UCP & Dinner Party Productions Enter Pact


UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, has inked an overall deal with producers Sue Naegle and Ali Krug’s newly established Dinner Party Productions.

Under the deal, Naegle and Krug will develop and produce series with UCP for various platforms via the Dinner Party Productions banner. In development at Peacock, Naegle and Krug’s inaugural project with UCP is a series adaptation of Elin Hilderbrand’s The Five-Star Weekend.

Bekah Brunstetter will pen the script, which follows a popular food blogger who, after a tragedy, brings friends from distinct times in her life to spend a weekend in Nantucket. Naegle, Krug, Brunstetter and Hilderbrand will executive produce.

Also as part of the overall deal, Naegle and Krug are set to executive produce a series adaptation of Lucy Foley’s The Midnight Feast with Universal International Studios.

The new pact builds on Naegle and Krug’s 13-year history as producing partners.

Naegle said: “We are thrilled to be working with a studio that has the trifecta of an empowering culture, robust leadership and innovative infrastructure. As long admirers of Pearlena [Igbokwe], Beatrice [Springborn], and Jen [Gwartz], whose commitment to original and distinctive storytelling and unwavering support for writers and filmmakers aligns precisely with our vision for our company. We can’t wait to build Dinner Party Productions with them and their stellar team.”

“Sue’s record of groundbreaking work speaks to her impeccable instincts, and this new venture with Ali and Dinner Party Productions will build on their brilliant track record as storytellers,” said Beatrice Springborn, president of UCP and Universal International Studios. “Both Sue and Ali are accomplished visionaries in the industry, and we’re delighted they’ve made their creative home at UCP.”