Too big for the small screen
Jerry Springer: too hot for TV. So he’s headed to the bigscreen.
In a rare example of a television talkshow personality receiving a big sum to cross over to features, Springer has agreed to tell all for producer Steve Stabler in a pay-or-play deal worth $2 million.
The pact pairs the outrageous but highly popular talkshow host — who was once Mayor of Cincinnati — with the producer behind such pics as “Dumb and Dumber,” “Gang Related” and “Kingpin.”
Financing and distribution is not yet set, although sources said that Stabler has held talks with both Universal (a majority stakeholder in Barry Diller’s USA Networks, which produces the TV show) and MGM.
Ratings for the bawdy and rough-house “Jerry Springer Show,” which plays in national syndication, have been going through the roof. Earlier this month it became the first talkshow in 10 years to achieve higher ratings than “Oprah.”
The Springer film will be produced by Stabler and Gary Goldstein, and exec produced by Brad Jenkel, Brent Baum and More/Medavoy Management’s Gina Rugolo-Judd.
Springer was repped by attorney Patti Felker of Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker & Levine and the William Morris Agency’s Mark Itkin and Jeff Kolodny.
Shock jock Howard Stern’s attempt to cross over into features with his “Private Parts” vehicle met with limited success. But if Springer’s film is even half as successful as “Too Hot for TV” — the video of “Springer” outtakes advertised on latenight TV — it could be a major-league hit.