Lots more paydays for 'Office' worker
Empty"The Office" writer/ co-executive producer Michael Schur has extended his relationship with Universal Media Studios, inking a seven-figure, two-year overall deal at the studio.
Schur has been a writer on the NBC comedy since it debuted in 2004 and has appeared in several episodes as Dwight's (Rainn Wilson) cousin Mose. Along with "Office" exec producer Greg Daniels, Schur is co-creating and executive producing NBC's upcoming Amy Poehler comedy series.
"Mike has been one of the stars on 'The Office' for a long time and was someone we all knew we weren't going to let out of our clutches," UMS president Katherine Pope said. "Especially in this environment, to make a big deal, everybody has to feel passionately about the person, and we all truly believe in Mike." That includes NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman and exec vp Teri Weinberg, she added.
Pope credited Schur, a former "Saturday Night Live" writer who also produced the "Weekend Update" segment, with playing a key role in recruiting former "SNL" colleague Poehler to star in the new series.
While Schur will focus on that series, "that isn't to say that his relationship with 'The Office' is over," she said. He may develop other original series for the studio.
Schur's wife, Jennifer (J.J.) Philbin, a former writer-producer on "The O.C.," inked an overall deal at the studio last year.
This marks the first overall deal for Schur, who is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and attorney Ken Richman. (partialdiff)