Eddy Kitsis & Adam Horowitz’s ‘Once Upon A Time’ Spinoff Set In Wonderland Takes Shape, Zack Estrin & Jane Espenson Join

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Once Upon A Time creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are bringing in top-notch writer-producers to help them mount a proposed Once spinoff for … Read More »

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Comedy Writers Casey Johnson And David Windsor Sign Overall Deal With ABC Studios

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

David WindsorCasey JohnsonCasey Johnson and David Windsor have signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. This marks the first overall pact for … Read More »

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ABC To Develop Miniseries Based On ‘How To Survive A Plague’ Documentary

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 12:47pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC Studios has acquired the rights to the Oscar-nominated documentary film How To Survive A Plague for a possible ABC miniseries, which would be executive produced by the docu’s writer-director David France and producers Howard Gertler … Read More »

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Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas Ink Overall Deal With ABC Studios, Will Run ‘Gothica’

By | Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 12:03pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Reaper creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas have signed an overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the two-year pact, the writing-producing duo is joining the studio’s ABC drama pilot Gothica, co-produced by ABC Studio-based Mark Gordon Co. Butters and Fazekas will serve as executive producers/showrunners, working alongside creator/executive producer Matt Lopez. This marks a reunion for Butters and Fazekas with ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co, the companies behind the pair’s cult CW dramedy series Reaper. The gig on Gothica, a gothic soap, also marks Butters and Fazekas’ first full-time genre effort since Reaper. (They did some consulting work on Fox’s Dollhouse and Terra Nova). Read More »

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Marc Blucas To Co-Star In ABC Pilot ‘Killer Women’, Lawrence Trilling To Direct

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 7:44pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Marc Blucas (Necessary Roughness) will co-star opposite Tricia Helfer in ABC’s drama pilot Killer Women, from ABC Studios. Parenthood director/executive producer Lawrence Trilling has … Read More »

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Stacy Traub Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios, Joins ‘Middle Age Rage’ As EP

By | Thursday February 14, 2013 @ 8:27am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Glee co-executive producer Stacy Traub has inked an overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the pact, she is joining the studio’s ABC comedy pilot Middle Age Rage as executive producer. Written by Cheryl Holliday, Read More »

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Charles McDougall Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios, Will Direct ‘The Returned’ Pilot

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 10:31am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Director Charles McDougall has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the seven-figure pact, McDougall will direct and executive produce ABC Studios’ ABC drama pilot The Returned this season. The Returned, co-produced by Brillstein Entertainment … Read More »

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Juan José Alfonso Joins ABC Studios As VP Drama

By | Thursday January 17, 2013 @ 1:02pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ESPN programming executive Juan José Alfonso has been named VP Drama Development for ABC Studios. He will report to SVP Drama Development Michael McDonald. Alfonso comes from sister Disney company ESPN, where he was VP of Program Development, overseeing all international original content, including documentaries, scripted series, … Read More »

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Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire Moves To ABC Studios With Big Deal

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 1:03pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are finalizing a deal to move their Fake Empire TV production company to ABC Studios with a three-year deal. Building a talent roster has been a priority for ABC … Read More »

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Melissa Rosenberg In Overall Deal With ABC Studios

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 4:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Twilight writer Melissa Rosenberg is formalizing her relationship with ABC Studios with an overall deal. The rich pact for Rosenberg and her Tall Girls Prods, which is being finalized, stems from her partnership with the studio on the upcoming midseason ABC series Red Widow. Rosenberg wrote the drama, an adaptation of the Dutch series Penoza, and is executive producing/showrunning for ABC Studios and Endemol. The series stars Rahda Mitchell as a widow of an assassinated criminal who is suddenly forced to adopt her late husband’s role in order to protect her family. Read More »

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ABC Studios Taps Tracy Underwood To Run Low-Cost/Cable Development

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 6:18pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC Studios is making a concerted effort in the low-cost TV arena with the appointment of Tracy Underwood to run development of cable as well as lower-cost network programming for the studio. ABC Studios had been pondering a formal entrance into the low-cost TV space for a long time. According to industry speculation, one idea floated last spring included launching a dedicated unit referred to as Keystone. Instead, ABC Studios is starting off with one studio executive, Underwood, dedicated to developing lower-cost programming. Read More »

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Producer Debra Martin Chase Signs Deal With ABC Studios

By | Tuesday August 14, 2012 @ 10:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Feature producer Debra Martin Chase is making a major move in television with a two-year overall deal at ABC Studios. Under the pact, Chase will develop series projects through her company, Martin Chase Prods., with the help of … Read More »

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Lorenzo Di Bonaventura-Produced Texas Militia Drama Sells To ABC

By | Tuesday July 31, 2012 @ 2:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Founding Fathers ABCEXCLUSIVE: In their first development season after partnering last June to launch ABC Studios-based Di Bonaventura Pictures Television, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott landed a series on the air, ABC’s midseason conspiracy drama Zero Hour. Now the duo have netted one of ABC‘s first drama commitments of the new development cycle with another high-concept project. The network has bought drama pitch Founding Fathers, from Di Bonaventura Pictures TV and ABC Studios. Written by feature scribe Rich D’Ovidio (Exit Woods, Thir13en Ghosts), Founding Fathers is described as “Donnie Brasco set in the world of Texas militias.” It centers on Nick Keating who, after serving a third tour in Afghanistan, returns home to find his small Texas town under the control of a militia group led by his older foster brother. After being seduced by the militia’s surprisingly community-based motives, he accepts a rare invitation to join the group. But unbeknownst to his new “family,” Nick has a secret agenda that will put his life in jeopardy and lead him to question his allegiances. D’Ovidio executive produces with Di Bonaventura and McDermott. Read More »

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The Gotham Group Signs First-Look Deal With ABC Studios

By | Friday July 27, 2012 @ 2:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Management/production company the Gotham Group has signed a two year first-look producing deal with ABC Studios for both drama and comedy projects. In addition to talent, The Gotham Group, founded by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein in 1993, represents a lot … Read More »

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Bravo To Develop Liz Tigelaar’s Former ABC Pilot ‘The Joneses’

By | Thursday July 12, 2012 @ 9:04am PDT

Liz Tigelaar’s ABC Studios drama pilot The Joneses, which was originally developed at ABC, has been picked up by Bravo for development — marking one of the network’s first stabs at a scripted project. It’s based on the … Read More »

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Evan Katz Signs Deal With ABC Studios

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 3:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

24 alum Evan Katz has signed a deal with ABC Studios. Under the pact, he has joined the studio’s drama Body Of Proof as executive producer/showrunner and will also develop a script. Katz replaces Sunil Nayar who ran the … Read More »

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Zack Estrin Signs Deal With ABC Studios, WIll Run ‘Zero Hour’

By | Friday June 1, 2012 @ 7:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former Prison Break co-executive producer Zack Estrin is reuniting with the Fox drama’s creator Paul Scheuring. Estrin has extended his deal with ABC Studios, and nder the pact, he will join Scheuring’s new series, ABC’s Zero Hour, as an … Read More »

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‘Castle’ EP Laurie Zaks Starts Production Company, Signs Deal With ABC Studios

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 5:36pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Castle executive producer Laurie Zaks is putting down roots at ABC Studios, which produces the ABC dramedy. Zaks has signed an overall deal with the studio, her first overall pact, and has launched her own production company, Second Season. Under the one-year deal, which has an option for a second year, Zaks will develop new projects. The name she chose for her company is a reference to “what you want to get for your show, a second season,” Zaks said. But also, “the second season is spring which is time for renewal. This is new for me, and I love that spiritual meaning.” Zaks has been at ABC Studios since 2006 when she left the network executive ranks to become president of Armyan Bernstein’s Beacon Television, which had a deal at the studio (then Touchstone TV). At Beacon, she developed Castle and has spent the past four years as an executive producer on the crime procedural starring Nathan Fillion. While she will keep her executive producer title on the show, Zaks will scale back her day-to-day involvement to focus on development this coming season. “I have to find the next Castle,” she quipped. Read More »

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Vijal Patel Inks Overal Deal With ABC Studios, Joins New Comedy ‘Family Tools’

By | Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 9:03am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Vijal Patel Family ToolsEXCLUSIVE: Comedy writer-producer Vijal Patel has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the seven-figure pact, he will join ABC Studios’ new comedy series for ABC Family Tools as a co-executive producer. … Read More »

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