April 25, 2014 3:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Gossip Girl' Alum Inks Overall Deal With WBTV, Joins 'Gotham'
Warner Bros. Television is investing in John Stephens.
The Gossip Girl and The O.C. alum has inked a two-year overall deal with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Under the pact, Stephens will develop and create new projects for the studio and board Fox's Batman prequel Gotham as an executive producer.
The origin story of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) has a series commitment at Fox but has yet to officially be picked up to series -- though the network has already launched a social media campaign for the series.
Gotham is based on characters from the DC Comics universe, including a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Joker and Catwoman (Camren Bicondova). It focuses on the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham famous.
The Mentalist's Bruno Heller will serve as showrunner should Gotham earn the series order. Danny Cannon directs the pilot, which hails from WBTV, DC Entertainment and Primrose Hill Productions.
Stephens was an EP on Gossip Girl and co-EP on The O.C. He's also the author of The Books of Beginning, a best-selling children's fantasy series that includes The Emerald Atlas, The Fire Chronicle and the upcoming The Black Reckoning. Stephens is represented by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.