Comedy writer-producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger (The Neighbors) have signed a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV Studios. Under the agreement, they will develop projects with the studio and join Fox’s fall comedy Grandfathered as supervising producers.
It’s a reunion of sorts for the pair, who got their first professional writing gig at 20th on the Fox show Friends With Benefits and spent two seasons working with Grandfathered EP Dan Fogelman on ABC’s The Neighbors. Last season, they sold half-hour comedy project First Timers to ABC, based on their own relationship, with Fake Empire producing. They also were producers on Jason Katims’ About A Boy at NBC. On the feature side, they are adapting Gayle Forman’s YA novel Just One Day for Universal with Fake Empire producing, as well as an adaptation of Sleeping Beauty for Sony with Original Films producing and Max Winkler attached to direct.
“We’ve loved Isaac and Elizabeth ever since we worked with them on Friends With Benefits, and while that show didn’t go the distance, we knew we wanted to get them back on our lot and watch them grow,” said 20th Century Fox TV President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis. “They’ll start out on Grandfathered, which is a very big priority for us this fall, and they’ve already proven to be an amazing asset to the staff. We’re thrilled to have them on the studio roster and to develop with them down the road.”
The friends and scribes have been writing as a team for eight years after they met at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Aptaker, who grew up outside Boston, amused himself as a 10-year-old by writing spec episodes for Boy Meets World and Berger, who grew up in Queens, began doling out advice to the head writer of Sesame Street (who happened to be her father) at a very young age. Aptaker and Berger are repped by Verve, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson.