'Fourth Estate' is for AMC, 'Gray Line' for ABC
Former MTV News correspondent Gideon Yago is trading the mic for a keyboard, lining up a pair of TV projects at ABC and AMC.
Yago, billed as one of the voices of the Gen Y crowd during his 2000-07 stint at MTV, will tackle the newspaper business with “Fourth Estate,” set up at AMC. And at ABC, the scribe is working on a sudsy drama set at West Point.
Yago is writing “Fourth Estate” and will exec produce with Robert Cooper and JJ Jamieson through Landscape Entertainment.
The drama centers on San Diego Tribune investigative journalist Dan Hilton, a dying breed in the rapidly changing newspaper biz.
Hilton’s world is upended when he takes on a major scandal — and some truths about the reporter himself are in danger of being exposed.
At ABC, “Long Gray Line” will be written and exec produced by Yago; Gary Fleder is also an exec producer.
Yago’s stint at MTV was defined by his reports on politics and global events, including the Iraq war, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the 2000 and 2004 elections and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Yago has also written for magazines including Rolling Stone.
After leaving MTV, Yago hosted and produced IFC’s “The IFC Media Project,” and he sold a film script to Focus Features.