UnReal co-creator Marti Noxon is bringing Maria Grasso into the fold at Skydance, naming her President of Tiny Pyro, Noxon’s production banner. The announcement was made today by Skydance Television, where Noxon is under a multi-year overall development deal. Grasso is leaving One-Two Punch Prods, the company she co-founded with Deborah Spera, to take on the newly-created position. Spera will continue to run One-Two Punch solo under a first-look deal at ITV Studios America.
In her new role reporting to Noxon, Grasso will oversee all development for Tiny Pyro, including Skydance’s Dietland, an adaptation of the novel by Sarai Walker. Set against the backdrop of the beauty industry, the part character drama and part revenge fantasy will explore society’s obsession with weight loss and beauty in a bold, original and funny way.
“As our priority development slate with Skydance Television rapidly expands, I am thrilled to have found in Maria a new creative partner to help shepherd Tiny Pyro’s efforts in bringing a diverse slate of high quality series to the screen,” said Noxon.
Founded in 2015, Tiny Pyro is one of the production companies behind CBS medical drama Code Black, and also has multiple projects in development.
“Maria is an extremely accomplished creative executive whose depth and breadth of experience will serve as a strong extension to Skydance Television’s already highly productive working relationship with Marti and the Tiny Pyro team,” added Marcy Ross, President of Skydance Television.
Grasso is a veteran TV exec who has run development and programming departments at a number of networks and studios, including Lifetime, The WB, Warner Bros and Universal. She has developed and overseen production of such hit series as Supernatural, Army Wives, One Tree Hill and Everwood. At One-Two Punch, she oversaw projects at HBO, AMC and Amazon, and also executive produced Finding Carter for MTV.
“I have long admired Marti’s talent and taste in material. At the same time, I am so impressed with Skydance Television’s deep commitment to storytelling and the outstanding reputation it has earned among writers, so joining this team is an incredibly exciting next step for me and I cannot wait to get started,” said Grasso.