Family Comedy From Brian Gallivan & Will Gluck Gets ABC Pilot Order

By | Friday January 31, 2014 @ 7:24pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

gallivanABC has given a pilot order to an untitled single-camera comedy from creator Brian Gallivan, Sony TV and Will Gluck‘s studio-based Olive Bridge Productions — the auspices behind another family comedy pilot this season, CBS’ The McCarthys. The … Read More »

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YouTube Star Shane Dawson Sells Autobiographical Comedy To NBC With Darlene Hunt & Will Gluck

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 2:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Popular YouTube personality Shane Dawson is bringing his brand to television. NBC has put in development Losin’ It, a single-camera comedy from Dawson, The Big C creator Darlene Hunt and producer Will Gluck. The workplace comedy, based on Dawson’s real-life experiences, is set at a suburban weight loss center franchise that gets thrown into upheaval when its most successful client decides to share his inspiration by becoming a consultant there, only to then find himself promoted to manager by the end of his first day. Hunt will write from a story she co-penned with Dawson and his producing partner Lauren Schnipper. Hunt, Dawson, Gluck and Richie Schwartz executive produce, with Schnipper producing. The project hails from Sony TV, where Gluck’s Olive Bridge and Hunt are under deals. 25-year-old Dawson, one of YouTube’s most popular stars, with over 9 million subscribers across three channels, was working at weight-loss company Jenny Craig, along with his mother and brother, when he launched his first YouTube channel in 2008. But soon thereafter he uploaded a pole-dancing video shot in the office and immediately was fired, along with his mother, brother and several other co-workers who appeared in the video. Dawson also has a successful personal weight loss story, having shed 150 pounds after a rough childhood marked by domestic abuse and school bullying. (Watch Dawson’s latest music parody after the jump.)

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ABC Buys Paul Scheer Relationship Comedy

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 4:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has put in development an untitled single-camera comedy from NTSF:SD:SUV:: creator/executive producer/star Paul Scheer. Written by Scheer and produced by Sony Pictures TV and Will Gluck‘s studio-based Olive Bridge, the project centers on a Read More »

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NBC Buys Gay-Straight Sibling Comedy Produced By Will Gluck With Penalty

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 11:04am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Could this be NBC‘s next Will & Grace? NBC has put in development G’Uncle, a comedy project from writer Billy Finnegan (Don’t Trust The B—-), Sony Pictures TV and Will Gluck‘s studio-based Olive Bridge, … Read More »

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Ken Marino To Co-Create, Star In Fox Family Comedy Produced By Will Gluck & Sony TV

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 10:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In a preemptive buy, Fox has taken in a single-camera comedy from the husband-and-wife writing team of Ken Marino & Erica Oyama, producer Will Gluck and Sony TV with a significant penalty … Read More »

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Paramount Acquires Spec ‘Agatha,’ Will Gluck To Helm

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 1:48pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is buying Agatha, spec screenplay written by Allison Schroeder which has Will Gluck attached to direct. Disruption Entertainment’s Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing with Benderspink’s Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, and JC Spink…. Read More »

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Will Gluck Helming ‘Annie’ Remake For Sony, Will Smith And Jay Z

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 11:19am PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Sony Pictures is setting Will Gluck to helm Annie, the re-imagining of the Broadway musical. The helmer who directed Easy A and Friends With Benefits for Sony-based Screen Gems takes on a high-profile project that will be produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through their Overbrook Entertainment banner, and by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media. Willow Smith is no longer attached; she was 9 when development began and she has outgrown the role of Annie.

Gluck will revise the film’s screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical and its book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin. That’s based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. The movie is contemporized and will shoot in the fall for a 2014 release. Read More »

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CBS Orders Pilots From Will Gluck, Frank Marshall And Two From Greg Garcia

By | Friday January 18, 2013 @ 6:35pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS seems determined to get a comedy from My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia on the air next season, handing out pilot orders to both of his scripts, one single- and one multi-camera. They were among four CBS pilots ordered tonight as the network kept its odd pilot season tradition of greenlighting a slew of pilots after hours on a Friday night. The other two pickups went to the Will Gluck-produced comedy The McCarthys, from writer Brian Gallivan; and The Ordained, a drama from a novice TV writer, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, which is produced by Frank Marshall. These mark the first pilot orders for Garcia and Marshall in the first development cycles under their deals at CBS TV Studios, while The McCarthys hails from Sony TV where Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment is based.

Garcia’s single-camera pilot Super Clyde centers on a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a super hero. The untitled multi-camera one centers on a recently divorced man whose life is complicated when his parents decide to move in with him. Both projects are written and executive produced by CAA-repped Garcia, who moved from long-time home 20th TV to CBS Studios last May in a very rich four-year overall deal. The double pickup almost assures Emmy winner Garcia’s return to CBS’ primetime seven years after the end of the network’s comedy series Yes, Dear, which he co-created. Garcia’s commitment to Fox’s Raising Hope, now in its third season, concludes at the end of this season. The family comedy has done well enough to earn another renewal but Garcia’s departure would certainly reflect on the show’s chances. Read More »

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Betsy Brandt To Star In Michael J. Fox’s NBC Series Produced By Will Gluck

By | Thursday January 17, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

As AMC’s dark drama Breaking Bad is wrapping its final season, co-star Betsy Brandt is segueing to a new series, this time on the comedy side. Brandt is set as the female lead opposite Michael J. Read More »

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ABC Developing Cop Comedy Produced By Will Gluck

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has put in development Rookie, a single-camera cop comedy from Will Gluck and Tosh.0 director Scott Zabielski. Written by Community co-executive producer Andy Bobrow and produced by Sony Pictures TV and Gluck’s studio-based Olive Bridge, … Read More »

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Will Gluck/Brian Gallivan Single-Camera Family Comedy Goes To CBS As Put Pilot

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 11:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Will GluckEXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, an untitled single-camera family comedy from producer Will Gluck and Happy Endings staff writer Brian Gallivan has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment. The project is being produced by Happy Endings’ Sony Pictures TV and Gluck’s studio-based Olive Bridge Entertainment. Read More »

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Drama From Becky Hartman Edwards & Will Gluck, Matt Hubbard Comedy Go To NBC

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 7:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Will GluckBecky Hartman EdwardsNBC has bought a drama from Switched At Birth executive producer Becky Hartman Edwards, Sony TV and Will Gluck’s studio-based TV … Read More »

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ABC Nabs June Diane Raphael/Casey Wilson Female Comedy Produced By Will Gluck

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 12:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The Housewives, a multi-camera comedy from Saturday Night Live alumna Casey Wilson, actress/writer June Diane Raphael, Will Gluck and Sony Pictures TV, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment.

Written and executive produced by Wilson and Raphael, The Housewives is about three female friends in 1954. Raphael is in negotiations to play one of the three leads in the project, produced by Sony TV and Gluck’s studio-based TV production company Olive Bridge Entertainment. Richard Schwartz co-executive produces.

The Housewives reunites the auspices behind last year’s single-camera comedy project Walk Of Shame, which also was set up at ABC through Sony TV and Gluck’s company, with Wilson and Raphael writing. Wilson has a pre-existing relationship with ABC and Sony TV — she co-stars on the ABC/Sony comedy Happy Endings. Read More »

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NBC Lands Michael J. Fox’s Family Comedy Produced By Will Gluck With Series Order

By | Monday August 20, 2012 @ 3:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: In a competitive situation, Michael J. Fox’s new family comedy project has landed at the same network that aired the family comedy which made him a household name 30 years ago, Family Ties. NBC nabbed the untitled … Read More »

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Michael J. Fox Eyes Family Comedy Return

By | Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 1:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Thirty years after the premiere of Family Ties, Michael J. Fox is returning to the family comedy genre, this time as the dad. Fox is attached to star in a single-camera comedy project from writer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Read More »

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Steve Pink In Talks To Helm ‘Sexual Perversity In Chicago’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Pink is in talks to direct Sexual Perversity In Chicago, the Screen Gems remake of the 1986 film About Last Night. I’m hearing that the film, scripted by Bachelorette‘s Leslye Headland, is on a fast … Read More »

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CBS Films Acquires ‘Skyjack: The Hunt For D.B. Cooper’ For Will Gluck To Direct

By | Wednesday June 13, 2012 @ 10:05am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Easy A helmer Will Gluck is at the center of a deal that CBS Films is making for the bestselling Geoffrey Gray novel Skyjack: The Hunt For D.B. Cooper, which was published by Crown. Gluck is in talks to direct and produce via his Olive Bridge banner, and Keith Bunin will write the script. Bunin scripted episodes of the HBO series In Treatment, and is writing for Universal and Illumination Entertainment a live-action film about the life of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) as a vehicle for Johnny Depp to star in and produce.

The Skyjack novel is an action-comedy that follows the story of D.B. Cooper, who on November 24, 1971, hijacked a Boeing 727, demanded $200,000 and parachutes, and jumped out over the Pacific Northwest. He was never caught and hailed as a folk hero. The book tracks his story from the perspectives of three different people claiming to be him. Gluck most recently co-wrote, directed and produced Friends With Benefits, the romantic comedy that starred Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. He is in the middle of a Sony Pictures deal for movies and series, and this is a rare project outside that arrangement. Read More »

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Drew Pearce Sells Action-Comedy ‘Secretaries Day’ To Sony For Will Gluck To Produce And Direct

By | Wednesday December 14, 2011 @ 3:32pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has bought a spec pitch from Drew Pearce titled Secretaries Day, attaching Will Gluck to direct and produce the action-comedy through his studio-based Olive Bridge Entertainment shingle. The project represents the first original feature idea for Pearce, … Read More »

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ABC Buys Comedic Drama From Silvio Horta And Will Gluck

By | Thursday October 27, 2011 @ 6:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Ugly Betty developer/ executive producer Silvio Horta is back at ABC with a new dramedy project, this time teamed with Easy A and Friends With Benefits director Will Gluck. … Read More »

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