Hot Sheet April-June 2021

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Amy Adler ’11 received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in the Fine Arts category.

Alex Beachum ’13, Loan Verneau ’13 and the rest of the team at Mobius Digital are developing an expansion to Outer Wilds titled “Echoes of the Eye.”The award-winning gameis published by Annapurna Interactive.

Jess Brownell ‘08 will be the showrunner for season 3 and 4 of Bridgerton. The show will get a young Queen Charlotte spinoff.

Arvin Chen ’06 started filming the romantic drama Mama’s Boy. The film is scheduled for release in November, with Taipei-based Distribution Workshop picking up the international rights.

Ryan Coogler ’11 and Jonathan Glickman are set to produce the third installment of the Creed franchise. Michael B. Jordan will return in the titular role and will also make his directorial debut.

R.J. Cutler will direct and produce the new Epix true crime docuseries, Murf the Surf, alongside producers Brain Grazer ‘74 and Ron Howard.

Scott Derrickson ’95 directed and produced The Black Phone, a horror feature from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions that is set for a wide release early next year.

Ross Dinerstein ’05 is set to produce a documentary on the global social media platform phenom TikTok through his company Campfire.

David Ellison will produce The Greatest Beer Run Ever which is set to star Zac Efron and Russell Crowe.

Ryan Engle ’01 wrote the screenplay based on the classic tabletop game Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots. Mattel Films will develop with Universal Pictures, and Vin Diesel is set to star.

Russel Friend ’95 and Garrett Lerner ’95 wrote Ordinary Joe, which has been ordered to series at NBC. Fellow alum Matt Reeves ’88 will serve as executive producer on the project.

Joy Ganes ’10 joined Tracy Yvonne Productions, the production company of fellow SCA alumna Tracy Oliver ’10.

David Gelb ’06 directed and produced Wolfgang, which has been selected for the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary will also see a Disney+ release.

David S. Goyer ’88 will serve as executive producer on the Netflix series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s hugely popular comic book series, The Sandman.

Brian Grazer ’74 and Ron Howard signed a multi-year first look film deal to produce a slate of scripted movies for Apple Original Films.

Matt Harry ’01 wrote Superkid, a novel about a kid who must take care of his baby sister who has superpowers.

Chinaka Hodge will be head writer of Marvel's Ironheart series on Disney+. The show will follow genius inventor Riri Williams who creates the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man.

Rian Johnson ’96 will return to direct two sequels to his Oscar nominated film Knives Out after Netflix bought out the rights to the projects. He will also serve as executive producer on the series adaptation of Don Winslow’s bestselling debut novel, The Cool Breeze on the Underground.

Aaron Kaplan ’90 will produce the ABC limited series Women of the Movement.

Shawn Levy ’94 will produce Splendid Solutions, a featureon Dr. Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine.

Doug Liman will produce the Netflix CIA Series, Black Adam, which is set to star Noah Centineo.

Joshua Losben ‘15 won the 2020 Austin Film Festival for his feature screenplay Space Kids.

Hiro Murai ’06 will executive produce a half-hour show for FX about a young chef who returns to Chicago to run his family’s restaurant.

Scott Nemes ‘95 has become Universal Studio Group’s EVP of Creative Acquisitions and will run a new IP unit.

Prentice Penny ’95 is set to executive produce a single-camera half-hour comedy at HBO through his A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment company.

Edoardo Ponti ‘98 will direct the bestselling 2010 historical novel, Elizabeth Street, as a series adaptation at Sony Pictures TV's TriStar.

Mika Pryce ’10 assumed the role of SVP Production at Paramount Pictures where she will report directly to the Motion Picture Group co-presidents Daria Cercek and fellow USC alumnus Michael Ireland ’99.

Khaled Ridgeway ‘18 screened his feature directorial debut, Death of a Telemarketer,at the 2020 Austin Film Festival and won the Fan Favorite Award at the American Black Film Festival.

Martin Desmond Roe won an Academy Award for his work on Two Distant Strangers.

Jac Schaeffer ‘04 has signed a three-year overall deal TV deal with Marvel Studios and 20th Television.

Sharan Sharma ’10 is in talks to collaborate with actor Kartik Aaryan on a film centered around the sport of cricket.

Jason Shuman ’96 will executive produce the HBO drama series based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Lost Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.

Danny Strong ’10 will executive produce Trap Queen for Freeform. The drama follows a young gay man who returns to Puerto Rico against the backdrop of the local Trap music scene.

Rawson Marshall Thurber ’99 is set to direct the feature adaptation of popular video game The Division for Netflix. The project currently has Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain on board to star.

Hilary Van Hoose ‘16 will be a 2021 fellow in the RespectAbility Summer Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities.

Athena Wickham ’02 will executive produce the sci-fi mystery series The Peripheral for Amazon.

Robert Zemeckis ’73 will develop and produce Mr. Lucky, a comedy feature from screenwriters Aaron and Jordan Kandell (Moana, Adrift).

New TV Shows on the Air

Calls (Apple TV+)
Shana Eddy-Grouf (Executive Producer)

Cruel Summer (Freeform)
Max Winkler ’06 (Director, Executive Producer)

Fall River (Epix)
Motoshi Wakabayashi ’87 (Editor)

Godfather of Harlem (Epix)
Forest Whitaker (Actor, Executive Producer)
Nina Yang Bongiovi(Executive Producer)
Resheida Brady ’09 (Producer)

Hacks (HBO Max)
Adam Bricker ’08 (Cinematography)

Jupiter’s Legacy (Netflix)
James Middleton ’89 (Executive Producer)
Julia Cooperman (Writer)

Kung Fu (The CW)
Christina M. Kim (Creator, Executive Producer, Writer)

Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. (Hulu)
Jiedi Chen ’16 (Storyboard Artist)

Rebel (ABC)
Todd A. Dos Reis ’94 (Cinematographer)

Selina: The Series (Netflix, Season 2)
Jorge Ramirez-Martinez ’12 (Writer)

Shadow and Bone (Netflix)
Lee Toland Krieger (Director, Executive Producer)
Shawn Levy ’94 (Executive Producer)
Shelley Meals (Co-Executive Producer, Writer)

Sweet Tooth (Netflix)
Susan Downey ’95 (Executive Producer)

Them (Amazon)
Nelson Cragg ’03 (Director, Executive Producer)
Kevin D. Ross ’90 (Editor)

We Broke Up
Tomás Yankelevich ’02 (Executive Producer)

Loki (Disney+)
Kevin Feige ‘95 (Executive Producer)
Natasha Gerasimova ‘98 (Art Direction)

New Films in Release

Andrew Gunn ’93 (Producer)
Dana Fox ’00 (Writer)

Caroline Bongrand ’98 (Writer)

Finding You
Brian Baugh ’95 (Director, Producer, Writer)

In the Heights (HBO Max)
Jon M. Chu ’03 (Director)
Alice Brooks ’01 (Cinematography)
Mark Russell ‘79 (Visual Effects)

Infinite (Paramount+)
Ian Shorr ’07 (Writer)

John Berardo ’13 (Director, Producer, Co-Writer)
Brian Frager ’13 (Producer, Co-Writer)
Jonathan Pope ’13 (Director of Photography)
Kristina Lyons ’13 (Editor)

Lives, Not Grades
Daniel Druhora ’14 (Director, Producer, Writer)
Rommel Villa Barriga ’18 (Editor)
Eric Han ’18 (Sound)
Becky Chen ’19 (Additional Cinematography)
Santiago Rodriguez Herran ’18 (Additional Cinematography)
Lars Struck ’18 (Sound Recordist)
Alejandro Briceno (Composer)

Jack Heller ’04 (Producer)

Nezha Reborn (Netflix)
Jiedi Chen ’16 (Storyboard Artist)

Evan Schiff ’04 (Editor)

Paper Spiders
Inon Shampanier ’07 (Director, Writer)

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Jason Lust ’00 (Executive Producer)

A Quiet Place Part II
Michael Shawver ’12 (Editor)

Kevin Greutert ’87 (Executive Producer)
Josh Stolberg ’97 (Writer)
Chad Galster (Editor)

Thunder Force (Netflix)
Tia Nolan ’91 (Editor)

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse (Amazon)
David Ellison (Producer)

The Water Man
Connor Flanagan ’12 (Executive Producer)

WeWork: or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (Hulu)
Ross Dinerstein ’05 (Producer)

Interactive Media in Release

MLB The Show 21 (PS5, PS4, Xbox One, X/S)
Chris Muriel ’15 (Game Designer)

Ana Carolina Estarita Guerrero ‘19
Esperanza Guevara ‘19
Connor Jacobs ‘19
Yuri Jang ‘19
Crystal Jow ‘19
Patradol (Dodo) Kitcharoen ‘19
Maryyann Landlord ‘19
Ann Lee ‘19
Daniel Ma ‘19
Molly Murphy ‘19
Megan Simon ‘19