Extra: Leah Remini takes A&E to church; WBITD ups Andrews

In today's 'Extra,' A&E tackles Leah Remini's past life in Scientology while Warner Bros. elevates James Andrews, and distributor Terranoa secures international sales.
September 22, 2016

Leah Remini reportedly working on Scientology series for A&E

A&E and Eli Holzman’s new company The Intellectual Property Corporation, in collaboration with Holzman’s longtime producing partner Aaron Saidman, are working on a series about actor Leah Remini’s experiences in the Church of Scientology. A spokesperson for the cable net declined to comment, but according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter the show was shot over the summer and will focus on Remini’s departure from the church as well as other families with members in the church. It will debut next year.

Earlier this year, journalist Tony Ortega reported on his blog that the former King of Queens star (pictured) was working on a Scientology-focused series. Remini, who previously starred in the TLC reality series Leah Remini: It’s All Relative and published the 2015 book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, grew up in the church but has become an outspoken critic of Scientology since leaving the church in 2013.

WBITD ups Andrews

Warner Bros. International Television Distribution has elevated James Andrews to director of sales for Canada.

In the new post, Andrews will continue to oversee all aspects of sales and distribution to French Canadian broadcasters and digital services. He will also manage English language indie and specialty channels while exploring sales opportunities within French and English speaking Canada.

Andrews will continue reporting to Mickie Steinmann, VP and GM of Canada for WBITD.

Terranoa inks international sales and package deals

Paris-based distributor Terranoa has secured a raft of international sales and package deals for U.S. political doc The Clintons & The Obamas: The Secrets of a Rivalry. The Elephant Doc- and Chrysalide-made film has been picked up by Denmark’s DR, Sweden’s TV4, Latvia TV, pan-Arab net MBC al Arabya, Poland’s TVP Pol +, Switzerland’s RTSI and Austria’s ORF.

Elsewhere, Madame Tussaud’s Revolution – a copro between Gedeon Programmes, Arte and Curiosity – has been acquired by the BBC, SBS, Sky Arte Italy and Kultura TV; while Picasso: The Legacy has been secured by NHK and Planète+.

Terranoa has also secured several package deals with a number of international broadcasters, including TVB Hong Kong and Italy’s Effe TV on Show Me Where You Live (20 x 26 minutes), which will premiere on Arte in October; a five-hour deal signed with Blue Ant Media for Moon, Rosetta Comet Chaser, Solar Impulse and Secret Brazil: Wilde Pantanal; 10 hours of programming with Sky Arte in Italy; and eight hours of content with Viasat on the series The Day When… and Paris Berlin: Shapes and Shades of History.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.