Judd Apatow will follow up his best-selling book Sick In The Head with a sequel. HBO also recently bought the rights to May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, a feature-length documentary co-produced and co-directed by Apatow. The film follows an indie folk group on their ninth studio album.
Ted Braun ’88 next documentary film will focuse on Gustavo Dudamel, the artistic director of the Philharmonic in Los Angeles.
Jason Michael Berman ’06 will produce Mandalay Pictures’ newest film City on Fire. The feature is centered around the West Philadelphia fire of 1985.
Scott Derrickson ’95 will direct the new fantasy drama Lock and Key for Hulu. He is also tapped to direct the Doctor Strange prequel.
Tom DeSanto signed a deal with Critic Guoan to produce a series of international films for a global market.
David Ellison, CEO of Skydance, recently launched an animation division in partnership with Ilion Animation Studios.
David Erickson ‘98 has signed a multi-year deal with AMC and will be focusing on developing new shows for the network.
DeVon Franklin ’00 will produce The Boy Who Knew Too Much for 20th Century Fox.
Paul Feig ’84 will return to acting with CBS’s comedy series 9J, 9K, and 9L, produced by Aaron Kaplan ’90.
Gary Fleder ’93 signed a two-year first-look deal with Freeform. Fleder also signed a second-look deal with ITV Studios where he will be developing a TV series adaptation of In The Blood. In the meantime, Fleder will directing the pilot of the new ABC drama Salamander.
David Goyer ’88 will develop and executive produce the television series The Black Company, based on Glen Cook’s fantasy series.
Todd Hoffman ’93 will executive produce Crackle’s new show The Oath for Storied Media Group.
Martin Hynes ’96 will write the screenplay for a movie musical inspired by the life of Pharrell Williams.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer ‘74 are set to produce J.D.’s best selling memoir Hillybilly Elegy; a coming –of-age story in the Rust Belt of America. Howard is set to direct the film as well. The duo will work together again to produce an adaptation of Afterlife. Grazer is also teaming up with Animal Logic to create six animated and hybrid-animated projects over five years.
Aaron Kaplan ’90 sold a comedy series to FOX telling the story of a single mother returning to Alabama to enlist the help of her Japanese-karate master father. Kaplan also sold Kapital Entertainment’s comedy series Los Hermanos to Showtime. The series is about two brothers on the U.S. Mexican border who start an unconventional business to pay for their mom’s medical bills.
Aby Kohn ’96 and Marc Silverstein ‘96 wrote and will direct I Feel Pretty, set to film this summer starring Amy Schumer.
Tim Kring ’88 sold the techno-thriller In The Cloud to Crackle.
Shawn Levy ’94 will produce The Memory Thief at Fox Animation. Based on Bryce Moore’s novel, the film tells of a boy with special powers.
Jen McGowan ’05 recently signed with Writ Large, a Management production company.
F. Hudson Miller ’84 accepted a three-year position as Vice President of the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
Jason Reitman will direct the film adaptation of The Possibilities, Kaui Hart Hemmings’ follow up novel to The Descendents.
Jay Roach ’86 is set to direct and executive produce HBO’s third installment of the miniseries, Game Change. This time telling the story of how the 2016 presidential election came to be.
Bryan Singer ’89 is set to produce August One, a futuristic digital sci-fi thriller where the Roman Empire never fell.
Ian Shorr ’08 sold his spec script Infinite to Paramount Pictures. The script tells of a schizophrenic who discovers his hallucinations are memories of his past lives.
Matt Stuecken ’01 will write and Trevor Engelson ’98 will produce Scythe, Neal Shusterman’s YA novel, for the big screen.
Melissa Stack ’04 closed a deal with Fox for her untitled comedy script. Stack will also be making her directorial debut with this film.
Scott Thompson ’94 will adapt the Pulitzer Prize winning memoir of Peter Balakin, The Black Dog of Fate.
John Vourlis ’93 screened his first film Breaking Balls at the Cleveland International Film Festival.
Jeff Wadlow ’01 recently had his script Truth or Dare picked up by Blumhouse. Wadlow will also direct and executive produce the film. The horror flick follows a college student in Mexico who is tricked into playing a supernatural version of Truth or Dare.
Max Winkler ’06 sold his dark comedy The Flower to The Orchard Production Company. Along with Winkler, SCA alumni Matt Spicer ’06, Eric Fleischman ’11, and Brandon James ’91 produced the project.
New TV Shows on the Air
Gina Welch, Writer
L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later
Yvette M. Amirian ’05, Editor/ Producer
Mason Fink ’12, Writer
Prison Break: Resurrection
Guy Ferland ’88, Director
John Singleton ‘90, Executive Producer/Director
Sheldon Candis ’03, Director
Brian Grazer ’74, Executive Producer
Carly Wray ’05, Writer
Talicia Raggs ’94, Writer
New Films in Release
Beauty and the Beast
Stephen Chbosky ’92, Screenwriter
Before I Fall
Michael Fimognari ’01, Cinematographer
Betting on Zero
Ted Braun ’88, Director
James Ryan ’95, Editor
Buster’s Mal Heart
Jonako Donley ’07, Producer
Five Came Back
Will Znidaric ’96, Editor
Dylan Morgan ’15, Director/Writer
How to Be a Latin Lover
John Bailey, Cinematographer
Kong: Skull Island
Alex Garcia ’99, Producer
David Ellison, Producer
David Hopwood ’98, Executive Producer
Brett Marnell ’89, Producer
Christopher Baffa, Cinematographer
Jeffrey Blitz ’97, Director
Yana Gorskaya ’02, Editor
Franklin Peterson ’07, Editor
Evan Hayes ’02, Executive Producer
The Fate of the Furious
Neal H. Moritz ’85, Producer
The Julie Stories
Julio Vincent Gambuto ’12, Writer/ Director
The Lost City of Z
James Gray ’91, Director and Screenwriter
John Axelrad ’90, Editor
Doug Liman, Director
Caleb Deschanel ’69, Cinematography