ZIDE DOES DOUBLE DIP WITH SAMPLE SALE

Manager Warren Zide figured he had a good idea when he rang up the Fox Family division on a pitch called “Disaster Area,” an idea by Dave Prybil that will be written by Zide’s client Stuart Gibbs.

When the studio expressed interest, Zide forwarded a writing sample from Gibbs to Fox exec Tracey Trench. It was a script called “Two By Two,” a modern-day Noah’s ark story that was a washout when Zide tried to sell it earlier.

Next thing, Fox Family was closing a deal with Zide and ICM agents Jeff Robinov and Robert Newman to buy both the pitch and the writing sample. The studio has agreed to pay $100,000 against $250,000 for the pitch, a spoof of disaster films. And Fox Family will pay $150,000 against $300,000 for the script sample, which Gibbs wrote with David Koff. Zide will produce both projects, and Prybil will co-produce the film begat by the pitch.

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