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Levin launches laffer unit

'Incredible' vet goes for funny business

Vet producer Drew Levin, whose credits include classic reality skein “That’s Incredible,” is getting into the comedy business.

Having recently launched a laffer division, Levin’s TMC Entertainment shingle is developing several projects that blend comedy and reality TV elements.

“Comedy is the great unifier, and it bridges all formats from reality-based to scripted television,” Levin said.

As part of the expansion, Tip McPartland has joined TMC as vice prexy of its comedy division. McPartland was formerly at Budd Friedman Digital, which co-produced the GSN series “National Lampoon’s Funny Money.”

TMC continues to develop projects with Budd Friedman Digital, the namesake of the Improv comedy club founder. That includes “Unreal TV,” which takes public-domain clips of news events and scripts stories around them; and “Clipped,” a hidden-camera show in which comics re-enact embarrassing scenes from film, TV and commercials.

TMC also has a pair of scripted laffers in the works.

A division of Levin’s Total Media Group, TMC Entertainment — which the producer founded in 2001 — has so far focused mostly on documentaries, reality series, telepics and specials. The company is behind the PBS miniseries “Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses” and “Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths,” slated to air later this year. Both three-hour projects are based on the bestselling books by Bruce Feiler.

Levin’s other credits include the Carl Sagan specials “Man and the Cosmos” and “Cosmos: A Special Edition,” as well as the MTV series “Stephen King’s World of Horror” and USA’s “Shadow Theater.” Levin also was behind the Showtime series “Total Recall 2070,” as well as MTV’s TV movie “The Matthew Shepard Story.”

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