'12 Monkeys' Showrunner Inks Overall Deal With Universal Cable Productions

Terry Matalas will create and develop new scripted programming for broadcast and cable networks.
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Universal Cable Productions is investing in Terry Matalas.

The 12 Monkeys showrunner has signed an overall deal with UCP, the company announced Thursday.
Under the pact, Matalas' first, he will develop and produced scripted fare with UCP for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's cable networks as well as external networks and streaming services.

The deal comes ahead of the second-season premiere of Syfy's 12 Monkeys reboot, which bows Monday. The series has been a cornerstone of Syfy's reinvestment in science-fiction fare as the NBCUniversal-owned cable network has focused on returning to its genre roots.

"Terry is a great writer and he's everything you want in a showrunner. He loves big ideas, writes amazing characters and always surprises us where he takes them,” said UCP exec vp development Dawn Olmstead. “We look forward to many more projects with Terry in the future. We’re lucky to be working with him.”

Matalas' credits include Star Trek: Enterprise, Terra Nova and Nikita. He is repped by ICM Partners and Brian Lutz Management.

"For the last three years, Universal Cable Productions have been incredible creative partners and there is nowhere else I'd rather call home," said Matalas. "In addition to 12 Monkeys, I'm thrilled to be developing new television with the UCP team."

Matalas joins a roster of UCP talent that also includes Gale Anne Hurd, Doug Liman, Jason Blum, Sam Esmail, BenderSpink, Charlie Ebersol and Charlize Theron's Denver & Delilah, among others.