Fox Television Studios has inked a first-look deal with veteran TV and film producer Elizabeth Guber Stephen, who will develop and produce cable projects through her Gables Media banner. Under the deal, Stephen and FtvS have set two projects.
One is hourlong USA drama series Timeline, from best-selling author Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Raised By Wolves book series), about a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a six-month mission, discovers that someone has altered her past and, in effect, rewritten her entire life. Set up at Fox and based on the 2011 film from writer-director-producers Aaron Salgado and Jaydee Freixas, Magic City Memoirs follows three wealthy, influential families whose patriarchs came to Miami 30 years ago as Cuban refugees, and whose sons are now facing the fallout from the secrets their fathers have harbored in order to obtain the “American dream.” The pilot is written by Liz Benjamin (Bones).
“Elizabeth Stephen brings a clear and thoughtful perspective on TV development, having spent years as a studio executive and producer working in both feature film and television,” FtvS president David Madden said. “Elizabeth focuses on ‘messed-up’ characters stuck in complicated relationships while in the midst of pressurized stories, and that is very appealing to FTVS.” The deal reunites Stephen with Madden who produced her first feature The Hand That Rocks The Cradle as an executive at Hollywood Pictures. Stephen previously served as president of Mandalay TV, and has held development and production positions with The Avnet/Kerner Co. and Hollywood Pictures. Before launching Gables Media, she was EVP of RHI Entertainment.