Brad Copeland, the scribe behind Disney’s surprise spring hit “Wild Hogs,” is setting up shop at Sony.
Studio’s TV arm has inked a premium two-script deal with Copeland, whose smallscreen credits include “My Name Is Earl” and “Arrested Development.” As part of the pact, Copeland will develop one of his projects with Adam Sandler’s Sony-based Happy Madison shingle.
Scribe is still finalizing concepts for projects and will likely begin pitching to networks within the next few months. He’s also working on the script for the Touchstone/Buena Vista-produced “Wild Hogs 2.”
Copeland’s most recent studio affiliation had been at 20th Century Fox TV, where he had an overall deal from 2004 until last year. During that time, he rose from supervising producer to co-exec producer on “My Name Is Earl.”
He also wrote the 2006 pilot “Southern Comfort,” which was produced by 20th for ABC but did not make it to series. From 2003-05, Copeland was a producer on “Arrested Development,” where he worked with creator Mitch Hurwitz.
Hurwitz is also on the Sony lot, working under a lucrative overall deal he shares with “Two and a Half Men” exec producer Eric Tannenbaum.
Copeland’s first major TV gig was on the Carsey-Werner-produced skein “Grounded for Life,” where he worked from 2000-03.
Copeland is repped by UTA.