EXCLUSIVE: Director/producer Ken Kwapis has come on board to direct NBC’s untitled Sarah Silverman comedy pilot, from Imagine TV and 20th TV. Additionally, Kwapis’ company, In Cahoots, has signed a one-year, first-look deal with NBC’s sister studio Universal Television, which kicks in June 1.
The Sarah Silverman comedy, a pet project of Imagine principal Ron Howard, is loosely based on Silverman’s life. It stars the comedian as a woman readjusting to the single life after a decade-long live-in relationship. Silverman wrote the script with Dan Sterling and Jon Schroeder. Silverman, Sterling and Imagine’s Howard, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo are executive producing, with Schroeder serving as co-exec producer. The project reunites Kwapis, Silverman and NBC. In 2000, Kwapis directed another NBC comedy pilot, Rocky Times, which co-starred Silverman. At NBC and Universal TV, Kwapis most recently executive produced and directed the pilot of the comedy Outsourced last season. He also has directed the pilots for such comedy series as NBC’s The Office, Fox’s The Bernie Mac Show and HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show.
Kwapis, and In Cahoots partner Alexandra Beattie recently sold two half-hour projects to Showtime, a dark comedy set in the world of modern advertising written by Shalom Auslander and a comedy about a young married couple exploring open marriage written by Sara Goodman. Kwapis, whose most recent feature, Big Miracle, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, opens on Feb. 3, is repped by UTA, Code Entertainment and Jeanne Newman.