Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein has teamed with longtime pals Adam Stein and Sam Friedlander to co-create hourlong drama Flipside, which tracks three best friends as they live out two distinct alternate paths after graduating from college – one that sees them staying in their Minnesota hometown and another in which they chase their dreams in New York City. Feuerstein, Friedlander, and Stein previously collaborated on comedy short Lazy Monday, a response video to SNL‘s Lazy Sunday digital sketch. The trio will take Flipside out to networks next week before Feuerstein returns to Royal Pains to film the upcoming sixth season. As part of their pitch for Flipside, Stein and Friedlander shot a proof of concept teaser starring Ben Goldsmith, Meg Cionni, and Blake Cooper Griffin as the central besties. The co-creators credit the video with garnering them preliminary interest from broadcast and cable nets. Canadian production company Muse Entertainment is attached to deficit finance the project, which is produced by Wind Dancer Films whose Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, and Judd Payne are exec producing alongside Present Pictures’ Jen Dubin and Cora Olsen. This marks Feuerstein’s latest project behind the camera after 2009′s Crackle web series The Hustler, which he wrote, directed, and starred in, and Royal Pains, on which he’s also a producer. IAM Entertainment is repping the project. Feuerstein is repped by UTA; Stein is with WME; Friedlander and Cionni are repped by Aperture Entertainment. Take a look at the exclusive concept teaser for Flipside:
EXCLUSIVE: Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein is heading into the third season of USA Network’s flagship series with a big salary bump. I hear Feuerstein, who was making around $75,000 an episode, will now see his pay double to about $135,000 an episode ($140,000-150,000 if additional compensation, including bonuses, is factored in.) In exchange, under his renegotiated deal with Royal Pains producer Universal Cable Prods., I hear Feuerstein is adding an extra year to his current contract for the show.
Royal Pains, starring Feuerstein as a concierge doctor in the Hamptons, has become USA’s highest-rated series in total viewers and adults 18-49. Last year, it averaged 7.3 million viewers and 3.1 million in 18-49. Production on Season 3 of the show is slated to begin shortly. Renegotiating lead actors’ contracts for a bigger paycheck is common practice after the second season of successful series. Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay, the stars of USA’s other series heading into Season 3, White Collar, also recently received significant salary increases. Feuerstein is with UTA and Framework.
Katie Couric, Alec Baldwin, Brian Williams, Mark Feuerstein and Lorne Michaels took turns roasting outgoing CEO of NBC Universal Jeff Zucker at the Center for Communication’s annual Frank Stanton award luncheon at the Pierre Hotel in New York today. According to news reports, Couric, in a subtle reference to the recent comments by Rick Sanchez that Jews control the media, called Zucker “living proof that Jews may control the media, but that doesn’t mean they’re good at it.” She took a shot at both NBC’s and her own ratings woes at third-ranked CBS Evening News. ”There’s no surprise he was drawn to a game where the lowest score wins,” she said about Zucker, referring to his passion for golf. “He showed me that being in third place really isn’t that bad.” Michaels gave Zucker props for keeping Conan O’Brien on The Tonight Show in the show’s final week when the comedian was blasting the NBC Uni CEO night after night. “I doubt that would have happened at CBS. It definitely would not have happened at The Walt Disney Co. – they’re far too well run. Possibly at Fox.” Williams said the award has “a kiss of death” to it, a reference to the fact that former Viacom CEO Tom Freston too was pushed out of Viacom just a few weeks before receiving the Frank Stanton award.
Zucker also played off the coincidence, warning other industry types who get the news that they would be honored by the …