EXCLUSIVE: Fake Empire‘s Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage and Rina Mimoun were among the WB/CW’s top writer-producer talent. Now the trio have teamed at their new home, ABC Studios, where both Fake Empire and Mimoun are under overall deals. Their collaboration is drama project Sisterland, which has landed at ABC. Based on the best-selling novel by Curtis Sittenfeld, Sisterland tells the story of identical twin sisters born with paranormal abilities and how those abilities shape their very different lives. Mimoun is writing the adaptation and is executive producing with Schwartz, Savage and Fake Empire president of television Len Goldstein.
This marks WME-repped Fake Empire’s fourth sale in its first development season at ABC Studios. The company has another drama at ABC penned by Joshua Safran as well as two comedies, one by Ali Adler and one from writers Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger. Mimoun, creator/exec producer of The CW’s Privileged, executive produces ABC’s summer series Mistresses, which was just picked up for season two. She also worked on Everwood, where she rose to showrunner, Gilmore Girls and Pushing Daisies. Repped by UTA and attorneys Bruce Gellman and Patti Felker.
EXCLUSIVE: After a decade at Warner Bros TV, writer-producer Rina Mimoun is moving to ABC Studios where she has signed a two-year overall deal. Under the rich seven-figure pact, Mimoun will develop new projects for the studio and join its upcoming series Mistresses as an executive producer. The soap, based on the British format, was recently given a straight-to-series order for a summer 2013 launch. It was written by The Nine co-creator KJ Steinberg, who is executive producing with Bob Sertner, Ecosse Films’ Douglas Rae and now Mimoun. With Steinberg busy working on her ABC/ABC Studios pilot Gilded Lilys, Mimoun and Sertner will oversee day-to-day operations on Mistresses for the time being. Mimoun’s deal with ABC Studios starts in June, but I hear she is been loaned out by Warner Bros TV so that she can start work on Mistresses right away. Read More »
After Scott Foley co-starred in Rina Mimoun’s CBS/Warner Bros. TV drama pilot The Doctor this past development season, the actor is teaming with Mimoun for another CBS/WBTV drama project, this time serving as a writer. CBS has bought The Escape Artist, a drama script from WBTV about a brother and sister who help people disappear. It will be co-written and executive produced by Foley and Privileged creator Mimoun, marking Foley’s writing debut.
Elsewhere, NBC has bought Secret America, a drama script set at the world of CIA from writer Peter Landesman, Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV. The spy drama is set in a small town that appears to be middle America but actually harbors a large community of intelligence operatives. Landesman, Erwin Stoff, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo are executive producing.
Scott Foley, Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Boatman are set to co-star opposite Christine Lahti in CBS’ medical-family drama pilot The Doctor. Written by Privileged creator Rina Mimoun and directed by David Nutter, the project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on Emily (Lahti) a mother who reconnects with her two adult children – son David (Foley) and daughter Natasha (Eva Amurri) when she joins the family medical practice after the death of her husband Ben. Emily is taking over Ben’s third of the practice, which he ran with his friend Jason (MacLachlan), a sympathetic pediatrician who has always harbored feelings for Emily, and David. Spin City alum Boatman will play the chief of staff at the hospital where Emily is doing her residency who becomes her mentor. Both Foley, repped by Paradigm, and MacLachlan, repped by Gersh and Management 360, recently did stints on hit ABC series: Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives, respectively.
Thirteen years after Christine Lahti won an Emmy for Chicago Hope, she is back at CBS as the star of another medical drama. Lahti is set to topline CBS’ medical-family drama pilot The Doctor, written by Privileged creator Rina Mimoun and directed by David Nutter. The project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on a mother (Lahti) who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice. Lahti, repped by ICM and Management 360, recently recurred on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU.
CBS has added two drama pilots to its slate: The Doctor, a medical/family drama from Privileged creator Rina Mimoun, and Hail Mary, a buddy PI show from writer Jeff Wadlow. The Doctor, which originally landed at CBS in August with a put pilot commitment, centers on a mother who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice. Mimoun, who is under an overall deal at WBTV, is the writer-executive producer. I hear this is one of 3 projects top pilot director David Nutter, aka “the pilot whisperer,” is considering for his pilot directing gig this year. CBS has been aggressive in pursuing medical shows this development season as launching a successful medical franchise is a priority for the network. The Doctor is the second medical drama project picked up to pilot so far, following the order to Susannah Grant’s supernatural medical show.
Hail Mary, which is co-produced by Silver Pictures, is a buddy P.I. show centered around a suburban single mom in Atlanta who teams up with a street-wise hustler to solve crimes. This marks the second consecutive drama pilot at CBS for Wadlow who last year created The Odds, also with Silver Pictures and WBTV producing. Wadlow wrote Hail Mary and is executive producing it with Joel Silver. Beau Bauman serves as a producer. In addition to Hail Mary, Wadlow has another … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, a medical drama by Privileged creator Rina Mimoun has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment.
The untitled project, from Warner Bros. TV where Mimoun is under an overall deal, centers on a mother who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice.
In addition to creating and executive producing WBTV’s CW series Privileged, UTA-repped Mimoun also worked on studio’s hourlong series Everwood, on which she rose to showrunner, Gilmore Girls, Pushing Daisies and Eastwick.