Gross signs new deal at ABC

'Body of Proof' exec producer inks 3-year pact

Body of Proof” exec producer Matthew Gross has signed a three-year extension of his current overall deal at ABC Studios.

Gross, who is a co-showrunner of the Dana Delany medical series with Chris Murphey and Sunil Nayar, has been exclusively at the Alphabet since 2003, and will now remain there until at least 2014.

As part of the pact, Gross has hired Lindsay Goffman as his VP of development. Goffman arrives from FremantleMedia North America Prods., where she developed shows for Comedy Central and TBS.

Gross said bringing aboard Goffman will allow him to focus on second season of “Body of Proof,”

of Proof,” while she helps determine what projects ahead might be worth undertaking.

“This extends our longstanding relationship,” Gross told Variety on signing on again with ABC. “We’ve had a great run together, and I hope to get more than one show on the air.”

“Body of Proof,” which premiered in March and ran for nine episodes, was the most-watched new series of the 2010-11 TV season.

Gross was formerly exec producer on ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Day Break,” as well as several pilots. He has feature film experience as producer of “Across the Universe” and “Fired Up.”

Gross also is working on a legit production of the 1973 Robert Redford-Paul Newman pic “The Sting.”

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