Continuing to look outside the traditional TV development process, Fox Broadcasting Co. has inked a first-look deal with Burning Love producer Jonathan Stern and executive/producer Keith Quinn. Under the pact, Fox will have first-look rights to comedy projects developed by Stern and Quinn that are suitable for development on digital platforms, such as Hulu and Roku, with the eventual goal of becoming TV series on Fox, FX, FXX or other networks. Additionally, Stern and Quinn will provide distribution and producing services (via Stern’s Abominable Pictures) for select projects that The Lonely Island develop under their deal with Fox. “Jon and Keith have a proven track record of making outrageous digital comedy series that have graduated to successful on-air shows,” said Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, SVP of Multi-Platform Programming for Fox.
EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has renewed Rob Corddry’s comedy series Childrens Hospital for a fourth season with a 14-episode order. Production on the series, which creator/star Corddry executive produces with fellow writers Jonathan Stern and David Wain, will begin later this year for a 2012 premiere. The current third season of Childrens Hospital has been winning its Thursday midnight time slot in all key demos, including 18-49 and 18-34. Based on the Webby–winning online series from Studio 2.0 that launched on TheWB.com in 2008, the Warner Bros TV-distributed Childrens Hospital is a twisted take on network medical dramas and explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors. In addition to Corddry, the series co-stars Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Megan Mullally and Henry Winkler. Corddry and Wain are with WME and Principato-Young; Stern is with Principato-Young.
The Brit List of most admired unproduced screenplays began 4 years ago, inspired by the Hollywood version known as the Black List. This year the anonymous UK agent polled 80 industry players, asking them for their favourite screenplays. Due to the increased number of people taking part this year, a script had to receive 3 votes or more to appear on the list. Over 170 screenplays were nominated but only 35 made the final cut. Well-known writers on the list include Ian McEwan, who has adapted his own novel On Chesil Beach for Sam Mendes; John Hodge (Trainspotting), who has written William and Harold for 127 Hours producer Christian Colson; and Paul Andrew Williams (The Cottage), whose Song For Marion,