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Pod Script Sales: Koppelman/Levien Set Up First TV Project, Jamie Tarses Sells Drama

By | Friday August 26, 2011 @ 4:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Filmmakers Brian Koppelman and David Levien have sold the first project under their their first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the duo’s first formal TV deal. The project, drama Yard Dogs, which has received a script commitment from Fox, will be written by Malcolm Spellman (Our Family Wedding). It revolves around two cops who specialize in getting information from prisoners pertaining to cases that the police can’t crack in the outside world. Koppleman and Levien are executive producing. Spellman is currently writing the animated musical Welcome To the Jungle for Jamie Foxx at Fox Animation.

Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare banner have landed a script commitment with penalty at CBS for Baby Big Shot, a legal drama written by Dana Calvo, a supervising producer for the Sony/Fanfare TNT series Franklin & Bash. It centers on a working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a tony Manhattan law firm. Calvo, Tarses and her Fanfare partner Julia Franz are executive producing along with Sony TV-based writer-producer Kevin Falls. This is a rare foray into drama for comedy-focused Fanfare, which has already sold several half-hour projects this season, including a comedy to CBS with writer Jeff Rake.

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Jeff Rake Sets Up 2 Projects At CBS

By | Thursday August 25, 2011 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The $treet and Miss Match co-creator Jeff Rake has sold two projects — a drama and a comedy — to CBS. Both are from Sony Pictures TV, where Rake is based, and both will be written by him. The drama, which he is executive producing with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, centers on a female detective who finds she can interact with dead people — the victims of murders she investigates. The comedy, which Rake is executive producing with Fanfare’s Jamie Tarses, is about a well-intentioned family man who struggles with being the perfect dad while his perfect dad lives under his roof. Rake’s series credits also include Hawthorne, Cashmere Mafia and Bones. He recently signed with WME.

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