Created and Written by Comedian Jake Fogelnest
Produced by Legendary Television and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour
NEW YORK, NY — March 26, 2015 — IFC is developing the comedy Start Making Sense (working title) ordering multiple scripts of the series from creator and writer Jake Fogelnest (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Billy on the Street, Difficult People), produced by Legendary Television and executive produced by Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld, and Mike Rosenstein through Red Hour. The show is in contention for the comedy network’s 2016 line-up.
“Jake is an incredible storyteller who has created a cast of characters who explore the comedic side of the modern generational divide,” said Christine Lubrano, senior vice president of original programming. “We look forward to these scripts taking many slightly off turns into the depths of family dysfunction.”
Start Making Sense (wt) follows Jack desperately clinging to his fading relevancy as a best-selling author and his son, Shane, basking in popularity by expressing his teenage angst in 140 characters or less. As these generational voices collide they must navigate new waters of texts, trust and rock and roll.
“I am thrilled to be working with IFC, Red Hour and Legendary on this project. I just hope they never figure out they’ve put a complete dumdum in charge of writing what has been sold to them as a smart comedy. Seriously, have you seen what I put on Twitter?” said Fogelnest.
IFC is the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies. Series like Portlandia, Maron and Comedy Bang! Bang! air alongside fan-favorite movies and comedic cult TV shows. Owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., along with sister channels AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and WE tv, IFC is available to more than 73 million U.S. homes and across multiple platforms. IFC: Always On Slightly Off.
About Legendary Entertainment
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $10 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com
ABOUT RED HOUR FILMS
Founded by Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld, Red Hour is a production company dedicated to discovering new writers and filmmakers while developing projects with a mainstream sensibility across multiple media platforms.
Red Hour is currently in production on the highly anticipated sequel “Zoolander 2”, which Stiller is directing and starring in. The film is slated for release February 12, 2016. Red Hour Films most recently produced “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” which Stiller directed and starred in alongside Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, and Sean Penn.
Red Hour’s other film credits include “Zoolander,” “Dodgeball,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Blades of Glory,” “The Big Year,” “30 Minutes or Less,” “Submarine,” “Megamind,” and “Tropic Thunder”.
Red Hour Television is run by veteran executive Debbie Liebling. RHT currently produces three series for Comedy Central including “Big Time in Hollywood, FL”, “Another Period”, and “The Meltdown with Johan and Kumail”, which is in in production on its second season.
On the even smaller screen, Red Hour Digital is currently developing an animated “Zoolander” series. Additionally, they produced the second season of “Next Time on Lonny” on Maker as well as three seasons of the wildly successful and Emmy nominated Bachelor-parody, “Burning Love”.
Red Hour also has a multi-platform deal with Legendary Television and Digital to produce exclusive content for both the television and digital sectors.