Comedy Central Orders Jon Heder Sitcom From Gary Sanchez Productions; Debmar-Mercury to Serve as Distributor

Jul 9, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Comedy Central has ordered a new unnamed sitcom from Gary Sanchez Productions and Debmar-Mercury starring Jon Heder.

In the show, which was picked up for an initial 10-episode run, will feature Heder as former big-city IT specialist who loses his job and moves back in with his small-town family. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy will serve as producers for Gary Sanchez Productions.

Debmar-Mercury will serve as distributor in a deal similar modeled after deals struck by the company’s co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein for Tyler Perry’s sitcoms.
As part of the deal, Comedy Central will have the option to order an additional 90 episode after the initial run while Debmar-Mercury will keep the syndication rights.

"We immediately jumped at the opportunity to be in business with this elite team of A-list comedy talents, who are among a handful of people in Hollywood capable of pulling off a project of this magnitude," said Marcus in a release.

"As we expand on a proven business model, we could not be more pleased that Comedy Central chose this concept to serve as its first full-fledged, live-action original sitcom,” added Bernstein.

Debmar-Mercury has previously worked to Comedy Central on the broadcast syndication of “South Park.”

"Combining the creative genius of the Gary Sanchez gang with the brilliant business model established by Mort and Ira at Debmar-Mercury should ensure many, many great laughs in the years to come on Comedy Central," said the network’s president Michele Ganeless.

–Sergio Ibarra

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