EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation with both broadcast and cable networks pursuing, Real Deal, a drama project produced by Eva Longoria and Conde Nast Entertainment, has landed at CBS with penalty. The project, based on a 2005 Glamour article (read it here), marks the first broadcast sale for Conde Nast. Written by Burn Notice veteran Craig O’Neill, Real Deal centers on two polar opposite women — an ambitious FBI agent and an uncontrollable criminal Confidential Informant — who must find common ground if they’re going to survive both the streets of Los Angeles and each other. CBS TV Studios is producing, with O’Neill executive producing alongside UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector and Conde Nast’s Dawn Ostroff. The article, “The FBI’s Secret Weapon: Women” by Emily Benedek, centers on the heroic exploits of FBI Special Agent Jennifer Coffindaffer as an example of the benefit of women in the agency’s ranks.
This marks the fifth sale this season for UnbeliEVAble, which also has dramas at NBC, ABC and the CW and a comedy at NBC. The company is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment and Brad Small. O’Neill, repped by CAA, Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse and Bruce Gellman, is coming off USA’s Burn Notice where he worked for the entire seven-season run, rising to executive producer. On the feature side, he just wrote the Warner Bros sci-fi feature Monte Cristo and is currently writing a film with Guillermo del Toro producing. Conde Nast is with CAA and Pamela Black.