EXCLUSIVE: Josh Berman tenure at Sony Pictures Television will be crossing the decade mark with a fourth consecutive overall deal. Under the new, three-year pact, Berman continues as executive producer and showrunner of Sony TV’s Lifetime series Dead Drop Diva. He created the dramedy, now in its sixth and final season, under his first overall pact at the studio. He also will continue to develop projects for network and cable. Berman began his career as a junior writer on the first season of CBS’ CSI. He remained on the long-running procedural for six years, rising to executive producer. He went on to create the Fox drama Vanished and spent four years on the network’s veteran procedural Bones. While at Sony TV, Berman, repped by CAA and attorney Ken Richman, also co-created and executive produced the Fox drama Mob Doctor.
EXCLUSIVE: Josh Berman has signed a new two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. This is Berman’s third consecutive overall pact at Sony. The first two yielded two series, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, which Berman created and executive produces/showruns, and Fox’s upcoming drama The Mob Doctor, which he co-created with Rob Wright and also exec produces/runs. Berman just sold a new project to CBS, a single-camera comedy written by The Big C creator Darlene Hunt, based on an Atlantic Monthly’s cover story by Kate Bolick All The Single Ladies.
Berman started his career as a junior writer on the first season of CBS’ CSI. He remained on the long-running procedural for six years, rising to executive producer. He went on to create the Fox drama Vanished and spent four years on the network’s veteran procedural Bones, which will now serve as a lead-in for Mob Doctor. Berman is with CAA and attorneys Ken Richman and Jason Hendler.
Former My Boys star Jordana Spiro is taking a dramatic turn as the lead in Fox’s untitled Josh Berman/Rob Wright pilot. Also cast in the project, directed by Michael Dinner, is Jamie Lee Kirchner. The medical drama centers on Grace Delvin (Spiro), one of Chicago’s top young cardiothoracic surgeons who, to save her gambling-indebted brother, is forced to moonlight as a “mob doctor.” Kirchner, repped by Gersh and Blue Stone Entertainment, will play a surgical resident working with Grace whose father is the Chairman of the hospital Board. The pilot, executive produced by Berman, Wright and Dinner, reunites Spiro with Sony TV, which also produced the cult fave TBS comedy series My Boys. The actress, repped by ICM and Principal Entertainment, has been testing the drama waters lately with recurring roles on Harry’s Law and Dexter.
‘Office’s Mindy Kaling Moves To Fox With Comedy Pilot, Network Also Picks Up Josh Berman Drama, Port/Guarascio Comedy
Mindy Kaling is moving to another office. Fox has given the green light to two medical pilots, a comedy from Office co-executive producer/co-star Kaling and a drama from the Drop Dead Diva duo of creator Josh Berman and producer Rob Wright. Additionally, the network has picked up to pilot the half-hour El Jefe from comedy veterans Moses Port and David Guarascio (Aliens In America).
Kaling wrote the single-camera comedy, in which she stars as a young Bridget Jones-type Ob/Gyn doctor balancing personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office. The project, which she executive produces with Howard Klein, has a personal element — Kaling herself is the daughter of an ob/gyn mother and an architect father. If the project goes to series, Kaling won’t be able to return to The Office next season. Like most core cast members, her contract is up at the end of this season. Universal TV is producing the pilot, originally developed for NBC. When the peacock network passed on the script, the studio took it to Fox, which immediately jumped on it. This marks the second outside pilot order for Universal TV this season, following CBS’ pickup over the weekend of a Spike Feresten/Louis CK comedy. This is also the studio’s consecutive medical pilot at Fox. Last year, Universal TV’s predecessor UMS was behind drama Weekends At Bellevue.
Michael Dinner has come on board to direct the Josh Berman/Rob Wright medical drama pilot, …