Amy Poehler Sets Seann William Scott Comedy ‘The Baby’ At NBC As She Re-Ups Deal With Universal TV

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Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite production company are staying put, signing a new overall deal with Universal Television and the newly formed Alternative Studio for scripted and unscripted projects.

Under the new pact, Paper Kite, which Poehler co-heads with Brooke Posch, has landed the first big commitment of the 2016 network buying season — a pilot production commitment from NBC for scripted comedy The Baby starring Seann William Scott.

Sean William Scott

The Baby will be written by Ash vs. Evil Dead showrunner Craig DiGregorio based an an idea by Scott and Poehler. It stars Scott as as the youngest male in an organized crime family of all women. Though he’s tough at work, his mother and seven older sisters mercilessly push him around at home. DiGregorio executive produces with Scott, Poehler, Posch, Dave Becky and Nick Frenkel for 3 Arts Entertainment, Universal TV and Paper Kite.

I hear Poeher fielded interest from other studios before ultimately opting to stay at Universal TV where Paper Kite has been based since its launch.


“Amy has been at the very top of our roster of producers at Universal Television for some time now and we’re so happy to renew and expand our relationship with her for our two studios,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. “For many years she’s been part of the NBCU family, first with Saturday Night Live and then, of course, with the stellar Parks and Recreation, so it only seems fitting that she remain with the company. We look forward to a variety of projects from her for NBC and other networks as she extends her creative vision into more producing and directing.”

Poehler won a Golden Globe in 2014 for her role as Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. She has been Emmy nominated five times for the role and was also Emmy nominated twice as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

“Amy is one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking voices in comedy and we’re very excited to work with her on The Baby and turn it into a great comedy for NBC,” said Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment.

Poehler and Paper Kite serve as producers on Comedy Central’s Broad City and Hulu’s Difficult People. This past season, Poehler made her pilot directorial debut with the Paper Kite NBC comedy Dumb Prince. On the film side, Poehler most recently co-starred opposite Tina Fey in Universal comedy Sisters and voiced the character Joy in Disney Pixar’s Oscar-winning hit Inside Out.

Poehler is repped by WME, 3 Arts and attorney Warren Dern.

Scott is best known for the hit American Pie comedy franchise, Role Models and Goon. This would mark his first major TV series gig. He is repped by ICM Partners, 3 Arts and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

DiGregorio is a co-executive producer on the high-profilenew Fox comedy series Making History and also served as co-executive producer on Comedy Central’s Workaholics. He is repped by WME, 3 Arts and attorney Lev Ginsburg.

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