Gravitas Ventures has acquired drama I Am I starring Jocelyn Towne, Big Bang Theory‘s Simon Helberg, Kevin Tighe, Jason Ritter, and James Morrison. Towne makes her directorial debut with the pic, which she also wrote, about a woman (Towne) who meets her estranged father at her mother’s funeral. Realizing he suffers from memory loss and thinks he’s still a young man she pretends to be her mother to get to know him. Towne and Co. raised over $100K on Kickstarter for the project, which is produced by Jennifer Dubin and Cora Olson for Present Pictures and executive produced by Towne and Helberg. The married collaborators premiered their second film together, We’ll Never Have Paris, at SXSW while producers Dubin and Olson have Chris Denham’s Preservation debuting this month at Tribeca. Gravitas is plotting a June 13 NY/LA theatrical release preceded by a digital release via Vimeo On Demand May 13. Gravitas’ Melanie Miller and Nolan Gallagher negotiated the deal with Dubin and Olson from Present Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers.
EXCLUSIVE: The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg has started production on his feature directorial debut We’ll Never Have Paris. Helberg wrote the script and will star, as well as co-direct with his wife, writer-director Jocelyn Towne. The film is based on a true story and stars Maggie Grace, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Zachary Quinto and Alfred Molina. A man screws up on a transcontinental level in a noble effort to win back “the one.” The film is produced by Helberg, Towne with Rob Barnum and Katie Mustard. Marc Platt is exec producer. Helberg is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
UPDATED: Simon Helberg will have a lot more money to buy those bright-colored turtlenecks. The Big Bang Theory co-star has just landed a big raise from the series’ producer Warner Bros. TV. I hear Helberg’s new salary is in the range of $100,000-$125,000 an episode, up from the roughly $40,000 he is currently making. Helberg and fellow co-star Kunal Nayyar entered salary re-negotiations shortly after series’ leading trio, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons finished theirs in September, netting identical salary increases from about $60,000 last season to $250,000 in Season 5, $300,000 in Season 6 and 350,000 in Season 7, in addition to a piece of the CBS series’ backend. With Helberg set, Nayyar remains the only Big Bang cast member who has not reached an agreement with Warner Bros. for a new higher salary. I hear such deal is expected and, just like with Parsons, who held out for more money before accepting the terms of the studio’s final offer that Galecki and Cuoco had agreed on, if he doesn’t, his re-negotiations may be tabled until the summer. That would leave Nayyar at the current salary of about $25,000 per episode. It is not clear if Warner Bros. offered Helberg and Nayyar “favored nations”-type deals with equal financial terms the way it did with Galecki, Cuoco and Parsons. While not featured as prominently as Galecki, Cuoco …
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 29, 2010 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the recipients of the 62nd Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards, hosted by Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”). The Engineering Awards ceremony will be Saturday, August 14 at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles.
Big Bang sidekicks Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg brought their chemistry on the show to the Big Bang panel today with a couple of exchanges. The best one came when Nayyar was asked to comment on the explosion of Indian characters on TV.
“To be less politically correct, we — Indian actors — always joke that we are the new black,” he said. “Like, we are everywhere now. We are all really good-looking and talented, and I’m really happy that we continue to take over the world.”
Added Helberg, “Some day Jews will make their mark in show business.”