Some 36 hours after he closed a deal to direct TNT’s untitled Allan Loeb pilot, Gregory Hoblit has exited the cop drama starring Steven Weber and D.L Hughley over a clash with creator-executive producer Loeb. Emmy winner Hoblit, who has directed the pilots for such series as L.A. Law and NYPD Blue, made the deal without meeting Loeb. I hear he then sent notes to Loeb, some of them subjective but most pertained to time/budget cuts and ways to whip the script into shape with 3 weeks left until production start date. Loeb was reportedly “insulted” by the notes, which he described as hypercritical and arrogant, and gave producing studio Lionsgate TV an ultimatum that “it’s either him or me”. The studio asked Hoblit to apologize to Loeb. Hoblit, against the advice of agents and lawyer, called the studio and resigned, forfeiting the six-figure directing fee he would’ve kept had he opted to get fired. Loeb has been very busy lately. In addition to his TNT pilot, he also recently did a polish on the pilot for Fox’s Terra Nova pilot and has several features in various stages of development and pre-production.
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