Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Daniel Petrie, Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop) will be serving as the executive producer and showrunner of Hallmark Channel‘s 10-episode original scripted series, The Good Witch, based on the network’s telefilm franchise. Series will air in the first quarter of 2015, following the debut of the seventh movie in the franchise, The Good Witch’s Wonder on October 25. The Good Witch stars Catherine Bell as the raven-haired enchantress Cassie Nightingale. The Good Witch is executive produced by Orly Adelson, Jonathan Eskenas, Frank Siracusa and Craig Pryce, who directed the films based on characters by Rod Spence. Bell also serves as co-executive producer. ITV Studios America will The Good Witch outside North America.
Petrie is the former two-time President of the WGAwest. Recently, he sold his comedy pilot Siberia to Gaumont International Television for TF1, which centers around two odd couple police officers who are serving in a faraway precinct where all department misfits get sent. He also finished directing the indie film Dawn Patrol for Enderby Entertainment, which stars Scott Eastwood, Rita Wilson and Jeff Fahey. Petrie’s scribe and producing credits also include Shoot to Kill and Turner & Hooch. He also co-wrote and directed Toy Soldiers, the TNT telefilm Framed and executive produced The 6th Day and the series Combat Hospital. He is repped by APA, manager Jeff Field, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P.