'Any Day' duo ankle Spelling for multiyear deal
Scribe Nancy Miller and producer Gary Randall — the team behind Lifetime’s successful drama skein “Any Day Now” — have inked a seven-figure, multiyear overall deal with Studios USA Television.
Miller and Randall, along with their shingle Paid Our Dues Prods., move to Studios USA from Spelling Television, where they had been based in one form or another since 1991. Randall is a former prexy of Spelling.
New deal calls for Miller and Randall to create and produce series for Studios USA.
Before the deal with Studios USA was sealed, duo had already sold two drama scripts for fall 2002 — an hour about the Immigration and Naturalization Service for CBS and a family drama set at a military base for NBC.
“Nancy and Gary develop provocative and commercial drama series that go the distance thanks to their passion, commitment and outstanding showrunning skills,” said Sonja Piper Dosti, senior VP of drama programming for Studios USA. “I’ve had great experiences developing with them in the past, and I’m delighted to have them in the Studios USA family.”
Randall said he and Miller felt “creatively in sync” with execs at Studios USA.
“We felt that what we were setting out to do was a nice fit with them,” he said. “They have a reputation for developing and supporting high-end dramas.”
Randall and Miller also have a script commitment from NBC for a two-hour backdoor pilot based on “Mission to Mars” by Laurence Bergreen. David Weddle and Bradley Thompson are adapting the project for Paid Our Dues and NBC; Studios USA may come on board later.
Before “Any Day Now,” Miller created and exec produced the ABC drama “Leaving L.A.” She also served as co-exec producer of the Peacock thriller “Profiler” and created the short-lived NBC hour “The Round Table.”
Randall was also a producer on “Leaving L.A.” and has exec produced several telepics for HBO and CBS.
As prexy of Spelling, Randall helped develop the company’s hit Fox sudser “Melrose Place.” He served as prexy of Orion Television from 1985-91.
Deal was brokered by ICM, which reps both Miller and Randall.