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Fox Orders Will Forte Comedy ‘Last Man On Earth’ To Series For Midseason 2015

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 12:31pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

willforteFox has ordered to series the single-camera comedy Last Man On Earth, which is created by and will star Will Forte. Forte and The Lego Movie duo of Phil Lord & Chris Miller are executive producing with Seth Cohen, and Lord and Miller will direct the pilot episode. The project is part of Fox chairman Kevin Reilly’s plan to bypass pilot season, go straight to series and cast projects outside of the traditional January-April pilot cycle. Last Man On Earth will be produced off-cycle, filming in the summer for a 2014-2015 midseason bow. Fox originally bought the project in October in a bidding war with a pilot production commitment. At the time, Forte was not attached to star, only to write and executive produce. However, the lead was intended for him, and he now has an acting deal in place. Three months before the upfronts, Fox already has three comedy series ordered for next season, Last Man On Earth, Mulaney and Weird Loners, and two dramas, Hieroglyph and Backstrom, along with several other pilots that are on series track.

Fox_Broadcasting_Company111004142957-200x101Written by Forte and produced by 20th TV and studio-based Lord Miller, Last Man On Earth centers a stranger (Forte) who becomes the last human on Earth. It marks a return to writing for Forte, who started off as a writer on the … Read More »

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ABC Buys Comedy From Chris Miller & Phil Lord With Kristen Schaal Starring & Writing

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 3:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Schaal and Rich Blomquist have teamed with film and TV writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) for American Monster, a comedy, which has sold to ABC. The project, about a small-town misfit who becomes an unlikely celebrity when she goes on trial for the murder of the century, is intended as a starring vehicle for comedian and Daily Show contributor Schaal, who will write the script with her husband, former Daily Show writer Blomquist. The two executive produce with Lord and Miller and their president of television, Seth Cohen, for 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Lord Miller.

This is the third sale for Lord Miller in the company’s first season under the exclusive three-year deal it inked with 20th TV in May. It also has two comedies at Fox, The Last Man On Earth from Will Forte, which has a pilot production commitment, and Torched from writer Chris Romano, which has a put pilot commitment. Lord and Miller, who directed the pilot for Fox’s freshman comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, are with UTA and Ziffren Brittenham. Schaal is repped by UTA, Avalon Management and Jeff Endlich; Blomquist is with UTA.

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Comedy From Will Forte, Phil Lord & Chris Miller Gets Fox Production Commitment

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte has teamed with film and TV writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) for The Last Man On Earth, a single-camera comedy pitch which, in a competitive situation, has landed at Fox with a pilot production commitment. Written by Forte and produced by 20th TV and studio-based Lord Miller, The Last Man On Earth is about two strangers who must overcome their differences and work together to ensure the survival of the human race. Forte will write and executive produce but is currently not attached to star. Also executive producing the project are Miller, Lord and Lord Miller’s President of Television Seth Cohen. This marks a return to writing for Forte, who started off as a writer on the Late Show, 3rd Rock From The Sun and That ’70s Show before hitting stardom on SNL, where he was a cast member for a decade. It also reunites him with Miller and Lord after voicing a character on their 2002 animated series Clone High and with Fox and 20th TV after toplining their 2012 pilot Rebounding.

This marks the second sale and second big commitment  for Lord Miller, in its first development season under a rich three-year deal at 20th TV. The duo, repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham, also have comedy Torched, written … Read More »

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Fox Nabs Family Comedy From Chris Miller & Phil Lord, Johnny Depp And Chris Romano With Put Pilot Commitment

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 4:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: For their first sale through their overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, Chris Miller and Phil Lord have teamed with Johnny Depp to produce Torched, a comedy project that has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. The single-camera family comedy hails from Blue Mountain State co-creator/star Chris Romano. It centers on a fast-talking, fun-loving dad, who through his very unique — and sometimes law-breaking — job, strives to give his young son the life he never had. 20th TV, Lord Miller and Depp’s Infinitum are producing, with Romano, Lord, Miller, Depp, Lord Miller President Seth Cohen and Infinitum’s Christi Dembrowski and Norman Todd executive producing. Miller and Lord previously worked with Depp on 21 Jump Street. Read More »

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Comedy Central’s Seth Cohen To Run Chris Miller And Phil Lord’s TV Company

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 10:12am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy writers/directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have hired Comedy Central executive Seth Cohen as President of Television at their Lord Miller television company. After spending the last seven years focused solely on features, Lord and Miller signaled a return to television in May with a three-year pod deal at 20th Century Fox TV to develop, write and direct their own comedy projects as well as supervise other writers’ projects.

Cohen spent the last seven years as VP of Development and Original Programming at Comedy Central where he was instrumental in developing such series as Workaholics and Drunk History. Before Comedy Central, Cohen worked at DreamWorks TV and in politics both on and off the hill in Washington, D.C. “I’ve been a fan of Phil and Chris for a while and never had the opportunity to work with them as an exec so I jumped at the chance to partner with them at their own company,” Cohen said. ”I think there’s a real opportunity to combine their success in both live action and animation with my passion for comedic voices with a point of view and develop funny, smart, original programming that impacts pop culture.” Read More »

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Phil Lord And Chris Miller Sign Pod Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After spending the last seven years focused solely on features, comedy writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are returning to television with a three-year pod deal at 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, made in a competitive situation, the duo, who have background in both live-action and animated comedy, will develop live action and animation series for network and cable under their Lord Miller banner. They will write and direct their own projects and also supervise other writers. With the deal, Lord and Miller are picking up where they left off in TV, reuniting with the studio where they were based just before leaving for features, working on 20th TV series How I Met Your Mother and Jake In Progress and pilots Awesometown, untitled Phil Hendrie, and Luis. “They’ve really grown up,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “We used to think of them as young guys with wildly inventive ideas. They still have wild ideas but now they also have the experience, maturity and relationships to find ways to have them mounted.” Read More »

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OSCARS: ‘Puss In Boots’ — Chris Miller

Cari Lynn is an AwardsLine contributor

Puss in Boots has not yet acquired his ogre-killing ways (nor his hairballs) in his eponymous feature film debut — a “prequel” to Puss’ supporting role in 2004’s Shrek 2. Still, director Chris Miller’s affection for the swashbuckling feline, to say nothing of the vigorous marketing and awards-savvy support of DreamWorks Animation, has helped propel Puss In Boots to a Best Feature Animation Oscar nomination.

“I loved the character of Puss in Boots as soon as he appeared,” says Miller, who was head of story on Shrek 2 and went on to direct Shrek The Third. “I can’t take credit for its origin [in Shrek 2], but once the character appeared, everyone wanted to write for him. I’ve always loved his devilish sense of adventure — and Antonio Banderas’ persona coming out of this tiny, adorable package.” Read More »

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Nat Geo’s Chris Miller Takes Prexy Post At Exclusive Media Group

By | Wednesday February 2, 2011 @ 6:26am PST
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2011) – Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media Group (“Exclusive”), announced today that the company has brought Chris Miller on board to serve as President of Film Finance Operations for Exclusive, and as the new President of Spitfire Pictures.

Miller makes the move to Exclusive after spending three years as the Head of Production for National Geographic Films Worldwide.  While at National Geographic, Miller worked on several other high profile projects including Peter Weir’s The Way Back, a co-production with Exclusive Films, as well as on The Last Lions, a new Natural History film event by world renowned filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, to be released in North America next month.  Prior to joining National Geographic, Miller in 2001 co-founded Visionbox Media Group and Visionbox Pictures, where he served as president for six years, creating original content in digital formats for the marketplace.  Over the six years at Visionbox, Miller and the company had a hand in such film productions as The Cooler, Never Die Alone, Believe In Me, L.A. Riot Spectacular, The Illusionist, The Matador, The Painted Veil, as well as acclaimed documentaries such as Darfur Now and Arctic Tale.

“Chris Miller’s track record in the film industry speaks for itself.  We think he is an amazing addition to our team,” say Sinclair and East.

Miller joins Tobin Armbrust and Matt Jackson within

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Channing Tatum About To Leap Into ’21 Jump Street’ With Jonah Hill For Sony

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Channing Tatum has jumped to the top of the list for the lead of Sony Pictures’s 21 Jump Street. I’m told that Tatum will soon be in negotiations to star alongside Jonah Hill. Production will begin in the spring. Based on the 1987 Stephen J. Cannell series that was one of the Fox Network’s early successes and launched Johnny Depp, the movie was scripted by Michael Bacall based on a story he hatched with Hill. The film will be directed by Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. I’m told that the studio has met with a bunch of potential leading men and that Tatum and Hill matched up well. Both look youthful, which helps since the film is about undercover officers who infiltrate schools to fight crime. UTA-repped Tatum’s creating some pre-release buzz for his comic turn as the other man in the Ron Howard-directed The Dilemma, which Universal released on January 14. He’ll follow in a dramatic turn as a Roman soldier trying to reclaim his family honor in the Kevin Macdonald-directed The Eagle for Focus Features.

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