Amy Poehler‘s Paper Kite Prods has sold two comedies from female creators — Jordan Roter and Nisha Ganatra — to ABC and NBC, respectively. Both projects have received put pilot commitments, joining Paper Kite’s comedy Dumb Prince, which has a pilot production commitment at NBC, to cap a strong selling season for the company. Roter’s Aunt Jill, which stars Mo Collins, and Ganatra’s Pre-Madonna hail from Universal TV, where Paper Kite Prods. is under an overall deal, with the company’s Poehler and Brooke Posch executive producing alongside 3 Arts’ Dave Becky.
Roter’s Aunt Jill is loosely based on her real aunt, who is said to be providing an endless supply of stories. The half-hour comedy centers on Jill (Collins), a smart, confident, hilarious and lovable 50-year-old who chose a different path than most women her age by focusing on her career and social life instead of getting married and having a family. An independent woman her entire life, Jill now has to depend on her judgmental older sister and neurotic millennial niece as she reinvents herself and her career. Roter also executive produces, with Collins serving as a consulting producer.
Inspired by filmmaker Nisha Ganatra’s adolescence, NBC’s Pre-Madonna finds Sarita Gupta entering a Chicago high school in 1983 and navigating the painful and hilarious path of finding out who she really is. Ganatra also executive produces, along with Tami Sagher.
Ganatra graduated from NYU and was working as an indie filmmaker — her first movie was the 1999 Chutney Popcorn — when she was brought in as a main director alongside creator Jill Soloway and a consulting producer on the first season of Amazon’s Transparent. That launched a career of a TV director for Ganatra, who has worked on a number of series in the past year and is helming all 10 episodes of DirecTV’s You Me Her. She is repped by ICM Partners.
Roter, who developed comedy Letters To My Daughter’s Further Therapist at CBS last year, is repped by WME and attorney Michael Schenkman.
Paper Kite produces Comedy Central hit Broad City and Difficult People for Hulu and will produce two features Balls and Schooled at Universal. As an actress, Poehler next stars in Universal’s Sisters, opposite Tina Fey and is currently shooting The House with Will Ferrell. Poehler and Paper Kite are repped by WME, 3 Arts and Sloane Offer Weber & Dern.
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