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Lionsgate has entered a multi-year first-look television deal with writing/directing/producing team Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, it was announced Thursday by Lionsgate TV group chairman Kevin Beggs.
Under the deal, the duo best known for the “Harold & Kumar” films, will develop and produce original, scripted comedy programming.
“With their spectacularly successful, fan-favorite ‘Harold & Kumar’ franchise, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg proved that they understand serialization, and as Lionsgate TV’s programming further expands into comedy, we are thrilled to help bring their unique comedic perspective to television,” said Chris Selak, Lionsgate Television’s exec VP of TV.
The deal includes “Fair and Balanced,” the single-camera newsroom comedy they are developing with ABC that is based on “Harold & Kumar” costar Kal Penn’s personal experience appearing on news shows and working for President Barack Obama. Hurwitz and Schlossberg are writing and executive producing that project under their Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions banner. »
- Whitney Friedlander
The team behind the Harold & Kumar films have a new TV home at Lionsgate. Writer-director-producers Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg have inked a first-look television deal with the company to develop and produce original, scripted comedy programming. The first project in the pact is Fair and Balanced, a single-camera comedy that was set up at ABC two weeks ago. "With their spectacularly successful, fan-favorite Harold & Kumar franchise, Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg… »
In what can only be described as great news, multiple award-winning writer and producer Kay Cannon is finally set to make her feature film directorial debut, with the upcoming comedy movie, The Pact. The producers of the film – including Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – will almost certainly be hoping to cash in on Cannon’s impressive comedic skill-set, which helped the TV series 30 Rock achieve dizzying heights of success, and the Pitch Perfect film franchise earn more than $400 million in box office so far.
The Pact is written by Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe (Overachievers), with Deadline reporting that Eben Russell, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg also worked on the script. It is, unsurprisingly, a male-dominated story, focusing on three highly protective fathers, and their efforts to derail a pact made by their respective daughters, that would see them each lose their virginity on Prom night. While the plot sounds »
- Sarah Myles
The Pact tells of three parents who discover their daughters have made a deal to lose their virginities on prom night and set out to stop them before it is too late.
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Cannon’s husband, Eben Russell, has also been tapped for a rewrite on the script about three parents who, upon discovering that their daughters have made a pact to lose their virginities on prom night, go out and try and stop them before it’s too late.
Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce alongside Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg and Dmg Entertainment’s Chris Fenton from a script by Russell, Hurwitz and Schlossberg and brothers Brian and Jim Kehoe.
- Dave McNary
Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect) is making her directorial debut on feature comedy The Pact, with Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver producing alongside Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg and Dmg Entertainment's Chris Fenton. Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Chris Cowles will executive produce. Along with brothers Brian and Jim Kehoe, Eben Russell and Hurwitz & Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar) wrote the script about three parents who scheme to… »
Breaking news! According to Deadline, ABC is developing a new comedy about the broadcast news industry.
The series, titled Fair and Balanced, comes from Harold & Kumar writers Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz. The two will teaming up with Kumar star Kal Penn who will play an "an aspiring NPR reporter who is swayed to work at a Fox News-type channel."
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Harold & Kumar star Kal Penn is reuniting with the writers of the hit feature franchise, Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz, for Fair and Balanced, a single-camera comedy, which has been set up at ABC. Written by Schlossberg and Hurwitz, Fair and Balanced, from Lionsgate TV, revolves around an aspiring NPR reporter who is swayed to work at a Fox News-type channel. (Fox News has been using “Fair and Balanced” as its slogan.) The project will be informed by some of Penn’s… »
After co-directing the nostalgic, comedic mess that was Dumb & Dumber To, one-half of the Farrelly Brothers is heading out on his own behind the camera. Deadline reports Bobby Farrelly, who has co-directed every film made with his brother Peter Farrelly (despite being uncredited on the original Dumb & Dumber), will go solo for One Night Stan. The project is described as following Stan, a serial commitment-phobe, who falls hard for a beautiful girl named Amy. When he decides to change his ways, he discovers Amy has her own ideas about relationships. But back in 2009, details were a bit more specific. The script from newcomer Joshua Friedlander was previously going to be directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle). At the time, the story was said to find Stan learning that his fiancee, Julie, has had more sexual partners than he did. So somehow he »
- Ethan Anderton
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