EXCLUSIVE: Producers Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso and their One-Two Punch Prods have closed a two-year first-look deal at ITV Studios America, the U.S.-based division of the ITV-owned British production company. The pact, which will have the duo develop new projects for ITV Studios, including formats from the ITV library, comes on the heels of a strong selling season for One-Two Punch, which has set up five projects at Fox, NBC and ABC, with a sixth close to a deal. Former Lifetime and OWN executive Grasso and former Mark Gordon Prods president Spera, who met while working together on the Mark Gordon Prods’ Lifetime series Army Wives, teamed up to launch One-Two Punch in June 2011. For the past two seasons, the company was under a deal at Sony TV. Here are details on the five sold One-Two Punch Prods projects:
EXCLUSIVE: Deborah Spera is leaving the Mark Gordon Co. where she has served as president of television for the past seven years. Spera will depart in June when her contract expires to become an independent producer. “I am proud of everything we accomplished at The Mark Gordon Co. during the last seven years,” she said. “Mark is a trusted friend and colleague, and he more than anyone understands the entrepreneurial spirit. I am grateful for his support as I head into this exciting new chapter of my life and hope we can continue to find ways work together in the future.”
Spera joined the ABC Studios-based Mark Gordon Co. in 2004 just as the company was getting its first hit series Grey’s Anatomy off the ground. She helped Gordon build the company into one of the most prolific pods in TV with 5 series on the air. Spera serves as an executive producer on three of them, CBS’ Criminal Minds and spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Lifetime’s Army Wives, as well as on the company’s pilot this season, ABC’s Identity. “Deb was …
Producer Mark Gordon has found success on TV with female-centered dramas Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Army Wives and crime drama Criminal Minds. Now he is combining the two in his new hourlong project for ABC. One Police Plaza is the project from ABC Studios, a drama that centers on New York City’s first female commissioner. Linda Fairstein and Kenneth L. Solarz are writing the script and will executive produce with Gordon ad Deborah Spera.