NBC Orders White House Drama From TV Heavyweights Deadline
NBC has ordered a drama set in the White House with a production team behind it that boasts an impressive track record, Deadline.com reports.
“Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have set up the first project through the first-look deal they signed with Universal TV and NBCUni’s international TV production division in July,” the story reports. “NBC has bought an hourlong drama from the duo and former ‘General Hospital’ head writer Sri Rao. Tentatively titled ‘White House Confidential,’ the project is described as an upstairs-downstairs type soap set in the White House, told from the point of view of a young female doctor who has a secret from her past.”
Along with their deal with NBCUniversal for TV series and specials, Zadan and Meron have a number of projects on their plate, including producing a live ‘Sound of Music’ TV special for NBC, the story notes. They have also renewed their long-form deal at Sony TV, “putting several more TV movies in the works, including biopics of Anna Nicole Smith and Warren Jeffs at Lifetime and a Bonnie & Clyde miniseries at History,” the report notes.
Zadan and Meron have also recently been named as producers of the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, as we reported previously.
Zadan and Meron also executive produce NBC’s “Smash” and Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” and are working on Lifetime’s upcoming remake of “Steel Magnolias,” the story notes.