A year after relaunching her Superb Entertainment with the financial backing of A+E Networks, producer Meryl Poster, former president of television for the Weinstein Co., has built a bi-coastal executive team and has set up a number of projects, including comedy Triangle Below Canal at HBO, Changers at Lionsgate TV and Intern Affairs at Lifetime. The company also recently made its first broadcast sale, drama Hungry at Fox.
Superb Entertainment has a rather unique arrangement with A+E Networks where the cable company has invested in the production outfit but Poster is not exclusive to A+E Networks and doesn’t have a first-look there, freeing her to develop and sell projects anywhere.
The first project Poster has sold through Superb Entertainment is a spec script she came across, penned by up-and-coming writer Nathalie Prisco. Titled Triangle Below Canal, the female-centric half-hour comedy, which has been set up at HBO, explores the plight of frustrated married young mothers in New York. Poster executive produces, while Prisco co-executive produces.
Additionally, Poster optioned the rights to a four-part young adult book series Changers by T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper and set them up at Lionsgate for a TV series to be written by the authors.
Changers tackles themes of identity, belonging, gender and thinking outside the box. It tracks the journey of an average suburban boy who becomes an incredible young woman…who becomes a reluctant hero…who becomes the person she was meant to be. Ethan is a Changer, a little-known, ancient race of humans who live out each of their four years of high school as a different person. After graduation, Changers choose which version of themselves they will be forever. The first two books were published in 2014 by Akashic Books. The third novel will be released in early 2016 and the fourth in 2017.
At A+E Networks, Poster has sold her original pitch Intern Affairs to Lifetime, sources say. Described as a cross between Scandal and Gossip Girl, the project, which is looking for a writer, is eyed as a possible companion to the network’s praised new series UnReal.
Poster — who has extensive unscripted background, having shepherded the Project Runway and Mob Wives franchises for the Weinstein Co. — also is developing reality projects through Superb’s unscripted division run by Shura Davison, SVP of Unscripted Development. Poster is still in the process of hiring executives. Those already onboard also include Tesha Crawford, VP of Scripted Development; Angela Freedman, Director of Unscripted Development and Jared Greenstein, Director of Creative Affairs & Operations.
As president of television of the Weinstein Co., Poster, who previously had worked with Harvey and Bob Weinstein at Miramax Films where she rose to Co-President of Production, steered the company’s top series, unscripted veteran Project Runway on Lifetime. She oversaw the expansion of the franchise with such offshoots as After the Runway, Project Accessory, Project Runway All Stars and Under the Gunn. She also oversaw the launch and executive produced Mob Wives for VH1 and its spinoff series Big Ang and Mob Wives Chicago as well as Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor on TLC, Rodeo Girls on A&E and Supermarket Superstar on Lifetime.
Before her stint at the Weinstein Co., Poster’s Superb Entertainment had a deal with Universal Pictures and Universal TV (then UMS). She brought in screenwriter Marti Noxon to create Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce, which became Bravo’s first original scripted series, Poster executive produces the dramedy, which has been renewed for a second season, and recently reunited with Noxon for the Fox drama project Hungry.