EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation between ABC and NBC, the two networks that carried Bill Lawrence’s comedy Scrubs, ABC has nabbed a new half-hour project from Lawrence and Canadian writer Jason Belleville with a script commitment plus penalty. Belleville will write the multi-camera project about a small-town volunteer fire department. Belleville, Lawrence and Jeff Ingold are executive producing, with Warner Bros TV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer banner producing.
This marks the first U.S. gig for Belleville, who has dual American/Canadian citizenship. In Canada, he most recently co-created, executive produced and ran the single-camera comedy series Almost Heroes and previously worked on hit Little Mosque On The Prairie and Testees, which was licensed in the U.S. by FX. This past summer, UTA-repped Belleville came to Los Angeles for a series of meetings and sat down with Lawrence and his development executive Ingold. The three hit it off and proceeded to developed the idea for the workplace comedy. This is Lawrence’s third sale in the first development season under his rich new deal at WBTV. He previously landed pilot production commitments at Fox, for a father-son single-camera comedy which Lawrence will write, direct and executive produce; and at CBS, for a multi-camera workplace comedy that Lawrence is co-writing/executive producing with Greg Malins. In addition to developing, ICM-repped Lawrence also continues as executive producer/showrunner on his ABC comedy series Cougar … Read More »
Bill Lawrence’s Doozer production banner is taking a step towards becoming a major comedy pod with the hire of Jeff Ingold as president, the first time the company has had a dedicated development executive. The deal with former NBC head of comedy Ingold comes just as Lawrence is starting his long-term, eight-figure deal with Warner Bros. TV, which has allowed him to staff up and grow his company. Ingold had been rumored to possibly join Lawrence as the two have a great relationship going back to the days when Ingold served as the executive on Lawrence’s NBC comedy Scrubs from the the medical comedy series’ very beginning. With Ingold on board, Doozer can jump into development right away as he will be able to oversee new projects, while Lawrence works on Cougar Town. Under Lawrence’s agreement with WBTV, he will continue as showrunner on his ABC/ABC Studios series for one more season before focusing on development for WBTV one hundred percent. Ingold, who exited NBC at the end of May, served as EVP comedy at the network since 2008. In his final development season, he shepherded six comedy projects to series orders, the most for any broadcast network in years. In all, Ingold spent more than a decade at NBC and served as a comedy executive at both the network and UMS.
EXCLUSIVE: NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt didn’t want to make major changes to his development team until after the upfronts next month. But I hear at least one move is already in the works: that NBC’s head of comedy Jeff Ingold is expected to leave the network, and hot Sony TV comedy executive Tal Rabinowitz is in line to replace him. Also it’s looking increasingly likely that 20th Century Fox TV EVP Jennifer Nicholson Salke could join her close friend Greenblatt at NBC as entertainment president after the upfronts.
Rabinowitz has been SVP comedy at Sony TV and a rising star at the studio, overseeing some of the highest-profile comedy projects including The Big C, one of the last series developed and picked up by Greenblatt while he was entertainment president at Showtime. In addition to comedy, Rabinowitz has overseen digital development and programming for Sony. She started her career at the weblet WB. Rabinowitz and husband Terence Carter are poised to become quite the power TV network couple: he heads the drama development department at Fox.
As for Ingold, he’s served as EVP comedy at NBC since 2008. There has been speculation he might eventually join Bill Lawrence’s production company at Warner Bros as the two have a great relationship going back to the days when Ingold served as the exec on Lawrence’s NBC comedy Scrubs. Ingold has been at NBC for more than a decade and has served as a … Read More »