Dimension Films has sealed a two-year first look overall deal with Principato Young Management, culminating a flurry of business activity between the companies and giving the studio access to a stable of cutting-edge comedy writers and performers.
Clients repped by the Los Angeles-based firm include Anthony Anderson, who will appear in Dimension’s “Scary Movie 3” and Miramax’s upcoming “My Baby’s Mama,” and screenwriter Adam Glass, who earlier this month sold a pitch to Dimension to star Anderson.
PYM also handles Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant, who just completed a rewrite of “Starsky & Hutch,” which goes into production this week with Todd Phillips directing for Warner and Dimension; and tyro screenwriters Jonathan Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who did a polish on the “Scary Movie 3” script.
Moving into comedy
Deal represents Dimension’s continuing expansion in focus away from its traditional base in horror and genre movies into comedy, following the studio’s overall deal with Phillips and its substantial investment to come aboard “Starsky & Hutch.” Dimension will handle distribution of the ’70s cop series redo in all foreign markets.
Peter Principato and Paul Young partnered to form PYM in 2000. The duo are exec producing “Reno 911,” a half-hour comedy series picked up by Comedy Central for 13 episodes. They are also producing Lennon and Garant’s first screenplay, “You Are Going to Prison,” in association with Marc Abraham’s Strike Entertainment.
“We are honored to be in business with such a great company, and we look forward to making hilarious movies with them,” said Young and Principato in a joint statement. “Bob (Weinstein), Brad (Weston) and Andrew (Rona) are incredibly decisive, and they have great taste. We want to make a home at Dimension.”
Other PYM clients include actor Geoff Rodkey, who appears in upcoming Eddie Murphy pic “Daddy Day Care,” DJ Qualls (“Road Trip,” “The Core”), Don D. Scott (“Barber Shop”), Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Artie Lange (“The Howard Stern Show”), Mo Collins (“Mad TV”), David Wain and Michael Showalter (“Wet Hot American Summer”) and Eric Slovin and Leo Allen (“Saturday Night Live”).
Dimension co-presidents Andrew Rona and Brad Weston will oversee the deal for the studio, with development director Narges Takesh overseeing day to day.
Principato started his career in the comedy department at William Morris; Young is a former Paramount exec and, prior to that, Daily Variety reporter. Young also is chairman of the Groundlings Theater, the L.A. improv factory that fostered comics like Lisa Kudrow, Cheri Oteri, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph and Paul Reubens. Other managers at PYM are E. Brian Dobbins and Ted Bender.