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Comedy Central Gives Series Order To Ben Stiller-Produced ‘Big Time In Hollywood, FL’

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

stillerComedy Central has picked up to series pilot Big Time In Hollywood, FL with a 10-episode order. The project, produced by Ben Stiller‘s Red Hour and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is written by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf. It follows two delusional brothers and self-proclaimed filmmakers, played by Anfanger and Lenny Jacobson, who are kicked out of their parents’ house and forced to fend for themselves for the first time in their lives, leading them on an epic journey in pursuit of their American dream. Kathy Baker and Stephen Tobolowsky play the brothers’ parents, and Jon Bass co-stars in the series, whose pilot was directed by Schimpf. “Ben, Alex and alexdanDan have fulfilled my career-long dream of having a show based in Hollywood, FL,” said Comedy Central president of original programming Kent Alterman. Added Stiller, “Big Time combines the directorial style of Hitchcock, the acting prowess of Streep, the budget of House Of Payne, and the nutritional value of Velveeta. I think people’s minds will be blown wide open. For real.” Stiller is executive producing the series with Anfanger and Schimpf, along with Red Hour’s  Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein, and Brillstein’s Lee Kernis and Brian Stern. Read More »

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Duo Join Pilot ‘Big Time In Hollywood’; ‘The Following’ & ‘The Originals’ Add Recurring

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 8:05am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lenny Jacobson (Nurse Jackie) and Jon Bass have been cast in the Ben Stiller-produced Comedy Central pilot Big Time In Hollywood, FL. Written/executive produced by comedy duo Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf, Big Time follows two delusional brothers — Jack (Anfanger) and Ben (Jacobson) — who are self-proclaimed filmmakers, as they are kicked out of their parents’ (Kathy Baker, Stephen Tobolowsky) house and end up on an epic cinematic journey. Bass will play Del, the brothers’ child-like friend. Jacobson, repped by AEF and Pallas Management Group, also recently booked the A+E Networks comedy pilot Whitey and can be seen in the biopic Jobs. Bass, repped by Gersh and Authentic, is coming off his Broadway debut in The Book Of Mormon. He also guest stars in an upcoming episode of HBO’s Girls. Read More »

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Ben Stiller-Produced Sibling Comedy Gets Pilot Order At Comedy Central, Casts Duo

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 4:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central has greenlighted Big Time In Hollywood, FL, a single-camera comedy from Ben Stiller‘s Red Hour. Kathy Baker and Stephen Tobolowsky have been cast in the project, written/executive produced by comedy duo Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf. Big Time follows two delusional brothers, who are self-proclaimed filmmakers, as they are kicked out of their parents’ (Baker, Tobolowsky) house and end up on an epic cinematic journey. Also executive producing are Red Hour’s Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein and Brillstein Entertainment’s Brian Stern and Lee Kernis. Filming is slated to begin later this month. This is the second green light at Comedy Central for Red Hour, which also has recently ordered stand-up comedy series The Meltdown With Jonah And Kumail, which will spotlight hot comedians. The company also has sketch comedy series The Birthday Boys picked up at IFC. Anfanger and Schimpf, both NYU Tisch Arts 2008 graduates, met when they were randomly paired as roommates in their freshman year and immediately started collaborating by shooting comedic shorts. After graduation, they created the hit web series Next Time On Lonny, which is produced by Red Hour and is currently filming a second season. … Read More »

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