Former producer-director of the CBS hit "Cold Case", Mark Pellington, has agreed to a series development deal with ABC Studios that could see him in the director's chair for the network, according to an exclusive story from The Hollywood Reporter today.
The deal will see Pellington developing projects for the network, in which he would serve as executive producer and show-runner of any project that is picked up.
This agreement comes on the heels of the creator selling a separate project to ABC Studios entitled "Shelter". The crime drama is based on a script from "The Shield" writer John Hlavin, and revolves around a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent finding his working-class Chicago life colliding with his flashy deep cover identity after his wife is exposed to the criminal elements and is brought undercover with him. Pellington looks to have a full plate with "Shelter", signing on to direct the Jerry Bruckheimer NBC pilot "The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives", and now the ABC deal.
Pellington has previously worked in both film and television as a director and producer. His numerous credits include helming such theatrical releases as the Jeff Bridges/Tim Robbins domestic terrorist thriller "Arlington Road" and Richard Gere's "The Mothman Prophecies", as well as the ABC midseason pilot "Red Widow", featuring Radha Mitchell as a widow taking on the seedy world of organized crime.