You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Disney raises ‘Helen’ by buying laffer pitch

Scribes sell return-to-roots pitch for low- to mid-six figures

Disney has risen to the chance of making “Raising Helen,” snagging the comic pitch from scribes Patrick Clifton and Beth Rigazio for a low- to mid-six-figure sum.

Pitch was first brought to Cristi Limm, Hyde Park Entertainment’s veep of production, who then brought it to Disney veep Karen Glass. Hyde Park’s David Hoberman and Ashok Amritraj, who have a first-look with the Mouse House, are in negotiations to produce.

“Raising” is a comedic drama about a New York City woman who returns to her conservative suburban hometown after a family tragedy.

The writing duo first collaborated on a comedy pitch called “SpeciMan,” which they sold to 20th Century Fox. They are penning the indie drama “Month of Sundays” for Tribe Pictures, to be helmed by Vern Oakley.

Clifton and Rigazio’s Disney deal was handled by Garth Pappas and Pat Quinn of Metropolitan Talent Agency and Cheryl Stanley of Talent Entertainment Group (formerly More/Medavoy Management).

David Webber of Bloom, Hergott, Diemer and Cook negotiated on the scribe’s behalf.

More Film

  • France Selects 'Memoir of War' as

    France Selects 'Memoir of War' as Foreign-Language Oscar Candidate

    Disney has risen to the chance of making “Raising Helen,” snagging the comic pitch from scribes Patrick Clifton and Beth Rigazio for a low- to mid-six-figure sum. Pitch was first brought to Cristi Limm, Hyde Park Entertainment’s veep of production, who then brought it to Disney veep Karen Glass. Hyde Park’s David Hoberman and Ashok […]

  • Todd Haynes

    Todd Haynes to Direct Drama 'Dry Run' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Disney has risen to the chance of making “Raising Helen,” snagging the comic pitch from scribes Patrick Clifton and Beth Rigazio for a low- to mid-six-figure sum. Pitch was first brought to Cristi Limm, Hyde Park Entertainment’s veep of production, who then brought it to Disney veep Karen Glass. Hyde Park’s David Hoberman and Ashok […]

  • Jakob Dylan2018 Film Festival Opening Night

    LA Film Festival: Jakob Dylan Talks Music Documentary 'Echo in the Canyon'

    Disney has risen to the chance of making “Raising Helen,” snagging the comic pitch from scribes Patrick Clifton and Beth Rigazio for a low- to mid-six-figure sum. Pitch was first brought to Cristi Limm, Hyde Park Entertainment’s veep of production, who then brought it to Disney veep Karen Glass. Hyde Park’s David Hoberman and Ashok […]

  • Joaquin Phoenix Joker

    See Joaquin Phoenix in Joker Makeup

    Disney has risen to the chance of making “Raising Helen,” snagging the comic pitch from scribes Patrick Clifton and Beth Rigazio for a low- to mid-six-figure sum. Pitch was first brought to Cristi Limm, Hyde Park Entertainment’s veep of production, who then brought it to Disney veep Karen Glass. Hyde Park’s David Hoberman and Ashok […]

  • The Eternals Chloe Zhao

    Marvel's 'The Eternals' Taps 'The Rider' Director Chloe Zhao

    Disney has risen to the chance of making “Raising Helen,” snagging the comic pitch from scribes Patrick Clifton and Beth Rigazio for a low- to mid-six-figure sum. Pitch was first brought to Cristi Limm, Hyde Park Entertainment’s veep of production, who then brought it to Disney veep Karen Glass. Hyde Park’s David Hoberman and Ashok […]

  • Johnny Galecki First Time in Variety

    Johnny Galecki on Working With Harriet Nelson, Dick Butkus, Chevy Chase as a Child Actor

    Disney has risen to the chance of making “Raising Helen,” snagging the comic pitch from scribes Patrick Clifton and Beth Rigazio for a low- to mid-six-figure sum. Pitch was first brought to Cristi Limm, Hyde Park Entertainment’s veep of production, who then brought it to Disney veep Karen Glass. Hyde Park’s David Hoberman and Ashok […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content