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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 Means.”

Burdick’s 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.

“Living 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.

For more information, contact Jeff Burdick at 312-898-2494 or visit BurdickComm.com.

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