Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After a bidding war, NBC has nabbed The Mysteries Of Laura, a drama project from writer Jeff Rake (Cashmere Mafia), Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. I’ve learned that the project, based on the popular Spanish series Los Misterios De Laura, has received a production commitment. It follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals — but not her evil twins. Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti Prods. is based, is producing. Rake is writing the adaptation and will executive produce with Berlanti and Kaplan in the first pairing of the prolific producers who have done over 20 pilots between the two of them in the past couple of years, while Berlanti Prods.’ Melissa Kellner Berman co-execute produces.

The original series, created by Carlos Vila and Javier Holgado and produced by Boomerang TV, is heading into a third season on TVE1 Spain. (Watch English-language trailer below) Todd Lituchy, CEO of format distribution company New Media Vision, brought the property to the U.S., partnering with Paradigm whose Steve Wohl sold the rights to Kaplan. Kaplan developed the format and took it to Rake and Berlanti. Kaplan has a successful track record with Spanish-language formats — he is behind the adaptation of the Mexican drama Terminales, which was recently picked up to series by ABC Family. Laura is Kaplan’s second major sale this season — he also exec produces comedy The Henchman, written by Dan Kopelman and directed by John Hamburg, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox.

For Berlanti, this marks the third project and third major commitment this year. He is behind CW’s hot prospect The Flash, which will be spun off from the network’s breakout Arrow, also co-created and executive produced by Berlanti. As a producer, he also recently scored a put pilot commitment at NBC for a futuristic prison drama written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Berlanti and Rake are with WME.

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