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21 November 14

Rise of Epic TV Series: Tom Fontana, Creator of "Oz"



 The WZB is proud to welcome the recipient of three Primetime Emmys and multiple other awards, Tom Fontana, for an event charting both the artistic and the economic revolution that changed the face of TV over the last one and a half decades.            See the interview here



11 November 14

The TV Legacy of St. Elsewhere's
"Tommy Westphall Universe"



read the article by Jim Vorel here


The show’s one truly lasting and iconic contribution to pop culture stems from its bizarre and totally unexpected ending, and the sprawling web of theories that ending implies. And it all starts with the imagination of an autistic boy named Tommy Westphall.




20 April 14

À NU le spectacle au Vingtième Théâtre

  

click on the image to see a video promo for the play

Earlier this year an adaptation of “Strip Search” was presented in Paris.
À NU was adapted and directed by Marc SAEZ 



More images from the production here


TV profile and extended interview




12 April 14

         


11 April 14


Tom Fontana & Chris Long share showrunner secrets.



Two of today's best-respected TV creators shared             production stories at MIPTV.
By Angela Natividad

Read the story here.  Watch the video here


13 October 13

             Honoree of the Year




Honoree of the Year Tom Fontana, far left, visits with his siblings Frank and Charlene Fontana and Peter LoJacono, president of Federation of Italian-American Societies of Western New York, before Sunday’s event. Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News

Read the article in the Buffalo News


     

        You can see WKBW's coverage here.



15 June 13



Watch the interview here



13 May 13





'Billy the Kid' Limited Series in Development at Fox

The network is teaming with Homicide: Life on the Street's Tom Fontana to develop a limited-run drama about Billy the Kid.

read more at the Hollywood Reporter


10 May 13


Borgia is back for season 2


Streaming now on 

15 November 12

EUROPEAN 'BORGIA' DRAMA PROVES A WORLDWIDE HIT




'The executive producer, American Tom Fontana, says producers searched far and wide to assemble the talent working on Borgia. "We were always determined to have the best actors, the best designers, the most talented people here, regardless of what country they come from," he said. "Everyone who is here knows they are here because we think they are the best.

Read the whole story here.


14 November 12





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25 October 12

 From St. Elsewhere to Copper, 

Tom Fontana Walks Us Through 

His TV Résumé

Click to read the article on Vulture


11 October 12



Read the article on Deadline Hollywood



3 September 12





  EVEN WILDER, MORE CORRUPT, MORE BRUTAL
First look at the new Borgia

read the article (in German) here


15 August 12
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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


28 August 12
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 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



27 July 12







         "From Beautiful Pond To A Ghetto":
Tom Fontana's Walking Tour Of Gritty Five Points
View on YouTube or read the article on gothamist



17 July 12




Tom's script "Strip Search" adapted and performed at Festival Avignon in France.

The La Provence article here

The video clip here

Tom and Sidney Lumet talk about "Strip Search"  here



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."

2 April 12



Copper, from BBC America and Cineflix Studios, debuts August 19 at 9 p.m.

read the article on EW.com


26 March 12





'Borgia' Gets Second Season Order

The 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


5 March 12



Video Interview: Tom Fontana interviewed by Richard Belzer



21 February 12



BORGIA DVD is now available. Here is a link on Amazon



20 February 12

From an article by        BY RICH HELDENFELS
                                  Akron Beacon Journal
"Faith and Fear" comes from writer-producer Tom Fontana, acclaimed for his work on "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Oz" and "St. Elsewhere." He is also at work on projects for BBC America ("Copper," about an Irish policeman in 19th-century New York City) and A&E ("The Box," a drama about police interrogations) but not for the broadcast networks he has so often served.

"I'll tell you the God's honest truth," he said, "the networks don't seem to want to make shows that are outside their comfort zone. But I want to make shows that are outside my comfort zone, so I have gone all over the world in search of people that are willing to take a bigger risk than the networks will."

He was invited to work on "Faith and Fear," an international co-production, but added: "I love history and the popes have been something I've been fascinated with my whole life, being a Catholic. ... It's been a great ride so far. We're working on scripts for the second season. We're going to shoot in Prague and in Rome this year, so it's cool."

But what about that other series, from writer-director Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game")?

"Initially, Showtime had wanted us to combine the two productions," Fontana said. "I flew to Dublin to meet with Neil Jordan. We had a perfectly lovely dinner but we realized at this dinner that we wanted to make two completely different versions of this story. From that point on, I just decided to pretend that the other one doesn't exist. So I haven't watched it, I haven't read anything about it. ... It's like when I was doing 'Homicide' and 'NYPD Blue' came on the air. I didn't want to watch 'NYPD Blue' - not because I didn't respect (writer-producer) David Milch, but because I didn't want to be influenced by what he was doing on his show."

As for "Faith and Fear," Fontana said: "What I wanted to bring to the program was two keys.

"One was that, if you take faith out of the Catholic Church for a second, what you are left with is the Vatican, Inc. You're left with the brand, and what the brand sells is salvation. Much better than selling Chevys, it's selling salvation. People want to be saved for eternity a lot more than they want a new car. So on one element we're examining the Vatican not as a religion but as a corporation. ...

Read more here:


17 January 12



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



7 December 11
A&E Buys Cop Drama With A Twist From
Tom Fontana And Barry Levinson



A&E Network has teamed with Homicide alums Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson for The Box, a half-hour cop drama that takes place largely within the walls of the interrogation room. The cable network has ordered two scripts from the project, which will be written by Fontana.

   Read more about it here and here


25 October 11


In September Tom conducted a master class as part of the Roma Fiction fest. The folks at
lascreeningroom.net have posted several clips from the event.

On Writing        part 1    part 2

On "Borgia"      part 1    part 2    part 3

On "OZ"           part 1    part 2




11 October 11


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



14 September 11


Tom Fontana Elected Humanitas President

Read the story on Variety and Deadline Hollywood





8 September 11






3 September 11

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:

27 June 11

30 June 11


Canal+ has a half hour feature on "Borgia". You can see it here.



30 March 11



For more on Tom's new series, look Here and Here.




10 December 10


Click on the image to see an  interview with Tom on  Canal+




Pictures from the set of "Borgia" in Prague


Tom with John Doman who plays RodrigueBorgia
   

Cardinals waiting for their cue
You can see more pictures from the set of "Borgia" in Prague, here



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