John Ridley Sells Detective Drama Pilot to ABC

'Presence': John Ridley Sells Detective Drama
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John Ridley is continuing his ties with ABC with a new drama detective pilot, “Presence.”

The “American Crime” exec producer and “12 Years A Slave” Oscar winner, whose anthology-style series was renewed for Season 2 at ABC, sold the drama pilot to the network. The project marks the first pilot script order for The Alphabet this season.

“Presence” follows Presence Foster, a former Army Counter Insurgency Operative who finds herself navigating a widely divergent and highly colorful cross section of L.A., as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed private investigator.

Ridley will write, direct and exec produce the pilot through his International Famous Players Radio Picture Corporation. Michael McDonald will also serve as an exec producer through his Stearns Castle company. ABC Studios will produce.

Also in the works at ABC is Ridley’s top-secret Marvel project.

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