The N Inks Development Deal with Actor/Writer/Director Ralph Macchio
NEW YORK, Aug. 30 -- The N, the nighttime network for teens,
has signed a development deal with actor/writer/director Ralph Macchio. The
network has tapped the former teen star who will return to television -- only
this time behind the scenes -- as creator of a compelling new teen drama about
two runaway girls.
"We are honored to be working with Ralph on this new project," said Amy
Friedman, Senior Vice President, Development, The N. "As a father of a
teenager and an icon in the teen landscape, he truly understands how to tell
meaningful stories to this audience."
Macchio will also be part of the upcoming new DVD release of The Outsiders
-- The Complete Novel -- Francis Ford Coppola's new version of his 1983 film
adaptation of the renowned S.E. Hinton best seller. The DVD will arrive in
stores on September 20 from Warner Home Video (WHV) as a restored Two-Disc
DVD. Macchio was part of the original all-star cast including, C. Thomas
Howell, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Tom
Cruise and Leif Garrett.
As a filmmaker, Macchio has written and directed a short entitled "LOVE
THY BROTHER" which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and can now be
seen on HBO. In television, he is co-creating, with Todd Holland, a half-hour
comedy series pilot entitled "THE RALPH SHOW" through 20th Century Fox
Television. He also is planning to direct his feature film "MANGLED CARE"
sometime in 2006.
As an actor, Macchio was last seen as a guest star on the hit HBO series,
ENTOURAGE. With an extensive list of film credits, he is perhaps best known
for his celebrated performance as "Johnny" in Frances Ford Coppola's, "THE
OUTSIDERS"; the hit film "MY COUSIN VINNY" and for the title roles in the
popular "THE KARATE KID" and its successors, "THE KARATE KID II" and "THE
KARATE KID III." Other film credits include, "TEACHERS," "A GOOD NIGHT TO
DIE," "FOREVER TOGETHER," "TOO MUCH SUN" and "UP THE ACADEMY." Macchio
received critical acclaim for the title role in the ABC television film, "THE
LAST POW? THE BOBBY GARWOOD STORY." His other television movie credits
include, "THE THREE WISHES OF BILLY GRIER," "DANGEROUS COMPANY," as well as
the series "EIGHT IS ENOUGH."
The N, the nighttime network for teens, is a programming arm of MTV
Networks and is currently available in 44 million households via cable,
digital cable and satellite television. The N's mission is to be the
authentic voice for teens and help them figure out their lives with relevant,
topical programming on-air and online at the network's web site
http://www.the-n.com. The N airs everyday from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (ET).
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