Sleigh story to fly

U snags scribes Lennon, Garant's reindeer tale

This article was corrected on March 19, 2001.

Though the studios have been mighty cautious about shelling out coin for pitches and specs over the past several weeks due to possible strikes, a bidding war erupted late Wednesday that ended with Universal committing $750,000 to $1.3 million for an “untitled reindeer pitch” delivered by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

Project, brought into U by co-president of production Scott Stuber and veep Jennifer Fox, will be produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Michael Aguilar, who previously produced the Spyglass/Disney comedy “Out Cold,” rewritten by the scribe duo.

Irreverent comic story explains how Santa’s reindeer came together for the first time.

Three weeks ago, Lennon and Garant sold comedy ping-pong pitch “Balls of Fury” to Spyglass. They also have set up “The Reverend Pimp Daddy” at Columbia with Orlando Jones starring, and “You Are Going to Prison,” to be produced at Beacon by their manager, Principato-Young Management.

On the tube

In the television arena, Lennon and Garant were co-creators and stars of MTV’s “The State” and Comedy Central’s “Viva Variety.” More recently, they set up a blind script commitment at Fox Broadcasting.

Also through Fox, they are exec producing, creating and starring in the sketch show “Reno 911,” to be produced by Jersey Television and Principato-Young.

Besides Principato-Young, scribes are repped by CAA and attorney Carl Austen.

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