Alphabet snaps up Sony TV project with penalty attached
“Drop Dead Diva” creator Josh Berman and Peter Tolan are teaming on a drama project for ABC and Sony Pictures Television.In addition, the Alphabet picked up an ABC Studios script from “Detroit 1-8-7” executive producers David Zabel and Jason Richman. Both script orders were confirmed by ABC. Berman’s project, which was sold with a penalty attached, is about a female FBI profiler who teams up with a homicide detective for the first time since he left her at the altar after coming out of the closet. Berman is writing the script and will exec produce with Tolan; both are under overall deals with Sony. In addition to creating “Diva” for Lifetime, Berman is a former executive producer at CBS’ “CSI” and a writer/consulting producer for Fox’s “Bones.” Tolan already has another script in play at Fox, an ensemble comedy with producing partner Michael Wimer and DJ Nash (“Til Death”) Richman’s drama script is a “Sliding Doors”-style examination of a woman on her wedding day struggling with doubts as to whether she’s making the right decision. Viewers will see two different versions of how her life would play out. Zabel already has another script with ABC Studios set up at the Alphabet, a Western called “Gunslinger.” He was previously an exec producer on NBC’s “ER” from 2005-09.