Wedding Singer Comedy From Emily Kapnek & Elizabeth Banks Gets Fox Production Commitment

Suburgatory and Selfie creator Emily Kapnek has lined up her next series project, teaming with Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Prods. for Front Man, a single-camera comedy, which has landed at Fox with a pilot production commitment. The project hails from Warner Bros. TV where Kapnek’s Piece of Pie Prods. and Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Prods. both have deals.

Written by Kapnek, with Banks attached to direct subject to availability, Front Man centers on Paul who was an overindulged only child, born to two doting helicopter parents. Now approaching 30, he is forced to acknowledge that his dream of becoming a famous singer/songwriter isn’t happening. Wrenched from the comfort of his family home, Paul must learn to stand on his own. He takes the gig of front man for a local wedding band and learns more than wedding reception staples in the process. Kapnek, Banks and Handelman executive produce.

This would mark a third consecutive WBTV comedy series for Kapnek, following ABC’s Suburgatory and Selfie, which she created and executive produced.

Front Man also marks the first sale for Brownstone, which expanded into TV series with a WBTV deal signed in June.  The company’s TV operation is run by SVP Renate Radford. In television, Brownstone has been developing the HBO Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King biopic starring Banks as King and Paul Giamatti as Riggs. This summer, the company’s first digital comedy series, Resident Advisors, premiered on Hulu, produced in collaboration with Paramount Digital. As a director, actress Banks made her feature debut with Pitch Perfect 2, which was produced by Brownstone. She is attached to direct Red Queen at Universal and is in talks to helm a Charlie’s Angels reboot for Sony.

Banks and Browstone are repped by UTA, Untitled and attorney PJ Shapiro. Kapnek is repped by UTA and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.


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