×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Arrival’ Screenwriter Eric Heisserer to Produce TV Thriller ‘The Scrawl’

“Arrival’ screenwriter Eric Heisserer has come on board to executive produce the supernatural series “The Scrawl” — the first TV project from the newly-launched Penchant Entertainment.

Erin Eggers, Chase Hudson and Matthew Porter have launched Penchant with plans for two to three feature films annually for multiple platforms, and two to four scripted TV projects for network and non-traditional outlets.

Heisserer won the Writers Guild of America award on Sunday for writing “Arrival” in the best adapted script category and is nominated for an Oscar in the same category. “The Scrawl” is a one-hour drama series written by “Heroes Reborn” scribe Zach Craley, exploring the aftermath of collective negativity giving birth to an actual monster. South Korean movie “Killer Toon” served as the inspiration for “The Scrawl.”

Penchant developed “The Scrawl” and will executive produce along with South Korea’s CJ Entertainment, which released “Killer Toon.”

Penchant is also developing a feature thriller titled “The Mean Tide,” directed by Shana Betz. The film will center on an exonerated ex-convict hose prison ties threaten to destroy his second chance at life. Liska Ostojic, Justin Partridge and Mark DeGaetani all have writing credits on the project.

Eggers will oversee Penchant’s development slate. Her credits include Lasse Hallstrom’s “The Hoax” and “Winter Passing” while working at Ozla Pictures and Stratus Film Company. Hudson’s credits include “Highjacked” and  “Bloodwork.” Porter worked for Valhalla Entertainment, Ozla Pictures and Morgan Creek.

“Recognizing the increasing need for quality, reasonably priced content across a variety of new and existing platforms, we started Penchant to create sophisticated, commercial entertainment for audiences worldwide,” the three founders said. “We are thrilled to be working with so many talented collaborators who share our passion and commitment to quality storytelling, from script to screen.”

More TV

  • Name Of The Rose

    Germany's Tele München Group Sold to Investment Firm KKR

    Global investment firm KKR has acquired Tele München Group, one of Germany’s largest television businesses. The surprise deal was announced Thursday. New York-based global investor KKR has holdings in multiple sectors, including infrastructure, energy and real estate. Tele München Group, or TMG, is active in both production and distribution; its projects include the highly anticipated [...]

  • UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report: Women, Minorities

    Hollywood Diversity Gains in TV but Falls Short in Movies

    Minorities and women have registered gains in several key areas of television but women continue to lag in movies, according to a report issued Thursday by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. “My basic take is that TV is improving more for minorities and women than film,” said Dr. Darnell [...]

  • 60 Minutes" reporter Lara Logan takes

    Lara Logan Says She's Been 'Targeted' for Her Claims of Liberal Media Bias

    Former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan appeared on “Hannity” Wednesday evening to expand on her recent remarks characterizing the media as “mostly liberal.” “It’s obvious, right, because you get targeted,” she said, explaining her earlier comments that she was committing “professional suicide” by criticizing the media. “It’s the same group of people, they’re already [...]

  • Jussie Smollett

    'Empire' Producers Consider Suspending Jussie Smollett (EXCLUSIVE)

    Fox is considering removing Jussie Smollett from production on “Empire.” Sources close to the production told Variety that producers are weighing whether to suspend the actor after he was charged Wednesday in Chicago with filing a false police report. A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the series, declined to comment. Smollett’s status on [...]

  • Game of Thrones Final Season: Best

    The Best 'Game of Thrones' Merch to Get You Ready for the New Season

    We’re just weeks away from the premiere of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” and whether you’re a die-hard fan, on the hunt for a novelty gift, or a serious collector hoping to nab some memorabilia before the series signs off for good, we’ve found 10 pieces of merch that pay tribute to one [...]

  • Ryan KadroPaleyLive NY: The News Is

    Ryan Kadro Will Join Quibi to Oversee News Programming (EXCLUSIVE)

    Ryan Kadro left CBS News several weeks ago, but he isn’t leaving the news business. Kadro, the former executive producer of “CBS This Morning” is set to join Quibi, the company led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman that is devoted to short-form  content. Kadro is expected to oversee news programming for the subscription-based service, [...]

  • Jussie Smollett

    Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report

    “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report, the Chicago police said Wednesday. “Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter. Smollett is due to appear in court for a bond hearing at 1:30 p.m. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content