EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Garner‘s Vandalia Films has signed a first-look deal with Universal Television. The first project to come out of the pact is an untitled comedy from writer Ellen Rapoport, which has sold to NBC.
Rapoport will write the semi-autobiographical comedy, which was put together by Television 360 (Game Of Thrones), the TV division of Management 360. It tells the story of Allie, a nerdy, twentysomething overachiever who is befriended and taken in by two promiscuous party girls. They give her the adolescence she never had, while she teaches them how to grow up. Rapoport will executive produce with Television 360’s Daniel Rappaport and Meghan Lyvers and Vandalia’s Garner and Juliana Janes.
Rapoport, repped by CAA and Management 360, is currently rewriting feature The Pool for Chernin and Fox, which Will Speck and Josh Gordon are attached to direct. Her feature spec Desperados landed on the Black List in 2010 and has Mark Gordon producing. On the TV side, she wrote the ABC comedy pilot script Hot Mess last season.
The Ellen Rapoport comedy joins Television 360’s development slate, which includes the CW drama Expectations, written by J. Mills Goodloe and exec produced with Reese Witherspoon; Fox comedy Wendy & Peter, also exec produced by Witherspoon; HBO comedy Royal, written by Nick Schenk and exec produced by Peter Tolan; and Showtime drama The Oath, from Mark Heyman.
Vandalia Films previously had a deal with ABC Studios. On the feature side, the company produced the recently released Butter, starring Garner, Ty Burrell and Olivia Wilde, and is developing the Agatha Christie adaptation Miss Marple at Disney with Mark Frost penning. Garner is with Management 360 and WME.
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