EXCLUSIVE: Following a competitive bidding war, Warner Bros. TV has landed the Mac Smullen spec pilot Souvenir, Alaska. Carly Wray will exec produce and oversee the development while Lee Toland Krieger will exec produce and direct the pilot (both have overall deals with WBTV). WBTV had no comment on the project.
Sources say four other networks were chasing the pilot before WBTV put in the winning bid and while plot details are being kept under wraps, sources close to the pilot describe it as a cross between a Stephen King and Michael Crichton story.
Wray has become one of the more seasoned producers in television working on such acclaimed shows as Westworld, The Leftovers and Watchmen, which she won an Emmy for. She is repped by WME and Grandview.
Krieger’s past credits include You, Shadow and Bone and Superman & Louis. He is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.
The sale is the first for emerging writer Smullen, who won the AMC Austin Pilot competion in 2022. He is repped by Grandview and attorney Miles Metcoff.