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Rudin, Par partner in 'Launch'

22 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Scott Rudin and Paramount Pictures have made a pre-emptive bid on the spec script Failure to Launch. Penned by Matt Ember and Tom Astle, Failure revolves around a thirtysomething guy and his parents. Moving back home to avoid getting into a relationship, he one day meets the girl of his dreams without knowing that she is someone who has been hired by his parents. Astle and Ember's credits include the feature Buzz, which was acquired by Fox Searchlight, and such TV series as Titus and Brother's Keeper. Astle is repped by ICM. Ember is repped by Endeavor. Exec Allison Brecker-Shearmur will oversee for the studio. »

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Todd makes deal with Touchstone for TV projects

10 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Writer-producer Donald Todd has signed a one-year development pact with Touchstone Television. Although primarily known as a comedy writer, the deal calls for Todd to develop drama and comedy projects for the studio. Todd is working on scripts for the ABC drama development project Doing It, a coming-of-age story involving three teenage boys in Seattle that is said to be among the network's hottest drama pilots this year. (ABC ordered six additional scripts for Doing It when the drama -- executive produced by Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah, Stu Bloomberg and Francie Calfo -- was picked up as a pilot last year.) Todd's credits include showrunner on the CBS sitcom Dave's World, a writer-producer on NBC's Caroline in the City and a creator/exec producer of the 1998-99 ABC comedy Brother's Keeper. Last year, Todd penned the Touchstone/NBC comedy pilot Once Around the Park, which starred Heather Locklear. Todd joked that he was happy to remain in business with the Walt Disney Co.'s Touchstone TV banner because "the Disney Store discount is a really good fit for a man with a 6-year-old daughter." Todd is repped by the Rothman Brecher Agency. »

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