CBS TV just got two years worth of good Mojo. Deadline reports that the studio has agreed to a two-year deal with Gary Fleder's Mojo Films. The development deal will see Fleder spearhead and executive produce new series projects for CBS TV with producing partner Beth Basile.
The deal seems to be a safe bet for CBS TV, as Fleder has personally helmed NINE pilots that have gone on to become series, some more successful than others. His directorial credits include the upcoming CW drama series "Beauty And The Beast," the post-pilot episode of CBS' upcoming crime series "Vegas," the short-lived but underappreciated Shiri Appleby CW drama "Life Unexpected", and the delightfully weird mystery series "Happy Town," about a series of child kidnappings in a small Minnesota town. The latter series was created by Fleder's partner in crime in film, Scott Rosenberg. Fleder and Rosenberg directed and wrote the 1995 ensemble crime film "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead." Fleder has additional feature credits including the Ashley Judd thriller "Kiss The Girls" and John Grisham's "Runaway Jury."
Fleder and Basile had previously been working under a similar deal with ABC Studios for the last six years, bringing the series such as "October Road" to ABC and the aforementioned "Life Unexpected" to CW. Evidently, Mojo Films is likely to primarily bring new series to CBS TV sister network The CW. Currently in development at Mojo is a series version of the 2009 indie film "The Joneses" from "Life Unexpected" creator Liz Tigelaar.