EXCLUSIVE: Turkey is being tipped as one of the potential new hot destinations for formats. Now the country, which straddles Europe and Asia, is making a big entrance into the U.S. marketplace with the first scripted format set up at a network by American producers, Ghost Whisperer alums Ian Sander and Kim Moses. The project, The End, to be directed and executive produced by Peter Horton and written by feature writer Michael Cooney (Identity), is one of two dramas sold by Sander/Moses Prods. The other is The Edge, written by another feature scribe, Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes), and produced by Mark Roberts (Strangers With Candy). Sander and Moses are executive producing both projects while also prepping their midseason CBS drama series Reckless.
The End, which is set up at Fox with 20th TV producing, centers on Lauren Marks, who believes she is leading a perfect life — she has a loving husband, a perfect child, a rewarding career and close friends. However, overnight her life is ripped apart by one simple twist of fate: Lauren soon realizes that to uncover the truth, she must follow a trail of lies to The End. The Turkish series, titled Son, written by Berkun Oya and produced by Ay Yapim, aired over the first half of 2012 (watch the subtitled trailer below). Drama production is booming in Turkey, with some 60 series produced every year, and fast becoming one of Turkey’s top exports as the serialized shows are wildly popular not only in their homeland but also in the rest of the Balkans, other parts of Europe and especially the Arab world. The Son format was repped by Eccho Rights. Read More »
CBS has rounded out its drama pilot orders with a pickup of Reckless, a legal primetime soap executive produced by Ian Sander and Kim Moses. I hear Reckless landed the last CBS drama pilot … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Ian Sander and Kim Moses’ newly independent Sander/Moses Prods. (The Ghost Whisperer) has set up dramas at ABC and CBS and has put several reality projects in development. The duo serve as executive produce on all shows.
Gaslight at ABC is written/exec produced by feature scribe Michael Cooney (Identity). It is described as a lavish soap opera of passion, greed and hope set in a present-day Steampunk World in which three rival families battle for power and redemption in a re-imagined San Francisco. The project is produced by ABC Studios, extending Sander/Moses’ relationship with the studio where the company had a first-look deal for the past eight years.
CBS’ Reckless, written/exec produced by Dana Stevens (City Of Angels), is set in Charleston where sex and crime walk hand in hand as two adversaries, a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern city attorney, struggle to hide their attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal that threatens to implode the city. CBS TV Studios is producing. The project reunites Sander and Moses with CBS, the network which aired The Ghost Whisperer, produced by ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: ABC is going to the circus with Bazirkus, a soap from writer Mitch Kapner (Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful) and Sander/Moses (The Ghost Whisperer). Meanwhile, Fox continues to search for a new medical franchise with a script deal for a dramedy from Gossip Girl writer-producer Jessica Queller and Shawn Levy and Marty Adelstein’s 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods.
Bazirkus is based loosely on 32-year-old Nicole Feld of Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus, who grew up in the circus her grandfather bought in 1967 and has become the first female producer in Ringling Bros’ history. The ABC project, which will be set at a fictional circus, is a family/workplace soap about unfulfilled dreams and great expectations in the circus world where everyone is pushing the limits, personally and professionally, to reinvent themselves as they reinvent their world. “This is drama that brings the circus into the 21st century, it will take us behind the curtain as well as center stage,” said Ian Sander and Kim Moses, who are executive producing with Kapner. ABC Studios, where UTA-repped Sander/Moses is under a deal, will produce. Kapner, who also penned The Whole Nine Yards, is with Gersh.
Jessica Queller’s Fox medical dramedy centers on a young neurologist who is a single mother of a sperm-donor baby. The show will chronicle (with humor) her struggle to balance work, motherhood, family and romance as she moves to Boston to start a new job that she hopes will help her find a cure for her ailing brother. 21 Laps/Adelstein is producing with 20th TV, where the company is based. Queller, Levy, Adelstein and Becky Clements are executive producing. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Ghost Whisperer executive producers Kim Moses and Ian Sander are staying put at their long-time TV home, ABC Studios, and are staying close to the supernatural powers brand of their CBS series with two new ghost-themed projects … Read More »