Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/4/14

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

  • Lodge Kerrigan & Amy Seimetz (newbies who scored big at Sundance this year) are writing and directing the Starz adaptation of a little sex type film directed by Steven Soderburgh called THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. (Which is often referred to as “Steven Soderbergh’s THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE even though that film was written by David Levien & Brian Koppleman. Hollywood credits! How can we ever be sure who is or was responsible for what?)
  • Reuben Fleischer (GANGSTER SQUAD) has an overall deal with Universal TV to develop both dramas and comedies. (The big thing about this big deal is that Reuben was first noticed as a writer-director of various Funny or Die.Com videos, once again proving – “Start on the web, young man/woman, by all means start on the web.”)
  • Matt Nix (BURN NOTICE, baby!) has yet another new overall deal at Fox TV, this time to develop cable and broadcast series. (No snark here. Matt’s a bud. We love seeing his success. Have at the sons of bitches, dood!)
  • Jim Sharp is the new Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Development at Comedy Central. (And even though he isn’t a writer and therefore doesn’t have his name bolded, we’re rooting for him cuz, well, it’s always nice to cozy up to development head, don’tcha think? In the words of Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman, “Hey, ya never know when you’ll find yourself in the croc’s mouth so wouldn’t it be cool to know his name?”
  • As long as I’m munching about network executives (AKA The Enemy), Ken Segna has continued his 4 year climb over at Starz, going from executive assistant to Vice Prez of Original Programming. (munchie lurves a good success story, but here’s the question: Will Ken really be able to give us something “original?” What is “original programming” in the eyes of those in the executive suites anyway?)

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

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Matt Wheeler (newbie!) is writing the pilot for CBS’ SALVATION, a drama series about an earthwide catastrophe and its aftermath. Which seems fitting inasmuch as the concept was originated by, and will be produced by, those masters of disaster Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci & Peter Lenkov of HAWAII FIVE-) reboot, um, fame.)
  • Adam Armus & Nora Kay Foster (XENA) are adapting Danielle Paige’s young adult novel Dorothy Must Die into a series for the CW. (Uh-0h, this is yet another Wizard of Oz-based project. Frank Baum’s lilterary estate must be the masters of high-fives by now.)
  • Vijal Patel (TROPHY WIFE) is writing a Fox sitcom pilot about “tiger parents” who regret giving their kids too much confidence. (Maybe somebody can explain what the hell a tiger parent is and why too much self-confidence can be bad? Wonder if the Fox execs even know….)
  • Sarah Thorp (THE BOUNTY HUNTER) is writing an as yet untitled drama series about a family that’s being mysteriously stalked for ABC. (No, ABC didn’t put the stalker up to it…or did they?)
  • Matt Nix (BURN NOTICE) is thisclose to a pilot order from USA for COMPLICATIONS, his medical drama about a proactive doctor. (Wait, don’t despair. This one could be pretty cool. The doc gets involved in the environmental conditions that cause his patients’ problems. Like, you know, companies that dump dangerous chemicals, gang violence, that kind of thing. This could kick butt – provided the doctor kicks a little butt himself now and then.)
  • David Hudgins (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) just sold an untitled drama about a maverick judge to CBS. (Cuz if there’s one thing CBS adores it’s mavericks. Right, Les M.?)