Ian Sander and Kim Moses are setting up shop at Touchstone Television, inking a one-year overall deal with the studio.
Pod pact calls for Sander and Moses — whose credits include “Profiler,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “For the People” — to serve as nonwriting exec producers on projects for the studio. Duo’s emphasis will be on producing one-hour dramas, but the deal allows them to work with other ABC/Disney divisions on longform and reality skeins as well.
Only a few days into the deal, Sander and Moses said they are already working on projects with several high-profile scribes, including Carole Doyle (“Veronica Guerin”), John Gray (“Helter Skelter”) and Ken Sanzel (“The Replacement Killers”).
Moses said she and Sander hope to bring both business savvy and creative smarts to their Touchstone-based prod.
“The uniqueness of us is that we’re right brain and left brain,” she told Daily Variety, noting that one of the pod’s missions will be to continue “crossing over feature writers to television.”
Sander said new Touchstone TV topper Mark Pedowitz approached the duo a few months ago about coming to the studio.
“There are so many opportunities right now at ABC that Touchstone is willing to develop traditional shows as well as go out of the box,” he said, calling the studio deal “a great opportunity to take our entrepreneurial skills and bring them to a corporate environment.”
“While being independent had its advantages, being part of a team has its advantages as well,” Sander said. “We’ve sort of been the sixth man on the bench (and) now we really feel like we’re starters.”
Even as they focus on one-hour dramas, particularly of the procedural bent, Sander and Moses hope to branch out into other areas. Duo have experience working on unscripted projects (“How’d They Do That,” “Comic Strip Live”) as well as Internet production.
Sander and Moses most recently produced the ABC drama pilots “Partners in Crime” and “Astronauts.” They also exec produced the Alphabet skein “The Beast.”
On the feature side, duo just finished writing an adaptation of “The Surgeon” for Universal and Shutt-Jones Prods.
Sander/Moses telepic credits include “How to Marry A Billionaire” and “Ali: An American Hero,” both for Fox. In addition to producing, duo both have experience as writers and directors. Sander also produced the features “Everybody’s All-American” and “D.O.A.”