'Ivy' leaguers: Zimmerman, Berg


Stan Zimmerman and James Berg have been brought on to write "The Ivy Chronicles," a comedic drama that Jerry Weintraub is producing for Warner Bros. Pictures.

The film is based on the best-seller by Karen Quinn. "Ivy" chronicles the story of a New York woman who loses her Wall Street job, her husband and her high-end apartment. She tries to forge a new life with her two daughters by establishing a kindergarten referral service for well-heeled Manhattanites vying to get their tots into the country's choice schools. Tracey Jackson wrote a previous draft.

Jessica Goodman is overseeing for the studio.

Weintraub, who recently was honored as producer of the year at ShoWest, has two releases set for summer: "Ocean's Thirteen" and "Nancy Drew."

Zimmerman and Berg, whose credits include "A Very Brady Sequel," have "Beached" set up at Fox 2000 for director Betty Thomas and "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir," based on the popular 1947 film and subsequent late-'60s sitcom, also at Fox.

Zimmerman will make his stage directorial debut in the spring at Los Angeles' Celebration Theatre with a 30th anniversary revival of Albert Innaurato's play "Gemini," with Peter Onorati, Stephanie Faracy and Mindy Sterling set to star.

Zimmerman and Berg are repped by Endeavor and attorney Jeanne Newman.