Co. picks up it's third property from Doyle

CANNES — Miramax Films has acquired the rights to “1974,” the third property the company has picked up from comedy scribe Larry Doyle, an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of “The Simpsons” and creator of New York Magazine’s comic strip “Bad Publicity.”

Deal is part of an ongoing multipicture pact between Doyle and Miramax.

“1974,” an outrageous campus comedy penned by Doyle, follows the fortunes of two college freshmen who, while trying to have some fun, accidentally start the conservative youth movement and the “Me” decade.

“Larry is not only hilarious, but is also a true professional,” said Meryl Poster, co-president of production for Miramax Films.

Miramax previously acquired Doyle’s “The Duplex,” to star Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore with Stuart Cornfeld and Nancy Juvoven producing with Stiller and Barrymore, and “Life Without Leann.”

Animated past

Before serving as a writer-producer on “The Simpsons” for the past four seasons, Doyle revived the “Pogo” comic strip. He recently completed animated pilot “Monkeys” for Imagine Television and Fox Broadcasting Co.

Jennifer Wachtell, VP of creative affairs, brought the project into the company and will be overseeing it for Miramax, reporting to Poster.

Steve Hutensky, exec VP of business and legal affairs, negotiated the project on behalf of Miramax. Doyle is repped by the William Morris Agency.

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