Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/19/14

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

  • David Hudgins (PARENTHOOD) has a new overall deal at Sony Pictures TV. He’ll do new stuff. (And, knowing his work, even Yer Cynical Old Munchman is confident that it’ll be great. Of course, that doesn’t mean any of us will get to see it, but, hey, this munchy one lives in hope!)
  • Todd Stashwick (an actor on JUSTIFIED) is going legit with a writing gig working alongside Amy Hennig (bigtime video game writer-director) on the next STAR WARS game. (And with Amy’s brilliance and George Lucas no longer in the mix, who knows? It just might be a winner.)
  • Joe Port & Joe Wiseman (THE CRAZY ONES) are taking their box of tools and tricks to CBS for a couple of years, where they intend to write their tushies off. (Wiseman is an alum of LB’s very first television writing class back during LB’s original retirement – the one that didn’t stick – in Santa Fe, NM. And I have it from his very mouth that “Joe W is one of the best comedy writers ever. Here’s hoping that this time around he gets the support – especially the acting – that his and Joe P’s work deserves.” Yeppers, the boss actually said that. Heavy praise.)
  • Mark Fergus & Hawk Otsby (CHILDREN OF MEN) are adapting James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse  series of science fiction books into a series for, natch, Syfy. (CHILDREN OF MEN on one hand, Syfy on the other – the TV gods giveth, and then they taketh away. Better cross your fingers, or whatever your preferred begging the gods sign is, on this one.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/11/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • J.J.Philbin (NEW GIRL) is adapting Amy Parham’s book 10 Lessons from a Former Fat Girl into a sitcom for NBC. (Gotta admit that the concept of a young woman discovering a whole other side of life because she’s now svelte and, we assume, gorgeous, is a TV natural. Just like the book’s title.)
  • Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (THE NEIGHBORS) are developing the sitcom, FIRST TIMERS, about a young business partner couple (like, you know, Isaac and Elizabeth) for ABC. (Yes, it’s based on the writers’ lives. Yes, it’s a celebration of the problems of success. We should live so long.)
  • Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby (CHILDREN OF MEN) are adapting The Expanse, a best- selling novel by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck – under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey – for the Alcon Television Group.(Which hopes to sell this to a network soon so they can afford the outgo for all these writers.)
  • Matt Angel (newbie who used Kickstarter to fund a pilot presentation for his show) has sold the sitcom HALF to NBC. (Let that be a lesson to all of us. Kickstarter works…especially if you’re actually talented at what you’re Kickstarting.)
  • Joshua Safran (SMASH) has sold the drama SOCIAL CIRCLE, a thriller about a group of college friends who reunite, to ABC. He’s also sold ROYAL, another drama pilot, this one about the ex-wife of a Brit heir to the throne who’s so disgraced that she has to take a gig as a minder for a suicidal addict type. (Whoa, talk about trendy stuff, no wonder Josh keeps getting gigs. Too bad the shows themselves keep bombing…but that’s showbiz, y’know?)