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.
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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