Hot Sheet July - August 2016

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Jonathan Abrams ’00 sold his dark family drama Bishop to A&E Network/A&E Studios.

Judd Apatow has been honored with the Generation Award at the Just For Laughs Awards.

John August ’94 has signed a 3-book deal with Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Brian Baugh ’95 has directed and co-written the feature I’m Not Ashamed, which will be released theatrically in October.

Patricia Beckmann ’96 has had her film Family Tale chosen as one of the nine films selected for Lunafest’s international tour.

Allison Begelman ‘16 has been hired at CAA.

Laura Alexander Bensick ‘14 made the Top 5% for her pilot Mother in Tracking Board’s 2016 Launch Pad “Pilots Competition.” Jack Bentele ‘15 made the Top 75 for his sci-fi pilot California’s Gone in the same competition.

Behind the Scenes with Hollywood Producers, a novel by Duane Byrge ’85, is now available at Barnes & Noble.

Dancer, a film by Steven Cantor ’95, will be released in LA at Laemmle theaters starting September 9th and in NY on September 16th before opening nationwide the following week.

Jerry Chan ’06 was the lead editor on Red Bull TV’s new travel show After the Raves.

Mono, the directorial debut from Jarrett Conaway ’09, is now available on Netflix, iTunes, and VOD.

Julia Cox ‘12 sold her Black List script “Do No Harm” to Paramount.

David M. Crabtree ’06 sold his script “Phasic” to Mandalay Pictures. He has also set up his sci-fi script “Absolute” at Phantom Four, which David Goyer ’88 will produce.

Jeff Davis ‘00 will executive produce a television adaptation of the horror classic Let the Right One In, which has been given a pilot order from TNT. Davis also wrote the script.

Evan Dodson ‘18 has signed with Bender management company (formerly Benderspink) based on a script he wrote in Robert Ramsey’s CTWR 206 class.

Susan Downey ’95 will executive produce a Perry Mason series for HBO with Nic Pizzolatto of True Detective attached to write and Robert Downey Jr. attached to star.

Tim Dragga ‘10 has been hired as the writer’s assistant on APB, a new crime procedural series coming to Fox this fall. Jeremy Novick ’13 is the writer’s PA. Adam Weissman ‘10 has been hired as the showrunner’s assistant.

Breck Eisner ’95 will direct Paramount’s Friday the 13th reboot.

David Ellison will executive produce Amazon’s recently greenlit Jack Ryan series, which will star John Krasinski. He will also executive produce ABC’s newly-ordered drama Ten Day Valley, which will star Kyra Sedgwick.

Dan Etheridge ’92 will executive produce CW’s The Lost Boys, a television adaptation of Joel Schumacher’s iconic horror comedy of the same name.

Devon Franklin ’00 will produce MGM’s Cooley High remake. Jonathan Glickman will help oversee the project.

Disney’s Elena of Avalor, created and executive produced by Craig Gerber ’92, has been renewed for a second season.

Jonathan Glickman, President of MGM Motion Picture Group, has re-upped with the studio in a three-year deal that will take him through 2020.

David Goyer ’88 will write a Star Wars VR Movie that is centered on Darth Vader.

Brian Grazer ’74, Ron Howard, and David Kirschner will produce the new live-action adaptation of Curious George. The docuseries Breakthrough, executive produced by Grazer, Howard, and Steve Michaels, has been renewed for a second season at Nat Geo. A comedy series starring standup comedian Ms. Pat, which Grazer is executive producing, has been given a pilot commitment by Fox.

Dan Hertzog ’91 will be honored at ICG’s 20th Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards for his work on the dramatic short Earthbound.

Dipesh Jain ’10 is starting post-production on his Delhi-set feature film In the Shadows.

Jonathan Igla ’05 will write a new drama series for Hulu, centered on the intense world of figure skating.

Cherie Martin Irwin ’85 is now the Director of the project management office for CMD Agency.

Angela Kang ’09 has been named one of Variety’s “Top Ten Writers to Watch.”

Aaron Kaplan ’90 is executive producing the single-camera family comedy Losing It, which has been bought by ABC. ABC has also bought the multi-generational comedy The Favorite from Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The fashion dramedy House of Moore from Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Daniel Barnz’s We’re Not Brothers is back in development at ABC. CBS has nabbed Kaplan’s comedies Me, Myself and I and 9J, 9K, and 9L, as well as his untitled family comedy from writer Corinne Kingsbury. Freeform is developing the comedy Stuff about a family consignment shop, which Kaplan is producing.

Jensen Karp ’01 will executive produce the comedic music competition series Drop the Mic, along with James Corden and Ben Winston. The series has been ordered by TBS and is based on the popular sketch of the same name on The Late Late Show.

Guy Kent ’10 has directed the film Autumn Lights, which will hit theaters on October 21st.

Nahnatchka Khan ’94 has set up her own production pod at 20th Century Fox TV.

Konie Kim ’16 won the Best Student Animation category with her short Disappearance at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards.

Jenny Klein ‘07 is now a co-producer on Netflix’s Jessica Jones.

Shawn Levy ’94 will produce the sci-fi actioner Kin, a big-screen adaptation of the sci-fi short film Bag Man. The film will star James Franco and Dennis Quaid.

Doug Liman has been announced as the director of WB’s Justice League Dark. His CIA film Mena has been retitled American Made and will star Tom Cruise.

Eli Linnetz ’13 directed Kanye West’s newest music videos for “Famous” and “Fade.”

Gabe Llanas ‘08 has been staffed on CBS’s Supergirl.

Katie Lovejoy’s ‘09 script “The Selection” now has director Thea Sharrock attached to the project. The script was adapted from a YA novel of the same title.
Neal Moritz ’85 will produce WGN America’s television adaptation of the famous alien novel Roadside Picnic.

Caitlin Parrish’s ’12 film The View from Tall, which she wrote and co-directed, premiered at the LA Film Festival.

Aaron Rahsaan Thomas ’02 has signed his first two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures TV, after writing for the studio on Netflix’s The Get Down.

Allison Raskin ‘11 was named one of the “5 Acts to Download” by Entertainment Weekly for her series “Just Between Us.”

Matt Reeves ’88 will executive produce the drama series Family Honor that has been given a put pilot commitment by NBC.

Carrie Rosen ’09 has joined the writing staff of the ABC sitcom Speechless.

Evan Schiff ’04 will edit Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 2.

Josh Schwartz will be the showrunner and executive producer, along with Stephanie Savage, for Hulu’s television adaptation of Marvel’s popular Runaways comics.

Summer of 8, the first feature byRyan Schwartz ’00, is being released in select theaters and all VOD platforms on September 2.

Lindsey Shockley ‘07 has sold her spy dramedy Unit Zero starring Toni Collette to ABC.

Ian Shorr ‘08 has joined the writing staff of CBS’s Training Day.

Todd Slavkin ’87 has been named the new executive producer and showrunner of Freeform’s fantasy series Shadowhunters.

Kiersten Stanley ‘16 has been hired at ICM Partners.

John Starr ‘91 is the lead editor of History’s reality docudrama Ice Road Truckers.

Jennifer Todd will produce Fox’s Witness for the Prosecution, a film adaptation of the Agatha Christie short story of the same name. Ben Affleck is set to direct, star, and produce.

J.A. Weinstein ’92 sold his article Love & Mercy 2 to the all-star humor magazine The American Bystander.

John Wells ’82 will produce a movie on the Panama Papers scandal for Netflix.

Brandon Willer ‘10 and Bret VandenBos ‘10 were staffed on CBS’s Macgyver.

Lia Woodward’s ‘12 short film Luna & Lars won Best Animated Short of 2015 and Best Score at the New Filmmakers of LA Best of the Year Awards.

Taylor Martin ’13 has been staffed as a Writer’s PA on NBC’s The Blacklist. And Kelli Johnson ’13 is now the showrunner’s assistant.

Matthew Weiner ’90 has recorded an audiobook version of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems, which has been released by Audible Studios.

Greg Yaitanes will executive produce and direct Cinemax’s new crime thriller drama Micronesian Blue.

Christopher Yogi ’09 is developing the independent feature I Was a Simple Man.

Mauricio Zacharias ’91 and Ira Sachs will write the film adaptation to Tim Murphy’s novel Christodora for a limited Paramount TV television series. Cary Fukunaga is set to produce.

Robert Zemeckis ’73 will executive produce a modern-day Noah’s Ark drama The Ark, which has been bought by NBC.

New TV Shows on the Air

Elena of Avalor
Craig Gerber ’92, Creator/Executive Producer

The Get Down
Aaron Rahsaan Thomas ’02, Writer

The Night Of
Robert Elswit ’75, Director of Photography

Stranger Things
Shawn Levy ‘94, Director

New Films in Release

Bad Moms
Suzanne Todd, Producer

Gary Rydstrom ’81, Sound Design

Meera Menon ’11, Director

The Founder
Josh Schwartzman, Cinematographer

Paul Feig ’84, Writer, Director
Robert Yeoman ’79, Cinematographer

Ice Age: Collision Course
Lori Forte, Producer

The Intervention
Sev Ohanian ’12, Producer

Lights Out
Kelly L. Peters ’05, Writer

Little Men
Mauricio Zacharias ’91, Writer

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Lee Haxall ’80, Editor

Pete’s Dragon
Jim Whitaker ‘94, Producer

Sausage Party
Megan Ellison, Producer

The Secret Life of Pets
Cinco Paul ’93, Writer

Southside With You
Evan Schiff ’04, Editor

Star Trek Beyond
Bryan Burk ’91, Producer
David Ellison, Executive Producer

Suicide Squad
Charles Roven, Producer