Member Profile: Abby Finer
Abby Finer's Kenny vs. Spenny, a comedy/reality show starring the Canadian filmmaking duo, has recently been picked up by Comedy Central, which is set to air ten new episodes and ten existing episodes. The show, which is in its fourth season, includes Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, as executive producers.
Abby Finer began her television career at ABC Entertainment in 1993 working in the comedy, reality, and variety series development departments. It was there she learned to read scripts, evaluate material and pitches and search for on-air talent at comedy clubs, comedy festivals and plays.
In 1996, Abby left ABC and became a producer of a feature documentary and later, a development executive at a British film sales company, where she read and evaluated feature scripts and completed films. It was there where she discovered Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice, a filmmaking duo that would bring her back to TV.
Abby quickly formed a production company of her own and began to acquire and develop television projects. In 1999, she landed a production deal with Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, where she developed the comedy/reality show Kenny vs Spenny. A year later, Abby became the only Executive Producer on the show's pilot for USA Network. The show was later sold to the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) for 26 episodes and aired in the fall 2003. The show's format and original series have been sold around the world, including two seasons on GSN in the US in 2005. Currently, the show is the highest grossing format in Canadian television history.
In fall 2001, Abby teamed up with her good friend Debby Pearlman to help run the prestigious Warner Bros. Television Writers Workshop. In that capacity, she read hundreds of scripts, mentored participants, and helped find possible representation and jobs for them.
Abby and Debby went on to write a book entitlted, Starting Your Television Writing Career: The Warner Bros. Television Writers Workshop Guide, which was published by Syracuse University Press in 2004. The book offers a practical approach to information, combined with the validity of the Warner Bros. name, in an effort to help writers with dreams of writing professionally for television.
Relocating to New York City in 2004 and joining a small television production company for a year, Abby is back to developing alternative programming for television.
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Last updated: Apr. 12, 2010