Get a look into the mind of the man who pulled off one of the greatest cons in history in the ABC miniseriesMadoff, airing FEBRUARY 3-4, 2016 (8:00 – 10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss stars as Bernie Madoff, with Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner as his wife, Ruth. Madoff will follow the prodigious rise and abrupt demise of the former investment advisor and the subsequent fallout with his family, associates and investors. Watch the Madoff trailer now!
Lincoln Square Productions, the in-house production company at ABC News, plans to double the hours of original productions and syndicated programming in 2016. To accomplish this, LSP is upping two staffers. Linda Berman has been upped to director of Scripted Content. For the last two years Berman has been an ep on scripted shows including ABC’s upcoming MADOFF mini series, starring Richard Dreyfus as Bernie Madoff (pictured). Prior to ABC, Berman was a production executive at both TNT and Cosgrove/Meurer.
Richard Thompson, an ABC News veteran, has been promoted to executive director, Operations, Planning and Strategy. As finance director, Thompson has been involved in multiple projects including the OSCARS Opening Ceremony, 20/20 on Discovery ID, and Next Step Realty which airs on ABC Family (soon to be Freeform). Before joining LSP, Thompson spent 12 years in ABC’s London Bureau.
ABC has released the first trailer for its Bernie Madoff miniseries — aptly titled “Madoff” — which will debut on Feb. 3, starring Richard Dreyfuss in the titular role.
“You want to know how to get people to trust you with their money?” he teases in the promo. “I’ll tell you right now: You present it as an exclusive thing… Nothing on Earth makes people want something more than telling them they can’t have it.”
The show also stars Blythe Danner as Madoff’s wife, Ruth; Tom Lipinski and Danny Defarrari as their sons, Mark and Andrew; Peter Scolari as Bernie’s brother Peter; Erin Cummings as Eleanor Squillari; Michael Rispoli as Frank DiPascali; and Frank Whaley as Harry Markopolos. Charles Grodin and Lewis Black will also appear.
ABC News’ Lincoln Square Prods. has made another step toward establishing itself as a scripted-series player with the appointment of Linda Berman as Director, Scripted Content. This is the first time ABC News’ in-house production company has had a dedicated scripted executive, and she is believed the first such exec for a network news division.
Lincoln Square Prods.’ first major foray into scripted was with the ABC Cold War spy limited series The Assets, which was pulled after a couple of episodes on the broadcast network because of low ratings but did well on Netflix afterward. The division’s follow-up, the Madoff miniseries starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner, is slated to premiere in February. Berman worked on the project before joining LSP full-time.
“Linda has been a key team member at LSP for the last two years working as an executive producer on our scripted programming, including ABC’s upcoming Madoff miniseries,” said Morgan Hertzan, ABC News/Lincoln Square VP, Executive in Charge, to whom Berman will report. “She will continue to work closely with Rudy Bednar, as well as our partners at ABC Entertainment, ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios, while overseeing the development and production of scripted content based on the journalism of ABC News.”
I hear LSP has acquired a number of book properties with the goal of developing them into scripted projects.
“Scripted programming based on riveting true stories has become an ever more popular genre and a great growth area for us,” Hertzan said.
Berman, who will be based in Burbank, has worked on such “true story TV series” as Girl Fight, Victoria Lindsay Teenage Violence, Heatwave, 1965 Watts Riots, Chernobyl Disaster and Iran: Days of Crises. She served as a production executive at TNT and Cosgrove/Meurer.
An All-New Special and Unprecedented Look at Walt Disney’s Journey to Create the Historic First Full-Length Animated Feature Film, Airing Sunday, December 13 at 8 pm on ABC
Narrated by Ginnifer Goodwin (Actress, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia”) and Featuring John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios), Disney Legend/Songwriter Richard Sherman (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), and Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck (Directors, Frozen)
In 1934, the up-and-coming filmmaker Walt Disney decided to take a big creative, financial and personal risk: he put his small animation studio – until now dedicated to turning out comedy shorts – to work adapting a fairy tale into a full-color, full-length animated feature film. No one ever made a full-color feature length cartoon before, and it seemed far-fetched. Who would want to watch a cartoon for 90 minutes? Most people, including the two most important in Walt’s life, his wife and brother, believed it would be his undoing. And they were almost right. From the seemingly insurmountable creative challenges, to an expanding budget and looming deadlines, to an exhausted and all-consumed Walt Disney, the production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” became a harrowing journey, one that almost destroyed the man who conceived it. “Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” airs Sunday, December 13, (8:00 pm ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” explores the moment where folklore met filmmaking. With dynamic visuals including clips from the 1937 movie, film and audio recordings, and snapshots from Disney’s own personal archive, the special creatively showcases how the team at Disney stayed true to the message of the original story while tackling the creative and technical challenges of putting this humble fairy tale on the silver screen, creating history.
The special also features live action moments based on the original tale, shot with dramatic special effects treatments, as well as some cut scenes and characters from the animated film, uniquely transporting viewers to the making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The hour also explores how Walt Disney was possessed with making the film – leveraging everything, including his relationships and reputation, as well as mortgaging his home, smack dab in the middle of the Great Depression.
“Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is narrated by Ginnifer Goodwin (Actress, ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia”) and features extensive interviews with John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios), Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Byron Howard (Director, the upcoming Zootopia and Tangled), Alan Menken, Richard Sherman, and Disney supervising animators Eric Goldberg and Mark Henn, as well as some of the original talent from the 1937 film, and historians/experts from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, Walt Disney Archives, and beyond.
An XCON Production for Lincoln Square Productions, “Behind the Magic:Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is executive produced by Christine Connor. Jeremiah Crowell is the director.
A Florida woman who made national headlines as the focus of a shocking switched at birth horror story at age 10 is opening up about her tumultuous years out of the spotlight.
In 1989, Kimberly Mays became a media sensation when genetic tests revealed that she had been switched with another baby shortly after her birth at Hardee Memorial Hospital in Wachula, Fla. on November 29, 1978.
Her biological parents, Ernest and Regina Twigg, were sent home with a baby girl named Arlena, who suffered from a congenital heart defect and died at 9 years old. After a blood test revealed Arlena was not their biological child, the Twiggs fought to gain custody of Kimberly, accusing her father, Robert Mays, of bribing the hospital to switch the infants due to Arlena's illness.
In August 1993, then 14-year-old Kimberly won a highly publicized lawsuit to divorce her biological parents, only to move in with them two years later.
For the next 22 years, Mays worked hard to escape the spotlight that plagued her teenage years – moving more than two dozen times and cutting all ties with friends and family. Now, the 36-year-old mother of six is opening up about her life to Barbara Walters in an episode of Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals. (Walters previously interviewed Kimberly at age 14 for the TV special, Switched at Birth: Kimberly's Story, which aired before the trial completed.)