EXCLUSIVE: Brillstein Entertainment Partners has kicked off its selling season with three deals at ABC — for comedies from writers Ali Rushfield and Kristin Newman and a drama from Jordon Nardino. All three are executive produced by Robin Schwartz, who joined the company as TV president in June, and hail from ABC Studios where Brillstein is under a deal.
Both single-camera comedy juxtapose women in their 30s and their 20s. The Ali Rushfield half-hour centers on a 36-year-old woman/child who finally begins to grow up when she moves in with two 21-year-old girls. Rushfield serves as an executive producer, with Leslie Grossman, who was involved in the project’s inception, serving as consultant. It has been a busy development season for Parks & Recreation co-executive producer Rushfield, repped by UTA. She also is writing comedy Stuck, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox, though I hear the ABC comedy has her in first position. Coincidentally, Stuck too centers on women of different ages, a mother and daughter working together. The Kristin Newman comedy, titled Women & Girls, centers on a woman from the Sex And The City age and her half-sister from the Girls era who navigate life together at home and work. UTA-repped Newman is a co-executive producer on ABC’s The Neighbors.
Drama Princess centers on a regular girl who falls in love with the heir of a political dynasty, becoming a modern-day princess. But what seems like a fairytale quickly unravels. The plot echoes the real-life story of Britain’s Princess Diana. Princess joins another drama about a contemporary royal family, Mark Schwahn’s E! pilot The Royals. Nardino (GCB) is with WME and Brillstein whose Margaret Riley also executive produces.