Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Little Of The Old In And Out

In: Sam Raimi. Raimi, who has some time to spare as he will not be a part of Spiderman 5 or 6 is going to do some tv work. From THR:

"Sam Raimi is making a move in primetime television.

"Raimi and Joshua Donen's Stars Road Entertainment has inked a two-year, first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV and has tapped CBS senior vp drama Robert Zotnowski to spearhead the company's TV efforts.

"Zotnowski has been running the CBS drama department with Christina Davis since the ascent of Nina Tassler to entertainment president in 2004. Davis is expected to run the department solo after Zotnowski exits Friday.

"Tassler called Zotnowski 'one of the most talented executives I have had the privilege to work with. He has played a key part in developing some of the most successful dramas on the network.'

"Zotnowski said the goal for Stars Road is to expand its presence on broadcast TV and cable, with a primary focus on drama. Stars Road will develop in all genres except horror, which will continue to be handled by Raimi's Ghost House Pictures."

Sony, clearly, is trying to keep Raimi -- who launched their Spiderman franchise -- in their orbit. It is, to be sure, an inspred deal. Although Raimi is an A-List director, he follows his own muse. He doesn't seem particularly ambitious to follow the bullshit Hollywood game of keeping in films once you get in films. Raimi is also particularly well-versed in producing television fantasy (Xena) and sci-fi genres (the beloved "American Gothic")-- so the horror exemption won't be a hindrance.

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