'Privileged' creator extends WBTV deal

THR EXCLUSIVE

Writer-producer Rina Mimoun has inked a new two-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Under the mid-seven-figure pact, Mimoun -- who created the studio's CW drama "Privileged" -- will develop series and work on existing WBTV shows.

The deal will extend Mimoun's stay at WBTV to a decade, during which time she also created and ran "Privileged" and worked on the studio's hourlong series "Gilmore Girls," "Pushing Daisies" and "Eastwick."

"They try to get rid of me, but I like working with them and just won't leave," she quipped, calling WBTV president Peter Roth "the last man standing who truly loves television."

Mimoun was 21, writing spec TV script after spec TV script, when one of them found its way to sitcom veteran Michael J. Weithorn, then creator/executive producer of the Fox/Sony comedy "Ned and Stacey," starring Debra Messing and Thomas Haden Church.

Dolled out in a blue-and-white polkadot dress, she went in for her first studio meeting.

Mimoun was told she was not ready for a staff writer job, but Weithorn helped her spend time on "Ned and Stacey" through a WGA internship. "At that point, I was totally hooked," she said.

After several writers assistant's jobs, Mimoun got a break with a staff writer job on the UPN sitcom "Guys Like Us," which she hadn't even applied for.

"They were being forced to hire a female writer, and they met with me at the last minute," she said. "They needed a girl, and I was that girl."

After a stint on the WBTV-produced comedy "Jack & Jill," Mimoun went in for a meeting with Greg Berlanti, then showrunner on "Dawson's Creek."

She joined the show, and when Berlanti went on to create his first series -- the WB drama "Everwood," at WBTV -- she followed him there.

Mimoun rose through the ranks to co-executive producer and ran the show for its final season.

"It formed me as a writer-producer, and Greg Berlanti taught me everything I could possibly need to be a showrunner," she said. "It was like going to showrunner school working with him."

Mimoun is repped by UTA and attorney Patti Felker.
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