Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/6/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Dave Hemingson (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) has a new overall deal with ABC Studios. (Dave is a guy whose credits go way, way back, proving that every once in awhile a grand old pro gets the recognition – as in the chance to work – that he or she deserves. A tip of the munched-up hat to Mr. Dave.)
  • Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (MIXOLOGY) are about to sign up for their own overall deal with ABC Studios. (These guys are mere children compared to some writers, but this muncher has always enjoyed their work. Thumbs up to yez, guyz.)
  • Adrian Baker (newbie!) recently won the Media Producers Group of Ontario Outstanding Achievement in Writer/Producer award. (Yeppers, we know this isn’t as big a thing as an overall deal with ABC, but it’s a grand acknowledgement of all the work Adrian’s put in as an underground at Conestoga College. And, FTR, Yer Friendly Neighborhood munchman is happy to report any similar achievements. Just send ’em in!)
  • Paul Feig (THE OFFICE) has created and is running OTHER SPACE, a comedic science fiction series for – we swear – Yahoo. (So, yeppters, it’s a web series. But to get Feig Yahoo must be paying real TV-type money. Get your agent on the horn, cuz I know your work and you can do this show!)
  • Bryan Gordon (THE OFFICE) is another new recruit for Yahoo’s foray into TV-type production. He’s overseeing SIN CITY SAINTS, a comedy about a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Las Vegas, and pro basketball. (Considering the interweb demo, munchie can hear the toilets flushing this thing down already…which means you should try to get a gig here too – cuz if you’re lucky you’ll have a deal and a check before ever having to write what will be a quickly cancelled show.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/4/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • David Franzoni (GLADIATOR) is developing the Fox mini series NAZARETH, about a certain son of God’s childhood back in the day after being abandoned by his oversexed daddy. (Well, hell, that’s how Yer Malevolent Munchy Man would write it, and I like to think that my head’s in the same place as biggies like David. So….)
  • Felicia Day & Bryan Singer (if you don’t know these two there’s no point in reading this item anyway) are developing a new web series for Felicia’s Geek & Sundry YouTube channel. (Unless Mr. Singer’s recent legal problems screw this up. What legal problems? Ooh, don’t ask. But they’re salacious as all get out, so who could ask for anything more?)
  • John Stephens (GOSSIP GIRL) has a new overall deal at Warner Brothers TV. (And his heading straight to GOTHAM as a writer-producer cuz idiot soap operas are of course the best training ground for stories about Batman when he was just a wee lad.)
  • Cary Fukunaga (TRUE DETECTIVE) is adapting Tom Reiss’ Pulitzer Prize winning biography, Black Count as a major feature film. (So why are we mentioning it here? Cuz…TRUE DETECTIVE. That’s right, kids. Mobility is everything. A big TV series hit will give you a feature film career – and vice versa. Here’s hoping that Cary comes back to his senses…and TV!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/2/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Max Brooks (WORLD WAR Z, the graphic novel) has optioned his new book, The Extinction Parade to Legendary TV for development as a TV series. (So if you know Max it’s time to put in your bid for the writing gig. And if you don’t know him, now’s the time to change that and then put in your bid.)
  • David Schulner (DO NO HARM) has extended his deal with Universal TV and will be developing away while the studio pays for an office, an assistant, and, munchie bets ya, a tidy chunk of change dropped into his auto-deposit every week.(Not much point in kissing up to David, though. He’ll probably write everything he develops cuz that’s where his value to Universal lies. Of course, if you like him and the friendship is real, that’s something nobody can fault you for. Except maybe your greedy agent.)
  • Sarah Phelps (EASTENDERS) is adapting J.K. Rowling‘s novel The Casual Vacancy into a miniseries for HBO and BBC. (Yes, Ms. Phelps is a UK writer. We Amurricans are out. Live with it.)
  • J. Mills Goodloe (THE BEST OF ME, whatever that is) is writing the pilot for a Bravo dramedy, ALL THE PRETTY FACES, about an immortal family in Half Moon Bay California. (Dramedy? Science fiction? A beautiful beach town? Sounds perfect to the muncher. Only one little fly in this ointment: It’s a vehicle for its producer, Jennifer Garner. And, hey, I admit it – Yer Friendly Neighborhood munchman is no fan of Ben Affleck’s women. Sorry.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 4/30/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Noah Hawley (FARGO) has a new overall deal with FX for the usual developing/writing/producing stuff. (Cuz no boring, depressing, piece of crap show goes unrewarded, and Noah has given us a doozy in the painfully Coen-like FARGO. Congratulations, Noah!)
  • Josh Berman (DROP DEAD DIVA) also has a new overall deal, this one with Sony. (Cuz this being showbiz even the boring, depressing piece of crap show that is DROP DEAD DIVA can make a ton of $$$ for everybody involved. Does your Fabulous Munchkin sound bitter? That’s cuz this kind of thing proves that bitter is better, y’know?)
  • Mitch Hurwitz (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) also has gotten himself a new overall deal. (His is with Netflix, proving that even though his genius faltered a tad with the ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Netflix, um, “return,” Mitch has more talent in his little toe than any other writer mentioned so far in today’s column.)
  • Comedy Central is moving its really cool web series hosted by Ari Shaffir, THIS IS NOT HAPPENING, to the channel itself. Which means that TV viewers will have the chance to hear some damn fascinating stories from Ari and his very funny – brilliantly funny, actually – buds.  (To which the munchman can only say, “Thank God! A reason to live after all!” Smart move, CC execs!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 4/28/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • David Manson (HOUSE OF CARDS) has a new overall deal with FG Productions, where’s going to do the usual developing and stuff. (Word is that the company is absolutely bonkers in love with his FX drama pilot HOKE, so this is a pre-emptive move to keep our hero – no relation to either Marilyn or Charlie Manson as far as we know – in the fold before he gets way too hot for their budget. Munchy congrats, Davey!)
  • Jason Aaron (Scalped graphic novel series) has sold that very series to WGN, which is developing it into a TV series for WGN America. (There’s an insider word here too: Jason’s a Prairie Village, Kansas resident who, we understand, is now going to storm the big city. That’s right, he’s coming to – wait for it – Wichita! Congrats on the deal and the new address, Jase!)
  • The latest news about Chris Albrecht who, okay, isn’t a writer but certainly has made a bunch of ’em rich as CEO of HBO and, now, Starz, puts the writing deals we talk about her into perspective: Dude may indeed have contributed to the wealth of all kinds of talented wordsmiths, but he himself personally made over $30 million last year just by, well, musing around, it seems to Yer Friendly Neighborhood munchman. Muse me, Chrissy baby! Muse me!)