The directing duo of Will Speck and Josh Gordon, Oscar-nommed this year for their live-action short “Culture,” are developing a comedy vehicle for 20th Century Fox TV.
The pair recently inked a blind script deal with 20th that calls for them to dream up an original concept for a half-hour series, but there is no studio commitment beyond a script.
As it embarks on development for the 2000-01 season, 20th — this season’s top primetime supplier with a record 22 series on the fall sked — is in the hunt for up-and-coming talent, particularly as many of the studio’s top writer-producers will be busy shepherding their own infant shows this fall.
Speck and Gordon also have been active with Ridley and Tony Scott’s RSA-USA/Black Dog Films musicvid and commercial production banner. The pair recently completed blurbs for Quaker Oats and the Worldwide Wrestling Federation, on top of a series of spots they did last year for the Auction Universe online service.
Speck and Gordon met while undergrads at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. They moved to L.A. after graduating in 1994, and in short order Gordon joined the writing staff of the NBC sitcom “Mad About You,” while Speck served a stint as a creative exec at Fox 2000.
The Speck/Gordon short “Culture” revolves around an ambitious newspaper writer whose promotion to “junior culture editor” is undone by a veteran secretary who resents the Young Turk’s insistence that she trade in her mimeograph machine and Dictaphone for more modern office equipment.
In addition to an Oscar nod, “Culture” earned the Chicago Intl. Film Festival’s Silver Hugo award.
Speck and Gordon are repped by ICM’s Paul Haas, Todd Feldman and Doug Maclaren and attorneys Tom McGuire and Jeanne Newman.