'Party Down' alum plans to adapt U.K. comedy
Busy “Party Down” alum John Enbom has sold his second project in recent days, circling a deal to adapt the U.K. comedy “Free Agents” for NBC.“Free Agents” would rep the first U.S. sale coming from the TV division of Big Talk, the U.K.-based shingle run by Simon Pegg and Nira Park. Enbom is planning to adapt “Free Agents” for the Peacock along with Universal Media Studios-based producers Karey Burke and Todd Holland (and their Dark Toy label). Deal comes a week after Enbom and fellow “Party Down” vets Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge, Jennifer Gwartz and Danielle Stokdyk sold the put pilot “Temps” to the Peacock. “Free Agents,” which ran on the U.K.’s Channel 4 in 2009, starred Stephen Mangan as an agent going through a messy divorce. Anthony Head played his boss, while Sharon Horgan starred as Mangan’s new love interest. Chris Niel wrote the six-episode series. “Free Agents” ultimately won the Rose D’Or prize for best situation comedy. Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice run Big Talk’s TV operations for Pegg and Park, and will oversee Big Talk’s day-to-day TV operations as the shingle looks to develop more here in the United States. Enbom wrote 17 out of 20 episodes of “Party Down,” the Starz laffer that developed a cult following in the biz. His credits also include “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Veronica Mars” and the Starz telepic “Starstruck.” Here in the U.S., Fox attempted in 2007 to develop a version of “Spaced,” from Big Talk’s Pegg and frequent collaborator Edgar Wright (as well as Jessica Stevenson). That project ultimately didn’t move forward, however.
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