EXCLUSIVE: In what marks the first early pilot order to a project pitched this development season, NBC has picked up The Gates, a single-camera comedy pilot from writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. The project originally landed at NBC in August with a pilot production commitment after a bidding war, and I hear NBC ordered a pilot off a first draft, which rarely happens in network television.
Based on the British comedy of the same name that premiered on Sky Living in August, Gates is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off. It revolves around the parents, the school staff and the 15-minute social minefield they have to navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. Yuspa and Goldsmith wrote the script and executive produce with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan (ABC’s The Neighbors) as well as Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke of Feelgood Fiction, the UK production company behind the original series (watch the trailer for it below). Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy continues to be hot this selling season with another single-camera pitch sparking a bidding war. Gates, from writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV, was pursued by all four major networks, landing at NBC with a pilot production commitment.
Based on the British comedy of the same name, which premiered on Sky Living two weeks ago, Gates is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off. It revolves around the parents, the school staff and the 15-minute social minefield they have to navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. Yuspa and Goldsmith will write the script and executive produce with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan (MTV’s The Inbetweeners, ABC’s The Neighbors) as well as Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke of Feelgood Fiction, the UK production company behind the original series. Gates, the first UK comedy commissioned by Sky Living, stars Sue Johnston, Tom Ellis and Joanna Page. (trailer below) Read More »
This is an end of an era — after 15 years at Sony TV, comedy writer-producers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith are moving to 20th Century Fox TV with a two-year overall deal. “They are the consummate showrunners, and they’re also very, very strong writers who are going to attract talent,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “We expect a big piece of development from them to go out this year and for them to help on one of our series in a big way; we know any of our shows will line up to have them.”
The husband-and-wife duo had been at Sony since 1997. They spent six years on the studio’s long-running comedy The King of Queens, which they joined after the pilot as executive story editors, fresh out of graduating from USC’s School of Cinema-Television. They rose to executive producers/showrunners on the hit CBS series, which they steered for three seasons, from 2001-04. During their stay at Sony, Yuspa and Goldsmith also created and executive produced a slew of comedy projects that were picked up to pilot, two of which, ‘Til Death and Big Day, went to series. Yuspa and Goldsmith, whose feature credits include 13 Going on 30 and What Women Want, are repped by ICM and attorney Ken Richman.
EXCLUSIVE: An empty nesters comedy from ‘Til Death creators Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith has landed at CBS. Titled Free, the multi-camera comedy centers on a married couple who explore their freedom and start to have fun and live their life when they drop their kids off at college. The husband-and-wife writing duo are writing-executive producing the project, which has received a script commitment. Sony Pictures TV, where Yuspa and Goldsmith are based with an overall deal, is producing. This is Yuspa and Goldsmith’s second project this development season. They are also writing My Life As an Experiment, a single-camera comedy for NBC based on the best-selling non-fiction book by A.J. Jacobs. The project, which they are executive producing with Jack Black, received a seven-figure penalty. Yuspa and Goldsmith have been in a similar situation before. Five years ago, they also set two projects, a multi-camera comedy involving empty nesters, ‘Til Death, … Read More »
NBC has picked up My Life As an Experiment, a half-hour comedy project produced by Jack Black and written by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith. Based on the best-selling non-fiction book Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life As An Experiment by journalist/author A.J. Jacobs, the show chronicles the adventures of an immersion journalist and how these unusual assignments comedically affect his home life with his wife and two kids. It hails from Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Prods., Reveille, where Electric Dynamite has a production deal, and Sony Pictures Television. Sony TV-based comedy writing duo Yuspa and Goldsmith will write/executive produce My Life as an Experiement, which I hear landed a seven-figure penalty, one of the biggest for a comedy project so far this development season. Yuspa and Goldsmith, who have been at Sony since 1997, executive produced and ran the studio’s long-running comedy The King of Queens before segueing to development. They created and executive produced 2 series, Fox’s ‘Til Death and ABC’s Big Day.