In their first development season at their Sony Pictures TV-based One-Two Punch Prods., Maria Grasso and Deborah Spera have sold 3 projects to the broadcast networks: a modern-day Treasure Island written by Eagle Eye scribe John Glenn and astronaut drama Riding Rockets created by Peter Elkoff, both to NBC, and a family soap Heiress by Jennifer Robinson to ABC. Additionally, Grasso and Spera have Wayward Bound, an hourlong dramedy at USA created by novelist Richard Murphy (Confessions Of A Contractor), about the employees at a boutique tour guide company. Former Lifetime and OWN programming executive Grasso and former Mark Gordon Prods. president Spera, who met while working together on the Mark Gordon Prods.’ Lifetime series Army Wives, teamed up in June to launch One-Two Punch, which signed a two-year pod deal with Sony TV. Here are descriptions of the company’s broadcast projects:
Glenn’s Treasure Island is described as a modern-day revisionist take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. Glenn’s concept postulates that the novel is based on real life events and characters and that Manhattan is actually the legendary Treasure Island.
Elkoff’s Riding Rockets is inspired by Mike Mullane’s memoir and tells his coming-of-age story of being an astronaut in the first class of NASA’s Space Shuttle program. The project tackles the rocky integration of women into NASA’s ranks, the fallout of the Challenger disaster and the growing frustration with government bureaucracy, all through Mike’s eyes.
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