Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Partner Jack Giarraputo Plots Retirement

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 10:28am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: This week, Jack Giarraputo has been telling associates at studios like Sony and Paramount that he will retire after he finishes producing the Warner Bros comedy Blended, and after that the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels for Sony. The 46-year … Read More »

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Happy Madison Sells Comedies To CBS, Fox

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 2:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has put in development On The Fence, a half-hour project from Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Happy Madison. Written by Aaron Buchsbaum and … Read More »

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Adam Sandler’s Next: ‘Ridiculous 6′

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 5:56pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The title of Adam Sandler‘s next film will be Ridiculous 6, and it’s a comedy Western that Paramount Pictures has committed to put into production in April. This is the laffer that Sandler was going to make at Sony before Happy Madison Productions moved it to Paramount. The title is reminiscent of the 1960 United Artists pic The Magnificent Seven that starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn, the drama about seven gunfighters drafted to protect a Mexican town, so might this be a variation featuring inept gunslingers? The studio would not go beyond confirming the title and the terrain. Read More »

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Cee Lo Green Set For NBC Family Comedy

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cee Lo Green TV Comedy Series NBCCee Lo Green a sitcom star? The Voice mentor is expanding his relationship with the network to the scripted side with a comedy project loosely based on his real-life relationship with his ex-wife and children. He also has signed a first-look deal with NBC.

Green is set to star and executive produce the multi-camera comedy, from Sony TV and studio-based Happy Madison. Comedy veteran Ali Leroi, co-creator of Everybody Hates Chris and developer of Are We There Yet?, will write the comedy, starring Green as a version of himself as he tries to balance his career as a top recording artist and his frenetic home life. A deal for the project at NBC is now in final negotiations. Read More »

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Tad Quill/David Walton’s Firefighter Comedy Lands At CBS With Put Pilot Commitment

By | Friday August 17, 2012 @ 6:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, CBS has nabbed a single-camera comedy written by Tad Quill and starring David Walton. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Happy Madison, centers on a bachelor firefighter (Walton) who has to make the ultimate sacrifice of taking care of someone other than himself when a 9-year-old girl enters his life. Quill is executive producing with Happy Maddison’s Doug Robinson, with Walton serving as producer.

The untitled comedy reunites Quill, creator/executive producer of last season’s single-camera midseason NBC comedy Bent, and the series’ male lead David Walton. The duo’s new project was pitched to all four major networks, ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS. All expressed interest, with CBS brass said to have been particularly passionate. Despite the lack of single-camera comedies on CBS’ air, the network’s programming chief Nina Tassler has been vocal about the network’s commitment to the form and, Read More »

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Family Comedy From ‘Rules’ Creator Tom Hertz Comedy Lands At CBS With Put Pilot

By | Friday October 21, 2011 @ 2:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of Rules Of Engagement‘s strong return last night, the series’ creator Tom Hertz has landed a put pilot commitment from CBS for a new multi-camera comedy. The family show, which had multiple networks bidding, marks a reunion of all auspices behind Rules: Hertz as creator/executive … Read More »

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NBC Buys Comedies From ‘Chelsea Lately’s Sarah Colonna & ‘Weeds’ Stephen Falk

By | Tuesday October 18, 2011 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has bought two more single-camera comedy projects: Life As I Blow It, from Chelsea Lately and After Lately writer-panelist Sarah Colonna, and Satellites, a workplace comedy from Weeds writer-producer Stephen Falk.

Life As I Blow It is based on Colonna’s upcoming book and follows Colonna and her life in the Midwest surrounded by eccentric friends and family whose opinions and actions know no boundaries. Happy Madison and Sony TV are producing along with Colonna’s management company New Wave Entertainment, Lunch Bag Snail Prods and Universal TV. Colonna will write the script and executive produce with Danielle Sanchez, who will supervise, Doug Robinson, Abbey MacDonald, Michael Pelmont and Brian Volk Weiss. APA-repped Colonna recently performed on the Comedians of Chelsea Lately tour. Read More »

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Silvio Horta To Develop Comedy Series For Fox Based on Texts From Last Night Blog

By | Monday October 3, 2011 @ 6:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Just when we thought the trend of comedies based on blogs and Twitter feeds was cooling off, it’s back! Fox has tapped Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta to develop a half-hour comedy based on the infamous blog Texts … Read More »

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Writer Carter Covington Sells 2 Comedies

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 3:37pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Carter Covington, creator/executive producer of ABC Family’s series version of 10 Things I Hate About You, has sold two comedy projects, both with top pods. At ABC, he has Where’s My Wand, from Happy Madison, Sony TV and ABC Studios, … Read More »

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SUMMER OF COMEDY: Projects From Adam Goldberg & Will Gluck Spark Bidding Wars

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedies continue to be white-hot this pitch season. The latest to spark major bidding wars are an 1980s half-hour from Breaking In co-creator Adam F. Goldberg and a mocumentary-style comedy from Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, co-writers of DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind. Both projects hail from Sony TV, which has been very aggressive at the onset of this development season, as well as two of the studio’s highest-profile pods: Happy Madison (the Goldberg project) and Will Gluck’s company (the Schoolcraft/Simons project), which in May signed a two-year development and production deal with Sony for film and TV. Both comedies have received interest from all four major broadcast networks and will likely command series/production commitments. For the Gluck-produced comedy, I hear the field has been narrowed to ABC and NBC, while for the Goldberg project it is still wide open.

The Adam Goldberg project is described as an autobiographical show about growing up in the 1980s with a highly screwed up but loving family. It reunites the auspices of Fox’s cult favorite Breaking In, which also was co-produced by Happy Madison and Sony TV. Film and TV writer Goldberg, who has an overall deal at Sony TV, co-created with Seth Gordon Breaking In, which was canceled in May after a brief midseason run but remains in contention for a midseason berth on the network, something that may help Fox snatch Goldberg’s new project. The Gluck-produced The Yard presents the life lessons of elementary school as seen through the lens of an Office-like documentary. Read More »

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‘Rules Of Engagement’ Sold In Broadcast Syndication, Cleared In 45% Of U.S.

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A month after Rules of Engagement landed a full-season renewal by CBS, bringing its episode count to 96, the veteran comedy series has been sold in broadcast syndication. Sony Pictures Television has cleared Rules in 45% of the country, … Read More »

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CBS Picks Up Ensemble Comedy From Peter Knight And Happy Madison To Pilot

By | Wednesday January 26, 2011 @ 10:16pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS capped a busy pickup day at the broadcast networks with an order to a multicamera comedy from writer Peter Knight and Happy Madison. The project, produced by Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios, is a workplace ensemble … Read More »

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A&E Greenlights Two Hourlong Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A&E is launching its next pilot season with cast-contingent pilot orders to two hourlong projects, Big Mike and Longmire. Both are male-centered shows in the mold of A&E’s two series on the air, The Glades and the upcoming Breakout Kings. And Big Mike, which hails from Adam Sandler’s  comedy-driven Happy Madison and Something About Mary co-writers Ed Decter and John Strauss, appears to share the light tone of The Glades. Read More »

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CBS Likes Suburban Dad Comedy From Peter Knight & Happy Madison

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Another sign that family comedy is the hottest half-hour genre this season: After a bidding war with ABC, CBS has landed an untitled family sitcom by writer-producer  Peter Knight with a big put pilot commitment. The multicamera project, … Read More »

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Legal TV Dramedy Lands At Fox With Danny Comden, Happy Madison, & Russo Bros

By | Wednesday September 29, 2010 @ 4:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is eyeing a new light legal drama franchise with Lawyers For Less. The network is developing the project, created by and to star Danny Comden and produced by Sony TV and studio-based Happy Madison. Sony-based Anthony and Joe … Read More »

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