'Duplex,' 'Heart of the City' among strips to be made into skeins

HOLLYWOOD — Universal Press Syndicate, which syndicates such comicstrips as Garfield, Cathy and Doonesbury, has made a deal with Venice-based A Happy Place Prods. to develop television programs based on its comicstrips the Duplex, Heart of the City and Cleats.

Wendy Thorlakson and Joe Anderson of A Happy Place oversee development in connection with UPS’ Bridget McMeel.

Glenn McCoy’s “The Duplex” will be a live-action half-hour comedy that follows the lives of a man and a woman and their respective talking dogs.

Mark Tatulli’s “Heart of the City” will combine live action with animation in the story of a city girl with a vivid imagination who lives with her single working mother and her Italian nanny.

Soccer league

Bill Hinds’ “Cleats” will be an animated children’s show grounded in the world of kids soccer.

UPS is the largest independent newspaper syndicate in the world. Among its comics and features are FoxTrot, Ziggy, the Boondocks, Calvin & Hobbes and Dear Abby.

Happy Place is the production company belonging to ‘N Sync member Lance Bass, ‘N Sync and Britney Spears manager Johnny Wright, producer Rich Hull (“She’s All That”), Thorlakson and Anderson. Company produced “On the Line” for Miramax last year.

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