'Brotherhood' Producer Developing Space Drama, 'Magic City Memoirs' Adaptation for TV


Brotherhood producer Elizabeth Guber Stephen is getting into business with Fox TV Studios, inking a first-look deal to develop and produce scripted projects through her Gables Media shingle.

Stephen already has two one-hour dramas set up at USA Network and at Fox. For USA, Stephen is executive producing the one-hour space drama Timeline, being written by best-selling Raised by Wolves author Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Timeline follows a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a six-month mission, discovers that someone has altered her past, and in effect, rewritten her entire life. This comes at an opportune time for Stephen, as there has been a growing number of space-based projects (NBC's Mission Control and CBS' Extant to name a few) following the success of last year's Gravity.

At Fox, Stephen is developing a TV adaptation of the 2011 film Magic City Memoirs, which centers on three wealthy, influential families whose patriarchs arrived in Miami 30 years ago as Cuban refugees, and whose sons are now facing the fallout from the secrets their fathers have harbored in order to obtain the "American dream." Stephen is executive producing with Bones' Liz Benjamin writing.

"Elizabeth Stephen brings a clear and thoughtful perspective on TV development, having spent years as a studio executive and producer, working in both feature film and television," said David Madden of Fox TV Studios. "Elizabeth focuses on 'messed-up' characters stuck in complicated relationships while in the midst of pressurized stories, and that is very appealing to FTVS. We are all delighted to be in business with her."

Added Stephen: "Fox Television Studios is totally in sync with my vision for Gables Media in developing and producing the kinds of personal stories that resonate with audiences. Our focus will be on emphasizing the writer's voice and on creating character and relationship-driven programming. On a personal note, I'm thrilled to be working again with my longtime friend David Madden, who produced The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, my first feature film as an executive at Hollywood Pictures. Joining forces with David and his highly talented team is truly a dream scenario."

Stephen was previously president of Mandalay Television and had held development and production positions at The Avnet/Kerner Company and Hollywood Pictures. Prior to launching Gables Media, Stephen was executive vp at RHI Entertainment.

While at Mandalay, Stephen's credits included Showtime's Brotherhood, as well as films The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Only You and TV movies Blood Crime and My Last Love.

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