'College' credit: Hagan segues to feature films


Commercial director Deb Hagan will make her feature directorial debut with the comedy "College," to be produced by Los Angeles-based Element Films and State Street Pictures. Lionsgate will distribute through its output deal with Element.

Based on a screenplay by Dan Callahan and Adam Ellison, "College" revolves around three high school seniors on a wild weekend adventure visiting a nearby college as prospective freshmen. Element Films will finance and produce the project, with Sam Nazarian and Marc Schaberg serving as executive producers. The company is producing in association with State Street Pictures and Lift.

Bob Teitel and George Tilman of State Street, who brought the project to Element, will serve as producers. Malcolm Petal and Morris Bart of Lift also will produce. Rene Rigal of State Street and Julie Dangel of Element will serve as co-producers.

Hagan previously directed numerous national commercials and a short film, "Pee Shy," which played on the film festival circuit. She is represented by the Gersh Agency for features and television and managed by Alison Rosenzweig at Rosenzweig Films.

No casting has yet been announced for the film but it is scheduled to start shooting in late January in New Orleans.