Bill Burr, Liz Carey, Willie Garson, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Oliver Hudson, Alphonso McAuley, Kevin Nealon, Tig Notaro, Ethan Suplee and Sarah Wright will join Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden in Lakeshore and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment‘s Walk Of Shame. Steven Brill wrote and is directing the comedy, about a high-strung news anchor (Banks) who, after a wild night out, finds herself locked out on the street with no phone, money, ID or car, and embarks on a series of misadventures as she finds her way to the most important job interview of her life. Gillian Jacobs and Ken Davitian also are aboard. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing with Sidney Kimmel.
EXCLUSIVE: Neophyte scribes Annie Harnick and Nick Cion have made their first pitch sale to Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, for an untitled romantic comedy that is aimed at a young audience. The newcomers certainly know the terrain, as Harnick is a junior at Harvard and Cion is a junior at Princeton. Each is 20 years old, making them far younger than most of the scribes Deadline writes about.
They were repped in the deal by ICM Partners, and there is a back story here. Esther Newberg, the powerhouse ICM publishing agent, asked her West Coast counterparts to read a script by the duo, called The Valedictorian. She didn’t tell them who the writers were. And the agents swear that it wasn’t until after they sparked to the script and moved to sign the writers that Newberg admitted that Cion is her great nephew. The agents sent out their script, and got 21 positive responses to the 22 producers.
The scribes met with all the producers. In their meeting with SKE’s Sidney Kimmel and his production president Matt Berenson, they mentioned another project idea. That resulted in their first deal, and while Kimmel didn’t want to blow the concept by revealing it, it must have been good because it’s only the second pitch the company has bought in its history. While The Valedictorian didn’t sell in the first round of meetings, the agency will refocus the effort on the indie set.