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Ruben Fleischer Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV, Launches Production Company

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 3:00pm PDT

Ruben Fleischer Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV, Launches Production CompanyGangster Squad helmer Ruben Fleischer has closed an overall deal with Universal Television. Under the two-year pact, Fleischer will develop new drama and comedy programming for both network and cable. He also will work with and supervise other writers on projects that he will executive produce and occasionally direct. In addition, Fleischer announced the formation of his new production company, The District, and has brought on David Bernad, most recently with RipCord Prods, as producing partner.
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‘Chicago Fire’ Writer-Producer Andrea Newman Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 10:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

newmanUniversal TV has locked in one of the key writer-producers on its NBC drama Chicago Fire. The studio has signed an overall deal with Andrea Newman, who has served as co-executive producer on the firefighter drama since after the pilot. Under the pact, Newman will continue as co-exec producer on Chicago Fire while also developing other projects. Because of a shortage of experienced, senior level drama writer-producers, the studios have been particularly aggressive this year in pursuing seasoned scribes. Newman, repped by ICM Partners and Jeff Frankel, has worked on such series as The Secret Circle, Human Target, Private Practice, Cold Case, 24 and Felicity.

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David S. Goyer Inks First-Look Deal With Universal TV

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 4:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of drama pilot ConstantineDavid S. Goyer getting picked up to series by NBC, the project’s executive producer David S. Goyer has signed a first-look deal with NBC sister studio Universal TV. Goyer will continue as an executive producer alongside writer/executive producer Daniel Cerone on DC Comic-based Constantine, which is produced by Warner Bros TV, while developing new projects for Uni TV. “David Goyer is a wildly imaginative writer with a distinct voice,” said Uni TV EVP Bela Bajaria. “Whether the setting is world-building or grounded, he creates memorable characters.” Read More »

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Dan Goor Inks Overall Deal With Uni TV

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

goor4Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator/exec producer Dan Goor has signed a new two-year overall deal with the studio behind the Fox cop comedy, Universal TV where fellow Brooklyn co-creator Mike Schur also is under an overall deal. “Dan Goor is a gifted writer and show-runner who has delivered for us in a big way with our critically acclaimed and growing hit Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” said Uni TV’s Bela Bajaria. Under the deal, Goor will continue to exec produce Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which won the Golden Globe for best TV comedy series earlier this year. The series has been renewed for a second season. Goor previously served as executive producer on NBC’s Parks & Recreation, sharing in the series best comedy series Emmy nomination in 2011. Before that, Goor, repped by UTA and attorney PJ Shapiro, spent five seasons as a writer on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Goor began his career as a staff writer on The Daily Show for three seasons.

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Stacey Silverman Joins Universal TV As VP Drama Development

By | Friday May 2, 2014 @ 2:19pm PDT

staceysilverman1Universal TV is expanding its drama development team with the hire of Stacey Silverman as VP Drama Development. She starts June 1. Silverman will work alongside SVP Drama Erin Underhill, reporting to SVP Drama Development Russell Rothberg. Uni TV had been looking to staff up as its volume has increased. Stacey comes from Alloy Entertainment and previously worked as a programming exec at CBS Entertainment.

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David Schulner Inks New Deal With Uni TV, Sets Ancient Egypt HBO Drama With Ridley Scott

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

David SchulnerDavid Schulner is staying at Universal TV with a new two-year overall deal, his third consecutive overall pact there. Through Uni TV, Schulner has sold hourlong drama Pharaoh to HBO with Ridley Scott attached to direct and executive produce. The series explores an alternate explanation for the foundation and ascent of the ancient Egyptian empire—one in which greatness was bestowed upon us by beings from another world, calling into question what it means to be a ‘god.’ Another ancient Egypt drama, Hieroglyph, has a series order at Fox. Under his Uni TV deal, Schulner also is developing projects for sister networks USA and Syfy. He previously was the creator, executive producer and showrunner of NBC/Uni TV’s drama Do No Harm and served as consulting producer on NBC’s Dracula and Ironside. Schulner began his tenure at Universal TV (then UMS) with stints as co-executive producer on drama series Kings and Trauma, leading to his first overall deal with the studio in 2010. Schulner started off as a playwright before becoming a staff writer on ABC’s Once And Again. He rose to prominence with his high-concept 2007 spec The Oaks, which landed at Fox after a bidding frenzy with Shawn Ryan executive producing. Schulner’s series credits also include the WB’s Everwood, ABC’s Desperate Housewives and ITV’s Marchlands. Schulner, repped by UTA and Myman Abel, also is the author of the comic book Clone.

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Matt Lopez Inks Overall Deal At Universal TV

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 11:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MATT LOPEZ PHOTO 4.8.14EXCLUSIVE: Feature writer Matt Lopez is formalizing his foray into television with a two-year overall deal at Universal Television. The pact, Lopez’s first overall TV arrangement, stems from One Kick, a drama project he developed at NBC through Uni TV this season. “Matt writes with texture and layers and creates dynamic characters,” Uni TV EVP Bela Bajaria said. “We enjoyed our development experience with him and are looking forward to working with Matt at Universal TV.”

In features, Lopez, repped by WME and Lichter, Grossman, is a go-to screenwriter for family fare, including Bedtime Stories, Race To Witch Mountain, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the upcoming Clifford The Big Red Dog. On the producing side, he has teamed with Peter Chernin on Huck, about new adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, at Paramount. On TV, Lopez has explored darker territory, writing ABC pilots Gothica and Jekyll & Hyde the last two years.

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NBCU Press Day: Comedy Stars Not Fans Of Multi-Cam, Question ‘Shameless’ Decision To Compete For Emmy As Comedy

Mindy KalingIt is the golden age of comedy now, Mindy Kaling told reporters at NBCU Press Day, because whereas once you used to have to wait 2 1/2 years for Larry David to get around to writing another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, “now there’s always something happening” in comedy on the TV landscape. She was joined by stars of other Universal TV comedies airing on NBC and elsewhere.

Related: Mindy Kaling Exits UTA

andy-sandbergJenna Elfman is a big fan of single cam comedies, like her new Growing Up Fisher, because “with the Internet … audiences are more savvy, and with a single camera you can home in on nuance more than with multi-cam and capture the smarter side of the story.”

Related: NBC Press Day: Bill Lawrence Talks ‘Undateable’

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg chimed in: “I was on SNL, which was live, but everything I did was pre-taped, so I was already headed in that direction. Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott said there a “weird thing” about doing comedy on a multi-cam. “If you don’t say a joke with a particular inflection, the laughs just don’t occur. I did very badly in that format.” But he acknowledged, “Shows like Cheers were able to make it work.” Read More »

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Comedy Writers Dylan Morgan & Josh Siegal Ink Overall Deal With Universal TV

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Coming off a two-year overall deal at Sony Pictures TV, 30 Rock alums Dylan Morgan and Josh Siegal have closed a two-year overall pact at Universal TV. “As their outstanding work on 30 Rock proves, Dylan_Morgan_Photo_v2siegel5Dylan and Josh are terrific, bright comedy writers,” said Uni TV EVP Bela Bajaria. Siegal and Morgan most recently served as co-executive producers on NBC’s 30 Rock, sharing in the series’ last three best comedy Emmy nominations in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Previously, Siegal and Morgan, repped by UTA and attorney Mitch Smelkinson, served as co-producers on USA Network’s Monk, having worked their way up the ranks from staff writers.

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Comedy Writers Chrissy Pietrosh & Jessica Goldstein Ink Overall Deal With Universal TV

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 5:07pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

GoldsteinheadshotPietroshHeadShotCougar Town co-executive producers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein have signed a two-year overall deal with Universal TV. Under the pact, which begins June 1, the duo will develop new projects. “Chrissy and Jessica are an inspired writing team with a unique comedy voice that fits perfectly for the type of shows we’re producing,” Uni TV EVP Bela Bajaria said. “Our future couldn’t be brighter with both of them on board.” Pietrosh and Goldstein, repped by ICM Partners and Ken Richman, will segue to the Uni TV pact after they wrap a three-year overall deal at ABC Studios where they worked on the studio’s series Cougar Town and developed projects with such ABC Studios-based companies as Temple Hill, Shondaland and Mark Gordon Co. Pietrosh and Goldstein’s previous series credits include My Name Is Earl and ABC’s Big Day.

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Matt Hubbard Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

hubbardmatt30 Rock alum Matt Hubbard, creator/showrunner of Fox’s comedy pilot Cabot College, which is on a series track, has inked a new two-year overall deal with the project’s studio, Universal TV, which also produced 30 Rock. Under the pact, Hubbard will continue on Cabot College, which he is executive producing with Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and will develop and supervise new projects for the studio. Currently a consulting producer on NBC/Uni TV’s Parks & Recreation, Hubbard spent the last seven seasons as a writer/producer on NBC’s 30 Rock, most recently as a co-executive producer. He won a best comedy writing Emmy in 2009 for the Reunion episode and was subsequently nominated again in this category in 2010 and 2011. He also shared in the show’s best comedy series wins in 2008 and 2009. “Matt is a funny, smart writer with the ability to write hard jokes and great story,” said Uni TV EVP Uni TV Bela Bajaria. Hubbard is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman.

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CBS Orders Terrorism Drama Pilot From Universal TV, Nikki Toscano & Kerry Ehrin

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 1:31pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712The breakthrough season for broadcast networks’ in-house production arms selling to rival nets continues with another green light for such a project. CBS has given a pilot order to untitled drama project from Bates Motel writer Nikki Toscano and the A&E/Universal TV series’ executive producer Kerry Ehrin. It hails from Universal TV, which will now co-produce with CBS TV Studios. This marks the 11th (!) pilot or series order this season by ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox to a project from an in-house production division of another network (excluding Fox sibling 20th TV, which has established itself as a major studio selling to everyone.) That is up dramatically from last season’s 3 such pilot orders, two of which — Fox/Uni TV comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and CBS/ABC Studios drama Intelligence – went to series. This season, after ABC Studios and CBS Studios made a strategic move in that area, ABC Studios has landed 5 outside broadcast orders, Universal TV 4 and CBS TV Studios 2.

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Bravo Lines Up ‘The Mindy Project’ Marathon On New Year’s Eve

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 11:31am PST

MindyProjectMindy Kaling‘s show has struggled on Fox, but maybe a little home cooking will help. Bravo has a set a marathon of corporate sibling Universal TV‘s The Mindy Project for New Year’s Eve, running all 11 of the current second season’s episodes in the ordered they aired. The news comes less bravo__130422184121__130801235541__131023174409-200x147than a month after Fox said it will bench the sitcom from January 28 to April 1, an announcement made days after Mindy posted a series-low 1.2 rating among  adults 18-49. The show is getting a monthlong production hiatus during the holidays as producers to plan for its spring relaunch. Meanwhile, Bravo’s Mindy marathon runs from 8:30 AM-2 PM Pacific, leaving viewers plenty of time to prep for “Auld Lang Syne.”

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Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods. Inks First Look Deal With Universal TV, Names Priscilla Porianda Head Of Development

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 12:22pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Lopez‘s Nuyorican Prods. has entered into a first look production deal with Universal Television to develop new scripted and reality projects. In conjunction with the deal, Priscilla Porianda, who joined Nuyorican last year, has been named Head of Development. “I am thrilled to have Nuyorican partner with NBC Universal and I am happy to announce Priscilla Porianda as our Head of Development,” Lopez said. “She will work closely with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina and I in expanding our brand into scripted and unscripted television. Our goal at Nuyorican has always been to create edgy, timely and relevant programming.” The company has breakout new ABC Family drama The Fosters, about a lesbian couple raising children, which was recently renewed for a second season. Read More »

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Michael Schur Inks New Overall Deal With Universal TV

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 3:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With two series on the air, Michael Schur is among the key writer-producers on Universal Television‘s roster, and the studio is making sure he stays there. Uni TV has signed a new overall deal with Schur, keeping him in the fold through 2016. Schur is co-creator/executive producer on the Uni TV-produced Parks And Recreation, which enters its sixth season on NBC, and new comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which launches on Fox this fall. “Mike is a wildly talented writer and, hands-down, one of the best showrunners in the business,” said Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria. “He is funny, collaborative, smart, solution-oriented and incredibly creative.” Schur has spent most of his career at NBC, starting with a writing gig on Saturday Night Live and working for two years on The Office before moving to Parks & Recreation. “I couldn’t be happier about extending my stay at Universal TV,” Schur said. “Bob (Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment), Jen (Salke, President, NBC Entertainment), Bela and their teams have shown me a tremendous amount of encouragement and support, and not just creatively. This weekend Bob is helping me paint my garage, and Bela is my spotter when I lift.” Schur is with UTA, David Miner at 3 Arts and attorney Ken Richman.

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EMMYS: Noms By Production Company

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 10:55am PDT

Related: 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations

HBO Entertainment/Films (95)
Game of Thrones – 16
Behind the Candelabra – 15
Phil Spector – 11
Boardwalk Empire – 10
The Girl – 6
Girls – 5
Veep – 5
Ethel – 5
Mea Maxima Culpa: In the House of God – 5
Louis C.K.: Oh My God – 4
Crossfire Hurricane – 4
The Newsroom – 3
Enlightened – 2
Real Time with Bill Maher – 2
An Apology to Elephants – 1
True Blood – 1

20th Century Fox TV/fox 21/FTVS (57)
American Horror Story: Asylum – 17
Modern Family – 12
Homeland – 11
Glee – 4
How I Met Your Mother – 4
Arrested Development – 3
The Americans – 2
Family Guy – 2
Bob’s Burgers – 1
The Simpsons – 1 Read More »

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‘Chicago Fire’ & ‘Chicago PD’ Showrunner Matt Olmstead Inks Overall Deal With Uni TV

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 2:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Olmstead, executive producer of NBC’s Chicago Fire and co-creator/executive producer of its upcomiMatt Olmstead Chicago Fireng spinoff Chicago PD, has signed a rich two-year overall deal with Universal Television, the studio behind the two series, along with Wolf Films. Under the seven-figure pact, Olmstead will continue as showrunner on Chicago Fire and also will serve as showrunner on Chicago PD, working on both series with Chicago Fire creators/exec producers and Chicago PD co-creators/exec producers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, as well as exec producer Dick Wolf. Making things a bit easier logistically is the fact that Chicago PD has a midseason order. “Matt is an experienced and creative showrunner and we were thrilled with his stellar work on Chicago Fire, Uni TV EVP Bela Bajaria said. “We look forward to extending our relationship with him on Chicago PD and at Universal TV”. Read More »

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‘Grimm’ Co-Creators Sign New Overall Deal With Universal TV

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 5:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Grimm co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf have signed a new overall deal with Universal TV. Under the pact, the writing partners will continue as executive producers on the NBC drama, produced by Universal TV and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills. Grimm, which Greenwalt and Kouf co-created with Stephen Carpenter, was recently picked up for a third season with an early renewal. Grimm, inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales, has been an unsung hero at NBC. It is the only series from the 2011-12 season, the first overseen by NBC’s current regime, to make it to season 3. A rare success story on Friday, Grimm is the night’s No.1 series in adults 18-49. Its most recent second season (6.9 million viewers, 2.4 in 18-49 in Live+7) was up 14% in 18-49 and 12% in total viewers vs. Season 1. Greenwalt and Kouf exec produce the series with Hayes, Milliner and Norberto Barba. Read More »

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Alec Baldwin Signs Overall Deal With NBC

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 10:17am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: As he is wrapping his first starring TV series role on NBC‘s 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin is staying in business with the network and the studio behind the departing Emmy-winning comedy. I’ve learned that Baldwin, whose turn on 30 Rock has earned him two Emmys, has signed a two-year overall deal with Universal Television. Under the pact, Baldwin, who also serves as a producer on 30 Rock, will develop and produce series projects for the studio, including potential new starring vehicles for him. Baldwin joins his 30 Rock co-star, the series’ creator Tina Fey, who recently signed a new four-year overall deal with Universal TV. The pact assures Baldwin’s continued presence in the TV business. He had indicated that he may leave acting post-30 Rock for “more of a normal life,” and also has been constantly rumored for a potential political career. The current seventh and final season of 30 Rock ends January 31. Read More »

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