9:00am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Marti Noxon Taps Maria Grasso as President of Tiny Pyro
Marti Noxon is making her first big appointment at her production company.
The Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce creator has tapped Maria Grasso as the president of Tiny Pyro, her production shingle under her multi-year overall deal with Skydance Television. Tiny Pyro, which was founded in 2015, has multiple projects is development and one currently on the air (CBS' Code Black).
As a television executive running development and programming departments at multiple networks and studios including Lifetime, The WB, Warner Bros and Universal, Grasso has developed series such as Supernatural, Army Wives, One Tree Hill and Everwood. At her own production company, One-Two Punch Productions, Grasso oversaw projects at premium outlets like HBO, AMC and Amazon, and also executive produced Finding Carter for MTV. Deb Spera, Grasso’s partner at One-Two Punch, will continue to run the production company under a first-look deal at ITV Studios America.
In Grasso's new role, she'll oversee all development for Noxon’s production company. One of those projects was already announced in February when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Noxon's rich overall deal with Skydance TV: drama Dietland, a book adaptation based on the novel of the same name by Sarai Walker that will explore society’s obsession with weight loss and beauty.
“As our priority development slate with Skydance Television rapidly expands, I am thrilled to have found in Maria a new creative partner to help shepherd Tiny Pyro’s efforts in bringing a diverse slate of high-quality series to the screen,” said Noxon.
“Maria is an extremely accomplished creative executive whose depth and breadth of experience will serve as a strong extension to Skydance Television’s already highly productive working relationship with Marti and the Tiny Pyro team,” said Marcy Ross, president of Skydance Television.
Added Grasso: “I have long admired Marti’s talent and taste in material. At the same time, I am so impressed with Skydance Television’s deep commitment to storytelling and the outstanding reputation it has earned among writers, so joining this team is an incredibly exciting next step for me and I cannot wait to get started.”