Diary-like humorist's identity kept secret

The Harvey Entertainment Co. said Thursday it has acquired the television rights to text-driven comedy Web site Walter Miller’s Home Page.

Site, www.waltermillerhomepage.com, which bowed in 1995, features no graphics or flash animation, simply pages and links of diary-like updates on the life of Walter Miller, a 20-year-old tech geek from California who lives in a trailer in Texas and works for an Internet startup.

The real author and creator of the dot-com is a closely held secret, Harvey said.

Former “Saturday Night Live” film producer Neal Marshad will produce the pilot for Harvey through his Neal Marshad Prods. Tony Eastman (director of Nickelodeon’s “Doug”) will serve as creative consultant.

Kristin Hawley will shepherd the project for Harvey.

“Walter has been called a personification of the Internet itself,” said Harvey prexy Rick Mischel. ” ‘Walter’s Home Page’ is one of the most iconoclastic, weird, cutting-edge Web programs with a fanatic fan base. We believe the concept will easily make the transition to television.”

The Walter Miller deal forges Harvey’s first foray into primetime television, as it hopes to expand beyond its traditional 2- to-12-year-old target audience.

Harvey said it is currently in discussions with several TV networks interested in developing the series.

Harvey owns an entertainment library consisting of more than 150 motion pictures and 165 television episodes, including 91 episodes of animation featuring characters such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Hot Stuff, Bunny, Richie Rich, Wendy the Witch, Herman and Katnip and The Ghostly Trio, among others.

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