EXCLUSIVE: These days, Jeff Kwatinetz’s Prospect Park is known mostly for its headline-making deal to continue to produce ABC’s canceled soaps All My Children and One Life To Live. But the new daytime player has quietly been building a primetime presence since the company’s 2008 launch and is now making a push to expand it, with former ABC exec Josh Barry recently joining Paul Frank as a partner in the TV division. Prospect Park has set up seven series projects at networks and studios around town, all executive produced by Kwatinetz, Barry, Frank and his father, Prospect Park partner Rich Frank, as well as the projects’ writers. So far, the company has had a perfect pilot-to-series batting average, with both of its pilots, USA Network’s Royal Pains and FX’s Wilfred, going to series that have become breakout hits for their networks. Wilfred was renewed for a second season last month, while Royal Pains was picked up for Season 4 yesterday.
One of Prospect Park’s new projects reunites the company with FX and Wilfred co-creator and star Jason Gann. GILF, which will be written by Gann, centers on an adopted man who, at the urging of his wife, seeks out his biological mother, discovers she’s a former porn star, invites her to move in, and forces his family to deal with the unpredictable consequences. Here is a list of Prospect Park’s other projects in development: Read More »
Jeff Kwatinetz’s 2-year-old Prospect Park is raising its TV profile with the hire of former ABC drama development executive Josh Barry as partner in its TV group. Barry will develop and produce drama and comedy series, as well as unscripted television projects, reporting to Prospect Park CEO Kwatinetz. He will work with Paul Frank, son of Prospect Park partner Rich Frank, who spearheaded the TV division since its inception and will continue to serve as partner in it alongside Barry. Last summer, the company tapped Rob Carliner to run its newly launched film department. “Not only has Josh been responsible for developing some of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed shows of the last decade, he has a track record complete with key network experience and a passion for cultivating writers of different genres and styles,” said Kwatinetz. Barry said he is already working on “putting together a wide slate of projects.” Prospect Park’s first series, Royal Pains, returns for a third season on USA in July, while its second show, FX’s comedy Wilfred, launches June 23. The company’s development slate includes recently announced half-hour USA boy-band comedy Big in Japan, written and executive produced by Howard Morris and co-exec produced by Kara DioGuardi. Additionally, Prospect Park has Peter Ocko’s pharmaceutical drama Eden in the works at TNT in a co-production with Lionsgate. The company also has set up another project at TNT, Snatched, from writers Steve Mitchell … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Former 20th Century Fox TV SVP drama Patrick Moran has been tapped as new head of drama at ABC Studios. He will replace Josh Barry, who is stepping down from his post after a year. Barry, a 10-year ABC/ABC Studios veteran, is well-regarded and, while the top drama job at the studio didn’t quite work out for him, I hear he could stay within the company in a different capacity.
Meanwhile, Moran exited his post as head of drama for 20th TV in early May when the studio tapped Michael Thorne for the job. Moran spent 7 years at 20th TV. He was upped to SVP in August 2007 and took over the drama department in January 2008, following the promotion of EVP Jennifer Nicholson Salke. He oversaw the development of the studio’s breakout freshman hit Glee as well as other 20th hourlong series such as Bones, Lie to Me and Prison Break. This development season, he shepherded the development of new Fox series Lone Star and Ride-Along, as well as Breakout Kings, which landed at A&E, and Chaos, which got close to a series order at CBS.
Barry joined Touchstone TV in 2000 where he worked on Alias and The Amazing Race. As executive director at the studio and then vp drama development at ABC, he helped develop Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. He became SVP and head of drama for ABC Studios in June 2009 as part of the executive … Read More »