August 21, 2012 10:01am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Parks and Recreation's' Mike Schur Inks New Overall Deal at Universal Television
Universal Television is locking up Mike Schur.
The Parks and Recreation co-creator/showrunner has inked a new two-year overall deal to remain with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Under the pact, he'll continue to develop projects for Universal Television and remain at the helm of the Thursday night NBC comedy, which returns for its fifth season Sept. 20.
Schur has proved to be a valuable asset to the studio. The multiple-Emmy-winning writer-producer who co-created Parks started his career and won his first Emmy for his contributions to Saturday Night Live, where during his six-season stint he was a producer and head writer on the popular "Weekend Update" segment.
"Mike is the consummate showrunner -- he is an amazing writer, has great leadership ability, strong producing skills, and he’s an all-around distinct creator," Universal Television exec vp Bela Bajaria said. "We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Mike and are excited about the buzzworthy projects he has in development."
Schur collected the WGA Award for best episodic comedy in 2007 for an episode of The Office, where he started as a writer and rose through the ranks to co-executive producer, sharing in the show's Emmy for outstanding comedy series. He remained with The Office for four seasons before segueing full time to Parks.
He already seems to have gotten a jump on the pact and is shopping a comedy to broadcast networks with fellow Parks scribe Dan Goor.
Schur's first overall deal was with the studio, a rich pact he signed in 2008. He's repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Hansen Jacobson.