'L&O : CI' showrunner Leight begins sessions with HBO

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"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 the Endeavor-repped 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. (partialdiff)
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