Fox is making good on entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly’s promise to shake up the way the network handles pilot season, handing expanded commitments to two high-profile projects: “Red Band Society” and “Runner.”
“Red Band” has received what Fox says is akin to a first episode order plus orders for backup scripts.
“Red Band” is based on a Spanish TV series (pictured) about a group of youths with serious illnesses who band together to entertain themselves while in the hospital. Margaret Nagle penned the U.S. adaptation and is exec producing for ABC Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also exec produce with producer Sergio Aguero, who brought the project to Amblin.
For “Runner,” Fox has given it a new commitment for further development this summer, after the traditional pilot season wraps this spring. The 20th Century Fox TV project revolves around a woman who becomes enmeshed in the world of gun trafficking between the U.S. and Mexico.
Michael Cooney penned the script and is exec producing with Kim Moses, Ian Sander and Peter Horton.
Fox’s moves are in keeping with the strategy outlined by Reilly on Monday to wildly rethink the development process. Reilly emphasized that Fox will take more time in developing projects and avoid the January-April crunch of the pilot season. Fox is also more open to order shows to series on the strength of multiple scripts without producing a pilot.