9:46am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Madam Secretary' Producers Ink First-Look Deal With CBS TV Studios
CBS Television Studios is expanding its relationship with the producers behind freshman drama Madam Secretary.
The studio has inked Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary's Revelations Entertainment to a two-year first-look deal, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Under the pact, the company will develop scripted and digital media, with the studio having the first rights to that fare.
"Since the beginning of our partnership on Madam Secretary, we were determined to lure Revelations to the studio in a bigger way," CBSTVS president David Stapf said. "Lori, and Morgan are collaborative, insightful and a pleasure to work with in all parts of the creative process. We look forward to diving into our next project together."
Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni and showrun by Homeland alum Barbara Hall, is the No. 2 new series of the season. It's averaging 14.8 million viewers and ranks as the most watched scripted broadcast on Sundays. The series was among three rookie dramas to score early second-season renewals in January. Madam Secretary is the first scripted series for Revelations. Freeman, McCreary and the company's vp development Tracy Mercer brought the idea developed in-house to CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler, who paired the company up with the network's studio counterpart and Hall. David Semel also executive produces.
Revelations is repped by CAA and attorneys Jason Sloane and A.J. Brandenstein.