Lee among helmer recruits


NBC has tapped Spike Lee to direct its drama pilot "M.O.N.Y." and Gary Winick to helm another one-hour pilot, the dramedy "Lipstick Jungle."

Meanwhile, ABC has signed Peyton Reed to direct "Cashmere Mafia," and Fox has recruited P.J. Hogan for "Philadelphia General."

Other notable directors who have come aboard pilots include Emmy winner Todd Holland on the CBS comedy "Fugly," Emmy winner Jon Cassar on the Fox drama "NSA Innocent," Alex Graves on the NBC drama "Journeyman" and Ion Toynton on Fox's comedic drama "Supreme Courtships."

"M.O.N.Y.," from NBC Universal TV Studio and writer-producers Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, centers on an unlikely everyman who becomes the mayor of New York. The project, set and to be filmed in New York, is considered a great fit for Lee, one of the quintessential New York directors. His attachment to the project stems from his development deal with NBC. He is repped by WMA.

Winick, who has directed such movies as "13 Going on 30" and last year's "Charlotte's Web," will tackle NBC Universal TV Studio's "Lipstick," about a trio of power-hungry New York women. He is repped by WMA.

Reed, who is coming off directing the hit summer romantic comedy "The Break-Up," will take on the similarly themed "Cashmere," the Sony Pictures TV/Darren Star-produced light drama about four successful female executives. He is repped by CAA.

Another director of a hit romantic comedy feature, Hogan ("My Best Friend's Wedding") will helm the comedic drama "Philadelphia," about the lives and loves of a team of nurses. He is repped by CAA.

It has been a big year for feature helmers taking on pilot directing and often executive producing duties, with Lasse Hallstrom doing Fox's "New Amsterdam," Bryan Singer with ABC's "Football Wives," Doug Liman on ABC's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," Bobby Farrelly on Fox's "The Rules of Starting Over," Peter Farrelly for NBC's "I'm With Stupid," McG on NBC's "Chuck," Barry Sonnenfeld for ABC's "Pushing Daisies" and Dean Parisot on NBC's "Area 52."