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ITV Studios Inks First-Look Scripted TV Deal With Little Engine Productions

7 June 2016 6:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ITV Studios America and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have inked an overall first look programming development, production and distribution agreement with Little Engine Productions and its co-founders Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo.

Under the new pact, Matthews and Scharbo — who have been behind NatGeo’s mini-series “Saints & Strangers” and USA Network’s “Rush” — will work on scripted television content for networks and streaming platforms with ITV Studios America focusing on domestic projects and Global Entertainment focusing on European TV nets.

“Gina and Grant’s vision for Little Engine, their proven experience and their deep relationships with talent and networks around the world align seamlessly with our strategy to build a global scripted television business,” said Philippe Maigret, president of ITV Studios America. “When presented with the opportunity of finally working together to deliver compelling television for audiences worldwide, we knew it was something we could not pass up.”

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Saints And Strangers’ Producers Ink First-Look Deal With ITV Studios Group

7 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ITV Studios America and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have inked an first-look scripted development, production and distribution pact with Little Engine Productions, the company co-founded by Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo. Their recent credits include Nat Geo’s miniseries Saints And Strangers, USA Network’s Rush and ABC’s Missing. Under the overall deal, ITV Studios America will act as Little Engine's studio partner on projects targeting U.S. networks and streaming… »

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Rebel Wilson Tapped To Headline Untitled Romantic Comedy At New Line

24 May 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Pitch Perfect and How to Be Single star Rebel Wilson has closed a deal to headline a new, as-yet-untitled romantic comedy at New Line, Variety has learned.

No word yet of a director to take the reins, though the outlet does reveal Todd Garner (Paul Blart: Mall Cop), Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews are currently attached to produce. That search for a director will no doubt intensify now that Wilson has boarded the embryonic project, which is shaping up to be a meta rom-com centering on the actress’ cynical lead.

Erin Cardillo was the brains behind the original script, telling the tale of a hopeless singleton who “doesn’t believe in love and then wakes up one day to discover that her life has become a romantic comedy.” Dana Fox and Katie Silberman are the pair working on a revised version of the screenplay. Beyond that, there’s not much »

- Michael Briers

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Rebel Wilson to Star in Romantic Comedy for New Line (Exclusive)

23 May 2016 6:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pitch Perfect” star Rebel Wilson is attached to an untitled romantic comedy for New Line, Variety has learned.

Producers are Todd Garner, Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews. The studio and producers are seeking a director.

Erin Cardillo wrote the original script about a cynical young woman who doesn’t believe in love and then wakes up one day to discover that her life has become a romantic comedy. The rewrite is by Dana Fox and Katie Silberman.

Wilson starred in both “Pitch Perfect” movies and is attached to the upcoming “Pitch Perfect 3.” Credits for the Australian actress include “Bridesmaids,” “How to Be Single,” “Grimsby” and the upcoming “Absolutely Fabulous Movie.”

Garner produced both the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” movies. Scharbo and Matthews were executive producers on several TV series including “The Gates,” “Missing” and “Rush.” Matthews also was a producer on the feature films “13 Going on 30” and “What Women Want. »

- Dave McNary

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The CW Developing Romantic Dramedy ‘I Do Crew’

19 January 2016 4:29 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The CW has put in development hourlong romantic dramedy I Do Crew from Significant Mother creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, and Little Engine Productions. Written by Cardillo and Keith, I Do Crew focuses on the events leading up to a destination wedding from the point of view of the friends of the bride and groom. Cardillo and Keith will executive produce with Little Engine's Gina Matthews & Grant Scharbo. Warner Bros TV is the studio. Cardillo & Keith are repped… »

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