The newly formed production company run by Bob Greenblatt and David Janollari has sold its first TV project. ABC has given a six-episode commitment to a new half-hour comedy starring comedian D.L. Hughley and executive produced by Chris Rock for 1998.
Matt Wickline, the executive producer and show runner of “Martin” and “The Show,” and a staff writer on “In Living Color” and “Late Night With David Letterman,” will be executive producer on the project. The sitcom, based on Hughley’s life and described as a modern-day “The Jeffersons,” will feature a black family that moves to an all-white suburb in the San Fernando Valley.
Michael Rotenberg, a partner in 3 Arts Entertainment, is also executive producing the sitcom, as will 3 Arts’ Dave Becky. CAA’s Steve Alexander helped broker the deal. Sources say several networks were interested in the project, but ABC was willing to step up and commit to a six-episode order.
Greenblatt, a former Fox executive, and Janollari, a former Warner Bros. TV exec, joined forces this summer to create their own production company housed under the newly created Fox TV Studios banner. The duo has quietly been signing talent behind the scenes, but this is the first project to get set up at a network.
Hughley, a relative newcomer, guest-starred in the sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and he’s starred in his own HBO comedy special called “HBO Comedy Half-Hour: D.L. Hughley.” He also starred in the TV series “One Night Stand,” and the sitcom “Double Rush.”
The ubiquitous Chris Rock hosts and produces “The Chris Rock Show” on HBO. He and Hughley have performed on the same comedy circuit for years, and Rock will now try his hand at producing an outside project.