Hot Sheet August - September 2014


Patrick Aison ’03 has sold an untitled drama to 20th Century Fox TV about a woman seeking revenge who becomes entangled with a master assassin who teaches her how to kill.

Judd Apatow ’85 has co-created and co-written Love, a comedy about the complex ups-and-downs of a relationship. The show has been picked up for two seasons on Netflix. Apatow will also produce a feature musical from Andy Samberg’s comedy trio The Lonely Island.

Jake Avnet ‘07 and Jon Avnet have launched Indigenous Media, a digital-video company.

David Bezmozgis ’99 is currently touring in support of his new novel, The Betrayers, which was published in the US on September 23.

Bryan Burk ’91 will executive produce and Athena Wickham ’02 will produce 11/22/63, based on Stephen King’s time travel novel about an unremarkable man who must try and prevent JFK’s assassination, as a 9-episode series for Hulu.

R.J. Cutler will direct the pilot for ABC’s upcoming series Members Only, a drama set in the different classes of a posh Connecticut country club.

David Ellison will produce Africa, an Angelina-Jolie-directed drama based on the battles over ivory poaching in Kenya in the late 1980s.

Ian Fried ‘08 has written the feature film Spectral, which is currently shooting in Budapest and has been announced by Universal & Legendary Pictures as having a release date of August 12, 2016.

David Gelb ’06 has created Chef’s Table for Netflix, a six-part documentary series that takes viewers into the lives and work of some of the world’s most renowned chefs.

Luke Greenfield ’94 will direct for Fox an as-yet-untitled thriller about a group of twentysomethings whose abuse of their parents’ diplomatic immunity eventually traps them in a life-or-death scenario.

Ron Howard will direct and produce and Brian Grazer ’74 will produce Inferno, the third installment in Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon franchise, for Sony Pictures.Grazer will also produce Brown’s novel Digital Fortress, an international thriller surrounding the NSA, for ABC TV, and executive produce The Cure for 20th Century Fox TV, a medical drama about an African-American neurologist taking the law into her own hands to tackle a deadly disease.

Aaron Kaplan ’90 has joined his Kapital Entertainment with Merman Films to collaborate on American-created content for the UK. They are currently developing Post Empire, a six-episode dark comedy about Ponzi-scheming investor trying to maintain his empire. Kaplan will also executive produce a family comedy for ABC that reunites Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as two selfish grandparents who are forced to raise their grandchildren. Kaplan has yet another multi-cam comedy on the horizon for CBS titled The Brain, about a regular Joe who becomes a genius after a head injury, causing strife with his family and friends. Also in the pipeline for Kaplan are two NBC comedies which he will executive produce: Assisted Living, about two half-siblings taking care of their elderly father, and an as-yet-untitled single-camera series about a disgraced law student who is forced to work as a New York City garbage collector. The busy Kaplan will also executive produce The Bad Stanleys, a multi-camera comedy for 20th Century Fox TV about a sibling rivalry between two competitive brothers. Kaplan is also dipping into the popular medical drama genre, executive producing Cold Blood for ABC, about a conspiracy thriller about a doctor in New York’s most prestigious hospital who uncovers a dangerous relationship between the hospital and the big business of medicine.

Evan Katz ’86 has written and sold to Fox an untitled supernatural drama about an Iraq War veteran who experiences a strange attack that inexplicably leaves his wife in a coma.

David Klass ’89 will co-write Austen’s Razor, a medical drama from CBS about a brilliant bioethicist who must solve challenging medical issues at crisis moments.

Andrew Kortschak ’13 (Co-Producer) and Luis Lopez ’96 (Director) have sold the documentary Print The Legend to Netflix, which released the film in forty countries on September 26. Kortschak’s company Audax has also purchased Moonfall, a film about an FBI agent who travels to a colony on the moon to investigate its first death.

Katie Lovejoy ’09 has written Critical, a medical drama about a Latina doctor who takes a job at her hometown’s prestigious hospital. The show is being developed at NBC under executive producer Eva Longoria.

Andrew Marlowe ’92 will executive produce a drama series for ABC based on the series of mystery novels by Richard Castle, the fictional author whose work is the subject of his ABC drama Castle.

Neal Moritz ’85 has sold Wife of Crime, a multi-cam sitcom about a straight-laced man who marries into a mob family, to CBS. Moritz will also produce Sony Pictures’ reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer, 17 years after producing the original.

Matt Reeves ’88 has signed a three-year production deal at 20th Century Fox.

Kevin Reynolds ’81 has co-written Clavius, a thriller set in the first-century, told through the perspective of an agnostic Roman Centurion (played by Joseph Fiennes) charged to find the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth.

Ian Sander is executive producing Runner for Fox, a drama revolving around the multifaceted world of the illegal arms trade. The show has led to a first-look deal Sander and Kim Moses signed with 20th Century Fox to develop and produce new series through their Sander/Moses Prods. Sander has also set up a drama series Kingdoms, about the 12 Apostles, at Amazon.

Peter Segal ’84 will direct MTV’s comedy pilot Ken Jeong Made Me Do It.

Bryan Singer ’89 will direct X-Men: Apocalypse for Fox, which will be overseen for Bad Hat Harry Productions by Jason Taylor ’00.

Tim Story ’94 will direct The Black Phantom, a comedy starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Hart as two hitmen forced into an odd partnership.

Nate Thomas ’84 has won an Emmy Award for a PSA campaign he produced and directed for the FBI about intellectual property theft.

Jon Turteltaub ’86 is executive producing Letters To My Daughters’ Future Therapist for CBS, a multi-cam/hybrid comedy which has received a scripted commitment from CBS TV Studios.

Max Winkler ’06 will executive produce 100 Grand, a single-camera action comedy for Fox.

Stu Zicherman ’93 has created a thirty-minute anthology comedy series for Showtime centering on a recently-divorced man who tries to navigate the modern dating scene.

TV Shows on the Air

How to Get Away With Murder
Shonda Rhimes ’94, Executive Producer

Jeffrey Nachmanoff ‘94, Writer/Producer
Vahan Moosekian ‘75, Co-Executive Producer

The Mysteries of Laura
Aaron Kaplan ’90, Executive Producer

Films In Release

Are You Here
Marcy Patterson ’02, Co-Producer
Matthew Weiner ’90, Writer/Producer/Director

Dolphin Tale 2
Steve Wegner ’93, Producer

The Equalizer
Todd Black, Producer

If I Stay
RJ Cutler, Director

This Is Where I Leave You
Shawn Levy ’94, Producer/Director

A Walk Among The Tombstones
Stacy Sher ’85, Producer

White Bird In a Blizzard
Gregg Araki ’85, Writer/Producer/Director