ABC Gives Drama Pilot Orders To Soaps From Mark Gordon And Callie Khouri

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 8:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

After picking up 3 comedy pilots this afternoon, ABC just gave the green light to 2 drama pilots, Americana and Nashville, both primetime soaps. The latter pickup is contingent on the project becoming a co-production between Lionsgate TV, which developed it, and ABC Studios.

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ABC Picks Up ‘White Van Man’ Comedy Pilot From Bobby Bowman And Mark Gordon

By | Wednesday January 25, 2012 @ 5:35pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has given a cast-contingent pilot order to White Van Man,  a blue collar ensemble comedy based on the British series of the same name. Former My Name Is Earl executive producer Bobby Bowman wrote the adaptation for ABC Studios … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Acquiring New Steve Jobs Biography For Major Feature Film

By | Friday October 7, 2011 @ 2:48pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Steve Jobs Biography MovieEXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that Sony Pictures is making a hefty deal to acquire feature rights to Steve Jobs, the upcoming authorized biography by former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson. I’m hearing the deal is $1 million against $3 million and that Mark Gordon will be the biopic’s producer. But this will be an MG360 project, which is the movie production partnership between Gordon and Management 360. ICM reps both Isaacson and Gordon. Sony Pictures would not comment. The studio seems a good fit for the book, having boiled business books into compelling dramas with both the Oscar-nominated The Social Network and Moneyball. The Isaacson book was supposed to be published on November 21st by Simon & Schuster, but now the release date has moved up to October 24th, according to a spokeswoman for the publisher. This was the hottest about-to-be biopic in Hollywood. [Will Hollywood Book Biopic Of Steve Jobs?] The 448-page profile is based on over 40 interviews with the Apple co-founder and over 100 conversations with friends, family members, colleagues and competitors. And it’s a compelling story: the building of the world’s most valuable technology company by creating the devices that changed how people use electronics and revolutionized the computer, music, and mobile phone industries. Jobs gave his full cooperation but had not read it as of mid-August. At first titled iSteve: the Book Of Jobs, Isaacson had second thoughts about what was appropriate for the first biography to get Jobs’ blessing and cooperation. Even when it wasn’t even finished, it made it (briefly) into the top 50 on Amazon’s bestseller list. Isaacson eventually persuaded his publisher Simon & Schuster to go with the simple title of Steve Jobs. First planned for 2012, the book’s release date was moved up. Read More »

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ABC Developing Sitcom Based On British Format With Former ‘Earl’ EP & Mark Gordon

By | Tuesday September 27, 2011 @ 3:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development a blue collar ensemble comedy based on the British format White Van Man. Former My Name Is Earl executive producer Bobby Bowman will write the adaptation for ABC Studios and studio-based Mark Gordon Co. … Read More »

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ABC Developing ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ Drama From Producer Mark Gordon

By | Friday September 16, 2011 @ 10:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has bought a second high-profile drama project that takes on Robert Louis Stevenson’s split-personality tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jekyll & Hyde, from ABC Studios, studio-based Mark Gordon Co and feature writer Matt Lopez (The Read More »

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Producer Mark Gordon Sells 2 More Projects To ABC: Crime Drama From Writer Chap Taylor & Candace Bushnell Book Adaptation

By | Thursday September 8, 2011 @ 3:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Mark Gordon Co. has set up two more projects at ABC: Chap Taylor’s drama Untouchable and an hourlong project based on Candace Bushnell’s book One Fifth Avenue. Both hail from ABC Studios.

Described as a stylish, sexy modernization of Miami Vice for the 21st century, Untouchable centers on a hard-charging female FBI agent with a blue-collar background who is teamed with a reckless, independently wealthy LAPD detective to take on organized crime. Changing Lanes writer Taylor is set to pen the script and executive produce with Gordon and The X Files and Castle helmer Rob Bowman, who is attached to direct. Taylor, repped by WME and Management 360, just delivered the pilot script for his FX drama project about an illegal immigrant-turned-private eye, which drew a lot of attention when first unveiled by Deadline last year; Rodrigo Garcia is attached to direct the potential pilot. Taylor also is in active development on the bestseller Gideon’s Sword for Michael Bay at Paramount. And he is developing a feature adaptation of his comic book series Haunted City with McG and his producing partner Peter Johnson. McG is attached to direct the project, which is expected to be taken out at the beginning of next year.

Bushnell’s One Fifth Avenue chronicles the clashes among the inhabitants of One Fifth Avenue, a Greenwich Village art deco jewel crammed with regal rich, tarty upstarts and misguided lovers. Josh Safran (Gossip Girl) is writing the adaptation and will exec produce with Bushnell and Gordon. Read More »

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ABC Buys Action Adventure Drama From Michael Seitzman and Mark Gordon

By | Tuesday September 6, 2011 @ 7:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has bought one of its most ambitious projects so far this development season — a globetrotting adventure from North Country writer Michael Seitzman and producer Mark Gordon. Based … Read More »

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ABC Buys 2 Projects From Feature Writers

By | Wednesday August 24, 2011 @ 4:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In the latest round of script buying, ABC has picked up two projects from feature auspices — a comedy from Friends With Benefits writers Keith Merryman and David Newman, which is executive produced by Mark Gordon, and … Read More »

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Showtime Picks Up Pilots From Andrew Gurland, Michelle Ashford & Ann Biderman

Nellie Andreeva

Showtime has greenlighted three pilots: Andrew Gurland’s docu-comedy Gurland on Gurland, Michelle Ashford’s drama Masters Of Sex and Ann Biderman’s dramedy Ray Donovan. This marks the second round of pilot orders for Showtime’s new entertainment president David Nevins. The first one included drama Homeland and comedy House of Lies, both of which went to series.

Gurland on Gurland is a first-person documentary comedy written, directed and starring filmmaker Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism, The Virginity Hit), which reflects his real family life and the challenges he faces pursuing the next phase of his career. The pilot hails from CBS TV Studios, with Gurland, managed by Principato-Young, and studio-based Glenn Gordon Caron executive producing. This marks the first Showtime pilot from the cable division of sibling studio CBS TV Studios. It was developed by the division’s former head Bela Bajaria, who recently departed to run Universal Media Studios. On the broadcast side, Medium creator Caron just sold a drama project to CBS executive produced by James Mangold and Cathy Konrad.

Masters of Sex, from Sony Pictures TV, is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love and chronicles the lives and the intriguing, unusual relationship between Masters and Johnson, the pioneers into the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution. Ashford wrote the script and is executive producing with Timberman/Beverly Prods’ Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly, who set up the project while at Sony TV. (The company, which has three series on the air — FX’s Justified and CBS’ upcoming Unforgettable and A Gifted Man — moved to CBS Studios last summer.) Read More »

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Mandate Hires Phil Claydon To Direct ‘Miserable Excuse For A Hero’

By | Wednesday June 29, 2011 @ 11:07am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Phil Claydon has been hired by Mandate Pictures to direct Miserable Excuse For A Hero, the D.V. De Vincentis-scripted adaptation of Bob Powers’ comic novel You Are A Miserable Excuse For A Hero. In the book, a 30-year-old part-time … Read More »

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Zac Efron’s ‘Die In A Gunfight’ Gets Helmer

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Mandler has been set to direct Die In A Gunfight for Media Rights Capital, the Gabriel Ferrari/Andrew Barrer-scripted film that has Zac Efron attached to star. Mark Gordon is producing with Jennifer Todd. Mandler, a photographer, music video … Read More »

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Mark Gordon Signs New Deal With ABC Studios, Inks First-Look Pact With Disney

Nellie Andreeva

Mark Gordon has renewed his deal with ABC Studios, where he has been for 10 years. Additionally, he has inked a first-look pact  with Walt Disney Studios. The four-year Disney deal covers overhead for Gordon’s banner, Mark Gordon Company, on … Read More »

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Angela Bassett To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Identity’

By | Wednesday March 2, 2011 @ 6:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Angela Bassett is set as a lead in ABC’s drama pilot Identity. The project, from ABC Studios, Mark Gordon Co. and writer John Glenn, is an action procedural based on a British  format, which centers on an elite police unit … Read More »

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Sundance: Update; Weinstein Co. Closes ‘The Details’ For $7.5 Million, $10 Million P&A

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The Weinstein Company indeed closed this deal, and here are the details. I’m told the minimum guarantee was $7.5 million, with a P&A commitment upwards of $10 million. That makes The Details the largest minimum guarantee of … Read More »

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‘Zombieland’ Scribes Take On ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’

By | Saturday November 6, 2010 @ 2:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: We’re already braced for Cowboys and Aliens, so how cool is it that the writers of Zombieland are taking on the tale of an assassin who mixes the skills of a cowboy with those of the ninja and the … Read More »

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ABC & Mark Gordon Develop TV Cop Drama

Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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ABC Studios To Mark Gordon – “Completely Inappropriate”; Shonda Rhimes Reacts

UPDATE: Mark Gordon Apologizes To PGA
Producer Mark Gordon Uses N-Word Twice At TV Table Read: Lifetime Notifies ABC Studios “This Needs To Be Dealt Read More »

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UPDATE: Mark Gordon Apologizes To PGA

Mark Gordon, co-President of the Producers Guild Of America, just sent this email to PGA board members a few minutes ago about my exclusive, Producer Mark Gordon Uses N-Word Twice At TV Read More »

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Producer Mark Gordon Uses N-Word Twice At TV Pilot Table Read: Lifetime Notifies ABC Studios “This Needs To Be Dealt With”

Producers Guild Co-Prez Mark Gordon Apologizes To Board

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Lifetime formally notified Disney’s ABC Studios that prominent TV and film producer Mark Gordon six weeks ago used the word “nigger” twice … Read More »

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