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Scribes hit tiles at Mosaic

'Buckley' sells exec on duo's style

The writing team of Christian Papierniak and Deena Berezin has closed two writing deals, setting up their script “The Intern” at Mosaic Media Group and inking a blind spec deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.

Based on an idea by Nina Sadowsky, “The Intern” is a comedy in the vein of “Working Girl.” Sadowsky will produce along with Mosaic’s Chuck Roven and Doug Segal.

Warners deal, valued in the low six figures, came after production exec Polly Cohen saw the short film “Hal Buckley” and became enamored of the duo’s writing style.

Mosaic and Warner Bros. were initially introduced to Papierniak and Berezin’s talents after reading the scribes’ “Hal Buckley,” an irreverent high school comedy set up for a remake at New Line Cinema.

The Paradigm-repped duo met through the American Film Institute, where Papierniak is a directing graduate. There he directed the short “Buckley,” based on a script he co-wrote with Berezin. Berezin had left investment banking to enter the AFI Masters Screenwriting Program and study improv in the advanced levels of the Groundlings and Second City Los Angeles. She wrote and produced four films while at the AFI, including “Buckley.”

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