'Breaking Bad' Producer Sam Catlin Inks Overall Deal at Sony

Sam Catlin
Sam Catlin
 

Sam Catlin has inked a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television.

The Emmy nominated writer-producer, who serves as a co-executive producer on AMC's Breaking Bad, will be tasked with developing original projects for the studio.

In addition to a crime drama that was born out of a past script deal, Catlin has plans to pitch a new intelligence world drama as well as dabble in comedy. He says he’s largely agnostic about working on cable versus broadcast, arguing “there’s not much slumming you can do in television anymore.”

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Landing at Sony was a fitting next step considering the vast majority of Catlin's previous TV projects, including Fox’s Canterbury’s Law and NBC’s Kidnapped, are Sony shows.

Catlin will also continue with Breaking Bad, which has found itself in the headlines in recent days. Despite rumblings that the Sony-produced hit is being shopped elsewhere care of contract battles between the studio and distributer AMC, Catlin says he’s “hopeful” that it will remain on the latter.

He adds that there had been debate internally about whether the series should end after one or two more seasons, but there was no argument about the decision to wrap it up.

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“It’s always tempting to keep it going, especially since we all know that this could very well be the best job we’ve ever had, but we would all hate to overstay our welcome and be the show that just kind of lingered,” he says. “We’ll make the mistake of leaving too soon and not too late is my guess.”

Catlin, who penned the screenplay for dark indie comedy The Great New Wonderful, is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman of Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren & Richman.

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