Client Kevin Asch To Direct Israeli Crime Drama ‘Zealous’

“Holy Rollers” director Kevin Asch is on board to helm Israeli crime drama “Zealous,” Variety has learned exclusively. Asch will re-team with “Holy Rollers” actor/producer Danny A. Abeckaser on “Zealous,” which will be set in New York City with shooting starting in the fall. The story, written by Asch, Abeckaser and Jon Carlo, centers on an Israeli ex-con with a violent past who joins a burgeoning Israeli crime syndicate in Brooklyn amidst a brutal turf war with the Russian mob. Abeckaser will star and produce. “I was instantly drawn to the material of the film,” Asch said. “Danny and I are fascinated with exploring cultural components in classic crime dramas. The challenge as a director is to not let the trappings of the genre confine the narrative, but rather, to create flawed characters with souls, who provide a deliberate voice and direction to our story. “Holy Rollers” starred Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Ari Graynor, Q-Tip and Jason Fuchs, along with Abeckasser. Written by Antonio Macia, “Holy Rollers” was inspired by the actual events of the late 1990s when Hasidic Jews were recruited to smuggle ecstasy into the United States. Asch won the breakthrough director award at the 2010 Gotham Awards for “Holy … Read More

AdamClient Kevin Asch To Direct Israeli Crime Drama ‘Zealous’

BET Orders Client John Singleton’s ‘Rebel’

BET Networks is loading up its 2016-17 slate with series and telepics that reflect an earthy view of African-American life, including a detective drama from John Singleton, a soap set in the world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and a dramedy revolving around a criminal courts judge. BET is stepping up its production of original scripted series for its mothership BET channel at a time when competition for its target audience has become fierce. “Rebel” revolves around a female police officer in Oakland, Calif., who becomes a private investigator after her brother is killed by police. “Benched,” created by Scott Brown, is a dramedy about a young judge who struggles to give up his bachelor lifestyle as he confronts the “underbelly” of the criminal justice system on a daily basis. ” ‘Benched’ and ‘Rebel’ will allow us to address issues that are very relevant and germane to our audience,” said Stephen Hill, BET Networks president of programming. “When we pick our shows we look at how we can best tell the stories of our audience. It’s important that the issue that are in our world are on our screen as well.” Another priority for BET is a music-driven anthology … Read More

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Tracy Morgan In Talks To Star In Client Dito Montiel’s THE CLAPPER

Tracy Morgan is in talks to star opposite Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried in writer/director Dito Montiel’s new comedy The Clapper. The project would reunite Morgan with filmmaker Montiel who cast him in 2011 cop drama The Son of No One. Adapted from Montiel’s own book of the same name, The Clapper is about a professional clapper for infomercials who gets plucked by a late night talk show host to be on his TV show. That notoriety then ends up costing him personally. Morgan will play Helms’ best friend Chris Plork who is a loyal and devoted confidante and provides a good deal of the humor and charm of the script. Morgan will be on his stand-up tour Picking Up the Pieces in June so the production is going to work around his schedule. The film is said to be a testament of how easily fame is achieved in today’s reality-program driven society and how it can complicate ordinary people’s lives. The project is being produced by Montiel with Robin Schorr. Helms and Mike Falbo are also producing through their Pacific Electric shingle. Alex Lebovici and Michael Bien and executive producing and Steve Ponce is producing through their Oriah Entertainment. Morgan … Read More

AdamTracy Morgan In Talks To Star In Client Dito Montiel’s THE CLAPPER