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'Waverly Place' exec develops NBC sitcom

30 November 2010 10:24 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

NBC is reportedly developing a new comedy project with Wizards of Waverly Place producer Peter Murrieta. The Emmy winner will script the pilot, which will focus on a Mexican-American hipster who is recruited into the family business, reports Deadline. The project was co-created by Murrieta and Eddie Gorodetsky, who currently serves as executive producer on hit CBS sitcoms Two (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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NBC Developing Sitcom With Peter Murrieta

30 November 2010 7:19 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC, which has 8 comedies on tap for this season - all single-camera - is mulling a return to the multi-camera genre. In one of the last comedy buys this season, the network went for a multi-camera project from sitcom veteran Peter Murrieta. It is one of several multi-camera comedies NBC has put in development this season, including Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, a sitcom based on Chelsea Handler's books, and a project by veteran Bob Kushell. The Murrieta project, produced by Ums and 3 Arts, involves a hipster, who is a first-generation Mexican American, being pulled into his family’s business and will focus on the dichotomy of his traditional past and his “hip and cool” new life. Murrieta hatched the idea for the project with Eddie Gorodetsky, co-executive producer on the two strongest multi-camera comedies on the air, CBS' The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. »


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Aff 2010 Daily Dispatch: Day Three

23 October 2010 11:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Some people really know how to work a festival, including Slackerwood contributor Chris Holland, who also happens to be the author of Film Festival Secrets.  Another person is Mark Potts, whose film S&M Lawn Care is one of several of his films that have played Aff. Mark was on the "The $2 or the $200,000 Film: What You Need to Know" panel, which I was planning on seeing and missed, but thanks to Chris's tweets, it was almost like I was there. Check out the hashtag for #lowbudgetfilm that Chris used to get the gist of the panel, at least Mark's comments.

I made it to the Showrunner panel with Noah Hawley and Peter Murrieta, which was moderated by Andy Langer. I loved the analogy that a Showrunner is like a writer who's also a manager of a 7-11.  Sounds a lot like being a *gasp* manager. Only with assistants helping »

- Jenn Brown

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McG and Thor Freudenthal to Produce Espionage and Thrills in Aim High

23 September 2010 11:18 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Producer McGWarner Bros. will be producing a new series from director McG aka Joseph McGinty Nichol. The series will be distributed by Dolphin Entertainment and the series is being described as an "action series," with the title "Aim High." Thor Freudenthal (Hotel for Dogs) will direct and the film will involve espionage and romantic relationships at a local Los Angeles high school. Shooting is expected to begin shortly (October), with the first synopsis for the project below.

The synopsis for "Aim High:"

"'Aim High is the story of a young man leading a double life - juggling his studies by day and serving as a government agent by night. This series chronicles the life of Nick Green, a sophomore who’s just starting a new school year as one of the country’s 64 highly trained teenage operatives.

When he’s not handling international spies, Nick is dreaming of Amanda Meyers, »

- (Michael Allen)

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Bryan Singer and McG Creating Digital Series

23 September 2010 9:46 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Bryan Singer partnering with Warner Premiere for new digital web series Warner Premiere today announced it is creating two live-action, multi-platform digital series with Bryan Singer and McG. The series are being co-financed through an agreement with entertainment industry veteran Dolphin Entertainment who has executive produced hit shows Zoey 101 and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Dolphin Entertainment will work with cable, satellite, broadband and mobile clients for placement and promotional support.

The first titles produced under this agreement will be the futuristic survival tale H+ from producer/director Bryan Singer, and Aim High, the High School action thriller from producer/director McG.

H+ takes viewers on an episodic two-and-a-half hour, apocalyptic journey into the future where technology has gone horrifically wrong. In 2019, 33% of the world's population uses a radical new piece of technology - an implanted computer system called H+. This allows a person's »

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Warner Premiere Taps FM78 For Web Series Reboot of ‘The Clique’

16 June 2010 5:57 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Turning teen novel series into web series is becoming a regular thing for Alloy Entertainment, and why not, it seems to be working. The latest sendup from bookshelves is The Clique from author Lisi Harrison. This time Alloy has teamed up with Warner Premiere to develop a live-action version of the teen drama for the digital distribution. Warner has tapped to produce the series, the new media savvy production company headed by Justine Bateman, Jill Kushner and Peter Murrieta. Murrieta, exec producers of Disney Channel’s Wizard of Waverly Place will executive produce the series along with Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy, who produced the 2009 DVD movie version of The Clique. Kushner and Bateman will co-write the script which is currently in development. By my count, there are 12 books in the series, plus another 5 from a “summer” edition. Each of the books sports cutsy movie puns for »

- Marc Hustvedt

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Warner expanding literary smash “The Clique” to live-action digital

15 June 2010 4:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Sean O’Connell With news that the “Harry Potter” series has reached its final destination, and the “Twilight” train entering its final stretch, Hollywood has turned its eyes to the next literary property that it can develop to entertain teen audiences (and beyond).

Warner’s answer appears to be a live-action digital series based on the critically acclaimed Alloy Entertainment book series “The Clique,” written by Lisi Harrison. New characters will embark on new adventures written by Streamy-award winner Justine Bateman (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), and her FM partner and Emmy Award-winner Jill Kushner (“Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show”).

“We’re looking forward to building on the tremendous success and the adoration toward The Clique series,” said executive producer Peter Murrieta. “We see a world that doesn’t just begin where the books left off; it enhances, enriches and brings the characters, the story and the references into 2010. By doing this, »

- Sean O'Connell

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Disney Channel Renews 'Wizards' & Preps 'Wizards' Movie Sequel

3 June 2010 11:17 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Disney Channel has picked up its Emmy Award-winning sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place for a fourth season. The cable channel also has put in development a sequel to Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie, which ranks as cable TV's second-highest rated scripted telecast of all time. Production on the fourth season of Wizards is scheduled to begin August with new showrunners Vince Cheung and Ben Montanio (Married…with Children). Peter Murrieta who helped launch the series and ran it for the first three seasons, exited in April. Wizards creator Todd J. Greenwald also is an executive producer alongside [...] »


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Showrunner Exits Disney Channel 'Wizards'

13 April 2010 9:48 PM, PDT | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Exclusive: Wizards of Waverly Place showrunner Peter Murrieta Murrieta was brought in for the pilot, which he rewrote. Then he served as executive producer/showrunner on the Selena Gomez-starring comedy’s first 3 seasons. That led to ratings success as well as the first best series Emmy Award for the Disney Channel last year in the children’s program category. So why is Murrieta leaving? Well, Wizards, created by Todd J. Greenwald, has wrapped production on Season 3. There's no decision yet on a Season 4 pickup -- but a Disney Channel spokeswoman confirmed to me that, if the show is renewed, Murrieta won’t be [...] »


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Stars To Attend Bilingual Learning Center Charity Gala

12 March 2010 6:00 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Stars such as Wilmer Valderrama and Esai Morales will attend a special event this weekend to raise funds to promote bilingual education.

The 2nd annual Multicultural Harmony Gala will be held at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank on March 13, and will honor Debbie Allen, as well as Peter Murrieta and his cast from the Wizards of Waverly Place, including Selena Gomez.

The event will raise funds for the Multicultural Learning Center, a bilingual (Spanish/English) charter school in the San Fernando Valley.

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