US agency Gersh signs Jungleboys’ Trent O’Donnell and Phil Lloyd

Trent O’Donnell

Director Trent O’Donnell and actor Phil Lloyd, the creators of TV show Review with Myles Barlow have been signed to US talent agency The Gersh Agency.

The news comes as the team talks to US networks for a format sale of their latest ABC series A Moody Christmas.

O’Donnell told Encore: “For us its an exciting new opportunity to work in an area that makes a lot more comedy than we do in Australia. It gives us room to break into a space with a lot more channels.

Phil Lloyd

Review With Forrest MacNeil, a US adaptation of Review with Myles Barlow is currently in production for the American Comedy Channel.

O’Donnell added: “There’s two healthy comedy paths in the US, multi-camera laugh track comedy seen on major channels and then there is the cables and the smaller channels investing heavily in quality that is unusual and interesting. That’s what excites me. But we’ll be unknowns there. Any success will live and die by the ideas.”

O’Donnell said that while he’d be open to directing other people’s work but ultimately they’d be looking to create their own work.

Both O’Donnell and Lloyd will travel to Los Angeles at the start of next year.

DCD Rights is the distributor of A Moody Christmas.

Lloyd and O’Donnell are also partners with Jason Burrows in production company Jungleboys, which produces A Moody Christmas, currently airing on Wednesday nights at 8.30pm.


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