EXCLUSIVE: In his first season as a CBS TV Studios-based producer following his June exit as CBS’ head of current programming, David Brownfield has sold two projects to the network. An untitled drama, from Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s CBS TV Studios-based Tribeca Prods., is written by former Brothers & Sisters and Smash executive producer David Marshall Grant. It centers on a counter-insurgency expert who comes back from Afghanistan to his old police precinct and begins to use techniques he employed overseas to try to control gang violence at home. Grant, De Niro and Rosenthal executive produce with Brownfield; Berry Welsh co-exec produces. Last year, Grant — repped by CAA and Untitled — developed two projects for CBS TV Studios, one of which, The CW’s Blink, went to pilot. He also has upcoming HBO series Looking. Tribeca is with CAA.
Brownfield’s other CBS project is comedy Secrets Of Happy Families, based on the latest book by best-selling author Bruce Feiler, a collection of recommended practices for modern-day parents. Written/exec produced by Owen Ellickson (The Office), the adaptation centers on a blue-collar family that has their patience tested when a parenting expert moves in next door with his wife and kids. Feiler, whose 2010 book The Council of Dads was adapted by Fox the same year and became a comedy pilot starring Kyle Bornheimer, will serve as consultant. Brownfield is the latest high-level TV executive to make an entrance into producing this season with a solid slate, joining David Janollari, Steve McPherson, Barry Jossen, Michael McDonald and Marcus Wiley. He was was writer/co-producer on ABC’s Boy Meets World before joining CBS where he served as head of current for nine years.