Nellie Andreeva

After a long sting at CBS TV Studios, veteran drama showrunner Ken Sanzel has inked an overall deal with Universal Television. Under the two-year pact, Sanzel will develop, executive produce and supervise new projects for Universal. The former New York City cop, who was a member of the Decoy Squad in the NYC Transit Police Department, currently serves as executive producer/showrunner on the CBS/CBS Studios midseason drama NYC22, executive produced by Robert De Niro. Before that, Sanzel spent several years as executive producer/showrunner on the CBS/CBS Studios long-running drama Numbers. “Ken is a talented showrunner and possesses all the skills to create and sustain a hit show,” Universal TV’s EVP Bela Bajaria said. “Additionally, having had a prior life in the NYPD, Ken brings a unique, authentic, fresh perspective to everything he does.” Sanzel, repped by UTA and manager Jeff Field, previously created the series Jonny Zero and wrote and directed the cult CW pilot Nomads. This is the latest in a string of overall deals signed by Universal TV in the past couple of months as the studio is beefing up its talent roster.

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