Jeff Daniels To Star & Executive Produce ‘Rust’ Drama Series At Showtime

“With vibrant characters caught in an unpredictable murder mystery, Rust will tell the relevant and touching human story of the corrosion of the American dream.” “Jeff Daniels is a bona fide giant on stage and screen, and Dan Futterman is a special writer and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them together at Showtime,” said Gary Levine, President of Entertainment Showtime Networks.
When the woman he truly loves sees her son accused of murder, Harris is forced to decide what he's willing to do to protect him. Rust is a compelling family drama that will explore the tattered American dream through the eyes of complicated and compromised chief of police Del Harris (Daniels) in a Rust Belt town in southwest Pennsylvania.
Rust is executive produced by Dan Futterman, Michael De Luca (Escape at Dannemora), Jeff Daniels and Elisa Ellis (Narcos, Hannibal) for Platform One Media, which is headed by CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh.
The project initially was given a straight-to-series order in 2017 at USA Network, but ultimately did not go forward. At the time, sources said the order was contingent on the producers finding a big star for the lead, which didn’t happen.
Daniels is a five-time Emmy nominee, winning in Best Lead Actor for The Newsroom and Best Supporting Actor for Godless. His other major credits include The Purple Rose of Cairo, Something Wild and The Squid and The Whale.
Oscar nominee Dan Futterman (Capote) will write multiple episodes of the series, which is co-produced with Platform One Media. Showtime has given a straight-to-series order to Rust, a drama based on Philipp Meyer’s debut novel American Rust, starring and executive produced by Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom, Godless).
Rust reunites him with Daniels, with whom he worked on The Looming Tower in which Daniels starred.” /> Futterman has received Oscar nominations in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for writing Capote (also earning him a BAFTA nomination) and in Best Original Screenplay for co-writing Foxcatcher.

Julia Franz Joins Charter As Head Of Development & Production For Spectrum Originals

Franz previously worked as a creative consultant for Platform One Media and STX Entertainment where she also served as an Executive Producer on State of Affairs. She also spent two years under an overall producing deal at Sony Pictures Television as a partner at Jamie Tarses' FanFare.” /> While at Disney, some of the series she oversaw or helped develop included Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Scrubs, Desperate Housewives and Criminal Minds. Franz spent 15 years at The Walt Disney Company where she served in a number of roles, including five years as EVP, overseeing both comedy and drama development and current programming for ABC Studios and predecessor Touchstone Television.
She will be based in Los Angeles. Charter Communications has hired TV industry veteran Julia Franz as Head of Development and Production for Spectrum Originals. It is the first major programming executive hire for Katherine Pope, Head of Original Content, to whom Franz will report.
“Julia is a seasoned industry veteran with over 20 years of relevant experience, and a successful track record of creating and producing original content,” said Pope. “She is an incredibly well-respected executive who brings intelligence, humanity and creativity to everything she does, and we are excited to have her join our Originals team.”
The company has been bulking up on original scripted series, including its first official pickup, L.A.'s Finest. In the newly created role, Franz will oversee the development and production of Charter’s upcoming slate of original series for Spectrum. She'll also work alongside Pope to manage the content partnerships with Viacom and AMC.