Ecosse Films is planning to use the adaption of BBC1 series Mistresses by US network ABC as a calling card to break into the mainstream market.

Mistresses was greenlit by ABC boss Paul Lee this week, skipping the pilot stage and going straight to series.

The 10-part series will be co-produced by the UK indie and ABC Studios, with Ecosse chief executive Douglas Rae exec producing alongside Bob Sertner. The showrunner is KJ Steinberg – a lead writer on Gossip Girl.

It is understood that the broadcaster is planning to air the drama in the slot being vacated by Desperate Housewives, giving Ecosse its biggest profile yet.

Rae said: “This will be our third excursion into the US, having done Cape Wrath [renamed Meadowlands] for Showtime and Camelot with Starz. But this commission gives us an enormous vote of confidence and certainly opens the doors for us to win more work.”

He added that the drama specialist had several series in development with UK broadcasters that would have international appeal, and further “conversations” were currently taking place with US commissioners.

“They involve some high-profile international names, both on and off screen, and certainly have international potential,” Rae said, though he declined to give further details.

This article was originally published in Broadcast