EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Brillstein Entertainment Partners TV executive Becky Clements is being tapped as president of the as-yet-unnamed new TV production company from Shawn Levy and Marty Adelstein. It will be based at 20th Century Fox TV with a 2-year overall deal that is now being finalized. The pact may also include a network commitment component, with talks about such a commitment at Fox currently underway. Company’s focus will be on developing half-hour comedies as well as hourlong comedic dramas, capitalizing on Levy’s solid track record in directing/producing comedy features, including the Night at the Museum and Cheeper by the Dozen franchises, Just Married, What Happens In Vegas and, most recently, Date Night.
TV and film producer Adelstein had been looking for a new president for his 20th TV-based Lost Marbles TV following the departure of Michael Thorn, who left last month to become head of drama at 20th TV. Adelstein quickly settled on Clements whom he had known for 10 years. As for a partner, Adelstein said he wasn’t looking for one. After two back-to-back partnerships with Neal Moritz and Dawn Parouse, Adelstein was fine flying solo with Lost Marbles until his reps at WME introduced him to fellow WME client Levy. “He is such a good positive guy, very ambitious, and he has an eye for what is commercial and has mass appeal,” Adelstein said.
Meanwhile, Levy had dabbled into TV with a small production company that also was based at 20th TV. He developed and directed three pilots for the studio in 2004-05, one of which, Pepper Dennis, went to series that had a brief run on the WB. After focusing on features full-time for the past few years with the two Night at the Museum films, Date Night and Real Steel, which he is now filming, Levy said that in April, he started thinking about “refocusing some of my energy and time on television.” “But I didn’t want to do it alone, and having a formidable partner with the level of experience and relationships that Marty brings was the way to do the TV thing seriously and productively.”
Levy and Adelstein met with other TV studios before deciding to base the new company at their longtime home, 20th TV. Former top agent Adelstein has been based at the studio since he left Endeavor, which he once helped launch, 8 years ago to become a producer. Meanwhile, Levy also has a longstanding relationship with Fox on the feature side. His 21 Laps banner recently inked a new premium 3-year with 20th Century Fox. Levy plans to be very involved in all aspects of development and hopefully direct a company-produced pilot next pilot season. (Levy started off direction pilots for Nickelodeon and Disney and has loved pilot helming duties ever since.)
Clements had been at Brillstein for 15 years, having been brought to the company by Kevin Reilly, then-president of the TV production arm named at the time Brillstein-Grey TV. Clements, who most recently served as EVP, has overseen some 50 pilots and several series, including NewsRadio, Just Shoot Me! and, most recently Samantha Who? “It’s hard to leave as I’ve crossed every personal and production milestone while I was at Brillstein, but I’m excited about the new job and find both Shawn and Marty to be tremendously dynamic.”
Adelstein is producing the upcoming MTV series Teen Wolf and is in post production on two movies, Hanna, starring Cate Blanchett & Eric Bana, and The Experiment, starring Adrien Brody and Forrest Whitaker. His previous credits include Fox’s Prison Break and Dimension’s Black Christmas.