Jennifer Weiner inks deal with ABC


Best-selling novelist Jennifer Weiner has inked a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios.

Under the seven-figure pact, she will create and executive produce series projects for the studio.

Several of Weiner's books have made the transition to the big screen. "In Her Shoes" was made into a 2005 feature starring Cameron Diaz. "Little Earthquakes" is in development at Universal, while her short story "The Guy Not Taken" is in the works at DreamWorks. Her next novel, "Certain Girls," the sequel to her breakout debut "Good in Bed," was released this month.

"Jennifer's work is loved by legions of fans," ABC Studios president Mark Pedowitz said. "Millions have read her books, seen the film and will soon have another source to enjoy her humor and heart on television."

Weiner, who has no TV experience, is an interesting choice for an overall deal in the post-strike environment where such pacts are scarce. During the work stoppage, ABC Studios shed about 30 overall pacts with writer-producers.

However, the deal with Weiner comes on the heels of ABC Studios' successful collaboration with another popular "chick lit" author, Cecelia Ahern. In fall 2006, Ahern sold her show idea to the studio, which paired her with veteran TV producer Don Todd for what became ABC's breakout freshman comedy "Smanatha Who?"

Weiner is similarly expected to team with experienced TV writer-producers.

"I'm excited about having a new canvas for my storytelling," Weiner said.

Weiner's deal, which was finalized before the strike, was handled by Benderspink and attorney Don Walerstein.