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