Hot Sheet July - August 2015

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Dan Barnz ’95 will write and direct and Aaron Kaplan ’90 will executive produce Valentina, an adaptation of the telenovela Mi Gorda Bella Valentina, for ABC Family.

Joey Chavez ’05 has been named SVP of Original Programming at TNT.

Scott Foundas ’98 joined Amazon Studios as a film acquisitions and development executive.

Alfred Gough ’94 and Miles Millar ’94 will executive produce and showrun The Shannara Chronicles, an action-adventure series based on the best-selling books by Terry Brooks.

David Goyer ’88 and A24 have teamed up to produce a currently untitled high-concept horror film to be directed by Marc Munden. Goyer will also executive produce the pilot of Brooklyn Animal Control, a thriller based on the comic book created by JT Petty.

Taylor Hackford ’68 will direct The Comedian, a drama about an aging insult comedian to star Robert De Niro.

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will executive produce an event series titled Red Planet for the National Geographic Channel.

Polly Johnsen ’95 will produce a feature film titled The Garden, a sci-fi reimagining of Paradise Lost based on the proof-of-concept short by director E.B. Rhee.

Aaron Kaplan ’90 will executive produce an HBO miniseries about the life of Emmett Till, the black teen whose brutal murder in 1955 galvanized the emerging Civil Rights Movement. Kaplan will also produce Monstropolis, a genre-theme project which has landed a put pilot commitment from ABC.

Eric Kripke ’96 will co-write and executive produce the pilot of Time, an action adventure drama which sparked a bidding war among the Big 4 networks and has been described as “Back to the Future meets Mission Impossible.”

Shawn Levy ’94 will executive produce Stranger Things, a supernatural period drama series for Netflix. Levy will also direct and produce an adaptation of the Brandon Sanderson YA book series The Reckoners.

George Lucas ’66 will receive one of 2015’s Kennedy Center Honors.

Joe Micallef ’08 is the author of Beginning Design for 3D Printing.

Don Murphy ’88 will produce an adaptation of the Philip Francis Nowlan novella Armageddon 2419 A.D., the work which introduced the iconic adventure hero Buck Rogers.

Prentice Penny ’95 will executive produce and showrun Insecure, an HBO comedy pilot about the awkward and racy tribulations of a modern day African American woman.

NBC made a pilot production commitment to Powerless, a workplace comedy created by Ben Queen ’96 to star characters from the DC Comics universe.

Shonda Rhimes ’94 will executive produce two new projects this season, a new comedy titled Splitsville and an untitled one-hour drama about a Bronx-based convent of Catholic nuns, both at ABC.

Legendary Entertainment named Ian Richter ’00 Executive VP of Franchise and Emerging Platform Development.

Powell Robinson ’14 and Patrick Young ’14 co-directed the feature film Bastard, which has been signed for distribution by After Dark Films and Fox Home Entertainment.

Melissa Rosenberg ’90 will executive produce The Mighty Camilla, a half-hour project at TV Land. Rosenberg will also produce The Untitled Kay Scarpetta Project, a feature based on Patricia Cornwall’s best-selling crime novel series.

Josh Schwartz wrote and will executive produce Horrorstör, an hour-long dramady inspired by the Grady Hendrix novel, which Fox has committed to put pilot.

Stacey Sher ’85 will produce an adaptation of the Erik Larson bestseller Devil in the White City, which Paramount has packaged with actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese.

’89 will executive produce World War III, an FX series about a resistance movement in the American Heartland against an enemy occupation during a future world war.

Brandon Sonnier ’04 and Brandon Margolis wrote and will executive produce Sawyer & Huck, a modern-day reimagining of Mark Twain’s iconic characters, which received a put pilot commitment from CBS.

Danny Strong ’96 co-wrote a Richard Pryor biopic, which has been greenlit by The Weinstein Company. Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy, and Oprah Winfrey will star.

David Tolchinsky ’88 wrote The Coming of Age, which just finished shooting. His play, “Clear” is forthcoming in Proscenium Journal.


The Brink
Jay Roach ’86, Executive Producer/Director
Jon Poll ‘81, Co-Producer/Director
Michael Lehmann ’85, Director

Chef’s Table
David Gelb ’06, Executive Producer/Director

Documentary Now
Alex Buono ’95, Director

Fear the Walking Dead
Dave Erickson ’98, Writer/Executive Producer

Grace and Frankie
David Ellison, Executive Producer

Kevin from Work
Aaron Kaplan ’90, Producer

Doug Miro ’97, Co-Creator/Writer

Kate Powers ’07, Staff Writer

The Whispers
Soo Hugh ’06, Writer/Co-Executive Producer

Z Nation
Jen Derwingson ’00, Writer/Co-Producer

Carla Kettner ‘83, Writer/Co-Executive Producer


Kevin Feige ’95, Producer

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
David Ellison, Producer
Bryan Burk ’91, Producer
Bob Elswit ’75, Director of Photography

Tim Dowling ’96, Writer

Shaun the Sheep Movie
Paul Kewley ’97, Producer

Sinister 2
Scott Derrickson ’95, Writer/Producer

Straight Outta Compton
Bill Straus ’90 & ’00, Producer

Terminator: Genisys
David Ellison, Producer
Megan Ellison, Producer

Judd Apatow, Director/Producer