glass, along with independent film producer Christine Vachon from Killer Films, will executive produce “This American Life” for Showtime Networks. The series is based on Chicago Public Radio’s award-winning radio program in which Mr. Glass is the creator and host. The TV show also will be hosted by Mr. Glass. EUE Screen Gems will produce the pilot presentation for Showtime. … Writer-producer Krista Vernoff (“Grey’s Anatomy”) has inked a two-year overall deal with Touchstone Television. Ms. Vernoff penned a pilot script titled “Introducing Lennie Rose,” which was ordered as a cast-contingent pilot by ABC. … Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn of Epitome Pictures will executive produce The N’s “Instant Star.” The dramatic series features music and weekly tales of teen angst, love triangles and family struggles. “Instant Star” is produced in association with CTV by Toronto-based Epitome Pictures. Ms. Schuyler created the half-hour series, which will air Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (ET). … Gary Janetti, Tracy Poust and Jon Kinnally were named new showrunning executive producers of NBC’s “Will & Grace.” Mr. Janetti previously was a co-executive producer and supervising producer on “Will & Grace.” Ms. Poust and Mr. Kinnally, who write as a team and served as co-executive producers on the series last season, began as writers on season one.


Tammy Golihew has been named VP of entertainment for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli Marketing and Public Relations’ Los Angles operation. Ms. Golihew returns to BNC after two years in the television division at Sony Pictures Television as director of media relations. She will run television, home entertainment and corporate entertainment business. … Maria Kennedy has been promoted to VP of advertising sales and direct response for Discovery Networks, U.S. She oversees Discovery direct response and paid programming sales team, and is responsible for paid programming time. Ms. Kennedy is a 15-year Discovery veteran and previously served as director of direct response and advertising sales. … Val Boreland has joined Comedy Central as VP of program and promotion scheduling. Ms. Boreland previously served as VP of scheduling, planning and acquisitions at Lifetime Television. She will oversee Comedy Central’s program and promotion scheduling.

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