The Simpsons, Futurama Writers Tapped for Machinima Series Pilots

Following an investment of $3.85 million, Machinima.com has commissioned 15 writers to create game-based comedy shows for the online site.

The talent pool includes former writers of such shows as The Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy, and Coach. Coach!

Machinima.com will produce 15 pilots using the Hollywood talent, in the hope that some will be worth translating to "traditional platforms like broadcast and cable TV."

"Machinima.com lets us put our work in front of an audience that already knows and loves our style of writing and is embracing new forms of digital entertainment," said former Simpsons showrunner Bill Oakley.

The full talent list follows:

  • Chris Cluess: Mad TV, The Simpsons, Beggars and Choosers, Cheers, SCTV
  • Bill Freiberger: Drawn Together, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The Simpsons
  • Eric Horsted: Boondocks, Knights of Prosperity, Futurama, Home Improvement, Coach
  • Ken Keeler: Futurama, The Simpsons, Wings, The Naked Truth, The Critic, The Late Show
  • Stacie Lipp: King of Queens, Roseanne, Married With Children
  • Christina Lynch: Wildfire, The Dead Zone, Unhappily Ever After
  • Peggy Nicoll: WordGirl, Daria
  • Bill Oakley: Mission Hill, The Simpsons, Futurama
  • Max Pross & Tom Gammill: The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Monk, The Critic, Saturday Night Live, The Late Show
  • Mike Rowe: Family Guy, Futurama, Comedy Central Roasts, The Jaime Kennedy Experiment
  • Loren Segan: Wildfire, The Dead Zone, Spyder Games
  • Patric M. Verrone: Futurama, Muppets Tonight!, The Simpsons, The Critic, Pinky and the Brain
  • Maiya Williams: Mad TV, The PJs, The Wayans Bros., The Fresh Prince of Bel Air