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'Smash' Duo Craig Zadan, Neil Meron Sign Development Deal With Universal Television, NBCUniversal

The studio will have a first-look option at series and specials created by the pair behind NBC's Broadway drama.

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Neil Meron and Craig Zadan

Smash executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have singed a first-look deal with Universal Television and NBCUniversal International.

Under the pact, the studio will have a first look at series and specials for domestic and international television markets created by the award-winning duo behind NBC's Broadway drama.

"Universal Television is thrilled to be continuing and expanding our partnership with Craig and Neil," Universal Television vp Bela Bajaria said in announcing the news Tuesday. "The incredible creativity, vision and intelligence that they bring to all their projects -- on television, in film and on Broadway -- is exactly what the future of Universal Television is all about. Smash is only the beginning; we look forward to collaborating with them on many exciting projects going forward."

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The duo, who executive produce Smash, also are working on a live broadcast special of the 1959 stage musical The Sound of Music, with casting underway on the original effort that likely will premiere around the holidays. Their credits also include Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva and the cable network's upcoming TV movie adaptation of Steel Magnolias, starring Queen Latifah. Their résumé also includes numerous other TV, stage (How to Succeed in Business Without Even Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe) and theatrical efforts (Chicago, Hairspray, Footloose).

"Craig and Neil are two of the best producers in the business, and we are excited to have them developing at NBCU for both the U.S. and International markets," NBCUniversal International Television Production president Michael Edelstein said. "We look forward to bringing their extraordinary ideas to the global television marketplace."

Zadan and Meron are repped by CAA and Morris Yorn. 

The duo's deal comes a day after NBCUniversal inked Ricky Martin to a deal to develop and star in his own TV series and mere hours after the studio signed a similar pact with John Legend.