Fox has landed a dramedy pilot from Jason Katims and Simon Kinberg. The project, titled ANONYMOUS, follows a cocky wunderkind taken in by the CIA and mentored by a hardened agent, leading to an unlikely bond between the two. Kinberg will exec produce with Michelle Lee taking head of development. Katims and Kinberg are both repped by CAA.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have taken advantage of their first look deal with Universal TV and NBC by selling them a project titled WHITE HOUSE CONFIDENTIAL. The drama will follow a young doctor working in the White House who harbors a secret past. “General Hospital” head writer Sri Rao is also working on the project. Zadan and Meron are both repped by CAA.
Gina Fattore has set up a multi-cultural family drama at NBC titled HOLIDAY. Fattore will write and take on executive producing duties with Dawn Parouse Olmstead on the project which follows a very large extended family whose story is told only through the holidays. Both Fattore and Olmstead are repped by WME.
Michael Hobert and Tim Hobert have sold a multi-camera comedy to CBS. The project, based on the brothers’ real life experiences, follows a man who discovers that he has a massive family. The duo will both write with Tim executive producing and Michael co-executive producing. Michael is repped by ICM and Tim by UTA.
ABC has purchased a comedy from Nastaran Dibai following a widow who tries to move on with her life. The project is inspired by Dibai’s own life as she unexpectedly lost her husband and writing partner last year. Dibai will write and executive produce with Aaron Kaplan, Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel also exec producing. Dibai is repped by WME.
ABC has taken on A KINGDOM FAR AWAY, a project from writer Justin Marks. The project follows a family on wild and magical frontier where where monsters are real. Di Bonaventura Television will produce with Marks, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott executive producing. Marks is repped by CAA.
CBS has committed to THE ADVOCATES, a legal drama from “The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller. The project follows a female lawyer and an ex-convict who team up to protect the rights of victims. Heller is repped by WME.
A&E has purchased the pilot OCCULT, produced by Michael Bay and written by James Wong. The project follows an FBI agent who unravels trying to solve the disappearance of his wife. After taking time off he returns and is partnered with an agent who specializes in the occult, prompting both of them to take missions in the FBI’s newly formed Occult division. Bay and Wong will executive produce with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller from Platinum Dunes. Both Bay and Wong are repped by WME.
Greg Garcia has sold two comedies to CBS. One is a single-camera comedy that he will write solo and the other is a hybrid which will be written by Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. Details of the first project are kept under wraps but it is said to be in the vein of Garcia’s previous work, “My Name Is Earl” and “Raising Hope”. Sanchez-Witzel’s project acts as a pseudo-mockumentary about a woman who films her famly to prove that they are crazy. She will exec produce the project with Garcia. Garcia is repped by CAA and Sanchez-Witzel by UTA.
Josh Schwartz, Bret Easton Ellis and Catherine Hardwicke have teamed up for an hour-long drama for CW titled COPELAND PREP. Ellis is penning the script and exec producing with Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The project is centered on a high school that is so tough that its students begin turning into monsters. Ellis is repped by UTA, Schwartz by UTA and Hardwicke by CAA.
NBC has purchased a soap from Lix Brixius, who has teamed with Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Lawrence Bender and Kevin Brown on the project. The series follows a Dr. Oz type of character who suffers a fall from grace and attempts to build himself back up. Universal TV will be the studio.
Fox has purchased a comedy pitch from John Phillips and Ruben Fleischer under the working title STARTING UP. The series will follow two twenty-something friends who quit their jobs to start up their own company but quickly find themselves having trouble to balance their adult lives with their company. Kaplan/Perrone will produce the project. Phillips and Fleischer are repped by UTA.
Shauna Cross, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have secured a put pilot commitment from Fox for their comedy pilot LOSING OUR COOL. Cross, a feature writer, will be making her TV debut with the project which follows several adults tailoring their lives to the needs of their kids. Cross, Schwartz and Savage will executive produce with Len Goldstein. Cross Schwartz and Savage are all repped by WME.
NBC has purchased a single camera comedy from Ellen Degeneres. The untitled project will be written by Lauren Pomerantz and center on a 32 year old proudly single woman who eventually begins to fear that she will die alone forever.
ABC has purchased the soap opera SKINDEEP from Sheldon Turner, who will write and executive produce with Jennifer Klein. The project is set against the backdrop of a family run beauty business. Turner is repped by CAA.
Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton have lined up an untitled pilot with USA. Based on Elmore Leonard’s “When the Women Come Out To Dance”, the project will follow a Miami man attempting to run for political office who marries a Columbian woman to better his chances, but soon finds out that she brings far more baggage to the table than he bargained for. The project was originally set up at NBC but didn’t make the final cut. Falacci and Heuton are repped by Rothman Brecher Kim.
Rand Ravich and Far Shariat have secured a pilot commitment with penalty from Fox for THE PRODIGY, which centers on a young CIA agent who must infiltrate field offices of the FBI and take down agents who are working with enemies of the United States. Ravich will write and executive produce. Both men are repped by CAA.
Fox has ordered an untitled family adventure pilot from Howard Gordon and Shaun Cassidy. The project follows two CIA operatives married with teenage children whose past comes up and nearly gets them killed. Now, with their children in on their professions, they must all team up to take down those who tried to kill them. Both men will exec produce with Cassidy writing the script. Cassidy is repped by CAA and Gordon by WME.
NBC has purchased the comedy ASSISTANCE “Bachelorette” scribe Leslye Headland, based on her stage play of the same name. Both the play and show revolve around an assistant to a Studio exec trying to balance her business and personel life. Headland will write and exec produce Jessica Elbaum, Owen Burke, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Headland is repped by CAA.
The TV series EPISODES has been renewed for a nine episode third season. The Showtime series created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik stars Matt LeBlanc as a fictionalized version of himself ala “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. Both Crane and Klarik are repped by WME.
Gary Fleder and his company Mojo Films have signed a two year deal with CBS TV. Under the contract, Fleder will continue to exec produce the series “Beauty And The Beast” and will develop and executive produce new series for the studio with his producing partner Beth Basile. Fleder is repped by WME.
Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo is attached to helm the pilot for the upcoming FX drama THE BRIDGE. The project is based on the Scandinavian series “Bron” and follows two detectives, one from Mexico and one from the United States, who must team up to track down a serial killer working on both sides of the border. The pilot was written by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid. Naranjo directed the Oscar nominated pic “Miss Bala” and is currently working on “A Man Must Die”. He is repped by CAA.
Jonathan Mostow, has been tapped to direct the Michael Bay produced pilot THE LAST SHIP as well as executive produce. The series follows the crew of a naval destroyer who, after surviving a global catastrophe that eliminates almost the entire population, must come to terms with being some of the few survivors left on Earth. Action director Mostow is perhaps best known for directing “Terminator 3” and “U-571”. He is repped by WME.