'Diva' producers secure two projects

Craig Zadan, Neil Meron set up dramas at Fox, NBC

On the heels of the early renewal of their freshman Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva," producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have set up hourlong projects at Fox and NBC.

At Fox, the duo has teamed with writer Dana Calvo ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") for "Laney Sparrow," a character-driven legal drama to be produced by 20th Century Fox TV.

Zadan, Meron and Calvo are executive producing.

At NBC, the "Hairspray" producers have "Inside Mary Baxter," a dramedy set in a women's prison. Maria Maggenti ("Without a Trace") is writing the script and exec producing with Zadan and Meron.

Both projects have landed script commitments.

"Diva," which Zadan and Meron are exec producing with creator Josh Berman, premiered in July with Lifetime's best debut ratings for an original drama series since the 2007 launch of "Army Wives."

Zadan and Meron's recent credits include the Lifetime movie "Living Proof," starring Harry Connick Jr., and the CBS pilot "Back," starring Skeet Ulrich.

Zadan, Meron and Calvo are repped by CAA.
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