Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/25/14

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

  • Liz Benjamin (BONES) is writing the pilot for MAGIC CITY MEMOIRS, a Fox drama about the rich, smart and, yes, young descendants of Cuban emigres paying the piper in Miami. (Cuz, you know, even the “good” Cubans are really “bad.” They must be – not only do they have accents they also don’t have a tough lobby to save them from being scapegoated…yet.)
  • Christopher Lloyd (MODERN FAMILY) is returning to the aforementioned show after intense negotiations. (Cuz, $$$$$$$$$$, and why the hell not?)
  • For reasons that are totally incomprehensible to ye munchie one, Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (GOSSIP GIRL) have gotten themselves another huge overall deal, this one at Universal. (And don’t anybody say “cuz GOSSIP GIRL. I mean, c’mon, gang, that thing never worked for anybody. The only thing yer muncher can come up with as a reason for this team’s success is – hey, they’re young(ish) and good lookin’. And we all know how important that is when it comes to writing and producing in H’wood, don’t we?)
  • Speaking of careers I can’t understand, Alex Barnow & Marc Firek (THE GOLDBERGS) have a new overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. (And don’t anybody say “cuz THE GOLDBERGS. I mean, c’mon, gang – have any of you seen that show? Didn’t think so. No. And that makes you the lucky huge majority.)

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage Rule at Paramount

Writers making money! Writers making movies! Writers making demands!

Now that’s what we call a sacred Trinity!

No, they aren’t a romantic couple. Dood’s married to somebody else. (Romantic trio, anybody?)

Paramount Re-Ups Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz And Stephanie Savage – by Mike Fleming

Paramount Pictures has re-upped Fake Empire partners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to a first look feature deal that keeps them at the studio through 2014. The duo has been at the studio since 2010.

Deal comes as the shingle’s first Paramount  film, the Schwartz-directed Fun Size, hits theaters October 26, 2012. The film is based on the Black List script by Max Werner about a teen (Victoria Justice) who loses her oddball little brother on Halloween and has one desperate night to track him down. Savage and Schwartz produced with Anonymous Content.

Fake Empire continues its television deal at Warner Bros Television and will have four series on the air in 2012-13 television season, including new series The Carrie Diaries and Cult, as well as Hart Of Dixie and Gossip Girl, which wraps its run after six seasons. Schwartz and Savage have used the arms of the company to cultivate new talent. Amy Harris moved from Gossip Girl to create The Carrie Diaries and Leila Gerstein moved from Gossip Girl writer to Hart Of Dixie creator. Chris Fedak, who with Schwartz hatched the series Chuck, wrote the feature Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. Former WME agent Lis Rowinski is Fake Empire features president and Jay Marcus is features creative exec while ex-WBTV exec Len Goldstein is president of TV production.

Hmm, our roommate just asked if Josh and Stephanie are “nice people.” Which reminded me of a story our boss, LB, tells about his Glen Larson days. “Glen was really upset about us being behind schedule. So upset that he glared at me and said, ‘I’d hire Hitler as a writer if he could deliver on time!’ Then he smiled and poured me another glass of Mondalvi red, ’76.”

So we don’t know what kind of peeps J and S are, but they’re doing well and – lookit those names in the last paragraph above! – seem to be bringing other bright people up with them. In showbiz that makes them very, very “nice” indeed.

Pass the Mondalvi, please.


The CW’s CULT Sounds Pretty Damn Good…

…Let’s  hope it lives up to what is, for TV addicts, a fascinating premise.

TV Pilot Preview: The CW’s ‘Cult’
by Philiana Ng

It won’t launch until midseason, but the CW is edging into darker territory with Cult, from executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

The show’s premise is a bit complicated to understand, but long story short, Cult follows a journalist (Matt Davis) and production assistant (Jessica Lucas) on a popular crime series, also called Cult, who investigate a series of disappearances linked to the show — many of them diehard fans who may be recreating crimes committed on the series.

The Hollywood Reporter screened the pilot for the drama and as part of our Fall Preview 2012 offer the five things you need to know about the series before its launch.

Read it all

This article gave us not five, but a solid three things we’re glad we now know:

  1. CULT has a the kind of insider premise that only an insider like Josh Schartz could sell, which – yes – makes us both hate and love him
  2. The CW has a chance here to redeem itself after years of “Jesus-Can-You-Believe-How-Dumb-This-Is?!” disappointing shows
  3. The Hollywood Reporter doesn’t deserve all the bad press sites that run its material as their own keep giving it (you know who you are) because it really does function beautifully as a primary source for Most Things TV

So there ya go.