Work Friends, the first TV animation label in ITV Studios’ current U.S. scripted television studio operation, is a joint venture between Emmy Award-winning animation television producer and executive Nick Weidenfeld and Tomorrow Studios. The company launched with a straight-to-series order by HBO Max for 10 YEAR OLD TOM, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed creator, producer and writer Steve Dildarian (THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM) and executive produced by Weidenfeld, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. Among the many critical raves, the Wall Street Journal called the show a “comedic triumph” that has “cult hit written all over it.”
Emmy Award-winning producer and executive Nick Weidenfeld launched Work Friends, the first primetime TV animation label in ITV Studios’ current U.S. scripted television studio operation, as a joint venture with Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios with a straight to series order for 10 YEAR OLD TOM for HBO Max in 2020.
With over 15 years of experience, Weidenfeld boasts a strong track record with oversight, development and as producer of hit series including the Peabody Award-winning animated series THE BOONDOCKS, ROBOT CHICKEN and RICK AND MORTY during his tenure as Head of Development for Adult Swim, as well as the adult comedy CHILDRENS HOSPITAL.
In 2012, he was tapped by (then FOX President) Kevin Reilly to create ADHD Studios, where he developed and produced over 10 animated series for both FOX and FX. Most recently, he served as the President of Programming for Viceland, the youth-oriented television network co-owned by Vice Media and A&E Networks.
Weidenfeld resides in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
September 30, 2021
HBO Max (U.S.)
TEN YEAR OLD TOM follows the misadventures of an average kid as he contends with questionable guidance from the well-meaning grownups around him. Being a kid is hard enough for Tom, but when bad influences seemto lurk around every corner –from litigious parents and drug dealing bus drivers to school administrators who want to sleep with his mom –it’s downright impossible. While the adults in Tom’s life certainly mean well, they just can’t manage to lead by example.
Steve Dildarian, Byron Bowers, Todd Glass, Gillian Jacobs, Edi Patterson and John Malkovich.
Executive produced by Steve Dildarian (creator), Nick Weidenfeld, Marty Adelstein, Tomorrow Studios.
Ten Year Old Tom is well worth checking out.
Daniel Fienberg, Hollywood Reporter
Ten Year Old Tom is something of a comedic triumph, however. Tom is a mix of the biblical Job and a bemused character out of a Beckett play, and the show is original enough that one goes looking for comparisons.
John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
Dildarian fans, and those who appreciate sharp, slightly warped adult comedy, will enjoy ‘Ten Year Old Tom’ and the slightly-off-kilter world of this clever series.
Michael Starr, New York Post