Conviction was co-created by Liz Friedman (Elementary, Marvel’s Jessica Jones), who wrote the script, and Liz Friedlander (The Following), who will direct the pilot. It tells the story of Carter Morrison, the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former President, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.
Conviction, which had a put pilot commitment, hails from Gordon’s now-independent Mark Gordon Co., which is backed by Entertainment One. ABC Studios has come on board to co-produce.
MGC’s Gordon and Nick Pepper will executive produce alongside Friedlander and Friedman. eOne will sell international rights.
This marks the first pilot order for MGC since it relaunched as an indie last year. The company also has a series order at ABC for drama Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Conviction also marks ABC’s second legal drama pilot this season, joining Sony TV’s The Jury, indicating a push by the network in the genre.
Jessica Jones exec producer Friedman, recently tapped to write the feature based on Patricia Cornwell’s bestselling Scarpetta crime novels series, and Friedlander, who directed the pilots and multiple episodes of Stalker and The Secret Circle, are repped by CAA. Friedlander is also repped by Behr Abramson Levy, Friedman attorney Jeanne Newman.