EXCLUSIVE: This is the first major sale for the 2022-23 broadcasting development season. NBC has made a commitment to produce pilots. St. Denis MedicalHalf-hour mockumentary-style workplace comedy, courtesy of the Superstore American AutoJustin Spitzer, creator of both series, and Eric Ledgin, as well as Universal TV. Spitzer and Ledgin have overall deals. Additionally, Spitzer’s Uni TV-based Spitzer Holding Company has hired NBC comedy executive Simon Heuer as Head of TV Development.
Written by Spitzer & Ledgin St. Denis MedicalA mockumentary about an Oregon hospital with a low staffing and inadequate funding. Here, dedicated doctors and nurses do their best to help patients while also maintaining their sanity.
Spitzer, Ledgin, and Heuer are the executive producers for Universal Television, a division from Universal Studio Group and Spitzer Holding Company.
This marks the latest workplace comedy for Spitzer, whose very first writing credit was on an episode of NBC’s medical comedy seriesScrubs. He later joined NBC/Uni TV’s mockumentary workplace comedy The OfficeAs an executive editor at the start Season 3, Spitzer rose to the position of co-executive producer. Spitzer went on to create, executive produce serve as showrunner on two other NBC/Uni TV’s workplace comedies, Superstore and American Auto.
Under his overall deal with Universal Television, which he extended last year, Spitzer continues as showrunner and executive producer onAmerican Auto, which was renewed for a second season, while also developing new projects across various platforms via his Spitzer Holding Company, with Heuer now overseeing development and producing alongside Spitzer.
Heuer joins Spitzer Holding from NBC. He began his career at the network as a page before moving up to VP Comedy Development. Heuer worked at the network and helped to develop several comedies, such asSuperstore, The Good Place A.P. Bio, Marlon and American Auto and Peacock’s Get down.
Spitzer and Heuer worked closely together Superstore He went on to create the pilot and the first season of American AutoHeuer will be the co-executive producer American Auto’s upcoming second season .
“Simon has always been one of my favorite executives to work with. He’s a true collaborator with a talent for figuring out ways to improve a project when it needs it, and the confidence to not mess with a project when it’s working,” Spitzer said. “When I thought about the ideal executive to help me develop new series, I thought, ‘I want a Simon Heuer type.’ And Simon fit the bill.”
While Spitzer’s entire experience to date has been in broadcast, Heuer indicated that that is about to change.
“I am thrilled to join Spitzer Holding Company and work alongside Justin in a new capacity. We love big, fun and inclusive broadcast comedy, and it is a thrill to continue working with the fantastic teams at NBC and UTV onAmerican Autoand nowSt. Denis Medical,”He stated. “We’re just getting started but hope you’ll hear more from us soon as we look to expand our reach and dip into cable and streaming markets as well.”
Ledgin recently served as a co-executive producer on UTV’sRutherford Fallsfor Peacock and he also served as an executive producer on season one ofAmerican Auto. His previous work experience was as a writer/producer.Mrs. Fletcher, SuperstoreandIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphiaand also was a writer onLate Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Spitzer is repped by UTA Morris Yorn Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. WME, Mosaic, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan are Ledgin’s reps.