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‘The Brink’ Co-Star Aasif Mandvi To Also Serve As Writer-Producer On HBO Series

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 1:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

mandviAasif Mandvi is expanding his role on the new HBO half-hour comedy series The Brink. The Daily Show correspondent has a co-starring role on the show, directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub. In addition to that, he now will serve as a writer/co-producer on the series. Additionally, his memoir No Man’s Land, an account of a second-generation immigrant’s search for meaning and identity in an increasingly confusing world, will be published in October.

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HBO Gives Series Order To Comedy Pilot ‘The Brink’ Starring Jack Black & Tim Robbins, From Jay Roach & Jerry Weintraub

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 2:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

timrobbinsjackblackEXCLUSIVE: In a very quick turnaround, HBO has given a series order to The Brink, its comedy pilot starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins, directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub. Written by former Weeds executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins); Alex Coppins (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Geoff Pierson, Esai Morales and Eric Ladin co-star on the series, executive produced by Roberto Benabib, Weintraub and Roach. Kim Benabib and Susie Ekins co-executive produce.

jayroach25th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards - ArrivalsThis marks the first HBO series for Weintraub and Roach, who both have deals with the pay cable network and established relationships there. Weintraub executive produced HBO Films’ Emmy-winning movie Behind The Candelabra, while Roach directed and exec produced the Emmy-winning HBO movies Game Change and Recount.

The Brink’s road to HBO’s primetime started with an email Weintraub received while in Europe, which contained the Benabibs’ script. “I read it and I fell in love with it,” he said. When he came back to Los Angeles, Weintraub had lunch with Roach about a movie project where hbo45__130924185923-275x112Roach mentioned that he had been looking to do a half-hour comedy. Weintraub ran to his office and brought Roach The Brink script. Joking that Roach “is famous for taking three years to make up his mind” on anything, Wentraub heard from the director the very next day. “He calls me and he says, ‘I’m in, the script is too good’.” Read More »

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Eric Ladin Joins HBO Pilot ‘The Brink’

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 7:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ladenEric Ladin has been cast as a regular in The Brink, HBO’s pilot directed by Jay Roach from a script by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib and exec produced by Jerry Weintraub. The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Tim Robbins); Alex Coppins (Jack Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. Ladin will play Lieutenant Glenn Taylor, Callahan’s ace wingman. This is the latest HBO gig for Ladin, who got his break on the pay cable network’s miniseries Generation Kill. He went on to recur on HBO’s Big Love and, most recently, on Boardwalk Empire, where he played J. Edgar Hoover. This marks a rare foray into comedy for Ladin, who is known for drama roles, including stints on Mad Men and The Killing. He is with Innovative and Main Title.

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Esai Morales Joins HBO Comedy Pilot ‘The Brink’ As Regular, Will Play POTUS

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 3:14pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

moralesEXCLUSIVE: Esai Morales is set to co-star in The Brink, HBO’s pilot directed by Jay Roach from a script by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib and exec produced by Jerry Weintraub. The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Tim Robbins); Alex Coppins (Jack Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. Morales will play Julian Navarro, the President of the United States. While the U.S. is yet to elect a Hispanic president, that has been a popular trend on TV that has included Jimmy Smits’ Matt Santos on The West Wing and Blair Underwood’s Elias Martinez on The Event. Morales, who co-starred on Starz’s Magic City, recently wrapped a supporting role in the feature La Vida Robot and is recurring on the CBS’ Criminal Minds. He is with Innovative Artists and KLWGN.

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Pablo Schreiber, Maribeth Monroe & Geoff Pierson Cast In HBO Pilot ‘The Brink’

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 12:34pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

schreiberEXCLUSIVE: Pablo Schreiber is set as a lead opposite Jack Black and Tim Robbins in The Brink, HBO‘s comedy pilot directed by Jay Roach from a script by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib. Also cast in the project, exec produced by Jerry Weintraub, are Maribeth Monroe (Workaholics) and Geoff Pierson (Dexter) who join Aasif Mandvi. The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins); Alex Coppins (Jack Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. monroepiersonThese three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three. Monroe, repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment, will play Kendra Willis, Deputy Chief of Staff and lifeline to the hard living Secretary of State (Robbins). Pierson, repped by Stone Manners Salners and attorney Tom Hoberman, will play Pierce Mullin, the hawkish Secretary of Defense. He will next be seen opposite Hilary Swank in the indie You’re Not You. Schreiber, repped by ICM Partners and Circle of Confusion, recently worked with HBO on the film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. His recent series credits include Orange Is The New Black, Ironside and Law & Order: SVU. 

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Jack Black & Tim Robbins To Star In Jay Roach’s HBO Comedy Pilot ‘The Brink’

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jack Black and Tim Robbins are set as two of the three leads in The Brink, HBO‘s comedy pilot directed by Jay Roach from a script by former Weeds executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother, Kim Benabib. The Brink is described as an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins), a man of big appetites and little patience for the war mongers in the Situation Room;  Coppins (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer reluctantly caught on the ground in the middle of it all; and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Callahan. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Roberto Benabib, Jerry Weintraub and Roach are executive producing, with Kim Benabib serving as a co-executive producer and Black and Robbins as producers. Black is with WME and attorney Warren Dern, Robbins is with ICM Partners and Elaine Goldsmith Thomas.

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Comedy From Roberto Benabib, Jay Roach, Jerry Weintraub Gets HBO Pilot Order

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 6:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Former Weeds executive producer Roberto Benabib is taking on another dark comedy premium cable project. He has teamed with HBO-based producers Jay Roach and Jerry Weintraub for The Brink, a half-hour comedy, which has received a pilot order from the network. Directed by Roach and written by Benabib and his brother, Kim Benabib, The Brink is described as an epic dark comedy focusing on a  geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander, lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Coppins and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Callahan. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Roberto Benabib, Weintraub and Roach are executive producing, with Kim Benabib serving as a co-executive producer. Roach won Emmys for directing and executive producing the HBO movies Recount and Game Change, both of which dealt with political events.

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‘The Grudge’ Scribe Stephen Susco To Verve

By | Tuesday June 28, 2011 @ 10:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Susco, who scripted the horror hit The Grudge and its sequel, has been signed by Verve. Susco most recently co-wrote and produced with Sam Raimi an untitled Ole Bornedal-directed horror film. Susco, who’d been repped by CAA, is currently developing The Brink with Gore Verbinski and Starz. Susco continues to be managed by Prolific.

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Starz Developing Supernatural Drama Series Produced By Gore Verbinski

By | Tuesday March 15, 2011 @ 12:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Starz is developing The Brink, a supernatural crime drama project written by The Grudge scribe Stephen Susco and executive produced by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski through his Blind Wink Prods. The Brink is based on J.C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman’ book Personal Effects: Dark Art. The interactive supernatural thriller, which features various online extensions, is described by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker in his review as “equal parts House, CSI, and The X-Files.” It chronicles art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths. Weisman and Blind Wink’s Jonathan Krauss is executive producing in addition to Verbinski.

Verbinski — whose latest film, the Johhny Depp-starring animated adventure Rango, is riding high at the box office — first ventured into television in the fall with another supernatural drama. Titled Magical Law, the project, written by Pirates scribe Terry Rossio, was set up at Fox and followed specialized cops and lawyers prosecuting otherworldly crimes.

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