Lionsgate has entered a multi-year first-look television deal with writing/directing/producing team Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, it was announced Thursday by Lionsgate TV group chairman Kevin Beggs.
Under the deal, the duo best known for the “Harold & Kumar” films, will develop and produce original, scripted comedy programming.
“With their spectacularly successful, fan-favorite ‘Harold & Kumar’ franchise, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg proved that they understand serialization, and as Lionsgate TV’s programming further expands into comedy, we are thrilled to help bring their unique comedic perspective to television,” said Chris Selak, Lionsgate Television’s exec VP of TV.
The deal includes “Fair and Balanced,” the single-camera newsroom comedy they are developing with ABC that is based on “Harold & Kumar” costar Kal Penn’s personal experience appearing on news shows and working for President Barack Obama. Hurwitz and Schlossberg are writing and executive producing that project under their Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions banner. Their director of development, Matt Lottman, serves as co-producer. Penn will also executive produce “Fair and Balanced” alongside his longtime manager and producing partner, Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment.
“Like many filmmakers today, we’re excited about the creative possibilities of television, and equally excited to be working with Lionsgate, given their incredible track record of producing groundbreaking shows,” said Hurwitz and Schlossberg. “We look forward to adding some subversive comedy to their highly respected brand.”
Hurwitz and Schlossberg are repped by Joe Cohen and Frank Jung at CAA, and attorney Adam Kaller. On the film side, they are producing “The Pact,” a sex comedy directed by “Pitch Perfect’s” Kay Cannon.