Viacom sibs partner for 'Ghosts/Aliens'

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The new Paramount Vantage is reaching across the Viacom hall for a hybrid project with Comedy Central.

The companies have acquired rights to "Ghosts/Aliens," Trey Hamburger's supernatural comedy novel, and will develop it as a series and feature.

Hamburger's book, released in November, revolves around two pothead friends who set out on a quest to discover ghosts and aliens. The series and film could be developed concurrently, execs said. Phil Johnston will write the script.

The project is the second collaboration between the network and specialty unit, which under Guy Stodel aims to make more comedies and genre films. The companies also are partnering on the twentysomething road-trip comedy "Beat Kip."

Comedy Central programming president Lauren Corrao, meanwhile, has said she wants to beef up the network's feature development.

Scott Aversano, a former MTV/Nick Films executive who recently exited his overall deal on the Paramount lot, will produce "Ghosts/Aliens" with partner Carrie Beck.

Aversano was a producer on another key Comedy Central property, the feature "Team America: World Police." (partialdiff)
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