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CBS Buys Legal Drama From ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Writer, Producer Bill Gerber

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 3:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS has put in development Last Stop Savannah. The drama project is written by Randy Brown, who penned the most recent Clint Eastwood-starring movie Trouble With The Curve, and executive produced by Bill Gerber, who produced Eastwood’s previous starring vehicle Gran Torino. Last Stop Savannah, from Warner Bros TV and studio-based Gerber Pictures, centers on a high-profile Chicago attorney who suffers a fall from grace and loses his Illinois license. He returns to his hometown of Savannah for a job at his old college roommate’s firm — where his daughter works as a newly minted partner. Brown, who will co-executive produce, and Gerber are with UTA.

This is the second TV project for Gerber Pictures this season, along with an adaptation of comic Midnight, Mass. at NBC. On the feature side, the Gerber-produced Grudge Match starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone and Kevin Hart just received a green light by Warner Bros.

In other recent drama sales, director-producer Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad) has set up another project: an untitled U.S. marshal drama at Fox through 20th Century Fox TV, where he is under an overall deal. Written/exec produced by Paul Zbyszewski through a blind script deal at 20th TV, the project centers on Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Shaker who, when members of the Federal Witness Security Program begin getting killed, leads the hunt for the person who stole the file with the secret identities of every member of the program. Fleischer is executive producing and may direct. Read More »

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Denise Di Novi, Bill Gerber And Edward Saxon To Produce First Amazon Studios Projects

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 1:02pm PST

Amazon Studios, the film studio that launched a year ago by opening submissions to the public, has attached Hollywood producers Denise Di Novi, Bill Gerber and Edward Saxon to its first projects that have gone through development. More than 6000 scripts and 600 test movies have been submitted since launch, Amazon Studios director Roy Price said. Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love) will produce Touching Blue, from a script by Scott Mullen. The story centers on a woman who can track people based on what they’ve touched but feels intense pain when someone touches her. She is enlisted by the FBI to help track down a serial killer. Gerber (Gran Torino) is attached to Original Soldiers, which is based on a short created by the Amazon Studios team. The plot centers on an old-school strike force that has to save the day when the humans’ droid defense force is disabled. A writer will be selected from more than 1000 pitches for the story. Saxon (Silence Of The Lambs) is producing Children Of Others, a Best Script Award winner by Barrington Smith-Seetachit. It’s the story of a woman who takes her last chance at a fertility clinic, only to find only to find that her unborn child may be the first wave of an alien invasion.

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Fox Developing ‘The Spectre’ Drama Series Based On The DC Comic Book Character

By | Wednesday September 14, 2011 @ 8:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox has bought The Spectre, a drama series project based on the DC Comics superhero character co-created by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily. Brandon Camp (John Doe) will write the adaptation and executive produce with feature producer Bill Gerber (Gran Torino). The Spectre, which has received a script commitment, centers on a former cop serving time in afterlife limbo who hunts down earthly criminals on behalf of the dead — and mortals soon to be dead if ultimate justice is not served. DC Entertainment’s sister TV studio Warner Bros TV will produce with Gerber Pictures. The Spectre character first appeared in an 1940 issue of DC’s More Fun Comics. Since then, he has been featured in a number of other DC titles and has headlined his own comic book series. Camp was introduced to The Spectre property by DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns. The project marks Camp’s return to TV and reunion with Fox; he co-created the network’s 2002 mystery drama John Doe. On the feature side, UTA-repped Camp co-wrote and directed the 2009 Jennifer Aniston movie Love Happens. The Spectre also puts Fox back in the comic book adaptation business and reunites the network with DC following their recent collaboration on Human Target.

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