munchman: Stephen Merchant Goes into Comedy Biz with HBO

It’s official: TV writers are stars, and can even be superstars if they treat the media right. Damn, why can’t I get a gig?

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HBO Orders Comedy Pilot From Stephen Merchant And ‘Bad Teacher’ Writers – by Nellie Andreeva

HBO has picked up to pilot Hello Ladies, a comedy co-written, directed by and starring Stephen Merchant. The project, which The Office co-creator co-wrote with former Office writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, stars the 6ft 7in Merchant as a gawky Englishman searching for the woman of his dreams in Los Angeles. Half as charming as he thinks he is — and twice as desperate — he’s obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people. Unfortunately the beautiful people won’t let him in.

Merchant, who also explored the theme in his Hello Ladies standup show last year, Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are executive producing the pilot, which is slated to shoot before the end of the year. On the feature side, Eisenberg and Stupnitsky, repped by WME and Mosaic, co-wrote box-office hit Bad Teacher. Writer/actor/standup comedian Merchant is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais. The duo co-created The Office, Extras and Life’s Too Short. Additionally, WME-repped Merchant co-starred opposite Gervais on Extras. read article

A Couple of Major Film Players Move into the eBook Biz

                   

Barry Diller And Scott Rudin In Talks To Launch E-Book Business
by Mike Fleming

Barry Diller and Scott Rudin are in exploratory talks to launch an e-book business for both fiction and non-fiction. I’m told they have had a lot of exploratory conversations and I expect an announcement of a venture launch shortly with major investment capital. The ramifications will be interesting.

Both Diller and Rudin are big players in media. Diller’s track record includes the new Aereo TV streaming service, IAC/InterActive Corp., TicketMaster and before that Fox (where Rudin became his president of production) and Paramount Pictures. Rudin is a prolific veteran producer of book-to-film and stage adaptations that most recently have included Best Picture Oscar nominees True Grit, The Social Network and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close read article

Quick! Name the One Choice the Teen Choice Awards Don’t Offer

The Teen Choice Awards were held last night, and guess what winner wasn’t picked?

Why, that’s right. You’re amazing. There was no “Best Teleplay” or “Best Screenplay” award. No “Best Teleplay” or “Best Screenplay” category either.

We know, we know…teens don’t pay attention to the creators of their beloved shows and films and can’t be expected to. Only – they do. At least, when it came to books we and our friends certainly knew who the good writers were not so long ago when we were that age…and the bad ones too. read article

SLEDGEHAMMER Gave Us This – What Will BULLET IN THE FACE Bring?

Just, you know, musing.

For those not quite in the know: Alan Spencer, TVWriter™ and LB buddy, created/wrote/produced both series. You’ve missed your chance at first-run SLEDGEHAMMER, but BULLET IN THE FACE debuts on IFC next month. read article