HBO has picked up Veep, a D.C.-set comedy pilot about a female Vice President of the U.S. from British comedian, writer and director Armando Iannucci. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in talks for the lead in the project, set “very near the White House” and centered on former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her about. Iannucci co-wrote and will direct the pilot as well as executive produce with Chris Godsick and Frank Rich under the New York Times columnist’s deal with HBO. Iannucci has long political satire experience. His popular and BAFTA-winning British comedy series The Thick of It satirizes the inner workings of the British government. (Ianucci wrote Veep with one of his top writers on that series, Simon Blackwell). The Thick of It spawned the 2009 feature spinoff In the Loop starring Tom Hollander and James Gandolfini that earned an Oscar nomination for its script, co-written by Iannucci and Blackwell. READ MORE »
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By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Friday October 29, 2010 @ 10:30am PDTTags: Armando Iannucci In the Loop, Armando Iannucci Veep, Cable TV, Frank Rich, HBO, HBO Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, TV, TV Deals, Veep Pilot
By TIM ADLER in London | Tuesday July 27, 2010 @ 6:07am PDTTags: Armando Iannucci In the Loop, British Film Finance, British Film Industry, British Film Tax Credit Lottery, Ed Vaizey, Jeremy Hunt, UK Department Culture Media Sport, UK Film Council, UK Film Council Closing, UK Film Funding, UK Government Cost Cutting, UK Government Film Council
UPDATE: I’ve been told that the decision to get rid of UK Film Council was Ed Vaizey’s alone, and not, as has been posited, by his boss Jeremy Hunt having a gun pointed at his head. What the government ministers …
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