It’s Offspring‘s first TV exec hire. Meredith Ditlow will be responsible for ramping up and overseeing the company’s development and production slate in drama and comedy, for both broadcast and cable, through its deal with Warner Bros Television Group. Ditlow most recently was Director of Development at Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, the production company behind AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead. Prior to that, Ditlow was Director of Development at Furst Films/Ole, where she helped shepherd development under the company’s overall deal with CBS Television Studios, including The CW teen drama Star-Crossed. “We are thrilled to be bringing Meredith into Offspring,” Gibgot and Shankman said in today’s announcement.
Shankman and Gibgot, currently working on New Line’s Mean Moms with a view to a fall start, recently sold TV projects to HBO and E! In March, they pacted with HBO Films to direct and executive produce the biopic Madame Rose, about ultimate stage mom Rose Hovick, based on the memoirs of one of her two performing daughters, Gypsy Rose Lee. (Hovick has been played by Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Rosalind Russell, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley and Bette Midler in film and TV adaptations of the Jule Styne/ Stephen Sondheim musical Gypsy, which is loosely based on the 1957 memoir.) In June, E! bought their pitch for a scripted drama based on Deborah Schoeneman’s NYT article about the guy-rating Lulu app. The series would follow a young woman who has created a controversial and wildly successful app to rate/review men while, offline, she struggled to find love. Schoeneman’s article, “What’s He Really Like? Check the Lulu App,” told the story of the social networking app that has more than 1 billion profile views of men – and its founders, Alexandra Chong and Alison Schwartz.
The duo has worked on numerous projects together including all five Step Up films, The Last Song, Hairspray and 17 Again. Gibgot and Shankman are represented by UTA and Bloom Hergott.