NEW YORK — After setting a base in New York when “Roseanne” and “Home Improvement” creator Matt Williams decided to move there, Wind Dancer Prods. is quickly establishing itself as a formidable Gotham player.
After originating the first few episodes from their main headquarters on the Disney lot, WDP got ABC and Disney to base its Dan Aykroyd sitcom hit “Soul Man” in New York. Aykroyd’s eager to relocate, and the show will be shot at Kaufman Astoria Studios.
WDP has put on hold plans to buy a theater for plays it hatches, but has taken posh space high in the Carnegie Hall Towers on West 57th St. Aside from arguably the best Central Park views of any Gotham producer, WDP has ample space to become a laboratory of film, theater and TV development.
WDP prexy Rick Leed said they’ve commissioned 15 playwrights to develop plays, are in talks with Off Broadway producer Richard Frankel to partner in a play this fall, and they expect to hatch three or four plays per year. When they’re generating enough product, they’ll buy a theater.
WDP uses the space to scout books for its burgeoning film shingle, but its biggest impact in New York will likely be on the TV side. They intend to base their next sitcom project in Gotham, and could eventually rival producer Dick Wolf in importance to Gotham-based TV output.