SALES & PICK-UPS:
Producer Gavin Polone and feature writer Jeff Nathonson have pitched and sold a one-hour comedy-drama series to HBO. The UNTITLED POLONE/NATHANSON BASKETBALL PROJECT is described as an unflinching behind-the-scenes look at a professional basketball team – and the money, sex, power and temptation that consumes the wild lives of millionaire players and billionaire owners. Nathanson will write and direct the project and the duo will executive produce.
Co-executive producers Jennifer Cecil and Barbie Kligman have been promoted to executive producers/co-head writers on the drama series PRIVATE PRACTICE. The duo will run the writers room, working with series creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes, who continues as showrunner.
Catherine Bell has signed a new two-year deal with ABC Studios. The new deal will keep the actress for at least two more seasons on the lifetime drama “Army Wives” and will give her generous salary bump.