Pariah TV’s got game, signing with Los Angeles Lakers exec VP Jeanie Buss to develop a series loosely based on her life.
Feature scribe Audrey Wells (“The Truth About Cats and Dogs”) is on board to write the script, which focuses on what it’s like to be a female executive in a male-dominated business.
NBA Entertainment will also lead an assist on the project, in order to give the series an air of authenticity. With the league on board, the show will be set in the real world of the NBA, rather than focusing on a fake basketball team.
As a result, just like Buss (daughter of Lakers owner and sports magnate Jerry Buss), the main character will run the day-to-day operations for the Lakers.
Pariah topper Gavin Polone will exec produce, along with Buss, Wells and Buss’ producing partner, Linda Rambis. Polone secured the deal with the NBA after meeting with NBA Entertainment prexy Adam Silver.
Wells, whose credits also include “Guinevere,” “Runaway Bride,” “Jumanji” and the upcoming remake of “Shall We Dance?” said she thought the project was a slam dunk.
‘Concept has it all’
“This concept has it all, a dynamic female lead set in a fascinating world,” Wells said. “I’m looking forward to working with Gavin and Jeanie, two experts in their fields.”
Buss, who oversees the Lakers’ business operations, also has made headlines for dating team coach Phil Jackson — and for posing in Playboy.
One of the few high-ranking female execs in pro sports, Buss got her start, at the age of 19, heading the Los Angeles Strings of World Team Tennis.
The hourlong drama will be shopped to networks this summer.
“We’re so excited about working with Audrey Wells, Jeanie Buss and the NBA,” said Pariah’s Vivian Cannon, who will serve as a producer on the project. “This show is a great example of a different franchise.”