The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley has signed a pod deal at Warner Bros. TV for his production company, Citizen Media, with partner/former The Vampire Diaries executive producer Bob Levy.
Under the pact, Wesley and Levy will develop new television projects for the studio, starting with a darkly comedic single-camera half-hour based on a non-fiction article by Jason Smith called Confessions Of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher.
Citizen Media has three other series projects in the works that preceded the WBTV deal, including a limited series at ABC produced by Robert Redford.
Titled Pecos, the ABC limited series, produced by ABC Signature Studios, is inspired by the true story of a 29-year-old rookie journalist who takes down one of the richest, most powerful men in Texas, proving his gigantic business empire is a complete fraud, in 1962 Pecos, Texas. Shawn Christensen, Oscar winner for his short film Curfew, is writing. Citizen Media’s Wesley and Levy executive produce alongside Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions.
At Fox 21 TV Studios, Citizen Media has Finding Natalie, a drama about a young Mexican woman searching for her 17-year-old sister Natalie who was recently kidnapped by a sex trafficking cartel. NY playwright and The Americans writer Hilary Bettis will write.
At Freeform, Wesley and Levy is developing one-hour series Shanghai Summer, about 20-something Americans pursuing their dreams in Shanghai, China. Oanh Ly (The Catch) is on board to write the script.
Wesley, as well as fellow Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, landed overall deals with the series’ producer WBTV as part of their most recent talent pacts for the long-running CW drama.
Wesley is hitting the ground running, having already started building a development slate with veteran producer/executive Levy, who also has served as an executive producer on such series as Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl.
Wesley is repped by ICM Partners and Management 360. Christensen, who has the upcoming feature Sidney Hall, is repped by Verve. Bettis is repped by CAA.
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Here are all the awards Paul & his co-stars are up for.
Favorite Comedic Movie
“22 Jump Street”
“Let’s Be Cops” (Nina)
“The Other Woman”
Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“Once Upon a Time”
“The Vampire Diaries”
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Favorite TV Duo
David Boreanaz & Emily Deschanel (“Bones”)
Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas (“Once Upon a Time”)
Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles (“Supernatural”)
Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic (“Castle”)
Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”)
Paul Wesley has joined Paul Duddridge’s feature Mother’s Day, which stars Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone and Sarandon’s daughter Eva Amurri Martino. Wesley will play Kevin, an artsy pastry-chef and boyfriend of Amurri Martino’s character. Wesley’s credits include the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, IFC’s upcoming Before I Disappear and Drafthouse Films’ Sam & Amira. He is repped by ICM Partners, manager Susan Calogerakis and Jackoway Tyerman.
The Vampire Diaries’ days may be numbered—if one of the show’s main stars doesn’t come around.
The core TVD trio—Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley—have been in talks with the studio, and so far, only two of the three actors have signed on for a seventh season, E! News has learned. The remaining star (either Nina, Ian or Paul) is unsure whether he or she wants to continue, according to multiple inside sources familiar with the talks. (Warner Bros. does not comment on contract negotiations.)
The Vampire Diaries, which launches its sixth season Oct. 2, has been a hugely successful series for the CW, giving the fledgling network in 2009 its highest-rated premiere ever (5.7 million viewers). Season five averaged more than 2 million viewers, which is still pretty strong by CW standards.
If all three main actors (Nina, Ian and Paul) were to sign on for a season seven, the show would have a good shot at a seventh season pickup. We also hear it’s possible that the network would consider continuing the show without all three stars, shifting the focus to some of the other beloved characters.
This Saturday, March 29th Paul Wesley will be honored at The Human Society’s 60th Anniversary Benefit Gala. Paul will be awarded the “Humane Generation Award”.
We will be awarding the Humane Generation Award to “The Vampire Diaries” starPaul Wesley. Using his massive star platform to advocate for farm animals and alert youth to the inherent cruelty of confinement on factory farms, Paul has been instrumental in creating a generation of young people who care about animal protection.
The Vampire Diaries actor Paul Wesley has called for a change in gun laws after he had a gun pulled on him this week.
Wesley spoke out on Twitter about his “deep loathing and disgust” for the US gun laws following a dangerous encounter on Friday (February 28).
He tweeted: “A seemingly random act of a gun being pulled on me yesterday only compounded my deep loathing and disgust for the gun laws in this country.”
Wesley has not posted any further details about the incident, including whether he reported it to the authorities.
The CW has announced early renewals for The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Supernatural and freshman dramas Reign and The Originals.
“This season we’ve had great success with our new hit series The Originals paired with Supernatural, giving us our best Tuesday nights in years,” CW President Mark Pedowitz said in a statement. “The Vampire Diaries is No. 2 in its time period in the young adult demos, and with Arrow continuing to gain among young men, and Reign growing its time period, we now have strong nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I’m very pleased to announce early pickups for all five series, and let our fans know they’ll have more great drama to look forward to next season.”
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Freshman series The Originals and Reign have fared well this fall, debuting to 2.24 million and 1.98 million, respectively. Meanwhile, Supernatural has seen big year-over-year growth, jumping 88 percent in total viewers to 3.2 million viewers in its ninth season. In its second season, Arrow has become the network’s most-watched series, averaging 3.9 million viewers, while The Vampire Diaries is the highest-rated show for the network in key demos during its fifth season.
The fates of the network’s other dramas The Tomorrow People, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast will be decided closer to upfronts.
Are you excited that The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, The Originals, Supernatural and Reign have been renewed?
Mark your calendars for March 22, Vampire Diaries fans! That’s the day many of our favorite TVDers (and The Originals stars) will be on center stage at Paleyfest. The Paley Center for Media has confirmed that Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine), Ian Somerhalder (Damon), and Paul Wesley (Stefan) will all be on the TVD/The Originals panel. Who else is showing up? Read on to find out…
“Join me, @ninadobrev @paulwesley @iansomerhalder @julieplec at #Paleyfest in LA on 3/22. Tickets avail: http://www.paleyfest.org #TVD,” TVD showrunner Caroline Dries tweeted yesterday, only fueling our anticipation for the big event — which is generally released in online video streaming form after the fact. According to the official PaleyFest site, The Originals stars also scheduled to be in attendance include: Daniel Gillies (Elijah), Charles Michael Davis (Marcel), Leah Pipes (Cami), and Danielle Campbell (Davina). That’s going to be one crowded stage!
We’re particularly intrigued by Danielle Campbell’s inclusion in the group. Her characters is currently dead-and-gone on The Originals. Does this mean Davina will be back — and sooner rather than later? We hope so.
Paleyfest 2014 is shaping up to be a stellar event. In addition to the TVD/The Originals panel, other shows being recognized include: Pretty Little Liars, Orange Is the New Black, Masters of Sex, Sleepy Hollow, Community, and American Horror Story: Coven. Former television shows Veronica Mars and Lost will also have featured reunion panels.
Stefan Salvatore is stepping behind the camera, well, the actor who plays him is. According to BuzzFeed, Paul Wesley, known for his portrayal of the beautiful, loyal and sometimes ripper vampire Stefan, will direct an upcoming episode of ‘The Vampire Diaries.’
Wesley will soon be making his directorial debut this season, the first actor to do so on the series. As he told BuzzFeed, “It’s an honor and the cast couldn’t be any more supportive, which I feel truly grateful for.”
He is set to helm Episode 18 of the fifth, and current, season, which he described as “both nostalgic and suspenseful.” The episode feels like the typical ‘TVD’ world, but as Wesley put it, “something is a bit askew,” while adding, “It feels uneasy. And I respond to that.”
If you’re worried we won’t be seeing Stefan that episode, don’t fret. Wesley assured Stefan will be there, but the episode won’t solely focus on him, “It’s not Stefan-light, but it’s also not Stefan-heavy. I’d say it is somewhere in the middle. A good friend of mine recently directed a film he also starred in, and I was on set the whole time, so I got to see firsthand what that experience looked like.”
For years Wesley’s been wanting to take a stab at directing, but the studio and executive producer Julie Plec said he had to “earn the position.” After a year of shadowing directors, further preparation, and gaining “invaluable information,” Wesley was granted an episode.