One of the key writers-producers on the recently departed How I Met Your Mother, Kourtney Kang, is staying at the studio behind the long-running CBS comedy, 20th Century Fox TV, with a new overall deal. Under the two-year pact, Kang will join the studio’s new ABC comedy series Fresh Off The Boat as co-executive producer and develop new projects. “Kourtney was a hugely valuable member of the writing staff of How I Met Your Mother since the very first season, so of course we wanted to continue our relationship,” said 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis. “She’s a fantastic writer who effortlessly melds ‘big funny’ with ‘heart,’ and we all love her here.” Kang, repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman, started on HIMYM as a writer after the pilot and worked her way up to executive producer. She also co-created and executive produced 20th TV’s comedy pilot for CBS Livin’ On A Prayer with HIMYM creators/exec producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas as well as the show’s writer-producer Joe Kelly.
EXCLUSIVE: In a very competitive situation, a single-camera comedy from director-producer Jason Winer (1600 Penn) and writer-producers Tami Sagher and Kourtney Kang just went to CBS with a pilot production commitment. Titled Nerds In Love, the project, from 20th Century Fox TV where Winer is under an overall deal, is based on the unlikely real-life friendship of How I Met Your Mother writers Kang (former cheerleader) and Sagher (former mathlete). It explores the dating lives of the social haves and have-nots at a marketing firm. “It lies somewhere between 2 Broke Girls and The Big Bang Theory,” said Winer, who is executive producing and will direct the potential pilot. HIMYM exec producer Kang and co-exec producer Sagher will write the script and executive produce.
Veteran How I Met Your Mother writer-producer Kourtney Kang has closed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the CBS comedy series. Under the two-year pact, she will be promoted to executive producer of the series, created/executive produced by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, and will develop new projects. Two seasons ago, Kang co-created with Bays, Thomas and another Mother writer-producer, Joe Kelly, the comedy Livin’ on a Prayer, which went to pilot at CBS. Last season, she and Kelly wrote a comedy script for ABC. Both projects were produced by 20th TV. “We love Kourtney,” 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said. “She has been invaluable to Carter and Craig who rely on her heavily. She is very funny, great with stories and has become the heart and soul of the show.”
Kang has been with Mother since the series’ 2005 debut. She joined the series as a staff writer, rising through the ranks to co-executive producer and now exec producer. Kang, repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman, started off as a development executive at NBC before segueing to writing. She was a writer on NBC’s short-lived Coupling before joining Mother.
EXCLUSIVE: Kourtney Kang and Joe Kelly, the How I Met Your Mother writer-producers who co-wrote CBS’ pilot Livin’ on a Prayer with HIMYM creators-executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas last season, are back in pilot contention with a new comedy project at ABC. The project, about a couple’s exploration of quality of life both before and after kids, is a multi-camera hybrid in the mold of HIMYM. I hear it landed at ABC with a hefty penalty after bidding from multiple networks. 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind HIMYM and Livin’ on a Prayer, is producing. Kang has been on HIMYM since after the pilot while Kelly joined at the beginning of Season 3. Both are with UTA.