After bidding from multiple nets, Fox has given a sizable commitment to a crime family drama from Santora, DreamWorks TV and Sony Pictures TV.
“The Raiding Party” revolves around three brothers and their domineering mother, who carry on the decades-old family business of robbing banks.
Santora is penning the script through the premium blind script deal he struck earlier this year with Sony Pictures TV. DreamWorks TV toppers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank had been looking to work with Santora for some time and began kicking around ideas with him just as he set up the Sony deal.
Santora will exec produce through his Blackjack Films banner with Falvey and Frank.
Deal for “Raiding Party” brings Santora back to Fox, where he was writer and co-showrunner on the net’s high-octane drama “Prison Break.”
More recently, Santora partnered with “Prison Break” colleague Matt Olmstead to create and exec produce the A&E/20th Century Fox TV drama “Breakout Kings,” which has been picked up for a second season after its initial run on the cabler this spring. He was also creator-exec producer of the WB Network/CW reality hit “Beauty and the Geek.”
Beyond his TV work, Santora is awaiting the release next year of his second novel, “15 Digits,” by Little Brown imprint Mulholland Books.
Deal with Fox and Sony adds to DreamWorks TV’s growing roster of series, which include Fox’s “Terra Nova,” TNT’s “Falling Skies,” Showtime’s “The Borgias” and midseaon dramas “Smash” (NBC) and “The River” (ABC).
Santora is repped by WME, attorney Patti Felker of Felker Toczek and Gotham Group.