Moran stays in-'House'

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"House" writer-producer Tommy Moran has inked a two-year overall deal with the show's producer, NBC Universal TV Studio.

Under the seven-figure pact, Moran will be elevated to executive producer on Fox's hit medical drama.

"Tommy has a unique perspective, which is invaluable on a show like 'House,' " said Laura Lancaster, senior vp drama and cable programming at NBC Uni TV. "He's been a very important part of the show since the first season."

Moran joined "House" after the pilot in 2004 as supervising producer and was upped to co-executive producer during the show's second season. He has penned several episodes, including last season's "Clueless," which earned him an Edgar Award nomination, and "Top Secret," which aired this week. On the show, he will serve as an executive producer alongside creator David Shore, Paul Attanasio, Katie Jacobs, Bryan Singer, Daniel Sackheim and fellow newly minted exec producers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend.

Moran is a longtime friend of Shore; the two met years ago playing hockey in Los Angeles while trying to break into Hollywood.

"When he got his first job, I told him, 'When you get to be an executive producer, you'll hire me,' " Moran recalled. "It pays to have very talented friends."

Shore kept his word and gave Moran his first writing job when he became executive producer on CBS' "Family Law" in 1999. In 2002, Shore joined another CBS series, "Hack," as an executive producer, and Moran went with him. After a couple of years, which Shore spent developing and Moran spent working on CBS' "JAG" and "NCIS," the two reunited in 2004, when Shore's pilot "House" was picked up to series.

Moran said that he is one of several writers, including Lawrence Kaplow, who Shore brought to "House" after working with them on his previous shows. "I'm lucky to be one of those guys," Moran said. "I'm very appreciative of how he's helped nurture my career."

This season, "House" stewards Shore and Jacobs have given Moran, Lerner and Friend more responsibilities overseeing writers as well as casting and other aspects of production.

"It's learning how to be the showrunner without being thrown to the wolves," Moran said. "I'm a little apprehensive about it but very excited."

Moran's deal with NBC Uni TV, his first overall pact, includes a development component.

"Like every writer, I have some ideas, but I really want to establish myself as a showrunner in the next couple years under David's mentorship," Moran said. "That's what I'm planning to focus on."

Moran is repped by CAA, the Shuman Co. and attorney Michael Gendler.
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