“CSI” franchise creator Anthony E. Zuiker, and his production company, Dare to Pass, have sold the drama project “The Bounty” to ABC.
Written by “South Beach” creator Matt Cirulnick, the show centers around a woman’s quest for justice and healing. After her family is murdered, she inspires America to create the largest bounty in history for the killer’s capture.
Under Zuiker’s ABC Studios overall deal, the show was developed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners, which will co-produce with Dare to Pass and ABC Studios. Zuiker will executive-produce alongside Cirulnick, who came up with the idea, in addition to Brillstein TV’s Margaret Riley, David McIlvain and Robin Schwartz. Matthew Weinberg, president of production for Dare to Pass, will also produce.
“‘The Bounty’ takes such a fresh approach to the crime show genre by combining the universal theme that we all want justice for the victim with how crowdsourcing plays a very important role in helping law enforcement today,” said Zuiker. “Matt Cirulnick is writing a script that is both so emotional and so relevant, that I could not be more pleased to be working together.”
Zuiker’s first scripted reality series, “Whodunnit?,” in partnership with Cris Abrego of 51 Minds, just concluded its first season on ABC. The murder-mystery reality show featured 13 amateur sleuths trying to find the killer among them for a $250,000 prize.
Zuiker and Cirulnick are repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Brillstein Entertainment Partners also has an overall deal with ABC Studios, and are producing the Brillstein/Plan B drama “Resurrection” for this season.