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Family Sitcom From Phil Rosenthal, Max Winkler & Rob Reinis Gets ABC Pilot Order; Henry Winkler Expected To Star

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

henrywinklerrosenthalphilABC is looking to bring some Happy Days magic back the network with a new multi-camera project that would star Happy Days alum Henry Winkler. ABC has given a pilot order to The Winklers, a family comedy from Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal; Winkler’s son, director Max Winkler; and son-in-law, actor Rob Reinis. The project, which had a pilot production commitment, was conceived as a starring vehicle for Henry Winkler and is based on his relationship with his son-in-law. While Winkler doesn’t have an acting deal in place yet, he is expected to star in the pilot, written by Rosenthal from a story by him, Max Winkler and Reinis and possibly directed by Rosenthal.  It centers abclogoon an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his in-laws — Henry (Henry Winkler) and Stacey Winkler. (In real life, Henry Winkler has been married to his wife Stacey for more than 35 years.) The comedy hails from 20th TV and Max Winkler and Jake Johnson’s studio-based Walcott Co., marking the company’s first pilot order in its first year of development.

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Michelle Obama Reschedules Hollywood Fundraiser At Phil Rosenthal’s Place That Got Nixed By Government Shutdown

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 3:36pm PST

Don’t try to get around town on January 29 — that’s the day first lady Michelle Obama has re-scheduled her scrubbed DNC fundraiser at the obamamichelleHancock Park home of Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and his wife, actress Monica Horan. This clambake previously had been scheduled for mid-October at same place but got nixed because the government shutdown made it seem icky — FLOTUS glad-handing Hollywood types who’d forked over $1,250 to $32,400 for the privilege, while many government workers aren’t collecting their paychecks just did not pass the cringe test. Back in October, she’d also pulled the plug on a planned San Francisco fundraiser.

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NATPE Chief Promises More Digital, Buyers, Exhibitors, Station Groups, And Advertisers — Plus Phil Rosenthal Quizzing James L. Brooks — At January Confab

Registration for both domestic and international buyers attending January’s 2014 NATPE conference in Miami Beach is pacing well ahead of andy-cohenlast year, with double digit growth, NATPE president and CEO Rod Perth said this morning,  citing more exhibitors, more buyers, advertisers, more stations groups, and a more prominent digital presence. Forty-four percent of the registered buyers are international, representing 46 different countries, and 28 station groups are participating this time, Perth said on a conference call with the press. At last count, there were 225 exhibitors — 34 of them attending NATPE for the first time, and five returning in January after years of absence, said Perth, who is in his second year at NATPE. For the second year in a row, each of the major studios will be at NATPE.  Exhibitors, meanwhile, come from 23 different countries, including increased participation from the UK, France, Spain and Germany, he said.

Oscar and Emmy-winning director/producer James L. Brooks will chat with Everybody Loves Phil-RosenthalRaymond creator Phil Rosenthal in a session at NATPE, joining Bravo’s Andy Cohen, Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman, documentarian Morgan Spurlock, and Boardwalk Empire exec producer Terence Winter in sessions staged during the confab’s The Storytellers Who Have Shaped Pop Culture track. Brooks is among those receiving the 11th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at the NATPE conference, held again at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. New to NATPE, there will be a presentation of findings from a two-part independent research study commissioned by NATPE and the Consumer Electronics Association, in re how how and why consumers use second-screen devices to engage with video content. The first part of the findings will be presented at the 2014 International CES, where the focus will be primarily on technology, devices and the user experience. The second part, which will be presented at NATPE, will consist of qualitative research based on interviews with TV program producers and showrunners, examining how second screen affects the way they develop content and incorporate it into their programs.

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Family Comedy From Phil Rosenthal, Max Winkler & Rob Reinis To Star Henry Winkler Gets ABC Pilot Production Commitment

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 6:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: They have been an integral part of two of the defining family sitcoms of two separate decades. Now Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and Happy Days star Henry Winkler have teamed with Winkler’s son, director Max Winkler, and son-in-law, actor Rob Reinis, for a new multi-camera family comedy project, which has landed at ABC with a pilot production commitment. The untitled project is designed as a starring vehicle for Henry Winkler and is based on his relationship with his son-in-law. Written by Rosenthal, Max Winkler and Reinis and to be directed by Rosenthal, the comedy hails from 20th TV and Max Winkler and Jake Johnson’s studio-based Walcott Co. It centers on an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his in-laws — Henry, to be played by Henry Winkler, and Stacey Winkler. (In real life, Henry Winkler has been married to his wife Stacey Winkler for more than 35 years.) Read More »

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Phil Rosenthal To Receive WGA West’s Valentine Davies Humanitarian Honor

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 10:24am PST

Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) has named Emmy-winning Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal as its 2013 Valentine Davies Award honoree in recognition of his humanitarian efforts on behalf of writers. Rosenthal will be feted, along with other honorees, at the WGAW’s 2013 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.

“Not only is Phil Rosenthal an extraordinarily talented writer whose work has brought laughter to millions of viewers around the globe, he’s also used his great success to give back to the community around him, in particular by aiding at-risk students who need his help the most. His charitable work not only inspires us, but makes his peers proud to call themselves writers. For his continued support of a variety of civic initiatives, and for a generosity that effects positive change and promotes opportunities for creative expression, it’s no surprise that everybody loves Phil,” said WGAW President Christopher Keyser.

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‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Creator Phil Rosenthal To Do Food & Travel Reality Pilot

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 7:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Following the nine-season run of his Emmy-winning comedy Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal successfully segued into documentary-making with Exporting Raymond, which chronicled his adventures in Russia overseeing the development of a local version of his CBS series. Now, Rosenthal again is venturing into new territory: reality television. He is set to do a pilot for a travel and food reality series, in which “a great chef takes me to a great city and shows me where to eat,” he says.

In the pilot, he and chef Thomas Keller will travel to London and spend nine days exploring great eateries in all price ranges with Keller and his local chef friends as guides. Rosenthal will provide live updates during the trip on his Twitter feed. He will shop the completed pilot to TV networks and, if it goes to series, Rosenthal has chef Nancy Silverton lined up for a trip to Italy and Nobu Matsuhisa for an episode in Japan. Sometimes it won’t be chefs but famous local people who would show him around. “The goal of the show to motivate people to travel and provide them with the best guide where in the world to eat,” Rosenthal said. Read More »

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TCA: ‘Raymond’ Creator Slams TNT For Axing Ray Romano’s ‘Men’, ‘Jackie’ EP Talks About Pitching To ‘Roomful Of Fear’

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

On a lively and colorful afternoon TCA panel promoting the fall PBS four-hour series America in Primetime, Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal blasted TNT for its recent decision to cancel Raymond star Ray Romano’s latest series, dramedy Men of a Certain Age. “Those idiots put six episodes on in November and then waited until July to schedule the next six as if they were trying to make sure the audience didn’t connect to it,” Rosenthal said. “Then they cancel it because the audience doesn’t connect to it. That’s why I say the only thing I hate about this business is the business part.”

Rosenthal’s zingers often punctuated the discussion, in which he, Nurse Jackie co-creators Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and America in Primetime exec producer Tom Yellin delved into what makes primetime tick. The idea behind the PBS series is to promote the idea that all primetime scripted entertainment is built on the foundation of all shows that have come before it. In the series, Yellin notes that Murphy Brown creator Diane English originally received a note from CBS that the title character shouldn’t be a recovering alcoholic in her 40s but a 30-year-old woman coming out of a spa. “I got the same note on Raymond,” Rosenthal quipped, “that he be a 30-year-old woman coming out of a spa.” Read More »

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HOT TRAILER: ‘Exporting Raymond’

By | Thursday March 17, 2011 @ 10:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

This is the first trailer for Phil Rosenthal’s feature documentary Exporting Raymond, which chronicles the adventures of the Everybody Loves Raymond creator in Russia where he worked on mounting a local version of his hit sitcom. The documentary, which won the audience award at the Austin Film Festival, is being distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

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TV Producer’s Doc Opens Austin Film Fest

By | Thursday October 7, 2010 @ 11:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The world premiere of Phil Rosenthal’s documentary Exporting Raymond has been chosen as the opening night film at the 17th annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, which will take place from October 21-28.  It marks the feature directorial debut of Everybody Loves Raymond creator and executive producer Rosenthal and chronicles his journey to Moscow where he spent time helping a Russian TV producing team create a local adaptation of his hit CBS sitcom. Rosenthal will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

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