Deal is first sale for Friedman assistant, Energy
David Friendly and Marc Turtletaub’s Deep River Prods. has ponied up low six figures for tyro Kyle Long’s spec script “The Million Dollar Fan.”Comedy concerns a regular Joe mechanic whose opportunity to win a million dollars by kicking a field goal at a football half-time show upends his sedate small-town existence. Deal marks the first sale for both the newly formed management company Energy Entertainment, headed by partners Brooklyn Weaver and Joel Viertel, and Long, who labors by day as a writing assistant to Mouse House-based scribe David Friedman. New partnership Friendly and Turtletaub joined forces in the fall with an innovative company design. Friendly, the producer of such pics as “Dr. Dolittle,” “Big Momma’s House” and “Courage Under Fire,” brings producing experience; Turtletaub — who took over his father’s lending institution the Money Store, went public and eventually sold it for $2.1 billion — brings knowledge of finance. (The duo also sealed a blind original script commitment from “Cast Away” scribe William Broyles in a seven-figure deal in January.) While Long was repped in the deal by managers Weaver and Viertel, the duo will not be producing “Million.” “It’s our first project, and we wanted to concentrate on putting our clients to work before any (writers or actors) strikes, not on producing, which would take up so much time,” explained Weaver, adding that the company will ultimately seek to produce other client projects in the future.