Screenwriting stays in the family

Times scribe and kids tapped to write laffer

HOLLYWOOD — Paramount-based Robert Cort Prods. has hired a mother and her two children to pen an untitled family comedy set in suburban Los Angeles. The writers are Emily Dwass, high school senior Amy Silverstein, 17, and recent UCLA grad Josh Silverstein, 22. Cort and exec VP of production Scarlett Lacey will produce.

Plot details are under wraps. The script is based on an original idea by Lacey.

“I love working with a family of writers, because we want to capture the truth of the teen-parent dynamic, and it’s alive right there in the room,” Lacey said. “Josh and Amy pinpoint precisely what is funny and real to their peers, but having Mom on the team means they’re grounded.”

The family was hired based on their first spec, “Driver’s Ed,” a comedy about a Chicago teen getting his driver’s license. RCP will also get a first-look at the trio’s second spec, “Bar Mitzvah Bandits,” a father/son con artist comedy.

Dwass has also written for Disney, Nelvana and Lifetime and was the Los Angeles Times’ “Kid Health” columnist for three years. She’s married to Times reporter Stuart Silverstein.

Family togetherness has paid off recently; director Jim Sheridan co-wrote family drama “In America” with daughters Naomi and Kirsten. The script received an Oscar nom for original screenplay.

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