Georgeville TV Eyes ‘Blake’s 7′ Series At XBox As Company Exits NBC’s ‘Crossbones’ And Re-Evaluates Pure Financier Role In TV

Georgeville Television, the independent TV studio co-founded by Motion Picture Capital, the financing arm of Reliance Entertainment, and producer Marc Rosen, announced its arrival in May 2012 with the NBC series Crossbones. It was the first project for the new company, which was to co-produce the direct-to-series drama with Universal Television and Parkes/MacDonald. More than a year later, Crossbones has been scheduled and is gearing for production with John Malkovich as the lead. But Georgeville is no longer part of it. I hear the company was supposed to co-finance the series with Universal TV, which has now taken over as sole financier. Additionally, I hear Georgeville may have also departed the two greenlighted series by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade’s upcoming Comcast cable network El Rey, which Georgeville was to finance through its three-year, six-series deal at the emerging network targeting Hispanics: a series version of Rodriguez’s and Quentin Tarantino’s feature From Dusk Till Dawn and a Latino James Bond series from Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. Sources close to Georgeville dispute that assessment, stressing that the situation is “fluid” and that the company is still in talks for potentially backing From Dusk Till Dawn,  but I hear from sources close to El Rey that the network already has secured alternative financing, mostly drawing on the projects’ appeal in Latin America, and is ready to proceed with the two series without Georgeville. The impression I got from talking to people involved with the NBC and El Rey series is that Georgeville did not appear very engaged. That could be attributed to some disillusionment Georgeville brass may have had with the role of strict TV financier who doesn’t have a say in the creative and budget aspects of a show.

That is one of two avenues Georgeville TV has been pursuing, the other being originating and selling its own shows that the company is in control and own the rights of. In the other area, I hear Georgeville is nearing a series order at Xbox for its reboot of the cult British sci-fi series Blake’s 7. The project, which has Martin Campbell attached, was originally set up at Syfy. I hear negotiations are underway for Blake’s 7 to land at Xbox as one of the service’s first original series. (The company also has a Halo series in the works with Steven Spielberg and his Amblin TV.) Additionally, Georgeville is in serious contention for a pilot order at Amazon with Chris Carter’s thriller The After. While the focus is currently on self-generated product, Georgeville TV is not closing the door to pure financing, though there is nothing in that vein on the horizon.

Comments (16)

  • Good work CAA.

    Comment by Of course. — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 9:01pm PDT  
  • I don’t get why it has taken so long. If it is a great idea just freaking do it. Screw the current Hollywood system and get it done. Why the hell is Hollywood for messed up? Just produce the darn thing. Get it done. Screw how much it costs. Just get it done and do everything possible to make it a quality production and a hit series.

    Comment by frenchjr25 — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 9:31pm PDT  
  • Georgeville and Marc have a solid mode. I know them personally. Feel like this town brutalizes new-comer companies… cutting people out is old hat. Hope they crush forward motion – the days of network creative control and baseline monetary ideal will quickly fall… The great packages and smart creatives will someday be king..

    Comment by esmith — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 9:40pm PDT  
  • … Or the emperor has no clothes?

    Comment by noname — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 9:41pm PDT  
    • If you’ve sat with them and heard the shpiel, it certainly feels a bit clueless as to how to get it done. Remember, Marc can’t do anything without the US buyer in place, and he even lets them make pilots on his dime if they want. There is nothing dynamic about this business model. It’s cash flow money, plain and simple.

      Comment by Anonymous — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 6:30am PDT  
  • Georgeville is a complete joke. No infrastructure , no understanding of how to actually produce … Jumped into the deep end before they could swim.

    Comment by Me — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 9:52pm PDT  
  • Georgeville isn’t a new company..Mark Rosen couldn’t get it done at Obst and should know better

    Comment by Shocked — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 10:55pm PDT  
  • Agreed with “me” up above…but Marc Rosen is a genuinely creative guy.

    Comment by nicholas — Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 11:16pm PDT  
  • It’s so nice that the town is finally learning what some of us knew all along, Georgeville is a total sham – no infrastructure, no real capital, no there, there. What a shame.

    Comment by kharma police — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 1:38am PDT  
  • I can understand backing away from Rodriguez. He’s a big… personality.
    But was Georgeville shown the door by NBC? And did NBC&UniTV want GV to be more engaged?

    Comment by TV Fan — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 8:37am PDT  
  • Did you read the full article? Looks like Georgeville/Reliance has spent money on some of the most interesting talent and properties in town – they have at least 2/3 legit projects in pre-production – using platforms that are on the verge of breaking out (Xbox/Amazon/etc). I think they will be just fine.

    Comment by In their defense ... — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 8:38am PDT  
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