11:00am PT by Lacey Rose
Producer Rob Thomas Inks Overall Deal at Warner Bros. TV
Rob Thomas is settling at Warner Bros. TV.
The prolific producer has inked a multiyear overall deal at the studio, which produces his latest critically praised project, iZombie, for The CW. Under the new pact, Thomas’ production company, Spondoolie Productions, will develop projects created by Thomas. He will supervise other writers and creators as well.
Thomas still is best known for creating and executive producing cult hit Veronica Mars, for which he revived as a big screen entry in 2014 via Kickstarter. (He also created a Mars spinoff for The CW's digital platform.) Thomas will continue to work with the show's producing partners Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge, and intends to EP all future Spondoolie projects with the pair.
Last month, The CW announced it would order a second season of iZombie, a DC Comics adaptation that Thomas co-created with Diane Ruggiero-Wright. The series, which stars Rose McIver as a girl who finds her life transformed after zombies crash a party and she wakes up in a body bag the next morning, debuted to 2.3 million total viewers in March. In the months that followed, the drama proved a sturdy midseason performer for the younger-skewing network, pulling in 1.9 million total viewers.
In an interview with THR ahead of iZombie's bow, Thomas opened up about his preferences as a writer. "I like all dude things — except for when it comes to television I have very female-centric tastes," he said, adding: "I liked character shows."
Thomas, who also co-created Starz darling Party Down, is repped by UTA and attorney Jeanne Newman at Hansen Jacobson. At Warner Bros., he joins a roster of top producers that includes Chuck Lorre, Bill Lawrence and Greg Berlanti.