Hot Sheet October 2020

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Laura Alexander ’14 — is developing her series Everyday Insanity with Fox. Everyday Insanity is an uplifting drama about three wildly different families who form a "created family" to support each other after their loved ones are diagnosed with mental illnesses.

Brett Baer — has been given a pilot commitment by ABC Studios for Mourning Songs, which he will co-executive produce. Mourning Songs is based on the life and Instagram feed of songwriter Ryan Langer. 

Thembi Banks ‘14 – completed her short film, Baldwin Beauty as part of Powderkeg’s female director incubator.

Sheldon Candis ‘03 — directed the motion capture feature When The Lights Are Brightest as part of NBA 2k20. This year’s single-player story mode centers around Che, a talented player who quits college basketball to atone for a wrong committed against his best friend and college teammate, Porter.

Ryan Coogler ’11 — will produce the comic book series adaptation Bitter Root, alongside Sev Ohanian ’12 for Legendary. Set during the vibrant Harlem Renaissance of 1924, Bitter Root focuses on a fractured family of once-great monster hunters.

R.J. Cutler — is directing a Billie Ellish documentary for Apple on the 17-year old musical phenomenon.

Karen Croner '87 — is currently creating My Glory is I Had Such Friends, a 6 hour limited series for JJ Abrams and Apple TV starring Jennifer Garner. Croner is also adapting the feature Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk, and co-writing a limited series with Richard Linklater.

Paul Feig '84 — is producing and directing a remake of the British single-camera comedy This Country forFox.

Brian Grazer ‘74 and Ron Howard -- are producing a Netflix adaptation of the hit musical Rent.

David S. Goyer ‘88 — is producing Appetite, a missing-persons thriller.

Jeanne Jo ‘17 – completed her short film Rachel From New York as part of Powderkeg’s female director incubator.

Aaron Kaplan ‘90 — has a pilot commitment with CBS for an Untitled eSports comedy which he will executive produce. The story is inspired by Rick Fox’s real-life experiences of buying eSports company Gravity Gaming.

Carla Kettner ’83 — is producing the pilot for Florida Man, a quirky rom-com procedural set in the Florida Panhandle.

Nahnatchka Khan ‘94 — is producing the pilot for Valley Trash, a single-cam LA private school comedy for ABC.

Sherry Marsh ‘83 — is developing Fania, a scripted about the history of Fania Records, the label that popularized salsa music. Founded by Johnny Pacheco and Jerry Masucci, New York-based Fania Records is considered by many to be “the Motown of Latin Music.” 

Raamla Mohamed ‘08 — is writing and producing Reasonable Doubt. Kerry Washington is also a producer on the 1-hour legal drama. The story follows Charlie Stewart, a highly successful defense attorney with questionable ethics.

Ruvin Orbach — has received a half dozen awards for his short film Constant Treason. It also has an offer for distribution from ShortsTV.

Kay Oyegun ‘13 — Signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. She is also adapting Angie Thomas’ book On the Come Up for Paramount.

Ben Queen ’96 has signed withVervefor representation.

Shonda Rhimes ‘94 — announced Shondaland’s latest project Notes on Love, an anthology series. The collection of stories centers on marriage with each episode coming from the lens of a high-profile creative.

Brad Riddell ‘02 and Sandy Sternshein ‘02 — co-wrote and directed Later Days.  The story is about a frustrated stay-at-home dad who invites all of his high school friends to an ‘80s-themed surprise party for his exhausted corporate wife on her 40th birthday.

Katy Sherman ’13 — is now a manager at HBO Max in the original comedy series and stand-up specials department.

Katie Wech ’02 — has a script commitment with 20th Century Fox for The Two Dolls. Wech will write and executive produce the one-hour drama. The Two Dolls revolves around “Two Dolls,” who dominate the cutthroat world of high-end Malibu Real Estate.

Max Winkler ‘06 — has received a pilot green light with Freeform for Last Summer, a one-hour drama thriller which he will be directing. Last Summer is an unconventional thriller that takes place over three summers — ‘93, ‘94, ‘95—in a small Texas town.

James Vanderbilt ‘99 — has formed Project X Entertainment, an independent production/financing company with a multi-year first look and co-development television deal with Spyglass Media Group.

John Wells ‘82 — is producing Maid, a female-driven dramedy series, for Netflix.

Athena Wickham ‘02 — is producing The Peripheral, which has been green lit to series by Amazon.

Movies in Release

6 Underground
David Ellison (Producer)

Black and Blue
Peter Dowling ’97 (Writer)

Jay Roach ’86 (Director)
Jon Poll ’81 (Editor)
Megan Ellison (Executive Producer)

Doctor Sleep
Michael Fimognari ’01 (Cinematographer)

Dolemite is My Name
Scott Alexander ’85 (Writer)
Larry Karaszewski ’85 (Writer)

Gemini Man
David Ellison (Producer)

Knives Out
Rian Johnson ’96 (Writer-Director)
Steve Yedlin ’96 (Cinematographer)
Bob Ducsay ’86 (Editor)

Last Christmas
Paul Feig ’84 (Director)

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
Midge Costin ’88 (Producer-Director)
Bobette Buster ’89 (Producer)
Karen Johnson ’95 (Producer)
Sandra Chandler ’85 ’88 (Cinematographer)
David J. Turner ’12 (Editor, Sound Mixer)
Sung Rok Choi ’11 (Dialogue Editor)
Marilyn Morris ’10 (Assistant Re-recording Mixer)
Kimberly Patrick ’12 (Supervising Sound Editor)
Tom Myers (Re-recording Mixer)
Frank Rinella (Foley Mixer)
Qianbaihui Yang ‘12 (Supervising Sound Editor)
Shireen Hinckley ’14 (Assistant Editor)
Faroukh Virani ’14 (Assistant Editor)
Dan Blanck (Music Mixer, Music Producer, Orchestral Contractor, Scoring Engineer)
Erik Aadahl ’98 (Interviewee)
Richard L. Anderson '73 (Interviewee)
Mark Berger ’98 (Interviewee)
Ben Burtt ’75 (Interviewee)
Ryan Coogler ’11 (Interviewee)
Ludwig Göransson (Interviewee)
George Lucas ’66 (Interviewee)
Gary Rydstrom ’81 (Interviewee)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Chris Terrio ’02 (Writer)
George Lucas ’66 (Characters)
Addison Teague ’02 (Sound Effects Editor)

Terminator Dark Fate
David Goyer ’88 (Story)
David Ellison (Producer)

Isaac Hagy ’06 (Editor)

New TV Shows & Documentaries

68 Whiskey
Ron Howard (Executive Producer)
Brian Grazer ’74 (Executive Producer)
Michael Lehmann ’85 (Executive Producer)

The Good Lord Bird
Shea Kammer ’05 (Co-Executive Producer)

Ryan Maldonado ’06 (Writer, Co-Executive Producer)

The Mandalorian
Rick Famuyiwa ’96 (Director)

The Most Dangerous Animal of All
Ross Dinerstein ’05 (Executive Producer)

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Paul Feig ’84 (Executive Producer)