Benderspink Pacts with FBI Vet for Hostage Negotiator Series

Management-production outfit Benderspink is looking to develop a TV series around the experiences of former FBI hostage negotiations honcho Christopher Voss.

Benderspink has cut a deal with Voss for his life rights. The law enforcement vet spent 24 years with the FBI, rising to Supervisory Special Agent of the bureau’s Crisis Negotiation Unit from 2000-2007. Among the more than 150 hostage negotiation situations he handled during his FBI run was the notorious D.C. sniper case in 2002. He was the lead FBI agent on the ground investigating the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

In recent years, Voss has made appearances as a commentator on crime and terrorism issues for CNN and MSNBC, among others. He’s lectured at Harvard University, MIT and Northwestern and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

“After sitting down with Chris and hearing his amazing insight into the high-stakes world of international hostages, we felt these stories could make for a compelling character and TV series,” said Benderspink partner J.C. Spink.

The deal with Voss, who is repped by Abrams Artists, comes as Benderspink steps up its television development activity. The company last fall inked a first-look pact with Universal Cable Prods. The banner is developing a drama at Syfy, “Five Ghosts,” and the comedy “Monster-in-Law” with Warner Bros. TV at Fox.

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