Hot Sheet September - October 2015

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Judd Apatow will direct the pilot of HBO’s Crashing, a single-camera comedy to star comedian Pete Holmes.

John August ’94 and Jim Whitaker ’94 will produce Tower of Terror, a feature film based on one of Disneyland’s most popular rides.

Gillian Bohrer ’03 was named Co-President of Production at Lionsgate.

20th Century Fox TV will develop an untitled family drama project about a mystery at a Houston megachurch from writer Julian Breece ’05.

Jeremy Breslau ’04 will write on Call of Duty at Sledgehammer Games.

RJ Cutler will executive produce The Drop, a drama series set in the world of Miami’s electronic dance music scene, for The CW and CBS TV.

Kristen Davila’s ’13 script Counterintelligence won Showtime's Tony Cox Screenplay Competition at the 2015 Nantucket Film Festival.

After signing a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, Tim Doyle ’87 signed on as a consulting producer for the ABC family comedy series, The Real O’Neals.

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation will honor Megan Ellison with a Patron of the Artists Awards at the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Rick Famuyiwa ’96 will write, direct, and produce an untitled feature film about an unassuming yet brilliant kid from the projects who founds a notorious hacker group.

Joe Farrell ’11 will executive produce Funny or Die presents America's Next Weatherman at United Artists.

CBS made a put pilot commitment to an untitled project from writer-producer Chris Fedak ’98.

Paul Feig ’84 will produce Fox’s Untitled Mother-Daughter Comedy, to star Amy Schumer.

Writer Jon Firensi ’08, Writer/Director Michael Rousselet ’08, and Producer Jon Worley ’08 completed Dude Bro Party Massacre Iii, a feature which premiered at the L.A. Film Festival.

Dana Fox ’00 will write Universal's upcoming rom-com Best Thing That Ever Happened.

Starz gave a straight-to-series order to a drama adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods from writer and executive producer Bryan Fuller. Fuller will also write and executive produce Universal TV’s remake of the 1980s anthology series Amazing Stories.

Javier Grillo-Marxuach ’93 will executive produce Black Stiletto for ABC and Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farms Productions.

Lynn Hendee ’81 will produce Truth in Advertising, a dramedy to star Ryan Reynolds.

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer ’74 have partnered with All Nippon Entertainment Works and Namco Bandai to produce a live action, English-language remake of the superhero anime series Tiger & Bunny.  Grazer will also executive produce an untitled event series for Fox which centers on an African American cop whose life is threatened after he kills a white teen in Tennessee.

ABC made a script commitment to Bad News, a single-camera fish-out-of-water comedy from executive producer Aaron Kaplan ’90. Kaplan will also executive produce Showtime’s coming-of-age drama pilot about a young African American male growing up in Chicago as well as ABC’s single-camera family comedy titled The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport. Kaplan and rap star Nicki Minaj will executive produce a scripted comedy series for ABC Family to star Minaj. Kaplan and writer Alex Cary sold The Watcher, a thriller inspired by true events, to NBC. He will executive produce Adult Children, a half-hour comedy for CBS TV Studios.

Fox will develop the Marvel television series Hellfire from executive producer Evan Katz ’86.

Charlotte Koh ’02 was named Head of Features and Series at GoPro.

USA Network and Universal Cable Prods. have given a green light to a two-hour backdoor pilot of The Wilding, a supernatural drama from executive producer Tim Kring ’88.

The health and wellness cable network Z Living hired Tim Krubsack ’92 as EVP and Head of Programming.

Jon Landau ’83 and James Cameron will produce a live-action adaptation of the graphic novel series Battle Angel Alita.

Salim Lemelle ’12 created the new web series CLASS, which follows six characters involved in a campus sexual assault case.

Shawn Levy ’94 will produce a feature adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel And Then There Were None for 20th Century Fox.

Doug Liman will produce a feature adaptation of the Carrie Ryan novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth. He will also direct and produce an adaptation of the Philip Reeve novel Railhead for Warner Bros.

Universal Pictures bought a pitch from writer Katie Lovejoy ’09 for a character-driven psychological thriller titled In Sight.

Magnolia Pictures promoted Robert Maylor ’14 to director.

Neal Moritz ’85 signed a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. He will executive produce a television reboot of the 1999 cult film Cruel Intentions for NBC.

Don Murphy ’88 will produce a feature adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel Little Brother for Paramount Pictures with a view to create a reality-based YA franchise for the studio.

Fox made a put pilot commitment to a drama series adaptation of the feature film Behind Enemy Lines. Jeffrey Nachmanoff ’94 will write and direct the pilot.

Writer Tracy Oliver ’10 and ballet superstar Misty Copeland will team up to produce an untitled Fox drama series set in the world of dance. ABC made a put pilot commitment to Ordinary People, a single-camera romantic comedy with musical elements from Oliver.

Prentice Penny ’95 wrote and Brian Grazer ’74 will executive produce a single-camera family comedy pilot at NBC about a loud, quarrelsome family from the Bronx who takes in their wide-eyed 10 year old nephew.

Blake Pickens ’14 & Stephen Love ’14 were selected as fellows for the 2015 Sundance Institute's Feature Film Creative Producing Lab.

Ben Queen ’96 will executive produce the Fox series ESL, a comedy about the students and teachers in a class on English as a Second Language.

Matt Reeves ’88 signed a two-year overall deal to develop series for network and cable at 20th Century Fox TV.

CBS Films acquired the rights to Free Agent, a Nicholl Fellowship-winning screenplay from writer Sam Regnier ’06.

Showtime is developing Florent, a half-hour dark comedy about a colorful New York restaurateur from writer-producer Patricia Resnick ’75.

ABC is developing an untitled medical drama from executive producer Shonda Rhimes ’94. The project centers on a U.S. Army Medevac team in Baghdad circa 2004. ABC also acquired Still Star-Crossed, a Romeo and Juliet sequel drama which Rhimes will executive produce. Lastly, Rhimes will executive produce an untitled ABC comedic drama, which has been described as an upstairs-downstairs look at the insanity of modern child-rearing.

Melissa Rosenberg ’90 sold the drama series Sleepless, an adaptation of the Kenneth Calhoun novel Black Moon, to Hulu. She will produce the untitled adaptation of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta crime novel series for Fox 2000.

Caroline Ryder will participate in the first Hedgebrook Screenwriters Lab in Seattle, WA.

Ari Sandel ’05 will direct and Josh Schwartz will produce the Universal Pictures feature film Monster High, the studio’s newest addition to its monster movie franchise. Schwartz will write and executive produce The Party, a twisted family drama for ABC.

’89 will direct a feature adaptation of the Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for 20th Century Fox. Singer will also executive produce Legion, a Marvel drama for FX.

Tim Story ’94 will direct a contemporary retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to star Ice Cube as a modern day Ebenezer Scrooge. Story will also direct and executive produce the TV adaptation of Think Like A Man, a single-camera comedy for Fox.

Victoria Strouse ’96 will write Tink, a Disney film to star Reese Witherspoon.

Jennifer Todd has teamed up with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to executive produce the HBO Films drama Thirst, a movie set against the backdrop of the global water crisis.

Debra Tolchinsky ’88 and David Tolchinsky ’88 were ranked at #8 on New City’s Film 50 2015: Chicago’s Screen Gems.

20th Century Fox acquired Ascension, a sci-fi action feature and potential tentpole from writer Shannon Triplett ’10.

Jon Turteltaub will direct and executive produce Jet Set, a drama pilot for CBS.

Producer Gwen Wynne ’94 premiered her documentary feature Tyrus at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival.

Chris Yost ’02 will rewrite the Sony Pictures/Escape Artists reboot of Masters of the Universe.

TV Shows on the Air

30 for 30: Trojan War
Aaron R. Thomas ’02, Director

AKA Jessica Jones
Melissa Rosenberg ’90, Writer/Executive/Producer

Ash vs. Evil Dead
Tom Spezialy ’85, Writer
Robert Wright ’93, Co-Executive Producer

Bastard Executioner
Brian Grazer ’74, Executive Producer
Carly Wray ’05, Story Editor

The Blacklist
Jon Bokenkamp '95, Writer/Executive Producer

Blood & Oil
Jennifer Van Goethem ’00, Editor

Taylor Martin ’13, Writer

Jason Reitman ’99, Executive Producer/Director

Documentary Now
Alex Buono ’95, Director

Todd Slavkin ’87, Writer/Executive Producer

Danny Strong ’96, Writer/Executive Producer
Brian Grazer ’74, Executive Producer
Ingrid Escajeda ’02, Co-Executive Producer

Fear the Walking Dead
David Erickson ’97, Writer/Executive Producer

The Flash
Joe Peracchio ’13, Staff Writer

Fuller House
Polina Diaz ’14, Staff Writer

Grey’s Anatomy
Shonda Rhimes ’94, Writer/Executive Producer
Michelle Lirtzman ’13, Staff Writer
Azia Squire ’15, Production Assistant

Heroes Reborn
Tim Kring ’88, Writer/Executive Producer

How to Get Away With Murder
Shonda Rhimes ’94, Executive Producer
Into the Badlands
Al Gough ’94, Writer/Executive Producer
Miles Millar ’94, Writer/Executive Producer
Stacey Sher ’85, Executive Producer
Michael Jones-Morales ’05, Writer

Aiyana White ’02, Writer

Jeffrey Nachmanoff ‘94, Writer/Producer
Vahan Moosekian ‘75, Co-Executive Producer
Legends of Tomorrow
Chris Fedak ’98, Writer/Executive Producer

Life in Pieces
Aaron Kaplan ’90, Executive Producer

The Man in the High Castle
Jon Dudkowski ’00, Editor

David Ellison, Executive Producer

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Bobby Roth ’72, Director

Zach Cannon ’12, Script Coordinator

The Mysteries of Laura
Aaron Kaplan ’90, Executive Producer

RJ Cutler, Executive Producer/Director
Dana Greenblatt ‘02, Writer

Of Kings and Prophets
Jeffrey Nachmanoff ’94, Director
Jason Reed ’95, Executive Producer

The Player
Matt Bosack ’13, Staff Writer

Terilyn Shropshire ’85, Editor

Vahan Moosekian ’75, Co-Executive Producer

Rush Hour
Jon Turteltaub, Director
Trey Callaway ’89, Writer/Producer

Scream Queens
Joaquin Sedillo ’89, Director of Photography

Shades of Blue
Julian Meiojas ’06, Writer
Jack Orman ’93, Executive Producer

Sleepy Hollow
Heather Regnier ’08, Writer

Paul Maibaum ‘75, Director of Photography

Caitlin Parrish ’12, Staff Writer
Anna Musky ’14, Staff Writer
James DeWill ’14, Staff Writer

Adam Sztykiel ’99, Writer/Executive Producer
Laura Moran ’03, Story Editor

The Walking Dead
Scott Gimple ’93, Writer/Executive Producer
Angela Kang ’09, Writer/Executive Producer
Z Nation
Jen Derwingson ’00, Writer/Co-Producer

Carla Kettner ‘83, Writer/Co-Executive Producer

Films in Release

All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records
Sean Stuart ’00, Producer

Before We Go
John Axelrad ’90, Editor

Bridge of Spies
Gary Rydstrom ’81, Re-Recording Mixer

John Wells ’82, Director
Stacey Sher ’85, Producer

Crimson Peak
Matthew Robbins ’76, Writer

Zeresenay Mehari ’02, Writer/Producer/Director

Evan Hayes ’02, Producer

Neal Moritz ’85, Producer
Scott Alexander ’85, Writer
Larry Karaszewski ’85, Writer

Jem and the Holograms
Jon Chu ’03, Director
Ryan Landels ’03, Writer
Alice Brooks, Director of Photography
Phil Brose ’02, VFX Supervisor

John Axelrad ’90, Editor

The Last Witch Hunter
Breck Eisner ’95, Director

Miles Ahead
John Axelrad ’90, Editor

Our Brand Is Crisis
Grant Heslov ’86, Producer

Ashley York ’06, Director/Producer

James Vanderbilt ’99, Writer/Producer/Director

The Walk
Robert Zemeckis ’73, Writer/Producer/Director
Christopher Browne ’02, Writer

Winter on Fire
Will Znidaric ’96, Editor