In A+E Studios’ first sale for an outside network, the studio has set up drama Murder Town, starring and executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith, at ABC with a put pilot commitment.

Barry SchindelWritten by veteran showrunner Barry Schindel (Intelligence, Castle) based on an original script by Rob Fresco, Murder Town centers on a beautiful and complicated prosecutor (Pinkett Smith) who makes history as Wilmington, Delaware’s, first African American District Attorney. She finds herself confronted by old loyalties and loves, a shocking revelation about her murdered husband and a polarizing, racially-charged case that threatens to burn her and her city to the ground.

Schabclogoindel and Pinkett Smith executive produce alongside Miguel Melendez for Overbrook Entertainment and A+E Studios.

Pinkett Smith is coming off a season-long starring role on Fox’s Gotham and a co-starring turn in Magic Mike XXL. She is repped by Paradigm and attorney Jason Sloan. Schindel is represented by CAA and attorney Tom Hoberman.

ae studiosA+E Studios, which was launched in 2014 with Bob DiBitetto and Barry Jossen at the helm and Tana Nugent Jamieson as head of development, produces Lifetime’s well received drama UnReal, which was renewed for a second season and A+E Network’s high-profile Roots remake. The studio also has A&E 1990s crime drama pilot The Infamous.

Murder Town is looking to add to ABC’s formidable lineup of dramas toplined by A-list actresses of diverse background, hits Scandal, starring Kerry Washington, How To Get Away With Murder, topined by Viola Davis, and Quantico starring Priyanka Chopra.