Former NFL Network exec to lead Bill Simmons prodco
Former ESPN ‘Grantland’ head Bill Simmons has tapped former NFL Network exec Eric Weinberger as president of the newly launched Bill Simmons Media Group. Weinberger will be tasked with developing scripted and unscripted projects and short form digital content as well as building a new podcast network and website. Additionally, he will serve as an executive producer on Simmons’ forthcoming talk show, set to air on HBO and its digital properties, HBO Go and HBO Now, in 2016. Simmons struck a first-look deal with HBO in July. Previously, Weinberger served as executive producer at the NFL Network, overseeing NFL GameDay Morning, Path to the Draft and NFL Total Access.
I Can Do That heads to the Netherlands
Dutch broadcaster SBS 6 is set to develop a local version of Armoza Formats’ primetime variety entertainment show I Can Do That!. The eight-part series sees eight celebrities completing a variety of challenges each week, from dance acts and musical performances to roller-skating routines and archery. The local version, which is slated to air in 2016, will be hosted by Dutch singer Gerard Joling. Dutch prodco Stepping Stone will produce.
Nat Geo Channel, Scott Free to develop Killing Patton
National Geographic Channel has partnered with London-based Scott Free Productions to produce Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s Killing Patton. The four-hour scripted film, which focuses on the peculiar death of World War II U.S. Army General George S. Patton, Jr. and the final year of the war, will air globally on National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages. The project joins the four other scripted films in the ‘Killing’ franchise, with the fourth, Killing Reagan, set to air in 2016. Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Mary Lisio and Bill O’Reilly serve as executive producers, with Clayton Krueger co-exec producing.