John Singleton on Sony Hack: Jokes by Amy Pascal, Scott Rudin Aren’t “Racist” (Guest Column) by John Singleton 12/17/2014 8:00am PDT This story first appeared in the Jan. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. In the summer of 1991, I had my first encounter with producer Scott Rudin. We sat for a moment, making small talk, then he comes with it: “Well, the tracking this weekend says your movie is going to kill my picture, so I wanted to meet you and see who you were.” The pictures opening that weekend wereRegarding Henry and my first film, Boyz N the Hood. Rudin and I had a short lunch, where I learned we shared a mutual love of theater and film and nothing else. He left promising we’d find a project together. How prophetic. Years later, he bailed me out of a $2 million development debt on Shaft at MGM. Scott took it to Paramount, where we made a huge hit. When Amy Pascal took the position of production president at Turner Pictures, one of her few jobs outside Sony, I called her and requested that she hire a black development executive. Pascal hired Damon Lee, sight unseen, on the spot. It wasn’t her first black hire: Her protege, Stephanie Allain, … Read More
7:00 AM PST 12/1/2014 by Lesley Goldberg ABC Developing Female-Led FBI Drama Called ‘Ascension.’ The network has handed out a script order to dramaAscension, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From writer and exec producer Kevin O’Hare, the drama centers on brilliant but impulsive FBI agent Alexa Reyes who discovers that a staggering amount of the country’s most brutal and violent offenders can be traced back to Ascension, Fla. When she tries to uncover the origin of the evil in the resort town she’s confronted by her own haunted past, and forces far greater than she ever expected. Brillstein Entertainment will exec produce alongside Underground’s Trevor Engelson. O’Hare is repped by Underground and Verve. Procedurals have found a renewed interest this development season as broadcast networks are looking for new spins on the tried-and-true format.