EXCLUSIVE: Jerry Bruckheimer Television is venturing into cable with a drama project at A&E. Written on spec by Ian Sobel and Matt Morgan, Harvest centers on a mild-mannered cemetery caretaker who finds his small-town life in jeopardy when his estranged criminal father forces him into the body-trade business. Bruckheimer TV and Warner Horizon TV are producing, with Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive producing, KristieAnne Reed co-executive producing and Sobel and Morgan serving as supervising producers. This marks a rare cable project for Bruckheimer TV, which has been focused on broadcast, locking a number of sales again this season, including put pilot commitments at Fox for a family thriller written by Aron Eli Coleite, and at NBC for a Pam Veasey comedy. In cable, Jerry Bruckheimer TV previously produced the TNT drama Dark Blue. Sobel and Morgan are with ICM Partners and Rain Management, JBT with CAA.
EXCLUSIVE: Hostages, a drama from writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. TV, has landed at CBS with a pilot production commitment. Based on an Israeli format, the project centers on a family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever. Hostages was originally developed for Israel’s Channel 10 by Alon Aranya, Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir. The show has not been produced in Israel, but an U.S. adaptation written by Aranya found its way to Bruckheimer TV, which bought the rights and then brought in Nachmanoff (Traitor). Nachmanoff is set to write and direct Hostages as well as executive produce it with Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Givon, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir. Aranya and KristieAnne Reed serve as co-executive producers.
This is the latest big commitment for Jerry Bruckheimer TV this season. The company has a pilot order at NBC for drama The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives and put pilot commitments for The Bureau, an FBI drama penned by Aron Eli Coleite, at CBS and docu-style military comedy At Ease, from writers Josh Bycel & Jonathan Fener, at NBC. It also has comedy The B-Side, from writer Sheri Elwood, set up at NBC.
Bruckheimer Television has made an early entrance into the TV marketpace, landing one of the first major commitments this year. The company is back at CBS, the network where it has had most success, with a new character-based procedural drama from writer Aron Eli Coleite (NBC’s Heroes), which has been given a put pilot commitment. The untitled drama centers on a common-sense mother who becomes a New York State Trooper. Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros. TV are producing, with Coleite, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive producing and KristieAnne Reed co-executive producing. Bruckheimer TV is looking to rebound after not scoring a pilot order for the first time in years last season. So far, the broadcast networks’ big development commitments have gone to drama project from A-list producers: Bruckheimer, Dick Wolf (the Michael Brandt/Derek Haas firefighter drama at NBC) and Greg Berlanti (Marc Guggenheim’s legal drama at Fox). Bruckheimer TV currently has 5 series on the air, the 3 CSI dramas and The Amazing Race on CBS and the summer reality series Take the Money And Run on ABC.
EXCLUSIVE: Fox has nabbed a drama project from writer Jeffrey Lieber and Jerry Bruckheimer Television. The project, tentatively titled Full Nelson, is set in the music industry in the 1980s and follows a woman as she rises in the business. It is inspired by the experiences of Kathy Nelson, former president of film music for Universal and Disney. She was a music executive at MCA Records in the 1980s and early 1990s, rising through the ranks to SVP and general manager and responsible for building the label’s soundtrack division. At MCA and Disney, Nelson worked on the music for a number of Bruckheimer movies, including Coyote Ugly, Gone in 60 Seconds, Remember the Titans, Armageddon, Con Air, The Rock, Dangerous Minds and Beverly Hills Cop 1&2.
Lieber, repped by CAA and Madhouse, will write Full Nelson, which has received a script commitment plus penalty. He will executive produce with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman, with KristieAnne Reed serving as co-executive producer. Nelson is a producer. For Lieber, who gets a co-creator credit on Lost, this marks the third consecutive project with Bruckheimer TV and WBTV. He created the short-lived CBS medical drama series Miami Medical and recently worked on ABC’s The Whole Truth. Full Nelson is the third Bruckheimer TV sale this season and notably, none of the projects is a crime procedural, a genre that made the company a TV powerhouse. At ABC, Bruckheimer landed a put pilot commitment …
In its first major sale this year, Jerry Bruckheimer Television is staying closer to its reality hit The Amazing Race than its stable of crime procedurals. ABC has given the company and Warner Bros. TV a put pilot commitment for an untitled hourlong project based on the blog and the book The Lost Girls.
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