June 05, 2014 11:00am PT by Lacey Rose
'The Goldbergs' Producers Ink New Deals at Sony TV
Writing partners Alex Barnow and Marc Firek are striking out on their own.
In what marks the first solo deals for both writers, Barnow and Firek have each inked two-year overall deals with Sony Pictures Television. As part of their new pacts, they will continue to work together as co-executive producers on ABC's breakout comedy The Goldbergs as well as develop new fare for the studio together.
The deals come at a challenging time for broadcast comedy, with precious few new entries from the 2013-14 season surviving (The Goldbergs a rare exception) and two of the big four broadcast networks announcing in May that they'd be pulling back on comedy blocks this coming season.
Prior to working on The Goldbergs for Sony, Barnow and Firek created and executive produced Mr. Sunshine, a short-lived Matthew Perry vehicle through Sony. Their other comedy experience includes time on CBS' Rules of Engagement and Fox's Til Death, both times as co-executive producers for at least some portion of the shows' run.
Barnow and Firek -- whose other credits include Out of Practice, Like Family and The In-Laws -- are repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.