Jennie Snyder Urman Inks New Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

Nellie Andreeva

urman1Wrapping a very strong development season, Jennie Snyder Urman has re-upped her overall deal at CBS Television Studios for three more years. Urman, who previously created the CW drama  Emily Owens, MD for the studio, sold three projects this season — two of which, drama Jane The Virgin at the CW, based on the popular telenovela, and comedy Sober Companion at Fox, were picked up to pilot. Both are considered high-profile contenders, with Sober Companion boasting a cast led by Nick Frost and Justin Long. “Jennie’s had a remarkable pilot season, selling a comedy as well as a very unique twist on the most popular genre in the world, the telenovela,” said CBS TV Studios president David Stapf. “There is truly nothing she can’t do. Jennie is one of the most versatile, inventive writers and showrunners working today and we feel very fortunate that CBS will continue to be her home for years and years to come.”

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Shane Brennan Inks New Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 11:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Shane BrennanEXCLUSIVE: NCIS: Los Angeles executive producer/showrunner Shane Brennan has signed a new two-year overall deal with the studio behind the hit CBS crime drama. Under the pact, Brennan will continue to run NCIS: LA as he has done since the series’ 2009 launch. Now in its fifth season, NCIS: LA already has been renewed for a sixth. Additionally, Brennan will develop new series for the studio through his Shane Brennan Prods. Australian-born Brennan joined mothership series NCIS at the beginning of Season 4 in 2006, taking the reins as showrunner the following season. He created spinoff NCIS:LA and ran both series for two years before focusing his attention solely on NCIS: LA. The spinoff series is broadcast television’s second most watched drama only behind NCIS, averaging nearly 16 million viewers per episode. It landed a $2 million-plus episode off-network syndication deal with USA only seven episodes into its freshman run, a record for a fast syndication sale. “Shane has propelled NCIS:Los Angeles into one of television’s most beloved dramas,” said CBS TV Studios president David Stapf. “His ability to combine great storytelling, action and humor make him an exceptional showrunner.” Read More »

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‘Modern Family’ Executive Producer Dan O’Shannon Inks Deal With CBS TV Studios

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 9:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

danoshannonEXCLUSIVE: Modern Family executive producer Dan O’Shannon will be leaving the Emmy-winning comedy series at the end of this season for a three-year overall deal at CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, he will develop new comedy projects for network and cable. This marks a return to CBS TV Studios for O’Shannon, who was under an overall deal at predecessor Paramount TV more than a decade ago. Back then, he served as executive producer/showunner of the studio’s flagship comedy Frasier having previously spent four seasons as a writer and, later, exec producer on mothership series Cheers. Read More »

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Soapy Drama From David O. Russell & Susannah Grant Gets ABC Series Order

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 5:10pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

russellEXCLUSIVE: David O. Russell is coming to television. ABC has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order to a drama project from the American Hustle writer/director and Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant. The series, developed by CBS TV Studios and … Read More »

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‘Entourage’ Creator Doug Ellin Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

By | Friday December 6, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

dougellinDoug Ellin is hard at work making the Entourage movie, but when he is done, he will be returning to television with an overall deal at CBS TV Studios. Under the rich, three-year pact, Ellin will develop broadcast … Read More »

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Producer David Brownfield Sets Drama With Tribeca & David Marshall Grant, ‘Secrets Of Happy Families’ Comedy Adaptation At CBS

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 12:25pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In his first season as a CBS TV Studios-based producer following his June exit as CBS’ head of current programming, David Brownfield has sold two projects to the network. An untitled drama, from Robert … Read More »

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Neal Baer & Conde Nast Sell Drama To The CW Inspired By ‘The Avenger’ Pulp Series

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A new take on the Street & Smith pulp series The Avenger is in the works at The CW with Neal Baer and Conde Nast Entertainment, which owns Street & Smith. The untitled drama project, from CBS TV Studios where Baer is under an overall deal, is described as an updated Biopunk version of The Avenger. Written by Deric Hughes and Benjamin Raab (Warehouse 13), it tells the story of Alice Benson, a young woman who, in the wake of her parents’ murder, discovers she possesses a superpower as a result of genetic bio-hacking which allows her to transform her appearance at will. Alice will use her face-altering talents to investigate the mystery of her parents’ deaths and uncover the origins of her strange ability. The original 1939 Street & Smith magazine series centered on Richard Benson, who was avenging the killing of his daughter Alice and his wife. Read More »

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‘Hawaii Five-O’ Co-Star Daniel Dae Kim Inks First-Look Deal With CBS TV Studios

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Hawaii Five-O‘s Daniel Dae Kim is branching out to producing. He has launched the production banner 3AD, which will be based at CBS TV Studios, the studio behind Hawaii Five-O, with a two-year first-look. Under the … Read More »

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CBS Buys Legal Drama Produced By Jon Turteltaub

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 10:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS has put in development Alleged, a drama from CBS TV Studios and Jon Turteltaub‘s studio-based Junction Entertainment. Written by playwright/TV writer David Rambo and Pat Gilfillan, the project centers on a defense attorney who takes on the most important case of his life: defending his own brother, a successful surgeon and father of two who is accused of murdering his wife. The story is informed by high-profile spouse murder cases like those of Drew Peterson and Scott Peterson much like another CBS/CBS TV Studios drama, The Good Wife, was inspired by a string of politicians wives who’d stood by their philandering husbands. This marks the first project under an overall deal WME-repped Junction recently inked with CBS Studios, returning to CBS after a two-year stint at ABC Studios. Read More »

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CBS To Adapt Austrian Crime Drama With Producer Jamie Tarses

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 5:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS has put in development a crime drama based on the Austrian series Fast Forward (Schnell Ermittelt). Unforgettable co-exec producer Wendy Battles will write the adaptation, from Sony TV, Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare Read More »

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‘NCIS’ Showrunner Gary Glasberg Inks New Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 2:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: With NCIS continuing to reign as the most watched scripted show on television and getting ready to spawn a spinoff series, the man behind both, Gary Glasberg, has been signed in a new overall deal … Read More »

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‘CSI’s George Eads On Leave Of Absence Over On-Set Altercation

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 6:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Original CSI cast member George Eads will miss at least portion of the crime series’ upcoming 14th season over a personnel issue. It is understood that Eads got into an altercation with a pregnant writer on … Read More »

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CBS Developing ‘Wizard Of Oz’-Themed Medical Drama From Timberman/Beverly

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 7:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The producers who brought Sherlock Holmes to New York for CBS, are doing the same with some other classic literary characters. CBS has put in development Dorothy, a drama project from Elementary executive producers Carl Beverly … Read More »

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Kurtzman & Orci’s K/O Paper Products Moves To CBS TV Studios

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 12:30pm PDT

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci‘s production company K/O Paper Products have inked a three-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. The agreement to develop TV projects for the studio ends K/O’s partnership with its previous home base 20th Century Fox TV, where it has resided since 2010 in a pod deal. Among the current projects for Kurtzman and Orci is 20th TV’s Sleepy Hollow, which they wrote and Fox acquired — it will premiere in the fall with Len Wiseman directing the pilot and executive producing. (K/O’s first major projects, Locke & Key and Exit Strategy, also went to Fox and got to the pilot stage.) Kurtzman and Orci previously co-penned Fox’s Fringe with JJ Abrams, a series that ended its five-year run last season. The pair also co-wrote and developed CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 reboot, which started their relationship with CBS. Also on the pair’s TV slate is The Hub’s animated series Transformers: Prime. That stems from the duo’s work on the Transformers film franchise; their other extensive film credits include the two Star Trek movies, Eagle Eye, Cowboys & Aliens and Mission: Impossible III, and they executive produced the romantic comedy The Proposal. They also co-wrote and produced People Like Us for Disney, marking Kurtzman’s feature directorial debut. Read More »

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CW To Adapt Venezuelan Telenovela ‘Juana La Virgen’ With Writer Jennie Snyder Urman And Producers Ben Silverman & Gary Pearl

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 3:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In one of the first buys for this coming season, the CW has put in development Jane The Virgin, a drama based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana La Virgen. Jennie Snyder Urman, creator of the CW’s drama series Emily Owens, MD, is set to write the adaptation for CBS TV Studios, where she is under an overall deal, and Ben Silverman’s Electus. Urman, Silverman, Gary Pearl and Jorge Granier executive produce. The CW project centers on Jane, a hard-working, religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated.

Juana La Virgen, created by Perla Farias, was a hit in its original run on Venezuelan broadcaster RCTV in 2002 where it drew an average of 39.1% share, topping the competition by a wide margin. It also did very well in Brazil, Spain, Colombia and Mexico and has been translated into 9 languages. In the U.S., Juana aired on Univision and is available on Hulu (get a glimpse of the first episode below). Read More »

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Glenn Geller To Run Current Programming For CBS & CBS Studios, David Brownfield Segues To Development Deal At CBS Studio

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS is combining the current programming departments of the network and sibling studio CBS TV Studios. CBS veteran Glenn Geller, most recently SVP and head of current programming for CBS TV Studios, has been promoted to EVP Current Programming for the CBS Network TV Entertainment Group, overseeing the newly consolidated division reporting to both CBS TV Studios president David Stapf and CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler.

David Brownfield, who has headed CBS Entertainment’s current programming department since the 2004 reorganization following the CBS-Paramount merger when he succeeded Stapf, is segueing to producing. He is staying in the CBS fold, signing a development deal with CBS TV Studios. Before joining CBS, Brownfield was a co-producer and writer on the ABC comedy Boy Meets World. “The timing is right to make this move,” said Tassler and Stapf. “David has wanted to return to writing and producing television, and the majority of our series are now produced in-house. It makes sense creatively and operationally to have one streamlined current operation to support our shows.” Read More »

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Writer Doris Egan Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios, Joins ‘Reign’ As Co-EP

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Doris Egan (House) has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, she will join the studio’s high-profile new CW drama Reign as co-executive producer. Created by Laurie McCarthy and … Read More »

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‘Star-Crossed’ Creator Meredith Averill Signs Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

By | Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 4:39pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Meredith Averill, the writer-executive producer of new CW series Star-Crossed, has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios, which is behind the drama. Star-Crossed chronicles the epic romance between a human girl and an … Read More »

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Bob Daily Signs Overall Deal WIth CBS TV Studios, Joins ‘We Are Men’ As EP

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 1:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Frasier and Desperate Housewives alum Bob Daily has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, he will join the studio’s new CBS single-camera … Read More »

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