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Scribes set up ‘Retreat’

New Line signs Alans for comedy

New Line has tapped comedy writing team Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland to pen corporate comedy “The Retreat” for Guy Walks Into a Bar partners Jon Berg and Todd Komarnicki.

Directed by James Dodson, story centers on a thirtysomething hot dog vendor at Chicago’s Wrigley Field who lands a job at a corporation. He climbs the management ladder thanks to impressing the go-getter CEO with the simple wisdom he’s picked up selling hot dogs. Protag discovers at a company retreat in Hawaii that he’s the target of sabotage by a disgruntled employee.

Cohen and Freedland, aka the Alans, won an Emmy for writing on “King of the Hill.” They started as original writers on the skein and ended up as co-exec producers before leaving to ink a multiyear overall deal with 20th.

The duo created the Comedy Central animated series “Kid Notorious” and wrote the feature script “Lost in Duncanville,” which Mike Judge is producing for Fox. Most recently, they exec produced “Hidden Howie” with Howie Mandel for Bravo.

Dodson, a former VP of physical production at Fox, was tapped last summer to helm “The Retreat” (Daily Variety, Aug. 9). Berg and Komarnicki sold the pitch last year to New Line, where they launched “Elf” as their maiden project.

John Jacobs is exec producing “The Retreat.” The original script was penned by David Dorfman.

Berg and Komarnicki signed a first-look deal last year at Par and are developing “It’s Not You, It’s Me,” “Starship Dave,” “The Manny,” “The User” and a remake of “Wild About Harry” for the studio along with “Camp Sachem” at Revolution.

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