EXCLUSIVE: Dan McDermott and Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s Di Bonaventura Television has sold another drama project. Patron Saints, which will be written by Jeffrey Bell (Spartacus), is described as a mystery thriller about a covert group who help people in lost, desperate and impossible circumstances. Bell, McDermott and di Bonaventura are executive producing for ABC Studios where di Bonaventura TV is based.
This marks the third major sale for CAA-repped di Bonaventura TV this season. The company landed a put pilot at NBC for a Cleopatra drama written by Michael Seitzman and has Founding Fathers set up at ABC with Rich D’Ovidio writing.
Bell, repped by CAA and Cliff Gilbert-Lurie, began his TV career on The X-Files. He went on to serve as executive producer/showrunner on such series as Angel, Alias, Day Break and Harper’s Island. He also was co-creator and showrunner of the Lifetime series The Protector, developed and produced by ABC Studios.
EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker Burr Steers will make his TV writing debut with Palm Beach, a drama project for NBC from ABC Studios and Lorenzo DiBonventura and Dan McDermott’s studio-based Di Bonaventura Pictures Television. The project is described as an Upstairs, Downstairs-style family soap set in the exclusive enclave of Palm Beach. Steers, DiBonaventura and McDermott are executive producing with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Shawn Simon. Steers, who made his filmmaking debut with the 2002 Igby Goes Down, which he wrote and directed, also helmed the features 17 Again and Charlie St. Claud, both starring Zac Efron. He is with CAA and the Gotham Group. This is the latest sale at NBC for ABC Studios, which also has a comedy penned by Howard J. Morris and produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette and a drama penned by Daniel Taplitz and exec produced by Ian Sanders and Kim Moses at the peacock.
ABC has bought Zero Hour, a mystery drama from Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring. The project hails from ABC Studios and Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Dan McDermott’s company, which is based there. Zero Hour is described as an epic adventure about a skeptical everyman who gets swept up in one of history’s greatest conspiracies. His search leads him on a dangerous journey around the world collecting clues that will unlock not only a spectacular mystery surrounding the Twelve Apostles but also questions about his own identity. DiBonaventura and McDermott are having a busy first development season with a number of high-profile sales, all to ABC. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: John Lee Hancock is returning to television. The Blind Side writer-director has teamed with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott’s recently launched TV company for an untitled crime drama project that has been sold to ABC. Hancock is set to write, direct and executive produce the drama, which centers on an unorthodox protagonist described as Walter Mitty of the crime world. Hancock will executive produce with di Bonaventura and McDermott for ABC Studios where Di Bonaventura Pictures Television is under a 3-year deal. Hancock dabbled in TV in the late 1990s with brief stints on Falcone and L.A. Doctors, which he created, but has spent the last decade in movies, most recently writing and directing The Blind Side. After several years of struggling to get the movie made with Julia Roberts turning down the lead and 20th Century Fox dropping the project altogether, Hancock saw his film rake in $256 million in North America alone and earn star Sandra Bullock an Oscar. Di Bonavenura Pictures TV is off to a fast start in its first development season. The company has already sold several projects to ABC, including a drama from Changing Lanes scribe Michael Tolkin and ER showrunner David Zabel about a complex female ADA and comedies The Wonderful Women of Will’s World from writers David Diamond and David Weissman, about a man who juggling his two ex-wives, his new younger wife and his three children; … Read More »