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NBC Picks Up Pilot from ‘Traffic’ Screenwriter Stephen Gaghan

”S.I.L.A.“ looks at cops, crime and politics in Los Angeles

NBC has picked up a "Traffic"-style drama pilot from the movie's Oscar-winning screenwriter, Stephen Gaghan.

"S.I.L.A. (Special Investigations L.A.)," produced by 20th Television and Chernin Entertainment, is described by NBC as "A complex drama in the style of 'Traffic' set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics in sprawling modern-day Los Angeles."

Gaghan will executive produce, write and direct the pilot. Peter Chernin, former COO of News Corporation and founder of Chernin Entertainment, and Chernin Entertainment TV president Katherine Pope.

Gaghan, who worked on shows including "NYPD Blue" and "The Practice" before his Oscar-winning script for 2000's "Traffic," also wrote and directed 2005's "Syriana."