Hefty deal calls for development component
Sony and CBS Par are bulking up the writing team for “Rules of Engagement,” inking a two-year deal to bring “Seinfeld” scribe Carol Leifer aboard the Adam Sandler-produced Eye laffer.
Pact calls for Leifer to join as co-exec producer, working with showrunner-exec producer Tom Hertz. There’s also a development component to the deal that calls for Leifer to write a script for Sony, CBS Par and “Rules” producer Happy Madison in the second year of the pact.
Gig reps the first time scribe-thesp Leifer has opted to take a full-time staff writing gig since 1999’s “It’s like, you know…” Deal reunites Leifer and Hertz, who worked together as writers on “The Larry Sanders Show.”
Jeanie Bradley, exec VP of current programs at Sony, said Leifer will be key in broadening the show’s male-centric tone.
“We have gold in our guy (characters), and we’re looking to do even more with our two female characters,” she said. “Carol has such an amazing wit and humor, and she’s also got an edge that she’ll bring to the show.”
Bradley also noted that Leifer knows many of the people on the show, including two of the leads (David Spade and Patrick Warburton) and producer Sandler.
“They’re buddies from my standup days, so we’re all old friends,” Leifer said, adding that she’s “very happy to be one of six people working in sitcoms right now.”
Scribe has developed several network comedy projects in recent years and has written for five of the last seven Oscarcasts. She recently struck a deal with Random House to publish “When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win,” a collection of essays set to come out next year (Daily Variety, April 23).
Separately, former “King of the Hill” and “Just Shoot Me” scribes Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin are also joining the staff of “Rules.” They’ll serve as co-exec producers.
Duo inked an overall deal with CBS Par last year (Daily Variety, June 13).