3:22pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Cazzie David to Star and Co-Write Amazon Comedy Series (Exclusive)
Cazzie David is setting her sights on the small screen.
David is set to star in, write and executive produce comedy Half-Empty for Amazon Studios. The project was taken out as a spec script and landed at the streamer in a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding. Amazon has committed to a script plus sizable production penalty for the project.
Half-Empty follows a sardonic girl in her final year of college whose overactive imagination leads to catastrophic thinking and hilarious mishaps. David penned the script alongside her writing partner Elisa Kalani. Both will exec produce the project alongside Sarah Heyward (Girls), with the latter set to serve as showrunner should Half-Empty move forward. Half-Empty hails from Annapurna TV and Endeavor Content. Annapurna TV's Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle will also exec produce.
This is the first TV development deal for David, the daughter of Curb Your Enthusiasm co-creator, star, writer and exec producer Larry David and environmental activist Laurie David, who produced An Inconvenient Truth, among other projects. The younger David also counts the critically praised web series Eighty Sixed — about a self-deprecating girl reeling after a breakup — which she stars in and wrote alongside Kalani. David and her college best friend Kalani worked on Eighty Sixed at the same time the duo served as production assistants on HBO's recent Curb revival. David — a social media star with more than 112,000 followers and who has drawn comparisons to her father for her take on life in the social media age — has also been compared to Lena Dunham. She is repped by WME. Kalani is with Management 360.
Half-Empty arrives as Amazon is in the midst of a creative overhaul after Roy Price, former head of originals, was ousted following an allegation of sexual harassment. Former NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke is now in the top job and has been tasked with finding broad-scale programming as the company moves away from niche fare like the recently canceled One Mississippi and I Love Dick.