3:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
James Patterson Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios
Best-selling author James Patterson is expanding his relationship with CBS Television Studios.
Less than a month after the author closed a deal with the studio (and network) to adapt his thriller Zoo, James Patterson Entertainment has signed a new multiyear first-look deal with CBS Television Studios. Under the pact, Cathy Konrad's Treeline Films will gain first-look access to the author's library through her deal with CBSTVS.
Patterson is the world's No. 1 best-selling writer. He has sold 300 million copies of his 130 novels worldwide, and is the first author to sell 10 million e-books. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most No. 1 New York Times best-sellers of any author. This is the first deal of its kind in television to tap into the author's library.
The new deal comes mere weeks after CBS ordered an adaptation of Patterson's Zoo straight to series for summer 2015. The network picked up 13 episodes of the drama, whose script was co-written by Jeff Pinkner (Fringe), Josh Appelbaum (Life on Mars, Star-Crossed), Andre Nemec (Star-Crossed) and Scott Rosenberg (Life on Mars). The four will exec produce alongside Konrad's Treeline partner James Mangold (Walk the Line), Konrad (Girl, Interrupted), Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.
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Zoo, published in September 2012 by Little Brown and Co., was a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. The book has been translated into six languages and has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. The CBS series represents the network's latest high-profile straight-to-series pickup for the typically low-rated summer period. The network changed the game with Dean Norris' Under the Dome and Halle Berry's Extant, both big-budget original scripted programs.
Patterson is repped by CAA and attorney Peter Grossman; Treeline is with WME and attorney Jason Sloane.