PBS Developing Latino Period Drama (EXCLUSIVE)

‘Resurrection Blvd.’ scribe Dennis Leoni set pact with pubcaster

PBS has ordered a pilot script from Dennis Leoni for a drama series “Alta California” as part of a new development deal. Leoni is the award-winning executive producer, scribe and helmer of “Resurrection Blvd.,” the first and longest-running Latino dramatic skein in the history of American television.

PBS has traditionally acquired programming and has enjoyed unprecedented success with its Brit import “Downton Abbey.” It recently debuted department store period drama “Mr.Selfridge,” starring Jeremy Piven. In the fall, pubcaster is set to air Latino-themed “Latino Americans,” a three-part docu-series narrated by Benjamin Bratt.

Set in the mid to late 1800s, “Alta California” tells the story of an arranged union between two families – one Mexican-Californian and the other European-American.

Leoni will write and exec produce along with Jerry Offsay, the former prexy of Showtime, where he worked with Leoni on “Resurrection Blvd.”

In recent years, Leoni has written both drama and comedy pilots for NBC, Showtime, ABC and Fox Television Studios. He also created the Web series “Los Americans.”

Leoni is repped by Gersh, Haven Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein.

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