Miramax babysits ‘Nanny’

Project loosely based on McLaughlin, Kraus bestseller

“Friends” scribe Dana Klein has a new best buddy: Harvey Weinstein.

In a deal that reps Weinstein’s first big push into scripted television since former TV topper Billy Campbell exited a few years ago, Klein — a supervising producer on the just-ended NBC laffer — has signed on to create and exec produce a half-hour comedy loosely based on Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus’ bestselling novel “The Nanny Diaries.”

Miramax, which has been developing a film version of the book, will produce the series, with Weinstein aboard as an exec producer. Studio will develop the project inhouse with Klein, eventually shopping the project to a broadcast net. Miramax is expected to take on a studio co-partner once “Nanny” is set up at a network.

McLaughlin and Kraus are former nannies whose novel parodies the lifestyles of well-heeled New Yorkers. Book details nine frantic months in the life of a young woman impulsively hired to care for the neglected 4-year-old son of a pampered Park Avenue wife and her near-absentee husband, whose marriage begins to disintegrate during the period.

Child care

After “Nanny Diaries” became a bestseller, numerous networks started developing various “Nanny”-like projects, but none made it on the air. ABC is mulling whether to greenlight “Gramercy Park,” an hourlong drama about three nannies in a ritzy Gotham apartment building.

Weinstein was introduced to Klein via William Morris, which reps the scribe and Miramax Television.

Weinstein will oversee production for Miramax Television along with co-president of production Meryl Poster and VP of television Eli Holzman.

Miramax Films is fast-tracking a feature adaptation of “Nanny Diaries” with Richard Gladstein attached to produce via FilmColony, a studio spokeswoman said.

On the unscripted side, Miramax TV recently set up “Project Greenlight” at Bravo after two years at HBO. Bravo has also ordered Miramax’s “Project Runway.”

Studio’s previous major network effort was a short-lived animated adaptation of “Clerks” for ABC.

(David Rooney in New York contributed to this report.)

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