Chicago writer, ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment ink option deal for family sitcom
NEW YORK, NY (May 3, 2012) – The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) and
writer Jeff Burdick
have signed an option deal granting the AFE exclusive marketing rights for his
original half-hour family sitcom concept and pilot called “Living Beyond Our
pilot was one of 235 submitted to the AFE’s 2011 Search for America’s Newest Comedy Writer, a national sitcom
contest that sought original comedy pilots depicting modern family life. Burdick’s
pilot was among the finalists judged by TV icon John Wells, producer of TV programs
such as ER, West Wing and Shameless.
The AFE is
a group of about 40 national advertisers whose mission is to increase family
viewing options. Since its inception in 1998, the AFE has helped find, support
and bring to broadcast TV more than 20 hits, including Gilmore Girls, Everybody
Hates Chris and Friday Night Lights.
Beyond Our Means” features the Cashmans, a Nebraska family who in the face of significant
financial challenges applies for a tough-love TV competition for wreckless
spenders. The show is hosted by an arrogant British “financial
interventionist” who expects to become the next great TV wealth guru. But when
the TV show faces its own budget crisis, the production is forced to stay
permanently in small town America and focus exclusively on the Cashmans – and
all of their middle American peculiarities.
Burdick is a former journalist and
freelance travel writer, who has also worked in advertising/PR. “Living Beyond
Our Means” was his first TV script, and the AFE contest was the first script
competition he entered. Since then, he has written multiple spec scripts and developed
a second sitcom concept, pilot and show bible.
information, contact Jeff Burdick at 312-898-2494 or visit BurdickComm.com.
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