Disney raises ‘Helen’ by buying laffer pitch

Scribes sell return-to-roots pitch for low- to mid-six figures

Disney has risen to the chance of making “Raising Helen,” snagging the comic pitch from scribes Patrick Clifton and Beth Rigazio for a low- to mid-six-figure sum.

Pitch was first brought to Cristi Limm, Hyde Park Entertainment’s veep of production, who then brought it to Disney veep Karen Glass. Hyde Park’s David Hoberman and Ashok Amritraj, who have a first-look with the Mouse House, are in negotiations to produce.

“Raising” is a comedic drama about a New York City woman who returns to her conservative suburban hometown after a family tragedy.

The writing duo first collaborated on a comedy pitch called “SpeciMan,” which they sold to 20th Century Fox. They are penning the indie drama “Month of Sundays” for Tribe Pictures, to be helmed by Vern Oakley.

Clifton and Rigazio’s Disney deal was handled by Garth Pappas and Pat Quinn of Metropolitan Talent Agency and Cheryl Stanley of Talent Entertainment Group (formerly More/Medavoy Management).

David Webber of Bloom, Hergott, Diemer and Cook negotiated on the scribe’s behalf.

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