12:00pm PT by Lacey Rose
'30 Rock' Producer Inks Overall Deal at ABC Studios
Vali Chandrasekaran is setting up shop at ABC Studios.
The 30 Rock producer has inked a two-year overall deal with the studio. The news comes after the former Harvard Lampoon editor took time in recent months to focus on his own development efforts, including The Marathon Times, which was set up at ABC during the last development cycle.
Prior to that, Chandrasekaran served as a supervising producer for three seasons on the NBC cult comedy. He shared in 30 Rock’s Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy series in 2011 and 2012. Prior to his stint on that show, he wrote on NBC’s My Name is Earl and worked his way up to co-producer status during his three-year tenure.
He has dabbled in other mediums, too. Chandrasekaran wrote the screenplay for the indie Meth Kings, with John Riggi set to direct, and co-wrote the book The Ridiculous Race. The latter is billed as a travelogue that follows the two of them racing each other around the globe without the use of airplanes.
Chandrasekaran, who was a consultant at BCG before transitioning to comedy writing, is repped by UTA and Management 360.