Producers to shop half-hour comedy to networks
NEW YORK — Flody Suarez’s Flody Co., along with executive producer Andy Cohen and scribe Jeff Arch (“Sleepless in Seattle”), have optioned Debra Kent’s “The Diary of V,” an online serial that appeared on Redbook magazine’s Web site.Project, which has been running on the Net for three years, will be published by Warner Books in three volumes this fall. Arch will pen the screenplay. “Diary” is described as a “Bridget Jones’s Diary” set in the suburbs of the American heartland, centering on a woman trying to hold her family together while having a career. The producers plan to shop the project to network television as a half-hour single-camera comedy. Before starting Flody Co., Suarez was prexy of Barry Sonnenfeld’s TV production company, under an overall pact with Sony. There he developed and produced the live-action half-hour comedy series “The Tick” for Fox Broadcasting as well as “Secret Agent Man” for UPN. Suarez previously was veep of development for NBC, where he oversaw production on “ER,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Just Shoot Me” and other shows. Cohen is a feature and television producer who has held exec positions at Norman Lear’s Act III Prods., Permut Presentations and elsewhere. He currently runs Los Angeles-based Grade A Entertainment. Arch is repped by APA, and Kent by WMA and the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.