Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire) is set to topline USA’s Hollywood period drama pilot Paradise Pictures, written/executive produced by Suits scribe Rick Muirragui and executive produced by Suits creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh. Universal Cable Productions, where Korsh is under an overall deal, is the studio.

Paradise Pictures revolves around ambitious people striving to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood, when the dream factory was at its peak. Little do they know the challenges they’re about to face: the end of the studio monopolies, the blacklist and the disruptive new technology of television. Spector will play Tom Kirby, the head of production at Paradise Pictures, a rising film studio in 1946 Hollywood. While he doesn’t own the studio it is obvious to everyone in town that he is in charge and that he is not afraid to get his hands dirty in order to elevate the studio into prominence.

This is the third period drama for Spector, following HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and, most recently NBC’s Cold War series Allegiance.