'How I Met Your Mother' Creators Move to Sony TV With Rich Overall Deal

Multiple studios were vying for Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, previously set up at 20th Century Fox TV for their CBS sitcom.
David Strick
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas

Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are ready for their next act. The How I Met Your Mother creators and showrunners, who bid farewell to their CBS sitcom at the end of its ninth season last year, have inked a lucrative three-year deal with Sony Pictures Television.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Bays and Thomas will set up shop at Sony, under their Bays-Thomas Productions shingle, their last deal being with Mother producers 20th Century Fox TV. Multiple studios were bidding to get in business with the longtime writing partners, who were behind one of the highest-rated and longest-running comedies of the last decade.

They'll now focus on developing and producing new TV ventures for the studio.

Bays and Thomas moved back to New York after Mother's 2014 finale, and that's where they'll stay in the new Sony deal. Bays-Thomas grows to a production company, based on the East Coast. The two have been adamant about moving their operation back East. When CBS was still considering spinoff How I Met Your Dad, the show was set to film in New York. Though both writer-producers have remained active on Twitter, they've been quiet on the TV front.

They are both repped by UTA.