Category: RMG Writers

Katleman Joins Memphis Beat as Co-EP and Director

RMG client MICHAEL KATLEMAN has just been hired as the new Co-Executive Producer and Director on the TNT series Memphis Beat starring Jason Lee.  Katleman will be running the physical production in New Orleans for new writing Executive Producer Jan Nash as the series enters its second season.

The show centers on Dwight Hendricks (Lee), a quirky Memphis police detective with an intimate connection to the city, a passion for blues music and a close relationship with his mother. He is “the keeper of Memphis,” a Southern gentleman who is protective of his fellow citizens, reverential of the city’s history and deeply rooted in its blues music scene.

Katleman has previously served as Co-EP and Director on such series as Eastwick, Life on Mars, and Gilmore Girls to name a few.

Steve Leff's 'Doc and Howie' to be Directorial Debut for 'Zombieland' Duo

RMG client STEVE LEFF’s original screenplay Doc and Howie, which is set up at Montecito Picture Co., has attached Rhett Reese and and Paul Wernick to direct the feature.  Reese and Wernick previously penned the smash hit Zombieland, and this will mark their directorial debut.

montecitoLeff’s script landed in the top dozen “most liked” reads on last year’s screenwriter Black List under its original title, Doc and Howie Whack a Granny.  In the tone of Harold and Kumar, the title characters accidentally kill an elderly woman when they neglect to help her carry her groceries up the stairs. In a fortuitous twist, the incident brings them into contact with the woman’s hot granddaughters, and they struggle with the dilemma of whether to tell the women the truth.

As for Reese and Wernick, the pair is writing a Zombieland sequel for Columbia, a G.I. Joe sequel for Paramount and the Deadpool spinoff for Fox. Their project Earth vs. Moon is in development at Universal with producer Scott Stuber, and they just set up the comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking at Disney.

Erick McCormack Attaches to Sussman's Perception

Eric-McCormack-RMG client MIKE SUSSMAN’s TNT pilot Perception has officially attached Erick McCormack to the lead role.  The former Will & Grace star will play  Dr. Geoffrey Pierce, an eccentric, frequently erratic and absolutely brilliant neuroscientist who helps the FBI solve complex cases.  Sussman co-wrote the pilot with Ken Biller, which is being produced by ABC Studios.  Under the new deal, McCormack will serve as producer as well.

Sussman most recently served as Co-Executive Producer on Legend of the Seeker, also produced by ABC Studios.  To check out more of Mike’s work, visit his website by clicking HERE.

HBO Picks Up Comedy from Tim Long and Molly Shannon

HBO_LogoHBO just picked up a comedy from RMG client and veteran Simpsons writer-producer Tim Long with Molly Shannon attached to star. The untitled comedy would star the Saturday Night Live alumna as a nun who makes the difficult decision to leave the convent and confront life in the outside world. Shannon’s character became a nun after getting her heart broken at 18. Now she is an utterly innocent woman in her early 40s who has never had sex and has to discover the modern world in all of its tawdriness.

Prior to his tenured run with Simpsons, Long wrote for The Late Show with David Letterman and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.  Recently, Long has also been a stand-out contributor to the New York Times and The New Yorker.  To read the full article that appeared on Deadline.com – click HERE.

ABC Buys Kiersten Van Horne's MATCH

ABC-logoRMG client Kiersten Van Horne and Cara Haycak are partnering with Taye Diggs and his O’Taye Productions shingle on adoption drama Match for ABC.

The show will examine how families are made and broken as the protagonists — a Los Angeles-based team of lawyers, doctors and caseworkers — struggle to make dreams come true.

Van Horne penned last season’s Pretty Little Mistakes for NBC/UMS and Haycak wrote the young-adult novels Red Palms and Living on Impulse. You can read the full article from today’s Hollywood Reporter HERE.

Gina Gionfriddo's 'Becky Shaw' Comes to SCR

RMG client and Pulitzer nominee GINA GIONFRIDDO (Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order, Cold Case) is bringing ‘Becky Shaw’ to SCR.  Check out the fantastic article from yesterday’s Los Angeles Times:

Gina GThe Pulitzer nominee’s ‘Becky Shaw’ comes to SCR

By James C. Taylor, Special to the Los Angeles Times – October 24 2010

Gina Gionfriddo, an avowed true-crime hobbyist and former writer on “Law & Order” and “Cold Case,” currently writing for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” knows all about criminal activity, but her latest play, “Becky Shaw” –  shortlisted for the Pulitzer in 2009 and receiving its Southern California premiere Oct. 29 – involves perhaps the harshest crime of all: wearing the wrong dress to a first date.

The complete article can be viewed at:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-becky-shaw-playwright-20101024,0,3032044.story

Smallville Celebrates 200

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SMALLVILLE celebrates its 200th episode tonight at 8 p.m. on the CW.  RMG congratulates our client  JORDAN HAWLEY on a tremendous run with the show, along with fellow writers, producers, cast and crew.

Jordan previously worked as Supervising Producer on TV series “Wildfire” and “Moonlight”, along with writing and directing the indie feature 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

In it’s 10th and final season, the show is a modern retelling of Superman’s legendary origins.  SMALLVILLE was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”), based on the DC Comics characters. Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson serve as executive producers, along with James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola and Tom Welling. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television.

What's On TV Tonight: CRIMINAL MINDS

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Our client and Co-Executive Producer JANINE SHERMAN BARROIS wrote tonight’s episode of CRIMINAL MINDS which airs at 9/8 c on CBS.  Check out the teaser for tonight’s episode right here!

Episode Summary: When several women in Virginia are found murdered in a similar manner, SSA David Rossi reopens an unsolved cold case in Herndon that has haunted him for a quarter of a century because he believes the original killer, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, might have returned.

New World to Explore for Andre Bormanis

Tron-2Today, RMG client/writer Andre Bormanis begins the first of 22 episodes of Tron, the Disney Animated Series, in company with showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, series writers for LOST. Spawned from the highly anticipated TRON: LEGACY feature , set to arrive in theaters this December,  the animated series will follow a ten episode TRON miniseries and will premiere sometime in 2012.

Andre Bormanis  is best known for writing and advising on a number of Star Trek Enterprise, and Voyager episodes in addition to his technical advising for the Star Trek feature film, “Insurrection.” Most recently, Andre was a supervising producer for the television series, “Legend of the Seeker.” Andre’s intense background in rocket science and space exploration as well as his long history in television made him the perfect candidate for the animated series.

It all began in 1982 when the original Tron feature film hit theaters. An arcade video game shortly followed. Now, in the new age of advanced technology and special effects, Disney is retackling the project to give audiences what they have been craving since the ’82 was released.

And the Emmy Goes To…

EmmyStockRMG congratulates clients Roger Schulman and Michael Curtis for their 2010 Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Children’s Program, “Jonas,” starring the Jonas Brothers. We wish them as well as Co-Executive Producer Ivan Menchell the very best of luck.

This is the second Primetime Emmy nomination for Curtis and first for Schulman, creators of  “Jonas”, which follows Nick, Kevin, and Joe in their attempts to balance their rock star careers with their teenage lifestyles.

Support the entire Jonas group by watching the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, August 29th.

For more Jonas information, visit http://jonasworld.org/?p=17247 .