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Tom Fontana Tribute
by David Morris
Fontana occupies a special place in TV history. ...three major series that he has done... have become landmarks on the landscape of TV, shows with characters and plots that have become regarded as absolutly essential to what the medium was capable.
Read the article at examiner.com
Fontana aims to keep N.Y. in picture
Writer-producer talks of 'criminal' past, current projects
TF: You get offered a lot of crime stuff, having done "Homicide" and "Oz," and every once in a while you say, "That's a way I haven't done it before."
Read the interview at Variety.com.
17 August 12
Link via AnimalNewYork.com
27 July 12
"From Beautiful Pond To A Ghetto":
Tom Fontana's Walking Tour Of Gritty Five Points
17 July 12
Tom's script "Strip Search" adapted and performed at Festival Avignon in France.
12 June 12
COPPER Teaser Trailer
"COPPER is a gripping crime series set in 1860s New York City, and centers on an
intense, rugged Irish-immigrant cop working the city's notorious Five Points neighborhood."
'Borgia' Gets Second Season OrderThe papal period drama will start shooting in Prague and Italy and reach the U.S. and U.K. via Netflix.
PARIS - Lagardere, EOS, ZDF, ORF and Canal Plus will join forces again for the second season
of Tom Fontana’s period drama Borgia. The next twelve episodes of the series will shoot in Prague and Italy through November. read the article here
20 February 12
From an article by BY RICH HELDENFELS
Akron Beacon Journal
COMING SOON TO BBC AMERICA —
“Copper” is an immigrant drama about an Irish cop working in 19th century New York City. Slated to premiere on BBC America in the summer of 2012 and in Canada on Shaw Media’s Showcase in fall 2012, it will link audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
Read the article here
A&E Buys Cop Drama With A Twist From
Tom Fontana And Barry Levinson
Tom Fontana’s ‘Borgia’ a Ratings Hit in France, Italy
First episode of papal drama starring John Doman draws a record 1.7 million viewers on Canal +.
COLOGNE, Germany – Tom Fontana’s papal period drama Borgia has converted unbelievers in Italy and killed them in France. The series, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) and starring John Dorman (The Wire), debuted to an audience of 1.7 million on Canal +, a record for the French pay TV network. On Sky Italia, where Borgia debuted with a two-episode teaser this summer, the series nearly doubled its audience over its 12-episode run. 420,000 watched the series finale last Friday. Netflix has picked up North American rights to Borgia and will bow the show via its online service later this month.
Read the article here.
3 October 11
Netflix Takes North American Rights to Tom Fontana's 'Borgia'
“Netflix is thrilled to bring this compelling tale of family, power and intrigue to our U.S. subscribers,” said Netflix director of content acquisition Elizabeth Bradley. “Our members love sumptuous historical dramas and Borgia is a great one.”
Read the article here
Tom recently conducted a masterclass as part of the FESTIVAL DU CINEMA AMÉRICAIN DE DEAUVILLE.
28 July 11
BBC AMERICA ORDERS FIRST ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES FOR SUMMER 2012
Jul 28, 2011 | BBC America
Channel announces COPPER - A Cineflix Studios production, in association with Levinson/Fontana
New York – In its most significant original programming commitment to date, BBC AMERICA has announced its first original scripted drama series, Copper. The 10 episode series, which centers on a young Irish cop operating in the immigrant communities of 19th century New York, is co-created by Tom Fontana (OZ,Homicide: Life on the Street, St. Elsewhere) and Will Rokos (Monster’s Ball, Southland). The executive producers include Fontana, Rokos, Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, You Don't Know Jack) and Christina Wayne (Broken Trail and executive in charge of Mad Men at AMC) of Cineflix Studios.
Copper is set in the Five Points Irish neighborhood of New York City in the 1860’s. The series focuses on a rugged young Irish cop who has to navigate the unruly and sometimes violent currents of his immigrant neighborhood, while simultaneously interacting with uptown Manhattan high society and the emerging black community in Harlem.
Copper will commence production in the fall of 2011 in Toronto and premiere on BBC AMERICA in Summer 2012.
Perry Simon, General Manager, BBC AMERICA says: “Copper is a great fit for BBC AMERICA, capturing the early American multicultural experience in provocative, ground-breaking fashion. In the spirit of great BBC drama it’s brimming with fascinating and complex characters giving us the opportunity to cast the best actors from both sides of the Atlantic. I’m delighted to be working with Tom and Barry again, together with Will, Christina and the talented team at Cineflix Studios. We could not be in better hands for BBC AMERICA’s first dramatic series”.
“BBC AMERICA is the ideal home for Copper in the U.S.,” said Glen Salzman, CEO, Cineflix. “Cineflix Studios has put together an amazing team for this series, some of the best in the business, who will produce compelling television with widespread international appeal. We look forward to starting production in a few months and continuing to ramp up our scripted programming slate.”
See the press release on line here:
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