7 Days of Deals
Ka-ching! Who's signing on the dotted line this week.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: How Glenn Beck's $100 Million Radio Deal Measures Up -- Glenn Beck is proving he doesn't need Fox News Channel to draw a hefty paycheck. His Mercury Radio Arts announced a megadeal June 11 with Clear Channel's Premiere Networks to continue his popular radio show on 400 stations nationwide for another five years. Beck, 48, will be paid $20 million a year to host and produce the show, twice what he made under his 2007-12 contract.
The Glenn Beck Program is heard by about 10 million listeners a week, slightly less than Sean Hannity's numbers, though Beck's new deal puts his salary on par with Hannity, who signed a five-year, $100 million deal with Citadel Communications in 2008. Rush Limbaugh, still No. 1 in conservative talk radio with 15 million weekly listeners, earns about $33 million a year in a deal that runs from 2008 to 2016.
Beck's pact, negotiated by agent George Hiltzik of N.S. Bienstock, puts to rest notions of radio as a fading medium. Ryan Seacrest recently inked a three-year deal with Clear Channel, the nation's largest station owner, worth a reported $20 million annually, and veteran shock jock Howard Stern earns a staggering $80 million a year from Sirius XM Radio (though he shells out an estimated $20 million of that to cover production costs, including $10 million a year to sidekick Robin Quivers).
"There's really only a handful of radio personalities who can command this," says James Dix, senior analyst at Wedbush Securities. "[Clear Channel] seems to be skewing toward getting the big marquee talent with a national following and not making as much investment as they used to in local hosts."
Beck's deal is particularly impressive because it comes after he was dumped by Fox News in April 2011 amid a decline in advertising. Since then, he has created GBTV, an online network that boasts 300,000 subscribers who pay about $10 a month to listen to him when his radio program is not airing. Between subscriptions and ad revenue, the new-media venture should bring in $40 million this year on top of his radio deal (not to mention revenue from his lucrative books and speaking engagements).
Beck's new deal also calls for Premiere to represent GBTV and the websites GlennBeck.com, TheBlaze.com and Markdown.com in luring sponsors and advertisers. -- Alex Ben Block and Paul Bond
Vroom! Own an Anarchy Harley
Fans of FX's Sons of Anarchy soon will be able to ride like outlaws thanks to a deal Fox has cut with Bartels' Harley-Davidson. The bike maker will produce 100 limited-edition motorcycles available for about $25,000 each at Harley dealers this fall, part of a flurry of licensing deals for Anarchy hats, games, stationery and more. After growing online merchandise sales for FX's top-rated show about 70 percent year-over-year, Fox is shifting to such bricks-and-mortar retailers as Spencer Gifts and Hastings. "There are different audiences buying the products," notes Jeffrey Godsick, president of 20th Century Fox Consumer Products. "They range from the show's fan base to people who just like the counterculture biker attitude to people who are weekend bikers." The new Harleys will go on sale in August in conjunction with the world's largest motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D. -- just before the show's fifth-season premiere. -- A.B.B.
NYC Scandals Appeal to Sony TV
Sony Pictures Television has taken the rare step of optioning an entire issue of a magazine. The studio behind Breaking Bad and Community is making a deal to develop the entire April 9 anniversary issue of New York magazine. The special edition, dubbed "Scandal," consisted of more than 50 articles detailing headline-making events in the city dating to 1702, when Edward Hyde, the cross-dressing governor of New York and New Jersey, opened a session of the New York Assembly dressed in drag. Producers Diane Sokolow and sisters Judith and Rachel Verno (TV documentary Harvard Park) are developing the property -- also including events ranging from the U.S.' first sex-change operation in 1953 to Woody Allen's eyebrow-raising 1992 romance with partner Mia Farrow's 21-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn -- as a potential miniseries about scandalous events or as part of a larger series or anthology package. The project, which was brokered by ICM Partners, will be developed and shopped to TV networks this year. -- Lesley Goldberg
Samuel L. Jackson (ICM, Anonymous, Jackoway Tyerman) is joining Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman in RoboCop, MGM and Sony's remake of the violent 1987 sci-fi action movie.
Jane Eyre's Cary Fukunaga (WME, Anonymous, Lichter Grossman) will direct a new version of Stephen King's It for Warner Bros. and co-write the script with Chase Palmer, who adapted Frank Herbert's Dune for Paramount. Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Roy Lee and Dan Lin are producing.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker (WME, Inspire) has joined Henry Cavill in The Great Wall, director Ed Zwick's supernatural thriller set in the 15th century during construction of China's Great Wall. Legendary East is producing.
Colombiana's Olivier Megaton (WME) will direct Land of the Living, a thriller from Emjag Productions, Stone Village, Battleplan Productions, Film 360 and Dro Entertainment. Sean Gullette (McCue, Sussmane & Zapfel) wrote the script.
Anthony and Joe Russo (WME, Jackoway Tyerman), known for directing episodes of NBC's Community, are near a deal to helm Captain America 2 for Marvel Studios.
Brad Peyton (Verve, Jodi Peikoff), director of New Line's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, is negotiating to helm the studio's earthquake disaster movie San Andreas 3D.
Alfre Woodard (ICM, D/F Management, Stankevich/Gochman) has joined Twelve Years a Slave, a New Regency film being directed by Steve McQueen (Shame).
New Regency is developing modern samurai tale The Sword, tapping Luc Besson's frequent co-writer Robert Kamen (Paradigm) to pen the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the project, which adapts a Stephen Hunter novel titled The 47th Samurai.
The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen (WME, Bloom Hergott) has partnered with producer Gene Kirkwood (Rocky) to develop a film based on Sir Isaac Newton from the new BiteSize Entertainment.
Matthew Modine (APA, Untitled) has joined Ashton Kutcher in the biopic Jobs. Modine will play John Sculley, whom Steve Jobs recruited to lead Apple in 1983 and who "fired" Jobs two years later.
Carter Blanchard (Paradigm, Madhouse, Lichter Grossman) has sold to DreamWorks a found-footage spec script titled Glimmer. Adam Kolbrenner will produce, with Robyn Meisinger and Ryan Cunningam executive producing.
Sony Pictures Animation, Hasbro and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison will produce a film, written by Fred Wolf, based on the Tonka toy line known for its trucks.
Evanna Lynch (APA, Schumacher), best known for portraying Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, has joined the cast of Monster Butler, an indie crime thriller starring Malcolm McDowell.
Rolfe Kent (First Artists), who composed the scores for Up in the Air and Young Adult, will work on Paramount's Labor Day, being directed by Jason Reitman and starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
Warner Bros. Television Group has acquired Alloy Entertainment, producer of The CW 's Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries. Under the deal with an investor group led by ZelnickMedia, Alloy head Leslie Morgenstein will stay on to run the company.
House creator David Shore (ICM, Shuman Co., Edelstein Laird) has inked a three-year overall deal with Sony Television.
NBC is developing a Charlize Theron-produced modern Hatfields & McCoys series. Dawn Olmstead (Prison Break) and Beau Flynn (Journey to the Center of the Earth) also will produce, with John Glenn (Eagle Eye) attached as writer.
Glee's Jane Lynch (Domain Talent) will join Chris Colfer and Amber Riley as first-time mentors on Oxygen's The Glee Project, and Darren Criss will make his fourth appearance.
Mike & Molly star Billy Gardell (CAA, Chris Dipetta, Hansen Jacobson) will guest star on TBS' upcoming comedy Sullivan & Son as a quirky comic book collector.
After seven seasons, CSI's Jon Wellner (Greater Vision) has been upped to series regular. … Being Human's Kristen Hager (Kohner, Characters Talent, Magnolia) has been upped to series regular on the Syfy supernatural drama.
Naomi Judd (WME, Big Enterprises) and Danielle Panabaker (UTA, Management 360) will star in Hallmark Channel's telepic The Nearlyweds.
Magic City's Willa Ford (APA, Genesis) will guest star as a woman fighting to protect her business on the upcoming fifth season of TNT's Leverage.
Ashley Tisdale (CAA, Perlman, Stone Meyer) has booked a two-episode arc as a high-priced escort on the FX drama Sons of Anarchy.
Showtime has picked up the pilots Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, and Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, to series.
Joy Behar (Westpoint) is launching a Current TV talk show in September that will air at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
ABC has ordered a cooking competition series starring Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson. … FX has ordered 13 episodes of Legit, a comedy series starring Australian stand-up comic Jim Jefferies. … Discovery Channel has set a three-episode series exploring Deadly Seas. … Disney XD has renewed Ultimate Spider-Man for a second season. … Syfy has renewed Canadian import Lost Girl for a third season. … Spike TV has given series orders to the doomsday survival competition series Last Family on Earth, produced by Craig Piligian.
The Vampire Diaries' Candice Accola (APA, Untitled) and Modern Family's Reid Ewing (UTA, Untitled) have joined the second season of Alloy's web series Dating Rules From My Future Self.
TNT has set two weekly 15-minute web shows following Falling Skies and Dallas -- 2nd Watch and Dallas Round-Up, to be hosted by Wil Wheaton and Cameron Mathison, respectively.
The popular Video Time Machine iOS app has been acquired by Shout! Factory and investor Fred Seibert.
Chris Pine (John Carrabino, Gendler & Kelly) and Zachary Quinto (CAA, Untitled, Jackoway Tyerman) will reprise their Star Trek roles in a game set for release in 2013 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Santa Monica's Centinela Studios, home to FX's Wilfred and other shows, has been sold to Watt Investment Partners for an undisclosed sum.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes (The Collective, Mason Miller) has signed with global brand licensing agency Beanstalk to make her move into the fashion business.
Jim Parsons, the two-time Emmy-winning star of CBS' The Big Bang Theory, has signed with CAA.
Scott Adsit, who plays Pete Hornberger on NBC's 30 Rock, has signed with APA.
Michael Chernus, who has recently appeared in Men in Black 3 and on Showtime's The Big C, has signed with UTA.
Daymond John, founder and CEO of clothing company FUBU and co-star of ABC's investment reality show Shark Tank, has signed with WME.
Ted Lange, Isaac from The Love Boat, has signed with Golden Pineapple Management. -- Compiled by Daniel Miller
THE NEXT BIG THING: Pete Candeland
Reps: Verve, the U.K.'s Passion
Why He Matters: The veteran commercials director is hot at Disney, scoring recent deals to helm a live-action feature adaptation of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and an elaborate CGI/live-action film based on fantasy graphic novel The Stuff of Legend.
THE BIG NUMBER: $11.2 Billion
Positive financial impact of the 2010-11 Broadway season on New York City, according to industry trade group The Broadway League, up 9 percent from 2008-09 and a record.