Courtesy Animal Media Group.
Courtesy Animal Media Group.
Courtesy Animal Media Group.

Pittsburgh may well be the “Hollywood of the Mid-Atlantic,” based on the wide range of feature films and television programs shooting on location here (not to mention all of the sightings of famous actors hanging out in our coffee shops). Now, one locally produced web series is ready for its closeup.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the new comedy Downward Dog, which is based on a Pittsburgh-produced web series of the same name, has landed a coveted, primetime pilot deal with ABC. The entertainment industry publication writes that the major television network has “handed out a hefty pilot-production order to Downward Dog.”

Based on and inspired by the web series, the half-hour, single-camera comedy was created and written by Animal Media Group’s Samm Hodges and Michael Killen. The pair will serve as executive producers along with Animal’s Kathy Dziubek, and will be joined by Mosaic Media Group’s Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen.

Animal Media Group—a subsidiary of downtown Pittsburgh-based Animal Inc.—has produced commercials and branded content including feature films Blood Brother (which won the 2013 Sundance Grand Jury prize) and Crocodile Gennadiy (which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival). Downward Dog marks Animal’s first scripted TV series.

A co-production with Legendary Television and ABC Studios, the series centers on a woman and her dog. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the show employs “a Modern Family-style confessional device—for the dog” and also reports that the show’s script “has been drawing rave reviews around town.” Legendary Television is the company which recently completed production on season one of Judd Apatow’s new Netflix comedy, Love.

“Very rarely have I ever seen something so well-conceived, and then well-executed. Michael and Samm have imagined a perfect blend of comedy, observation and heart. I couldn’t be more excited about this,” says Jimmy Miller, of Mosaic Media Group.

Read the entire article about Downward Dog in The Hollywood Reporter.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...