Abbey Robertson has joined Apostle Management, the management division of Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s production company Apostle. Robertson, who was a manager at The Collective, joins George Heller in Apostle’s Los Angeles office. Prior to that, she was the co-founder with Melody Hammer of Adept Entertainment, a management and production company. Robertson’s focus will be on creating crossover opportunities for Apostle’s stable of actors, comedians and stand-ups, which includes Robert Kelly, Louis Katz, Nate Bargatze and Erin Foley. “Abbey has a great eye for talent and is well respected in the community,” Serpico said. Apostle’s TV division is posting new IFC series Maron, which will debut May 3, and recently finished half-hour USA pilot Sirens, co-written by Leary.
EXCLUSIVE: Leslie Glass’ popular April Woo series of suspense novels is headed to TV. CBS has bought a drama procedural based on the nine mystery books that hails from Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s Apostle production banner and CBS TV Studios. Novelist and TV writer Amy Bloom, creator of the Lifetime series State of Mind, will write the script and executive produce the project with Leary and Serpico. Glass’ April Woo mystery series center on the title character, a brilliant young Chinese-American who becomes the first female head of detectives in Coney Island, New York. Raised in the traditions of modesty, good manners and quiet self-effacement, she is hardly a perfect fit to tackle Coney Island’s connected families, drug deals on the Boardwalk, feminist strippers, and corrupt politicians. The project stems from Apostle’s first-look deal with CBS TV Studios for network TV.
Developing a drama series with a female Asian lead is a major step in diversity for the broadcast networks. It follows CBS’ recent casting of black actors as the leads of three high-profile procedurals: LL Cool J on NCIS: LA, Laurence Fishburne on CSI and Forest Whitaker on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. It also comes on the heels of CBS’ sister network launching the first major drama series with an Asian actress as the title character, thriller Nikita starring Maggie Q.
EXCLUSIVE: Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s Apostle has inked a two-year overall deal with Fox TV Studios to develop and produce new cable series. Additionally, the company is in negotiations with CBS TV Studios for a deal that would cover broadcast …