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E! Buys Pitch For Scripted Drama Based On Deborah Schoeneman’s NYT Article About Guy-Rating Lulu App

E! Buys Pitch For Scripted Drama Based On Deborah Schoeneman’s NYT Article About Guy-Rating Lulu AppDeborah Schoeneman and Offspring Entertainment have sold a pitch to E! through Warner Horizon Television, about a young woman who has created a wildly successful (and controversial) app to rate/review men. Offline, the woman is struggling to find love. The idea for the one-hour drama was inspired by Schoeneman’s New York Times article,  “What’s He Really Like? Check the Lulu App,” which tells the story about the social networking app, which has over 1 billion profile views of men –  and its founders, Alexandra Chong and Alison Schwartz. Schoeneman would executive produce — with Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot via their Offspring Entertainment. Chong is a consulting producer on the project.
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Amy Talkington Sells YA Novel ‘Liv, Forever’; Teams With Offspring For Film

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 1:28pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter Amy Talkington has made a deal for her first novel with Soho Teen, the young adult imprint of Soho Press. The novel, Liv, Forever, will be published next March, and a film package is quickly being assembled that has Talkington attached to adapt and Offspring Entertainment producing. They will shop it to studios shortly. Talkington has a lot going on as a screenwriter, including scripting the Clay Weiner-directed Valley Girl at MGM, the Alex Timbers-directed Hotfuss at Disney and the Jonathan Levine-directed Under Cover at Lionsgate. The novel aspires to be Ghost for the Twilight generation. Liv Bloom is murdered shortly after arriving at a prestigious New England boarding school. Her spirit remains and with the help of two boys–one of whom she’s fallen for and the other she reluctantly is trusting–she tries to solve her own murder. Offspring’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot and Matt Smith are producing along with Arlook Group’s Richard Arlook. Talkington worked with Offspring on Hotfuss, which has also been called the untitled Shakespeare musical. The author is repped by UTA and Arlook Group.

Said Talkington: “I actually first imagined this story as a screenplay and had a very clear idea of that version before I realized it would make a great book. I decided to write it as a book first, something I’d always wanted to … Read More »

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Universal Acquires Brandon Camp Romantic Thriller Pitch

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 12:42pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled pitch to be written by Steinbeck’s Point Of View scribe Brandon Camp, with Offspring Entertainment partners Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot attached to produce. Pitch is described as a supernatural thriller in the spirit of Ghost.

Matt Smith will executive produce and Universal execs Jon Mone and Sara Scott will oversee it. Camp separately is working with Offspring writing the musical The Dance for New Line. Camp recently sold the Nicholas Sparks’ pilot to TNT based on Sparks’ A Bend In The Road. He is also writing to direct Benji, a re-imagining of the ‘70s family classic for Walden Media. UTA reps Camp and Offspring.

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Alex Timbers Set To Direct Shakespeare Musical Pic For Disney

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 9:52am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Disney has tapped Alex Timbers to direct an untitled musical film that is being billed as a contemporary adaptation of a Shakespeare play. The feature, written by Amy Talkington, will be produced by Offspring Entertainment‘s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, with Jon Chu and Offspring’s Matt Smith executive producing. Talkington wrote the original first draft and will continue working on the script with Timbers, a two-time Tony nominee whose helming credits include the Broadway musicals Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and  The Pee-Wee Herman Show,  as well as Disney’s stage play Peter And The Starcatcher.

The idea for the musical originated from a friendship between Smith and Talkington, who are working together on the MGM remake of Valley Girl. Offspring set up the pitch with Disney execs Kristin Burr and Tonia Davis. Read More »

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Adam Shankman Inks First-Look Deal With Warner Horizon Television For Cable Series

Nellie Andreeva

Adam Shankman is venturing into cable. The director/producer/choreographer and his sister, producer Jennifer Gibgot, have closed a two-year first look deal with Warner Horizon Television for their Offspring Entertainment banner. Under the pact, the duo will develop and executive produce scripted cable projects for the studio, a division of Warner Bros TV. Shankman also has the option to direct. In development, Shankman and Gibgot will be assisted by Offspring’s Matt Smith.

Shankman and Gibgot, repped by UTA and Bloom Hergott, most recently worked on the feature Rock Of Ages, with Gibgot producing and Shankman directing and producing. Their joint credits also include the Step Up franchise and 17 Again. Shankman’s first TV directing gig was in cable — helming an episode of USA’s Monk. He has since directed and produced a number of broadcast projects, including directing multiple episodes of Fox’s Glee.

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