‘Shoot’ scribes get shot as showrunners

Duo worked on 'Freaks and Geeks,' 'Undeclared'

Scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (“Just Shoot Me”) have signed on as exec producers/showrunners for the Touchstone comedy pilot “Platonically Incorrect” as part of an exclusive development deal with the studio.

Duo have quietly been involved in shaping the ABC project for the last few weeks, working with exec producers Michael Bostick and Tom Shadyac of Shady Acres, as well as creator/scribe Darlene Hunt. Andy Cadiff directed the pilot, a romantic laffer which was taped earlier this month and stars Tom Everett Scott and A.J. Langer

If “PI” gets picked up to series, Sachs and Judah will serve as showrunners. Deal also has a script development component that kicks in if “PI” does not go forward; scribes might also be used on other Toushstone skeins.

Touchstone prexy Steve McPherson said Sachs and Judah are “two guys I’ve been trying to get in business with for some time now.” Scribes had been based at Universal Television.

During their two-year run at U., Sachs and Judah sold four network projects, including last year’s ABC hour “Homeward Bound.” Duo developed comedy scripts at ABC and NBC earlier this season before beginning work on “PI.”

Duo cut their teeth on the critically-hailed Judd Apatow-produced skeins “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared.” They also served as co-exec producers on NBC’s “Just Shoot Me” during the 2000-01 season.

Deal was brokered by The Rothman Agency’s Dan Brecher and manager Scott Howard.

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