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Nick Stoller Comedy Close To Landing At CBS With Put Pilot Commitment

By | Saturday September 10, 2011 @ 8:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Feature writer director and Undeclared alum Nick Stoller is returning to television with Hot Mess, a single-camera project that attracted multiple bidders and is now in negotiations to go to CBS with a rich put pilot commitment. Stoller is writing and attached to direct the comedy, from 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. Loosely based on Stoller’s real-life experiences, Hot Mess is a twenty-something ensemble comedy about a guy who gets his heart broken by his girlfriend and now has to work one cubicle away from her. Stoller is executive producing with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. CBS’ aggressive play for Hot Mess underscores the network’s recent shift toward younger, edgier comedies with shows like How I Met Your Mother and new fall entry Two Broke Girls as well as the decision to replace Charlie Sheen with Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men. It marks a rare venturing into the single-camera format for the network, known for its brand of multi-camera sitcoms. The sale also continues comedy projects’ hot streak this summer as a slew of half-hour pitches have landed big commitments. Stoller is a member of the Judd Apatow’s gang. He got his break on Apatow’s Fox comedy series Underclared, and like his boss, he segued to movies right after. UTA-repped Stoller did several films with Apatow, including Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which Stoller directed, and its offshoot Get Him to the Greek, which he … Read More »

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Writer Chris Levinson Signs Two-Script Deal, Joins ‘Touch’ As Consultant

Nellie Andreeva

Law & Order alumna Chris Levinson has signed a two-script deal with Chernin Entertainment — one for broadcast through 20th Century Fox TV, where Peter Chernin’s company is based, and one for cable through Fox TV Studios, which she will write on spec. Additionally, Levinson is helping on the Fox drama pilot Touch, also from Chernin Entertainment and 20th TV. She will likely be upped to a more formal role on the drama starring Kiefer Sutherland if it’s picked up to series as expected. The script deals and the gig on Touch reunite Levinson with Chernin Entertainment’s president of television Katherine Pope, who ran NBC’s in-house studio while Levinson was under overall deals there for four years. There, WME-repped Levinson created and executive produced the drama pilot Lost & Found.

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Fox Picks Up Liz Meriwether Comedy Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

Fox has picked up another single-camera comedy pilot, this one from writer-producer Liz Meriwether, 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment. The untitled project, originally titled Chicks and Dicks, is described as a young ensemble comedy about the sexual politics of men and women. Meriwether is executive producing with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. This is Chernin Entertainment’s third pilot order this season, following pickups for off-cycle comedy Outnumbered and the recent deal for Tim Kring’s drama spec Touch. All 3 projects are at Fox.

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Fox Developing Medical Drama From Writer Warren Leight And Chernin Entertainment

By | Monday January 3, 2011 @ 11:27am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Warren Leight, a screenwriter and Tony-winning playwright, found himself a hot new career in TV as a sought-after showrunner with back-to-back gigs on USA’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, HBO’s In Treatment and FX’s Lights Out. Now Leight is venturing in series development with his own project, a drama for Fox set in the area of medical ethics, which he is writing and executive producing. Serving as consulting producers are Lori Andrews, a law professor and leading expert on the legal and ethical aspects of biotechnologies and genetics who has written more than dozen non-fiction books as well as several mystery novels, and movie producer and autism activist Jon Shestack (Air Force One) who, along with his wife, founded Cure Autism Now. (Shestack also has been a member of task forces on issues of ethics, genetic research and gene patenting.) The project is being produced by 20th TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, with Peter Chernin and Kathrine Pope also exec producing. WME-repped Leight joined the staff of CI in its 2nd season on a tip from Theresa Rebeck to then executive producer Rene Balcer, who subsequently recommended Leight to take over as the show’s executive producer and head writer in 2006. Leight departed CI in 2008 to take the reins of In Treatment. He left the HBO therapy series last year to join FX’s boxing drama Lights Out, on which he retooled the original pilot by … Read More »

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Tasha Brown Joins Chernin Entertainment

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment is getting serious about comedy. The 20th Century Fox TV-based television division of the company has hired Tasha Brown as VP comedy, its first executive dedicated to developing half-hour projects. She started this week reporting to TV president Katherine Pope. Brown comes from BBC Worldwide Prods where she served as director of comedy development and worked on developing projects based on BBC formats, including Gavin and Stacey at ABC. Read More »

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