Entertainment Nkechi Okoro Carroll To Reboot ‘Life Goes On’ & Launch Production Company As Part Of Eight-Figure TV Overall Renewal With Warner Bros.
Canadian Damian Warner in the hunt for Olympic decathlon gold
Through three of 10 events in Tokyo, Damian Warner is 24 points better than he was at Gotzis. And that’s a very good sign indeed for the 31-year-old decathlete from London, Ont., who set the Canadian record of 8,995 points at the prestigious Gotzis Hypo-Meeting in Austria two months ago. As the 22-man decathlon field took a break to rest and refuel for two more events on Wednesday evening — the high jump and 400-metres — Warner led with 2,966 points. Better yet, the man in the silver medal spot, just 193 points back, was 25-year-old Pierce LePage of Whitby, Ont. © ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL Pierce Lepage of Canada in action on Wednesday in Tokyo.
is staying in business with Warner Bros.
The All American showrunner is rebooting classic ABC dramaand is launching her own production company , with ex-AGBO exec and former WME agent as Head of Television, as part of a major overall deal renewal with the studio.
Deadline understands that Warner Bros. beat out a number of other bidders to resign Okoro Carroll in a deal that is thought to be well into eight figures.
Damian Warner named Canada's flag-bearer for closing ceremony of Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO — Damian Warner was close to his breaking point. The decathlete's training inside a frigid arena wasn't going well. Warner was exasperated, demoralized and unsure if any of what he was doing in preparation for a pandemic-delayed Olympics that might not even happen would pay off. "I'd come back from the track and I'd be frustrated or confused," said the 31-year-old. "There were some tough times where I was close to tears talking to my coach thinking, 'It's like your dreams are walking away from you, or slowly drifting away, and you couldn't do anything about it.
“I am so excited to continue my partnership with Channing Dungey, Brett Paul and the extended WarnerMedia family,” Okoro Carroll said. “We’ve only just scratched the surface of the stories we want to tell together. Our mission at Rock My Soul Productions is to create content that leaves the world a little bit of a better place than how we found it. Warner Bros.’ continued support of this mission means everything to me.”
Okoro Carroll, who first moved her overall to Warner Bros. in 2018, having previously been at 20th, will write and exec produce the Life Goes On sequel as one of a number of new projects for broadcast, streaming and cable. She is working on the project with original series cast members Kellie Martin and Chad Lowe, who will serve as producers on the project, and creator Michael Braverman, who will be an executive consultant. The project will be taken to the market shortly.
Longtime Warner Music Central Europe CEO Bernd Dopp Is Stepping Down
Warner Music executive Bernd Dopp announced on Tuesday he is stepping down after 37 years at the company, with the last 17 as chairman and CEO of Warner Music Central Europe. Taking over the Hamburg-based label starting Oct. 1 will be co-presidents Doreen Schimk, currently the managing director, media & brands, and Fabian Drebes, managing director, international. “Bernd is an incredible music man, who is known for his passionate advocacy on behalf of our artists,” said Max Lousada, CEO of recorded music for WMG and Simon Robson, president, international, recorded music.
The series, which ran on ABC from 1989-93, centered on the Thatcher family from suburban Chicago and was the first TV show to have a major character with Down syndrome.
The sequel will revisit a grown-up Becca Thatcher, played by Martin, now an accomplished doctor, and her extended family as she returns to her hometown.
Meanwhile, Dunn will join Okoro Carroll’s Rock My Soul as Head of Television. Dunn spent the first 14 years of her career at WME as an agent in the television literary and packaging department, working with writers, directors and producers. In 2017, she moved over to AGBO, the company founded by directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, where she served as Executive Vice President and Head of Television, where she produced shows including Citadel for Amazon, Deadly Class for Syfy, and the upcoming From for Epix.
Dunn said: “I am thrilled to be joining Nkechi as she builds her new company at Warner Bros. As her agent, I was always blown away by Nkechi’s talent as both a writer and producer, but her true gift is that of being an incredibly kind and generous human being. I am thankful to Nkechi for the opportunity to work with her as she continues to make meaningful and entertaining television with our partners at Warner Bros.”
‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’: Carson Rowland, Jordan Gonzalez Among 5 To Recur In HBO Max Reboot
EXCLUSIVE: HBO Max continues to round out the cast for the upcoming Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin as Carson Rowland (Sweet Magnolias, American Housewife), Jordan Gonzalez (The L Word: Generation Q), Ben Cook (West Side Story, The First Lady) Elias Kacavas (Euphoria) and Benton Greene (Ghost, Riverdale) join as recurring. They join stars Chandler Kinney, Maia Reficco, Bailee Madison, Zaria, Malia Pyles, Alex Aiono, Mallory Bechtel and Eric Johnson. Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is a present-day iteration of the popular 2010-17 series from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; Lindsay Calhoon Bring; Alloy Entertainment; and Warner Bros TV.
Okoro Carroll added: “I am also grateful to my former agent and longtime friend, Lindsay Dunn, for joining and elevating the Rock My Soul family as our Head of Television. Her immense talent, leadership skills and incredible passion for creating content that makes a difference is beyond inspiring.”
The deal will see Okoro Carroll continue to serve as executive producer and showrunner of the hit The CW drama series All American, as well as the upcoming spinoff All American: Homecoming, which debuts in midseason on The CW.
In addition to running All American and All American: Homecoming at The CW, former federal reserve analyst Okoro Carroll is developing The Fed, which follows a group of young hopefuls as they begin an elite fellowship with the Federal Reserve, at IMDb TV.
Other credits include serving as a co-executive producer on Fox drama series The Resident and Rosewood, as well as working on Bones and The Finder.
Group Chairman Dungey said: “We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Nkechi and are honored to continue as her storytelling partner. She and her All American team have done incredible work bringing a vivid and diverse picture of African American life to the screen, and we are so excited to see her expand that vision to include the world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities with the upcoming All American: Homecoming. Nkechi’s work is endlessly entertaining and inspiring, and we look forward to collaborating and telling important stories with her for many years to come.”
Okoro Carroll is repped by WME, Patti Felker and JR McGinnis at Felker Toczek, and Adesuwa McCalla at MetaMorphic Entertainment.
Primetime Emmys Winners List – Updating Live .
Refresh for updates … Television’s Big Night is here. The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out tonight in Los Angeles, and Deadline will be updating the winners list live as they are announced starting at 5 p.m. PT. After the three-ceremony Creative Arts Emmys last weekend, and including the juried winners announced in August, Netflix has a huge lead over all other networks and platforms with 34 trophies. Disney+ is next with 12, followed by the combined HBO/HBO Max with 10.