Soloway signs pair of projects

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"Six Feet Under" writer-producer Jill Soloway has closed deals to develop a show with top producer J.J. Abrams and to work on Shonda Rhimes' hit ABC drama "Grey's Anatomy."

"I feel like the luckiest person in the world," Soloway said. "I can't believe I'll get to work with two such great people."

Soloway and Abrams already are discussing ideas for a one-hour comedy project, which Soloway will write under a script pact she has inked with Abrams' Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV.

"I've loved him since 'Felicity,' " Soloway said of Abrams. "I think he is amazing."

Soloway also has signed a deal with ABC Studios to join the studio's "Grey's" as a consulting producer for the first 13 episodes of the hot medical drama's upcoming fourth season.

If Soloway's project with Abrams is picked up to pilot, she will focus on it full time. If not, she will continue on "Grey's" as a co-executive producer for the rest of next season and the following season. She also will develop for ABC Studios under a blind script deal.

After focusing on features in the past couple of years, since the end of "Six Feet Under," Soloway said she felt that she wanted to go back to series production and started thinking about staffing when the opportunity on "Grey's" came along.

"I'm a huge fan of the show," Soloway said of "Grey's." "Coming in as a consulting producer was a perfect situation because I can work on the show and develop with J.J. at the same time."

During her three-year stint on Alan Ball's "Six Feet Under," Soloway earned three best drama series Emmy nominations as part of the show's producing team.

On the feature side, Soloway has two projects in the hopper: the indie "Tricycle," which she wrote and is attached to direct with Marc Platt producing, and "Pledged" at Paramount Pictures, which she wrote.

Additionally, Soloway, launched the popular reading series "Sit 'N Spin."

She is repped by WMA, Brillstein-Grey and attorney Karl Austen.
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