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May 17, 2010, 12:28 pm
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Seattle Times
Outsourced, the popular 2006 romantic comedy made by local filmmakers, will soon arrive on the small screen. NBC announced that it has picked up the show for its 2010 fall season. The series pilot, shot earlier this spring, was initially scripted by Seattleites John Jeffcoat and George Wing. Winner of the best film award at the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival, Outsourced is the story of a laid-off Seattle retail manager who travels to India to train his replacement at a call center and falls in love with a fellow employee. “George and I always felt that the show shouldn’t be a carbon copy of the movie,” said Jeffcoat. “We wanted to bring it someplace else, to a modern call center. There are a lot of changes. The comedy is definitely broader than in the movie, so that’s going to be interesting to see how people respond to it.” Ken Kwapis (“The Office”) developed the project and is executive producer for the series, and Ben Rappaport will play the transplanted manager. Check out the series trailer below.

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February 3, 2010, 11:50 am
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Hollywood Reporter
Based on Seattle’s George Wing and John Jeffcoat’s indie movie, “Outsourced” is single-camera office comedy centered on a recently demoted manager of a novelties company who is shipped off to India to manage a ragtag group of customer service reps. NBC developed the TV adaption with Wing, Jeffcoat and “The Office” director, Ken Kwapis.


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Everything is coming together for Lynn Shelton, a local independent filmmaker that some would argue holds the keys to the Seattle film community’s future in her hands. “What we need” waxes George Wing, a Seattle-based screenwriter whose credits include Outsourced and 50 First Dates, “In order to succeed and become a viable market to bring in other projects, are two things: a prolific writer/director that lives and works here and a TV Show.” “More than one ideally,” he adds, “. . .of each.” Wing’s logic is based on the film scene in Austin, Texas which boasts two very big filmmaking fish, Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez, as well as in Portland with its two big filmmakers, Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes. Meanwhile, everyone in Seattle is rooting for Lynn Shelton, an award-winning filmmaker who seems to be carrying on as if unworried, unhurried and undoubtably unfazed. After all, she’s already brought not only three feature-length films into fruition, one being the Sundance success story Humpday, a bro-mance that tests the loving limits of two hetero-bros, she’s also brought a Web-based TV show to our neck of the woods. That show is MTV’s $5 Cover. Now in its second season, Shelton takes over from where the show’s creator Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) left off. Reporter Shawn Telford recently sat down with Shelton over tea in Greenwood to discuss the Seattle filmmaking scene and her contributions to it.