Prolific gay media moguls Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers both Smash and Drop Dead Diva, have signed a new two-year deal with Sony Pictures Television for TV movies and a miniseries, according to Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com. The duo has signed on to several high profile projects inlcuding Lifetime movies about bisexual Playboy star Anna Nicole Smith and polygamist (and convicted child molester) Warren Jeffs. In addition to a miniseries on criminal legends Bonnie and Clyde for History, Zadan and Meron are reportedly developing a movie for Lifetime about Constance McMillen, the lesbian student who was barred from going to her Mississippi prom with another girl.
Andreeva reports that Sony's TV's executive vice president Helen Verno "brought Zadan and Meron to the Sony TV fold nearly 20 years ago, making Zadan and Meron's partnership with the studio one of the longest in the TV movie/miniseries business. Their first collaboration was the award-winning 1994 movie Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story. Since then, Zadan, Meron and Sony TV have done more than a dozen movie and minis together, including new takes on titles from the Sony libraries like A Raisin In The Sun and Zadan and Meron's upcoming passion project, a Steel Magnolias remake for Lifetime starring Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard."
The duo also has a movie about famed choreographer Bob Fosse planned for HBO and they'll be producing a live Sound of the Music special for NBC.