Five months into her one-year pod deal with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Tracy Katsky has sold six comedies to broadcast and cable networks, including a half-hour starring comedian Pete Correale at CBS and projects from Ajay Sahgal and Claudia Lonow. On the heels of their successful first selling season together, Katsky and Kaplan have extended their deal for a second year.
The pact with KatCo marked the first pod deal for Kapital Entertainment which has been making strides toward becoming a full-fledged studio that serves as an umbrella for independent production companies. It was followed by a similar agreement between Kapital and Sharon Horgan’s Merman Films.
CBS’ untitled Pete Correale multi-camera comedy, from veteran comedy writer Marsh McCall (Last Man Standing), CBS TV Studios and Levity, is based on Correale’s standup. It stars the comedian as a working class New Yorker who, along with his wife have scrimped and saved to finally own their own walk-up NYC apartment only to now share their “biosphere” with the eccentric tenants who whom they now share their lives.
Also at CBS and CBS TV Studios, KatCo and Kapital Entertainment have multi-camera comedy Eric & Bella Forever. Written by Ajay Sahgal (Nevermind Nirvana) and actor-writer Carlos Jacott (Psych), the romantic comedy is about two people — both too closely intertwined with their families — and the story of their unlikely relationship, told in flashback, from the toasts and tributes of the people in their wedding video.
At Fox, Katsky has Botcop, a single-camera robot comedy from 20th TV and writers Itai Grunfeld and Geoff Barbanell (Kickin’ It). Here is the premise: In 1984 botcop was the cutting edge of law enforcement technology. Half man and half robot, all bad ass and he cleaned the mean streets of LA bringing crime to its lowest levels of all time. Now, 30 years later, botcop is nothing more that an outdated relic, he is fired from the LAPD and forced to take the only law enforcement gig he can get – that of a meter maid.
Also previously announced is Claudia Lonow’s single-camera comedy Assisted Loving at NBC and Universal TV, which represents How To Live With Your Parents and Accidentally On Purpose creator Lonow’s semi-autobiographical take on Rob Morris’ book Assisted Loving, about dating alongside his 80-year-old father.
On the cable side, Katsky has sold multi-camera comedy Animal Rescue Show to Nickelodeon, from writers Erika Keastle and Patrick McCarthy (Good Luck Charlie). It centers on 12-year-old Taylor who has her life turned upside down when her single mother, in an attempt to “help” her make more friends, signs up their animal rescue facility as a place where her outrageous classmates can come work and receive community service hours for school.
The sales reunite WME-repped Katsky, a well respected development executive, with several of the networks she had previously worked for. She spent four years as SVP Development & Original Programming at Nickelodeon and also did stints as SVP Development for HBO Independent Prods, SVP and head of comedy for Fox and SVP and head of comedy for Regency TV. Before teaming with Kaplan, she was at Greg Daniels’ production company Deedle Dee Prods, where she worked on the upcoming NBC comedy series Mr. Robinson.
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