EXCLUSIVE: CBS has put in development Blackwood, a drama project from writer-executive producer Barry Schindel and executive producer Barry Jossen. This marks the first sale for former ABC Studios EVP Jossen who segued into a producing deal with the studio following his July exit from the top executive post. Jossen was late to this development cycle, having started his deal after Labor Day with the launch of his production company, JuneBug Entertainment. Still, he has set up Blackwood, with a couple of other sales likely. Co-produced by ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, Blackwood centers on a ruthlessly successful lawyer who, after he is critically wounded in a shooting that kills his wife, returns to his job to find redemption in a humbling rehabilitation and relentless search for their assailant. Law & Order alum Schindel serves as executive producer/showrunner on ABC Studios’ midseason CBS drama series Intelligence. He recently consulted on CBS’ Unforgettable. The former trial lawyer, repped by CAA, also worked on CBS’ Numbers and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and on ABC’s Castle.
EXCLUSIVE: Law & Order alum Barry Schindel has closed a deal to board CBS’ midseason drama series Intelligence as executive producer and showrunner, working closely with the series creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman. Schindel replaces Rene Echevarria who departed last month after joining the project at the pilot stage. Intelligence, from ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, is set to premiere February 24, taking over the Monday 10 PM slot from Hostages. It stars Josh Holloway and Marg Helgenberger and centers on U.S. Cyber Command unit which has been created around one agent (Holloway) who’s had a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire Global Information Grid. CAA-repped Schindel currently consults on another CBS procedural, Unforgettable. The former trial attorney also has worked on CBS’ Numbers and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and on ABC’s Castle. Earlier this year, Schindel teamed with Brett Ratner for Tomorrow, a script-to-series drama project at ABC financed by Reliance’s Georgeville Television.