EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Palmigiano, formerly the head writer and executive producer for Funny or Die, will make her feature film directorial debut White Girl Problems at Lionsgate. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing the film based on the bestselling book by Babe Walker through their Brownstone Productions banner. It was bought by Lionsgate in 2013 for Pitch Perfect producers.
Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles, who won the 2014 Nicholl Fellowship for their screenplay United States of F*ckin’ Awesome, adapted the pseudo-memoir. The story follows a young woman with a huge social media following who melts down one afternoon after spending about a quarter of a million dollars in Barney’s and ends up in shopping rehab, where she decides to write about her life — of excess and meaningless problems.
Gotta hand it to Lionsgate for mining new talent. Palmigiano has been the creative mind behind dozens of the site’s video and creative content and recently directed the Soul Pancake-produced pilot Hollywood & Vine for ABC Family, and Homeroom for Nickelodeon. Lionsgate had no comment about Palmigiano.
She also wrote, directed and produced the short feature Cried Suicide which starred Sarah Burns and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Palmigiano is represented by CAA and managed by Greg Walter and Olivia Gerke at 3 Arts Entertainment.