Indie types ready for N.Y. party scene

Maurice Kanbar, Daphne Zuniga set black comedy

Maurice Kanbar is making "The Scene."

"Hoodwinked" producer Kanbar Entertainment is financing the indie black comedy with its star and producer, Daphne Zuniga.

"Gossip" screenwriter Theresa Rebeck adapted the script from her play, a vicious satire of the Manhattan party circuit and entertainment industry. Zuniga will play a cynical TV talk show producer who encounters a chameleon-like social climber (Heather Gordon). Stephen Barker Turner and David Wilson Barnes round out the cast.

Director Amy Glazer is producing the low-budget feature with Lynn Webb, Ned Kopp and Zuniga, shooting on sets built in Kanbar's San Francisco home.

Glazer and Zuniga collaborated this year during the play's West Coast premiere in San Francisco.

Jonathan Baruch of Rain Management Group, which reps Zuniga with BRS Agency, is co-producer.

The CAA-repped Rebeck is no stranger to the scene she sends up, having been a New York-based producer-writer on such hits as "NYPD Blue" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
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