12:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed Ink Pod Deal With Warner Bros. TV
The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder is staying in business with Warner Bros. Television.
Somerhalder and his wife and producing partner Nikki Reed have signed a pod deal with WBTV, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Under the project, the couple — who married in 2015 and launched their company, Rare Birds Productions, the same year — will develop new projects for the studio behind The CW's Vampire Diaries. As part of the pact, Rare Birds has hired Tracy Ryerson as executive vp and Arianne Staples as vp, development and production. They will oversee the company’s scripted and unscripted television slate.
With Vampire Diaries currently in the midst of its eighth and final season, the pact keeps Somerhalder in business with his longtime home at WBTV. Before Vampire, he starred in the WB Network and studio's Young Americans and had a six-episode arc on WB-turned-CW drama Smallville.
For Reed's part, she most recently was a series regular on Fox's 20th Century Fox TV-produced Sleepy Hollow, which, like Vampire, films in Atlanta. Her role wrapped at the end of season three. The pod deal brings Reed back to WBTV after a recurring role on The O.C.
Somerhalder and Reed previously teamed on an episode of Showtime documentary Years of Living Dangerously. Somerhalder is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Morris Yorn. Reed, whose credits include Thirteen and the Twilight franchise, is repped by Paradigm, Thruline Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
Ryerson most recently worked as vp, development at Caryn Mandabach Productions, where she developed projects for the U.S. and international markets. Before that, she served as director of development at Jerry Weintraub Productions, where she helped oversee Tarzan, Westworld, and Ocean's 13.
Staples hails from Rashida Jones & Will McCormack’s Le Train Train Productions, where she was director of development and helped shepherd pilots Good Fortune for NBC and Claws at TNT.