EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Williamson, co-creator and executive producer of CW’s flagship drama The Vampire Diaries, has signed a rich overall deal with Warner Bros TV, the studio that produces the hit series. Under the three-year pact, Williamson will continue as an executive producer/co-showrunner on Vampire Diaries alongside fellow co-creator Julie Plec. He will also develop new projects for the studio. This marks Williamson’s first TV overall deal in a decade. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he was under a deal at Miramax TV, an extension to the pact he had on the feature side with Miramax Films following the success of his first produced script, Scream, for Miramax’ Dimension label. WME-repped Williamson, who started off as an actor before switching to writing, has written the first two Scream movies as well as the upcoming Scream 4. On the TV side, Vampire Diaries marks his second hit young-skewing series after Dawson’s Creek. Both series helped establish fledgling networks, the WB (Dawson’s Creek) and its successor, the CW (Vampire Diaries). Vampire Diaries was a breakout hit for the CW when it launched last fall and ranks as the network’s top-rated series. Season to date, it has averaged 4 million viewers and a 2.2/7 in adults 18-34.
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