Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage To Pen & Produce ‘Monster High’ For Universal

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST

Monster High movie - UniversalUniversal Pictures has set Fake Empire‘s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to write and produce their live-action Monster High movie, based on the … Read More »

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Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage Team With Young Writing Duo For ABC Comedy

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 2:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A half-hour project, First Timers, has sold at ABC in a competitive situation, and it couldn’t have had a more perfect title. Because it marks the first sale for Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage‘s Fake Empire under the company’s rich three-year overall deal with ABC Studios. It also marks the first sale for up-and-coming writing duo Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger, currently serving as producers on the ABC/ABC Studios comedy The Neighbors. Penned by Aptaker and Berger loosely based on their own relationship, First Timers centers on twentysomething male/female business partners. The two will executive produce alongside Fake Empire’s Schwartz, Savage and Len Goldstein.

Starting their ABC Studios relationship with a comedy sale is symbolic for Fake Empire as expansion into half-hour comedy under the new deal has been a priority for the company, known primarily as a drama series producer. ABC Studios introduced Aptaker and Berger to Schwartz and Savage who had been tracking the duo’s career for a while (Aptaker and Berger previously staffed on I Just Want My Pants Back, Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous and Friends With Benefits) and went after the young writers after reading their adaptation of the book The Future of Us. Read More »

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Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire Moves To ABC Studios With Big Deal

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 1:03pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are finalizing a deal to move their Fake Empire TV production company to ABC Studios with a three-year deal. Building a talent roster has been a priority for ABC … Read More »

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‘Cult’ Producers On “Putting A Magnifying Glass” On The Darker Side Of Fandom: TCA

By | Sunday January 13, 2013 @ 12:26pm PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

CultThe new CW drama Cult that premieres February 19 surrounds what happens when the mysterious disappearance of the brother of an investigative journalist leads to a journey into the dark underbelly of a TV series and its rabid, obsessive fan base. So the first question from a critic on a TCA panel this morning asked maybe whether there was a danger in looking at passionate television fans and telling them “your passion scares Cultme and I’m afraid you might kill me.” Exec producer and showrunner Rockne S. O’Bannon admitted that the production team is very cognizant of this issue. “But unlike other shows, we have the advantage of putting a magnifying glass on that idea itself,” he reasoned. The natural followup query is whether there is indeed a certain cause-and-effect between TV and movie content and certain behaviors from impressionable fans. Exec producer Len Goldstein explained that Cult is absolutely peering at the relationship between fans and their shows, “which is certainly more pronounced than ever before… Read More »

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‘Chuck’ Creators Chris Fedak And Josh Schwartz Sell ‘Midnighters’ Drama To Fox

By | Friday October 5, 2012 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A year after Chuck ended its run, the cult dramedy’s creators Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz have reunited for Midnighters, a drama based on the Alloy sci-fi/fantasy book trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. This time, Fedak is … Read More »

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CW Buys Monster High School Drama From Fake Empire And Catherine Hardwicke

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 3:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Stephanie Savage Josh Schwartz Copeland PrepJosh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who are behind the CW‘s departing drama Gossip Girl, have set up another drama project at the network that take place in an elite school. The high-concept … Read More »

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Paramount Re-Ups Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz And Stephanie Savage

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has re-upped Fake Empire partners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to a first look feature deal that keeps them at the studio through 2014. The duo has been at the studio since 2010…. Read More »

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Paramount Buys ‘The Diviners’ For Fake Empire

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 6:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has made a preemptive purchase of The Diviners, a young-adult novel by Libba Bray. Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will be the producers. The book will be published in September by Little Brown, the first of … Read More »

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PILOT SEASON: Spec Market Heats Up With Josh Schwartz’s ‘Misfits’ & Chris Carter’s ‘Unique’

By | Sunday January 8, 2012 @ 7:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

January has become a TV spec market month. For a second consecutive year there has been a flurry of spec scripts sent to the broadcast networks just as they are preparing to make their pilot orders. I hear that more than a dozen drama specs were sent to the five nets this weekend, including high-profile projects by Gossip Girl and Chuck co-creator Josh Schwartz: an adaptation of the British sci-fi series Misfits, and by The X-Files creator Chris Carter, female-driven mystery thriller Unique. Read More »

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Paramount Acquires Novel ‘The Likeness’ For Stephanie Savage To Adapt

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 2:38pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired The Likeness, the Tana French novel that will be adapted by Stephanie Savage. She and Fake Empire partner Josh Schwartz will produce, and they acquired the book through the discretionary fund that’s part of their first … Read More »

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Fake Empire Comedy Among Latest Pilot Script Sales

By | Friday September 30, 2011 @ 7:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Known primarily for its hourlong series, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire has sold a half-hour comedy pitch to Fox. The single-camera comedy about three childhood friends who are all now fathers with teenage sons will be written by Barry Schwartz, who will co-executive produce. Fake Empire’s Schwartz, Savage and Len Goldstein will executive produce for Warner Bros TV. Fake Empire has three series on the air this season: NBC’s dramedy Chuck and the CW dramas Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie. On the feature side, Barry Schwartz, repped by WME and the Gotham Group, sold Bromance to Montecito and DreamWorks and Parents Weekend to Kopelson Entertainment.

Writer-director Nancy Hower and her writing/producing partner, actor John Lehr, have sold a half-hour comedy pitch to NBC. Titled Retreat, the project is set at a corporate retreat. The sale was made based on a demo Hower and Lehr shot, which Hower directed and Lehr starred in. The demo, made in association with EUE/Sokolow, was probably helpful, as the duo uses a hybrid scripted/improv style where their scripts are incredibly detailed but don’t feature any dialogue. Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Now Officially At CW With ‘Gossip Girl’ Producers On Board

By | Sunday September 11, 2011 @ 9:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

PREVIOUS: CW Eyes ‘Sex & The City’ Prequel Series Shepherded By ‘Gossip Girl’ Producers

A month ago we reported that The Carrie Diaries, a TV series project based on Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell’s recent book about Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, was headed to the CW. That has now become a reality after the project was pitched to the network on Friday and bought in the room. Under the deal, which is being finalized, Warner Bros. TV is producing with Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s studio-based Fake Empire banner. Former Sex and the City writer/producer Amy Harris, who is writing for Gossip Girl this season, is penning the adaptation and executive producing with Bushnell, Schwartz, Savage and Len Goldstein. The Carrie Diaries is a young-adult novel that chronicles Carrie’s senior year of high school in a small New England town. Because of its young skew, it was never considered for HBO, which adapted Bushnell’s anthology book Sex and the City into the hugely popular comedy series created by Darren Star and starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Read More »

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NBC Developing ‘Lesbo’ Comedy About Gay And Straight Female Best Friends

By | Wednesday September 7, 2011 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

This is a title that will get attention: NBC has bought comedy pitch My Best Friend Is A Lesbo. The project, from Warner Bros TV and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie … Read More »

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CW Eyes ‘Sex & The City’ Prequel Series Shepherded By ‘Gossip Girl’ Producers

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: With their sharp fashion sense and busy social life in Manhattan, the young ladies from the CW’s Gossip Girl often evoke Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Now a teen version of Bradshaw herself may be joining the CW’s lineup. I hear that the CW has emerged as the leading candidate for The Carrie Diaries, a TV series project based on Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell’s recent book about Bradshaw’s high school years. There are no deals in place, and talks are in preliminary stages, but I hear that Warner Bros TV would produce and Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are being courted to shepherd the project through their Warner Bros TV-based Fake Empire banner. Former Sex and the City writer/producer Amy Harris, who is writing for Gossip Girl this season, will likely pen the adaptation.

Because it previously adapted Bushnell’s Sex and the City into a hugely popular series, HBO has the rights to The Carrie Diaries, a young-adult novel that chronicles Carrie’s senior year of high school in a small New England town. But since the book is much younger skewing than HBO’s audience, the pay cable network had been seeking another outlet for the potential series. “Discussions are underway for The Carrie Diaries, Candace Bushnell’s book about Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, to find a home as a potential television series,” HBO said in a statement. Read More »

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Joe Mazzello Enlists For ‘G.I. Joe 2′

Mike Fleming

Joe Mazzello has been set to play the role of Mouse in G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes, a role a lot of young guys wanted in the Jon M. Chu-directed Paramount film that stars Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki … Read More »

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Paramount And Fake Empire Buy ‘Let It Snow’

By | Tuesday May 31, 2011 @ 12:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures-based Fake Empire has acquired Let It Snow, a pitch package that includes rights to an anthology of three intersecting short stories by young-adult novelists John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. The script will be written by … Read More »

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Paramount Crafts ‘Forgotten’ For Its ‘True Grit’ Discovery Hailee Steinfeld

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: When you come out of nowhere and turn in an Oscar nominated breakout performance like Hailee Steinfeld did as Mattie Ross in the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed True Grit, it’s natural for the studio involved to do its best … Read More »

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Rachel Bilson To Star In CW’s ‘Hart Of Dixie’

Nellie Andreeva

The O.C. alumna Rachel Bilson will reunite with the show’s creator-executive producer Josh Schwartz this pilot season after all. Bilson is close to a deal to star in the CW hourlong pilot Hart of Dixie, from WBTV and Schwartz and … Read More »

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ABC Picks Up Washington D.C. Drama

By | Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 4:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Add Josh Schwartz to the list of drama heavy hitters whose projects were picked up to pilot by ABC today. The network has greenlighted  Georgetown (formerly Inner Circle). The hourlong project, written by Remember Me scribe Will Fetters, is … Read More »

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