‘Helter Skelter’: Epix Orders Charles Manson Docuseries From Lesley Chilcott, Berlanti Productions, Rogue Atlas & Warner Horizon

It comes just over 50 years after the murder of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojtek Frykowski and Steven Parent and Manson's subsequent trial. It will chronicle the Manson Family history, featuring never-before-accessed interviews from former family members and journalists first on the scene and in the courtroom, with archival footage and newly-unearthed images.
Lesley Chilcott said, “Helter Skelter set outs to illuminate new perspectives on one of the most legendary crimes of our time. The filmmaking team and I are grateful for the collaborations with Berlanti Productions, Rogue Atlas, Warner Horizon and Epix and the opportunity to tell this complete story.”
Eli Frankel will also exec produce Helter Skelter for Rogue Atlas Productions, the company behind Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian for E!, while Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, which recently launched a new documentary series unit under Mike Darnell, serves as the studio.
The six-part docuseries, which premieres on June 14, is executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter for Berlanti Productions and it marks the company’s latest docuseries after it landed four-part series Equal, chronicling landmark events and the forgotten heroes of the LGBTQ+ movement, at HBO Max along with Jim Parsons and That’s Wonderful Productions, Scout Productions, Jon Jashni (Lost in Space) and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.
The MGM-owned broadcaster has ordered six-part series Helter Skelter, a comprehensive telling of the story of how Manson and his cult terrorized California in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Lesley Chilcott, producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, will direct as well serve as executive producer.
“Helter Skelter’s bone-chilling narrative is rooted in one of the most infamous and fascinating crimes of the past several decades, and we’re thrilled that this story is being so expertly told on Epix.” “Working with the brilliant Lesley Chilcott and the talented teams at Berlanti Productions, Rogue Atlas and Warner Horizon Unscripted has been a fantastic journey,” said Michael Wright, President, Epix.
Other projects include music series Laurel Canyon, directed by Alison Ellwood (History of the Eagles) and Watergate series Slow Burn, based on the hit podcast. The company aims to air around 50 hours of non-scripted content a year, as part of 100 hours of original content. Helter Skelter is part of Epix’s slate of original docuseries.
EXCLUSIVE: Epix is exploring the story of Charles Manson and his followers in a docuseries from An Inconvenient Truth producer Lesley Chilcott, Berlanti Productions, Rogue Atlas Productions and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.
“It explores the age-old question: are killers born or are they made?”” /> “Helter Skelter is an edge-of-your-seat thriller about a small-time con artist who spearheaded one of the most unspeakable murder tragedies in history,” added Brooke Karzen, the Executive Vice President and Head of Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.

‘Katy Keene’: EP Michael Grassi Confirms ‘Riverdale’ Crossover Plans – TCA

Maggie Kiley directs and executive produces. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.” /> Katy Keene, which takes place five years after Riverdale, is executive produced by Aguirre-Sacasa, Michael Grassi, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Archie Comics CEO and Publisher Jon Goldwater.
Katy Keene hails from Riverdale creator/executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros TV.
While Ashleigh Murray, who played singer-songwriter Josie McCoy on Riverdale, left town to head to New York City with dreams to make it in music, other Riverdale cast members expected to come and visit.
Exec producer Michael Grassi said, “I think it’s very likely that we will be seeing some familiar faces from Riverdale crossing over to our Katy Keene show and our New York world and we’re excited about that.”
The series is set in New York City, where aspiring fashion designer Katy Keene, played by Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale, meets McCoy, fresh off the bus to chase her musical dreams. Their world is populated with kindred-spirit starving artists, including mysterious socialite Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) and Broadway-bound performer Jorge Lopez – and his drag queen alter ego, Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp). While their climb to the top is rife with obstacles, this found family will stop at nothing to see their names in lights.
There will be crossover between Archie Comics alums Katy Keene and Riverdale on The CW’s second most populous universe.

‘Batwoman’: Elizabeth Anweis Cast In the CW’s DC Pilot

Television. Berlanti Productions produces in association with Warner Bros. Dries executive produces the Batwoman pilot alongside Siega, Berlanti Prods’ Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, David Nutter, as well as former DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns via his new Mad Ghost Productions banner.
Written by Caroline Dries and directed by Marcos Siega, Batwoman marks the first gay lead character of a live-action superhero series. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman (Rose), an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.
Elizabeth Anweis (9-1-1) has been cast opposite Ruby Rose in Batwoman, the CW’s groundbreaking drama pilot from Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television.
Catherine made her fortune as a savvy, bullheaded defense contractor, and all those billions position her as one of Gotham's most powerful residents. Anweis will play Catherine Hamilton-Kane, Kate Kane's (Rose) step-mother. For Catherine, it's a matter of the bottom line: Batwoman is bad for business.
She began her career as a runway model for Cartier and Gucci, and has appeared in campaigns for Jeremy Scott and Diesel. Anweis' TV credits include Fox's 9-1-1, Twin Peaks: The Return, The Affair and NCIS: Los Angeles. Anweis is repped by JLA Talent, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, and Morris Yorn.” />

Shawn Levy & Greg Berlanti Chosen To Team On Movie Version Of Broadway-Bound ‘Be More Chill’

Both 21 Laps and Berlanti have their first look deals with Fox. Among the producers I've heard were Color Force's Nina Jacobson, Imagine Entertainment, Michael De Luca, Marty Bowen's Temple Hill, Scooter Braun, Jennifer Todd and Bob Zemeckis' ImageMovers. Next step will be to enlist a studio. I'm told that many producers chased this one over the past couple of days.
Watch a couple samples from the Off Broadway production below.
Both Levy and Berlanti are repped by WME.
His father, who is so depressed he won't even put on pants, personifies the hopelessness. That comes in the form of a pill called a SQUIP, essentially a computer chip that embeds itself into the brain and tells kids exactly what to say and do to become popular. (In Jeremy's case, his customized SQUIP guru, invisible to everyone else, looks and sounds just like Keanu Reeves). The musical has music and lyrics by Joe Iconis (NBC's Smash), with book by Joe Tracz, and it revolves around a nerdy, bullied high school junior who tries to up his social status from the loser he feels like. While he seems on a good enough track by following the girl he likes into joining the school play — a post-apocalyptic Midsummer Night's Dream with zombies — Jeremy is persuaded by a bully to take a short cut to being cool.
Already, music from the high school-set sci-fi musical has generated an unprecedented amount of song streams. EXCLUSIVE: A wild chase has ended with Shawn Levy's 21 Laps and Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Productions being chosen as the producers to shepherd a movie adaptation of Be More Chill, a Broadway-bound musical that became a viral sensation with young audiences even before its recent Off Broadway staging.
Director of development Mike McGrath and director of production Jimmy Gibbons brought the project to Berlanti Productions and will supervise it. 21 Laps CE Becca Edelman will supervise production for the producer. Levy and 21 Laps' Dan Cohen will produce with Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Movie adaptations of hit musicals don't usually materialize until years after lucrative stage runs, but this one looks like it has a strong shot at succeeding.
While it overcomes Jeremy's wimpier tendencies, the short cut to coolness raises issues of conformity, mind control and Mountain Dew. It is all based on a cult YA novel by Ned Vizzini.
13, 2019, with an official opening on Sunday, March 10, at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, with Stephen Brackett directing. But there is time, considering that performances don't begin until Wednesday Feb. This follows an Off-Broadway run that was sold out before its first performance, fueled by the power of social media. Much of the deal still has to be worked out, including which studio acquires the rights.
The musical started life in 2015 as a commission from Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, which led to the recording of the cast album that became a big success on social media.
Here are a couple clips from the 2018 Off Broadway production:
The auction is being run by WME, which also is separately still brokering a long gestating auction for the rights to theatrically release a movie based on filmed performances of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, with the original cast. That one still has several big bidders in the mix including Apple, with the parties vying hard in a deal that will surpass $50 million when all is said and done.

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Geoff Johns To Write & Produce ‘Stargirl’ Series For DC Universe – Comic-Con

Teaming up again with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, Johns will pen and executive produce a Stargirl series for the OTT DC Universe service.
“Most important, Courtney Whitmore was inspired by my sister who passed away,” he added. “To have an opportunity to tell a story celebrating this superhero was literally the first thing I wanted to do because it is so personal to me. Also, a character that speaks to being young, to a legacy and to pushing forward seems so important to me nowadays.” “Obviously, Stargirl was first character I created for DC,” Johns told me Thursday of the 1999 debuting stepdaughter of the Star-Spangled Kid.
Striking a big presence here at SDCC, the DC Universe service is targeting a fall launch with pre-orders for one year starting at $74.99 – with an extra three months awarded for early sign-ups. The service is compatible with Apple and Android devices, Roku, and Amazon Fire, and slots in alongside Netflix, Hulu, or any other digital steaming app.” /> Monthly memberships will be available at launch for $7.99 a month.
Stargirl joins Titans and Doom Patrol as live action projects Johns is EPing with Greg Berlant and Sarah Schechter for the DC Universe service.The pickup of Stargirl brings Berlanti Productions' record-breaking portfolio to 15 live-action series In the new series, the plan is high school student Whitmore bands together with the Justice Society of America to fight villains, past and present.
The Stargirl news was made public in a SDCC spotlight panel where Johns also announced a new Shazam! As well as playing the Titians trailer that was unveiled earlier today, Johns also dropped some new art from The Watchmen meets Batman and Superman and more Doomsday Clock #6, which is out next week, and artist Gary Franks. comic series he will write and a first look at the Batman: Three Joker series that the DC Black Label imprint will be publishing.
EXCLUSIVE: Barely a month after stepping down as DC Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns already has the inaugural TV project for his new first look producing deal with Warner Bros ready to go – and it is one close to the Doomsday Clock author’s heart.
Announced at a Comic-Con Spotlight panel on Johns just now, Stargirl is the sixth series overall for the digital subscription service and its fourth live action offering. The 2019 premiering 13-episode reimaging of the teen Courtney Whitmore superhero will be produced by WBTV, Johns’ Mad Ghost Productions and Berlanti Productions.