Big Ticket Television, which produces the sitcom “Moesha” and the syndie strip “Judge Judy,” is expanding its development and production staff. Bill Sanders has been upped to the No. 2 position, and two new executives have joined the company.
Sanders, who has headed creative affairs as senior vice president since the company’s inception in 1994, has been upped to executive VP. He’ll now assist Big Ticket TV president Lawrence A. Lyttle with strategic planning as the company, which is a subsidiary of Spelling Entertainment Group, expands its network, syndie, cable and interactive TV operations.
Laura Schrock has joined the company as senior veep of series development, and Paul Shapiro has been hired as director of development. Two other execs were promoted: Deborah Curtan was upped to senior VP of current programs, and John Westphal was upped to manager of creative affairs.
“We’ve been expanding since the day we started,” Lyttle said. “We’ve gotten three series on the air in 2-1/2 years. We’re no longer a small company. We’re now past the growing pains, and our hope is to be a real factor in the primetime comedy arena.”
Big Ticket recently signed development deals with Brad Hall, Warren Bell, Billy Grundfest and the duo of Sara Finney and Vida Spears, and the company is developing several new network series.
Over the past three years, Sanders has overseen “Moesha” and “Judge Judy,” and Big Ticket’s other series, “Night Stand With Dick Dietrick.” Prior to joining the company, he was supervising producer on HBO’s “Dream On” for six seasons. He was also a vice president of original programming at HBO, and he worked for Warner Bros. TV and ABC.
Schrock has joined Big Ticket after working in a number of different entertainment venues as a producer, writer and actor. Most recently, she co-starred in the feature film “Honey, The Men Are on the Moon.” She also was an executive and a producer at NBC, and she oversaw the Lorimar TV projects “Hollywood Dog” and “Hairspray.” She also developed “Girls in Movies” for Lifetime and executive produced “Kids are People Too” for ABC, among other projects.
Curtan, who was upped from VP of current programs, will continue to oversee day-to-day production of current programming. Prior to Big Ticket, she was VP of comedy development at Warner Bros. TV.
Shapiro is coming to Big Ticket from 3 Arts Entertainment, where he was also a director of development, working mainly on the upcoming Eyemark Entertainment drama “Pensacola.” Westphal joined Big Ticket two years ago, and his new duties include tracking writers and talent and researching future projects.