Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 8/7/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Marti Noxon (MAD MEN) & Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (SEQUIN RAZE) have co-written the pilot for UNREAL, based on Sarah’s prizewinning short film original (SEQUIN RAZE) for Lifetime, which just greenlighted the pilot. (Hey, there’s a way to get your new self an Old Media TV gig: Create something that can be interpreted as tried and true. See what winning a prize can do?)
  • Dustin Lance Black (MILK) is writing an 8-hour miniseries about the history of the gay rights movement for ABC. (To which we can only add: It’s about time!)
  • FX is developing a limited series cleverly called THE UNTITLED JOHN BROWN PROJECT about, we imagine, John Brown’s abolitionist raid in Virginia, which is usually identified as the event that started the Civil War. It’s based on Tony Horwitz’ book, Midnight Rising, and no writers are attached tothe project yet. (Iconoclasts that we tell ourselves we are, we’re wondering if John Brown’s action really was the cause of the war. After all, governments – and history – have kinda twisted the truth a little about the beginnings of other wars, haven’t they? Wouldn’t it be cool if that’s what this project really was about?)
  • Jonathan Lisco (SOUTHLAND) will be showrunner of AMC’s upcoming series HALT & CATCH FIRE as part of this new overall deal with the network. (AMC is the new TNT. Ahh.)