Sketch comedy group lines up first-look deal

Second City Entertainment has pacted with CBS Paramount Network TV, where the sketch comedy institution has lined up a first-look deal.

Under the arrangement, CBS Par will take advantage of Second City’s comedy stages (including its Chicago base), where its army of performer-writers will be enlisted to workshop potential projects.

According to Second City CEO Andrew Alexander, the deal will allow writers, showrunners and directors to hammer out projects, flesh out characters and come up with a script before shooting a pilot or presentation.

“We have such a strong factory of talent, over 125 performer-writers, that we feel we have a lot to offer,” Alexander said. “These are people who haven’t been totally exposed to the Hollywood experience, and bring something that’s unique. It’s a great opportunity to deliver funny content.”

Second City Entertainment exec producer Lowell Mate is overseeing the arrangement. Shingle previously held a similar deal with NBC Universal.

Second City is also busy developing the project “Road Games” and also has projects in the works at VH1 (with Go Go Luckey Prods.) and the CBC.

Filed Under:

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more