'Criminal Intent' showrunner heads to HBO

Warren Leight in final negotiations for an overall deal

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" showrunner Warren Leight is in final negotiations to ink an overall writer-producer deal at HBO.

As part of the one-year deal, Leight is attached to join the network's drama series "In Treatment" as showrunner should it get picked up for a second season. He also would serve as an executive producer alongside Rodrigo Garcia -- who wrote the pilot based on a hit Israeli series -- Stephen Levinson, Hagai Levi and Mark Wahlberg.

It's unclear who will replace Leight on "L&O: CI," which moved to USA Network from corporate sibling NBC last year and was just picked up for an eighth season. However, it's understood that the network, along with Wolf Films and NBC Universal Cable Studio, are close to making an announcement on the new "L&O: CI" showrunner.

"Warren did a terrific job on 'Criminal Intent,' and we wish him the best," reps for USA, Wolf Films and the studio said in a joint statement.

Leight joined "CI" as a writer-producer in its second season and took over showrunner duties after Rene Balcer departed at the end of the fifth season.

Leight also is a Tony-winning playwright. His "Side Man" won a 1999 Tony for best play and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. A past WGA East president, he received the guild's Richard B. Jablow Award for devoted service in 2006.

Leight is repped by Endeavor.
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