ABC developing series with Straczynski

Pandemic thriller from Georgeville, Overbrook poised for straight-to-series order

ABC has inked a deal with indie production company Georgeville TV and Overbrook Entertainment for a pandemic thriller project from “Babylon 5” creator J. Michael Straczynski.

Project is designed to secure a straight-to-series order, meaning that if ABC likes the script it will forgo a pilot in favor of a multiple episode order.

Details on the project are sketchy but it’s described as a blend of procedural and serialized elements. James Lassiter and Jada Pinkett Smith are exec producing for Overbrook with Straczynski.

L.A.-based Georgeville, headed by producer Marc Rosen, is backed by Indian conglom Reliance Entertainment company and another Reliance subsidiary, London-based Motion Picture Capital, run by Leon Clarance and Deepak Nayar. The company has made a splash after barely six months in business because it has the ability to finance its own projects. Georgeville is focused on developing high-end projects with international appeal that command straight-to-series orders.

Jim Goodman, Georgeville’s newly appointed exec veep of business affairs, brokered the deal with ABC.

Straczynski is renowned in sci-fi circles as the steward of the enduring “Babylon 5” series/telepic franchise. In recent years he’s fielded numerous features and the 2002-04 Showtime series “Jeremiah.”

Overbrook and Straczynski are repped by CAA.

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