EXCLUSIVE: Veteran drama writer-producer John Eisendrath has inked a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. The seven-figure pact starts in June. Eisendrath was most recently under an overall deal at Universal Media Studios. Under the pact, he served as executive producer/showrunner on the NBC series My Own Worst Enemy starring Christian Slater and developed the NBC legal drama Outlaw. The pilot starring Jimmy Smits came from behind to score a series order in May but the show never found its footing on Friday nights and was eventually canceled. For the next few months until his Sony TV deal kicks in, Eisendrath is considering joining an existing series or doing off-cycle/cable development. Any new projects he develops would be produced by Sony. ICM-repped Eisendrath created and exec produced the praised 2003 ESPN drama series Playmakers. He also has worked on ABC’s Alias, Fox’s Beverly Hills, 90210 and the WB’s Felicity, among others. Last summer, Sony TV got largely out of the pod business to focus on signing deals with experienced creators/showrunners.
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