Eisendrath on a Fox crime spree


John Eisendrath has been named executive producer/showrunner on Fox's drama series "The FBI" and has teamed with producer Marty Adelstein for a drama based on the British series "Ghost Squad," which has been sold to Fox with a significant penalty attached to it.

Both projects hail from 20th Century Fox TV, where Eisendrath has an overall deal.

"FBI," a co-production with 20th TV-based Imagine TV, reflects the changing model of law enforcement post-Sept. 11 and centers on an Iraq War veteran who is appointed as the new head of the FBI's Critical Incidents Response Group -- a division involved in a range of cases, including kidnappings, hostage negotiations, hostage rescue and evidence collection.

The project, penned by feature writer Chap Taylor, received a series commitment by the network (HR 8/8).

Eisendrath will serve as an executive producer alongside Taylor, Brian Grazer and David Nevins.

Based on the Channel 4 series of the same name, "Ghost Squad" is a set-in-Chicago gritty police procedural revolving around a female cop working in a "ghost squad," an undercover unit whose existence is never acknowledged within the department.

Eisendrath will pen the script for the project, a co-production with 20th TV-based Adelstein Prods. and Company Pictures, the company behind the original series. He also will exec produce with Adelstein and Michael Thorn.

Former "Alias" exec producer Eisendrath is repped by ICM and attorney Tom Collier.