New Regency focuses on point-shaving incident
New Regency TV and producer Bob DeBrino’s Canterbury Films are developing a miniseries based on the Boston College point-shaving case, a sports gambling scandal involving “GoodFellas” protagonist mobster Henry Hill.Screenwriter Woody Gould (“Boys From Brazil,” “Cocktail”) is set to pen the miniseries with “GoodFellas” scribe Nick Pileggi acting as a consultant. The producers also are in talks with producer Daniel Blatt, whose telefilm credits include “Kissinger & Nixon” and “Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story.” The Boston case, in which college basketball players were paid by the mob to miss shots, was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Edward McDonald, who also prosecuted the “GoodFellas” case and helped Hill get into the Federal Witness Protection Program. It was Hill who told McDonald, himself a BC alumnus, about the rigged games. Several of the ballplayers were eventually convicted and imprisoned. New Regency purchased rights to the project from DeBrino, an ex-New York cop-turned-producer who acquired the rights from McDonald. DeBrino brought the pitch to John Katzman, head of New Regency’s newly expanded television division. New Regency is producing, along with Columbia TriStar TV, the CBS fall series “Michael Hayes,” starring David Caruso. DeBrino is currently developing the feature “The Vatican Connection” with Edward R. Pressman Film Corp. as well as the series “Trump Tower.” DeBrino’s deal was negotiated by attorney Sanford Michelman of Greenberg & Michelman and CAA’s Martin Baum.