EXCLUSIVE: Last Resort creator/ executive producer Karl Gajdusek and executive producer Shawn Ryan are teaming up for another drama series project. In a competitive situation, the project, titled Freedom, has landed at ABC, the network behind Last Resort, with a sizable penalty. Sony Pictures TV, where Ryan’s MiddKidd Prods. is based, produces. Based on an original idea by Gajdusek who will write the script, Freedom is the story of a group of brilliant, eclectic, freethinking Ivy League students who help create “Freedom,” the next resistance movement to government and corporate powers modeled after hacker collectives like Anonymous or Wikileaks that are now dominating the public’s attention. Gajdusek and Ryan executive produce with MiddKidd’s Marney Hochman. Kajdusek, repped by Verve and Management 360, recently sold sci-fi drama project The Spark to HBO. On the feature side, he co-wrote Oblivion, has the upcoming Pierce Brosnan thriller November Man and is writing Last Witness at Fox for Denzel Washington to star. Ryan, repped by WME and the Shuman Co., recently wrote and executive produced the Beverly Hills Cop pilot for CBS and has several projects in the works, including limited series Mad Dogs, based on the British black comedy/psychological thriller miniseries, at FX and a mining town drama at HBO.
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