ABC News’ Lincoln Square Prods. has made another step toward establishing itself as a scripted-series player with the appointment of Linda Berman as Director, Scripted Content. This is the first time ABC News’ in-house production company has had a dedicated scripted executive, and she is believed the first such exec for a network news division.
Lincoln Square Prods.’ first major foray into scripted was with the ABC Cold War spy limited series The Assets, which was pulled after a couple of episodes on the broadcast network because of low ratings but did well on Netflix afterward. The division’s follow-up, the Madoff miniseries starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner, is slated to premiere in February. Berman worked on the project before joining LSP full-time.
“Linda has been a key team member at LSP for the last two years working as an executive producer on our scripted programming, including ABC’s upcoming Madoff miniseries,” said Morgan Hertzan, ABC News/Lincoln Square VP, Executive in Charge, to whom Berman will report. “She will continue to work closely with Rudy Bednar, as well as our partners at ABC Entertainment, ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios, while overseeing the development and production of scripted content based on the journalism of ABC News.”
I hear LSP has acquired a number of book properties with the goal of developing them into scripted projects.
“Scripted programming based on riveting true stories has become an ever more popular genre and a great growth area for us,” Hertzan said.
Berman, who will be based in Burbank, has worked on such “true story TV series” as Girl Fight, Victoria Lindsay Teenage Violence, Heatwave, 1965 Watts Riots, Chernobyl Disaster and Iran: Days of Crises. She served as a production executive at TNT and Cosgrove/Meurer.