5:34pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jerry Bruckheimer TV Inks Overall Deal With CBS
Jerry Bruckheimer Television is returning to the studio system.
JBTV has inked a three-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The pact, which includes creating and executive producing new projects for the studio, comes a year-plus after the company ended its 15-year relationship with Warner Bros. Television. In the interim, JBTV — topped by Jonathan Littman — attempted to explore the open market searching for an independent financier to no avail.
The pact brings Bruckheimer and company back to CBS Television Studios, with whom they produced CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as well as its spinoffs Miami, New York and Cyber, in addition to recently canceled Training Day.
With broadcast networks increasingly focused on buying content from their vertically aligned studios, JBTV landing at CBS TV Studios makes sense given the former's procedural-leaning development. The company already has one project in development for next season with the early sale to Fox of Atlanta's Most Wanted, which is set up at 20th Century Fox Television with Tip "T.I." Harris starring.
Remaining on board with JBTV are president KristieAnne Reed as well as senior vp James Oh. The production company's current series include CBS' The Amazing Race and Fox's Warner Bros. Television-produced Lucifer.
Variety was the first to report the deal.