ABC, NBC sign up authors


The networks are hoping to cash in on the fame of popular writers, with ABC
and NBC signing development deals with two well-known scribes.

ABC has committed to a pilot based on the best-selling novel by author John
Grisham. Writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien will write the pilot and
executive-produce, as will Grisham and his agent, David Gernert.

At NBC, development arm Pariah Television has signed a deal with Pulitzer
Prize-winning screenwriter and playwright David Mamet to create an hour-long
drama intended for fall 2003. Mamet will write the pilot and he and Gavin
Pollone will executive-produce.