EXCLUSIVE: Twilight writer Melissa Rosenberg is formalizing her relationship with ABC Studios with an overall deal. The rich pact for Rosenberg and her Tall Girls Prods, which is being finalized, stems from her partnership with the studio on the upcoming midseason ABC series Red Widow. Rosenberg wrote the drama, an adaptation of the Dutch series Penoza, and is executive producing/showrunning for ABC Studios and Endemol. The series stars Rahda Mitchell as a widow of an assassinated criminal who is suddenly forced to adopt her late husband’s role in order to protect her family.
Rosenberg is the highest-grossing female screenwriter of all time, having written solely all movies in the blockbuster Twilight franchise based on the novels by Stephanie Meyer, including the conclusion, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, which opens next month. On the TV side, she served as an executive producer on the hit Showtime drama Dexter. Rosenberg, repped by UTA, 3 Arts and attorney Jeanne Newman, was first recruited by ABC Studios to develop a drama based on Marvel’s comic AKA Jessica Jones. She subsequently shifted her attention to Red Widow.