Jul 25, 2005  •  Post A Comment


Cary Elwes has been tapped to play the young Pope John Paul II in the planned CBS miniseries on the late pontiff’s life. Mr. Elwes joins a cast that includes Ian Holm, who will play the pope in later life. The miniseries is not yet in production, and airdates have not been announced. … Kristen Stewart, Robert John Burke, Eric Lively, Elizabeth Perkins, D.B. Sweeney and Steve Zahn star in a production from Showtime Independent Films titled “Speak.” The film chronicles the experience of a teenage girl traumatized by a date rape. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Laurie Halse Anderson and is a Fred Berner Films production. Showtime and Lifetime Television will air “Speak” simultaneously Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. (ET). … Eric Mabius has joined the cast of Fox’s “The O.C.” in a recurring role. Mr. Mabius will appear in the show’s upcoming third season. … Charisma Carpenter and Steve Guttenberg have joined the cast of UPN’s “Veronica Mars.” Ms. Carpenter will play Kendall Casablancas, a sexy trophy wife and the stepmother of brothers Dick (Ryan Hansen) and Cassidy “Beaver” (Kyle Gallner) Casablancas, two of Veronica’s (Kristen Bell) rival, affluent schoolmates. Mr. Guttenberg will star as Woody Goodman, a charismatic Major League Baseball team owner and leading candidate in the local race for mayor of Neptune, Calif. Mr. Guttenberg will appear in seven episodes. “Veronica Mars” is from Silver Pictures Television in association with and distributed by Warner Bros. Television.


Jay Rothman and Chip Dean will team up as the “Monday Night Football” producer-director duo for ESPN in 2006. Mr. Rothman and Mr. Dean have worked together on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Football” since 2001. Both will continue in their “SNF” roles throughout the 2005 season. The 2006 “MNF” season will be their 16th consecutive as a producer-director tandem on football telecasts for ESPN and ABC Sports.


Jeffrey Freid has joined UPN as director of business and legal affairs. Mr. Freid will handle the negotiation of development, talent and pilot/series deals for reality and scripted programming, including specials on behalf of the network. He will report to Nicole Levinsohn, senior VP of business and legal affairs.


Leslie Siebert has been promoted to senior managing partner of Gersh Agency. Ms. Siebert joined Gersh in 1984 and was promoted to partner in 1996. She oversees the day-to-day management of the agency along with the Gersh brothers. Other partner promotions include Lorrie Bartlett, David DeCamillo, Chuck James, Ken Kaplan, Rick Greenstein, Richard Arlook, Gary Loder, Bill Butler, Stephen Hirsh and Rhonda Price.

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