EXCLUSIVE: There has been a major change in the relationship dynamic of veteran comedy writing duo Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, and it is the subject of a comedy project they have sold to ABC. Titled Changes, the single-camera project is written/exec produced by Sternin and Jennifer Ventimilia, which is Ventimilia’s new name after she underwent gender reassignment. Based on the duo’s real-life friendship, Changes revolves around two guys whose 30-year friendship was rocked when one of them became a woman. Sternin and Ventimilia’s partnership echoes the Wachowskis, who also continued to work together following Larry’s gender reassignment.
Changes is one of two comedies Sternin and Ventimilia have sold to ABC through their overall deal at ABC Studios. The other is a multi-camera sitcom based on the adolescent memories of journalist/activist Dan Savage. It explores a contemporary family that comes together by falling apart. ABC Studios-based Di Bonaventura TV is producing, with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Dan McDermott, Savage and Brian Pines executive producing with Sternin and Ventimilia. The project takes Sternin and Ventimilia, repped by WME and Madhouse Entertainment, back to their multicam roots — the duo spent three years on Fox’s That ’70s Show, rising to executive producers.