10:08am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Carlton Cuse Inks Overall Deal With A+E Studios
A+E Studios has inked Lost alum Carlton Cuse to a big overall deal
Under the three-year pact, the two-time Emmy winner will develop and produce new drama projects for the A+E portfolio of networks, including A&E, Lifetime and History, the company announced Friday.
The deal is the first of its kind for A+E Studios and locks up Cuse, the man behind A&E's two lone scripted dramas — Bates Motel and its adaptation of French zombie drama The Returned.
“I'm very excited to be extending my relationship with A+E where I've had such a wonderful and supportive creative experience,” Cuse said. “I look forward to continuing to work on The Returned and to developing other projects with Bob DeBitetto, Barry Jossen, Tana Jamieson and the amazing team at A+E. It's a great place to work.”
For his part, Cuse has multiple shows on the air or in preproduction: vampire drama The Strain on FX, alien drama pilot Colony at USA Network and Point of Honor at Amazon. (Bates Motel, already renewed for its third season, and The Returned were both picked up straight to series at A&E.)
“Carlton is a consummate showman and one of the greatest creative minds working in television today,” Jossen said. “Since the start of A+E Studios, it has been our intention to expand our collaboration with Carlton. We know he is one of the few producers with the unique combination of creativity and skills to personally create, as well as nurture other writers. Now, we can continue on our path with Carlton toward producing many successful and brand-defining series together.”
The deal reunites Cuse with A+E Studios exec vp Jossen, the former head of ABC Studios who helped develop Lost with Cuse and Damon Lindelof.
Cuse is repped by WME.