EXCLUSIVE: TV writer David Graziano has set up two drama projects, The Sixth Family at Cinemax produced by Warner Horizon, and Bloodline at NBC, from Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s Film 44 and Universal TV. After working on a string of series, including Southland, Lie To Me, which he co-ran, Terra Nova and Awake, Graziano focused on development this season, resulting in the two sales. He is writing/executive producing both projects.
Based on true stories from the streets of South Brooklyn, The Sixth Family drama is about the changing face of organized crime in the wake of 9/11. The project, whose title riffs on New York’s Five Families, the city’s infamous Italian mafia clans, is inspired by some of Graziano’s personal relationships developed over the years with people on both sides of the law stemming back to his youth in his hometown of Brooklyn.
Bloodline, which reflects Graziano’s love of pulp, graphic novels and ancient mythology, is a contemporary pulp action thriller which follows the story of Bird Benson, a young woman abandoned at birth by an ancient line of mercenaries, brigands and killers. Bird must learn to defeat her own mother in armed combat if she ever wants to lead a normal life. Graziano, repped by Rothman Brecher Kim, is exec producing with Berg and Aubrey. Bloodline extends Graziano’s relationship with NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke who signed Graziano in an overall deal while at 20th TV.