Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage To Pen & Produce ‘Monster High’ For Universal

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST

Monster High movie - UniversalUniversal Pictures has set Fake Empire‘s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to write and produce their live-action Monster High movie, based on the … Read More »

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Stephanie Savage To Pen ‘Astronaut Wives Club’ For ABC, Fake Empire & Groundswell

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development Astronaut Wives Club, a limited drama series from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and Michael London’s Groundswell Prods. based on Lily Koppel’s best-selling novel published this summer. It will be penned by Savage in her first TV writing effort since co-creating Gossip Girl with Schwartz. I hear the project is being fast-tracked, possibly for summer, with potential February-March start date eyed. ABC Studios, where Fake Empire is based, is producing. Set in the 1960s with a modern feel, The Astronaut Wives Club tells the true story of the women behind NASA’s early astronauts and the struggles they face when their lives and families are catapulted into the spotlight overnight. Savage, Schwartz and Fake Empire’s president of television Len Goldstein executive produce with London. Groundswell’s president of production Janice Williams, who brought the project to London, is expected to produce. Read More »

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Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage Team With Young Writing Duo For ABC Comedy

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 2:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A half-hour project, First Timers, has sold at ABC in a competitive situation, and it couldn’t have had a more perfect title. Because it marks the first sale for Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage‘s Fake Empire under the company’s rich three-year overall deal with ABC Studios. It also marks the first sale for up-and-coming writing duo Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger, currently serving as producers on the ABC/ABC Studios comedy The Neighbors. Penned by Aptaker and Berger loosely based on their own relationship, First Timers centers on twentysomething male/female business partners. The two will executive produce alongside Fake Empire’s Schwartz, Savage and Len Goldstein.

Starting their ABC Studios relationship with a comedy sale is symbolic for Fake Empire as expansion into half-hour comedy under the new deal has been a priority for the company, known primarily as a drama series producer. ABC Studios introduced Aptaker and Berger to Schwartz and Savage who had been tracking the duo’s career for a while (Aptaker and Berger previously staffed on I Just Want My Pants Back, Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous and Friends With Benefits) and went after the young writers after reading their adaptation of the book The Future of Us. Read More »

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Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire Moves To ABC Studios With Big Deal

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 1:03pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are finalizing a deal to move their Fake Empire TV production company to ABC Studios with a three-year deal. Building a talent roster has been a priority for ABC … Read More »

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CW Buys Monster High School Drama From Fake Empire And Catherine Hardwicke

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 3:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Stephanie Savage Josh Schwartz Copeland PrepJosh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who are behind the CW‘s departing drama Gossip Girl, have set up another drama project at the network that take place in an elite school. The high-concept … Read More »

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Paramount Re-Ups Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz And Stephanie Savage

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has re-upped Fake Empire partners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to a first look feature deal that keeps them at the studio through 2014. The duo has been at the studio since 2010…. Read More »

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Paramount Buys ‘The Diviners’ For Fake Empire

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 6:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has made a preemptive purchase of The Diviners, a young-adult novel by Libba Bray. Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will be the producers. The book will be published in September by Little Brown, the first of … Read More »

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Paramount Acquires Novel ‘The Likeness’ For Stephanie Savage To Adapt

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 2:38pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired The Likeness, the Tana French novel that will be adapted by Stephanie Savage. She and Fake Empire partner Josh Schwartz will produce, and they acquired the book through the discretionary fund that’s part of their first … Read More »

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Fake Empire Comedy Among Latest Pilot Script Sales

By | Friday September 30, 2011 @ 7:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Known primarily for its hourlong series, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire has sold a half-hour comedy pitch to Fox. The single-camera comedy about three childhood friends who are all now fathers with teenage sons will be written by Barry Schwartz, who will co-executive produce. Fake Empire’s Schwartz, Savage and Len Goldstein will executive produce for Warner Bros TV. Fake Empire has three series on the air this season: NBC’s dramedy Chuck and the CW dramas Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie. On the feature side, Barry Schwartz, repped by WME and the Gotham Group, sold Bromance to Montecito and DreamWorks and Parents Weekend to Kopelson Entertainment.

Writer-director Nancy Hower and her writing/producing partner, actor John Lehr, have sold a half-hour comedy pitch to NBC. Titled Retreat, the project is set at a corporate retreat. The sale was made based on a demo Hower and Lehr shot, which Hower directed and Lehr starred in. The demo, made in association with EUE/Sokolow, was probably helpful, as the duo uses a hybrid scripted/improv style where their scripts are incredibly detailed but don’t feature any dialogue. Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Now Officially At CW With ‘Gossip Girl’ Producers On Board

By | Sunday September 11, 2011 @ 9:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

PREVIOUS: CW Eyes ‘Sex & The City’ Prequel Series Shepherded By ‘Gossip Girl’ Producers

A month ago we reported that The Carrie Diaries, a TV series project based on Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell’s recent book about Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, was headed to the CW. That has now become a reality after the project was pitched to the network on Friday and bought in the room. Under the deal, which is being finalized, Warner Bros. TV is producing with Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s studio-based Fake Empire banner. Former Sex and the City writer/producer Amy Harris, who is writing for Gossip Girl this season, is penning the adaptation and executive producing with Bushnell, Schwartz, Savage and Len Goldstein. The Carrie Diaries is a young-adult novel that chronicles Carrie’s senior year of high school in a small New England town. Because of its young skew, it was never considered for HBO, which adapted Bushnell’s anthology book Sex and the City into the hugely popular comedy series created by Darren Star and starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Read More »

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NBC Developing ‘Lesbo’ Comedy About Gay And Straight Female Best Friends

By | Wednesday September 7, 2011 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

This is a title that will get attention: NBC has bought comedy pitch My Best Friend Is A Lesbo. The project, from Warner Bros TV and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie … Read More »

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CW Eyes ‘Sex & The City’ Prequel Series Shepherded By ‘Gossip Girl’ Producers

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: With their sharp fashion sense and busy social life in Manhattan, the young ladies from the CW’s Gossip Girl often evoke Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Now a teen version of Bradshaw herself may be joining the CW’s lineup. I hear that the CW has emerged as the leading candidate for The Carrie Diaries, a TV series project based on Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell’s recent book about Bradshaw’s high school years. There are no deals in place, and talks are in preliminary stages, but I hear that Warner Bros TV would produce and Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are being courted to shepherd the project through their Warner Bros TV-based Fake Empire banner. Former Sex and the City writer/producer Amy Harris, who is writing for Gossip Girl this season, will likely pen the adaptation.

Because it previously adapted Bushnell’s Sex and the City into a hugely popular series, HBO has the rights to The Carrie Diaries, a young-adult novel that chronicles Carrie’s senior year of high school in a small New England town. But since the book is much younger skewing than HBO’s audience, the pay cable network had been seeking another outlet for the potential series. “Discussions are underway for The Carrie Diaries, Candace Bushnell’s book about Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, to find a home as a potential television series,” HBO said in a statement. Read More »

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Paramount And Fake Empire Buy ‘Let It Snow’

By | Tuesday May 31, 2011 @ 12:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures-based Fake Empire has acquired Let It Snow, a pitch package that includes rights to an anthology of three intersecting short stories by young-adult novelists John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. The script will be written by … Read More »

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Paramount Crafts ‘Forgotten’ For Its ‘True Grit’ Discovery Hailee Steinfeld

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: When you come out of nowhere and turn in an Oscar nominated breakout performance like Hailee Steinfeld did as Mattie Ross in the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed True Grit, it’s natural for the studio involved to do its best … Read More »

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Rachel Bilson To Star In CW’s ‘Hart Of Dixie’

Nellie Andreeva

The O.C. alumna Rachel Bilson will reunite with the show’s creator-executive producer Josh Schwartz this pilot season after all. Bilson is close to a deal to star in the CW hourlong pilot Hart of Dixie, from WBTV and Schwartz and … Read More »

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Michelle Trachtenberg To Develop & Star In CW Drama Produced by Josh Schwartz

Nellie Andreeva

CW has handed out a script order to an untitled drama project starring Gossip Girl‘s Michelle Trachtenberg, which marks the actress’ producing debut. It hails from the creators of CW’s Gossip Girl, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, whose Fake Empire … Read More »

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NBC Snags ‘Ghost’ Romantic Comedy From Josh Schwartz Starring Rachel Bilson

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: It’s an O.C. reunion at NBC! The O.C. creator/executive producer Josh Schwartz has a hot new hourlong project in the works, which will star O.C. alumna Rachel Bilson. After a heated bidding, the show, a supernatural romantic comedy titled Ghost Angeles, … Read More »

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Paramount Wins ‘Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick’

By | Tuesday August 10, 2010 @ 3:28pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In what turned out to be the second spirited book rights auction in the last few days, Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, a Joe Schreiber novel that sold last Friday to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a young adult title in a two-book … Read More »

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