INTV: How ‘True Detective’ Opened the Door to Big Names on the Small Screen

Variety | 3/11/2019 | Elsa Keslassy
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Virtually all actors are open to doing television now that big changes have swept through the film and TV industries, a panel of high-ranking executives said Monday at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem.

Having Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to topline “True Detective” marked a turning point for talent and filmmakers, said Rick Rosen, co-founder of WME. “I think there’s actually no actor who will not consider TV. When I started doing this, certain writers and…certain actors would flinch, and now the door is wide open,” he said.

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“True Detective” and “Star Trek” were among the shows discussed by Rosen alongside Ari Greenburg, WME president; Peter Micelli, eOne chief strategy officer of film and TV; and Keith Redmon, Anonymous Content partner, manager and producer.

Redmon said Anonymous Content approached “True Detective” the way the company would approach an independent film. “We would develop the idea into a place we thought it was great, where traditionally the writers would go out and pitch,” he said. “We were with directors.

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“In this case Nick Fitzellado was a client. He pitched the idea to us, he was a staff writer, and we loved it and pitched it to Alejandro [Iñárritu]. He loved the idea. He wrote a great first script,” Redmon said.

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He added that they then “sent the script to Matthew McConaughey, who read it and said he wanted the other role, and he gave it to Woody [Harrelson].”

Also emerging from “True Detective” were the idea of a director doing an entire cycle of a show and the notion...
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